OIT Challenge Grants

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) Instructional Technology Challenge Grant offers the Challenge Grant as a funding opportunity for Delta State University faculty to engage in innovative educational projects involving technology. OIT has continuously funded the Challenge Grants since 2007 and awarded more than $17,000 for faculty projects over the years.


Small grants (of $500-$1000) are awarded to faculty members who propose educational projects that meet key criteria. Applicants are expected to draft a project proposal with development and delivery timelines.


2015-2016 Challenge Grant Key Criteria


  • Project is focused on student learning.
  • Project is clearly and compellingly described.
  • Project is distinct (from typical curricula and/or on-going projects).
  • Project is unique (in approach and/or expression).
  • Project is replicable.
  • Project is self-sustaining.
  • Project solves a problem/offers a service.
  • Project positively affects the department/school.
  • Project positively affects the surrounding community.
  • Project leverages technology supported by OIT.


In addition to meeting the criteria, applicants must submit a four-page proposal based on the project template. In addition, applicants must include an official quote for the technology items to be purchased. Proposals that do not follow the template or those without an official quote may not be considered by the reviewers.


Challenge Grant Process & Administration Timeline

Fall Term 2015

  • October 5: Call for proposals (download grant guidelines)
  • November 13: Grant proposals due
  • December 7: Grant awards announced for funded projects
  • January 4: OIT will begin technology purchases


Spring Term 2016

  • Mid-April: Recipients should submit preliminary findings, status report, and/or summary to OIT


Download the forms below to get started with your application for a 2015-2016 Challenge Grant today!

Download the Guide to Get Started

Download the Proposal Template to Submit Your Proposal Today