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INFUSE Grant Program

The Investments Needed For Undergraduate Success and Equity (INFUSE) initiative supports departments and faculty across the institution in making teaching improvements to increase student success and achieve equitable student outcomes while enhancing the teaching culture. The INFUSE initiative is particularly interested in projects that align with college or university priorities for student success and retention.  

Projects that are aimed at reducing or eliminating equity gaps for students, increasing students’ sense of belonging, and/or addressing barriers students encounter as they progress through a course or degree program are of particular interest.

Under the INFUSE program, groups of faculty will be eligible to receive up to $5,000 for teaching related projects. Awards will be made during Spring 2021 with projects starting in late Spring or Summer 2021. We encourage departments to engage in discussion around the potential uses of these funds before submitting a proposal, as funding is limited. In addition, we encourage proposals that engage more than one or two faculty so that the investments have the potential to include broader impacts across a department or the larger campus. However, in light of the current challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are open to proposals submitted by individual faculty, but will limit the total award amount for individual grants to $1,500. 

What kinds of projects are funded?

Possible project activities might include:

  • department teaching retreat(s)
  • course/curriculum redesign project
  • departmental teaching discussion group or community of practice
  • exploration of effective assessment strategies
  • intentional use of universal design for learning (UDL) in teaching practice 
  • integration of COVID related teaching approaches for sustained use
  • deepening faculty involvement in community partnerships to strengthen students’ community engagement/service-learning

Past projects funded by INFUSE include efforts in the department of Math to design and assess transition courses with an intentional focus on student diversity in prior knowledge and experiences in order to improve student success; explorations to develop a sustainable model for integrating undergraduate research into teacher education courses in the department of Early & Special Education; and a 3 day retreat for the Global Studies program to engage in a collaborative review and curriculum redesign for core courses to address structural barriers to student success.

Additional Project Expectations

Projects must be focused on student success and retention. While the focus is broad, each project should include the following components: 

  • New exploration and adoption of evidence-based instructional practices (EBIP)
    • An EBIP is an instructional approach for which there is evidence from educational research or from the scholarship of teaching and learning to support its positive impact on student learning.
  • Engagement in a continuous improvement process of teaching and learning that is evidenced and informed by meaningful assessment
    • Meaningful assessment means there are at least two articulated outcomes that are directly connected to the project efforts and there is a plan for data collection and analysis. 
  • A plan to stimulate departmental dialogue around teaching

All projects will be required to submit periodic updates via a google form (as requested) in addition to a final project report which will include a short reflection on the value and impact of the project from key faculty involved.

Projects involving more than one person cannot exceed $5,000 and projects involving only one individual cannot exceed $1,500. The budget should reflect the resources and time needed to achieve project goals. If salary is included as part of the budget, the budget should also include the cost of fringe/benefits.

All projects proposed must be completed by the end of Summer 2022. 

Proposals are due no later than Monday, March 29, 2021. A budget and budget justification are required for all proposals. Please submit your proposals by completing the INFUSE proposal form.  

NOTE: Projects focused on supporting faculty disciplinary research agendas are not within the scope of this program.

INFUSE proposals will be evaluated using the INFUSE proposal rubricAwards will be granted, in part, on the strength and thoroughness of your answers to the questions in the application form. Our selection of awardees will also be guided by the degree to which the proposed efforts impact student success and the campus teaching climate within a department or across the university.