The following was shared widely by Provost Alexander Cartwright to the SUNY community on December 14, 2015
I am pleased to issue the 2016 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG) program. These competitive, peer-reviewed awards of up to $60,000 are allocated to demonstrate, communicate and replicate innovations developed at campuses across SUNY. The 2016 RFP has been posted to the IITG website along with application details and a listing of currently funded projects and posted outcomes. I ask that you review and broadly share this funding opportunity with your faculty and instructional support staff.
The IITG program seeks to promote research and foster understanding of how new technologies serve pedagogy. This year’s RFP gives priority to collaborative proposals that support one or more of the five pillars of SUNY Excels: access, completion, success, inquiry and engagement. This includes Open SUNY, our multi-faceted initiative to expand online education and enhance support resources for students and faculty. Online learning, open educational resources, e-textbooks, mobile devices, flipped classrooms, educational gaming, competency-based and experiential learning, prior learning assessment and MOOCs are transforming how education is providing access and engaging students and can have a positive impact on SUNY’s overall completion agenda.
The response deadline for the RFP is March 1, 2016. Applicants will need to create an account in a SUNY online grant management website. Multiple proposals from a campus—each requiring a brief project and budget narrative as well as an assessment plan—are welcome. Proposals featuring multi-campus collaborations are strongly encouraged. Please note that eligibility is limited to those campuses with an active SUNY FACT2 representative.
We anticipate award announcements by May 1, which allows time for project planning prior to the distribution of these University wide program funds (note that IITG grants are not connected to the Research Foundation). Recipients must follow state and campus procurement policies, and will need to identify local campus administrative and procurement support as well as advance funds if a project requires expenditures prior to award distribution. The timing of the award announcement intentionally precedes the annual Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT), hosted this year at SUNY Potsdam, as all grant recipients are encouraged to attend the conference. Note too that all project outcomes must be documented and openly shared through selection of a Creative Commons license to a level of detail that enables innovations to be replicated across SUNY.
Additional communication will be forthcoming via the IITG website, as well as through normal SUNY and FACT2 listservs. In the interim, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Lisa Stephens, Senior Strategist for SUNY Academic Innovation at with any questions or for additional information, and be sure to share the RFP broadly.
We look forward to reviewing your proposals!
Alexander N. Cartwright
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor