Tech Fee call for proposals coming in August

by Randy Hollowell, IT Services

With the end of the school year and graduation activities right around the corner, it is never too early to look ahead to the fall and the next round of the Student Technology Fee Competitive Proposal Process (Tech Fee). The complete schedule for FY25 is available at, but we wanted to highlight a few items early. 

A female and a male engineering students working together in a lab.Since 2009, Miami faculty, staff, and students have developed innovative and exciting projects with over $7 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 application period will begin on Monday, August 19, and the deadline to submit proposals for the 2024-2025 awards is midnight on September 29, 2024.

Proposal Guidelines

Committee members are looking for innovative or significant ideas, but all technology requests will be considered, as long as they clearly benefit students. The guidelines define significant ideas 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 2024-2025 academic year need to be submitted by midnight on Sunday, September 29. The link to the online application form will be available on the Tech Fee website beginning on August 19. An open informational meeting and Q&A session will be held virtually on September 11. For more information visit or send questions to


  • Aug. 19: Begin Accepting Applications
  • Sept. 29: Applications DUE
  • Nov. 4: Tech Fee award notification
  • Late Nov.: Tech Fee Money Available
  • Tech fee awards are expected to be spent during the FY25 year.