June 2, 2017

Project SDG Proposal – Legacy

Collaborative Project SDGs supported interdisciplinary and co-curricular projects that had a substantial undergraduate student scholarship component, from 2012-2016. Pedagogical Research SDGs supported faculty and programs who wanted to further investigate the impact of their curricular changes on student learning; enhance and expand these programs based on evidence of student learning; and share the results of their innovative methods with other faculty.

OSCAR will not be accepting applications for Project SDGs in the 2016-2017 academic year. Please see Summer Project Team Grants instead for the updated grant program and application.


Archive: 2012-2015 Project Scholarship Development Grants

Collaborative Project SDGs support interdisciplinary and co-curricular projects that have a substantial undergraduate student scholarship component. We encourage faculty to apply for Collaborative Projects SDGs when they have a project that would benefit from having a larger number of skilled participants. There is considerable flexibility in the Collaborative Projects, and they can be held during the academic year or over breaks. Please contact OSCAR for help in formulating a Collaborative SDG proposal.

Pedagogical Research SDGs support faculty and programs who want to further investigate the impact of their curricular changes on student learning; enhance and expand these programs based on evidence of student learning; and share the results of their innovative methods with other faculty.

Project SDGs require yearly reports that outline progress on the project, and account for budget expenditures. Results of Project SDGs should be shared. Students participating in Collaborative Projects should publish or present the results of their work. Faculty working on Pedagogical Projects should publish or present their findings, and will be asked to share what they have learned with other Mason faculty.

Archive: Project Scholarship Development Grant Recipients

Project SDG Supporting Programs Year Awarded
Science of Diversity: Diversity Research Project Criminology, Law, and Society (CHSS); Higher Education Program (CHSS); Psychology (CHSS); and University Life 2011-12
University Scholars Assessment Plan University Scholars 2011-12
Honors College Research, Technology, and Online Community Project Honors College 2012-13
Digital Games Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences English (CHSS); and Computer Game Design (CVPA)  2013-
Global Problem Solving Fellows Project China Initiatives and Global Consortium (Office of the Provost); and Global Affairs (CHSS)  2014-
DICE: Design, Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Project Mathematical Sciences (COS); STEM Accelerator (COS); Electrical & Computer Engineering (VSE); and College of Education & Human Development (CEHD)  2014-
Rice Project Environmental Science and Policy (COS)  2015-
Smithsonian Mason Semester for Conservation Studies Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation  2015-

To apply:

Please collect all the required materials below. When you are ready to apply, fill out the form below and then submit each of the required materials (in pdf format) listed by email to oscar@gmu.edu. If you have any questions or issues, please feel free to contact us for help.

Requirements of the Project SDGs:

  • The project must have a clearly articulated goal of supporting undergraduate scholarship with significant integration of the Students as Scholars Student Learning Outcomes
  • Teams must have representatives present at required workshops and participating in related faculty development activities.
  • Students must be enrolled to participate in this experience. There are two enrollment options: Enroll for credit in an academic unit with an approved Students as Scholars course OR enroll in UNIV 391 SaS Scholarly Inquiry or UNIV 491 RS: SaS Individualized Scholarly Experience (credit and 0-credit options available).

Requirements of Pedagogical SDGs:

  • Participating faculty must plan to disseminate the results of their project with other faculty, at Mason or to a larger audience.
  • Priority will be given to projects that build on a earlier successful Course, Curriculum, or Project SDG, or RS-designated course.


Required materials:

  1. Statement, no more than three pages, that gives the rationale for this Project SDG.

If this is a Collaborative Project, please answer the following questions in your statement:

  • What scholarly question(s) will be addressed?
  • What methods will be used to address the question?
  • What roles will be available to undergraduates to participate in the research or creative project?
  • What are the expected characteristics of the students who will be eligible to participate?
  • How will students be recruited to participate (i.e., will this project be posted on the Students as Scholars section of HireMason)?
  • How many undergraduate students will be able to participate in this project?
  • How will the results of the entire project be disseminated?  What will be expected product or deliverable of each undergraduate student?
  • How will undergraduate participation in this project advance student learning?

If this is a Pedagogical Project, please answer the following questions in your statement:

  • What larger question about effectiveness of teaching and learning through inquiry will be addressed?
  • What methods will be used to address the question?
  • What roles will be available to undergraduates to participate substantially in the project?
  • How will the results of the overall project be disseminated on campus and beyond?
  1. Timeline for developing, implementing, and assessing the project.
  2. Budget and budget justification that clearly describes the funding needed (see SDG page for allowable expenses).  Please break your budget down into the categories (may be extended for up to 2 years):
Spring 2016 Summer 2016 Fall 2016 Spring 2017
Faculty Stipends $ $
Graduate Student Stipends $ $
Undergraduate Pay $ $
Materials (list) $ $
Other (list) $ $

Each of the attachments must be submitted by email as PDFs to oscar@gmu.edu by the deadline for the proposal to be reviewed.


Project SDG Proposal

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Other Course Subject Code and Number (i.e. ANTH386)
  • PROJECT TEAM MEMBERS

    Please list the names and email addresses of the faculty who will be responsible for teaching this course.
  • REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS