Rice University's Experiential Inquiry and Research Fund awards competitive grants of up to $10,000 to departments/units that oversee the curriculum of a major, area major, or interdisciplinary major/minor. Grants are intended to fund integration of experiential inquiry and research into the undergraduate curriculum of a major, area major, or interdisciplinary major/minor. Planning Grants are for departments/units that need time and resources to evaluate curriculum and identify gaps in the scaffolding of inquiry and research. Departments may submit a budget of up to $5,000 to be used for planning and assessment and an additional budget of up to $5,000 to pilot an IBL course in Spring 2019.
Funds awarded will be for academic year 2018- 2019 and cannot carry over to a second year. Awarded departments/units agree to meet regularly with the Office of Inquiry Based Learning and other relevant academic support centers (Center for Teaching Excellence, Program in Writing and Communication, and Fondren Library) to design and implement curricular scaffold. Additionally, awarded departments will collaborate with the Office of Inquiry Based Learning to assess the curricular scaffold and student learning outcomes in accordance with SACSCOC.
Departments are encouraged to seek additional funding for course development by applying for the Brown Teaching Grant and/or for a grant from the Program in Writing and Communication (PWC). The PWC is eager to work with departments that are interested in integrating writing, speaking, or visual assignments into courses as part of their QEP initiative. Awards ranging from $5,000 - $15,000 are available to support communication instruction, the development of course materials, and peer communication coaching. For more information, contact Tracy Volz (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of the PWC.
Teams with a minimum of three full-time faculty of mixed rank who have authority over a major, area major, or interdisciplinary major/minor are eligible to apply.
Office of Inquiry Based Learning and the Faculty Advisory Committee will review proposals and consult with relevant Deans in making final award decisions.
Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Proposals must be submitted using this webform by March 9, 2018. Proposals should include the following documents in PDF format:
For questions or feedback, please contact Caroline Quenemoen at (713) 348-4378 or email@example.com.