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The IDEAL Center is the nexus for some of the College’s most innovative and signature education programs. Expanding upon the culture of multidisciplinary projects, the IDEAL Center offers a platform, support, and financial assistance for engaging external partnerships and facilitating experiential learning while showcasing the distinctive connection between the liberal arts and engineering at Lafayette.

IDEAL provides resources, curricular connections, and infrastructure initiatives that build and sustain the culture of creativity and collaboration at the College. This document provides guidelines for the application process. Financial support is available at a variety of levels for qualified proposals, and for one or multiple years, subject to annual review.

Applications are reviewed March 10 and October 10.

Criteria for Selection

Activities supported by IDEAL incorporate three common elements: external partnerships; experiential learning; and deliverable elements which have implications beyond the academy.

  • External partners should be selected by their ability to add value, resources, and expertise. They may be affiliated with any legal entity outside the College, such as partners from for-profit and non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, and federal, state, local, tribal, and approved foreign governments. Although non-academic collaborators are strongly encouraged, collaborations with partners from other academic institutions may also be proposed.
  • Experiential learning incorporates the significant engagement of students with faculty and external partners as a team. Their collaboration might involve investigating or resolving a real-world problem or the replication or improvement of state-of-the-art techniques.   This mode of instruction is meant to enhance learning beyond traditional lectures, because it involves application, creativity, and reflection on experience.
  • Deliverable elements denote tangible results with implications beyond academia. A deliverable may be a lecture, seminar, or demonstration open to members of the College and greater community, or it might be a product or technique to accomplish something that has relevance outside the College.

In some instances, proposals including two of these elements may be approved for support. 

Categories of Support

There are three categories of support by IDEAL: Infrastructure Enhancement Grants, Project Grants, and Program Grants.

  • Infrastructure Enhancement Grants allow faculty to enrich courses and establish initiatives with resources exceeding those of the existing host organization. Faculty who would like to enhance, introduce, or develop a co-curricular, interdisciplinary, or two-semester opportunity may apply. Honors thesis enhancements are included in this category. Expenses may include conference or travel expenses and the cost of materials, equipment, or software. Support ranges between $500–$3,000.
  • Project Grants allow applicants to develop significant, new initiatives and require establishing or deepening a relationship with an external partner. Expenses may include conference or travel expenses and the cost of materials, equipment, and software. It is the responsibility of the faculty member requesting support to steward any course proposal or course-listing modification through CEP. Support ranges between $5,000–$25,000.
  • Program Grants satisfy all the requirements of Project Grants, but are major, highly applied commitments extending over more than one year with significant projected outcomes. An appointment with an IDEAL co-director to discuss programs and requirements is recommended. If satisfactory progress towards the goals outlined in the proposal is not being achieved as reflected in the annual report, the IDEAL Center reserves the right to cease funding after the first year. Support to be determined.

Faculty receiving support agree to submit 500-word summaries of activity in a Word or .pdf file to ideal@lafayette.edu each semester; a 1000-word summary upon completion; and an expense report with receipts. Recipients also agree to prepare a 100-word abstract of their work to share at the annual spring symposium of the IDEAL Center.

 

Application: Infrastructure Enhancement Grant Proposal 

Name/s:

Department/s:

External Collaborator, Title, and Affiliation (if applicable):

Course title:

Dates or Semester(s) for which support requested:

Attach a .pdf or Word document with the following:

1. Infrastructure Enhancement Description (maximum 750 words)

Describe the role of the external collaborator, how experiential learning is likely to occur, and a description of the anticipated deliverable. If a course is affected, outline the modifications. Discuss the potential implications/outcomes of the enhancement for future courses or activities.

2. Budget

Estimated budget must include line item descriptions and the total amount requested.

3. Curriculum vitae

Please attach relevant CVs of associated persons.

 

Application: Project Proposal Grant

Name/s:

Department/s:

External Collaborator/s, Title, and Affiliation:

Project/course title:

Dates or Semester(s) for which support requested:

Attach a .pdf or Word document with the following

1.  Project (maximum 1,000 words)

Describe the project and the experiential ways in which faculty and students will engage with the external partner/s. Identify the role of the external partner/s and the resources s/he will bring to the project. Describe the deliverable and its potential implications beyond academia. Include a timeline for the project.

2.  Budget

Estimated budget must include line item descriptions and the total amount requested.

3. Curriculum vitae

Please attach relevant CVs of associated persons.

 

Application: Program Proposal 

Name/s:

Department/s:

External Collaborator/s, Title, and Affiliation:

Program/course title:

Dates or Semester(s) for which Support Requested:

Attach a .pdf or Word document with the following

1.  Program (maximum 1,250 words)

Describe the program and the resources that the partner/s will bring to the program over multiple years. Detail the anticipated benefits/outcomes for students and faculty in experiential learning as well as those for the external partner/s. Explain the need for a multiple-year commitment and indicate how the program will establish or deepen the relationship with the external partner/s and provide value to the College. Include timeline for implementation, including deadlines, and explain how participants will be selected. Address the outcome/deliverable and its potential implications beyond academia.

2.  Budget

Estimated budget must include line item descriptions and the total amount requested.

3. Curriculum vitae

Please attach relevant CVs of associated persons.