Academic Innovation Grant FAQ

On other pages you'll learn how to apply, what we mean by innovation, criteria for evaluating proposals and about important dates and deadlines. Below we answer other questions you might have. 

It says awardees are expected to share lessons and other outcomes of the project. How is this to be done?

Basic information about your project will be posted on the LATIS website. Awardees are expected to write a formal report at the end of the project, including an evaluation. LATIS staff will contact awardees to discuss other options for sharing their projects: presenting at a LATIS-sponsored event, being interviewed for a CLA newsletter or other publication, or pursue some other idea. 

Is my department expected to provide matching funds?

No. However, contributing funds is an excellent way for a department to show support for a proposal and demonstrate a willingness to integrate the ideas into department plans.

If I am awarded a grant, when can I spend the money?
As soon as you receive the award. 

How does this grant program work?
  • A call for proposals will be sent to faculty, instructors, and departments in early spring for distribution at end of semester.
  • Instructors (faculty or P&A) submit proposals online
  • A committee of faculty, students, and staff will review proposals and provide funding recommendations to the college administration.  
  • LATIS is charged to manage the grant application and distribution processes.
Why does this grant program exist?

The Academic Innovation Grants Program exists to encourage faculty and department innovation in teaching and learning through the application of instructional technology.

What values does this grant program seek to uphold?
  • Student-centered: Proposals should be faculty- or instructor-driven but focused on improving student learning. 
  • Innovation: Ideas should attempt something new or a significant improvement on an existing idea.
  • Problem solving: Projects should seek to solve an issue or capitalize on an exciting opportunity.
  • Alignment: Proposers should strive to align efforts with student needs, department goals, and college priorities. 
  • Communication: Awardees are expected to share ideas and lessons learned with fellow instructors and other departments.
  • Fairness: The granting process will be conducted with objectivity and transparency.



Submissions are currently closed. Results will be communicated in May. 

Questions about the Academic Innovations Grant? 

Email Emily Stull Richardson,
cla-acadtech@umn.edu