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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) semesters. Preference will be given to proposals that integrate Creative Inquiry into undergraduate degree programs or general education requirements.

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

Instructions for preparing a proposal are below.

Proposal submissions for projects to begin in Fall 2018 will be open 5 March – 5 May 2018.

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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 project description that includes plans for assessing student learning;
    Short (< 250 words) description of the project for public viewing. This description should include a statement that students should expect to enroll in the CI project for 2-4 semesters.
  • The course rubric(s), number(s) and section(s); Ideally, use a course specifically for CI. If another course is used, contact the CI Office in advance;
  • anticipated student activities;
  • anticipated student learning outcomes;
  • 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. Projects must submit annual reports by the end of each spring semester to document progress and accomplishments. In order to activate CI funding each semester, you must enter the course numbers and sections into the pull-down menu on your project's manage page. The website will retrieve the student rolls and count the number of students in each project.

Award levels: Funding is based on availability of funds and is determined by the number of undergraduate students enrolled in each CI team. Plan for a budget of $300/student up to $2,000 maximum per semester for a team of 6 or more students. 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 can be renewed annually upon receipt of a project report. CI funds carry over from fall to spring semester. Funds do not carry over across fiscal years.You must complete all spending for your CI project prior to the end of spring semester each year.

Allowable expenses: Funds should support team research activities, such as by purchasing supplies for the project or supporting student travel to do research. CI funds should be spent on the team projects and students. 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.