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DELTA Grants: Request for Proposals


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 2020.

In keeping with the university’s 10×20 goals, the Provost’s Office is particularly interested in encouraging cross­-disciplinary and cross­-divisional collaboration, individual excellence, commitment to our communities, and institution building. 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


All proposals must have a full­-time faculty member as the principal investigator, but part-­time faculty, support staff, and students may participate on teams under the supervision of the faculty member. Interdisciplinary and interdivisional proposals are encouraged.

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

Faculty are welcome to revise and submit unfunded proposals that were previously submitted during the 2018 and 2019 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 salary 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 beginning of the fall semester in 2021.


  • March 4, 2020: Submission opens
  • May 29, 2020: Proposals due by 11:59 PM
  • July 2020: Awards announced
  • May 2021: Provost’s Teaching with Technology DELTA Symposium
  • September 2021: 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)


  • Report progress on a semiannual basis
  • Present the innovation and provide a progress report at the planned DELTA
    Symposium in May 2021
  • 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 addresses at least one of the university’s 10×20 priorities.

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.


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