Below is a detailed explanation of the Pew FTLC Teaching Innovation Grant. Once you have reviewed the information below, please click on "APPLY FOR GRANTS" to begin the application process. Applications may be saved as "in progress" at any time during the application process.
Applications are due October 15 and March 15.
Note: Grant activities must be completed within 18 months of the application date.
Note: The NEW Teaching Innovation Grant will accommodate requests that would have once fallen under the Pew Intensive Workshop/Institute Grant, Pew Technology Enhancement Grant, Pew Scholar Teacher Grant, Pew 'Master Teacher' Residency Grant, and the Presidential Teaching Initiative Grant.
Teaching Innovation Grants are intended to support faculty in pursuing innovative projects that enhance teaching and learning. These projects range from cutting-edge, research-based teaching and learning innovations, to innovations that are new to one’s field, to innovations that are new to the individual faculty member (i.e. active learning and engagement, classroom assessment, multi-disciplinary, inquiry-based, online/hybrid, collaborative, etc.). “Innovation” is considered in the context of the applicant’s experience. Special consideration will be given to applications that align with current university teaching-related initiatives such as Strong Start, Community Engagement and Service Learning, Equity and Inclusion, Global Learning, Design Thinking, General Education, Contemplative Pedagogy, etc.
The intent of the Teaching Innovation Grant is to encourage new ideas; therefore, the Pew FTLC does not provide repeated support of a project, but rather encourages units/colleges to provide the continued support needed to sustain and enhance existing projects.
Funding will cover the cost of non-GVSU or student personnel, equipment, travel, registration, and other.
Level 1 ($500 - $3,000)
Level 2 ($3,001 - $6,000)
Level 3 ($6,001 - $9,000)
Note: An individual faculty member is eligible for a maximum grant of $3,000. In order to obtain Level 2 and 3 funding, the grant activity must involve 2 and 3 applicants respectively.
General Grant Guidelines:
There are five funding areas available for a grant activity: personnel, equipment, travel, registration, and other. Each applicant is eligible for total funding of $3,000. An applicant may spread that amount across several funding areas or concentrate it in one. In addition, if there are co-applicants, they may choose to pool their individual $3,000 allocations for up to a total of $9,000 toward personnel, equipment, or other expenses. Travel and registration are limited to $3,000 per applicant regardless of the number of co-applicants. Please fill out only those funding areas that apply to your grant activity. The following guidelines apply:
The Teaching Innovation Grant no longer awards faculty stipends. Much of the work associated with teaching innovation is viewed by the university as part of a standard workload or significant area of focus.
For consultant/master teacher honorariums, the following guidelines apply:
For student wages, the following guidelines apply:
Equipment expenses may not exceed $3,000 per applicant. Multiple applicants may pool their $3,000 allocation for a total of $9,000 worth of equipment. The following guidelines apply:
Travel expenses may not exceed $3,000 per traveler and $9,000 total. The following guidelines apply:
Registration expenses may not exceed $3,000 per applicant and are intended to cover registration fees for intensive workshops and/or institutes, not conferences.
"Other" expenses must be listed, detailed, and justified in light of the grant activity. Guidelines are as follows:
Attachments may be uploaded at the end of the application. If an electronic version of the attachment is not available, the hard copy will need to be scanned to PDF and then digitally attached to the application file. Note: Your departmental Xerox copier has the capability to scan your document to a PDF file.
Final Report Instructions:
Each applicant who is awarded a Teaching Innovation Grant will be responsible for submitting a Final Report via the online system 30 days after the completion of the grant activity or within 18 months of the application date. The Pew FTLC will send out an automatic reminder e-mail for your convenience. The Final Report will ask for you to thoroughly describe the following on behalf of yourself and any co-applicants (1500 word limit):
Please attach any materials relevant to the grant, including reports, articles, pictures, etc.
A Guide to Assessment may be found at the following link: www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/assessment
To submit a Final Report, click on "Final Report" under "Application Details" within the FTLC Grant System. Reimbursements will no longer be processed once a Final Report has been submitted.
All expenditures associated with this grant must be submitted to your unit on a Travel and Expense Form along with original, detailed receipts. Your unit will send a copy of the Travel and Expense Form to the Pew FTLC at 068 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ). Upon receipt of your Travel and Expense form(s), your unit will be reimbursed by the Pew FTLC.
For descriptions of grants that have been successfully funded, please click on "Grant Examples."
For questions about how to assess your grant activity, please click on "Guide to Assessment."