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Teaching with Technology Innovation Grant


Academic & Instructional Services and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost support an Teaching with Technology Innovation Grant (TTIG) designed to support the development of new and innovative instructional material and methods. AIS will fund innovative projects that advance learning outcomes and new technologies relevant to distance education students. These grants will be extended to faculty who have a need for additional resources to support development of their proposed projects in specific evolving areas of technology.

The AIS TTIG will support:

  • Instructor course buy-out of time.
  • Supplies or materials.
  • Software licenses or subscriptions.
  • Hardware relevant to support the grant (i.e. tablets, webcams, servers, etc.).
  • Funds for hourly employees working less than 20 hrs. per week. (e.g. Student workers).

Current Topics of Interest

  • Data engagement/Learner analytics
  • Mobile device content delivery/App development
  • MOOC adoption
  • Online gaming
  • Online simulations
  • Online student services integration
  • Social media applications/integration

Other Topics?

You may also propose you own innovation DE topic consideration. See the grant process below for more details.

The AIS TTIG will NOT support:

  • Summer salary of either the applicant or support staff.
  • Extra Service Compensation (ESC) of either the applicant or support staff.


AIS TTIG awards will be up to $5,000. Awards will be reviewed and announced quarterly throughout the year. Award funds must be used within one year after the award is given.


All full time faculty members (tenure-track, tenured, and non-tenure track) are invited to submit proposals for an Teaching with Technology Innovation Grant. Applicants must have sufficient time to devote to the project and demonstrate (with a detailed timeline) feasibility of completing the project during the one-year grant period.

Proposal Sections and Format

  1. Cover Sheet (1 page)
  2. Project Narrative (up to 4 pages) - The project narrative should be concise but thorough and must not exceed four, single-spaced pages with one inch margins in a 12 point Times or 11 point Arial font. The project narrative should include the following sections and information:
    1. Project Description
      • Description of targeted course or pedagogical improvement project
      • Explanation of need
    2. Goals and Objectives
      • Project objectives and their relationship to learning outcomes
    3. Strategies
      • Project design
      • Realistic timeline (including proposed date of completion)
      • Assessment criteria for evaluation of the innovation's effectiveness
      • Needed resources
    4. Project Outcomes
      • Anticipated products (e.g. technology-enhanced or online course materials, teaching practices, certification or assessment methods)
  3. Budget and Budget Justification (up to 2 pages)

The budget must be reasonable, and costs should be commensurate with proposed activities. Examples of allowable expenses include purchase of teaching tools, student assistance, certification fees, travel to professional and certification workshops, and data collection. Because these are internal funds, no facilities and administration fees will be assessed. Once approved, the AIS Business office will issue an index # for the billing.

NOTE: Costs of entertainment, including amusement, diversion, and social activities and any costs directly associated with such costs (such as tickets to shows or sports events, meals, lodging, rentals, transportation, and gratuities) are unallowable. Purchase of alcoholic beverages is never allowed.

  1. Applicant Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Support - Applicants must provide a letter documenting support for the ETLG project from their academic department head.

Submission Procedure

Applicants should email a complete application package (cover sheet, project narrative, budget and budget justification, curriculum vitae and support letter) as a single PDF file, with their last name and “AIS Teaching with Technology Innovation Grant” in the subject line, to Kevin Shanley at Applications will not be accepted by mail or fax.

Applicants may submit only one proposal at a time and no more than one grant per faculty member will be funded. Since this is an internal grant program, the proposal will not need to be reviewed by your sponsored program administrator in the USU Office of Sponsored Programs.

Review Criteria and Procedure

AIS Administration and CIDI Instructional Designers will evaluate each proposal by the following criteria. The successful project should:

  • Address a primary course learning objective.
  • Demonstrate a technically sound methodology.
  • Be adaptable for use in other courses and disciplines.
  • Be cost effective given the scope of work and the audience.
  • Be completed with the proposed timeframe.

Post-award Requirements

Awards are administered by the Academic and Instructional Services Business Office, and final budgets are subject to approval of an AIS business officer. Post-award requirements are as follows:

  • Within 90 days of award expiration, grant recipients will be asked to submit a final report (limited to two pages) that summarizes results and identifies achieved outcomes.
  • Support from this program should be acknowledged in all publications resulting from the funded project (“supported in part by an AIS Teaching with Technology Innovation Grant”).
  • AIS should be notified if support through this program leads to funding or publications.
  • Grant recipients must provide a final presentation of the proposal outcomes via webinar, workshop or whitepaper.

Contact Information

If you have any questions concerning these procedures or need assistance, please contact Kevin Shanley ( or 435-797-8177.

Teaching with Technology Innovation Grant
Utah State University
5100 Old Main Hill
Logan Ut, 84322-5100

-Updated 10/2015-