Seed Grants

CIT offers Seed Grants for faculty who want to explore technologies for a specific course-based educational need. All faculty are eligible to apply. Seed Grants are small grants of up to $300.00 that may be used to purchase technology-related materials, such as software or hardware, to enhance or develop an instructional project. The grants encourage requests across various disciplines. Special consideration will be given to those who are new to teaching with technologies and/or those who plan to implement innovative teaching strategies in their classes. These grants are not intended for administrative purposes.

A JMU faculty is eligible for two Seed Grants per academic year. CIT will honor up to $300.00 per request from one faculty member in one semester. The amount beyond $300.00 should be approved by the corresponding department head prior to being considered for approval.

Note: The CIT Seed Grant program does not sponsor technologies made available through subscription. Requests for software cannot be guaranteed until the download source is researched by the CIT. 

If you are a participant in a CIT institute or immersive program, please refer to this page for more details about technology request:

How Do I Apply?

To request a Seed Grant, fill out the form below.

When Do I Apply?

Seed Grants are awarded throughout the year, so there are no deadlines. You can apply at any time.

When Will I Be Notified?

Your request will be considered within 2 weeks of submission. Upon approval, the materials will be purchased for you by the CIT and you will be notified when they can be picked up in Rose Library.

What is Expected of Me?

In order to disseminate ideas about the use of technology in education, we ask that you make a brief presentation along with other Seed Grant recipients at a Faculty Showcase session scheduled around recipients' availability. We ask that you briefly discuss how you used the materials purchased with the Seed Grant funds and address some of the following issues as appropriate:

  • The overall success of using the materials purchased
  • If the project wasn't a success, why not? What could we learn from your experience?
  • How did you benefit from developing the project?
  • How did your students benefit from the project?
  • Future plans for using technology in your teaching and learning activities

Review Criteria:

  • Relevance of request to a course-based educational project;
  • Representation of diverse disciplinary areas;
  • Impact of the request to teaching and learning in the course-related project.