grant program

The DDA is seeking grant applications for the development and delivery of online distance education materials and courses or the configuration and delivery of certificates and higher-level programs. Faculty members in all disciplines from any of the 11 institutions of the NDUS and N.D. Tribal Colleges are invited to apply for funding.

Grant applications shall align with one of the following areas:

Course preparation and teaching

Awards will be made for preparation and teaching of a credit-bearing online course. The course could be taught through the faculty members home campus or on another campus as a vetted adjunct faculty member. Creativity and non-traditional methodology are preferred. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate multi-institution collaboration. Partnerships with government organizations and select business and corporate entities are encouraged. Funds must be used to directly support the development and teaching of the course. Augmenting normal salary for teaching the course is allowed. Awards are nominally made in the amount of $5,000. Detailed budget justification is required.

Prioritization of two types will be given:

  1. proposals for courses in cybersecurity or software development that would be taught in the summer of 2022 will be given priority. Proposals for courses to be taught in the fall semester of 2022 are also eligible.
  2. proposals for courses that can be utilized by students toward earning a certificate in either cybersecurity or software development at an NDUS institution or N.D. Tribal College will be given priority. Such certificates are already available at some of the institutions and under development at others. Courses on technical topics are encouraged, but these types of certificates include topic areas that transcend every sector of society. Thus, course topic areas can include ethical, legal, social, or other implications related to technology and society. Note that collaborative student provisions and articulation agreements that provide for students earning these certificates with multi-campus cooperation have been approved.

Awards will also made for course preparation and teaching in application areas. Many application areas are important in N.D. and have prominent and emerging digital content, such as cybersecurity, software development, data science and analytics, artificial intelligence, and mathematical modeling. A few examples of important application areas include precision agriculture, energy, environment and climate, water resources, genomics and bioinformatics, law and policy, medicine and health, and many areas of science and engineering.

non-credit courses

Awards will be made for the development and delivery of online distance education materials or special traveling short courses, workshops, bootcamps, or seminars across the state. Grant applications shall align with one of the following areas: cybersecurity or software development; social sciences and other disciplines; or K12-based cyber education for teachers or students. Creativity and non-traditional methodology are preferred. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate multi-institution collaboration. Partnerships with government organizations and select business and corporate entities are encouraged. Funds must be used to directly support the development and teaching of the course. Augmenting normal salary for teaching the course is allowed. Awards are nominally made in the amount of $5,000. Detailed budget justification is required.

Certificate and program development

Awards will be made for configuring, launching, and delivering certificates and other programs to be awarded by individual colleges and universities of the NDUS or N.D. Tribal Colleges in cooperation with other institutions. Certificates should be explicitly stackable into higher-level credentials and programs. Partnerships with government organizations and select business and corporate entities are encouraged. Certificates in cybersecurity or software development will be given priority, but application areas will also be considered. Awards are nominally made in the amount of $5,000. Detailed budget justification is required.

Proposal Deadline: Applications received by February 11, 2022, will receive first consideration.
Number of Awards: There will be approximately 15 awards.

Allocation of Funds:

Local match is encouraged, but not required. Awards will be issued on a competitive basis. Projects may begin upon approval. Projects must be completed, and all invoices dated no later than November 30, 2022.

 

Awards

Awards will be made by the Dakota Digital Academy executive steering committee:

  • Mark Hagerott, Chancellor
  • Kendall E. Nygard, Director, Dakota Digital Academy
  • Patrick McCloskey, Director, Social and Ethical Implications and Editor of the Dakota Digital Review
  • Cheryl Thompson, Assistant Director, Dakota Digital Academy
  • Jerry Rostad, Vice chancellor of Strategy and Strategic Engagement
  • Lisa Johnson, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Application Contents:

Applications will contain the following sections: Goals, Strategies, Budget Detail, and Evaluation.

  • Project Goals: Explain the work that you plan to accomplish. Please include objectives and tasks.
  • Project Strategies: Explain how your grant application will increase access to quality digital-cyber education, training, certificates, and knowledge.
  • Budget Detail: Provide sufficient detail to support the requested budget.
  • Project Evaluation: Clearly describe your plan and criteria for evaluating the project’s effectiveness.

More information:

Questions can be directed to:

Please complete the application form for consideration:

https://forms.office.com/r/1NsCAZ6uzj