ITD Grant FAQ Decision Guide

Name of the Grant: Innovation Grant

  1. Funding Allowances/Restrictions
    1. Does this grant provide funding for:
      1. Personnel
        1. Academic year faculty course release/reassign time? No
        2. Academic year faculty stipends (i.e., extra pay)? Yes
        3. Summer faculty stipends (i.e., extra pay)? Yes
        4. Full-time Temporary (non-tenure-track) faculty? No
        5. Adjunct (non-tenure-track) faculty? No
        6. Academic year graduate or undergraduate student support? No
        7. Summer graduate or undergraduate student support? No

      2. Equipment and Travel
        1. Equipment/supplies/materials? Yes
        2. Travel to a workshop or training program? Yes
        3. Travel to attend a conference? No

    2. Are there other fundable categories (i.e., things that your committee will fund) in addition to those listed above? Please list/describe:

    3. Does this grant provide funds for projects longer than one year? No

    4. Does this grant have restrictions on or preferences for when faculty may reapply after having received an award? Yes, in determining grant recipients, priority will be given to those applicants who have not previously received an Innovation Grant. When past grant recipients are considered, priority will be given to those applicants who have not received a grant within the last two years.

    5. Does the grant committee prioritize proposals according to faculty status (e.g., rank, tenured, tenure-track)? No

    6. Does the grant committee restrict proposals according to faculty status (e.g., rank, tenured, tenure-track)? No

  2. Major Positive and Negative Aspects of Proposals to the Grant
    1. What have been the most common or frequent “gray” areas where submitters have been confused or inaccurate about the grant funding criteria? Faculty do not provide enough information about how their proposal will be used to enhance student learning.

    2. What are the most important attributes of successful proposals? Successful proposals clearly explain how their project:
      1. Supports the development of innovative technology-based resources for new or existing courses that make an important contribution to teaching/learning; resources that have the  potential for being sustainable with wider teaching/learning application will be considered more favorably
      2. Demonstrates creativity, innovation, or a promising transformation of existing methods by integrating technology into the teaching/learning environment. The applicant should provide evidence of the level of innovation, be it at the departmental, University, regional, national, and/or discipline levels
      3. Expands and improves instructor/student skills and knowledge related to the use of technology in learning
      4. Has the potential for reaching large number of students, offering a more flexible approach to instruction that is better adapted to individual capacities and needs of student
      5. Is clearly defined, with goals and objectives that can be met in a timely manner given resources available
      6. Requested funding is clearly detailed and itemized and appropriate to project objectives and activities.

    3. What are the most important attributes of unsuccessful proposals?
      1. Faculty do not provide enough information about how their proposal will be used to enhance student learning.
      2. The project doesn’t appear to be innovative and it may be something that all faculty should do as they develop their courses.
      3. The project does not seem doable as described in the proposal.

    4. Does your committee allow revisions or resubmissions of rejected proposals? Yes