Frequently Asked Questions


When are proposals due?
Because of current budget constraints, the Provost's Program for Academic Technology Innovation has been suspended for the 2009-2010 academic year. As a result, we will not be seeking ATI grant applications in 2009.

Who can submit proposals?
The ATI grant program is a program for the faculty at the University of Chicago, created by faculty for faculty. Only faculty and senior lecturers can submit proposals and be listed as PIs or Co-PIs. Staff, graduate students, etc., cannot be listed as Co-PIs.

Where do I submit my proposal?
Proposals are now submitted online. For more information, see the information on submitting proposals.

Who reviews the proposals?
The proposals are reviewed by the Board of Computing Activities & Services, the faculty statutory board charged with information technology policy and direction. The members of the board are technologically saavy faculty from across campus who understand information technology, and are interested in how technology affects the University.

Are all proposals funded?
No, not all proposals are funded.

Does a proposal require "high technology" to be funded?
No, proposals do not require "high technology" to obtain funding. The ATI program is designed to seek out projects that use technology in innovative ways. Many times that involves the use of off-the-shelf technologies to achieve extraordinary results.

Can one apply for more than one grant?
Yes, faculty can apply for more than one grant, though only one grant may be awarded to a single project per year. In other words, faculty cannot apply for multiple grants that will ultimately benefit a single project. Each proposal must represent an individual, unrelated project.

Can one apply for a grant to fund a project previously funded by an ATI grant?
No. ATI grants are considered one-time seed grants.

Will I receive all of the funding I ask for?
Most of the time, yes. However in some cases, BCAS may alter the funding level or apply specific conditions to the grant. The specific details and conditions will be explained upon the award of the grant. In fact, there have been a few rare instances where, upon further review, proposals have received increased funding well over the requested amount.

Who manages the ATI grant program?
The ATI grant program is managed by Academic Technologies, a unit of Networking Services & Information Technologies, on behalf of the Provost's Office.

Can a PI's salary be recovered by the grant?
No.

Can senior lecturers apply for an ATI grant?
Yes.

Can I request ATI funds to cover expenses related to hosting a conference or event on campus?
No. The program is for innovative use of technology in an academic (research or teaching) context. Though the topic of the event may be innovative, travel, lodging, dining expenses, etc. are not.

Can I apply for an ATI grant to update my website?
You may, though it is strongly discouraged as updating a website is considered ongoing maintenance and support of an online presence.

Can I use ATI funds to cover participant incentives?
No. ATI funds cannot be used as financial incentives to encourage participation.

Can I apply for an ATI grant to help meet legal requirements and regulations?
No.

Can I request funds to build a media classroom?
No.

Can I request funds to replace my desktop computer, purchase a laptop, or procure a portable LCD projector?
Generally speaking, no. Such requests can be included within ATI proposals only if they are integral to the project and provide specialized capabilities beyond what is provided by your department or division, or available through campus units such as NSIT Audio Visual Services.

Can ATI funds be used to cover construction or renovation costs?
No.