2013 Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG) Program Request for Proposals
The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of the State University of New York is pleased to issue this request for proposals (RFP) to fund projects at SUNY campuses that support innovative instruction. Note that additional information is available and regularly updated on the Office’s Innovative Instruction website, including access to the IITG online grants management application site and details about registering for informational webinars to support proposal development.
Additional communication and webinar information will also be shared through SUNY listservs, FACT2 listservs and Center for Professional Development webinars. IITG funds are part of SUNY University-wide program funds (not administered through or connected with the Research Foundation). IITG funds are distributed to campuses at the beginning of each academic year, and must be expended by the close of the fiscal year in accordance with state and local campus policies.
Summary of Purpose
The purpose of these competitive grants is to encourage:
This competitive, peer reviewed Innovation Instruction Technology Grants (IITG) program will encourage faculty, staff and administrators to capitalize on campus expertise to enhance SUNY’s Systemness. IITG’s will assist in the exploration, development and sharing of new teaching and learning methods SUNY-wide. These grants will foster solutions at the campus and departmental level with an opportunity to scale to multi-campus collaborations through additional funding opportunities. Campuses are encouraged to consider partnering with SUNY University-wide programs to assist with project execution (e.g., CPD: Center for Professional Development, COIL: Center for Collaborative Online International Learning, OLIS: Office of Library and Information Services, and SLN: SUNY Learning Network).
IITG does not directly support technology infrastructure funding. A proposal that seeks direct expenditures on technology for the sake of bolstering campus infrastructure without a clear narrative on how the technology will serve pedagogy will not be eligible for funds; however, if the technology is secondary to the pedagogical solution being explored such as testing or assessing a newly developed discipline-based application (“app”) or implementing a new process that can be broadly replicated to benefit SUNY, the cost of pilot technology will be funded. IITG’s reward well-designed proposals that seek to partner with colleagues throughout SUNY, contain a well-structured communication and/or collaboration plan that describes effective sharing of project outcomes, and include a clearly articulated assessment plan to demonstrate evidence of impact.
Funding & Eligibility
All SUNY faculty and staff are eligible to receive funds. IITG awards are State funds distributed from System Administration to campuses as part of University-wide programs and do not require IITG applicants or recipients to work through campus-based sponsored program offices. If however, local campus policies require centralized coordination of research efforts, applicants should follow their local campus guidelines.
This RFP realigns funds originally earmarked as “Phase 2” in last year’s RFP to increase opportunities to fund a greater number of projects under a single, annual IITG RFP process to meet program objectives.
Previously funded 2012 projects are eligible to compete for funds to renew, expand and broaden the scope of an existing IITG project. Applicants are strongly encouraged to pay special attention to projects seeking renewal:
Applicants may review previously funded projects: http://www.suny.edu/provost/
Tier 1 – Up to $10,000 maximum
Example of a $5,000 project: A campus wishes to host a workshop featuring a recognized leader of a particular practice. Tier 1 funding covers the speaker’s travel and conference planning expenses, but a small registration fee, sponsorship or campus funds (or combination) may be required to cover additional costs such as providing refreshments for participants. Following the conference, a final report, materials distributed at the conference, and (if allowable) a video of the presentation is posted/linked in the SUNY Learning Commons.
Example of the same project eligible for up to $10,000: A group of faculty and staff conduct a proof-of-concept exercise based the practice described at the conference, evaluates the outcomes and makes recommendations that are posted in the SUNY Learning Commons to enable others to consider or adopt as a “best practice.”
Tier 2 – Up to $20,000 maximum
Example: A group of professors within a department wish to develop a small game that demonstrates a concept. They also develop an assessment rubric and students provide feedback from several course sections for future refinement. The funds cover a stipend for the professor(s), software, and mobile devices for app testing and collaboration with a peer from another campus, as well as attendance at CIT to present outcomes. 25% of their project funds are from in-kind services from the software vendor and significant contributions of instructional support staff time for project development.
Tier 3 – Up to $60,000 maximum
Example: Faculty from several campuses collaborate to design and test a self-paced tutorial for students intending to pursue a particular discipline. They develop an assessment rubric and students provide feedback from several course sections for future refinement. The funds cover faculty stipends, travel for the group to meet several times, and purchase of specialized software. They also fund a faculty member outside of the discipline who specializes in assessing the project outcomes, as well as attendance at CIT to present the outcomes.
Project Requirements and Limitations
All SUNY faculty, staff and administrators (including community colleges) are encouraged to respond to this RFP within the following guidelines:
Each proposal will be evaluated in three stages:
1) Projects are blind peer-reviewed from a rubric specific to each funding tier based on the project quality and adherence to the RFP. These scores are then compiled and rank-ordered;
2) Ranked scores are submitted for a second review by the SUNY Provost’s Staff, who consider initial review scores and comments, as well as alignment with “Power of SUNY” strategic objectives; and
3) Projects are then re-ranked and recommended for final review by the SUNY Provost for funding within available resources.
Reviewers will evaluate proposals for evidence of:
Questions regarding this RFP may be directed to the IITG Project Team at firstname.lastname@example.org