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Faculty and Staff Awards (Mini-Grants)

Shaw University is committed to improving student learning outcomes through enhancing academic programs. To support these efforts, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Title III are soliciting proposals for the implementation of initiatives and research projects that further the mission of the university.

Proposals must be submitted through the online Mini-Grant Application no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2018. Proposals may request a maximum of $20,000.

Proposal Guidelines

The purpose of the Shaw University Mini-Grant Program is:

  • To encourage faculty and staff to address the campus goals of improving student learning outcomes.
  • To fund programs or research initiatives that seek innovative approaches to improve or enhance the manner in which students experience the curriculum and to generate knowledge through experience.
  • To promote the development of campus-wide initiatives that foster student engagement, both socially and intellectually.

Through the mini-grant program, we hope to generate ideas, foster initiatives and stimulate educational efforts that are tailored to the needs of the students, disciplines, and stakeholders at Shaw University.

Target Areas

Proposals for projects or research in one of the following target areas are encouraged;

  • Enhance the quality of teaching and learning
  • Enrich the learning experiences of students
  • Create a learning environment that offers an opportunity for and supports the success of students, staff and faculty.
  • Improve retention and graduation rates.

Proposal Requirements & Eligibility

  1. Proposals will be accepted for funding the development of an innovation or program grant.
  2. Proposals should:
    1. Not exceed 5 pages, excluding bibliographies or supporting documents
    2. Focus on activities that can be expanded to qualify for additional funding from other sources
    3. One-time program grant initiating or advancing ongoing academic programs
    4. Include a plan to institutionalize should the project prove successful
    5. Support existing programs and initiatives that meet the target areas 
  3. Proposals must include and clearly identify the following components
    1. A title
    2. A narrative description of the proposed initiative
    3. An annotated list of key personnel and their roles in the project
    4. A budget including justification (see attached form)
    5. A schedule of deliverables
    6. And, if applicable, methods in which the program/initiative will be sustained beyond the University Mini-Grant period.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. The proposed initiative’s expected effectiveness in addressing one or more of the 5 target areas.
  2. The extent to which the proposed strategy shows that the proposer’s unit (division, department, unit) takes substantial ownership of and commitment to the innovation.
  3. The extent to which the initiative is designed to build or inform permanent structures and programs, showing development toward a sustained and continuing effort.
  4. The extent to which the proposed initiative promotes partnerships among faculty and staff to address the targeted area.
  5. The University Mini-Grant serves as a seed grant to enhance or build an initiative. Proposals will be funded for one year.

Proposal Review Process

A panel of faculty and staff appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs will be charged with reviewing and submitting ranks of the proposals. It is anticipated that 5 proposals will receive funding during the 2018 – 2019 academic year; however, if proposals requesting smaller amounts of funding are received, more grants may be awarded. If the committee determines that there are not 5 proposals that merit funding, it is possible that funded proposals may be eligible for additional funds.

Award Administration

Awardees are expected to complete a final report, no longer than three pages long, to be submitted no later than September 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

The final report should include the following information:

  1. Program objectives and impacts: How was the identified need addressed and how effective was the project?
  2. Project evaluation: Describe how the project effectiveness was evaluated.
  3. Sustainability: Will the program continue? Describe the plans to continue, extend or modify this program for the future.
  4. List any publications about this project to the broader community through presentations, articles, press releases or other media coverage and any products created through this project, such as websites, course materials or modules or other items.

Proposals must be submitted through the online Mini-Grant Application no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2018.

Proposals may request a maximum of $20,000.


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