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Grants

About the grant program

In the last few years, substantial transformations in higher education have opened extraordinary new opportunities to innovate instruction and expand educational opportunities.

To ensure Texas State continues to deliver quality education in this period of dynamic innovation and experimentation, the Technology Innovation Office, a unit within the IT Division, has set aside funding for faculty members. This support aims to help foster excellence in undergraduate teaching through the innovative application of technology. Instructional Designers from the Office of Distance and Extended Learning work closely with our office and faculty throughout the grant.

We invite full-time faculty to submit proposals that implement innovative uses of technology to support teaching and learning.

Grant awards are intended for purchasing technology equipment, platforms as a service (PAAS), and materials in support of the proposal. Typical awards are $5,000, but amounts up to $20,000 may be granted for exceptional projects. Awards may not be used for student/staff salaries, professional services, or consumables.

These grants intend to allow for the enhancement of undergraduate instruction. Projects which benefit a large number of students, and/or may scale beyond the proposal application, are strongly encouraged.

TLTIG applicants will be required to complete a one-hour instructional design and technology consultation on projects prior to proposal submission with the instructional designers and Technology Innovation Office. These consultations will be scheduled up to a week before the deadline.

Important Dates

  • Proposals are due on or before Monday, March 30, 2020

  • Grant recipients will be notified no later than Friday, April 10, 2020

Eligibility

Full-time faculty members at Texas State University are eligible to apply. Proposals may be submitted individually or by a group of faculty. Prior to submitting a proposal, faculty must complete a 1-hour mandatory proposal consultation with the instructional designers and the Technology Innovation Office. These consultations are meant to advise faculty on how to make their proposal more competitive and align with the goals of the TLTIG grant program. 

The Technology Innovation Office will also be hosting a proposal writing workshop for TLTIG grant applicants.

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TIO TLTIG Grant Proposal Writing Workshop

Thursday, February 13, 2020

11:45 am to 1:00 pm

*The first 10 registrants will get a free lunch on the TIO Team!

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In addition to completing the proposal budget and proposal templates below, the applicant's department chair must complete and sign a letter of support, which specifies that the department will fund any student/staff salaries, professional services, or consumables required for the project.

Review Process

A review committee, assembled by the Associate Vice President of the Technology Innovation Office, will read and score applicant proposals according to the criteria described below.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated based on the contributions they make to furthering the University’s mission as a doctoral-granting, student-centered institution dedicated to excellence and innovation in teaching. More specifically, judging criteria includes consideration of the following, recognizing that not all proposals will meet all criteria.

  • Overall quality of proposal
  • Completeness of proposal
  • Innovative approach to teaching that fosters discovery learning
  • Addresses specific student learning outcomes
  • Uses a variety of approaches to appeal to a variety of student learning types
  • Diversity impact and capacity building for under represented groups
  • Applicability to other areas of instruction
  • Innovation can be grown into a larger scale application across disciplines and become a new standard of teaching.
  • Potential of project to go beyond the one-year period of the grant 
  • Matching or additional funding from other available sources

A note about diversity

The Technology Innovation Office is passionate about engaging and growing the number of under represented groups accessing and using technology at Texas State University and beyond. 

Proposals will be further evaluated based on the inclusions of:

  1. Complete project proposal and budget plan information provided in the templates below.
  2. The agreement indicated on the application submission form to:
    • Consult with the Technology Innovation Office to clarify and potentially adjust instructional and implementation plans. 

    • Collaborate with the Technology Innovation Officethroughout the life of the project to develop a story to inspire teaching and learning at Texas State. 

    • Collaborate with the Technology Innovation Office on evaluation instruments for the project.

    • Provide a project report at the end of the spring 2020 academic year using the project completion report outline provided.

  3.  A signature from the department chair on the letter of support attached below.

Funds awarded will be for academic year 2020-2021. Funds may carry over for a second academic year in extenuating circumstances, but will require prior approval.