Research Initiation Grant Call For Proposals

The purpose of the Center for Online Innovation in Learning’s Research Initiation Grant Program is to provide seed funding during the development and proof of concept stages of research projects that have the potential to enhance teaching and learning through online innovation. It is expected that most of the project teams funded by COIL will use the preliminary evidence generated to pursue external funding for larger-scale and subsequent studies.


Proposals for the Fall 2016 RIG cycle were due no later than 5:00pm ET on November 14, 2016

The RFP for the Spring 2017 RIG cycle will be released March 3, 2017 and proposals will be due no later than 5:00pm ET on May 12, 2017

Call for Reviewers

The COIL directors are assembling a team of reviewers including faculty, staff and students at Penn State who are not associated with any of the proposals submitted in response to this call for proposals. Experience reviewing grants is desirable. To volunteer to be a grant reviewer visit

Information Sessions

A recording of our Fall 2016 Informational Webinars can be found here.

During this informational webinar, Brad Zdenek details the submission and review process for the Research Initiation Grant program along with highlighting tips and tricks for drafting a successful proposal.

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