ADVANCE Mini-Grant Program for Faculty Innovation and Transformation


The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is committed to fostering a culture that celebrates innovation and transformation, with a special focus on empowering its faculty to impart systematic change. In line with this commitment, UTSA is excited to announce the development of a mini-grant program designed to support faculty-led initiatives that aim to create systemic changes at a departmental/college level.

Grant Details

Amount: $5,000 per grant.

Number of Grants: 5 grants awarded annually.


The program seeks innovative proposals that develop and implement strategies to enhance accessibility, intersectionality, and fairness, thereby contributing to faculty success. Priority will be given to proposals that address the challenges and systemic barriers faced by women faculty in STEM disciplines. Grants that are cross-college, single college-focused, or emphasize intersectionality are encouraged.

Proposals should aim to address at least one of the following:

  • Implement inclusive strategies or evidence-based practices.
  • Promote faculty success, enhancing fairness and addressing barriers resulting in solutions and best practices.
  • Mentoring programming that yields innovation and transformation.
  • Be specific to faculty needs, such as starting an affinity group or supporting professional development activities.

Proposal Requirements

Length: Maximum of 3 pages, excluding the budget.

Content (required proposal sections):

  • Project description, goals, plan, and audience.
  • Anticipated outcomes and impact on faculty.
  • Evaluation plan with specified metrics and evidence-based criteria.
  • Communication and dissemination plan for results.
  • Detailed budget with justification. Funds can be used for project implementation including M&O, travel support, incentive stipends, food. Funding does not support salary.

Selection Criteria

  • Promise and benefits of innovation/transformation.
  • Potential impact of the proposed programming.
  • Potential for implementation to other departments or colleges and dissemination plan.
  • Effectiveness of the evaluation plan.
  • Appropriateness of budget.

Submission Deadline and Contact

Applications should be submitted electronically via this application form  by April 30, 2024, for academic year 2024-25.

Questions about this program can be directed to Kelly Nash, AVP for Faculty Affairs, at

The University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) ADVANCE Adaptation project is designed to improve the workplace culture and climate for STEM faculty at a newly minted research one university and supported NSF ADVANCE Award Number 2305569 .