Curriculum Innovation Funding

The call for 2021-2022 Curriculum Innovation Grant Proposals is now closed.

The FCTL Advisory Council has closed the Call for Proposals for Curriculum Innovation Grant funding. The purpose of this grant opportunity is to support faculty in advancing teaching and learning practices at Missouri State University.

Curriculum Innovation awards provide funding of up to $4,000 per grant. An itemized budget of expenses is part of the application process. Proposals smaller than $4,000 are encouraged to apply.

Proposals were due October 31, 2021, and is now closed.  Faculty will be notified in November if their proposal has been awarded.

Categories for Proposals:

  1. Teaching and Learning Beyond COVID-19
    What’s next? How can we take advantage of lessons learned? The COVID-19 pandemic made it necessary for us to think differently about the normal processes of teaching and learning. We saw many new innovations; a few of these have been outfitting classrooms for distance learning, connecting with students through Zoom or other synchronous modalities, and designing a balance of online and in class activities keeping students engaged in their learning. The pandemic also exposed unmet challenges and barriers for our students like mental health issues, poverty, access, and other inequities in the classroom. It has also heightened challenges for faculty, such as an increased need for professional development, resources necessary to improve the quality of online learning for students, and resources for improving the design of ‘non-COVID reactionary’ blended and in-person courses. The FCTL would like to fund proposals that focus on sustaining and advancing on the lessons learned during COVID-19, including benefits, challenges, and needs for improvements.

Resources to explore:
Long-Range Plan: Evolving Academic Directions -Traditional and high-tech modalities to coexist
Nworie, J. (2021). Beyond COVID-19: What’s next for online teaching and learning in higher education. Educause Review

  1. Promoting Equity in the Classroom
    Building on the special presentation and workshop from Dr. Bryan Dewsbury on Equity and the Higher Education Classroom, the FCTL is soliciting proposals that focus on practices for promoting equity in the classroom. Such practices may include developing a personal philosophy on what equity in the classroom means, inclusive teaching practices, strategies for creating an equitable classroom environment, reevaluating teaching materials, reducing race and gender barriers, accommodating differences in learning and disabilities, or other inclusive practices that ensure all students can fully participate in the learning process. Proposals can focus on inclusive teaching practices (development of self) or incorporating course content and activities that advance students’ understanding of diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence (development of student).

Resources to explore:
Long-Range Plan: Inclusive Excellence Driving University Success – Weaving IE through the fabric of campus
Dewsbury, B. & Brame, C. J. (2019). Inclusive Teaching. CBE – Life Sciences Education, 18(2)
Saunders, S. & Kardia, D. (1997). Creating Inclusive College Classroom.  Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan

Allowable Curriculum Innovations Expenses
Type of Expense Specifications
Instructional Materials Direct costs associated with the purchase or production of curriculum modules, supplemental instruction, workbooks, or other instructional materials. Compensation of development time for faculty and/or graduate assistance is not allowed.
Equipment and/or Software

Equipment and software needed to support the instructional change are allowed.

Professional Development Professional development including workshops, online courses or training, external trainers, conference registration fees, and associated travel expenses are allowable. The exception would be specific workshops and training that is already provided through LinkedIn or other university venues.
Supplies/Other Direct costs associated with supplies or other items needed to support the instructional change are allowed. Incentives for students to participate in a faculty members research project will be considered; however, stipends, hourly rates, or covering student tuition is not allowable.
Not Allowable Expenses
Type of Expense Specifications
Faculty salaries or other compensation Not covered by these funds.


Computer upgrades, classroom upgrades, or other software/platforms that are already being provided or are within the scope of the college or university will not be covered by these funds.


Any faculty member is eligible to apply. Faculty may apply individually or as a team of faculty. Per course instructors and adjuncts can submit a proposal as long as they collaborate with at least one full-time faculty member. Faculty members will not be funded for more than one project per funding cycle.

Application Process and Deadlines

Interested faculty should download and complete the 2021-2022 Curriculum Innovation Proposal template and the CI Budget page.

Download application and proposal template
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Download Budget Summary Form
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Note: The cover page of the application must include signatures of the Department Head and College Dean.

Curriculum Innovation proposals should be submitted electronically to the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. Please include in the subject line of the email: CI Proposal ”your last name” and email to

Proposal submissions are now closed.

Sharing Results and Outcomes

Successful recipients are expected to share the results of their project through an interactive poster session or a faculty presentation presented at Showcase on Teaching and Learning. This event is held annually in August, the week prior to the start of fall semester. Curriculum Innovation recipients should present within three years of receiving the award.

Application Review Process and Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Council. Award recipients will be notified by the middle of November, 2021.

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

Download Evaluation Rubric
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