Frequently Asked Questions - Grants


FAQs--General Grant Questions

David Eick or Barb Blankemeier. Consultation is encouraged before submitting a proposal and helps you know that your application is in good order.  This is particularly true of the Teaching Innovation Grants.

For faculty interested in grant funding for International Study Abroad projects, please consult the Padnos International Center.  For grant funding related to Scholarship/Creative Activity, please consult the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence.  For grant funding to support student travel or scholarship, please consult the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.  

No. All faculty, full- or part-time, are eligible for all Pew FTLC grants. However, some grants require a tenured or tenure-track faculty member as a Faculty Sponsor for the grant activity. More details can be found on the grants overview webpage under the specific grant - https://www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/grants-47.htm.

Timing. Check the grant’s opening dates (date you can start to apply) or deadlines (date by which the application must be received to be considered for funding). More details can be found on the grants overview webpage under the specific grant - https://www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/grants-47.htm.

No. Because our applications are online, it means the date specified starting at 8:00am or up to midnight. For example, if October 15 is a Saturday and 1) is the opening date, you may start to apply for the grant at 8:00am. If October 15 is a Saturday and 2) is a deadline, then you may apply up until 11:59:59 pm that evening.

It depends on the grant. Faculty Travel Grants are limited to one trip every other fiscal year.  Most other grants are limited to once a year, but all other things being equal, faculty members and/or units who have not received grants in preceding grant rounds will be given priority over those who have.

Students are not eligible to apply for Pew FTLC grants, however, students may benefit from them. A faculty member may build student wages (but not travel) into a Teaching Innovation Grant.  Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship for student travel grants. A Teaching Innovation Grant may also cover a master teacher residency for students.  

It depends on the grant. Almost all reimbursements are submitted to your unit PSS but some are submitted directly to the Pew FTLC. Detailed reimbursement instructions can be found on the grants overview webpage under the specific grant - https://www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/grants-47.htm

As long as you abide by the deadline for your Final Report, your reimbursement may spill over into the next fiscal year.  

All grants require a Final Report to close the grant. Faculty Conference Travel Grants require the report to be in before reimbursement can take place. All other grants require all reimbursements to be submitted before turning in the Final Report. Applicants will only be eligible for new grants if all old grants are closed in a timely fashion.

Each grant has a specific set of questions to address in the Final Report.  More details can be found on the grants overview webpage under the specific grant - https://www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/grants-47.htm.

We read the Final Reports with great interest and use them:

  • To verify that our investment in you had an impact on our students' learning and on your professional development
  • To glean ideas for new FTLC endeavors which can benefit more students and faculty
  • To improve our processes and outcomes

FAQs--Faculty Conference Travel Grant

Yes. The grant period is determined by the end date of travel.  One must travel within the specified dates of the grant period or the funds are automatically forfeited. Funds awarded for one grant period may not be transferred to another grant period.

No. Funds may only be used by the original applicant. Please notify the FTLC as soon as you know that you are not able to use the funds so that they may be disseminated to other faculty members who may be on a waiting list.

Yes. If an alternate travel plan falls within the criteria of the Faculty Conference Travel Grant, one may contact the Pew FTLC to get approval for a change.  


FAQs--Teaching Innovation Grants

The Pew FTLC grants are focused on teaching and learning related activities. We have funded the following: 

  • intensive workshop/institute to develop a specific skill or pedagogy for the classroom
  • innovative materials for your classroom that go beyond those normally provided by the unit  
  • master teacher residencies for teachers and students
  • consultant residency for a group of faculty working on a specific pedagogy (e.g. team-based learning)
  • resource material needed to develop a new class, degree or pilot program

Teaching Innovation Grant activity must take place within 18 months of the application date.  

A primary reason many Teaching Innovation Grants are denied is due to the lack of thorough implementation and assessment plans. Be as specific as possible and feel free to consult the Grant Assessment Guide.

No. Much of the work associated with teaching innovation is viewed by the university as part of a standard workload or significant area of focus. While the grant covers expenses related to the activity, it does not cover faculty stipends.

No. Teaching Innovation Grants may only be used to cover travel to an intensive workshop/institute with a set curriculum for all participants.

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 model in our grant program.

Yes. The work for a Teaching Innovation Grant may be accomplished during a sabbatical as long as the length of the grant activity does not exceed 18 months from the application date. 

Student wages are paid at a variety of different pay scales, depending on student experience and other factors. The student wage rate schedule may be found online at: http://www.gvsu.edu/studentjobs/wage-rates-32.htm.

We have funded everything from rock slides to sound systems. The criteria is that the equipment is either innovative or will be implemented in an innovative way.  If you need software or hardware, be sure to check with Information Technology Tech Supply to see if GVSU already owns a license or if they are willing to support the technology.

No. The Pew FTLC grants do not fund equipment that is normally provided by the university.  

We are able to fund a small number of iPads (1-6) if they are essential to a specific, teaching-related pilot activity.

No. The Teaching Innovation Grants do not cover faculty stipends. However, the grant would cover the cost of a training program.  

Almost all reimbursements are submitted to your unit PSS but some are submitted directly to the Pew FTLC. Detailed reimbursement instructions can be found on the grants overview webpage under the specific grant - https://www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/grants-47.htm

Contact the Pew FTLC grants team before the student starts working. The Pew FTLC staff will enroll the student in Ultratime for wage payments.

Almost always, yes. Please check with David Eick in the Pew FTLC before going ahead with the change. 

No. There is no retroactive funding. All eligible expenses listed in the application must be made after the Grants Sub-Committee approves the grant.



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