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.

2018-19 Themes and Criteria

Proposals should address at least one of the following themes:

  1. Implementing blended learning or active learning strategies
  2. Developing and/or implementing Open Education Resources (OER)
  3. Improving course assessments that align with course and program learning outcomes, including the use of digital tools (Canvas/AEFIS)

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 Monday, October 22, 2018 by midnight.

Funding Details

The program primarily provides support for credit-based, undergraduate courses and programs; however, proposals for graduate courses or programs are also considered. 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:

  1. 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 “Supplies and Expenses” funds.
  2. Fringe is already accounted for and does not need to be included in the request.
  3. Funds cannot be used to support project and/or research assistants, and the resulting tuition remission.

Submitting a Proposal

Proposals were due Monday, October 22, 2018 by midnight.

If you have any questions or issues with uploading your proposal, please contact Caitlin O’Brien, EI communication coordinator.

2018-19 Approval Process and Timeline

2018

  • Monday, October 22 – Proposals due
  • Week of November 12 – 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 11 – Applicants notified

2019-2020

  • Early January – Grant recipients begin to receive funds requested for FY 19
  • Mid-August – Grant recipients begin to receive funds requested for FY 20
  • Spring 2019-Spring 2020 – Grant recipients develop, implement and share their efforts. All grant recipients are required to submit a presentation or poster proposal for the annual Teaching and Learning Symposium in May 2020. All projects must be completed by the end of spring 2020.

Questions

Questions should be directed to Caitlin O’Brien, EI communication coordinator.

Previous Grant Recipients and Selection Criteria

Grant Recipients
2017-18
2016-17
2015-16

Themes and Requirements
2017-18
2016-17
2015-16
2014-15

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