Digital Learning Grants

Call for Proposals


The Office of the Provost requests proposals from faculty seeking to enhance learning, at Notre Dame and in the broader world, through digital means. Many types of projects are eligible for support, which can begin as soon as Summer 2018.  For this round, priority areas include the following: 
Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
Projects that advance the cause of equity and inclusion, at or beyond Notre Dame.
Inter-Institutional or Multi-Campus Collaborations
Shared or ‘co-located’ courses offered jointly between Notre Dame and another accredited institution or between Notre Dame campuses.

Experimental Pedagogies
Digital projects that research new modalities and strategies for learning.

Kinds of Awards

There are three kinds of projects eligible for support under this competition.

  1. Implementation and Extension Awards are offered for small-scale pilots, narrowly focused projects, or extensions of existing digital initiatives. Awards may be delivered through in-kind development effort, funding, or both. Examples include: learning/teaching software pilots; design and production of instructional animations; editorial/post-production assistance with content creation (screencasts, videos).
  2. Major Project Awards are offered for new larger-scale projects, and may be delivered through a combination of in-kind development support, funding, or both.  Major projects include inter-institutional collaborations, online courses for Notre Dame students or others, pre-matriculated students, and the design and production of digital assets (video lectures, animations, learning environments) to enhance new or existing Notre Dame courses.
  3. Virtual Reality Pilot Program. The Center for Research Computing, the Academic Technologies unit of the OIT, and the Office of Digital Learning announce a pilot program for faculty to explore virtual reality (VR) as a medium for research and teaching. Faculty interested in developing VR environments to support research or to create experimental learning experiences may apply for in-kind development and design support to create prototypes and small-scale pilot projects.


All members of the regular Notre Dame faculty are eligible to apply for support through this competition. The Provost’s ad hoc Committee on Learning and Teaching (a committee of senior faculty from across the University) will evaluate proposals. Successful projects may be supported by professional staff from the Office of Digital Learning, the Center for Research Computing, the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, OIT Learning Platforms Division, Hesburgh Libraries, and other units as appropriate. The following project areas are NOT eligible for this competition: databases and research platforms; web-based scholarly editions; scholarly research or creative activity; website design; equipment and infrastructure. For support and advice regarding these kinds of projects, please consult Notre Dame’s Office of Research or the Center for Digital Scholarship.

Proposal Format & Deadline

To apply for support, interested faculty should complete a project proposal form here. This competition will close on Friday, December 8 2017.  Faculty will be notified of the status of their proposal no later than Monday, January 21, 2017.

Criteria and Process for Review

Major projects are subject to the approval of the Department Chair and Dean. The Provost’s ad hoc Committee on Learning and Teaching will evaluate proposals and recommend finalists based on the following criteria: alignment with the stated goals of the competition; potential impact on effective learning at Notre Dame; alignment with the goals of departments, academic units or the University; intellectual range, creativity, and commitment to discovery; a record of creative and successful teaching on the part of the lead faculty.


Elliott Visconsi, Chief Academic Digital Officer: Provost’s Office (

Laurie Kirkner, Director and Sr. Learning Designer: Office of Digital Learning (

Jaroslaw Nabryzski, Director, Center for Research Computing (

Paul Turner, Director: Learning Platforms Team in the OIT (

If you have any questions or wish to discuss your ideas in advance of a proposal, please do not hesitate to be in touch.