EI Small Grant Program
The EI Small Grant Program supports faculty and instructional staff in their efforts to experiment with new technologies and new ways of learning. The program primarily provides support for credit-based, undergraduate courses and programs; however, proposals for graduate courses or programs are also considered. The program is highly competitive, and typically awards grants of up to $15,000.
2019-20 Themes and Criteria
Proposals should address at least one of the following themes:
- Implementing blended and/or active learning strategies
- Increasing use of student learning data by improving alignment between course-level assignments, quizzes, exams – and other direct measures of student knowledge or skills – and course and/or program learning outcomes
- Developing and/or implementing Open Education Resources (OER)
Additionally, all proposals must:
- Address how the effort(s) will transform student learning in the identified course or program. Priority will be given to courses or programs that project or demonstrate high student demand and/or that fulfill a substantial curricular need.
- Show clear alignment with departmental priorities and include a signature of endorsement from the department chair.
- Clearly articulate how the effort(s) will be sustained once the funds have been expended.
- Be submitted by midnight on Monday, October 28, 2019 .
All grant recipients are required to submit a presentation or poster proposal for the annual Teaching and Learning Symposium in May 2020 or 2021. All projects must be completed by the end of spring 2021.
The program primarily provides support for credit-based, undergraduate courses and programs; however, proposals for graduate courses or programs are considered on a case-by-case basis. Funds are typically used for faculty/instructor, teaching assistant and/or student hourly support (undergraduate or graduate), but may be used for supplies and expenses (S&E), as well.
The program uses 101 funds, and proposals can now request the funds to span two fiscal years. Since the program uses 101 funds:
- Funds requested to support salary must be used before June 30 of the fiscal year in which they were received, otherwise they will be converted into S&E funds.
- Fringe is already accounted for and does not need to be included in the request.
- Funds cannot be used to support project and/or research assistants, and the resulting tuition remission.
Submit a Proposal
The deadline to submit proposals for 2019-20 has passed. Proposals were due by midnight on Monday, October 28, 2019.
2019-20 Approval Process and Timeline
- Monday, October 28 – Proposals due
- Week of November 11 – Committee reviews and recommends select proposals for funding
- Late November – Proposals recommended for funding are reviewed and approved by respective associate deans and the vice provost for teaching and learning
- Week of December 9 – Applicants notified
- Early January 2020 – Grant recipients begin to receive funds requested for FY 19
- Mid-August 2020 – Grant recipients begin to receive funds requested for FY 20
Questions should be directed to Caitlin O’Brien, EI communication coordinator.