IDS Innovation Grants
Innovation Grant Process

STEP 1: Plan your grant project

Meet with an Instructional Design Specialist to discuss your concept and determine the types of resources that will be needed or may already be available to support your grant. Research the problem and conduct a needs assessment as necessary to develop a plan for your project. Complete and submit the project Innovation Grant Planning Report.

STEP 2: Apply for the grant

You may begin applying for Innovation Grant funds on February 1st, for the following academic year. Review the online Innovation Grant Application thoroughly and gather all necessary documentation, statistics, participant qualifications, and information needed that you didn't already address in your planning document. Obtain input and support for your proposal from your supervisor and other department faculty. You can review sample applications to use as guides in preparing your proposal.

A. Develop a budget and budget narrative including any match amounts. More details available at Budget Guidelines. Projects must be completed in the fiscal year in which they were awarded as funds cannot be carried over to the next academic year. However, applicants may submit multi-year proposals with funds being disbursed during two-year award periods.

Innovation Grants are not appropriate for items which fall under the regular expectations of instructors for modifying their own course or materials, hiring additional staff, or to fund instructional travel for items which fall under the regular expectations of departments, such as new course development. Funding will be directly related to development and cannot include any implementation components.

B. Obtain letters of support.

  • "Unique Projects" require only a letter/email from your supervisor.
  • "Instructional Development Projects" require letters/email from your supervisor and dean or division head.
  • Letters/emails of support from other faculty and staff may also be included but are not necessary.

C. Gather information about participating faculty and/or staff and prepare statement of qualifications for each project team member.

Once you have prepared and gathered all the necessary information to write your proposal, go to the online Innovation Grant Application and complete your proposal. You will be asked to generate a username and password so you can return to your application for updates or edits at any time. This will also allow you to partially complete the form and come back to it later to finish and submit.

STEP 3: Review and Awards

You may begin applying for Innovation Grant funds on February 1st, for the following academic year. Reviewers will evaluate the applications and complete the Innovation Grants Review Form to determine if planning documents were submitted and whether the narrative meets the stated criteria or fails to meet the proposed guidelines. In some instances, time and financial constraints may prompt the reviewers to recommend that proposals be revised or resubmitted during the following academic year. Applications can be submitted anytime during the academic year and will be reviewed as follows:

Unique Project applications (totaling $2500 or less) will be reviewed by the Director of Instructional Development on an ongoing basis. Within 10 working days after application is received, applicants will receive an Innovation Grants Award Notice stating whether the project was approved or not approved, listing the reviewers' comments, and noting any recommendations.

Instructional Development Project applications (requesting more than $2500) will be reviewed by the Innovation Grant Committee in three rounds. On the Wednesday following the committee review, applicants will receive an Innovation Grants Award Notice stating whether the project was approved or not approved, listing the reviewers' comments, and noting any recommendations made by the Innovation Grants Review Committee.

The committee is composed of five reviewers including:
  • Full-time Faculty Member
  • Adjunct Faculty Member
  • Grants Office Staff Member
  • Professional-Technical Staff Member
  • Director of Instructional Development

Deadlines and Timelines

Instructional Development Projects
Round 1: Applications for Spring 2008

Round 2: Applications for Summer 2008

Round 3: Applications for 2008 - 2009

Deadline: Applications must be received by this date to be considered for review. Wednesday,
Sept. 19, 2007
at 5:00 pm
Jan. 9, 2008
at 5:00 pm Update: Deadline Extended to Jan. 16, 2008
April 2, 2008
at 5:00 pm
Review Date: Committee members will meet on this date to review applications and determine awards. Friday,
Sept. 28, 2007
Jan. 18, 2008
April 11, 2008
Award Notices: This is the date notices will be sent to applicants. Wednesday,
Oct. 3, 2007
Jan. 23, 2008
April 16, 2008


Award Requirements and Forms

If you are awarded a grant, you will be required to submit three documents and completed samples of any materials funded by the award. Documents should be submitted using the specified online forms.

Funding Request The funding request should be completed and submitted by July 31. This online form must be used to request funds for your approved innovation grant project.
Status Reports Status Reports must be submitted at the end of each semester. These reports provide updates of your progress on the grant project and help us to identify any special issues or problems that need to be addressed to complete work by the end of the academic year.
Evaluation Report The evaluation report must be submitted before spring break of the following calendar year. This report describes the overall results of the project and materials produced, if applicable. The report should include outcomes in the classroom, information on the dissemination of materials to other faculty, and recommendations for revision of the project products as necessary.
Materials Project materials must be submitted with the evaluation report. Samples of each product (i.e. handbooks, videotapes, websites, digital resources, etc.) must be submitted with the closeout report. For digital /electronic documents and materials, include URLs or materials on disk.