Provost's Learning Innovation Grants

The Provost’s Learning Innovation Grants program was developed to broaden and enrich the learning experience of RIT students by funding faculty-initiated projects that enhance student learning and:

  • Integrate funding with institute priorities
  • Support dissemination of results to RIT faculty
  • Support the scholarship of teaching and learning

Faculty may redesign an existing course or propose a new course. The number of grants awarded depends upon the review and evaluation of the proposals in relation to the posted selection criteria.

Funding will range from $1,000-$5,000 per project, which must align with one of the following focus grants or to the exploration grant type: 

Generative artificial intelligence has exploded in use and as a topic of discussion and concern since the launch of ChatGPT. While many faculty are currently working with generative AI in their classrooms or research, others are still just beginning to understand how it affects their discipline and the workplace students will graduate into. This focus area invites proposals for incorporating generative AI as one tool students will learn to use to achieve course learning outcomes.

Strong proposals for Generative AI for Teaching Grants will:

  • Include student use and practice with generative AI in major activities and projects to build their skill in the use of the technologies currently available and prepare them to use future generations of AI in the workplace.
  • Integrate exploration and discussion of ethical issues associated with generative AI, including maintaining integrity in the classroom and in the workplace, use of others’ intellectual property as sources, and clear disclosure and acknowledgement of AI in their work.

The intersection of Technology, the Arts, and Design (TAD) is a key element of RIT’s promise to prospective students and the world. RIT defines TAD as the meaningful partnership of diverse ways of thinking, exploring, and making to address complex contemporary problems, advance knowledge, and pursue joy and wonder. This focus area invites faculty to incorporate TAD principles as a primary way of achieving learning outcomes.

Strong proposals for TAD Grants will:

  • Incorporate interdisciplinary activities and projects.
  • Enable students to learn and use methods and tools that are from outside their program.

Active learning is not activity for the sake of activity, but rather is having students engage in some activity that requires them to assess their own degree of understanding and skill at handling ideas or problems in a particular discipline. It is frequently associated with working in groups, in which knowledge is attained by participating or contributing. While these activities vary, common elements are metacognition—students’ thinking about their own learning—and higher order thinking (2016, Vanderbilt University). This PLIG focus area invites proposals for exploring and applying an active learning model to (re)design and deliver all or part of a course (or set of courses).

Strong proposals for Active Learning Grants will:

  • Incorporate a plan to measure the effectiveness of the active learning component of the (re)designed course(s). 
  • Present models that can be adopted by faculty for online and blended (part online, part face-to-face) course modes.

These grants are intended for innovative proposal topics that are outside the scope of Focus Grants, but nevertheless have the potential to positively impact student learning and success at RIT. The exploration grants provide funds for faculty to investigate an innovative mode or model of teaching and learning in terms of its potential to positively impact student outcomes and the student experience at RIT. 

Strong proposals for Exploration Grants will:

  • Have potential for application in more than one discipline.
  • Demonstrate a new use/application of a model, system, or technology already in use at RIT.
  • Supports a component of RIT’s Strategic Plan.

Use of Funds

Provost’s Learning Innovations Grants may range from $1,000-$5,000. Examples of how grant funds may be used, include:

  • Course release, with department head/chair approval (reasonable, actual replacement costs for full-time, tenured, or tenure-track faculty members removed from teaching).
  • Summer salary for faculty time.
  • Funding for student workers (graduate or undergraduate), teaching assistants, and related materials.
  • Development of new technology-based learning tools and/or environments.
  • Technologies or equipment required by the project that are not normally provided by the department/college. (Note: Any equipment or other materials purchased with grant funds are the property of your department and revert to the department after your project is completed.)
  • Resources for research design and consultation, data collection and aggregation, instrument development and/or purchase, secure data storage, data analysis, and report generation.
  • Travel to support research activity and/or meet with potential funding sources.


The selection committee uses the Provost’s Learning Innovation Grants rubric to evaluate the potential success and acceptance of an innovation by looking at six qualitative dimensions.


The call for grant proposals is now closed. 

Next Call for Grant Proposals
The call for grant proposals will open in the Fall semester. Stay tuned for the announcement and submission guidelines.

How to Apply
When the call for grant proposals opens, detailed instructions and submission form will be available on this page. Interested applicants will be able to submit their proposals online.

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Application Dates

Please note, exact dates have not yet been determined for the upcoming 2025 Provost's Learning Innovation Grant cycle at this time. The following information is intended to give an approximation of the timeline.

Call for Grant Proposals Open: October 2024
Grant Proposals Due: November 2024, by 11:59 pm ET
Funding Decisions Announced: March 2025
Full Project Plan Report: 
August 2025
Preliminary Findings Report: January  2026
Showcase: May 2026, at CTL's Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning
Final Report and Budget: August 22, 2026

Past Years

August 23, 2024: Full Project Plan
January 10, 2025: Preliminary Findings report
May 2025: PLIG Showcase at CTL's Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning
August 25, 2025: Final Report & Budget

August 25, 2023: Full Project Plan
January 12, 2024: Preliminary Findings report
May 2024: PLIG Showcase at CTL's Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning
August 23, 2024: Final Report & Budget