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2013 IDEA Grants RFP Released

On April 24, DELTA released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2013-2014 cycle of IDEA grants. DELTA’s Innovation in Distributed Education Applications (IDEA) Grants are a competitive awards program that promotes innovation in the use of instructional technology in online distance teaching and learning, builds expertise in this area, and enhances the technology-rich learning environment at North Carolina State University. DELTA provides assistance in the form of personnel hours and funds to faculty and staff.

Grants are available in two categories:

Course Grants focus on developing instructional materials for distance education courses. These courses can be delivered through combinations of synchronous and asynchronous methods. The Course Grants can support (1) developing new distance education courses or (2) creating materials to expand or substantially revise an established course.

Exploratory Grants have a dual focus. (1) They support the exploration of targeted emerging technologies and their application to teaching and learning, and (2) they support the exploration of unique challenges in presenting, delivering or engaging the students in learning. The investigation can take place in the context of a course, but the purpose of the project is not to develop or substantially revise an entire course. The central outcomes of an Exploratory Grant are to inform faculty and staff about the applicability of a targeted technology for teaching and learning, particularly in a distance learning environment or to find or create a solution to a challenge, which can be used more broadly to solve similar challenges on the university campus.

Detailed program information is available online at
The IDEA Grants Request for Proposals is available at
Consultation requests and any questions can be sent to

The application deadline is May 23, 2013.