In order to be eligible for an SIFSP grant, applicants must submit a proposal and represent a BCC department, unit, sub-department, division, or committee. Applications will be considered under the following conditions:
Funds should support the use of technology to benefit BCC students in innovative and/or significant ways. In this context, significance may be understood to imply either impact on a large number of students or a deeper impact on smaller number of students.
Funds must be used to directly benefit students in meeting the educational goals of their academic programs or to advance the co-curricular goals of the BCC Experience.
Proposals should be for projects contained within a single fiscal year.
Projects that receive funding may submit requests for continued funding in subsequent years, but will not receive priority in the review process. Subsequent year proposals must include a measureable assessment of the earlier year's results.
Proposals submitted by a student or student organization must identify a staff or faculty sponsor willing to accept responsibility for the appropriate use of the funding and fulfilling all reporting requirements.
Funds may be used to purchase software for use by students or to significantly improve the student experience. Ongoing costs of the software (annual maintenance or renewal fees) must be paid for from other sources.
Funds may be used for hardware and network-related expenditures that include support of general purpose or special purpose classrooms and computer laboratories used by students for general productivity and/or more discipline-specific activities. Proposals to fund classroom hardware should be prepared in consultation with the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT).
Proposals must be complete. Incomplete proposals will be disqualified and returned to the applicant without review.
Expenditures for the proposed project must be incurred prior to the end of the fiscal year (June 30th). No additional project/budget extensions will be granted.
Applicants must propose projects that are not currently fully or partially funded by the College and/or external funding programs.
Almost all activities on campus are somehow ultimately related to students. However, only proposals that provide fairly direct and immediate benefit to students will be considered.
Proposals previously submitted, but not funded for any reason, do not automatically get considered in subsequent years. A new proposal must be submitted.
Allocations are based on the proposal's good-faith estimates, which should preferably be based on actual price quotes where possible.
Examples of acceptable uses of SIFSP funds:
Acquiring or upgrading student accessible computers
Acquiring or developing new tools to improve student services
Acquiring equipment or software to support faculty development of new or improved courseware
Acquiring or upgrading instructional software
Upgrading instructional spaces to support technology-assisted learning
Computer furniture and network/phone cabling
Acquiring technology tools to support college-sponsored student activities
Requests for multiple years of funding will be entertained, but are less likely to be approved
Examples of unacceptable uses of SIFSP funds:
Supplies, other than an initial small starter supply for a new piece of equipment
Construction or other infrastructure needs, such as HVAC, electrical work, painting, window shades etc.
Salaries or stipends - neither P/T nor F/T - for lab-tech, lab-support, or other implementation or support needs
Equipment or software for faculty research or private faculty use
Requests to utilize STF funds to replace or subsidize standard budgeted expenditures for college operations