What is the Academic Innovation Fund?

Established in 2014, the Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) gives the University of Michigan community access to financial and in-kind support from the Center for Academic Innovation (CAI). The Center stewards the AIF with the goal of facilitating the creation, growth, and research of engaged and inclusive educational experiences.

Purpose

The AIF helps our partners build new technology, develop engaging and interdisciplinary content, design more flexible and personalized learning experiences informed by data, and host events and communities that bring thought leaders together. We develop projects that

    • extend academic excellence, 
    • expand the University of Michigan’s public purpose, and 
    • foster equity and inclusivity in higher education.

Rolling Proposals

Proposals to the Academic Innovation Fund are accepted on a rolling basis. The proposal process begins with a consultation about the problem you are trying to solve, after which projects that are aligned with the goals and mission of the CAI are invited to submit a formal proposal. The criteria by which proposals are evaluated include: 

    • contribution to the culture of innovation in learning on campus
    • type and scale of problem being addressed 
    • degree of innovation proposed
    • alignment with campus priorities and initiatives
    • support for equity and inclusivity in higher education

Current Priorities

  • Diversifying the disciplinary mix of offerings in our online learning experiences
  • Integrating online content and innovative technologies into the residential learning experience.
  • Experimenting with translating high-touch teaching practices, like apprenticeships and learning communities, into online learning experiences
  • Exploring new models for alumni learning
  • Creating new learning experiences and educational models that support learners’ skill acquisition, accounting for the shifts in the nature of work
  • Increasing access to and affordability of higher education
  • Creating conversations and opportunities for learning and knowledge exchange between U-M scholars and community experts
  • Exploring opportunities for students to become creators of learning experiences

Get Started

To begin the proposal process for the rolling AIF, please use the “Setup a Consultation” form below to tell us a little bit about the problem you are trying to solve. Within a week of receiving your request, a CAI staff member will reach out to schedule a consultation. If you are interested in applying to one of the open calls for proposals, please follow the procedures outlined below.

Open Call for Proposals

Overview

Join the Center for Academic Innovation and FutureLearn as we work to create, preserve, and open access to the University of Michigan’s diverse wealth of knowledge and expertise.  We invite faculty to submit proposals to partner with us and develop innovative new MOOC specializations that provide real-world professional skill-building and social learning. Proposals are due October 15.

Details

The Center for Academic Innovation is charged with creating a culture of innovation in teaching and learning in support of the University’s mission to serve the people of Michigan and the world.  By creating, preserving, and sharing knowledge, art, and purpose-driven academic values, we hope to develop leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and create a better future by partnering with incredible faculty and experts across the University. 

Over the last 6 years, the Center for Academic Innovation and our faculty partners have developed a broad portfolio of over 200 learning experiences across the 19 schools and colleges.  These MOOCs, series, and other initiatives highlight some of the incredible expertise here at the University, provide Michigan students with supplemental and exploratory learning opportunities, further position faculty and schools as leaders in their fields, re-engage alumni as lifelong learners, and help a global community of over 6.2 million learners on-ramp into disciplinary programs, level-up existing skills, and dive deeper into key areas of interest.

University of Michigan faculty are invited to submit proposals for funding from FutureLearn to support the development and delivery of open courses on FutureLearn.com:

  • FutureLearn will provide up to $10,000 initial investment for the development of a new online course (can be used for marketing & promotion, student support, graphic design or other creative, guest speaker costs, necessary equipment or tools)
  • The Center for Academic Innovation will provide a faculty stipend ($10,000 for a single course, $25,000 for a series) and in-kind support in the form of instructional design consultation, project management, and media production 
  • There may be potential for shared revenue generated from courses as well

Timeline

  • Proposal deadline: October 15, 2020
  • Decisions announced: Nov 2, 2020
  • Course pages open for enrollment: March 1, 2021
  • Courses start: June 2021

Course design

Courses on FutureLearn are composed of learning activities (videos, readings, case studies, stories) and discussions that can be accessed and undertaken for free. Learners who want to take assessments and earn a certificate of completion may upgrade for a fee. 

FutureLearn courses put a heavy emphasis on social learning, storytelling, and the celebration of small goals. 

Proposed courses must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Four weeks of learning
  • 1-4 hours of learning per week
  • Offered annually for a minimum of 3 years. 

High demand topics

While proposals in all categories are welcome, FutureLearn and The University of Michigan are especially interested in proposals in the following areas:

 

Category Topic
Business & Management Marketing

Accounting

Finance

Communication

Operations management

Project management

Product management

Data analytics

Supply chain management

Sales

Economics Business

Principles of Economics 

Statistics Data science

Machine learning

Statistics

Healthcare Mental Health

Social Work

Nursing

Learning Disabilities

Oncology

Psychology Problem solving

Social psychology

Child psychology

Health psychology

Educational psychology

Positive psychology

Computer science Cloud computing

IT management

 

Proposal submission

To submit a proposal, please contact aif-proposals@umich.edu for a consult.

Proposal Requirements

  • Eligibility: Faculty Status Policy
  • Special Considerations for MOOC Proposals:
    • Proposals for the creation of new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) must be submitted by a faculty member.
    • MOOC proposals must be submitted to the appropriate administrator in the lead faculty member’s School/College prior to submitting to Academic Innovation.

About FutureLearn

FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform formed in December 2012 by The Open University (UK) and is now jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group. FutureLearn has over 13 million people signed up from around the world: 48% are from Europe, 24% Asia, 11% Africa, 9% North America, 4% Australia and 4% South America. Just over 60% of learners are female, 50% are in full- or part-time employment, and 47% are aged between 26 and 45. The platform uses a social learning pedagogy that draws on Diana Laurillard’s community support model and John Hattie’s visible learning concept.

Courses on FutureLearn will be offered with an upgrade option that allows learners to purchase a Certificate of Achievement and extended access to material. Revenues on course upgrades are shared with the University of Michigan.

Overview

At the University of Michigan we believe an informed, equitable, and empowered society is dependent on all members of that society adopting a learning lifestyle. To engage learners on campus, across the state of Michigan, and around the world, the Center for Academic Innovation is creating the Democracy & Debate Collection on Michigan Online. We invite faculty to participate in one of two tracks (short form content or massive open online courses) to create content of lasting value to support an informed society. We invite faculty to submit proposals aligned with the Democracy & Debate Theme semester. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 24, 2020.

Details

The Democracy & Debate Theme Semester

In recognition of this year’s presidential debates and election, the University will support a  campus-wide Theme Semester, Democracy & Debate, with collaborative programming that spans the university with a holistic set of initiatives across curricular and extracurricular realms. Through the Democracy & Debate theme semester, our community will seek to explore broadly three areas: free speech & exchange of ideas, what it means to be a member of a democratic society, and democratic engagement from a global perspective. We invite you to think creatively — and collaboratively – about how we can continue to establish habits of active and informed democratic engagement as society  grapples with the realities of structural racism and the multiple challenges — such as climate change, voting rights and security, health care — confronting our nation and our world.

These initiatives provide a unique opportunity for teaching and learning across multiple platforms, engaging all voices and modeling inclusive dialogue. We seek to promote the intellectual frameworks and the practical skills necessary for active engagement in the democratic process; collective action to end structural racism and other injustices; and to connect our campus community to communities across the state, the nation and the globe. Our programming highlights the importance of the direct exchange of often divergent ideas and perspectives, helping our students and community make decisions that shape the direction of our nation.

The Democracy & Debate Collection on Michigan Online

The theme semester will include an effort led by the Center for Academic Innovation to create materials of lasting value, intended to engage a variety of audiences through Michigan Online, the university’s portal for online learning opportunities. The Democracy & Debate Collection will make online learning opportunities and resources available to our entire campus and alumni communities as well as learners across the state and around the world.

The Democracy & Debate Collection will be a compilation of online learning opportunities, educational materials and digital assets to be made available before and after the debate for the campus and alumni communities and broader public.  The Collection will include short form lessons, curated content from special events and talks, Teach-Outs, and massive open online courses (MOOCs).

 

Our goal is to design and develop the Collection to take teaching and learning into venues and communities throughout the state and across the globe, while providing a dynamic suite of educational materials for faculty, students, and staff in on-campus and virtual classrooms, labs, learning communities, and student organizations.  The Collection will include learning experiences and content that serve to expose learners to unique interdisciplinary areas of emerging relevance and interest and will provide opportunities to share U-M research and expertise to a wide range of U-M and public audiences. We highly encourage faculty new to creating digital learning experiences and from disciplines under-represented in the open online learning space (e.g. arts, humanities, and cultural studies) to submit proposals exploring the intersections of their work with advancing democracy.

About the Center for Academic Innovation

The Center for Academic Innovation is charged with creating a culture of innovation in teaching and learning in support of the University’s mission to serve the people of Michigan and the world.  By creating, preserving, and sharing knowledge, art, and purpose-driven academic values, we hope to develop leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and create a better future by partnering with incredible faculty and experts across the University. 

We believe an informed, peaceful, equitable, and empowered society is dependent on learners everywhere adopting a learning lifestyle, and educational institutions creating and disseminating new knowledge to provide sustainable solutions to advance learning, facilitate problem solving, foster equity and inclusivity, and increase access and affordability.

Our faculty partnerships provide opportunities for experimentation at scales unachievable by traditional means, creating space for faculty to develop new pedagogies, conduct research, reach audiences, and develop tested strategies and resources that further enrich their residential courses.  They are able to engage in the generative, challenging, supported construction of world-class online learning experiences in close collaboration with the Center for Academic Innovation’s learning and technology experts.

Proposal Tracks

We have organized the call into two tracks, and we encourage you to consider which one might be best suited to the idea or topic you want to pursue through the grant:

Track 1: Short Form Thematized Content for the Democracy & Debate Collection

Overview:

Short (1 hour or less), discrete, learning items that can stand-alone or be supplemental to other learning experiences.  These could be explainer videos, expert interviews, podcast episodes, short lectures, TED-talk style pieces, demonstrations, etc, that help students understand the contexts, dynamics, implications, processes, rhetorical strategies, policies and issues at the center of the presidential debates, and the democratic process more broadly, and help prepare them for civic, political, and community engagement. Strong proposals will be thematically aligned with a clear target audience and well-defined scope. Short form content developed through this call for proposals may be incorporated in the U-M Teach-Out Series.

  • Stipend: $1,000 per project, which can be used to fund student development assistants, compensate community partners or other experts, purchase equipment, and secure media production capacity as necessary.
  • Proposal Requirements and Eligibility: Faculty from the U-M Ann Arbor campus are eligible to apply (Faculty Status Policy)

Timeline: 

  • Proposals will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis until July 24, 2020. We plan to make up to 25 awards.
  • Content must be created by October 1,  2020.

Preparing your Proposal:

Track 2: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Related to Theme Semester Topics

Overview:

Massive Open Online Courses that help global learners level up their knowledge of and skills in policy development; political processes, structures, and theories; debate rhetoric and strategies: and fundamentals of local and national civic engagement.

  • Stipend: $10,000 for a single MOOC; $25,000 for a MOOC series of 3 or more courses
  • Project Support: Assigned project team with expertise in project management, learning experience design, media design, behavioral science, and public engagement.
  • Proposal Requirements and Eligibility: Faculty from the U-M Ann Arbor campus are eligible to apply (Faculty Status Policy).

Timeline:

  • Proposals will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis but no later than July 24, 2020. 
  • Approved MOOCs must be designed, developed and launched any time prior to Fall  2021.

Preparing your Proposal:

  • Step 1: Meet with Academic Innovation team members to discuss your MOOC concept. Request a consultation by completing the form at the bottom of the page here
  • Step 2: Obtain approval from your academic unit. MOOC proposals must be submitted to the appropriate administrator in the lead faculty member’s School/College prior to submitting to the Center for Academic Innovation. If approval is not received before July 24, applicants are encouraged to submit their MOOC proposal to Academic Innovation, but the review committee will not make decisions until School/College approval is received.
  • Step 3: Submit your final proposal and a letter of support from your Dean’s office via email to aif-proposals@umich.edu with the subject line “Democracy & Debate Michigan Online Collection.”

Overview

Join the Center for Academic Innovation as we work to remove barriers of access to exceptional U-M learning experiences and to consider new approaches to engaging with learners at different stages of life and career. We invite academic units to submit proposals to partner with us to develop a fully online or hybrid degree program that is part of degree program portfolio. Strong proposals will identify opportunities where the degree program can be combined with open content to create a variety of pathways for learners to engage as part of the Michigan community. We encourage academic units to embrace strategic rebundling of content and the creation of program portfolios that leverage our strengths in graduate education so we can explore new opportunities and new modes of learning and engagement. Proposals will be accepted throughout the summer on a rolling basis until December 4, 2020; academic units will have additional opportunities to propose a program in the spring-summer term.

Details

As the University of Michigan broadens our efforts to develop and deliver online and hybrid degrees, there exists a unique opportunity to shape the future of higher education by leading online education into new pathways that meet the needs of a diverse population of lifelong learners. We invite academic units to work with the Center for Academic Innovation as we work to remove barriers of access to exceptional U-M learning experiences and to consider new approaches to engaging with learners at different stages of life and career.

We encourage academic units to explore opportunities to strategically rebundle content to create online program portfolios. The portfolio approach combines degree programs with open learning experiences—such as massive open online courses, a MicroMasters program, or a MasterTrack certificate—to create a variety of pathways for learners to engage as part of the Michigan community. Online program portfolios leverage our institutional and academic unit strengths to explore new opportunities and new modes of interdisciplinary learning and engagement, providing innovative learning experiences of various durations, commitment level, and depth of study. This approach is key to our institutional mission of making high quality learning experiences that promote multidisciplinary problem solving and diversity, equity and inclusion while being affordable, accessible at scale, and available for global and lifelong learners.

Criteria

Academic units should take the following criteria into consideration. These criteria will be used to evaluate and prioritize the use of seed funding for new and exemplary online and hybrid programs.

Strong proposals will: 

  • Further establish U-Ms position as a leading institution shaping the future of learning and the future of higher education;
  • Show clear alignment with institutional priorities around multidisciplinary problem solving; global and lifelong learning; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and access and affordability;
  • Embrace strategic rebundling and the creation of program portfolios that leverage our strengths in graduate education so we can explore new opportunities and new modes of learning and engagement;
  • Demonstrate pathways to financial sustainability and innovative business models relative to a rapidly changing market landscape;
  • Consider opportunities to leverage optimal centralization/decentralization of capacity in order to ensure excellence and sustainability at the program, portfolio, and institutional level 
  • Increase our ability to make high quality learning experiences accessible at scale and available for global and lifelong learners; 
  • Address unmet learner/market needs through innovative pedagogy and novel curricular design and student experiences;
  • Demonstrate clear alignment with academic-unit level strategy and reflect areas of existing or emerging strength;
  • Demonstrate clear commitment and readiness of academic unit leadership, faculty, and other key contributors.

Timeline

  • Proposals will be accepted throughout the summer on a rolling basis until December 4, 2020; academic units will have additional opportunities to propose a program in the spring-summer term.

Proposal Requirements

  • Eligibility: All academic units are eligible to submit a proposal.
  • Special Considerations for OHP Proposals:
    • Online and Hybrid Program proposals must be accompanied by a letter of support by the proposing School/College’s dean. 
    • It is strongly recommended that academic units consult with staff in the Center for Academic Innovation prior to submitting a proposal. 

Preparing your Proposal

Step 1: Request a consultation with Academic Innovation team members by completing the request form at the bottom of the page here.

Step 2: Complete as much of the OHP proposal form as you can.

Step 3: Meet with Academic Innovation team members to discuss your program/portfolio concept and the draft of your proposal. 

Step 4: Submit your final proposal via email to aif-proposals@umich.edu with the subject line “Online and Hybrid Programs Call”

Proposal Form: Online and Hybrid Program Proposal Form

Overview

Join the Center for Academic Innovation as we work to create, preserve, and open access to the University of Michigan’s diverse wealth of knowledge and expertise.  Through our faculty partnerships and the development of open online content, we help millions learn new skills and competencies, highlight and amplify emerging research and ideas, and develop new pedagogies and practices at-scale.  We invite faculty to submit proposals to partner with us and develop Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on a wide range of topics and interest areas, as well as MOOC specializations that provide more intensive, real-world professional skill-building. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.

Details

The Center for Academic Innovation is charged with creating a culture of innovation in teaching and learning in support of the University’s mission to serve the people of Michigan and the world.  By creating, preserving, and sharing knowledge, art, and purpose-driven academic values, we hope to develop leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and create a better future by partnering with incredible faculty and experts across the University. 

Our faculty partnerships provide opportunities for experimentation at scales unachievable by traditional means, creating space for faculty to develop new pedagogies, conduct research, reach audiences, and develop tested strategies and resources that further enrich their residential courses.  They are able to engage in the generative, challenging, supported construction of world-class online learning experiences in close collaboration with the Center for Academic Innovation’s learning and technology experts.

Over the last 6 years, the Center for Academic Innovation and our faculty partners have developed a broad portfolio of over 200 learning experiences across the 19 schools and colleges.  These MOOCs, series, and other initiatives highlight some of the incredible expertise here at the University, provide Michigan students with supplemental and exploratory learning opportunities, further position faculty and schools as leaders in their fields, re-engage alumni as lifelong learners, and help a global community of over 6.2 million learners on-ramp into disciplinary programs, level-up existing skills, and dive deeper into key areas of interest.

However, there is still more to teach, more to learn, and more of the breadth and depth of the University community’s expertise to showcase and connect.  Learners everywhere are looking to develop new skills, master new competencies, and better understand the world around them. To that end, we would like to invite faculty to submit proposals aimed at highlighting complex and growing areas of academic excellence at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  Come help us celebrate, support, and make accessible the diversity of scholarship, knowledge, and experience of our institution.

Proposals should fit one of two tracks:

  1. MOOCs (single courses) that provide professional or personal development in key skill areas that appeal to a broad global audience.  Some example topics include, but are not limited to: communication, storytelling, foundational academic courses, personal health, design, research, consulting, people management, creativity, persuasion, collaboration, time management, adaptability,world-building, family care, civic engagement, etc.
  2. MOOC Specializations: A series of 3-6 MOOCs intentionally designed together to build professional skills for real-world applications, focusing current high-demand areas that include but are not limited to mobility, poverty solutions, health professions, urban development, policy, analytics, data visualization, product management, artificial intelligence, etc.  

Proposal Requirements

  • Eligibility: Faculty Status Policy
  • Special Considerations for MOOC Proposals:
    • Proposals for the creation of new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) must be submitted by a faculty member.
    • MOOC proposals must be submitted to the appropriate administrator in the lead faculty member’s School/College prior to submitting to Academic Innovation. 

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.

Overview

The Center for Academic Innovation invites University of Michigan (U-M) faculty and students to apply for a “Quick Win” research grant to support small-scale projects on special topics in the areas of higher education and academic innovation. Proposals should consider how the focus of the work aligns with Academic Innovation (AI) initiatives and key priorities, and discuss how outcomes will complement ongoing work at AI.

Details

Excellent proposals will: describe how the proposed research project fits the call topic, include clear research questions, outline the data sources and methodologies to be used, and highlight how this work can impact teaching and learning. With the goal of growing the academic innovation community, applications from those who have not yet collaborated with AI will be prioritized for support.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Typically funding is capped at $5000. Requests for larger amounts of support should consider applying to our Academic Innovation Fund.

Topics:

We have organized the call into four tracks, and we encourage you to consider which one might be best suited to the idea or topic you want to pursue through the grant:

    • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in learning environments
    • Supporting communities in informal and/or formal learning environments
    • Hybrid learning
    • XR

The call is organized by theme to support resource sharing among grantees and to allow for thematic presentations of research outcomes. These are the four tracks for the 2020 year, but we look forward to considering new tracks in the future and welcome suggestions.

Application Process

Please review the application form and submit it by one of the three deadlines. Notices regarding status will be sent out no more than four weeks after the proposal deadline.

For more information please contact Caitlin Holman (cholma@umich.edu)

FAQ:

What are examples of types of projects that would be well-suited for a “Quick Win” grant?

    • Pilot studies of implementing new technology or pedagogy in the classroom
    • Experiments or approaches you’ve tried out in your classroom, but have not yet had a chance to study
    • Secondary analysis of an educational dataset

What can this funding be used for?

    • Paying hourly wages for students/contractors
    • Transcription services
    • Software fees
    • Open access fees
    • Stock photography

Conference attendance/travel is not supported at this time. Please ask if you have questions regarding what this money can be used for.

Can this funding be tied to other grants?

Yes! In that instance, please make sure to highlight what about this funding request makes it fit as a Quick Win grant. For instance, is it new work that is coming out of previously-funded work? Is this grant intended to kick off work and then lead to additional funding? We’d love to support that kind of work.

What do I need to produce as a report on this work?

We would like to receive a final version of any publications or presentations you produce via this funding. We also understand that while many of the things explored with this funding may not be quite ready for publication, we would very much like to learn from the work you have done. With that goal in mind, we ask that all projects share a 3-4 page summary of work, describing what work was done, what was discovered, what you see as next steps for this work, and any challenges faced to enable us to support others better in doing this work. Ideally this document would be shared with AI within 2 months following the conclusion of the work, but no later than one year after the grant award.

In addition, we invite you to contribute to knowledge sharing and institutional learning in one or more of the following ways:

    • Give an Academic Innovation at Michigan Research presentation (public talk to the U-M community)
    • Promote the work with a blog post on the AI blog describing the work done and initial findings
    • Come discuss your work with AI staff over a Research Brown Bag meeting (casual lunch talk)
    • Join the staff of AI for an “Innovation Hour” (internal to AI talk, potential to be more casual or more formal)

We’d love to brainstorm other ways for you to share your work back with us – and are happy to customize as appropriate for the work. 

Overview

How can XR technologies transform the way we teach and learn? As scholars across campus continue to explore this question, the Center for Academic Innovation is issuing a call for proposals for projects that explore the role XR technologies play in achieving learning objectives and transforming pedagogies. We invite proposals aligned with our missions of:

  • supporting diverse learners, both online and in residence,
  • creating inclusive and equitable learning experiences, and,
  • advancing the public mission of the University of Michigan

We are looking for projects that utilize a commercial XR authoring platform to create and distribute content. Projects will be expected to fall into at least one of the following categories: content creation or innovative application. All faculty appointed on the Ann Arbor campus are eligible to respond to the call.  Proposals are DUE by Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

Details

As the team at the Center for Academic Innovation explores the most effective methods to bring XR technologies to online and in-residence curricula, we invite faculty and academic units to join us in exploring creative applications of this technology to further the mission of the university. One of our guiding principles is to ensure a multidisciplinary approach to represent all points of view across the 19 schools and colleges at U-M. We are looking for unique opportunities to bring XR technologies to U-M students, especially in the current remote and hybrid models, to shape the future of learning.

The Center for Academic Innovation invites proposals to our XR Innovation Fund for projects that will help the University of Michigan implement XR technologies in online and in-residence curricula.  We call for proposals aligned with our goals:

  • Advancing multidisciplinary learning and teaching
  • Creating innovative learning experiences with Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Increasing access to XR technologies to a broad audience
  • Creating repeatable processes for content creation and deployment
  • Developing research to better understand the effectiveness of XR in education

The XR Initiative will fund projects up to $15,000 that must include the licensing of the commercially available software platforms for at least 12 months within that amount.

Criteria

We are looking for projects that will utilize a commercial XR authoring platform to create and distribute content. Projects will be expected to fall into at least one of the following categories: content creation or  innovative application:

Content Creation Projects

Content creation projects are often developed using in-kind resources from the Center for Academic Innovation, but funds can be requested to hire other resources as needed. Content creation projects may include the design and development of new learning experiences, new software to support teaching and learning, or new digital assets. Projects will need to include the licensing and use of commercially available platforms.

Innovative Application Projects

Innovative Application proposals will receive in-kind support from the Center for Academic Innovation so that project teams have the necessary access to tools and platforms. Allowable expenses include student support, technical support services, hardware and software purchases, and other related project needs. Innovative Application projects may include the integration of open educational resources and content into a learning experience or adoption of one of the software tools developed by Academic Innovation into a learning experience. Projects will need to include the licensing and use of commercially available platforms.

Timeline

  • Proposals will be due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

Proposal Requirements

Eligibility: Faculty Status Policy

Preparing your Proposal

  • Step 1: Request a consultation with Center for Academic Innovation team members by completing the request form at the bottom of the page here.
  • Step 2: Complete as much of the XR proposal form as you can.
  • Step 3: Meet with Center for Academic Innovation team members to discuss your program/portfolio concept and the draft of your proposal.
  • Step 4: Submit your final proposal via email to aif-proposals@umich.edu with the subject line “Extended Reality Call”

Proposal Form: XR Innovation Fund Proposal Form

Setup a Consultation

To begin the proposal process for the general Academic Innovation Fund, please use the form below to tell us a little bit about the problem you are trying to solve. Within a week of receiving your request, a CAI staff member will reach out to schedule a consultation. If you are interested in applying to one of the themed calls for proposals, please follow the procedures outlined on the page for that call.

Academic Innovation Fund

Designing the future of learning with the University of Michigan Community

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Established in 2014, the AIF enables the Center for Academic Innovation to provide financial and in-kind support for the purpose of growing a culture of innovation on campus

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Initiatives across all 19 Schools & Colleges have been developed leveraging the AIF. Collectively, these have reached 90% of current U-M undergraduates, and nearly 4 million global learners.