Distinction through Discovery Undergraduate Curriculum Grants Program

  Pre-proposal Deadline: October 1st by 5:00pm
Faculty and Staff at the Summer Retreat

The Distinction through Discovery (DTD) Undergraduate Curriculum Grant Program provides funding for the incorporation of undergraduate research and inquiry (URI) practices into curricular elements that engage undergraduate students. The DTD Curriculum Committee encourages departments and programs to take a holistic, programmatic approach to implementing research and inquiry skills into their curricula at the assignment, course, program, college, or inter-college levels.

NEW The curriculum grant program supports revisions to both upper and lower division courses for the 2015-2016 call.  Research and inquiry can be incorporated into the curriculum in a variety of ways including: 

  1. scaffolding student learning with pedagogies that are based in research and inquiry practices
  2. supporting the “products” of learning including traditional research experiences and creative activities 
The committee encourages programs across the entire university to apply. Questions related to the curriculum grant program should be directed to Dr. Donna Chamely-Wiik at dchamely@fau.edu or 561-297-1019. 


Distinction through Discovery Student Learning Outcomes

FAU's QEP Steering Committee articulated a definition of research for the purposes of the QEP and a list of student learning outcomes, through which research and inquiry could be operationalized.  The Distinction through Discovery Student Learning Outcomes include:

SLO 1: Knowledge.  Students will demonstrate content knowledge, core principles, and skills.
SLO 2: Formulate Questions.  Students will formulate research questions, scholarly or creative problems with integration of fundamental principles and knowledge in a manner appropriate to the discipline (this learning outcome is a requirement of ALL research and inquiry curriculum grants).
SLO 3: Plan of Action.   Students will develop and implement a plan of action to address research and inquiry questions or scholarly problems.
SLO 4: Critical Thinking.   Students will apply critical thinking skills to evaluate information, their own work, and the work of others.
SLO 5: Ethical Conduct.   Students will identify significant ethical issues in research and inquiry and/or address them in practice.
SLO 6: Communication.   Students will convey all aspects of their research and inquiry (processes and/or products) in appropriate formats, venues, and delivery modes.   
For further SLO information and a comprehensive definition of research and inquiry please click here

Funding Levels:

Below you will find the five levels of funding.  NEW  For the 2015-2016 cycle, an assignment level has been added and most funding caps have been increased. 




NEW Assignment



For faculty who wish to develop or redesign a portion of their course (including the assignment and assessment) to enhance research and inquiry skills into their course.  This is an excellent opportunity for faculty who wish to start small and build up to course and program level changes at a later time.


Single Course

For faculty who wish to develop or revise the entire course. This opportunity is ideal for faculty who wish to build skills throughout a course, or who wish to create a course that bridges student skills and knowledge between courses in a program.  Faculty who want to revise their course first before attempting larger program changes may find this a good opportunity.

Up to $5000

Dept/Program Level (Multiple Courses)

For faculty who would like to build connections between courses to ensure students build skills throughout their program experience.  This is also a good option for departments who have general research-related targets independent of their programs.

Up to $10,000

College Level (Multiple Courses-Single College)

For colleges who wish to ensure that courses across their programs deliver research experience to their students.  This is an excellent option for colleges who target similar research-related targets independent of their programs or that have key courses that need to be interconnected.

Up to $15,000

Inter-College Level (Multiple Courses-Multiple Colleges)

For colleges who wish to cooperate by enhancing courses shared in specific programs or who have interdisciplinary majors.  The funding provided is designed to augment resources for colleges already attempting this cooperative endeavor.

Up to $20,000


Applications Process

There are two stages for applying to the Curriculum Grants Program.  

  1. The Curriculum Grant pre-proposal 
  2. The Curriculum Grant full proposal

Reviewers will evaluate the pre-proposals, and those selected can move forward to the full proposal phase.  Faculty submitting pre-proposals who are invited to submit a full proposal will be guided through the development of the full proposal during the spring. 


Timeline for Curriculum Grants Program 

Pre-Proposal Deadline:  Wednesday, October 1st, at 5:00pm
Pre-proposals selection for full proposal submission: November 17, 2014 
Distinction through Discovery workshops: Spring 2015 
Full proposals due: May 15, 2015
Full proposals selection:early July 

Pre-Proposal Information

Faculty can submit a curriculum grants pre-proposal by completing the online application form.  

2015-2016    Curriculum Grants Pre-Proposal

Pre-Proposal deadline date: October 1, at 5:00 p.m. 

Curriculum Grant Full Proposal Guidelines 

Format for submission:  

Proposals must be single spaced, with a font size no smaller than 11-point; minimum 1-inch margins; tables and figure legends can be in 10-point font size. Faculty whose pre-proposals were selected to continue to the full proposal stage must complete and submit to ouri@fau.edu by 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 15, 2015. the following:

  1. The Curriculum Grants Cover Page
  2. Supplemental Documents 

Supplemental documents required are based on the funding levels. The following table outlines these requirements for applications.  


Grant Application Requirements


  • Assignment Plan Worksheet

Single Course

  • Proposal Narrative (3 pages)
  • Course Plan Worksheet
  • Email of endorsement

Dept/Program Level (Multiple Courses)

  • Proposal Narrative (3 pages)
  • Course Plan Worksheet(s)
  • Curriculum Inventory
  • Appropriate Letter of support

College Level (Multiple Courses-Single College)

  • Proposal Narrative (3 pages)
  • Course Plan Worksheet(s)
  • Curriculum Inventory
  • Appropriate Letter of support

Inter-College Level (Multiple Courses-Multiple Colleges)

  • Proposal Narrative (3 pages)
  • Course Plan Worksheet(s)
  • Curriculum Inventory
  • Appropriate Letter of support

Questions about the Curriculum Grant Program can be directed to Dr. Donna Chamely-Wiik, Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan at 561-297-1019 or dchamely@fau.edu.


Selection and Review Criteria:

Currently under construction.

Additional Resources

Two essential parts of full proposals are the curriculum inventory and course plan worksheets.  The following resources will assist you in completing these documents.  

Curriculum Inventory

Course Plan Worksheet

Additional Resources 

Introduction to the Curriculum Grants Program meeting- video recording 


Curriculum Grants Program Previous Awardees and Courses Implemented

To view previous Curriculum Grant Awardees and Courses Implemented click here.






 Last Modified 11/19/14