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Provost Innovation and Enhancement Grant Application and Process

Program Summary

The Provost’s Office is pleased to provide Provost Innovation and Enhancement (PIE) funding, to support colleges, schools, departments, and academic units in three key areas, namely:

  1. Student Success
  2. Curriculum and Pedagogy enhancements
  3. Program/Department visibility and reputation

If you are unsure whether (or how) your idea fits with this initiative, please contact your immediate supervisor for an initial conversation about how this initiative fits with unit priorites. Proposals must include data, evidence, and a detailed budget to support the need for the program/initiative and should be tied to goals as articulated in annual reports, program review documents, or college/school/department strategic plan. It is highly recommended for Chairs and Directors to consult with the appropriate staff in the Office of the Provost in developing their grant proposals. Additionally, it will be expected for proposals to be collaborative in nature and for there to be evidence of consultation with relevant campus constituents (i.e., Visor Center, Career Services, Admissions, Marketing and Communications, Graduate School, etc.) in advance.

Student Success

Through a consultative process the university has produced a draft holistic definition of student success. The Provost Innovation and Enhancement program invites proposals and initiatives that seek to support both the traditional metrics of undergraduate and graduate student success as well as new and emerging ideas. You may consult with the Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Education for proposals focusing on student success.

Examples include:

  • Improving retention and graduation within the major/school department
  • Increasing student engagement (e.g., development and support RSOs, collaboration with Career Services for early career development in the discipline)
  • Analysis and identification of departmental policies and procedures that can be reviewed to provide better opportunities for student success
  • Analyze and reduce costs to students that are associated with completing the program (could include reviewing textbook requirements, creating retention scholarships out of existing foundation funds, reducing materials costs)

Curriculum and Pedagogy Enhancements

The Provost Innovation and Enhancement program will support programs that seek to retool or redesign courses or curriculum to meet new and emerging instructor or student needs. You may consult with the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education for proposals focusing on curriculum and pedagogy.

Examples include:

  • Exploring new models of course delivery aligned with course objectives and outcomes
  • Course redesign that converts the modality of the course delivery e.g., in person to hybrid or vice versa
  • Mapping of curriculum (e.g., with Curricular Analytics or other similar programs) to identify curricular opportunities to enhance student success
  • Analysis and identification of individual courses in the curriculum to identify opportunities for improved student success and development of a plan (e.g., course redesign plans, supplemental instruction, additional support for students) with faculty involvement to take advantage of those opportunities
  • Initiatives to reduce time to degree completion

Program/Department Visibility and Reputation

Schools/Departments interested in increasing their visibility or reputation may apply for funding under the Provost Innovation and Enhancement program. You may consult with the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management for proposals focusing on recruitment.

Examples include:

  • Student recruitment including increasing equity, diversity, access, and belonging
  • Developing accelerated degree programs (4+1)
  • Developing partnerships and 2+2 (4+1 or 3+2) type programs with international partners
  • International student recruitment
  • Graduate student recruitment

Award Levels and Duration

In FY25, the total funding available is expected to be about $200,000.

  • The maximum amount of money available per grant is $20,000
  • The duration allowed for each grant is 12 months (ends June 30, 2025). 
  • Proposals that have a timeline extending beyond FY25 will not be considered, as PIE funds are not eligible for Strategic Budget Carryover (SBC)
  • PIE funds are allocated to the next fiscal year only; they are not available for future fiscal years
  • FY25 PIE funding will be contingent upon successful accomplishment of initiatives associated with FY24 PIE Grant funding, if applicable

Examples of Eligible Expenses

The following expenses are allowed:

  • Expenses directly incurred by students for projects
  • Contractual agreements for external consultants, software, or services
  • Funding graduate, student hourly or undergraduate student worker positions to support the effort
  • Student recruitment activities

Examples of Ineligible Expenses

The following expenses are not allowed on this grant:

  • Expenses that can be requested through annual AEF requests (facility projects and technology for students)
  • Research proposals that can be supported with grants and/or the Advancing Research and Creative Scholarship (ARCS) program
  • Faculty stipends unless significant justification warrants it
  • Course overloads, instructional costs, or buyout for course reassignments
  • Student scholarships or tuition reimbursements
  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Post grant expenses that the program is unable to cover

Application Process

The deadline for proposals is March 1, 2024. College Deans (or AVPs who supervise Units) will prioritize submissions and submit a ranked list of proposals that meet PIE Grant guidelines to the Office of the Provost by April 5, 2024. The PIE Grant committee will review Deans' priority ranked applications and make final recommendations to the Provost by May 15, 2024.

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Review Process

The PIE Grant Review Team will begin an initial review of proposals March 2024 while awaiting Dean/AVP rankings that are due in April.