Institutional Effectiveness : CSI Pioneering Grant Guidelines

Institutional Effectiveness

CSI Pioneering Grant Guidelines

Awards for Pioneering Grants are $5,000 - $10,000.

Purpose of Funds

To support innovative ideas and activities and their subsequent implementation that contribute to improved student learning, development and success.  Proposals will meet the goals and objectives of the CSI Strategic Plan. Collaboration among faculty and/or staff is encouraged.

Grant funds may be used for supplies, equipment, consultants, and technical assistance. Grants do not pay salaries, honoraria, or food for the applicant. However, they will pay a reasonable rate for a finished product that has been developed. Travel expenses may not exceed 15% of the funding request.  Applicants should include sales tax and shipping/handling in all applicable budget items.

Application Process

CSI Common Grant Application must be used to apply for Pioneering Grants.

Grant proposals should:

  • Be cost effective. Budgets should justify each request item.
  • Not duplicate objectives of other projects and proposals.
  • Be self-contained so that the one-time award leads to a completed project, or there are enough institutional resources matching the grant to make completion possible.
  • Result in enhancing the quality of education at CSI, either directly or indirectly.
  • Not involve work that is part of faculty, staff, or administration member’s normal workload.

Applicants must receive the endorsement of their department chair, director, and/or immediate supervisor as they may be consulted for their recommendations.

Applications must be submitted to the Office of Instruction and Academic Affairs, and electronically via email attachment to by 5:00 p.m. of the due date. Proposals that are submitted after 5:00 p.m. on the due date will not be scored and will be returned to the applicant.

Award Procedures

  1. Awards will be determined by the President's Cabinet.
  2. Awards will be announced during the week of fall in-service.

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