Materials / Software / Minor Equipment Purchase
Instructional development grants are available to faculty wishing to purchase materials or software designed to enhance teaching. Generally speaking, materials can be regarded as teaching-related if they are designed to enhance the learning of students in specific courses or across programs.
Funding for teaching materials/software/equipment is not limited by amount, though most requests fall in the $200-$1500 range. There is no limit on how many times faculty may seek FIDC funding. However, when funds are tight, preference will be given to faculty and departments who have not had recent funding for similar requests.
How and When to Apply
Proposals may be submitted from September 1st until May 1st. The Faculty Instructional Development Committee meets monthly to review and act on proposals on hand by noon on the first business day of the month. Proposals should get a response from the committee within two to three weeks.
You may wish to discuss your proposal with the Director of Instructional Development at least one week before the deadline prior to submitting it.
Please bear in mind that faculty reviewing proposals are not necessarily familiar with your discipline or pedagogical approach. Be carfeul to effectively articulate your work so that faculty from various disciplinary approaches can fully appreciate its value.
Proposals are submitted online through the form below. Proposals should be clear, complete & well organized with the following three sections (in this order):
I. A cover sheet (below).
II. A memo that addresses the following:
- What materials/software/equipment are you proposing to purchase? (Explain in some detail.)
- How will these materials be used? Specifically, how will they enhance student learning at UND? How many students will benefit from their use?
- What plans do you have to evaluate the use of these materials/software and to assess student learning related to the use of these materials?
III. An itemized budget that lists:
- cost for each item you want to purchase, include shipping and handling charges (please attach price documentation)
- amount of funding that you have received or are seeking from other sources
- amount you are requesting from OID (same as on cover sheet)
IV. A supporting letter from your department chair, explaining what the department is able to contribute in support of this project and/ or why outside support is necessary. If you are chair, ask for a letter from your dean. Support letters are sent separately, either electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or via campus mail to OID at Stop 7104.
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Application and Review Procedure
Submit the application and encompassing documents online. Make sure letter of support has been sent to OID.
One copy is sufficient. They must arrive by noon on the first business day of the month. Supporting letters must be received separately and directly from the reference.
FIDC and Flexible Grant recipients are required to file a final report that addresses how the pedagogical activity will benefit the university. Final reports are generally due within six months of notification. Records on final reports are kept in the OID office and if a faculty member is applying for another grant, the final report must be filed before the new grant proposal can be acted on.
For More Information:
Office of Instructional Development
Jeff Carmichael, Acting Director
Other FIDC Grants