Duke Digital Initiative Calls for Emerging Technologies Proposals


Deadline: Rolling Application Accepted Throughout the Year

The Duke Digital Initiative (DDI) will continue to accept proposals to explore new and emerging technologies throughout 2016. Proposals are being accepted for projects (open to faculty, librarians, graduate students), attendance at technology-focused conferences (open to faculty), and the development of innovative visualizations to improve learning in any undergraduate Duke course (open to anyone who teaches a Duke undergraduate course).

We seek to support the use or exploration of new and emerging technologies not routinely used for undergraduate education at Duke or that might be applied to undergraduate education in new ways. A proposal does not need to be tied to a specific undergraduate course, but should state how the lessons learned (good and bad) from your project will contribute to undergraduate education at Duke.

Proposals that are accepted will receive funding, as well as pedagogical and technical advice and consultations. Support for formal assessment, when appropriate, will be available.

Instructors, graduate students, and librarians are eligible to submit proposals in this category. We encourage students who have a project idea to discuss the idea with a Duke instructor who might be interested in submitting a proposal.

Funding Limits: Most awards will provide up to $5,000 for a project. However, we welcome proposals for larger projects requiring up to $25,000 in support. Funds may be used to purchase hardware or software, and/or cover the cost of student or time-limited employees. Funds may be available for other kinds of expenses that are detailed in the proposal.

Funded Project Requirements: If your project is funded, you will be required to 1) write a blog post about your experiences to be posted on the DDI and CIT blogs; and 2) conduct a discussion that will be open to the campus community. The discussion should consist of a brief presentation about the project goals and outcomes, followed by a discussion.

You can draw on several Duke resources before submitting your proposal:

  • CIT staff can help you think through pedagogical issues and share examples. (Contact: cit@duke.edu)
  • OIT staff can help determine how much technical support your project is likely to require and share examples. (Contact: ddi-requests@duke.edu)
  • Your departmental or school IT staff may be able to help with your proposal or project.
  • If your project involves visualization, consider consulting with Duke Libraries’ Data and Visualization Services (http://library.duke.edu/data/).