2020 Call for Proposals

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Learning Technology Incubator Grant Program

UVa College & Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

The Learning Technology Incubator (LTi) program is an initiative of the A&S Learning Design & Technology team. 

The goal of the LTi is to promote innovative projects that seek to solve common instructional challenges and show potential to improve teaching and learning broadly across the curriculum. We invite proposals that focus on engagement and enhancement of student learning, including (not limited to):

  • Course (re)design using student-centered pedagogy
  • Adaptation of courses for active learning spaces
  • Project-based and inquiry-based learning
  • Novel application of existing learning technologies
  • Development of new technologies for teaching and learning
  • Media Production (video, audio, etc.) and Digital Fabrication (3D printing, microelectronics, etc.) using Arts & Sciences Studios
  • Immersive technologies including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and 360° Photos & Videos
  • Use of ePortfolios
  • Resource and archive building
  • Online or hybrid course design

Proposals that demonstrate interdisciplinary collaboration and/or have potential to scale up in future years are especially encouraged.

Those interested in developing a proposal are encouraged to contact an A&S LDT Instructional Designer (asid@virginia.edu), who can advise and provide feedback on project ideas and proposal development.


Funding may be awarded at the following levels:

  • $2,000 for one–two faculty to develop a short-term project impacting a small group of students
  • $10,000 for a small group of faculty working across two or more courses to develop a year- long project impacting students
  • $25,000+ for a group of faculty working across multiple courses or disciplines to develop a multi-year project impacting a significant number of students

Funding may be awarded to cover faculty summer wages, student wages, necessary tools and technology, and other miscellaneous items. Please note that this grant does not cover travel or conference attendance.

Equipment purchased with LTi funding is the property of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and must be returned to LD&T at the end of the grant term.

Evaluation of Proposals

Successful proposals will demonstrate a connection between the proposed project and teaching strategies, pedagogies, or learning technologies that have been shown to enhance effectiveness of undergraduate education.

Grant recipients will be notified on or about April 3, 2020. Funding will be available after July 1, 2020, and must be spent before May 31, 2021. All projects will be assigned an A&S Learning Design & Technology consultant at the point of award notification.

Requirements of Funded Projects

Funded projects will require the following:

  • Consultation with A&S Learning Design & Technology for support from project design through implementation
  • Participation in LTi faculty community activities once per semester
  • Presentation of the project at one or more College or University events
  • Completion of an assessment process for the project


Proposal Submission

The Call for Proposals deadline is 5:00 pm on March 5, 2020. Review all proposal requirements and application below.

Submit your 2020 LTi proposal here. 


Required Elements:

  1. Complete proposal form
  2. Detailed project budget
  3. Letter from Chair or Program Director sent directly to asid@virginia.edu
  4. Consultation with A&S LDT Instructional Designer (recommended)


Sample budget for illustrative purposes

Faculty member #1 summer wage


Faculty Fringe (6.10% of summer wage total)


Grad Student Coder (5 hrs/week x 10 weeks x $15/hr)


Grad Student 1 Fringe (additional 6.10% of summer wage total)


Grad Student Researcher (5hrs/week x 6 weeks x $15/hr)


Grad Student 2 Fringe (additional 6.10% of summer wage total)


“Program X” Software License


Supplies for group sessions






Funds may not be transferred among these categories after award notification.