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New Initiatives/New Infrastructure (NINI Grants): Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Application Deadline: February 25, 2019

LSA 2019 New Instructional/New Initiatives (NINI Grants) Funding is available to LSA Faculty and Lecturers to foster student success through inclusive teaching practices and innovative teaching methods. Proposals should seek to directly and substantially benefit LSA undergraduates, enhance the student learning experience, and focus on inclusive teaching and learning through the creative use of digital resources, active/experiential learning methods, or instructional technologies.

Past awards have ranged from $15,000 to $75,000.

Possible projects might include: 

  • Implement new instructional practices in LSA undergraduate courses, which allow all students to engage with/explore new content and inclusive teaching in new and creative ways.
  • Shift a traditional lecture-based course to active learning or studio instruction with focus on student created content and incorporation of digital resources/activities to increase student access and engagement.
  • Develop and expand experiential learning opportunities—with particular focus on experiences to build inclusion and equity, engaging with groups not typically included in undergraduate experiences or as focus of course content.
  • Incorporate new content and activities into courses to meet departmental goals for curricular innovation.
  • Transform traditional courses into interactive, exploratory team-based learning experiences, in which students actively engage during class with new content and new perspectives focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ensure access and inclusion to all by enhancing instructional technologies in classrooms and class-labs.
  • Create experiential learning opportunities to foster instructor-student interactions and student-student interactions to support inclusive learning communities.
  • Integrate collaboration tools to facilitate community engagement and student expression, particularly in telling stories of communities and experiences not traditionally included in LSA courses.

Proposals should address the pedagogical value, scope, and scale of the project, present the intended benefits and impact on the undergraduate student experience, describe associated risks, and establish a plan for assessment. All faculty or staff responsible for the project must be clearly identified. 

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should be submitted online and consist of:

  • a narrative no longer than five (5) pages
  • a detailed budget justification
  • an abstract suitable for general distribution
  • a supporting letter from the Chair or Director

Successful proposals will be asked to report outcomes to the LSA instructional community.

Consultations & Resources

For assistance with proposals contact:

For more information about inclusive teaching:

Collaborative Partners

  • Inclusive Pedagogies Subcommittee of the LSA Undergraduate Education Climate Committee
  • CRLT
  • University Library


Proposals are due February 25, 2019 and will be evaluated in March 2019. Faculty would begin work on major projects in Spring/Summer 2019 and would begin piloting and implementing changes beginning Fall 2019 or Winter 2020.