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Academic Innovation Center Award


The primary goal of the Academic Innovation Award is to fund activities which promote innovation and collaboration in the areas of teaching, learning, and/or research. Faculty are invited to submit applications for projects or activities that meet these goals. Funded activities are intended to support the mission and vision of the AIC. Applications are evaluated by the AIC Council. Recommendations are submitted to the AIC Council Chair(s). The Council reserves the right to accept or deny applications based on availability of funds. AIC Award funds can not be used as a salary supplement or to buy out teaching time.

We strongly encourage application submissions that incorporate virtual reality (VR) and/or use of the ULM VR lab.

Please submit your applications to aic@ulm.edu

Application Deadline: November 1 (Friday), 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

Applications will be considered once a year. Funds must be spent by the end of the fiscal year. See specific guidelines as they apply to spending deadlines. Principal investigator of projects recommended for funding will be notified no later than Dec. 6, 2019.


Must be a full-time faculty member. AIC Council members are not eligible.

Available Funds

Approximately $15,000 is available this award cycle. There is no set minimum or maximum amount that may be requested, but we anticipate applications in the $3000 - $5000 range.

How to Apply

Complete an Academic Innovation Award application (docx) and address sections in bold. Please refer to the evaluation criteria and scoring rubric form (below) when completing the application. Keep in mind the AIC Council reviewers are not necessarily experts in your field. Collaborative applications are encouraged.

Award applications must not exceed 6 pages total. Expenses must follow Louisiana’s Travel and Purchasing Policies. To learn more about this, please see the Controller’s Office Website ulm.edu/controller/

Final Reporting Requirements

If your project is funded, you will be required to present a brief (7-10 minutes) summary of the outcome of your project during University Week, Fall 2020.

Evaluation Criteria

The reviewers will use a scoring rubric (docx) to evaluate each application. The following criteria will be considered when evaluating applications:

The merit of the project and its congruence with the mission and vision of the AIC. The award application must clearly state how the proposed project will facilitate collaboration and innovation in teaching, learning, and/or research;

Application should provide clear description, define and clarify terminology unfamiliar to those outside of the field, and should highlight the significance of the project;

The feasibility of the project over a projected timeline should be addressed;

Overall budget, taking into consideration any other available sources of funding.