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The University of Wisconsin System Office of Learning and Information Technology Services (OLITS) has created an Innovation Initiatives Fund. The fund will provide individual awards up to $20,000 per initiative for ideation, prototyping, testing, piloting of innovative uses of information technology, and/or process improvements in support of UW institutional missions. Awards may be used for projects at individual campuses or used for working collaboratively among campuses. The goal of the program is to generate successful ideas that will be used to help guide future investment of resources in endeavors that will advance the mission of UW System in the areas of teaching, learning, research, and outreach while improving cost-effective operations.

Projects should address one or both of the following areas:

  1. Learning technology: Proposals in this area should address one or more of the following needs:
    • Online education technology initiatives
    • Emerging technologies and processes that impact instruction
    • Technology-enabled learning spaces
    • Faculty and staff development in the use and application of learning technologies
    • Centrally-managed technology services
    • Data-driven decision-making through learning analytics
    • Systems for early intervention to increase student success
    • Other opportunities to improve student outcomes
  2. UW System operations: Proposals in this area should address one or more of the following needs:
    • Cost-effective technology solutions to implement within UW System that will improve operations
    • Strategies/methods/approaches to improve employee efficiency through the use of technology

Additional application information can be found in the full grant guidelines.


  • UW-La Crosse:
    • Grant Transmittal Form required - allow time for routing
    • Due to UW-La Crosse Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) by August 3, 2015
    • ORSP will coordinate required signature from CIO
  • UW System submission process:
    • Email a copy of your proposal to Diana Trendt ( by August 17, 2015
    • Copy on your submission email

Proposal Components