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Innovation Fund Track IV: Phase 2

The McCausland Innovation Fund is designed to inspire and support bold, creative, and groundbreaking advances in the College of Arts and Sciences’ teaching and research to meet the emerging needs of our students and make the university a model of interdisciplinary, interactive learning.

Phase 2: Online Program Development

Online Application Opens March 15, 2022
Proposals due May 15, 2022

Download the 2021-2022 McCausland Innovation Fund Program Guidelines [PDF] (printer-friendly version). 

(*Information about McCausland Innovation Fund Tracks I-III can be found here.) 

Phase 2 awards will support units who are committed to moving an academic program online. All types and levels of for-credit academic programs in the college (undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, graduate or undergraduate certificates, majors, or minors) will be considered. Program proposals may be for either existing or new programs. Up to 5 programs will be supported in this phase.

Information for Applicants

  • Funding requests for up to $25,000 will be supported in this phase
  • Funding may be used for summer salary, course releases for the person completing administrative tasks on the project, technology, online course development, professional development, etc.


  • The expectation is that a unit will move an academic degree program online and submit the required approval forms and documentation to seek approval from Faculty Senate and CHE.
  • Administrative tasks to launch the online program should occur within 2022-2023 academic year, knowing that approval processes and development may extend beyond AY2023.
  • Units should specify a target launch date for the online program.
  • A final report brief detailing progress will be required; tentatively due May 2023.

Phase II Activities (Tentative Dates) 

  • March 15: Call opens 
  • May 15: Proposal deadline
  • June: Review committee makes recommendations
  • June-July: Selected units notified
  • August: Online Program Development Kick-Off Orientation
  • Fall 2022: Project lead meets with CAS Dean’s Office staff to discuss processes and needed support
  • Fall-Spring 2023: Work on steps/tasks needed for approvals
  • May 2023: Submit project progress report 

Planning Worksheet Template

This worksheet is meant to help with planning development and/or moving an academic program online from conception to program launch. The list of steps may not be all inclusive and can be re-organized based on applicant needs. 

CAS Online Program Development Checklist Planning Worksheet.docx

  • The application is completely online.
  • The following materials will be required:
    • A project narrative must be submitted outlining which program will be moved online, providing an overview, potential program format, proposal overview narrative, description of potential students, rationale for moving this program online, project activities timeline, and list of faculty who will be involved in this proposal development. This narrative has a 4-page maximum length, using Arial or Calibri font.
    • CV or resume of project lead(s)
    • Itemized budget with justification statement

CAS Online Program Development CFP Budget Worksheet.docx

    • A list of courses with DL-approval status that will be part of this online program, identifying associated faculty (if known at this time)
  • Proposal Overview Narrative clearly outlines project.
  • Project can be developed within specified timeline.
  • Program proposal clearly identifies and describes potential students.
  • Rationale for moving this program online is well justified and long-term support defined.

McCausland Innovation Fund Track IV: Phase 2 Application


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