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Academic Technology Grants

Purpose:

The Campus Technology Committee and Academic Technology Unit of UNF's Information Technology Services seeks to provide small financial grants to support the academic technology needs of faculty at UNF. The purpose of these grants is to support and advance the technology needs of the faculty in service of their teaching, research/creative, and service activities. The grant program will provide support of up to $1000 towards information technology requirements per funded individual project, or up to $2000 for multiple faculty members working together.

 

Funds can be used for technological needs for projects including, but not limited to, costs of hardware, software, databases, student assistants for technological development, or networking capability. Projects should support the research and/or teaching mission of the university. Innovative projects that directly or indirectly benefit students will be given priority. Additionally, faculty are encouraged to seek matching funds or similar support from their departments, colleges, and university centers (and indicate such support in their proposal).

Eligibility:

All permanent full-time faculty are eligible to apply, subject to the restrictions below:

  • Only permanent full-time faculty are eligible for Technology grants. Grants may be held while on sabbatical; they may not be held while on leave of absence without pay.
  • Faculty who intend to terminate employment or leave UNF, or faculty who are on administrative leave or terminal notice and will not receive a contract during the next academic year, are ineligible. Except in extenuating circumstances, failure to remain at UNF for at least one academic year following the award will require grant repayment.
  • Members of the Campus Technology Committee may not apply for a Technology grant.

Timeline:

Application deadlines will be the fourth Friday after the beginning of the Fall and Spring terms. Applications must be received by the Director of Academic Technology no later than 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

 

Applications for the fall funding round are due by 5 pm on Friday, September 11, 2020

 

Applications for the spring funding round are due by 5 pm on Friday, January 29, 2021

 

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Application Procedures & Documents:

Each application must be submitted online via the Academic Technology Grant Application Form

The submission will include an online form and uploading of an application packet in Adobe PDF format. Please use the last name of the first author of the proposal as the PDF file name. The application packet includes the sections listed below, formatted using 1-inch margins and 12-point Times New Roman font. All sections, unless otherwise noted, must be double-spaced. All sections of the application must have a footer that includes the title, the name of the applicant and the page number. It is imperative that all sections are submitted as instructed, and that all formatting instructions and page and word limits be followed. Failure to do so will result in rejection of the application.

  • Section 1 of PDF file: Proposal Narrative (maximum of 2 pages, double-spaced).
  • Section 2 of PDF file: Budget and timeline with estimated project completion date (1 page). The requested 10% of the award that the department must contribute is in addition to the requested amount. For example, if the full project budget is $1,100, the department would contribute $100 and the grant amount awarded from CTC would be $1000. The total project budget of $1,100 need to be justified in the proposed budget. Additionally, applicants should obtain pricing estimates or quotes from ITS where appropriate.
  • Section 3 of PDF file: Letter from the faculty member’s departmental chair indicating support for the proposal and commitment of departmental funds of at least 10% of the total amount of funding requested from Administration & Finance (note: this may not be the entire project budget).
  • Appendix A of PDF file: If previous awards have been received, the dates and a summary (1 paragraph) of the outcomes of the most recent award must be provided for each applicant (maximum 200 words).

Sample Funded Proposals:

Please note that prior funded proposals may have been submitted under different proposal procedures/formats.

Sample Final Reports:

Questions About Academic Technology Grants Can Be Directed To:

Dr. Gordon F.M. Rakita

Professor of Anthropology & Director of Academic Technology

University of North Florida

1 UNF Drive, Building 51, Room 2304

Jacksonville, FL 32224-2659

Phone: 904-620-1658

grakita@unf.edu