The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost invites faculty and staff members from any campus department, office, or unit to submit collaborative proposals for specific projects and activities that are likely to increase students’ success and thriving during their undergraduate careers at Carolina.

The first Thrive@Carolina Innovation and Collaboration Grants will be awarded in Spring 2016 semester for projects to begin as early as Summer 2016. These grants—which will range between $500 and $25,000—are intended to further the guiding principles of Thrive@Carolina, a campus-wide initiative to foster a culture of success and completion for all students.

Seeking Applications for Thrive@Carolina Proposals

Preliminary applications for funding (500-word précis) should be submitted here by January 18, 2016. The initial applications will be reviewed by the Thrive@Carolina Working Group, and invitations to submit a full proposal will be issued to selected applicants by February 1, 2016, based on the quality and effectiveness of the initial application. Full proposals will be approximately five pages and will include a full budget.

The working group seeks proposals that address the guiding principles described above. Priority will be given to proposals that:
Pilot innovative ways of encouraging students to thrive, persist, and graduate;
• Assess results and share them with campus colleagues—for example, through papers, progress reports, and/or presentations; and
• Foster collaboration among groups that do not routinely work with one another— among faculty and staff and across schools, divisions, and/or offices and units.

As an example of collaboration, a faculty member might develop and submit a joint proposal with a faculty colleague from a different school or department and a professional colleague in an administrative unit.

Applicants submitting a preliminary application will be asked to provide the following information:
1. Title of proposed project.
2. Lead participants, including one or more faculty members, and campus units involved.
3. Précis – No more than 500 words describing the topic you and your colleagues plan to address and including:

  • A brief rationale;
  • Description of proposed collaboration and activities;
  • Statement about the likelihood of increasing student success as a result of this collaboration and these activities;
  • Data that would help assess project effectiveness, and how these data might be shared with campus colleagues;
  • A description (if possible) of how the proposed project might be sustained following the pilot.

4. Project timeline (earliest project start date is Summer 2016)

5. Estimated annual budget, falling into one of these categories: $500-$5,000; $5,000-$15,000; $15,000-$25,000. A full budget is not required at the précis stage.

The projected schedule for the first grants appears below. The working group anticipates a second call for précis during Fall 2016 semester, with project start dates of Spring or Summer 2017.

Preliminary applications/ précis due: January 18, 2016
Invitations to submit full proposals extended: February 1, 2016
Full proposals due: March 1, 2016
Grants awarded: April 1, 2016
Projects commence no earlier than: May 11, 2016