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Funding available for new round of Replicable Instructional Technology Infusion grants

October 13, 2015

In an effort to help its faculty, staff and students implement innovative projects designed to bolster teaching and learning, UW-Madison’s School of Education is once again putting out a call for proposals for its Replicable Instructional Technology Infusion (RITI) grants.

These RITI grants –- which are being offered through the School of Education’s Media, Education Resources, and Information Technology (MERIT) unit and the Dean’s Office -- can be used to pay for items such as software, hardware, design consulting or software development for the innovation. MERIT will also provide limited support for specialized services free of charge, although restrictions may apply to video production and software coding. In addition to utilizing MERIT resources, some projects will be utilizing other resources on campus such as DoIT Academic Technology and Instructional Communications Systems at the Pyle Center.

Like last year, when the program was launched, RITI grants of up to $2,000 per student or $5,000 per full-time instructors or faculty members are available, while total project funding could top those figures if applicants team up with others.

In addition to finding quality grant proposals, there also will be an emphasis on backing projects that could be replicated for use by other instructors moving forward. (To learn about the range of topics that were backed last year, check out this news story.)

“We were overwhelmed by the success of last year’s grants and we are looking forward to this year’s applicants,” says Anna Lewis, the School of Education’s interim co-CIO and co-director of MERIT.

Lewis notes how the grants are truly replicable, explaining how technology that was purchased as a part of a project for music education last year will likely be used as part of a dance course this year.  Another example she highlights is a web site that undergraduate mentors in the Teach-ology program created for one another.

“Instead of focusing just on the technology for technology’s sake, the students worked to highlight what specific technologies can help accomplish in terms of instructional outcomes,” says Lewis.

All 2015 RITI applicants must supply the following to be considered eligible for the grant:

● One page executive summary: ​Your executive summary should include your project title, dollar amount requested, purpose of the grant, and how it ties into the aims of the grant. Please include complete information for the main person of contact.

● Two‐page detailed proposal: ​ Your proposal should be no more than three pages and note the amount requested, your specific aim, your plans for using the funds, a timeline for use, and the expected outcomes.

● Detailed budget: ​ A one‐page detailed budget showing how you plan to spend the money will be required for consideration of grant funds. Be specific. If you are planning on including other funds, please include that amount and the source.

Funding for the RITI grants was made possible courtesy of philanthropists John and Tashia Morgridge, who is an alumna of the School of Education. The Morgridges funded the $32 million renovation and addition to the Education Building, which was completed in 2010 under budget. The remaining gift funding is being used to support the integration of technology into instruction. John Morgridge, a 1955 graduate of the Wisconsin School of Business, has served as president, CEO and chairman of the board of Cisco Systems, Inc., and is credited with building the San Jose, Calif., company into the leading global supplier of computer networking products.

Grant applications are due by Nov. 13.

For additional details -- including information about projects that were funded last year and a link to the 2015 RITI Grant call for proposals -- visit the RITI Grant website.