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 will award grants up to $15,000. Proposals are due Monday, Oct. 23, 2017.

2017-18 Proposal Themes

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. Using digital tools (Canvas/AEFIS) to improve assessment and align with learning outcomes at the course level

Interested in developing an online or summer course? Check out the new EI Online Course Development Funds and the Summer Igniter Funds.

General Proposal Requirements

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 by Monday, Oct. 23, 2017.

Funding Details

This year, funds can be requested to span two fiscal years, FY18 and FY19. 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, project/teaching assistant (33-50% FTE) and/or student hourly support, as well as supplies and expenses.
  4. Funds cannot be used to support project assistant tuition remission.

Submit a Proposal

Submit a proposal now. This year, all proposals must be submitted electronically via Qualtrics.

Approval Process and Timeline


  • Monday, Oct. 23 – Proposals due
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1 – Proposals sent to respective associate deans for review
  • Week of Dec. 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