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IMPORTANT UPDATE - March 13, 2020

In response to COVID-19 and the focus that faculty on many ACM campuses currently have on transitioning to online pedagogies and other related concerns, the spring 2020 funding cycle has been postponed and will be renewed in early fall 2020. A due date for pre-proposal submission at that time has not yet been set. You can assume, however, that it will be in late September or early October.

Those who are currently working on a pre-proposal submission may continue to do so through the project portal at That link will remain live through the end of the spring semester/term and through the summer months. The prompts and other instructions as outlined below have not changed.


Prior to preparing a Pre-Proposal, each participating faculty member should talk with his/her Academic Dean and/or Faculty Development Liaison on his/her ACM campus to ensure the proposed project is consistent with institutional priorities.

If selected to move to the Full Proposal phase, a letter confirming the backing and support of the Academic Dean or Provost will be a required component of the final submission package.

Please feel free to contact ACM Vice President, Brian Williams, (312.561.5922 or, for advice on developing your ideas in conjunction with the funding parameters.

Prompts for Pre-Proposals

Following are the prompts for completing a FaCE grant pre-proposal on the ACM Faculty Projects Portal.

  • Title for the proposed project
  • Project team:  List the name, college, discipline, and e-mail of each of participating faculty member. Each team must be composed of faculty from across disciplines within a single college, or from across two or more of the fourteen colleges within the ACM.
  • Abstract/synopsis: Briefly describe the overall project idea, showing the connections among the problem it seeks to address, the goals it aims to achieve, and the major activities in which project participants would engage to achieve those goals. (up to 300 words)

  • FaCE Goal of Addressing a Challenge or Opportunity Facing Liberal Arts Colleges and their Faculty: Briefly describe the goal(s) of the project and the challenge/opportunity the project is intended to address. (up to 250 words)

  • Activities, Outcomes, and Results: Briefly describe the primary activities the project team would undertake, as well as the anticipated outcomes and results. (up to 250 words)

  • Dissemination: Briefly describe how the project team intends to share the project’s learnings and outcomes on ACM campuses and, if applicable, with the broader higher education community. (up to 200 words)

  • Estimated Funding Amount: Provide an estimate of the total funding necessary to complete the proposed project. (This is intended only as an estimate at the Pre-Proposal stage; those invited to submit Full Proposals will submit a detailed budget with expense categories, etc.)

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