Reminder: Digital Bryn Mawr Seed Grant CFP deadline is Feb 15

Posted January 8th, 2018 at 4:16 pm.

The next deadline to apply for a Digital Bryn Mawr Seed Grant to support digital teaching, learning, or research activities is Feb. 15.  Please note that this deadline is especially salient if you have a research or curricular project that might involve work with summer student interns, as we will be advertising and hiring for undergraduate internships concurrently.

  • To apply submit an application form with a detailed project proposal, timeline, and budget. (Preview the seed grant application questions here.) Graduate students should gain support of their advisors prior to submitting proposals.
  • See below for information about the grants and what they can support.
  • If you are thinking of applying for a seed grant to support developing a digital course assignment of some kind, please consider attending our Digital Assignments Workshop on Wednesday, January 17. (Lunch will be provided!)

Note: Applicants are strongly advised to consult with a LITS staff member relevant to the proposal prior to submission. If you aren’t sure who to contact, e-mail Jenny Spohrer  to set up a consultation.

What Are Digital Bryn Mawr Seed Grants?

Faculty, graduate students and staff are invited to apply for a Digital Bryn Mawr Seed Grant to support digital teaching, learning, or research activities. 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. We also welcome projects of different scales and scopes, from one-time support for a digital skills professional development opportunity, to support for a digital course project using tools Bryn Mawr College already owns, to a larger project requiring considerable staff time and/or financial support 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.  Priority will be given to proposals that foreground collaborations among proposers and Library and Information Technology Services (LITS) staff members, as we believe such collaborations will help us develop of a supportive community of practice among faculty, staff, and students engaged in digital pedagogy and scholarship.

What the Grants Can Support

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.


Have questions? Not sure if your idea is appropriate for a Digital Bryn Mawr Seed grant or what kind of support you might need? We’re happy to help — just e-mail Jenny Spohrer  to set up a consultation (Alicia Peaker is currently on leave). In many cases, LITS can offer staff support even if projects do not require funding. For longer-term projects, we can help you develop a project plan and identify junctures at which you may need funding or outside support to realize your goals.


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:

  • October 15th
  • 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.
  • 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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