Grants: Key concepts and definitions

Core business

The innovative project work undertaken by UniSA T&L grants is often discerned from ‘core T&L business’ carried out in schools. The distinction, however, can be confusing. Let’s say a School is developing a new course or renewing part or all of the curriculum of an existing course. Typically, this is core business which would be funded by the School. Does this mean that a UniSA T&L grant has no place in this process? It depends. For example, if the new course or renewed curriculum includes digital learning that is novel or builds on previous innovations, it may be suitable for a T&L grant, especially if the initiative shows potential for uptake in other disciplines/divisions. Other reasons may be that the scope of the proposed project and resources required (e.g. expertise, software development and/or implementation) are typically beyond what normally might be expected of a School for the development of an initiative for a course and/or program. The best thing to do is to discuss your project idea with your Head of School, Dean: T&L or equivalent or local Academic Developer. Seek the opinions and advice of others early on. 

Deliverable

In the context of the UniSA T&L grants program, a deliverable is an output from the project; a product or resource that has been generated through undertaking the project.  Deliverables include frameworks, criteria, learning resources, workshops, reports, learning objects and tools etc. The terms deliverable and output can be used interchangeably.

Dissemination

Dissemination involves more than the distribution of information or making it available in some way. Dissemination also implies that some action has been taken to embed and upscale the project outcomes within the immediate context (e.g. the discipline, School or University), and/or to replicate or transform and embed an innovation in a new context. An extensive list of dissemination resources to assist Fellowship, Grant and Project holders in disseminating and embedding the outcomes of their work is available from the OLT website.

Evaluation

Evaluation is the systematic process or results of an assessment or appraisal in relation to project objectives and predicted outcomes. Evaluation is to be undertaken at multiple points throughout a project and is understood and reported within an evaluation framework.

Grants and Awards Panel

The Grants and Awards Panel is delegated by the Provost and Chief Academic Officer with the responsibility of reviewing all applications for teaching grants and awards under the UniSA, OLT and other external schemes. The panel is composed of experienced academic staff representing a cross-section of the University. The Grants and Awards Panel provides formative feedback to applicants as well as an appraisal to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer to assist in their considerations for endorsement.

Innovation

Innovation is understood as either a 'first' or 'second' generation concept, and refers to an idea, product, process or service that adds value, is useful or transforms current practice in the context to which it is applied. 'First-generation innovators' are those who do or create something new or different. 'Second-generation innovators' are those who take an innovation from one context and replicate, adapt or transform it for use within a new context.

Milestone

A milestone is a transition point or deadline related to the completion of a certain task or group of tasks within a project. Milestones are generally tied to the primary stages of the project. Setting milestones is a useful strategy for ensuring that specific tasks are completed and can help also in apportioning project responsibilities between the Project Team members.

Outcome

An outcome is a change or benefit that the project is designed to bring about, preferably described in a form that is measurable or for which evidence can be provided. To prepare an outcome statement as part of a project proposal, the question that should be posed is: What is the project designed to achieve and how will the project team know they have been successful? A number of unplanned outcomes are likely from any project. These should be included in the final report along with the success in achieving the nominated project outcomes.

Project Team

The Project Team is the group that will carry out the implementation of the project. Project Teams comprise a minimum of two eligible academic staff members. One member (or more than one in the case of joint team leaders) is designated the 'Project Team leader' and is delegated to represent and to sign-off for and on behalf of the team. The Project Team leader, or joint leaders, is/are the primary applicant(s) for purposes of the grant application.

Reference Group

A group that is established by the Project Team to provide advice, monitor progress and provide feedback to the Project Team during the development and implementation of the project. The Reference Group is part of the strategy for ensuring project evaluation. In addition, the Reference Group may assist the team to pursue any resource or information needs, provide advice on evaluation and intellectual property, and/or promote the project within the University.