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Hewlett Foundation Presidential Award for Curriculum Development and Improvement

This grant program is administered through the President's Office and is used to fund activities related to faculty and curriculum development or improvement. Typical awards range from $1,000 - $10,000 depending on project.

Eligibility, Guidelines and Evaluation Material

Grant proposals must follow the guidelines set out by the Hewlett Foundation, which state that proposals must be for activities related to faculty and curriculum development or improvement. Hewlett grant proposals must be aligned with institutional goals, with preference given to those that explore ways to improve delivery of our core curriculum including general education; that better coordinate our curricular offerings between schools or departments; or that foster new collaborative or interdisciplinary faculty partnerships. The President's Office would like to emphasize that this grant can be renewed(i.e., planning and evaluation studies, experimentation or program initiation) but is not designed to carry on any activity for an indefinite period of time. Also, it is not intended for general budget items or for administrative use. (NOTE: Individual research projects should be directed to the Atkinson Fund summer grants program.)

Application Materials

Hewlett grant proposals should include: (1) a cover sheet containing the title for your grant proposal; (2) the school(s) to which the proposal relates or is affiliated; (3) the names of the authors, indicating a primary contact person, and (4) a basic budget, including the total dollar amount requested. INSTRUCTIONS ON Uploading Hewlett Proposals to WISE: (1) Log in to WISE (http://wise.willamette.edu/portal/) (2) Under “My Workspace,” click on the “Membership” tool (left navigation bar). (3) Click on “Joinable Sites” and search for “Hewlett”. (4) Click and join the “Hewlett Grant Submissions” site. (5) To upload your proposal, click on “Grant Submissions” (left navigation bar).(6) to upload your proposal, click on “Submit” in the Project Tools list (left navigation bar). (7) Click on “Add Attachments” to upload your file. (7) If you need to edit or resubmit your proposal prior to the stated deadline for submissions, you can easily do that by clicking on the "add/remove attachments" button and click “Resubmit.”

Deadline: February 14, 2014 - Tentative deadline is Feb 14 at 5 p.m. Applicants must submit Hewlett grants via the WISE site instead of in hard copy format. Please see instructions above. (CLOSED)

Contact Information: Kristen Grainger, Vice President and Executive Assistant to the President (503-375-5474)

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President's Fund for Innovation

Willamette will continue to increase its visibility and further institutional advancement by helping faculty and administrators bring to fruition innovative projects that stem from their interests and expertise. The President’s Fund for Innovation will award grants on a competitive basis to teams of faculty and/or administrators to develop academic programs that consolidate or enhance the synergy of existing efforts and that differentiate Willamette from our peers. It will also support collaborative projects with colleges and universities outside of Willamette. A culture of sustained innovation will strengthen the University's already considerable commitment to excellence. The President’s Fund for Innovation will support projects and programs that demonstrate substantial promise for future private or federal funding, a plan for sustainability throughout the duration of the project, scalability throughout the institution, and replication at or expansion to other institutions. The Fund aims to help programs and projects build capacity for further development, and as such, will serve as a way for project and program leaders to leverage Willamette funds in order to secure external funding. The average award amount is $10,000, and the approximate amount expended annually will be $40,000.

Eligibility, Guidelines and Evaluation Material

Successful proposals to the President’s Fund for Innovation will exhibit the following criteria: (1) An explanation of how the project is innovative. The project should demonstrate innovation in at least one of the following ways: development of an alternate strategy or solution; expansion of work that has been conducted at Willamette or another institution; demonstration of the project or program’s link to new directions in higher education (e.g. curriculum development or teaching methods). (2) Close collaboration between teams of faculty and/or administrators from different disciplines or sectors of the institution (Preference will be given to intercollegiate programs or projects). (3) Evidence of scalability of the project to other institutions or regions. (4) A long-term plan for the project, including goals and outcomes. (5) One or more prospective federal or private funders (as demonstrated by a conversation with the funding agency or Request for Proposals). (6) Coalescence for furthering Willamette’s mission and strategic goals. (7) Endorsement from dean, vice president, or head of academic unit. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: (1) Is there a deadline by which Innovation Grant funding must be spent? All Innovation Grant funds must be spent by December 1, 2014. Project leaders will be expected to make expenditures in accordance with the project timeline they describe in their proposal. (2) What are the requirements for the grant once we receive it? Project leaders will be required to submit a short report of project progress (including progress made on external grantseeking) and a budget detailing project expenditures by June 1 each year until Innovation Fund funds are spent. Once funds are spent, project leaders will be required to submit a final report detailing next steps for the project. Interim and final reports should be sent to Arminda Lathrop in the Corporate and Foundation Relations Office (alathrop@willamette.edu). They will be compiled and submitted to the Mellon Foundation each June.

Application Materials

The proposal need not be lengthy or formal. It should include these items: (1) Cover letter from the project leader; (2) Description of the project or program, including faculty and administrators involved, qualities that make the project or program innovative, proposed activities, goals, and timeline for completion or expansion (3 pages or less); (3) Project budget that includes total project budget, budget for the portion you’re requesting from the President’s Fund for Innovation, a budget narrative column that explains each budget line, a list of other promising funders for the project or program, and an explanation of how you will sustain the project or program. INSTRUCTIONS ON Uploading Proposals to WISE: (1) Log into WISE (http://wise.willamette.edu/portal/); (2) Under “My Workspace,” click on the “Membership” tool (left navigation bar); (3) Click on “Joinable Sites” and search for “Innovation”; (4) Click and join the “President’s Fund Grant Submissions” site; (5) To upload your proposal, click on “Grant Submissions” (left navigation bar); (6) Click on “Submit as Student”; (7) Click on “Add Attachments” to upload your file; (8) If you need to edit or resubmit your proposal prior to the stated deadline for submissions, you can easily do that by clicking on the "add/remove attachments" button and click “Resubmit.” NOTE: You cannot edit or resubmit proposals after the deadline for submissions.

Deadline: January 3, 2014 - Tentative deadline is Jan 3 at 5 p.m. Proposals should be submitted to the President’s Fund for Innovation WISE site by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline day. (CLOSED)

Contact Information: Kristen Grainger, Vice President and Executive Assistant to the President (503-375-5474)

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