Tech Fee open session scheduled for September 10

by Randy Hollowell, IT Services

An open session to help answer questions about the competitive Tech Fee proposal process will take place via Zoom on Friday, September 10 from 9 - 11 AM

Male student shown using a VR headset and handheld remoteThe FY 2022 competitive process for distributing a portion of the Student Technology Fees to innovative or significant technology projects that benefit students is currently accepting proposals. The deadline to submit proposals for the 2021-2022 awards is midnight on September 20, 2021. The complete schedule for FY22 is available at

Since 2009, Miami faculty, staff, and students have developed innovative and exciting projects with over $5.5 million of awarded funds. The projects help students in and out of the classroom through the use of technology.

Proposal Guidelines

Committee members are looking for innovative or significant ideas, but all technology requests will be considered, as long as they clearly benefit students. The guidelines define significant in two ways: impacting a large number of students or having a deep impact on a smaller number.

Your project may directly relate to academics or may be part of the broader Miami experience, making students’ lives better or more productive. Both graduate- and undergraduate-focused proposals are encouraged.

Purchasing Guidelines

Please be aware that all purchases made with Tech Fee funding are subject to relevant University policies. Compliance reviews will include Procurement (per the Purchasing Handbook), an IT Services technical review, and an accessibility review (in accordance with Miami’s Accessible Technology Policy).

The Office of Strategic Procurement has asked that individuals involved with preparing proposals, including all software/hardware purchases, consult with Procurement early in the process for contract and vendor management in order to ensure the best pricing and terms.

Proposals may be submitted for Tech Fee review utilizing a single quote for cost estimation and budgeting. Purchase requests upon award will not be processed unless they comply with Section 2.01 or 2.03 of the Purchasing Handbook. Please contact the Office of Strategic Procurement if you have questions.

Proposal Applications

Proposals for the 2021-2022 academic year need to be submitted by midnight on Monday, September 20. The link to the online application form is available from the Tech Fee website. As a reminder, the open informational remote meeting and Q&A session will be held via Zoom on September 10 from 9 - 11 AM. For more information visit or send questions to