Bryant University Faculty Innovation Grants

Bryant University has a long history of innovation in the classroom. In an effort to encourage faculty to pursue innovation, the Provost’s Office and the Center for Teaching Excellence annually award five $2,000 grants to faculty members introducing a substantial innovation into the classroom at Bryant. The call for proposals is typically issued in the late spring. Proposals are reviewed by the previous year’s Innovation Grant winners, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Provost’s Office. Winners are announced in early summer. View a list of previous winners here, and a Bryant News story on the program here.

2022-23 Proposals are now open. Please review requirements below and submit proposals to cte@bryant.edu by May 31st.


Eligibility

  • All full-time faculty (including term and tenure/tenure-track) using this grant for undergraduates are eligible to apply.
  • All initiatives and projects must take place, with expenses incurred, by May 31st of the following year.

Innovation Grant Proposal Format
The innovation grant proposal must include the following elements:

  • Faculty member’s name and department
  • Description of the proposed initiative
  • List of goals and objectives that the initiative seeks to achieve
  • Identification of developmental activities that the grant would fund, including a budget
  • Timeline of when and how the activities and expenses will be completed
  • Explanation of how the impact on student learning, engagement, satisfaction, or other key outcomes will be assessed.

It should be emailed as a Word/PDF document to cte@bryant.edu by May 31st.


Innovation Grant activities
Submissions might propose activities such as:

  • A new type of applied learning experience
  • A new use of technology to enhance student learning
  • A new program or co-curricular experience to enhance faculty-student engagement
  • A new initiative to enhance the level of faculty-student collaboration on research
  • A new type of project in which students engage in independent learning outside of the classroom
  • A new online or blended learning course

Some proposals may involve the development of new courses or course modules. We welcome those ideas, but please note that the course itself will have to be approved through the usual curriculum review process. The Center for Teaching Excellence will help support the development process, but it cannot approve new courses. Additionally, all expenses for the project must be completed and submitted by May 31st, regardless of the status of the course approval process.

A list of prior Innovation Grant awardees and their activities is available here.


Use and reimbursement of grant money

Grant monies may be used to fund expenses such as software, hardware, conferences, training seminars, or educational materials. They may not serve as a stipend for developing a new initiative. Upon notification of winning a grant, faculty members should contact the Academic Affairs Director of Finance to discuss their spending plan for award monies. Once the plan is reviewed, a determination on purchasing/reimbursement will be made based on University purchasing and accounts payable policy. The spending plan must be submitted by August 31st.

All payments and reimbursements should occur by May 31st of the following year, unless prior arrangements are made with the Academic Affairs Director of Finance. Distribution of grant funds cannot run into the following fiscal year.


Presentation and summary

Faculty receiving Innovation Grants are required to present their innovation and results at REDay, the Annual Teaching and Learning Summit, or some other agreed upon public event, following the grant award. In addition, by June 30th they must submit a brief report to the Provost and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence regarding the activities undertaken with the grant proceeds.

Please direct all questions to the CTE Director (cte@bryant.edu).