Frequently Asked Questions

How does a revolving deadline work?

Applications are accepted at any time during the academic school year. At the end of each month we process all received applications and reach out to the applicants in a 'joint peer review' session.  Applications which are accepted will receive notification after the review session.  Traditionally it takes Budgeting & Finance one month to allocate the funds to a budget number.

What is 'joint peer review?'

The purpose of the Institute for Academic Innovation is to partner with faculty, students, staff and administrators on the development, creation, implementation and assessment of innovative acts in the name of teaching and learning.  To best serve this, we work with every grant application to shape its objectives and outcomes, both to align with the intentions of the innovative act as well as the University's strategic mission.  In short, when you submit an application you will receive feedback on the application, and we will go back and forth with revision until one or both sides feel the application is ready to move to processing.

What constitutes an 'innovative act?'

The definition of innovation is remarkably vague; much of the foundational work in the Institute identifies the variances in the word while reconciling an embrace of all things innovation can mean.  We do this so that we can have a wide berth for an innovative act.  Primarily, there will need to be a direct relationship between the proposal and an improvement in teaching and/or learning.  How that improvement manifests in development, implementation or execution is up to the innovation.

So should I ask, what is not an innovative act?

There is an element of practice to an academic innovation, an intervention of some sort into a situation of teaching and/or learning.  To this end, scholarly research has less of a chance of funding than practitioner ideas.  This is in part because the Institute exists to provide a research and knowledge apparatus to the innovations of the school.  If your project is in need of research, the Institute can partner alongside to provide a lit review, existing examples, future outlooks and more, allowing you the time to focus on design and implementation.

If I receive an award, when can I expect the finances?

We are working with finance to expedite the turnaround on grants.  That process can take up to one month, but often it happens 10 days after receipt, meaning close to the 10th of the following month. At that time, finance will create a budget number allowing for purchasing.

I need to make a purchase on my innovation but there is no budget number.

There are two options.  One, you can make the purchase on your P-card and if the budget has not been assigned by the time the reclassification starts IAI will provide you a budget number.  Two, you can work through IAI to make the purchase.

What if I do not have a P-card?

It is easiest to work with IAI on making the purchase.  Likely IAI will make the purchase; however, in specific cases if you need to make the purchase yourself IAI will work to provide reimbursement.

When will I receive my stipend?

Upon completion of your innovative act and its assessment, you will share your results through a report with created artifacts.  When that is received and accepted, the stipend award information will be forwarded to finance and it will appear in your next paycheck.

What kind of report is required at the end of an innovation project?

The manner of sharing is dependent on the project; if your project creates multimedia learning materials, a link to those assets would be ideal.  If your project supports an emergent event, artifacts from the event are great.  If your project is the first part of a larger procedure, a review of your efforts (annotated or otherwise) is perfect.  We want your energies to go into your innovative work! Let the project shape the artifacts rather than sharing a formal report.
At the same time, we do request a narrative description of the proceedings, to be completed at the end of your innovation.  What was the problem your innovation sought to address?  What were your objectives, and how did you plan to measure?  What happened along the way?  What objectives did you meet, which objectives went unmet, and what unexpected outcomes came along?  This is designed to be an informal piece of writing but something from which we could publish excerpts; think of it as a blog about the project.

I still need help even though I received a grant.  What do I do?

The purpose of the Institute for Academic Innovation is to provide support across the lifespan of projects.  We are able to handle research needs, administrative efforts, and various outreach.  Moreover, as many of these grants were only seed funding to catalyze work, we can work alongside to identify potential opportunities for further funding.  In the case of initiatives requiring a yearly sustainment, we will work as a partner in determining the potential for inclusion into campus operations as well as the methodology to do so, and support the initiative’s entrance into day-to-day campus life.  This is all to say, the role of the Institute does not end when you receive funding…we hope it is only beginning.