Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE FOR THE 2017 FIGS?

  • Call for Proposals was announced April 21, 2017
  • Applications are due June 1, 2017 by 5PM
  • Awards will be announced June 16, 2017

HOW DO I APPLY?

Email an application using the Application Template to facultyinnovate@utexas.edu by June 1. Please limit your applications to 800 words.

WHO WILL BE ABLE TO APPLY?

Any UT Austin faculty, individually or in teams.

What is the typical range of the award?

Typical grants will be $5,000-10,000

How Many Grants will be awarded?

The number of grants awarded will depend on available resources and the design and quality of proposals received.

What are the areas of focus?

Proposals should focus on one of the following areas:

  • Online or Hybrid/Blended Learning:
    • a range of technology applications to deliver content to students in innovative ways,
    • connect students to their instructor and to each other both inside and outside of class,
    • promote active learning (e.g. interactive simulations),
    • provide timely feedback to learners.
  • Experiential Learning:
    • experiencing direct, firsthand encounters with real world phenomena,
    • hands-on research (in or outside of class),
    • internships,
    • service learning,
    • or other experiences.

HOW WILL THE 2017 FIG PROPOSALS BE EVALUATED?

A review committee of staff and faculty will evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:

  1. Strong rationale for the project
    • Clear description of problem to be solved or improvement to be made
    • Strong grounding in relevant and current research
    • Concise and clear statement of the value of the project to the UT community
  2. Quality Design
    • Clear definition of achievable goals
    • Focused plan and timeline for realizing those goals
    • Appropriate measurements for their success
    • Reasonable budget
  3. Proposed improvement enables activities that would not otherwise occur
    • Innovative and/or Strategic use of digital resources
    • Catalyze activities not part of ongoing processes within the department or college

What are the financial stipulations for the budget?

Grant funds may be used for:

  • faculty salary (summer or supplement0
  • research assistants
  • materials or supplies
  • other necessary costs including publications, meeting costs, or conference participation
    • Must be consistent with relevant departmental, college, or University policy, Regents’ rules, and Texas state law

Budgets for salaries should build in fringe benefits, which varies by department. Applicants should work with their department’s financial administrator to develop an accurate estimate. Awards are subject to a 3.25% administrative fee.

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF GRANTEES?

  • First and foremost, grantees are responsible for delivering on commitments made in the project proposal.
  • Project teams will gather twice: once in the fall 2017 semester to discuss their plans with the FIG 2017 cohort and once again during the following spring 2018 semester to share key insights and discoveries.
  • FIC staff will interview each of the project leads during the summer term to collect key insights, resources, and best practices from grantees in order to inform future innovation efforts. To ensure projects are on track for success, grantees are asked to set measurable goals.
  • A final report is also required within 90 days of project conclusion.

Whom do I contact if I have further questions?

For further questions or support, please contact Julie Stewart at julie.stewart@austin.utexas.edu