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 or creative activities, critical thinking and hands-on engaged learning. Proposals may be submitted during the noted dates through the CI database.

Spring 2024 proposal will be reviewed if requested.

Proposals for Fall 2024 will open on March 1, 2024. Deadline to submit: June 30, 2024.
Submissions will be reviewed beginning March 25, 2024.

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Submit & Manage Projects

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 (June 30) 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 (May 13).

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.