2012 Request for Proposals Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG) Program
The SUNY Office of the Provost is pleased to announce a request for proposals (RFP) to fund projects supporting instructional innovation beginning September 2012. Information regarding these grant announcements will be managed through the Office of the Provost website.
Summary of Purpose
The purpose of these competitive grants is to encourage:
The Power of SUNY is a dynamic strategic plan that seeks to engage all faculty, students and staff across every discipline to reinforce SUNY’s mission as the most comprehensive higher education system in the nation. The competitive Instructional Innovation Technology Grants program will encourage faculty, staff and administrators to capitalize on campus expertise to enhance SUNY’s “systemness.”
As Information Technology tools and processes have become increasingly accessible, educational communities are now re-focusing on how to better leverage tools and services that directly support teaching and learning (as opposed to a focus on funding and maintaining underlying IT infrastructure).
Institutions of higher learning also seek methods to better assess and measure the effectiveness of evolving teaching and learning practices to ensure that solutions best serve students and the academy, including incoming students who may benefit from practices that prepare them for academic success and reduce the need for remediation at the college learning level.
Instructional Innovation Technology Grants (IITG) 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 Centers to assist with project execution (e.g., Center for Professional Development (CPD), Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) and SUNY Learning Network (SLN).
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 likely be funded; 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 could be included as a budget item.
Nearly as important as creating or assessing a new process or method within or across disciplines is effective engagement of colleagues outside traditional campus boundaries. This first round of innovation grants will reward well-designed proposals that seek to partner with colleagues throughout SUNY, and contain a well-structured communication and/or collaboration plan that describes effective sharing of project outcomes.
Funding & Eligibility
The IITG program will be offered initially in two phases:
Phase 1 funding is designed to encourage exploration and innovation. These funds are considered start-up in nature and will tolerate risk in support of the pursuit of innovation and excellence. This philosophy is modeled, in part, on the "high-risk/high-reward" paradigm often used by funding agencies in the sciences.
Phase 1 projects are divided into three funding tiers. Lower funding level tiers do not require collaboration outside of the campus requesting funds, but it is encouraged. Tier 3 funds must demonstrate engagement with multiple departments on a single campus or conduct a small-scale, proof-of-concept collaboration with a(n) additional campus(es). The projects vary in scope among the funding tiers:
Phase 2 projects (beginning in 2013) are anticipated to fund up to maximum of $150,000 (2-3 awards anticipated) and must involve multiple campuses and/or units across the SUNY system. These projects will build on successful Phase 1 awards that have demonstrated effectiveness through meeting program goals, assessment and metrics.
All awards are anticipated to be distributed with 50% at the time of the grant, with the balance of 50% awarded following project completion (including the resource sharing in the SUNY Learning Commons). Under no circumstances will all funds be released in advance of project completion.
All SUNY faculty, staff and administrators (including community colleges) are encouraged to initiate an RFP within the following eligibility guidelines:
Proposal & Funding Evaluation
A peer review committee appointed by the SUNY Provost will recommend proposals for funding within available resources. The reviewers will evaluate the proposals for evidence of:
Assessment & Accountability
Each RFP must consider how a proposed innovation will contribute to common best practice or standard assessment measures. For example, Tier I funding for a workshop or symposium would include participant feedback that is compiled and shared as part of an assessment. As funding levels increase through Tiers II and III, so too does the expectation of demonstrable assessment through commonly considered measures in higher education such as:
Additional accountability requirements for IITG include:
Electronic Proposal Submission
Proposals are being managed electronically through an online grants management system. Applicants seeking to submit a proposal will create an account on this website which opens on May 15th 2012. Proposals may be saved in draft form, but must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59pm Friday, June 15, 2012.