Online Course Grants

2017/2018 Proposals:
Please submit an initial expression of interest and concept via online submission form. All submissions will be reviewed monthly by Rice Online Staff and the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Digital Education. Once proposals pass through this review process, Rice Online Staff will help interested faculty in developing a full proposal to submit to the Digital Education Advisory Committee.




The Rice Online Grant Program is accepting proposals from Rice faculty who are interested in creating online courseware or projects that encourage pedagogical innovation and showcase Rice’s academic excellence. Ideally, proposals will engage global and residential audiences in support of the digital learning strategies of their department, school, or program.

Projects may range from individual faculty proposals for online modules or mini-curricula, may be designed for Rice students as well as external learners, and may supplement an existing curriculum or design a totally new kind of educational experience. They can range from stand-alone lecture ‘shorts,’ to individual online courses, to large-scale proposals for innovating a department or program’s offerings.

Over the last two years, Rice faculty from a wide range of disciplines have developed successful, high-quality online courses that have stimulated innovation in teaching and learning, enhanced campus courses, and reached a world-wide audience.

Examples of the kinds of projects appropriate for funding and proposals funded can be found here: Rice Online Courses.


We seek proposals that build on this momentum and leverage existing university strengths at the department, program, or school level. Project support will be scaled appropriately, and we anticipate funding 2-3 large projects (~ $300,000 per project) as well as a number of smaller ones.

In addition to instructor salary supplement, scaled to project size, project leaders will be provided with a project manager, and a team of specialists appropriate to project goals. Teams usually include videographer, course builder, TAs, editors, copyright and assessment support.

Proposal Guidelines and Review Process:
Final proposals will be reviewed by Rice’s Digital Education Advisory Committee, which will also provide feedback on large proposal drafts. Projects will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Impact on Rice curriculum and online education
  • Innovation and ambition
  • Quality and originality

In addition to a letter of support from department chair or dean, applications must include a no more thab 3-page project description addressing the Project’s

  • Goals, Scope, and Value
  • Contributors and their Roles
  • Timeline, Feasibility, and Implementation plan
  • Anticipated Costs