October 24, 2014

Call for President’s Technology Advisory Council Innovation Grants

The PTAC Innovation Grants are due Monday, September 1st, 2014.  Here’s a summary of this opportunity.

1)  Innovation Grants

The President’s Technology Advisory Council (PTAC)* wants to invite students, faculty, and staff from the UMW Community to apply for a PTAC Innovation Fund Grant.  These grants, which can range from $500 to $25,000, are intended to help jumpstart innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and exploration at UMW. One of the charges of the President’s Technology Advisory Council is to foster new and interesting uses of technology and we hope these funds will enable pilot projects, incubate new ideas, and serve as seed money for projects across the University Community.  You can find inspiration from grant ideas that were funded last year located here.

Applications are due by September 1, 2014.

To apply for PTAC Innovation Funds, fill out the application at http://president.umw.edu/ptac/grant/application/.  The application must include a 250-word (max) proposal, budget, and description of the finished product (presentation, website, tool, video, syllabus/assignment, project, etc.).  Since we have a total budget of $25,000, we’ll also ask if it would still be possible to do the project if it was funded at a partial level.

PTAC will evaluate the proposals based on the following criteria: innovative uses of technology in teaching, learning, and/or exploration; how many people will benefit; quality of proposed product, output, or presentation; viability and cost of proposal. Please be sure to include a detailed, accurate budget for your project.

Caveats:

Materials purchased belong to UMW and must be returned to IT upon completion of the project.

Estimating the cost of laptops, iPads, and other standard technology purchases can be made using the UMW form located at  http://adminfinance.umw.edu/procurement/tech-purchases/standard-purchases/.

While funding can be used toward a subscription, PTAC Innovation Grants are intended to jumpstart projects and so would not be renewable.

This year’s grants will need to be spent by the Fiscal Year 2014 deadlines, though work on the projects can be continued over the summer.

Grant recipients will be asked to share their work in a public forum (possible venues include Research and Creativity Day, Faculty Academy, as a display in the ITCC, or in an online context).

If you have questions about the PTAC Innovation Grants, contact Jim Groom or other members of the PTAC.

Rosemary Arneson, University Librarian
Hall Cheshire, Interim CIO
Leanna Giancarlo, Chair/Associate Professor
Steve Greenlaw, Professor
Mary Kayler, Director, Teaching Excellence and Innovation
Shelley Keith, Director of Digital Communications
Kim Kinsley, Assistant Professor
Jeffrey McClurken, Chair/Professor & PTAC Chair
George Meadows, Professor
Erik Nosar, Student Representative
Jerry Slezak, Director of IT Support Services
Matt Troutman, Associate Director of Residence Life
Zach Whalen, Assistant Professor

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