eTech Mini Grants

In support of faculty including new technologies in undergraduate lecture courses, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (OVPTL) are pleased to announce the availability of eTech Mini Grants of up to $500 for the 2017/2018 academic year. These grants will enable faculty to acquire some service, software or equipment that will be used as part of one or more specified undergraduate lecture courses. In return, grantees are expected to provide feedback on their experiences that can be shared with instructors who may be considering a similar solution.

The goal of these grants is to improve both access to technologies and understanding of their effectiveness by supporting faculty-led exploration of various products and services. These could be discipline-specific tools or emerging technologies that may one day be implemented more broadly. True to the nature of a pilot, the intent is not to promote a particular outcome, but to learn more about the value of these tools for teaching and learning. A less than favorable finding is considered just as valid and significant as a favorable one. Most critical is that the knowledge and insights gained while using the tools are shared broadly across the UCI community.

We invite all faculty teaching undergraduate lecture courses as designated by the schedule of classes in the 2017/2018 academic year to participate. Total eTech Mini Grant funding is limited. Proposals are being accepted now and will be reviewed as received. Please apply by visiting


Dana Roode
CIO & Associate Vice Chancellor
Office of Information Technology

Michael Dennin
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning and Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education