The University of Iowa Strategy Team is accepting letters of intent to submit a P3 Year 1 proposal for initiatives to support the university’s strategic priorities.

P3 funds are non-recurring funds that can be requested for a one-to-five-year time period. A letter of intent to submit a full proposal for P3 Year 1 (FY 2022) funds must be submitted via workflow by March 12, 2021 for approval by collegiate deans or central unit leaders associated with the focus of the proposed project. Individuals submitting a letter of intent should have discussed their proposal with the applicable collegiate deans or central unit leaders before submitting the letter of intent. 

The University of Iowa Strategy Team will review the letters of intent and in April will invite selected projects to submit a full proposal by May 3.

The full process and the subsequent allocation of funding are intended to elevate the university’s commitment to student, faculty, and staff success; research and discovery; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and engagement. The P3 program is intended to provide unique opportunities to strategically invest in areas of distinction that focus on developing Iowa into a "destination university"—the first choice for students, faculty, and staff.  Therefore, letters of intent are expected to illustrate how proposed projects will contribute to this goal. 

Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate the following criteria: 

  • Demonstration of institutional-level high impact across more than one strategic priority area (student, faculty, and staff success; research and discovery; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and engagement)
  • Explanation of how project activities are outside of scope, or “not able” to be supported, through the current budget model; project activities should extend beyond core functions or operations related to the central missions of teaching, research, and service
  • Potential to leverage additional funds, for example through grants, philanthropy, or tuition, and/or other strategies to ensure the continuation of project activities post funding-period 
  • Initiatives that are cross-campus collaborations and include interdisciplinary, cross-unit activities that build on existing strengths and/or areas of opportunity for growth and distinction 

The letter of intent must not exceed 500 words. The content of the letter must include: 

  • Summary of project purpose and approximate cost
  • Intended measurable outcomes 
  • Demonstration of how proposed project meets the criteria above with emphasis on institutional-level high impact on strategic priorities
  • Elaboration on the contributions of collaborating units 
  • Explanation of how project activities will be sustained post-funding

Submit a Letter of Intent

   

Preview information needed for full proposals

  

Review FY 2022 Process and Timeline

Project Examples

See summaries of the projects that were funded for FY 2021 ("Year 0").  

Additional project examples:

Priority will be given to letters of intent proposing initiatives that extend beyond activities essential to the central missions of teaching, research, and service, and demonstrate how such activities will elevate or serve as a catalyst for the advancement of strategic priorities and meet the outlined criteria.

Examples of activities that may or may not be considered for P3 funding are listed below. Proposals may include, but are not limited, to these activities. 

Curriculum development 
  • Proposals will not be considered for curriculum development for courses typically offered during fall, winter, spring, or summer sessions; e.g. curriculum development for one or several courses required for a specific program of study
  • Proposals may be considered for curriculum development if the focus is on expanding course offerings or making course improvements to address equity gaps in student learning, focus on efforts that impact a large number of students, and/or focus on efforts that have a multi-disciplinary focus 
Individual research projects
  • Proposals will not be considered for individual research projects that do not span multiple strategic priorities, do not demonstrate institutional-level high impact, and do not incorporate an interdisciplinary focus 
  • Proposals may be considered for research projects that demonstrate meeting all proposal criteria, and focus on large scale funding efforts
Faculty or staff hires 
  • Proposals will not be considered if activities necessitate faculty or staff hires without demonstrating how those positions will continue post-funding period
  • Proposals may be considered if a reasonable number of staff or faculty time or hires are allocated for the successful creation and implementation of project activities, and if proposals demonstrate how staff or faculty time or positions will be sustained post funding period 
Training or professional development  
  • Proposals will not be considered to implement training or professional development for individual or small groups of faculty, staff, or students within one unit or department 
  • Proposals may be considered if training or professional development demonstrates an advancement of institutional strategic priorities, can be sustained over time, and span multiple disciplines, colleges, or units

If you have questions about the letter of intent submission process, please contact Kathy Andrews at kathryn-andrews@uiowa.edu.