2024 Call for Proposals: Enhancing Student Success at Mizzou

As part of MizzouForward initiative’s work to strengthen student success, funding up to $100,000 per award is now available to support efforts that enhance teaching and learning. Deans, department chairs and other unit heads with a direct focus on student success can apply for funding to support investments in infrastructure and equipment that lead to enhanced student outcomes.

To be considered, submit your proposal to nicholsonc@missouri.edu by Friday, Feb. 2. Funding will be awarded by Monday, Feb. 19, and will have to be used within 12 calendar months of its allocation and a final report of accomplishments achieved with the funds will need to be submitted to the Office of the Provost at the end of the funding period (February 2025).

Examples of investments that might be proposed include:

  • Classroom upgrades (e.g., physical improvements or IT resources);
  • Lab upgrades (e.g., new equipment/instruments for student education);
  • New software that enhances classroom experiences or student learning;
  • Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in teaching and learning to include training for instructors on AI literacy and ethics and its use in pedagogy as well as use of AI technologies to improve other aspects of student success and retention;
  • Freshmen Interest Groups;
  • Growing freshmen research as part of Undergraduate research;
  • Enhancements in student success initiatives including areas such as Summer Bridge, Mizzou Welcome, first generation experiences, early alert, student-facing communications; student success outcomes; first-year support and student pathways and academic advising.

 About the Proposal

Proposals should be five pages or less and must address the need for investment and the area of student success the investment would affect, as well as:

  • Estimates of direct impact (e.g., number of students who benefit).
  • Outcome measures as well as a plan to assess the measures.
  • Potential negative impact of not making the investment.
  • A budget, including estimates for major components; feasibility of the investment; and a timeline for implementation.
  • Sustainability (e.g. recurring maintenance cost, expected life of products).
  • Optional: If your unit is willing to commit to any level of a cost-share, which would allow for larger investments.


Contact Carrie Nicholson, Office of the Provost, at nicholsonc@missouri.edu or via phone at (573) 884-2410.