Digital Scholars Grant Program

The aim of the Digital Scholars grant program is to increase scholarship in digital practices produced by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty. The program is open to all full-time faculty in any discipline and provides participants the opportunity to explore digital strategies and address the need for high-quality digital innovation. It will support the study, adaptation and implementation of effective evidence-based innovations that can be employed in their course during the incoming year.

Three faculty members will be selected to conduct a year-long research project. Selected participants will receive a $500 participation stipend along with project funding of up to $1000 for digital resources* needed to support their research project.

Selection Process and Notification

Upon receipt of applications, Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies and the Grant selection committee will conduct a thorough review of each application. All applicants will be notified by email regarding approval or denial of the grant application on Monday, July 1, 2019.

Selection Criteria Guidelines

The Grants Selection Committee will consider the extent to which each grant proposal addresses the following criteria:

  • demonstrates foresight and careful planning for long-term impact
  • articulates clear, measurable goals
  • includes an evaluation plan by which goals are measured

Grant Fund Distribution

Grant recipients will be required to submit verification that they agree to the terms of the grant program. Once received, the payment process for participation will begin with $250 being awarded to the grant recipient. Another disbursement of $250 occurs after the final report is submitted and reviewed. Payment for the digital resources up to $1000 will be made when the resources are purchased by the grantee.

Reports

 Each grantee is required to submit a status report due six months from the date reported in the initial grant agreement.

Dates to Remember

  • Application submission opens on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 8:00 AM Central time.
  • Application submission closes on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 5:00 PM Central time.
  • Proposals selection will be announced Monday, July 1, 2019.

Submission Requirements

The following submission information is required to be considered for the Digital Scholars grant. Submissions should be made via the Digital Scholar proposal form.

 

  1. Title of the proposed research project
  2. Abstract (no more than 855 characters [Approx. 150 words]): The abstract should provide the general description or summary of the proposed project.
  3. Project Description (no more than 11835 characters [Approx. 2000 words]): Define the scope and provide details of the project. Your project description should define the project goals and how they will be achieved, identify technologies to be used in the project, describe intended benefit to student learning outcomes, detail how success will be measured, and articulate how the scholar intends to share the results of the project with TAMU-CC faculty.
  4. Timeline: Provide a timeline during which the project will be developed and implemented.
  5. Budget: List how the grant funding will be used. The Grant money may be used for legitimate scholarly purposes approved by Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies, such as digital resources and purchase of research materials. Grant funding may not be used to purchase computer systems (desktops, laptops, tablets), or for hiring staff.

Terms of Participation

By submitting a Digital Scholar research project proposal, the applicant agrees to the following terms:

  • Build an academic partnership with Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT).
  • Report on the academic impact of the digital strategy implemented within your academic course.
  • Serve as a mentor for next year’s digital scholars.
  • Share project findings through publications in Academic journals.
  • Obtain IRB approval before grant funds can be disbursed.

*Digital resource funding may not be used for staffing, computing workstation purchases (desktop, laptop or tablet devices) or participation stipends.