Oregon State University Strategic Plan 4.0 inspires us to bring our most effective and creative instructional practices to bear in the service of Goal Two: Provide a transformative education that is accessible to all learners. In particular, it calls for targeted investments that enable faculty and staff to "[P]rovide distinctive curricula and support innovative pedagogy to advance our mission" and the fulfillment of Vision 2030.

In the interest of upholding this investment in faculty and staff contributions to learner success, we are pleased to announce the request for proposals for the 2019-2020 Learning Innovation Grants.

The Request for Proposals for Academic Year 2020 Scaled Learning Innovation Grants has now opened.

Teams of faculty from the OSU Corvallis campus are invited to apply for innovation grants to foster and support the meaningful use of educational technology. Up to $100,000 will be awarded to launch new initiatives or to scale existing successful programs. These grants are intended to provide seed funding for the meaningful use of technology in ongoing, sustainable programs. Grants may be focused at any level of undergraduate or graduate education. Awards will be considered for programs that provide direct benefit to students by enhancing learning outcomes or providing extracurricular opportunities that improve students’ chances of success. Although research may be conducted on a funded project, the grant funds are not intended to support research itself. Rather, they are intended to support only those items identified for delivering the program to students. Scaled Grant programs should serve a sizable segment of the student population. The application process for the Winter 2020 round of Scaled Grants is now active.

Applicants must complete both Phases of the Scaled Grant application process to be considered for an award.

There will be one round of Scaled grant proposals during AY 2019-2020:

Winter Term

Winter term Phase One (i.e., short) project descriptions are due Friday, February 14, 2020. We will communicate comments or suggestions on Phase One project descriptions by March 1. Phase Two proposals (i.e., comprehensive) are due Friday, March 20, 2020. Decisions on comprehensive proposals will be communicated in April 2020.

Application materials are available from the How to Apply page.

Please consult this site to see successful projects and proposals from past years.


Phase One

Reviews of Scaled Grants will occur in two phases. Phase One project descriptions should be no more than five pages in length and should describe the scope and aims of the project, including the students to be supported through the project, the general timeframe for project implementation, the learning outcomes advanced by the project, a tentative plan to assess the student learning resulting from the project, and a preliminary description treating the project's feasibility and sustainability. The intent of the first phase is to enable the evaluation team to vet a preliminary set of projects, to solicit feedback from IT staff about resource availability and feasibility, and to provide guidance to proposers who elect to move forward to the second, more comprehensive round of proposal development. Proposers will provide preliminary notification about their intent to their unit heads when they submit their project descriptions by copying department chair/school director and assistant/associate dean or analogous unit leader who has oversight over student success and engagement. It is possible that portions of the short proposal would become the foundation for the full proposal. 

Download the Winter 2020 Scaled LIG Phase One Proposal

Phase Two

The grant review team will assess proposals in this round on a project’s potential to enhance student learning or co- or extracurricular experience, its potential to encourage and engage students, the degree of innovation and the capacity for success of the project. Success factors will include a clear implementation plan, the scalability and sustainability of the effort, the alignment of the project to program- and/or institutional-level learning outcomes (e.g., Bacc Core, Learning Goals for Graduates, unit-level learning outcomes), and the cooperation of students, faculty, departments or others who may be involved. Grants may be awarded for new efforts or may be used to scale a pilot or small program to reach a larger population. Learning Innovation Grant applicants are encouraged to consult the Scaled Grant Evaluation Rubric for the criteria that will be used by the Review Team in its consideration of the Phase Two full proposals.

Download the Scaled Grant Evaluation Rubric.


  • Teams may request up to $100,000 for a project. The funds may be used for technology (devices, software, services) or student and staff salary/stipend. Travel, furniture, food, and release time (i.e., faculty salary) will not be funded.
  • Teams must be from more than one department/unit. The departments might be within the same college or division or from multiple colleges and divisions. Priority will be given to those teams that have considered the full range of collaborative engagement needed for success.
  • Funds will be awarded to degree-seeking or extracurricular programs only.
  • Due to the funding line for the LIG, projects may benefit a variety of learners, but the primary beneficiaries of LIG projects must be students based on the OSU Corvallis campus. Projects can (and frequently do) benefit learners in, for example, Ecampus courses and community outreach and engagement efforts. However, the target audience for projects are Corvallis-campus based students. (If you have questions about whether a project meets this criterion, please contact Robin Pappas.)
  • Students (undergraduate or graduate) may apply for grants but are required to have a faculty sponsor.
  • These grants are intended to fund new innovation or scale an existing program rather than to provide sustaining or replacement funds for an existing project.
  • There is no expectation of ongoing funding after the grant period completes.
  • Priority will be given to projects that have matching funds or resources, demonstrating commitment of the requesting colleges and divisions for the ongoing success of the project.
  • Awardees will share the learnings or outcomes from the projects by report or presentation after the projects complete.


Phase One (Due February 14, 2020)

Phase One proposals should be 3 to 5 pages in length and should include

  • A brief description of the project.
  • A description of the students to be supported by the project.
  • A description of need (i.e., with respect to student learning or experience) that would be addressed by the project.
  • A brief rationale of how the project would contribute to student learning and success.
  • A description of the plan for assessing the learning/experience afforded by the project
  • A general implementation plan with timeline. Preliminary budget information may be included.
  • Submit your proposal on the application form below.

Phase One project descriptions should be submitted via email to [email protected]. The email should also copy all team members, the relevant department/unit Chairs/Directors and the Deans of Instruction/Undergraduate (or Graduate) Programs or analogous leader for their unit.

Download the Phase One project description form: Winter 2020 Scaled LIG Phase One Proposal Form

Phase Two (due March 20, 2020)

Comprehensive proposals should include

  • A description of the project.
  • A description of how the project aligns to and advances program and/or university-level learning outcomes.
  • A description of expected results to student learning and experience: what improvements will be made in student learning because of the grant and how the improvement will be demonstrated. (Note: SET scores and data that do not align directly to the learning outcomes to be addressed by the project are insufficient for this section. Proposers must explain what difference(s) in student learning and/or experience will be afforded by the initiative and describe how that difference will be assessed.)
  • An implementation plan, including a list of personnel involved and timeline, as well as any facilities, equipment and other resources needed to bring the project to fruition.
  • A sustainability plan for maintaining the initiative.
  • A brief bibliography of relevant scholarship or references.
  • A budget, with any matching funds noted.
  • Signatures of the cognizant deans and VPs, which will serve as endorsement of the project and commitment to its ongoing success.
  • Attach your proposal to the cover sheet, both available from the How to Apply page.

It is reasonable that the project period might scale across multiple fiscal and academic years. An annual evaluation will be conducted to assure the project is on track toward success. Unused funds will be returned to the Technology Innovation Fund for other projects. Technology and services purchased with the funds belong to OSU, and the university’s procedures and policies apply.

Proposal Preparation Support

Proposal writers with questions about the technologies they are considering requesting are encouraged to contact Robin Pappas, who can connect them to appropriate consultation resources.

Evaluation Team

  • John Becker-Blease, Business
  • Tekla Bude, Liberal Arts
  • Tom Dick, Science
  • Eric Kirby, CEOAS
  • Rebekah Lancelin, University Honors College
  • Robin Pappas, Information & Technology

Student representation by the Student & Incidental Fees Committee