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Curriculum-Related Grants

CRAC - Curriculum-Related Activities Committee Grant RFP

CRAC RFP (Word format)

This grant opportunity is open to all full-time faculty.

Curriculum Related Activity Grant proposals should address curricular innovations. Proposals that focus on writing courses, on-line/hybrid courses, incorporating social justice pedagogy into curricula, program development, interdisciplinary collaborations and other developments that further the goals of the Liberal Education Program, program accreditation, and departments' academic strategic plans are recommended. Proposals should clearly reflect effort and activity that is above and beyond normal expectations for course preparation. Preference will be given to projects that enhance instruction and assessment of learning in multiple sections of courses. A letter from the department chairperson or program coordinator acknowledging that the department or program has been informed should be submitted with the proposal.


The following restrictions apply to all proposals.

1. Awards are limited to a maximum of $2,500 for individual awards and $5,000 for awards involving two or more faculty members. Funded collaborative proposals will be shared by all applicants. For joint proposals, it is necessary to describe the contribution of each member in detail. The entire amount may be used as a stipend, and any equipment or supply costs must be justified. If this is a collaborative project, there must be a separate budget for each participant.

2. Any funds awarded for this 2018-2019 grant cycle must be expended by September 30, 2019.

3. Requested funds do not support proposals for which there is a more appropriate institutional source: for example, the AAUP travel monies, the CSU Research Grant, Faculty Development Grant, Minority Recruitment and Retention.

4. Only one proposal per project or activity will be accepted and considered for funding. Only one proposal per person (e.g. proposed individually, proposed jointly) will be accepted and considered for funding. Do not to submit multiple proposals, even if they are joint proposals. If two proposals are submitted by one person or per project, neither will be reviewed for funding.

5. A final report is due September 30, 2019. Individuals who have previously received awards under this program must have submitted a final report to the Office of Faculty Development in order to be considered for the current award cycle.

6. All proposals must be submitted on Confluence by Thursday, March 15, 2018, 4:00 p.m. See RFP above for more information on this new requirement. E-mail to request Confluence access by March 1st.

7. Proposals should be reviewed carefully to be sure they are error-free and that all comments and edits are cleared before submitting to FDAC for consideration.


Evaluation Rubric

Curriculum Grant Proposal Evaluation Rubric

Curriculum Related Activities Grants--Post-Award Information

Congratulations! Wondering what to do now that your proposed curriculum project has received funding? See our flow chart for steps in the right direction. 

The amount of the award was specified in the letter you received from the Associate Vice President for Assessment, Planning and Academic Programs.  Please exercise care in planning your project to ensure that you do not exceed this amount. 

The grant money must be used during the summer. Awarded funds are intended to support projects more than act as "accounts" for project directors.

A Banner organization will be set up for each grant awarded in the name of the recipient.  When a joint proposal has been funded, one faculty member will be identified for administrative purposes. The University will administer the expenses for your project through the procedures described below.  Please note that all expenses must be included in your budget.

For reimbursement of supplies or materials under and up to $99.99 (in total), you may purchase the items yourself and submit a CO-17XP Employee Voucher - Travel and Other form, with original receipts attached, to the Office of Faculty Development within 20 calendar days of the purchase so that approved paperwork can get to Accounts Payable within the required 30 calendar day time frame. This reimbursement will be charged to your Banner organization. Please note that the University will not reimburse employees for Connecticut State Sales Tax. For complete information and regulations on reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses, please visit the Accounts Payable web page.

For items equal to or greater than $100, please complete a Purchase Requisition (to issue a Purchase Order) and submit to the Office of Faculty Development before purchase. All software purchases must be through an IT-approved vendor and an estimate obtained from IT from said vendor must be submitted with the Purchase Requisition. Allow four weeks for the processing of your order. For complete information on purchasing procedures and regulations, please visit the Procurement Department's web page.

A supplement to your salary may be taken for any aspect of the project that does not include funds for supplies, materials or equipment. The stipend will be reflected in your Payroll check (usually in July). NOTE: Stipends may not exceed $2,500.00.

Submission of Grant Reports

A final report on curriculum-related project outcomes and expenditures must be filed with the Office of Faculty Development upon completion. You may submit your report to the attention of Ms. Jennifer Hudson, Faculty Development Associate,