Call for Proposals for LITS Digital Bryn Mawr Seed Grant Funding

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 1:33 pm.

We invite Bryn Mawr faculty, staff, and graduate students to apply for seed grants to support digital teaching, learning, or research activities—broadly construed. Priority will be given to proposals that foreground collaborations among proposers and members of Library and Information Technology Services (LITS). We believe collaborations comprise the foundation of a supportive community of faculty, staff, and students engaged in digital pedagogy and scholarship.

Digital Bryn Mawr seed grants are intended to advance engagement with digital technologies, regardless of an individual’s prior experience or expertise. We welcome proposals from absolute beginners, seasoned experts, and everyone in between. Each year, we are able to support a number of small proposals for professional development, projects costing less than $5,000 or requiring a modest amount of staff time, or projects that are still in initial phases of design and development. We are also able to support a smaller number of large projects that have moved beyond the conceptualization and initiation phases and that require more time and/or financial support. A larger seed grant may be proposed, for example, to develop a prototype or pilot that will be used to further a competitive application for an external grant. We may provide full or partial support of a submitted proposal.

Not sure if your idea is appropriate for this grant? Uncertain of whether your project requires funding? You can email Jenny Spohrer and/or Alicia Peaker.  In addition to grants, LITS offers consultations and substantial support for projects that do not require funding. LITS also helps plot project plans, so you can decide junctures at which you will need additional support to realize your goals.

Funding Opportunities

Digital Bryn Mawr Seed Grants may be used to support professional development opportunities; curricular development; symposia or other events; and teaching, learning, or research-focused projects, including digital scholarship projects.

Kinds of support include, but are not limited to:

  • undergraduate or graduate student support
  • software, courseware, or hardware for pilot projects
  • outside contractor services
  • related professional development (e.g., workshops, training courses, or conference participation)
  • teaching, learning, or research events (e.g. hosting symposia or guest speakers)
  • experiential educational trips for courses
  • co-sponsorship of campus events
  • research activities conducted during sabbaticals (not to be used for compensation)

This grant cannot be used for:

  • on-going funding for software and hardware beyond a pilot phase
  • stipends (including summer salary) for the proposer
  • course buyouts or releases

Application Instructions

To apply for a Seed Grant, please prepare a budget, timeline, and project proposal to be submitted with the Digital Bryn Mawr seed grant funding application. Graduate students should gain support of their advisors prior to submitting proposals. Applicants are strongly advised to consult with a LITS staff member relevant to the proposal prior to submission.

You can review the application questions here.

Not sure who to contact? Email Jenny Spohrer and/or Alicia Peaker.



Proposals for professional development opportunities and co-sponsorship of events will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All other proposals will be reviewed by the Teaching, Learning, and Research (TLR) Leadership Team three times per year:

  • November 15th  (October 15th from 2018 onwards)
  • February 15th
  • April 15th

Post-Award Information & Requirements

Applicants will be notified of decisions within 30 days of the deadline. Successful applicants for seed grants are required to:

  • Collaborate with members of Library and Information Technology Services (LITS).
  • Allow LITS to publish brief descriptions of the project and the names of project team members.
  • Share experiences with your colleagues and/or the Bryn Mawr College community through college events (e.g. Tech Talks, Works in Progress lunches, Colloquium for Visual Culture, Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference, Digital Scholarship Communities of Learning, departmental lecture series, etc.).
  • Submit updates each semester and a final, short report [link coming soon].
  • Be open to future participation in the further development of the digital pedagogy and scholarship community at Bryn Mawr by serving as a mentor or collaborator for other faculty, staff, and graduate students and/or by assuming leadership roles in college committees and programs relevant to digital scholarship and pedagogy.


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