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Funding Opportunity Announcement

Announcement: Proposals to support teaching innovation and group development of new and sustainable approaches/techniques related to improving instruction and learning are being solicited. These unit-based projects should generate data that informs and promotes the expansion of the QEP within or outside the funded unit (program, department, school, etc.). Funded awards will focus on the QEP theme Learning in a Team Environment. Awards range from $5,000-$15,000 based upon scope and the number of faculty involved. Projects will be selected strategically, to provide critical seed funding either in areas where there will be an impact on a maximum number of students or in areas where excellence is likely to be achieved with focused effort and resources. Multiple awards will be made based upon the quality of applications and availability of funds.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Principle investigator must be a full-time UAB faculty member.
  2. Completed proposal template with a clear statement of outcomes to be evaluated and assessment methodologies to be used.
  3. Award recipients must present their summary findings to a faculty audience within 24 months of start of award.

Funds Available and Restrictions: The maximum award is $15,000 under this mechanism. The proposed budget will be evaluated for relevance and reasonableness, and is a significant part of the review process. Funds cannot be used to cover investigator salary, pay for release time from teaching or service work, pay for memberships to professional organizations, or for travel to conferences at which the awardee is not a presenter (travel for the purpose of dissemination is allowed, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis; proof of presentation may be required).

Required Materials in Application: Complete applications will include the following, in order, in a single electronic PDF file:

  1. Application check list / cover page (download here: PDF or DOCX)
  2. The maximum 6 page proposal narrative (download detailed description here: PDF or DOCX)
  3. Budget with justification (2 page maximum)
  4. A statement (2 or 3 paragraphs) regarding how this proposal relates to the QEP Learning in a Team Environment.
  5. Letters of support (2) from the head proposer’s Chair or Head of their academic unit, and their Dean, stating that they will be given time to work on the proposal, and that they have the support of their Chair/Head and Dean to do this work.
  6. CV of the principle investigator and all co-investigators (if applicable)

Review and Scoring Criteria: Applications will be evaluated based on likelihood for success, potential impact on student learning, and fit with the QEP theme of Learning in a Team Environment. Proposals must demonstrate the unit (program/department/school) has the technological resources to support the project, or that this support can be provided by the Center for Teaching and Learning. Assessment and evaluation of student learning outcomes plays a major role in the scoring of these proposals. Evaluation of the budget for relevance and reasonableness will be a significant factor.

Submission Due Date: All components of the application are due no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, April 1st 2019.

Notice of Award Date: Funding decisions will be communicated to the PI on Friday, April 26th 2019, no later than 5:00 PM.

Anticipate First Date for Fund Availability: The earliest funds will become available is June 1 2019, following evidence of IRB approval.

Post-Award Requirements: Recipients will be required to submit a summary of the activities that took place as a result of funding this work. These will be at six and twelve months post-start, and again at the conclusion (18-24 months). Recipients will give a presentation as part of the CTL presentation series to disseminate their work. It is anticipated that work will be complete within 18-24 months following project start, although extensions may be granted with strong rationale.

Contact Persons: All applicants are required to make an appointment with CEA Director Scott Snyder (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 205-934-8475) to discuss outcomes assessment and evaluation, a major funding criterion. All other questions regarding this FOA as well as discussions regarding the proposed work should be directed to QEP Director Dale Dickinson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 205-975-7493).