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Faculty Development Mini-Grants, 2020-21

We are glad that you are interested in our mini-grants program! Please review the information below and keep it in mind while creating your proposal. When you are ready to submit your completed proposal, please click the button below to complete the application process.

Proposal Submission

Request for Proposals

Deadline: April 15, 2020

The Faculty Learning Commons (FLC) is pleased to request proposals for 2020-21 Faculty Development Mini-Grants. These mini-grants are intended to encourage faculty innovation and scholarship that directly impacts the teaching/learning environment at ASU. Twenty mini-grants of $2,500 may be funded (2 mini-grants in each of the 5 undergraduate colleges and 10 mini-grants to the best remaining applicants). Therefore, ASU is committing a total of $50,000 to support this effort.


  • All full-time faculty with at least a 9-month appointment for academic year 2020-21, including instructors, are eligible to apply for one mini-grant. Preference will be given to faculty who did not receive a mini-grant award in the previous year.
  • Multiple faculty members participating in a single proposal/project will share the $2,500 award, if funded.
  • Proposals must be approved by the appropriate department chair and received by the application deadline of April 15, 2020.

Grant Categories

  • Instructional Innovation: Successful proposals in this grant category focus on the implementation of innovative pedagogical strategies designed to enhance student learning.
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): Successful proposals in this grant category focus on scholarly inquiry regarding best practices for the teaching/learning environment.

Note:  If a SoTL project requires IRB approval, that approval must be obtained prior to the start of the research project.  If the applicant receives approval for a mini-grant, the applicant must send a copy of the IRB approval letter to the Faculty Learning Commons Director before funds will be disbursed.

Grant Award

  • The grant consists of a $2,500 award to fund an approved project conducted between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021. No funding will carry over to the following fiscal year.
  • Applicants will be notified of the review panel’s decisions by May 15, 2020.

Availability of Funds and Allowable/Non-allowable Expenses

  • Allowable expenses
    • Books and other learning resources
    • Consumables
    • Equipment
    • Printing/copying
    • Conference/webinar registration fees
    • Stipends (taxes, etc. will be withheld thus reducing the amount of the award)
  • Non-allowable expenses
    • Travel, including mileage, airfare, meals, lodging, etc.
    • Any other expense that does not meet state funding guidelines for M&O funds (Please consult your department chair for clarification).
  • Availability of funds
    • If stipend money is requested, the stipend will be released at the end of the grant period (August 2021) or after the final report associated with the project has been submitted, whichever comes first.
    • If money for purchasing supplies/equipment is requested, those funds will be available for use by October 1, 2020. Note that all supplies/equipment purchases must go through all the normal purchasing channels at ASU (banner requisitions, etc).

Application Process

Applicants must:

Project Deliverables for those receiving funds (archived for future reference)

  • Mini-grant Report (due August 15, 2021), to include:
    • Abstract (120 word maximum)
    • Chronological narrative of activities
    • Summary of findings
      • Results
      • Impact on student learning
      • Future Implications
    • Expense report
    • Other supporting documents, which may include but are not limited to copies of conference presentations and submitted publication manuscripts of the project.
  • Brown-Bag Presentation and/or Video Presentation
    • Grant recipients may be asked to present their project and findings at a future FLC Brown-Bag event. All FLC brown-bag events are video recorded and archived.
    • Grant recipients may be asked to present their project and findings via a recorded video and archived in lieu of a brown-bag presentation.
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