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DELTA Grants: Request for Proposals

Overview

The Provost’s Office is pleased to announce a request for proposals for Digital Education & Learning Technology Acceleration (DELTA) grants to support Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and students who require additional funding to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative digital education initiatives with potential to enhance the Johns Hopkins online and on-campus teaching and learning enterprise.

Proposals for DELTA grants will be reviewed by the Office of the Provost and a committee composed of representatives from each school. Up to five proposals are expected to be funded in 2021.

In keeping with the university’s stated priorities, the Provost’s Office is particularly interested in encouraging work that advances cross­-disciplinary and cross­-divisional collaboration, individual excellence, commitment to our communities, institution building, broad diversity within our community, and an environment that allows each member of our community to feel valued, engaged, and empowered to succeed. As a result, the review committee will prioritize proposals that combine innovative digital education initiatives with one or more of these goals.

Innovation in education can take many forms. This program is intended to surface a wide variety of ideas and fund those deemed the most promising. Potential domains include but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Pedagogy
  • Media production
  • Instructional design
  • Assessment
  • Learner engagement
  • Project-­based learning
  • Student services

Eligibility

Principal Investigators (PIs) may be either full-time faculty or senior staff. Projects for which a senior staff member serves as PI must be accompanied by a letter of endorsement from their school’s deans office.

Part-­time faculty, support staff, and students may participate on teams under the supervision of the PI. Interdisciplinary and interdivisional proposals are encouraged.

If proposed, new course offerings must have endorsement and preliminary approval from the appropriate department.

Teams are welcome to revise and submit unfunded proposals that were previously submitted during earlier DELTA funding cycles. Any such resubmissions must follow the standard submission process; previously submitted proposals will not be automatically rolled over.

Funding and Project Period

  • Applicants may request up to $75,000 for a proposed project.
  • Monies may be used to fund faculty salaries that are uncompensated from other sources and for staff and graduate or undergraduate students to partner with faculty members. Students should be budgeted with the standard hourly rate used in the student’s home division and/or department.
  • Funding may be used to cover faculty fringe benefits.
  • Funding for equipment, software, applications, or their development will be considered. However, sustainability of such resources is an important criterion in the review process. Use of existing resources and infrastructure is encouraged.
  • Project development may begin once funding announcements are made; project completion is expected by the end of the fall semester in 2022.

Timeline

  • March 4, 2021: Submission opens
  • May 31, 2021: Proposals due by 11:59 PM
  • July 2020: Awards announced
  • May 2022: Provost’s Teaching with Technology DELTA Symposium
  • December 2022: Funded projects completed

Content and Form of Application

  • Name, department, school, email address, phone number, short bio­sketch for each participant (limit 1/2 page per participant)
  • Title and abstract (limit 1/2 page)
  • Project description (limit 2 pages). The project description should include the following:
    description of the innovation; the goal of the innovation; plan for implementation;
    anticipated outcomes; and plan for sustainability beyond the timeframe of the project.
  • Budget (limit 1 page)
  • Project plan and timeline (limit 1/2 page)
  • Evaluation and assessment plan (limit 1 page)

Reporting

  • Present the innovation and provide a progress report at the planned DELTA Symposium in May 2022
  • Report evaluation results at a reasonable time relative to the duration of the project and the evaluation plan
  • Disseminate information about the funded innovation and evaluation results to other members of the Johns Hopkins community who could potentially benefit

Criteria for Project Selection

Primary Criteria

  • Enhancement of teaching and learning: The proposal describes ideas for creating new approaches with strong potential to enhance the online and/or on-campus teaching and learning enterprise.
  • Improving outcomes: The proposal references relevant research demonstrating how outcomes might be improved by the planned innovation.
  • Alignment with university priorities: The project fosters interdisciplinary and/or interdivisional collaboration and is aligned with university priorities, including the Diversity Roadmap.

Secondary Criteria

  • Viability of assessment strategy: The proposal suggests concrete ways to evaluate and report its impact on teaching and learning.
  • Ongoing commitment: The innovation has strong potential for ongoing use beyond the scope of the award.
  • Resource use: The proposal demonstrates a good fit between purpose and plan. It keeps costs to a minimum and describes how the innovation will be sustained beyond the grant support.
  • Generalizability and scalability: The project serves as a prototype that can be modified, enhanced, or extended to other venues, divisions, and departments.

Submission

Click here to submit your proposal by May 31, 2021. Proposals due by 11:59 PM.

E-mail questions to delta.jhu@gmail.com

 

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