Institute for Research & Scholarship

Butler Awards Committee Instructional Development Grants

Up to $1,000

BAC Instructional Development Grant Form

Program: This program supports the development of new courses or the revision of existing courses. The maximum award is $1,000. The applicant is expected to teach the course supported by the grant during the following academic year. Only non-Core courses are eligible for funding.  A course that has been approved as a "Topics" course is eligible for funding.

Information on the development of Core courses, including Core course development grant applications is available at

Your application must consist of a program statement:

  • A description of the nature of the course, the need for development and how work will be accomplished. It should also describe how the proposed course meets the guidelines for BAC grant applications (see Butler Awards Committee overview).
  • A budget narrative that lists and justifies all requested expenditures. Requests for materials readily available from the library or through interlibrary loan must be explicitly justified. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check on the availability of requested books and materials with the university library.
  • The statement should be typed and formatted in the following way: 1.5 line spacing, standard 11 or 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one inch margins all around, and no more than two pages.
  • Proposals that do not conform to these guidelines will be returned without evaluation. Use the form that is currently on the website. Proposals submitted on outdated forms will be deemed non-compliant and will not be forwarded to the BAC committee.

The proposal application form should be signed by the applicant, the chair of the department or program, and the dean of the college.

Deadline: Instructional Development Grant applications have a deadline of the first Friday of February, by 5:00 p.m.

Duration: The grant period is from May 1st to May 31st of the following year. In exceptional circumstances, an extension of the grant period (for annual grants) is permitted. If an awardee requires additional time to complete his/her project, a request for an extension should be submitted no later than one month prior to the end of the grant period. No new grant money will be released until the first project, including the final report, is completed.

Report: A report describing the final design of the new course or how the existing course has been improved is due in the Butler Institute for Research and Scholarship office no later than 60 days after the end of the grant period.