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Grant Opportunities

Interested in developing a technology project, but need financial resources to get it done? There are several opportunities for getting grants from various units on campus. The LRC can not only refer you to a funding source that would be most appropriate for your project, but we can also assist in the writing of the grant, and/or write a letter of support for your application. Funding agents look favorably on applications that have the support of their local support unit, so take advantage of our assets!

Graduate Media Assistant (GMA) Program

The GMA program allows the LRC to hire a graduate assistant to work on an instructional technology project sponsored by an instructor. LRC staff are available to train the GMA to undertake technology tasks for their project, as well as provide ongoing consultation and assistance throughout the project cycle. Interested in applying for this program? Fill out our application here.

LSA Instructional Technology Committee (ITC) Grant Program

Faculty Project Grants

Level One grants of up to $5,000 are available to individual faculty members to support the costs of initiating an effort to use instructional technologies in teaching undergraduate courses.

Level Two grants of up to $15,000 are available to faculty to carry out more substantial and especially innovative undergraduate curricular developments that take advantage of new instructional technologies.

New Initiatives/New Infrastructure (NINI Grants)

Over the past five years, an average of five proposals have been funded per year, at an average annual level of $45,000 per proposal. NINI grant proposals should seek to improve teaching and learning in the College through an innovative use of information technology.Technology grants can be used to fund:

  • Hourly wages for graduate media assistants
  • Software not available through LSAIT
  • Costs for digitizing images and texts
  • Fees for access to databases
  • One-time equipment purchase
  • Consultant fees for technical support
  • SuppliesProject evaluation expenses

Teaching Transformed Grants

Grants of up to $12,500 are available to "true beginner" faculty members who have not had much direct experience using technology in their teaching. Up to $5000 is available as a possible faculty stipend ($2500/year for two years) for those faculty who qualify.

Additional Funding Sources

Additional grant opportunities exist from other units on campus. Please see their websites for further information.

Instructional Support Services (ISS) BlueCorps Advisor: LSA faculty may apply for a BlueCorps Advisor to help with creating and implementing new technology-based teaching resources/ approaches. If you are interested in BlueCorps, please send an e-mail to

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT): CRLT sponsors competitions for grants to enhance teaching and learning at the University of Michigan. The grants competitions are open to eligible members of the Ann Arbor campus of the University only.

GIEU Teaching Fellowship:  faculty may apply to lead small groups of undergraduates on short-term projects (3 or 4 weeks) of a global nature at field sites, both domestic and abroad. The proposed field component must occur May-Aug. CGIS will provide funding to support each selected proposal. Selected faculty members will be named GIEU Teaching Fellows and will receive funding to support on-site student and central expenses, as well as a $5,000 stipend (per site) in addition to the full costs of their own travel, meals, lodging, and teaching materials.