Interdisciplinary Innovations Fund

Call for Proposals

Due Dates

  • No set due date.
  • Proposals will be considered by the MU Information Technology Committee (ITC) at its regular meetings between September 2016 and May 2017.
  • Proposals will be reviewed on a “first come” basis.
  • When all funds for the 2016-17 cycle (budgeted at $125,000) have been allocated, a notice will be posted on the website that the Call for Proposals is closed for this cycle.

Maximum amount for each award

  • $25,000

Number of Awards

  • No set number
  • It is anticipated that four to five awards will be made for this funding cycle

Purpose of Awards

The Interdisciplinary Innovations Fund (IIF) provides seed money for student-centered, interdisciplinary projects that demonstrate MU's leadership in using information technology to develop innovative approaches to teaching, research and service. Successful applications will build upon collaboration between campuses, colleges, schools, departments and/or student organizations. The general purpose of the fund is to foster both innovation and entrepreneurship.

Preference will be given to proposals with the following features:

  1. Direct involvement of students in conceiving, presenting and executing the project.
  2. Matching support from the academic units involved and/or from corporate partners or other external funding sources.
  3. Evidence that the project will produce measurable results within one year.
  4. Use of information technology on the project in ways that represent an advance over existing applications of such technology at MU.

Eligible Applicants

Proposals will be accepted from individual teams of MU faculty and/or students or academic units coordinating such teams. All proposals must include a designated project leader and must involve students as active participants.

Proposal Preparation Process

(to be completed prior to submission to the IT Committee)

  1. Proposal should be submitted for review to the appropriate administrator(s) from the department, school or college. If an academic unit has a technology committee or similar advisory group, the proposal should also be submitted to that committee or group. Only proposals endorsed by relevant administrators, committees and/or groups will be considered. When a named student organization is a partner in a proposal, the organization's leadership must also endorse it.
  2. Each proposal should be reviewed by the relevant unit's fiscal officer for accuracy and completeness of financial information.
  3. Proposal should then be submitted electronically for review to Kevin Bailey Division of IT (DoIT), Danna Vessell Educational Technologies at Missouri (ET@MO) and Lori Croy Mizzou Creative.
  4. If the proposal meets eligibility criteria to be considered for funding, a meeting for the proposal leaders will be scheduled with DoIT, ET@MO, and Mizzou Creative to discuss the proposal.

Submission Guidelines

Documentation for the proposals should include the following:

  1. Cover Page
    Include the project leaders' names, titles and academic units and a brief description of the project. Endorsement signatures should also appear on the printed copy of the cover page.
  2. Goals and Objectives
    Write a single paragraph describing what the project intends to accomplish.
  3. Description
    Outline the project in detail (800 words maximum).
  4. Management Plan
    Estimate the time that it will take to complete the project, including writing the outcome report. Specify personnel and their responsibilities. Identify project phases, milestones or interim deadlines. Address any intellectual property ownership questions in accordance with entries 100.010 and 100.030 in the University's Collected Rules and Regulations.
  5. Evaluation Criteria
    Describe how the MU ITC should evaluate the success of the project.
  6. Budget
    • Indicate, as specifically as possible, each expenditure category and the funding needed to implement the proposal.
    • All funds should be expended by the Final Report due date. Project leaders may request a no-cost extension, if they provide appropriate written justification and the IT Committee approves.
    • To expend funds for items not in the approved proposal application or to shift funds between categories, project leaders must secure permission from the appropriate unit administrators and the MU ITC.

      The budget should include all items associated with the project, including any unit matching funds or funds from sources other than the IIF award. Any project members seeking direct compensation or a buyout of teaching responsibilities must document administrative approval for that request prior to submission of the proposal.
  7. Pedagogical and Technical Support Staff
    When appropriate, identify ways that Educational Technologies at Missouri (ET@MO) and Division of IT (DoIT) can support the successful implementation of the proposal. Describe the nature and duration of any desired assistance from these campus units. Please allow for input from these units if any support or compatibility issues arise from the project's use of either hardware or software.
  8. Endorsements
    Secure the signatures of the appropriate unit administrators, student organization leaders and chairs of technology committees or other advisory groups. Include the signatures on the printed copy of the proposal.

Required Activities for Funded IIF Proposals

Project leaders will be responsible for providing two written reports to the MU ITC describing progress, outcomes and an accounting of expenditures. The Project Status Report will be due nine months after funds are awarded. The Project Final Report, highlighting what has been accomplished on the project, will be due 18 months after funds are awarded. Project leaders should also consider practical ways in which they can share their knowledge and experience in using technology with other faculty and students.

Project leaders who fail to submit the two reports will be ineligible for future IIF funding. If a project leader is unable to complete the project due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. a project leader leaves the university), unexpended funds will revert to the IIF funding pool unless a prior exception has been granted.

Review Process

  1. After DoIT, ET@MO, and Mizzou Creative determine the proposal meets all guidelines and has been approved to be considered for funding, the proposal will be presented at a monthly meeting of the MU IT Committee.
  2. Members of the MU ITC, including student representatives, will review all proposals. The Committee may invite other experts to assist with project evaluations as needed.
  3. Students must have an active role in all presentations. Students will be expected to answer questions put to them by reviewers. Faculty and other non-student project participants should have a limited role in presentations so that the focus is on student involvement in projects.
  4. Following the presentation, MU ITC members will discuss the presentations.
  5. The MU ITC may vote to fund the proposal as presented or to make funding conditional pending clarification or modification.
  6. The MU ITC will forward their recommendation for funding to the Provost.

Checklist

  1. Preparation of proposal.
  2. Have criteria been met?
    • Direct involvement of students in conceiving, presenting and executing the project.
    • Matching support from the academic units involved and/or from corporate partners or other external funding sources.
    • Evidence that the project will produce measurable results within one year.
    • Use of information technology on the project in ways that represent an advance over existing applications of such technology at MU.
  3. Has the proposal been reviewed by the appropriate administrator(s) from the department, school or college?
  4. Has the proposal been reviewed by the relevant unit's fiscal officer for accuracy and completeness of financial information?
  5. Has the proposal been sent to DoIT, ET@MO, and Mizzou Creative for review and feedback?
  6. Has a meeting with DoIT, ET@MO, and Mizzou Creative been scheduled with the proposal leaders?
  7. Has the proposal been asked to present to the MU IT Committee?

Past Projects Funded

2015/2016

  • 3D Printing a New Campus / Accessible Maps for Everyone
  • Development of 3D Virtual Reality Environments for Medical Education
  • Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Using NFER Technology
  • Improving Efficiency at MedZou Community Health Clinic through Technology
  • Making Waves Youth Radio Initiative

2014/2015

2013/2014

2012/2013

2011/2012

2010/2011

2009/2010

2008/2009

Jesse Hall