These internal grants support innovation in undergraduate and graduate education and are administered by the Educational Development Council, Academic Technology  Center, and Morgan Teaching and Learning Center. Proposals that align with the goals of the WPI Strategic Plan (2015-2018) are encouraged, but proposals in other areas are also welcome. Funds totaling $75,000 will be distributed among two programs:

  1. Faculty Learning Community Grants: A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a small group of faculty (and staff, as appropriate) from multiple disciplines engaging in inquiry and action around a central theme. Based on statements of interest submitted in December, we have identified two FLC themes for which we are now seeking formal applications: 1) project-based courses; and 2) connections, reflections, and e-portfolios.
  2. Independent Project Grants: These grants support bold new initiatives that enrich learning in classrooms, laboratories, and projects. This grant mechanism is intended for applicants whose project does not fit with a FLC theme and for those who cannot or do not wish to commit to the regular interaction of a FLC.

The Call for Proposals and Program Guidelines provides details and application procedures for both types of grants, and the deadline for proposals is Wednesday, February 1. Prospective applicants may also address questions to, and discuss their ideas with, members of the EDC (Joe Beck, John Bergendahl, Chrys Demetry, Aarti Madan) and/or the ATC (Kate Beverage, Mary Beth Harrity).