Learning Awards & Funding Opportunities

2016 Curriculum Innovation Research Projects

General Purpose and Scope:

These mini-grants provide support for innovative teaching strategies that focus on student engagement, active learning, and student success.  While the FCTL Advisory Council welcomes all proposals, we encourage those that intend to demonstrate deeper learning outcomes and have the potential to be applied to other disciplines.

Proposals should include a statement of the problem or a goal statement, projected itemization of expenses, approach and planned methodology for the project and any findings, and dissemination of these results to peers both within the university and beyond in terms of publications or professional presentations.  Proposals must detail how active teaching and learning strategies will be implemented and evaluated.

Faculty interested in submitting a proposal are required to schedule a pre-grant meeting with the FCTL to review the application process and review measurable outcomes.  To schedule meeting contact fctl@missouristate.edu.

It is expected that the project activities be conducted and evaluated during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Successful recipients will also be expected to share their project with the MSU instructional community as follows:

  • One progress report presented to the FCTL Advisory Committee,
  • A formal presentation of the project and results presented at the Showcase on Teaching and Learning held August 17, 2016,
  • Final report with the results of the project submitted by October 31, 2016.

How can Curriculum Innovation Funds be used?

These funds are intended to provide support for an individual faculty or group to assist with instructional materials, equipment or software, travel, supplies or other resources necessary to develop and research innovative curricular practices. Projects will be funded up to $5,000.  Sustainability of these new practices will be given consideration in the application review process.


Any faculty member is eligible to apply for funding for Curriculum Innovation Research Projects. Per course instructors and adjuncts can submit an application as long as they collaborate on the project with at least one full time faculty members. Faculty members will not be funded for more than one project per funding cycle.

Submission Guidelines and Deadlines:

Note: If you intend to submit a proposal, please contact FCTL staff for a mandatory pre-grant meeting.
Please use the attached template: (Curriculum Innovation Proposal TemplateYou need Microsoft Word to view and print this document.

This template includes:
I.    Application cover page
II.   Proposal summary
III.  Project objectives
IV.  Methodology
V.   Project Evaluation plan

Written proposals should be between 1,500 – 2,000 words and include:

  • Cover sheet including name of project, faculty name, department, contact information, and date.
  • Curriculum Innovation Funds Approval form with FOAP # and Department Head signature (form attached)
  • Purpose of the project
  • Learning outcomes to be addressed
  • Methodology and instructional practices
  • Student assessment plan
  • Budget

Curriculum Innovation proposals should be submitted electronically to the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning  fctl@MissouriState.edu  no later than October 31, 2015.

Application Review Process:

Proposals will be reviewed by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee. Award recipients will be notified by November 20th

Application Evaluation Criteria:

The attached Evaluation Rubric details the evaluation criteria that will be used to award Curriculum Innovation projects.  
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Final Report:

Final reports for Curriculum Innovation projects are due October 31, 2016. Written reports should include:

  • Cover sheet
  • Purpose of project
  • Summary
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Conclusion including future plans

For more information contact the FCTL@MissouriState.edu