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Teaching and Learning Technology Innovation Grants

Teaching and Learning Technology Innovation Grants

In the last few years, substantial transformations in higher education have opened up extraordinary new opportunities to innovate instruction and expand educational opportunities. In order to ensure that Texas State University continues to deliver quality education in this period of dynamic innovation and experimentation, Instructional Technologies Support (ITS), a unit within the IT division, has set aside funding with the purpose of fostering excellence in undergraduate teaching at Texas State University through the innovative use of technology.

ITS invites full-time faculty seeking to develop pedagogy, courseware, or curriculum that utilizes new technologies, delivery methods, or tools to submit proposals.

Funding for grants ranges from a few hundred dollars to awards of $5,000. Grants will be given for purchase of technology equipment, software, and materials. Salaries and consumables are not eligible uses for the funding. These grants are intended for the enhancement of undergraduate instruction. Projects involving significant innovation and those that benefit a large number of students are strongly encouraged.

ITS staff are available for one-hour instructional design and technology consultations on your project prior to proposal submission up to a week before the deadline.

Important Dates

  • Proposals are due on or before February 17, 2017

  • Awards will be announced by March 24, 2017


Full-time faculty members at Texas State University are eligible to apply. Proposals may be submitted individually or by a group of faculty. Please inform your department chair that you have applied.

Review Process

The review will be done by a committee of referees assembled by the Associate Vice President of Instructional Technologies Support.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated based on the contributions they make to furthering the University’s mission to deliver excellence in teaching and learning and to cultivate a diverse community of learning and discovery. 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 students
  • Diversity impact (for example, encourages the infusion of multiculturalism in the curriculum)
  • Applicability to other areas of instruction
  • Innovation can be grown into a larger scale application
  • Potential for sustainability

Your proposal will be further evaluated based on your inclusion of:

  1. Complete project proposal and budget plan information provided in the templates below.
  2. Your agreement indicated in the application submission to:
    • To consult with ITS staff to clarify and potentially adjust my instructional and implementation plans described above. These consultations are designed to give grant recipients the opportunity to discuss strategies that will maximize the instructional effectiveness and timely completion of proposed projects and to ensure that new technologies integrate appropriately with the University’s infrastructure.

    • To provide a project report at the end of the academic year and work with ITS staff to develop the story for the promotion of the program to enable them to create reports and media that highlights my project in order to promote the University’s mission and the purpose of the funding program.
  3. A curriculum vitae (CV) for the Primary Investigator (PI) applicant with no more than two (2) pages.

Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from other available sources. Funds awarded will be for academic year 2017-2018. Funds may carry over for a second academic year in extenuating circumstances, but will require prior approval.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Project Proposal and Budget Plan Templates attached below.
  2. Click Apply for Grant below and submit the project proposal and budget plan you created using the template along with your CV.

Proposals are due by February 17, 2017.

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Dr. Carlos Solís
Associate Vice President
Instructional Technologies Support