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 typically awards grants of up to $10-15,000.

The next call for proposals will likely occur at the beginning of the fall 2018 semester. Please check back for updated information in early September. We appreciate your interest!

General Proposal Requirements

Previous proposal themes have included blended and active learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) and course-level assessment practices. In general, all proposals must:

  • Address how the effort(s) will transform student learning
  • Align 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 in late October via an online Qualtrics form

Funding Details

Funds can now be requested 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 may be used for faculty/instructor, teaching assistant (33-50% FTE) and/or student hourly support, as well as supplies and expenses.
  4. Funds cannot be used to support project and/or research assistants, and the resulting tuition remission.

Submit a Proposal

All proposals must be submitted electronically via Qualtrics. A link to the proposal form will be posted when the next call for proposals is announced.

Sample Approval Process and Timeline


  • Monday, October 23 – Proposals due
  • Week of November 13 – Review committee recommends proposals for funding
  • Late November – Proposals recommend for funding reviewed and approved by respective associate deans and the vice provost for teaching and learning
  • Week of December 11 – Applicants notified


  • Spring 2018-Spring 2019 – Development and implementation. All projects must be completed by the end of spring 2019. Project reports are required upon completion.


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

Previous Grant Recipients and Selection Criteria

Grant Recipients

Themes and Requirements