Apply Now for the 2014 Catalyst Awards

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Catalyst Awards for innovative uses of technology in solving educational challenges.

Faculty members at Duke University School of Nursing are eligible for the award, which includes up to $10,000 in financial support as well as dedicated assistance in piloting, evaluating and disseminating the innovation. For the first time, the Catalyst Award now includes a 15 percent teaching load reduction for the principal investigator.   The award will cover the time period from June 1, 2014 to May 30, 2015 and qualified projects must either apply a new technology or make creative use of a familiar technology in an effort to alleviate a significant educational challenge in an inventive manner.

“The Catalyst Awards develop and advance innovations that lead to consistent use of evidence and best practices in teaching, research and clinical practice locally and abroad. The process is two-fold where we are supporting educational innovation at Duke School of Nursing while also advancing the academic careers of School faculty,” said Marilyn Lombardi, director of The Center of Nursing Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (CONCEPT) that sponsors the Catalyst Awards.

Application for the award is open to any full-time faculty member – regardless of rank, promotion track or tenure status. Teams of two or more faculty members are also eligible but faculty teams must appoint one faculty member as the principal investigator.  This individual will be the only team member to receive a 15 percent teaching load reduction for the award year.  In selecting the project PI, the team should consider that the PI must be the instructor scheduled to teach the course in which the innovation will be piloted, submit the application on behalf of the team and take responsibility for the timely completion of all team deliverables. 

“In order for all interested faculty to have the support they need to develop their ideas, I urge them to contact me directly and we will schedule a time for the entire project support team to meet and discuss the project,” said Dr. Lombardi, who can be contacted.

The application deadline is Monday, May 12, 2014. All applicants will be notified of the outcome no later than Monday, May 26. To see the entire list of rules, responsibilities and the list of previous awardees, click here. Applications can be downloaded by clicking here.



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