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Submit Proposals and Manage Projects

The Creative Inquiry office solicits proposals from project mentors. Mentors can be individual faculty members or teams of faculty, staff and graduate students. All CI projects must continue for at least two (preferably four or more) sequential semesters. Preference will be given to proposals that are new, innovative, clearly define goals and objectives as well as address the broader impact(s) of the project.

All Creative Inquiry projects must incorporate team-based research, critical thinking and hands-on engaged learning. Proposals may be submitted during the noted dates through the CI database.

Project proposals for Spring 2019 are due by 9 January 2019.

Proposals for Fall 2019 will be accepted March 1 – May 8, 2019.

Instructions for preparing a proposal are below.

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Submit & Manage Projects

Mentor Applications

Faculty members or teams of faculty, staff and/or graduate students should submit proposals for projects that expand student inquiry beyond the bounds of normal course work and that continue for at least two (preferably four or more) semesters. Teams can be multidisciplinary. Proposals must include the following information in the text boxes and pull-down menus:

  • a descriptive title;
  • keywords (to be used to search for projects online);
  • the preferred major(s) for students on the team;
  • names of all team leaders on the project;
  • a short(< 250 words), general project description (on Overview page) for public viewing. This description should include a general introduction to the research area, the potential broader impacts and other information mentors acknowledge as essential to the public.
  • The course rubric(s), number(s) and section(s); use a course specifically for CI. If you are not using a CI course, contact the CI Office in advance of submitting the proposal;
  • A detailed description; this description should outline more detailed goals and objectives as well as include a statement indicating the estimated length of the CI project (e.g., 2-4 semesters, ongoing). In addition, add a statement that includes plans for assessing student learning;
  • anticipated student learning outcomes (student learning outcomes are measurable);
  • an estimated budget and justification (see Budget information below);
  • if you would like to advertise this project to recruit undergraduate students;

If you have any questions or comments about using the project management application please contact the CI Office

Budget Information

Once a CI project is approved, it can be renewed for subsequent semesters if adequate progress is demonstrated. In addition, projects must submit annual reports by the end of each spring semester to document progress and accomplishments. In order to be eligible for CI funding each semester, you must enter the course number(s) and section(s) into the pull-down menu on your project's manage page.

Award levels: Funding levels vary. Requests of up to a maximum of $2,000 per semester for a team of 6 or more students are permissible. You do not have to request funds to offer a CI. There are several projects that do not require funds to support their research activities.

Fund balances: Each CI project has a unique budget account number. The budget is based in the department of the primary faculty team leader. All spending should be done through your department office (not the CI office). Please check your account balance before spending! The account balance appears on your project's manage page and can also be found in your FBIS page.

Funds do not carry over across fiscal years.You must complete all spending for your CI project prior to the end of spring classes each year.

For funding in subsequent years, a minimum of an annual report documenting adequate progress is required.

Allowable expenses: Funds should support CI team research activities, such as by purchasing supplies for the project. Consult the Policies and Procedures for Spending Funds page for details.

Prohibited expenses: CI funds cannot be used for faculty, staff, or student salaries. CI funds cannot pay honoraria or be used for professional development.