Innovation Grant Program

One goal of PTAC is to foster new and interesting uses of technology.  To enable this, we invite students, faculty, and staff from the UMW Community to apply for a PTAC Innovation Grant.  These grants, up to $1,000, are intended to help jump start innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and exploration at UMW.  We hope these funds will enable pilot projects, incubate new ideas, and serve as seed money for new projects across UMW.

The application deadline is Friday, January 22, 2016 has been extended to midnight, Tuesday evening, February 2, 2016.  PTAC members will only evaluate complete applications submitted by the deadline.  Application questions can be submitted to any member of PTAC listed at the bottom of this page.

Application Form:

Past Innovation Grant awardees and projects can be found here: .

The application requires a 250-word (max) proposal, detailed budget, and description of the finished product (presentation, website, tool, video, syllabus/assignment, project, etc.).  The PTAC will consider grant applications up to a maximum of $1000, and we have a total budget of $5000 to award this year.

PTAC members will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

  • innovative uses of technology in teaching, learning, and/or exploration
  • how many people will benefit
  • quality of proposed product, output, or presentation
  • viability and cost of proposal
  • accuracy and detail of the planned budget for your project


  • Technology devices (such as computers, netbooks, cameras, recorders, tablets, etc.) purchased with grant money are the property of UMW.  Once the project is complete, PTAC may request that purchased devices be returned for inclusion as loaner equipment at the HCC Info Desk or Help Desk.
  • While funding can be used toward a subscription, PTAC Innovation Grants are intended to jumpstart projects, so this is one time funding that is not renewable.
  • This year’s grants will need to be spent by March 31, 2016, though work on the projects can continue beyond that time.
  • Grant recipients will be asked to share their work in a public forum (Research and Creativity Day, as a display in the HCC, or an online context are some suggested possibilities).

If you have questions about the PTAC Innovation Grants, contact any member of the PTAC.

  • Rosemary Arneson, University Librarian
  • Hall Cheshire, Acting CIO
  • Leanna Giancarlo, Associate Professor
  • Steve Greenlaw, Professor
  • Mary Kayler, Director, Teaching Excellence and Innovation
  • Shelley Keith, Director of Digital Communications
  • Jeffrey McClurken, Professor and Special Assistant to the Provost for Teaching, Technology, and Innovation
  • George Meadows, Professor
  • Megan Petter, Assistant Director, Student Activities and Engagement
  • Jerry Slezak, Director of IT Support Services, PTAC Chair
  • Jesse Stommel, Executive Director, Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies
  • Zach Whalen, Assistant Professor