Tech Fee call for proposals coming in August

by Randy Hollowell, IT Services

As you may recall, the competitive Tech Fee process was canceled for FY 2021. Instead, IT Services and the Office of the Provost decided to focus student tech fee expenditures on direct needs for remote learning and instruction. 

A male and a female student working together on an engineering projectFor FY 2022, however, we will be going back to our normal, competitive process for distributing a portion of the Student Technology Fees to innovative or significant technology projects that benefit students. The complete schedule for FY22 is available at, but we wanted to highlight a few items early.

Since 2009, Miami faculty, staff, and students have developed innovative and exciting projects with over $5.5 million of awarded funds. The projects help students in and out of the classroom through the use of technology.

This year, we will once again be using a fall proposal period. With that, the deadline to submit proposals for the 2021-2022 awards is midnight on September 20, 2021.

Proposal Guidelines

Committee members are looking for innovative or significant ideas that clearly benefit students. The guidelines define significant in two ways: impacting a large number of students or having a deep impact on a smaller number.

Your project may directly relate to academics or may be part of the broader Miami experience, making students’ lives better or more productive. Both graduate- and undergraduate-focused proposals are encouraged.

Purchasing Guidelines

Please be aware that all purchases made with Tech Fee funding are subject to relevant University policies. Compliance reviews will include Procurement (per the Purchasing Handbook), an IT Services technical review, and an accessibility review (in accordance with Miami’s Accessible Technology Policy).

The Office of Strategic Procurement has asked that individuals involved with preparing proposals, including all software/hardware purchases, consult with Procurement early in the process for contract and vendor management in order to ensure the best pricing and terms.

Proposals may be submitted for Tech Fee review utilizing a single quote for cost estimation and budgeting. Purchase requests upon award will not be processed unless they comply with Section 2.01 or 2.03 of the Purchasing Handbook. Please contact the Office of Strategic Procurement if you have questions.

Proposal Applications

Proposals for the 2021-2022 academic year need to be submitted by midnight on Monday, September 20. The link to the online application form will be available from the Tech Fee website on August 16. An open informational meeting and Q&A session will also be held the week of September 8. For more information visit or send questions to