COMPETITIVE GRANT FAQ's
Q: What is the difference between FTLC ‘competitive’ grants and ‘non-competitive’ grants?
A: Competitive grants are rigorously evaluated by an advisory committee whereas non-competitive grants are evaluated only to make sure the minimum criteria are met after they have been approved by your Unit Head.
Q: Do I have to be tenured to receive a competitive grant?
A: No. All faculty, full or part-time, are eligible for all of the competitive grants. Visitors, affiliates, contract, and part-time faculty, however, require a tenured or tenure-track faculty member as a participant in the grant activity.
Q: What kinds of projects are funded?
A: Pew FTLC grants are primarily focused on teaching and learning related projects. We have funded everything from the purchase of animal skulls to comprehensive curricular revisions. These grants can help you:
develop new and innovative pedagogies for a course up to an entire program.
purchase materials for your classroom that are beyond your department’s normal expenditures.
revise courses or degrees.
bring in a Master Teacher for a residency with your department.
develop a new degree, minor, or pilot program.
Q: Is there a limit as to how many grants I get?
A: No, but all other things being equal, faculty members and/or departments who have not received grants in preceding grant rounds will be given priority over those who have.
Q: What if my project has elements of my own research agenda?
A: Teaching, scholarship, and creative activity often intersect. We encourage faculty to use their scholarship and creative activity to inform and enliven their teaching whenever possible, and we support this Teacher Scholar model in our grant program.
APPLYING FOR A COMPETITIVE GRANT
Q: Is there anything to be especially aware of when applying for a grant?
A: Be as thorough as possible. A primary reason many grants are denied is due to the lack of thorough implementation and assessment plans. Another reason many grants are reduced or denied is due to a lack of detail or errors in the budget.
Q: Are there any maximum limits to the stipends other than the overall grant total?
A: There is a limit of 20 hours per week ($25 per hour) up to $5,000 per person.
Q: What if I am teaching during the time I am applying for a grant stipend? Is that a problem?
A: If this is the case, you must explain how you will accomplish the stipend work while teaching in the application.
Q: How do I determine what the hourly wage is for students?
A: Student wages are paid at a variety of different pay scales, depending on student experience and other factors. The student wage rate schedule can be found online at: http://www.gvsu.edu/studentjobs/wage-rate-schedule-6.htm
Q: Do the deadlines (October 1, February 1, and April 1) correspond to specific dates when the project is to take place?
A: Yes. October 1 is for Winter Semester, February 1 is for Summer Semester, and April 1 is for Fall Semester. They should correspond if possible, however, the Grants Sub-Committee will consider grants outside the specified dates.
Q: The deadline date lands on a weekend. Does this mean Friday or Monday by 5pm?
A: Because the application is online, it means the specific date up to midnight. If October 1 is a Saturday, then you can apply up until 11:59:59 that evening.
Q: What kinds of technology are supported in the grants?
A: We have funded everything from rock slides to sound systems. If you need software, be sure to check if the school already owns a license and mention that in your grant application.
Q: Can I buy a computer?
A: We do not assist with the purchase of computers.
Q: If I get funded for a new technology, can I get a stipend for the time needed to learn, incorporate, or teach that technology?
A: No. The Pew Technology Enhancement grants are not eligible for stipends.
CONTACTS –WHO DO I ASK?
Q: Who do I contact if have questions about this process?
A: Kathryn Stieler at firstname.lastname@example.org. Consultation is encouraged before submitting a proposal and helps you know that you are applying for the appropriate grant and that your proposal is in good order. Kurt also holds workshops that go over the various Pew FTLC grants and help you plan for one. You can check for one at www.gvsu.edu/seminar under the Teaching and Learning category.
Q: Do any of the grants require consultation?
A: No, but consultation can be very helpful and is recommended for all grants. For the Presidential Teaching Initiative grants, because they are the largest grants offered, we strongly recommend that a pre-proposal be submitted by the first Friday of the Winter Semester.
HOW TO SPEND THE MONEY
Q: How do I pay students who work on my grant?
A: Contact Peggy Gaegauf at email@example.com before the student starts working. She will set the student up in Ultratime for payment or set up honorarium payments.
Q: Where do I send my expenses?
A: To your department. All purchases and travel expenses are to be made using department funds. After payment, your department then submits the expenses to the Pew FTLC for reimbursement. Only student wages and faculty stipends are paid directly by the Pew FTLC. Detailed instructions can be found here: http://www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/grant-reimbursement-and-report-instructions-46.htm
Q: I have a grant, but the plans have to change a bit. Can I shift funds to what is needed for the project?
A: Almost always, yes. But you do need to check with the Pew FTLC before going ahead with the change. Contact Kathryn Stieler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I have some expenses related to this project that took place prior to the approval date. Can I get reimbursed for them?
A: No, there is no retroactive funding. All expenses in the application and eligible for reimbursement must take place after the Grants Subcommittee approves the project.
Q: We are finishing the fiscal year but my grant expenses won’t be ready by then. What do I do?
A: With the competitive grants, the funds can span different fiscal years, so you do not have to worry about the timing.
CLOSING THE GRANT
Q: I’ve spent all the money – what else do I need to do?
A: All grants require a written report to close the grant. New grants will not be approved until prior grants are up to date with report requirements.
Q: What should my report look like?
A: Report instructions are detailed in the application. Or you can go to http://www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/grant-reimbursement-and-report-instructions-46.htm and scroll down to Final Report Instructions for All Other Grants.
Q: Where do I send my report?
A: You upload the report on the Pew FTLC grant website. Log into your grant and scroll down until you see the box that states Upload Report on the right.
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