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Global Health Initiative Curriculum Development Grant

Application Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2018

The Office of the Provost, the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) are pleased to announce stipends to support the development of curriculum in the area of global health. The intent of the grant is to support the integration of global health content into undergraduate courses, including Carolina Core, and lower level graduate courses as applicable, throughout UofSC.

 Examples of such developments include but are not limited to:

  • Integrating global health content into existing undergraduate or graduate course(s) (e.g., include global health examples to complement domestic examples).
  • Develop learning module(s) on global health that could be integrated into current offerings of courses with multiple sections (e.g., first year seminar or other similar programs/courses, with endorsement of program director(s)).
  • Propose a new academic course(s) on global health that addresses a gap in the current curriculum (e.g., courses that could be included in the Global Health concentration in the Global Studies undergraduate degree program or Global Health Graduate Certificate program at the 400-500 level; Carolina Core course).
  • Develop a self-learning module on cross-cultural health work that could be used by students in preparation for international service/learning opportunities.

For more information, contact Lydia Frass at or 803-777-2798 or CTE at 703-777-8322 or

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Eligible applicants include all full-time faculty, regardless of rank and track, from the USC Columbia campus with expertise in global health.

Applicants may submit to more than one internal grant program. However, the same proposal cannot be submitted to more than one program and primary applicants are only eligible to be funded by one program.

Prior grant recipients may submit a proposal, however, they must have submitted a final report for their previous award before this proposal’s application deadline.  Proposals may be for new or continuing (previously funded) projects. 

If this application is for a continuing project, distinction between completed and proposed work needs to be emphasized.  Among applicants with a previous CTE grant, preference will be given to those who document productive outcomes supported by the previous grant (e.g. extramural funding, publication, performance, etc.).

Expectations During the Grant Period

The GHI and CTE will provide advice and support during the course/content development period, including training and technical support required to prepare the proposed course prior to the semester it is offered.  Stipend recipients will:

  • Consult with the GHI and/or CTE staff as appropriate throughout the curriculum development process.
  • Create content within agreed upon timeframe.  Examples:  3-months for short module(s); 6-months for several modules; 6-12 months for 3-hour academic course.
    • Begin content development April, 2018.
    • Develop content and integrate into applicable courses by June 30, 2019.
    • If applicable, and pending necessary approvals, teach the content/course within 24 months of the stipend award, by Spring 2020.
  • Share results of the project outcomes, learning experiences, student-learning outcomes, etc. in a CTE panel presentation, an Oktoberbest Teaching Symposium session or similar event during or after the course/content is taught.
  • Agree to share created instructional materials/content with colleagues and provide “instructor notes” (if necessary) within the UofSC community—shared instructional materials may be incorporated into applicable courses with the intent to integrate global health content across curriculums.
  • Attend a project kickoff session in March, 2018, and mid-project progress session (tbd).
  • Turn in final project report by June 30, 2019, and a course outcomes summary once the course is taught (if course is taught after this date).
Available Funds and Project Timeline

All applications must be submitted through the Center for Teaching Excellence’s online application by Friday, February 16, 2018. Notices of award will be distributed by March 1, 2018. Funded projects should begin upon receipt of notice.

Proposals are eligible for stipend ranges from $1,500 to $3,000. CTE Instructional Designers will provide pedagogical support to faculty for the development of instructional content, supplementing the stipend. Requests for an amount beyond this range may be considered on a case-by-case basis, the number of successful applications and available funds. Funds are to be disbursed to awardees after the project kickoff session, and must be expended by all parties during FY2018 (by June 30, 2018). 

Full-time faculty members at USC Columbia are eligible to apply. For content development and integration, an applicant can request a project period beginning April 1, 2018, and ending no later than June 30, 2019. Academic courses developed or revised as part of this project should be taught within 2 years of award notice. The project timeline should reflect the scope and duration of the project. Final project reports should be submitted by June 30, 2019.  

The number of awards will be contingent upon availability of resources, the number and quality of funded applications received and approved, as well as the amount requested and allocated per application. The review committee will submit a ranked list of proposals recommended for funding. There may be changes in funding amounts based on resources and justifications.

Application Process

To apply, please complete the online application by Friday, February 16, 2018, including all fields, a Proposal Narrative, Current CV for lead faculty, Department Support Form, Proposed Budget, Draft Syllabus and Previous Project Report(s), if applicable. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please see Review Criteria section for details regarding proposal evaluation.

Proposal Narrative and Objectives
Applications must satisfy the following guidelines:

  • The proposal narrative should be 500-1000 words (excluding references, draft syllabus and CV).
  • Identify project objectives.
  • When discussing global health content and how you plan to integrate it into the curriculum, please be as specific as possible. It is not necessary to list specific materials that will be used unless you are already conversant with them.
  • Discuss reach, impact and sustainability
  • To the extent that it applies, please describe how you see your content fitting into the curriculum for other courses (i.e., Public Health, U101 or other Carolina Core classes) that you may not teach.

Project Timeline
List proposed project activities and timeline for completion.

Budget and Justification
Provide a detailed Budget with Justification Narrative [docx]  for total project costs, which clearly justifies each cost, consistent with university policies. The proposal may request funds under any of the categories listed so long as the item and amount are considered necessary, reasonable, allocable and allowable under the program solicitation. Amounts and expenses budgeted also must be consistent with university policies and procedures. If other funding is attained, commitments against this internal award should be reduced. View the Budget Primer [pdf] for more information.

Department Support Form
Please also include a signed Department Support Form [pdf] from your department chair, program director, or dean confirming that the new version of the course, or learning module, you propose fits within curriculum guidelines. If the proposed learning content is for a unit outside of your academic department, you must obtain endorsement from that unit’s program director. This endorsement is also to provide support to offer it within the next 2 years, either through online or face-to-face delivery.

If this project proposal is receiving funding support from other sources, please let us know. If you received funding from CTE on any previous project, please provide a 1-page follow-up report on the project’s outcomes.

Application Requirements

  1. Online application
  2. Proposal narrative, objectives and narrative references
  3. Draft Course Syllabus
  4. Proposed Project Timeline
  5. Detailed Budget for Total Project Costs and Budget Justification
  6. CV of project lead faculty and other faculty, if applicable
  7. Signed Department Support Form
  8. Follow-up Report on Previous Projects (if applicable)
  9. Current and Pending Support for this Project (internal and external), if Applicable
Review Criteria

Applications that are complete and responsive to this announcement will be evaluated for merit. Proposals should be written to be understood by committee members who are not necessarily experts in the applicant’s field of study. Applicants should limit their use of jargon and acronyms whenever possible. 

Proposals will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Completeness of application
  • Nature of proposal: 
    • Clear statement of objectives
    • Realistic plan of activities
    • Sound explanation of proposal
    • Fit of global health content within broader course objectives
  • Clear and specific budget information
  • Feasibility of completing the project in the time proposed
  • Likely reach (i.e., number of students, number of courses/sections), impact (i.e., scholarly activity, impact on USC community, build collaboration among units) and sustainability (i.e., likelihood of future offering) of the proposed course(s) and/or learning modules
  • Agreement by applicants to share learning content with colleagues across the USC community
  • Optional Criteria: 
    • Project faculty expertise in global health
    • If a continuation of a previously funded project, does the project include information about impact and successful outcomes of previous project?


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