Cornerstone and Transformative Teaching Grants

Goals

The teacher scholar model is a cornerstone of the Miami University ethos. The Teacher Scholar Grants Program, comprising Cornerstone Grants and Transformative Teaching Grants, is offered by the Provost's Office in partnership with the Office of Research and Innovation, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Graduate School. This program will designate funds from the Boldly Creative budget (one-time money for innovation) to strengthen this model through investments supporting the scholar that emphasize the importance and interplay of research, scholarship, artistry, and teaching within the Teacher Scholar model. Given the broad need for investment, a diverse portfolio of initiatives is necessary to fully capitalize on the varied interests and starting points for Miami University scholars. These investments will support the build out of infrastructure within labs and studios, support the development of new advances in pedagogy, support growth in the external funding portfolio, and support the human capital necessary for accomplishing goals in research, scholarship, and artistry. Thus, the Teacher Scholar Grants Program will offer two tracks, the Cornerstone Grants provide support for research, scholarship, and artistry, and the Transformative Teaching Grants provide support for efforts toward systemic innovation and deep change around teaching and learning at Miami.

Funds from the Cornerstone Program are expected to enable Miami University scholars to generate data to grow scholarship beyond existing lines of study. Funds for transformative teaching will enable rapid advances not typically possible under smaller traditional funding models. The largest Cornerstone Program grants are structured to quickly allow Miami University Scholars to increase competitiveness for external funding. The assembly of scholars into teams that capitalize on the complementary strengths of each team member are highly encouraged.

The Teacher Scholar Grants Program seeks to support teacher scholars through six distinct initiatives. General purposes of each initiative are provided in the paragraphs below. Accordion sections below provide further programmatic and application details. The table at the end of this page provides an overview and comparison of the Cornerstone grants.

Transformative Teaching Grants

Transformative Teaching Grants will be given to individuals and teams of faculty who engage in research-based, curricular “change-making” projects. Awards include funds to undertake the project, contacts and mentors to support the project, and funds for disseminating the work to transform teaching and learning across campus. Transformative Teaching Grants include the Teacher Scholar Innovation (TSI) grant opportunity and the Lilly Conference grants opportunity.

Research, Scholarship, and Artistry (RSA) Grants

RSA grants are aimed at providing targeted investments that will enable scholars to make quick and substantive advances in their research, scholarship, and artistry.

Undergraduate Summer Scholar (USS) Supplements

USS supplements enable teacher-scholars to partner with undergraduate student collaborators.

Advanced Research Team (ART)

ART support is geared toward setting up multidisciplinary teams of scholars focused on excellence in an area of shared strength.

Senior Research Staff (SRS)

SRS support provides funding for postdoctoral fellows, senior research engineers, or senior research scientists to rapidly drive forward the external funding portfolio.

Strategic Initiative Funds

Strategic Initiative funds provide cost-share on external funding applications to eligible categories listed below.

Program Details and Deadlines

Transformative Teaching Grants

Teacher Scholar Innovation (TSI) Grants

Deadlines

Transformative Teaching Grant Proposals may be submitted until October 31, 2022 via email to the Office of the Provost (Provost@MiamiOH.edu).

Purpose

Transformative Teaching Grants will provide support for individuals or teams of faculty who engage in research-based, curricular “change-making” projects. All proposed activity must take place prior to December 2024 and should include a plan to disseminate findings and/or institutional and/or student learning outcomes once that activity is concluded. Examples might include: scaffolding and transforming learning across a major or program; piloting innovative assessments of student learning (formative, summative, portfolio and other); implementing innovative and research-based instructional methods that support concept development for sensemaking (e.g., around threshold concepts and curricula); reforming teaching methods in large courses to be more student-centered and/or inclusive; innovating transdisciplinary courses and pedagogy for the new Miami Plan; re-imagining program requirements around meaningful learning outcomes or new interdisciplinary connections.

Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated by a jury of representatives appropriate for each grant mechanism. Proposal jury members may include representatives from the Center for Teaching Excellence and its Senate Committee, the Howe Center for Writing Excellence, the Office of Liberal Education, and the Provost’s Office.

The grant award package will include:

  • Funds for undertaking the project
  • Contacts and mentors to support the project
  • Funds for disseminating the work to transform teaching and learning across campus

The full proposal should be no longer than 7 pages and include a narrative, a timeline, and a budget, as outlined below. A short letter of support from department chair or other relevant leader should also be attached, indicating they are aware of and supportive of the project.

The narrative should be no more than 5 single-spaced pages and address the following:

  1. What is the problem/challenge/opportunity around teaching and learning that you seek to address? What are the goals (desired outcome or transformative change)?
  2. What will you do to explore the problem and innovate solutions that substantively improve teaching and learning?
  3. What literature and/or local data support the value and potential success of the project?
  4. How will you determine that the project goals are met? Prioritization will be given to projects that use student learning outcomes as a metric for success.
  5. What will you produce and when? Specifically note what you will produce at different points in the process. There should be a clear process with tangible deliverables at various points.
  6. What relevant work have you already done and with what campus partners? (e.g., in Faculty Learning Communities, Howe Faculty Writing Fellows, Miami Plan Faculty Fellows, Miami Plan Course Innovation Lab, New Faculty Teaching Enhancement Program, APEIP, DBER Associates, Teaching & Learning Analytics Community, Miami Academic Program Incubator).
  7. How will you disseminate what you learn to help transform teaching and learning at Miami? (Specifically, beyond presenting information, what processes and structures will support sustained implementation of project outcomes (e.g., workshops, pilots, mentoring)?

The 1-page timeline should clearly outline when the work will be undertaken, deadlines for deliverables, and when and how the results will be shared with others.

The 1-page budget (table) and justification (narrative) should be detailed, tightly aligned to the proposed project, and include appropriate compensation for faculty time and participation. Budget line items may include professional development funds, summer salary for course development, instructional materials, student workers, expenses for events and workshops, and conference travel. Salary requests require an additional justification describing why the proposed project is beyond regular curriculum development/course improvement responsibilities of faculty. For dissemination activities, travel expenses should be calculated per Miami travel expense guidelines. The budget should not include items such as computers or overhead expenses.

Awards

Awards will be announced on or around December 15, 2022 and administered and tracked by the Office of the Provost.

Lilly Conference Grants

Deadlines

Inspiration grants and Teaching Recognition Grants will be accepted via email to the Office of the Provost (Provost@MiamiOH.edu) on a rolling basis through August 2023. Proposals received before October 1, 2022 can indicate preference for attendance at the 2022 Lilly Conference. All proposals received after this date will only be considered for the 2023 Lilly Conference.

Purpose

Lilly Conference grants will provide developmental support for faculty to attend and engage with colleagues at the Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching, a peer-reviewed venue for presenting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Proposals are invited from individuals or groups of faculty for projects or activities that will result in improved college teaching through evidence-based practices, including those that increase student learning through effective teaching, promote interest in and enthusiasm for the profession of teaching, and facilitate communication among faculty about their classroom experiences.

Inspiration Grants. Explore teaching innovations at the Lilly Conference and plan implementation with colleagues. A group of 5-10 faculty connected by department, discipline, program, or teaching and learning interest attends the Lilly Conference on College Teaching, convenes during and after the conference, and creates concrete plans to apply new teaching and learning approaches to their courses. Awards cover all fees associated with registration at the Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching.

Proposals should be no longer than three pages in length and address the following:

  • Faculty Connections. What brings your group together? How does each member of the group contribute to the whole?
  • Interest in Teaching and Learning. What are you interested in learning more about?
  • How will attending the Lilly Conference inspire inquiry and exploration of this topic?

Teaching Recognition Grant. Department Chairs can sponsor outstanding teachers in their department. Proposals should not exceed one page and require a description of the criteria the chair used and the qualifications of faculty recommended for recognition. Awards cover all fees associated with registration at the Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching.

Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated by a jury of representatives appropriate for each grant mechanism. Proposal jury members may include representatives from the Center for Teaching Excellence and its Senate Committee, the Howe Center for Writing Excellence, the Office of Liberal Education, and the Provost’s Office.

Awards

Awards will be administered and tracked by the Office of the Provost.

Research, Scholarship, and Artistry (RSA) Grants

Deadlines

RSA grants will be due October 24, 2022 and March 1, 2023.

Purpose

RSA grants provide support to advance a single research project or to support scholars, studios, and labs to enable future high-quality research, scholarship, and artistry. Each project can support one or more faculty members. Awards will provide up to $20,000 each for individual projects. Proposals will be evaluated on the potential for the proposed project to positively impact research, scholarship, and artistry by the faculty member(s). Preference will be given to proposals that identify a pathway by which the grant would enable the awardee to submit competitive applications for external funding, fellowships, or artistic residencies.

Application Process

Applications will be submitted through the Research, Scholarship, and Artistry Formstack Application. In addition to demographic information (name, department, and college for the lead applicant), applications will include 1 page description of the research, scholarship, or artistry project, and a 1 page budget. Both files should be submitted as PDF files.

Project Description

Applications featuring more than one faculty member must list the names, department(s), and college(s) of the participating faculty members. The document should provide a description of the project that is detailed enough to provide a convincing justification for the project, yet broad enough that it can be evaluated by Miami University faculty members in different disciplines. The description must indicate (1) how completion of the project will positively impact research, scholarship, and artistry by the faculty member(s); and (2) the qualifications of the faculty member(s) and why the faculty member(s) are ideally suited to carry out the proposed project.

Detailed Budget

The budget must provide details for how the requested funds will be spent in each of the requested budget categories.

Budget Categories and Costs
  • Salary for faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, research engineers, or research scientists
    • Faculty academic year salary and course buyouts are not allowable budget costs.
    • Salary must be accompanied by fringe benefits.
    • Tuition remission cannot be billed to RSA awards. For academic year graduate student salary requests, other sources of funds must be used for tuition remission.
  • Travel costs
    • Must be directly related to carrying out the proposed research. This includes, but is not limited to archival research and travel to external research sites.
    • Travel to conferences to disseminate research, scholarship, and artistry is not supported.
  • Supplies or materials
    • Must be essential for executing the project.
  • Participant costs
    • Stipends, subsistence allowances, travel reimbursement, and other costs for participants (such as those involved in workshops) are allowed.
  • Consultant services
    • Services must be essential for executing the project.
  • Computers and computing service costs, such as cloud computing access
    • Services or items must be essential for executing the project.
  • Equipment rental or user fees or facility rental or user fees
    • Services or items must be essential for executing the project.

Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated by a jury of faculty chosen in consultation with the Deans. Jury process will be administered through the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI). Proposals will be evaluated for:

  • Impact on research, scholarship, and artistry by the faculty member(s)
  • Qualifications of the faculty member(s)
  • Appropriateness and justification of the proposed budget
  • Identification of a pathway which would enable the awardee to submit competitive applications for external funding, fellowships, or artistic residencies.
  • Potential for inclusion of students in the research, scholarship, or artistry

Awards

Awards will be administered and tracked by ORI. Check-ins with awardees will be conducted by ORI at 3-month, 6-month, 9-month, and 12-month intervals to provide connections between awardees and ORI and enable assistance with external proposal preparation, pre-review, and external consultation. Awards will require submission of an annual report.

Undergraduate Summer Scholar (USS) Supplement

Deadlines

Undergraduate Summer Scholar applications will follow the deadline set by the Office of Research for Undergraduates.

Purpose

The requested funds will bring total student stipend funding to $3200. Student recipients will report on the experience through mechanisms such as presentations within the annual Undergraduate Research Forum or similar venue. Faculty mentor applications also may include a request for up to $600 for a combination of supply funding and faculty professional development. Of note, this supplemental funding will be available in FY23, 24, and 25. Extension beyond FY25 will be determined by factors such as indication of positive outcomes from assessment of USS programming and availability of funds.

Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated following the process set by the Office of Research for Undergraduates.

Awards

Awards will be administered and tracked by the Office of Research for Undergraduates.

Advanced Research Teams (ART)

Deadlines

Advanced research team grants will be due November 1, 2022.

Purpose

Advanced research team grants are structured to support a team of scholars. Teams can range in size, and will typically feature three or more individuals eligible to serve as principal investigators or co-principal investigators on external funding requests, but should be right sized to provide expertise in the proposed area and set the team up for success in subsequent external funding request(s). Team members must come from at least two different colleges. Awarded funds can be used for research materials, equipment, personnel costs, or research related travel. Preference will be given to proposals requesting support for the individual(s) conducting the research. ART proposals are expected to identify a well-defined area of strength and external funding proposal(s) that will be submitted by the team. Special consideration will be given to applications linking ART and Senior research staff (SRS) applications.

Application Process

Applications will be submitted through the Advanced Research Teams Formstack Application. In addition to demographic information (name, department, and college for the lead applicant), applications will include a description (maximum of 2 pages) of the advanced research team project, and a 1 page budget. Both files should be submitted as PDF files.

Project Description

Applications must list the names, department(s), and college(s) of the participating faculty members. The document should provide a description of the project that is detailed enough to provide a convincing justification for the project, yet broad enough that it can be evaluated by Miami University faculty members in a different department or college. The description must indicate (1) how funding the project will enable the team to submit a competitive external funding proposal; and (2) the qualifications of each of the advanced research team members and why each of the faculty member(s) are best positioned to carry out the proposed project, and (3) the external funding program(s) targeted by the team.

Detailed Budget

The budget must provide details for how the requested funds will be spent in each of the requested budget categories.

Budget Categories and Costs
  • Salary for faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, research engineers, or research scientists
    • Faculty academic year salary and course buyouts are not allowable budget costs.
    • Salary for Salary for faculty, graduate students, research engineers, or research scientists must be accompanied by fringe benefits.
    • Each academic year graduate student salary request must budget $9,612 into the ART grant budget to be used for tuition remission.
  • Travel costs
    • Must be directly related to carrying out the proposed research. This includes, but is not limited to archival research and travel to external research sites.
    • Travel to conferences to disseminate research, scholarship, and artistry is not supported.
  • Supplies or materials
    • Must be essential for executing the project.
  • Participant costs
    • Stipends, subsistence allowances, and travel reimbursement for participants are allowed.
  • Consultant services
    • Generally allowed provided that the services are essential for executing the project.
  • Computers and computing service costs, such as cloud computing access.
    • Generally allowed provided that the services or items are essential for executing the project.
  • Equipment rental or user fees or facility rental or user fees
    • Generally allowed provided that the services or items are essential for executing the project.

Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated by a jury of faculty chosen in consultation with the Deans. Jury process will be administered through the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI). Proposals will be evaluated for:

  • Ability for proposed project to position the team competitively for external funding
  • Qualifications of the faculty member(s)
  • Appropriateness and justification of the proposed budget
  • Alignment of project with existing external grant program(s)

Awards

Awards will be administered and tracked by ORI. Check-ins with awardees will be conducted by ORI at 3-month, 6-month, 9-month, and 12-month intervals to provide connections between awardees and ORI and enable assistance with external proposal preparation, pre-review, and external consultation. Awards will require submission of an annual report.

Senior Research Staff (SRS)

Deadlines

Senior research staff grants will be due November 1, 2022.

Purpose

Senior research staff grants are organized to provide a senior researcher who can immediately begin work on a well-defined project. Funding provides for two years of salary support and benefits for a postdoctoral fellow, or three years of salary support and benefits for research engineers or research scientists and includes funds for research materials. Postdocs supported by an SRS award must be associated with a faculty member who applies for the SRS support. Support for research engineers and research scientists should be submitted by Departments. Applications for research engineers and research scientists should indicate how the proposed senior researcher would complement ongoing departmental research or bring new expertise and capabilities to the department. Special consideration will be given to applications linking SRS and ART.

Application Process

Applications will be submitted through the Senior Research Staff Formstack Application. In addition to demographic information (name, department, and college for the lead applicant), applications will include a description (maximum of 2 pages) of the advanced research team project, and a 1 page budget. Applications requesting a research engineer or research scientist must be accompanied by a letter of support from the dean of the college. All files should be submitted as PDF files.

Project Description

For applications requesting funding for a postdoctoral fellow, applications must list the name, department(s), and college(s) of the faculty mentor(s). The project description for postdoctoral fellow requests must indicate the role of the postdoctoral fellow and the advantages of a postdoctoral fellow over graduate student researchers. For applications requesting research engineer or research scientist funding, the project description must indicate how the research engineer or research scientist will complement ongoing departmental research or bring new expertise and capabilities to the department. The document should provide a description of the project that is detailed enough to provide a convincing justification for the project, yet broad enough that it can be evaluated by Miami University faculty members in a different department or college.

Detailed Budget

The budget must provide details for how the requested funds will be spent in each of the requested budget categories.

Budget Categories and Costs
  • Salary for postdoctoral fellow, research engineer, or research scientist
    • Salary must be accompanied by fringe benefits.
  • Travel costs
    • Must be directly related to carrying out the proposed research. This includes, but is not limited to archival research and travel to external research sites.
    • Travel to conferences to disseminate research, scholarship, and artistry is not supported.
  • Supplies or materials
    • Must be essential for executing the project.
  • Participant costs
    • Stipends, subsistence allowances, and travel reimbursement for participants are allowed.
  • Consultant services
    • Generally allowed provided that the services are essential for executing the project.
  • Computers and computing service costs, such as cloud computing access.
    • Generally allowed provided that the services or items are essential for executing the project.
  • Equipment rental or user fees or facility rental or user fees
    • Generally allowed provided that the services or items are essential for executing the project.

Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated by a jury of faculty chosen in consultation with the Deans. Jury process will be administered through the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI). Proposals will be evaluated for:

  • Ability for proposed senior research staff to advance research in the proposed area
  • Likelihood for the senior research staff to compete for external funding, or increase competitiveness of faculty mentor for external funding (in the case of postdoctoral fellows)
  • Appropriateness and justification of the proposed budget
  • Alignment of project with existing external grant program(s)

Awards

Awards will be administered and tracked by ORI. Check-ins with awardees will be conducted by ORI at 3-month, 6-month, 9-month, and 12-month intervals to provide connections between awardees and ORI and enable assistance with external proposal preparation, pre-review, and external consultation. Awards will require submission of an annual report.

Strategic Initiative Funds

Deadlines

Strategic Initiative Fund (SIF) applications will be due on the 1st of every month. For proposals due after January 15, 2023, SIF requests must be submitted by the monthly deadline that is at least 6 weeks prior to the proposal submission date. For proposals submitted between July 1, 2022 - January 14, 2023, SIF requests should be submitted by the next available monthly deadline. Applicants must submit their proposal budget to their ORI consultant for approval at least one week prior to the SIF submission deadline.

Purpose

SIF awards provide cost-share on external funding proposals. SIF requests should be for no more than 50% of the total indirect costs for the proposed award or $100,000, whichever is less. The categories of SIF requests include Concurrent Graduate Research Assistant, Postdoctoral Fellow Matching, or Equipment and Instrumentation. For each proposal, requests can fall into one, two, or all three categories.

Categories of support may include equipment and instrumentation, graduate research assistant support, and post-doctoral fellow support (see details below).

Strategic Initiative Funds categories of support
Category Cost-share
Graduate Research Assistant (RA)

100% RA stipend and tuition when an additional RA stipend is funded for 11 months at 100% and tuition funded at 4.3% on award

Post-doctoral Fellow

50% of salary and fringe cost shared for each postdoc on a funded award

Equipment and Instrumentation

Funds for equipment or instrumentation that will aid and advance the research proposed

Cost share is available for:

  • Multiple positions on a single external funding award application
  • Multiple categories on a single external funding award application
  • RA stipends and AY tuition
  • Through FY25

For proposals requiring cost-share, an SIF award will provide funds to be included in the submitted budget. For proposals where cost-share is voluntary or not allowed, an SIF award will provide funds as internal cost-share that will not be included in the submitted budget. Typically, SIF awards can be mentioned in the facilities section of the proposal, however no dollar amounts can be included. Any mention of SIF awards in the facilities section must be discussed with and cleared by the appropriate ORI proposal consultant.

Application Process

Applications will be submitted through the Strategic Investment Fund Formstack Application. In addition to demographic information (name, department, and college for the lead applicant), applications must provide the draft proposal budget document and the specific amount of funds requested in each support category. The draft proposal budget document should be submitted as an .xls or .xlsx file.

Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated by the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) for compliance with SIF award guidelines.

Awards

Awards will be administered and tracked by ORI. Check-ins with awardees will be conducted by ORI at 3-month, 6-month, 9-month, and 12-month intervals to provide connections between awardees and ORI and enable assistance with external proposal preparation, pre-review, and external consultation. Awards will require submission of an annual report.

Cornerstone Grants Overview
Grant Type Purpose Allowable costs Costs Not Allowed Pursuit of external funding expected? Annual Report Required?
Research, Scholarship, and Artistry (RSA)

Provide support for a single project to advance research, scholarship, or artistry broadly across the university.

  • Summer salary
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Participant costs
  • Consultant services
  • Computing fees
  • Instrumentation fees
  • Faculty academic year salary
  • Course buyouts
  • Tuition remission
  • Travel not directly supporting the research

Yes, including fellowships, or artistic residencies

Yes

Advanced Research Teams (ART)

Provide support for a research team to pursue a new line of external funding aligned with a well-defined area of strength for the team.

  • Salary
  • Tuition remission
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Participant costs
  • Consultant services
  • Computing fees
  • Instrumentation fees
  • Travel not directly supporting the research

Yes

Yes

Senior Research Staff (SRS)

Provide support for a postdoctoral fellow (2 years) or a research scientist or research engineer (3 years).

  • Salary
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Participant costs
  • Consultant services
  • Computing fees
  • Instrumentation fees
  • Travel not directly supporting the research

Yes

Yes

Strategic Investment Fund (SIF)

Provide internal funds paired with an externally funded grant to drive the proposed research forward faster.

  • 100% Graduate assistant salary, fringe, and tuition
  • 50% postdoctoral fellow salary and fringe
  • Equipment or instrumentation
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Participant costs
  • Consultant services
  • Computing fees
  • Instrumentation fees

Yes

Yes