Educational Grants

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LITRE, or Learning In a Technology Rich Environment (the acronymn is pronounced like the British spelling of "liter" -- lētər), is the over-arching theme for the NC State "Quality Enhancement Plan." LITRE’s ultimate purpose is to improve student learning. LITRE’s primary strategy is to establish an ongoing, systematic investigation into the effectiveness of technology-based innovations to improve learning.

IDEA Grants

DELTA is providing assistance to NCSU faculty and staff in the form of personnel hours and funds to support planning, design and development of high-quality distance education courses, programs and resources. DELTA’s Innovation in Distributed Education Applications (IDEA) grants are provided to promote innovation in the use of instructional technology in online teaching and learning, build expertise in this area, and enhance the technology-rich learning environment at North Carolina State University.

IDEA Course grants are for those who are creating or improving a Distance Education course. Course grant applications will be easier to submit and will not require a detailed budget as in the past – all grant recipients will be awarded $8,000. IDEA Exploratory grants allow the investigation of a new (to NCSU) technology or explore a new application of technology to teaching & learning (e.g., blogs, eportfolios, wikis). More information about the two types of grants can be found in the RFP.

Instructional Grants

For many years the NC State University's Instructional Grants Program has helped faculty and departments explore new ways of teaching courses and improving curricula. The Instructional Grants Program encourages and supports innovative and creative activities for teaching and learning enhancement at NC State University. Individuals proposing projects related to inquiryguided learning or service-learning are especially encouraged to apply for funding. Approximately $20,000 is available for three types of grants:

  • Grants to faculty for innovations in their courses (award not to exceed $3,000).
  • Grants to departments for innovative projects involving curricula or course groups that may be conducted over a one- or two-year period (award not to exceed $7,500).
  • Grants to support faculty travel to conferences or workshops focused on teaching.

A subcommittee of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) Advisory Committee evaluates the proposals and makes funding recommendations to the Provost. Successful proposals from previous years may be reviewed in the FCTL offices. They are merely illustrations and are not intended to define boundaries of what might be funded. Innovation is encouraged.

Proposed projects have the potential to improve student learning, are innovative, can be implemented, will be assessed, and may be useful to others.