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.
Proposals for Academic Year 2020 Scaled Learning Innovation Grants will be accepted beginning in January 2020.
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 will open in early January 2020.
Applicants must complete both Phases of the Scaled Grant application process to be considered for an award.
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.
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
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.
Phase One proposals should be 3 to 5 pages in length and should include
Phase One project descriptions should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Comprehensive proposals should include
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 writers with questions about the technologies they are considering requesting are encouraged to contact Robin Pappas, who can connect them to appropriate consultation resources.
Student representation by the Student & Incidental Fees Committee