Curriculum Development Grant

Curriculum Development Grant Guidelines

Curriculum Development Grants (CDG) were established to support development of courses/curricula new to this campus or the university system or significant revisions to existing courses/curricula, which cannot be funded from existing divisional or departmental budgets. This grant may not be used for operating expenses of new or existing courses.

Up to $3,000 for one project requesting any combination of summer salary and expenses. The Committee must balance the demands of a large number of meritorious proposals against a rather limited amount of available funds.

Tenure or tenure-track faculty and appointed lecturers. Associate faculty may be participants in the project but must have an eligible faculty member as project director. No proposal will be accepted from investigators who have an open Curriculum Development Grant at the time of application..

There will be two rounds for funding. Proposals are due at the Office of Research, Academic Affairs (research@iusb.edu) by 4:00 p.m. on October 26, 2018 and March 22, 2019.

  1. Completed and signed Proposal Route Sheet
  2. Proposal narrative answering the following questions:
    1. What is the project intended to accomplish (objectives, significance)?
    2. What activities/methods are planned to obtain the project's objective?
    3. What qualifications do you bring to the position as grant director?
    4. Where have you sought funding for this project (department/unit, UCET/FACET Faculty Development Grants, SEED Grant for Teaching with Technology, Online Course Development Grants, etc.)
    5. What previous IU South Bend curriculum grants have you received, what resulted from those projects?
  3. Detailed budget and justification. Include all items necessary to complete the project, including but not limited to summer salary, audio/visual materials, equipment, and personnel assistance. Indicate budget costs supported by department/division or other sources. Travel rates and other items for budget consideration can be found online. Summer salary requests should be based on the salary rate in place at the time the proposal is submitted and must include Fringe Benefits (27% of salary request) as a budget line item.
  4. If your project involves human subjects you must address when you will seek IRB approval and any award will be contingent on IRB approval being received. If you are conducting a survey or questionnaire, please include a copy of your instrument.
  5. Two letters of support addressed to the Contracts and Grants Coordinator. Both letters may be from internal sources. One letter must be from the unit's director, dean, or chair indicating support and addressing the impact of the project on the unit's curriculum structure. This letter must explicitly note that this course/curriculum is new to this campus or the university system or describe the ways in which this project involves significant revision to an existing course/curriculum. The letter should additionally address why this project could not be funded by the department or unit. Letters of support do not require original signatures but should be sent from the author's e-mail account to research@iusb.edu.
  6. Current curriculum vitae (electronic version preferred).
  1. Electronic proposal submission is required (except for signed route sheet). Staff of the Office of Research (4181) are available to assist in proposal preparation.
  2. Times New Roman, 12pt type, 1-inch margins, and page numbers are required.
  3. It is recommended that the Project Narrative not exceed 5 pages.
  4. It is recommended that the Curriculum Vitae not exceed 10 pages.

Decisions by the Research and Development Committee will be based on consideration of the following:

  1. Strength of applicant's proposal. Keep in mind that the committee is made up faculty members from different disciplines. You should write your proposal so that it can be understood by someone outside of your discipline.
  2. A grant must be expended within the project period specified in the award unless an extension is requested and approved by the Research and Development Committee or its designee.
  3. Significant changes in project objectives, procedures, or budget cannot be undertaken without the approval of the Research and Development Committee or its designee.
  4. A closing report must be sent to the Office of Research within one month of the award expiration date. Individuals who have not submitted a report on previous grants will not be eligible for future grants.
  5. After the specified deadline unused funds will revert to a campus account.
  6. These grants will normally terminate when their recipients' appointment at IU South Bend comes to an end.
  1. Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal approximately three weeks after the deadline.
  2. A grant must be expended within the project period specified in the award unless an extension is requested and approved by the Research and Development Committee or its designee.
  3. Significant changes in project objectives, proecures, or budget cannot be undertaken without the approval of the Research and Development Committee or its designee.
  4. A closing report must be sent to the Office of Research within one month of the award expiration date. Individuals who have not submitted a report on previous grants will not be eligible for future grants.
  5. After the specified deadline unused funds will revert to a campus account.
  6. These grants will normally terminate when their recipients' appointment at IU South Bend comes to an end.

Updated September 13, 2017

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