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DRIVE Grants

Develop, Redesign, Innovate, Vitalize, and Enhance (DRIVE) grants fund the development or redesign of flexible and online learning experiences for Virginia Tech students in undergraduate and graduate programs.  

Awarded DRIVE grants provide funding at the program level or for groups of courses that have a specific goal or goal(s) in common (e.g., four courses to create a certificate, or courses needed to complete fully online program development) or for individual courses. Abstracts and invited proposals should focus on the following areas of high need/high impact as determined by state-wide initiatives and the university:

  • High-quality flexible and online learning as a response to specific challenges
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) integration
  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • Revision to address accessibility issues
  • Revision to Universal Design for Learning (UDL), particularly for large or diverse student populations
  • Use of Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Alignment with the areas of focus and strategic initiatives at the program/department/college level

Request for funding for a full program or group of courses should also focus on as many of the following priorities as possible:

  • Strategic growth, particularly where demand meets existing expertise
  • Increased enrollment of “net new” students
  • Opportunities for working professionals
  • Attraction and ease of transition for transfer students
  • Increasing access and equity for underserved or underrepresented student groups
  • Expediting progression to degree completion and/or graduate programs
  • Alignment with state-wide and university level strategic initiatives

Funding amounts begin at $8,000 for the redesign of an existing course and $10,000 for the development of a new course. New course funding requires that the course has passed university governance approval. Additional funding may be available for the development or redesign of courses for a full program or certificate.

Call for Abstracts

The 2022 call for abstracts will open in October 2022. Questions about the application process can be directed to

DRIVE grants are funded and managed by the Provost’s Office and Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS). Submit questions, concerns, or requests for more information to TLOS Senior Director of Grants and Awards, Lujean Baab, at

Sample DRIVE Grant Timeline

  • Oct. 1 - Begin accepting abstracts
  • Oct. 1 - Nov. 10 - Abstracts and proposals reviewed
  • Oct. 11 - Information session - noon to 1 p.m.
  • Oct. 14 - Information session - 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 19 - Awardees notified