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Application Process

Applying for an FFR Demonstration Grant

Eligibility: Any full-time faculty or staff member may apply. Co- or multiple investigator proposals are encouraged. The first-listed proposer will be considered responsible for all reporting and for budget management.
Submission: Submit one copy to the Moodle FFR course and one hard copy with all the required signatures to the Office of the Provost by 5:00 PM on the second Monday in November.
Title Page: The FFR Demonstration Grant cover page must be the first page of the proposal.

The narrative for the FFR Demonstration Grant Proposals must address the following issues:

  • Identification of the teaching/learning problem that will be affected by the funding of this proposal.
  • A clear statement of the proposed solution for that problem.
  • The project's relationship to the unit's or University's strategic plan/priorities or current initiatives.
  • Plan of activities designed to achieve the goals--WHO? WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? HOW? Explain how this is different from what others have tried.
  • Plan for Evaluation: Describe indicators of success/data to be tracked, including a description of baseline data to be utilized in evaluation.
  • Timeline.
Budget: The Budget form for FFR Demonstration Grants must be used.

Allowable budget items.

  • Consumable supplies
  • Student labor
  • Graduate Assistant (be sure to include the cost of fee waivers, etc)
  • Equipment related to the project
  • Mileage and travel directly related to delivering the project to its audience
  • Participant Stipends
  • Release time (The amount of release time is limited and must be very well justified-department or unit support for this is encouraged)

Budget items not allowed.

  • Faculty/Staff salaries
  • Remodeling/Capital expenditures/space adjustments

A note on equipment.

This is not primarily an equipment granting program. Reasonable equipment items including instructional technology, necessary to carry out the proposal, can be included. The proposal must clearly indicate how the equipment will be used to address the learning problem. However, it is unlikely that a proposal solely for equipment, with the justification that modern equipment makes for better pedagogy, will be funded.

Proposal Length and Organization:

Proposal narratives may be no more than 3 pages, single-spaced, 11 point font or larger. Arrange as follows: Title page, Narrative, Budget Form. No appendices are allowed.

Proposal Evaluation:

Proposals will be evaluated by the FFR team according to the following criteria. Each criterion carries equal weight.

  • Is the teaching/learning problem clearly identified?
  • Is the proposal clearly stated and innovative?
  • Is the project related to the unit's or University's strategic plan/priorities or current initiatives?
  • Are expected outcomes clearly defined, and is a clear plan of assessment identified?
  • Does the project-plan demonstrate potential for achieving expected outcomes?
  • What is the likelihood that the project will lead to enhanced learning?
  • Is the budget reasonable and well justified?


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