Writing an Applied Learning Pedagogy Initiative Proposal

The Office of Applied Learning provides funding to support the development and integration of projects across the University that are focused on delivering high-impact, innovative applied learning experiences to UNCW students. Faculty and staff from all departments and offices are encouraged to apply. Funded proposals will clearly outline an innovative, high-impact applied learning experience involving UNCW students, which may or may not be tied to a new or existing course. Both individual and team submissions are welcomed and encouraged. While not required, preference is given to projects which display strong interdisciplinary and/or interdepartmental partnership, innovative pedagogy, and plans for sustainability beyond the initial semester of funding. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Apply for Applied Learning & Community Engagement Pedagogy Initiative Funding by March 31st!

In keeping with the University's ongoing and developing response to COVID-19 and related circumstances, we're extending all application deadlines this semester to Tuesday, March 31st.

We are happy to once again open submissions of proposals for Applied Learning and Community Engagement Pedagogy Initiative Awards! Visit the University's new InfoReady page and find the Pedagogy Initiatives application listed there. We are now accepting proposal for applied learning pedagogy projects beginning in Summer 2020 and beyond.

InfoReady is a new award bulletin system that allows us to list our funding opportunites alongside the opportunities from other offices and areas across campus. This helps faculty and staff find award opportunities more easily and it helps us to consolidate award listings onto a single, convenient platform. More award opportunities will be added to InfoReady as the year goes on, and right now you can already apply for Pedagogy Initiative Awards along with other types of applied learning funding such as SURCA, Applied Learning Strategic Initiatives, and more! Be sure to submit your application by 5:00pm on March 31st

Office of Community Engagement Partnership in Pedagogy Initiative Awards
This semester, we're also excited to be partnering with the Office of Community Engagement through these Pedagogy Initiative Awards! If your project is focused on Service Learning and/or Community Engaged Scholarship, you can receive funding from the Office of Community Engagement! These projects must focus on delivering innovative, mutually beneficial community engaged projects and research opportunities and should involve community partners at all stages. As with other forms of Pedagogy Initiative Awards, faculty and staff from all departments are encouraged to apply. 

To guide you through the proposal process, be sure to read through the RFP instructions and be sure to visit the InfoReady listing for the Pedagogy Initiative Awards:

Pedagogy Initiatives Proposal Workshop

You can now view our Applied Learning & Community Engagement Pedagogy Initiatives Workshop presentation online at any time! Watch the video below and follow along with the resources on this page and in InfoReady to learn exactly how you can apply for Pedagogy Initiative Funding!

Proposal Writing Guidelines and Resources

Spring 2020 Pedagogy Initiative Proposal Deadlines
Instructions and Guidelines
Writing your Proposal
Proposal Writing Workshops
Other Resources


Spring 2020 Pedagogy Initiative Proposal Deadlines

January 1st, 2020

Applied Learning Pedagogy Award application released on InfoReady

Tuesday, March 31st

Submission Deadline for Pedagogy Initiative Proposals

Instructions and Guidelines

General Instructions

  1. In order to be eligible for funding, a completed grant application must be submitted in InfoReady no later than Tuesday, March 31st. 

  2. No paper or hard copy submissions of the application will be accepted.  Applicants should answer all questions using the form and response boxes included in the online submission form linked in InfoReady. 

  3. Applicants must include information for all co-applicants and their direct supervisors on the application.  Supervisors will receive notification of the application through InfoReady and are required to sign-off before application is considered complete. 

  4. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded on for review.  Applicants are responsible for tracking the progress of their application and ensuring it is complete by the deadline. 

  5. Questions about status should be directed to appliedlearning@uncw.edu.  


A complete grant application will address all of the requirements listed below.  Each requirement has a corresponding set of questions in InfoReady that must should be fully addressed by the applicants. 

  1. Applied learning projects should integrate each of the 6 requirements of AL (discussed in greater detail below): learning outcomes, intention, reflection, application of knowledge, acquisition of knowledge, and summative conclusion;
  2. Plan and/or idea(s) for assessing the applied learning project;
  3. Agree to consultation meeting with Assessment Committee of the Office of Applied Learning;
  4. Complete all required assessment data collection identified by the Assessment Committee of the Office of Applied Learning (e.g., final reflection, instructor/leader survey).

Budget and Funding Guidelines

  1. Pedagogy Initiative funds can only be used during the semester(s) of implementation which you list below.
  2. Pedagogy Initiative funds must be used completely during the semester(s) of implementation.
  3. Pedagogy Initiative funds cannot be used for: Course buy-out, travel for non-UNCW employees or non-UNCW students, stipends or salary for non-UNCW employees or students, or for certain types of research participant incentives. Food is available only in limited circumstances when it can be clearly tied to the learning outcomes of the project.
  4. A total of $3,500.00 is available per project. Funding beyond $3,500.00 may be possible in select cases, depending on the availability of funds, scope of the project, and funding justification. If you request more than $3,500.00, please be aware that we are typically unable to provide funding beyond $3,500.00 per project. Even if such a project is awarded, we may require you to revise your budget to a maximum of $3,500.00. Please be aware that if your project could not be implemented with $3,500.00 or less, there is a chance we will be unable to fund it regardless of its other merits.

Writing your Proposal

Before you read any further, be sure to read through the RFP and Instructions. Then, use the newly released InfoReady Application to fill out and submit your proposal. Applied Learning Pedagogy Initiative proposals are all comprised of the following core sections:

Required Application Information

The information included in this section will be used to evaluate the project for funding. This includes a brief description of the project, an explanation of the student activities and engagement in the project, and the project's impacts.


Budgets need to be itemized with descriptions and justifications for each item, and you should keep in mind that Pedagogy Initiative awards can only provide up to $3,500 per project. When completing your budget, it's important to keep in mind that there are some things that we cannot fund and so they could not be included as items in your budget. Below you'll find a short list of some of the things that Pedagogy Initiative budgets can and cannot cover.

Pedagogy Initiative funds Can Cover... Pedagogy Initiative funds Cannot Cover...
Salary supplement for Faculty or Staff Course Buy-out
Stipends for students or assistants working on the project Stipends or Salary for Non-UNCW Employees or Non-UNCW students
Travel that occurs as a part of the project Travel for Non-UNCW Employees or Non-UNCW students
New hardware or software Food or drink, except when clearly tied to project learning activities
Materials or technology that will be used as part of the project Certain Research Participant Incentives

If you have any questions about whether or not ETEAL could cover an item in your budget, please feel free to ask us as ETEAL@uncw.edu.

6 requirements of Applied Learning at UNCW

In 150-200 words for each requirement, please describe how your proposed project meets each of the 6 requirements for Applied Learning at UNCW:

  1. Learning Outcomes: specific and measurable statements that include the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes that learners are expected to attain in an educational experience.  
  2. Intentionality: prior to the applied learning experience, an activity that requires an in-depth explanation of the purpose, expectations, goals for engaging in the applied learning experience, and translations of the experience to the students’ personal educational development.
  3. Reflection: during and after an applied learning experience, activities that require an in-depth examination of the impact or significance on the personal educational development and on others in the profession or in the field.  
  4. Acquisition of Knowledge: the process acquiring new information through an educational experience. This new information may be content based (e.g., topics covered in the course) or skill based (e.g., communication skills developed from presentations during project).
  5. Application of Knowledge: the process of synthesizing and using information drawn from previous and current educational experiences.  
  6. Summative Conclusion: all projects will include a culminating event, experience, or practice that provides closure for the project/experience.  The summative conclusion should be inclusive of all project stakeholders, where possible.  


Although assessment is a required component of every funded project (see requirements above), this component of the application will not be used as part of the evaluation for funding process. Consultation with the Assessment Committee of the Office of Applied Learning is required of all projects, but a full assessment plan is not required for this proposal.

In order to assist all funded projects in assessment, we would like more information on any planned assessment activities. What type of assessment would you ideally like to do on your project beyond the required reflections (student and faculty) and a course survey?  This is your opportunity to tell us how you would plan out an assessment for your project.  Your summary could be a fully developed plan or just some thoughts on what you think you could do to assess this project—we want to hear your ideas.

When writing your proposal, be sure to keep in mind...

Because of the large number of excellent proposals we receive every semester, sometimes we have to make difficult decisions about which proposals we'll fund and which we won't. As such, in addition to the four scoring criteria above we also consider the following questions:

  • Is the proposal collaborative, interdisicplinary, or across UNCW divisions?
    Expanding a project beyond a single department is a great way to not only build beneficial partnerships but also to include even more students in Applied Learning.
  • Would it be sustainable beyond the period of funding?
    Sustainable projects can not only reach more students but can ultimately have a much more significant impact on the university and the community as a whole.
  • Would it have any impact beyond the class or semester directly involved?
    We're always looking for experiences that bring about significant benefit beyond the scope of the students directly involved. Does your proposal impact students beyond those initially involved? Does it have an impact on the community beyond UNCW? Will it have a lasting impact beyond the semester during which it is active?
  • Is this your first ETEAL project?
    ETEAL gives preference to first-time proposals, meaning that between two equal proposals we would fund the project from the person who has never worked with ETEAL before as opposed to an ETEAL veteran. This helps us include more instructors and more students from different areas in the ETEAL process.

Keep in mind that even if your project doesn't have these things, that doesn't mean it wouldn't get funding. Having at least one or more of these components in your proposal, however, will make it much more competitive.

Proposal Feedback and Workshopping Sessions

In order to help you with your Pedagogy Initiative proposal, we'll be holding a workshop to give you feedback and guidance on your proposal ideas or drafts. You can find a listing of all Proposal workshops above or on our Events Page.

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