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Departmental Initiative Grants Program


Departmental Initiative Grants help departments improve the quality of teaching and learning (including the assessment of learning) across degree-credit programs.  Eligible academic units may request up to $7,000 to help underwrite the cost of projects that will involve a number of the unit’s full-time faculty.  Funds may be used for stipends of up to $3,500 per lead faculty member, but may also be requested for other purposes, such as faculty development needed to implement a change in curriculum, or new technology needed to enhance teaching and learning.

 Applicants should demonstrate the relation of their proposed projects to university efforts and initiatives, including the strategic plan.  Efforts to coordinate offerings and projects across units where possible and to explore linkages with other units offering comparable curricula, including inter-college efforts, are welcome.


This program is open to all departments, colleges, and schools.  The proposal should identify one or more lead full-time faculty members.  Part-time faculty may also be included where appropriate.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted in the fall and winter, with deadlines of October 15 and March 15, respectively.  Late applications cannot be accepted.

H​ow to Apply

Proposals must be submitted on line.  In Campus Connect, click on “Grant Proposals” in the “Faculty Center” and then on “Grant/Leave Application.”  On the next screen, choose “Apply for a Grant” to access the proposal form.  Select “QIC: Departmental Initiative Grant” from the Program drop-down menu and then submit the following required proposal components by pasting text into fields and attaching files as indicated.

  • Project Title 
  • Abstract: Provide an overview of the project in non-technical terms.
  • Narrative: Attach a narrative describing the need for the project, the project’s goals and objectives, and the approach to attaining them.  The narrative should also situate the project in broader contexts such as recent research in teaching and learning, trends in higher education, the university’s strategic plan and/or the goals of the academic unit(s) involved.
  • Work Plan and Timeline: Indicate how the project will be carried out over a period of up to 18 months, delineating its major stages or steps and the key activities associated with each.
  • Budget Narrative:  Itemize and provide a rationale for the funds requested.
  • Budget Form: Complete the form, grouping the funds requested into DePaul budget categories.
  • Current CV:  Attach the CV(s) of the lead faculty member(s).
  • Endorsement letter:  Attach an endorsement letter indicating that the project has the full support of the college or school in which it will be implemented.

Expectations and Requirements of Recipients

Grant recipients should keep the following in mind:

  • Grant funds are made available to the faculty member upon completion of budget manager training.
  • All spending must comply with the Council's guidelines regarding eligible and ineligible expenses.
  • Funding is for 18 months after the grant is approved.
  • The council expects projects to be completed in a timely manner and will not fund projects beyond three years.
  • A final report must be submitted within 30 days of the grant's expiration. Failure to submit the final report will result in the faculty member being ineligible for future funding from the councils. This report should delineate the activities conducted during the grant, describe the achievement of the project outcomes as outlined in the proposal, and list financial expenditures (include copies of all invoices over $100).