What is the purpose of summer grants?

The primary purposes of General Education Council Summer Grants are to strengthen and encourage collaboration among faculty in relation to teaching in the General Education program.  Collaboration is expected and welcome both within and across General Education Clusters. GEC Summer Grants are awarded to groups of faculty engaged in collaborative course modification, improving alignment across sections, exploring new pedagogies, or other projects relevant to the General Education program.


For summer 2016, only grants that are collaborative will be considered.  Grant proposers are welcome to promote collaborative efforts within a Cluster course or area, across Clusters areas, or across Clusters.  To be considered collaborative, there should be at least 3 General Education faculty participants.

How are the proposals reviewed?

Each proposal will be evaluated by the GEC Grant Committee. Only complete proposal submissions will be reviewed by the committee. The quality of the proposal will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Is the proposal appropriate for the General Education program?
  • To what degree does the proposal strengthen the General Education program?
  • How well does the stated purpose of the proposal describe its relevance to the General Education program?
  • To what extent does the proposal encourage and support collaboration among faculty?
  • Does the proposal have a clear deliverable?
  • How well does the proposal describe the various activities/products planned during the course of the grant work?
  • How feasible is the work, product, or outcome proposed?
  • Is the budget appropriate?

What are the General Guidelines?

  1. The Grant Proposal Format, Budget, and Endorsements (see Attachments) must be followed for all submissions.
  2. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to discuss ideas for grant proposals with the appropriate Cluster Coordinator/s to determine feasibility and need of potential grant work.
  3. Grants will be awarded for $2000.00 to $4000.00
  4. Funding may be applied to stipends, software, supplies and refreshments.
  5. If appropriate, money for stipends will be allocated at the rate of $150 per day per person for a full day’s work related to the grant activity. It is expected that projects will involve multiple participants usually from multiple academic units.
  6. 12-month employees are NOT eligible to receive a stipend, but they are welcome to apply for and participate in grant opportunities.
  7. Inclusion of adjunct faculty must be in compliance with the state guidelines for yearly hourly averages.
  8. The GEC Grant Committee reserves the right to contact the grant director(s) for additional information and/or clarification.
  9. Written grant reports must be submitted to the Office of General Education by Friday, September 23, 2016. These reports should include the following:
  • a review of activities supported by the grant;
  • an accounting of the disbursement of funds; and,
  • if appropriate, products such as course proposals, curriculum guides, or other items related to the work of the participants.

10. Grant recipients should be prepared to offer a no more than 15-minute oral or video presentation to the GEC on the results of the grant during a regular General Education Council meeting during October or November 2016.

11. Examples of previously funded grant proposals are available upon request.


Should you have any questions, please contact any of the five Cluster Coordinators (http://www.jmu.edu/gened/staff.shtml).

What are the deadlines this year?

February 5, 2016 (noon) Proposals due to appropriate Cluster Coordinator(s) for review

February 19, 2016 (noon) Cluster Coordinators submit reviewed proposals to the General Education Summer Grant subcommittee with endorsements.

March 2, 2016 (5 PM)  General Education Summer Grant Subcommittee provides recommendations for grant awards to the Associate Vice Provost.

March 4, 2016 Associate Vice Provost announces Summer Grants awarded.

What is the format for proposals?

Click here for proposal format

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