Student Technology Fee Proposals

Each year, a portion of Student Technology Fee funds is allocated to award projects proposed by university community members. Successful proposals should aim at providing strategic enhancements to the campus-wide IT services. (See some examples of recent successful proposals.)

The Student IT Advisory Committee (ITAC), composed of student representatives from many UMD colleges and schools, reviews all proposals and makes recommendations to the VP/CIO on how to distribute the allocated funds to projects deemed to have the greatest impact.

Proposals are due to the ITAC chairperson by April 14, 2017 and should include the following sections:

Proposer(s): Full name(s) and affiliation(s)

Abstract: This text will be published on the DIT website if the proposal is awarded (max. 250 words)

Purpose: A brief and clear description of the objective(s)

Overall Impact: Eligible projects for funding are those that provide strategic enhancements to the campus-wide technology services. The projects must be applicable to all students as the strategic goal in expanding the use of student tech fee funds is to provide abundant technology and a base of access to technology for all students at UMD. Proposal writers are encouraged to consult the University of Maryland Strategic Plan for Information Technology.

Significance: Does the project address an important problem or a critical barrier that will enhance the academic technology services at UMD? If the aims of the project are achieved, how significant will the benefits be for the students?

Innovation: How will successful completion of the project's aim challenge and change the current academic technology services? Does the project propose a refinement or an improvement, or does it propose a new approach, instrumentation, or service?

Approach: Are the overall strategy and methodology well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented? If the project is a new approach or is in the early stages of development, will the strategy establish feasibility and will particularly risky aspects be managed?

Sustainability: If the project requires recurring resources, how will these be updated and maintained in the future? What is the life-cycle replacement? Sustainability may also involve reducing waste and energy consumption and making our operations more sustainable over the long run.

Student Interest: Does the project have the support of students? Does it directly benefit students? Is it a project that a department would otherwise be required to implement?

Budget Justification: A categorical description of the proposed costs. Staffing salaries should not be listed. Add major cost categories and/or lists of items that make up the total costs.

Timeline: Include a project timeline that clearly communicates the important milestones and tasks that are essential for successful implementation and project management. It should include the major deliverables of a project in a chronological sequence.

Please submit proposals online (PDF file) by Friday, April 14, 2017.

Should you have any questions, please contact: itac@umd.edu