Proposal Criteria

The committee will evaluate your proposal based on the following questions.
  • In what ways is your project innovative (use of technology, approach to teaching and learning)?
  • Does the proposal solve a problem or take advantage of an opportunity at the intersection of student needs, faculty interests, department goals, and college priorities?
  • Will the proposal have a positive impact on teaching and learning?
  • How will students will benefit from a successful proposal?
  • Is the chosen technology well suited to project goals and objectives?
  • Does the proposal include an effective plan to evaluate the success of the project?
  • If successful, will the proposal be replicable by others or contribute to the development of solutions that can be used by others?
  • Does the proposal include a detailed and well-justified budget?

What you can request through your proposal

In scope

  • Equipment and software licenses to be used by students or instructors in the classroom.
  • Equipment and software licenses used to develop new or improved methods and materials for instructional use both in and out of the classroom.
  • Wages for student assistants (undergraduate or graduate) to create technology-enhanced resources that service multiple courses or a large population of students.

Out of scope

  • Hardware replacement or other recurring funding for previously-awarded grants.
  • Computer labs (see the Infrastructure for Learning Program).
  • Permanent staff or supplements to staff salaries (include such requests as part of the CLA budgeting process).


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

Questions about the Academic Innovations Grant? 

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