CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Transforming Learning for a Third Century (TLTC)

Call for Proposals – Quick Wins and Discovery

November 2013 Release (due January 17, 2014)

Background

The Third Century Initiative (TCI) is a plan from the University of Michigan President and Provost to develop innovative, multi-disciplinary approaches to teaching and scholarship at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. The overall goal of the Third Century Initiative is to stimulate creative thinking among students and faculty, and to develop programs that will intensify learning experiences in and beyond the classroom. TCI is a five-year program with $50 million dollars of dedicated funding.

The Third Century Initiative has two components:  (1) creating innovative student learning experiences and (2) developing creative approaches to the world’s greatest challenges and opportunities.  Transforming Learning for a Third Century (TLTC) represents a funding mechanism associated with the student learning component of the Third Century Initiative.

The TLTC grant program aims to fund the most exciting and innovative ideas from across the University of Michigan campus to enhance action-based, experiential learning for U-M students. The program is open to all units and disciplines – and seeks a broad array of proposals, ranging from new applications of existing best practices, to the scaling up of existing programs, to high-risk/high-reward experimental innovations.

Transforming Learning for a Third Century has two grant programs; both are currently accepting proposals:

  1. Quick Wins will fund relatively small-scale, “shovel ready” projects that have transformative potential for curriculum, pedagogy, and student learning. Quick Wins will provide up to $25,000 on a one-time basis.
  2. Discovery & Transformation is a two-phase funding program that is intended to inspire forward thinking in student learning. The program embraces risk, discovery, and experimentation, empowering faculty members and staff to explore opportunities beyond the traditional. It is intended to develop longer-term programs that require more resources. Proposals for the Discovery phase (up to $50,000, one-time) should be based on a general hypothesis regarding teaching and learning that can be questioned, explored, and planned or piloted during this initial Discovery funding period. If successful, the Discovery project’s outcome is a proposal submitted for the Transformation program ($100,000-$500,000, one-time) to implement these new learning approaches for sustainable adoption.

Guidelines for applications to both TLTC programs follow.  Please note that replacement teaching subventions are not allowable expenses for Quick Wins or Discovery.

Questions related to the TLTC programs should be sent to:  TLTC.Questions@umich.edu

TLTC — Quick Wins Program

Description of Program:  Quick Wins funding will be available to teams wishing to pilot single projects too ambitious to be supported at the department or unit level, but with smaller budgets and shorter time scales than those for Discovery & Transformation grants.

Quick Wins projects must involve innovative, action-based learning experiences for students at the University of Michigan. The projects should also have transformative potential, and may include the generation of new curricula or pedagogical techniques, the exploration of new directions in the context of existing programs, modeling of strategies to be scaled to other units, application of strategies as yet untried on the Ann Arbor campus, or other innovations amenable to quick implementation, without the extensive planning process that characterizes Discovery & Transformation grants.

Funding Available:  Up to $25,000 on a one-time basis, appropriate to scale of the project.

Eligible Applicants:  All faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor campus.

Application Format:

  • Cover page (A template has been provided for guidance) containing (1) signatures of all participating faculty/staff, (2) signature of Dean, Associate Dean, Department Chair, or Director (as appropriate), (3) budget (and concise justification), (4) timeline for project.  Please attach a 1-2 page biosketch for each participant.
  • Proposal (2-3 pages) delineating the specific project to be implemented along with the potential for this project to have significant and sustainable changes in the quality of the student learning experience. The proposal should also address how the project meets criterion (a) as well as at least three additional criteria from the list below.

Funding Criteria:  Quick Wins proposals should address how the project meets criterion (a) as well as at least three additional criteria from the list below:

a. Increases engaged, action-based learning experiences for UM students
b. Leads to an immediate change in the nature of instruction UM
c. Leads to an immediate change in the quality of the students’ learning experience
d. Will impact a significant number of students and faculty
e. Has potential for replication by other groups across campus
f. Has potential to be sustainable
g. Has potential for visible impact on broader landscape of American higher education

 Timeline for Quick Wins Call (#5):

Call:  November 18, 2013
Due date:  January 17, 2014
Notification:  By March 17, 2014

Submission Procedure:

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file here.

TLTC — Discovery & Transformation Program

Description of Program: The Discovery & Transformation program is a two-phase funding program emphasizing potentially large-scale projects that will benefit from some testing and validation prior to significant investment in implementation. All Discovery & Transformation projects must involve innovative, action-based learning experiences for students at the University of Michigan.

Funds of up to $50,000 will be available for an initial Discovery phase. Proposals should be based on a general hypothesis regarding student learning that can be questioned, explored, and planned or piloted during a six to eighteen month funding period.  Teams may be asked to attend a seminar on creativity and innovation and/or participate in a showcase at the completion of the funding cycle. The process and results from the Discovery stage will be submitted in a report at the end of the funding period.

New student learning approaches developed during Discovery that prove to be effective, scalable, and potentially sustainable can be submitted to the Transformation program for implementation at U-M.  Transformation funds ($100,000-$500,000) will be used to implement these new learning approaches. This may require shared support from other units. These learning approaches may involve changes to infrastructure (partnering with other units for building resources, for example), developing new course materials, technology investment, partnering with community groups, transportation solutions, etc.

Funding Available for the Discovery Phase:  Up to $50,000 one-time, appropriate to scale of the project.

Eligible Applicants:  All faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor campus.

Application Format:

  • Cover page (A template has been provided for guidance) containing (1) signatures of all participating faculty/staff, (2) signature of Dean, Associate Dean, Department Chair or Director, (3) budget (and concise justification), (4) timeline for project. Please attach a 1-2 page biosketch for each participant.
  • Proposal (2-3 pages) delineating the specific project along with the potential for significant and sustainable changes in the quality of the student learning experience.

Funding Criteria:  Priority will be given to proposals that address how the project meets criteria (a) and (b) as well as at least two additional criteria from the list below.

a. Increases engaged, action-based learning experiences for UM students
b. Demonstrates a clear plan for gathering evidence to justify continuation to Transformation phase
c. Shows potential for sustainable changes to student instruction over time
d. Shows potential for significant change in the quality of the students’ learning experience
e. Shows potential for impact on a significant number of students and faculty
f. Shows potential for replication by other groups across campus
g. Shows potential for visible impact on broader landscape of American higher education

Timeline for Discovery Call (#3):

Call:  November 18, 2013
Due date:  January 17, 2014
Notification:  By March 17, 2014

Submission Procedure:

Discovery Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file here.