Teaching Innovation Grant



GRANT AT A GLANCE

  • Amount: 
    • Level 1 - $500 - $3,000
    • Level 2 - $3,001 - $6,000
    • Level 3 - $6,001 - $9,000
      • An individual faculty member is eligible for a maximum of $3,000.  In order to obtain Level 2 and 3 funding, the grant activity must collaboratively involve 2 and 3 applicants respectively. 
  • Purpose: Designed to support innovative projects that enhance teaching and learning. 
  • Eligibility: All faculty: full- or part-time. Staff not eligible. Funding is available for 1-3 faculty applicants. If the Lead applicant is not tenure-track, a tenure-track or tenured faculty member must be identified to serve as a Faculty Sponsor for the grant activity.  
  • Application Timing: Applications are due by midnight on October 15 and March 15. Grant activities must be completed within 18 months of the application date. 
  • Of Note: Funding will cover the cost of personnel (non-GVSU or student), equipment, travel related to grant activity, registration fees, facilities, etc.

Below is a detailed explanation of the Pew FTLC Teaching Innovation Grant. Once you have reviewed the information below, please click on "APPLY FOR A GRANT" to begin the application process.  Applications may be saved as "in progress" at any time during the application process. 


GRANT DESCRIPTION

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.  

The intent of the Teaching Innovation Grant is to encourage and launch 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 teaching innovation projects.

Maximum Award: 
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 collaboratively involve 2 and 3 applicants respectively.

Eligibility:

  • All faculty, full- or part-time, are eligible to apply.  If the Lead applicant is not tenure-track, they will be required to invite a tenure-track or tenured faculty member to serve as a Faculty Sponsor of the grant activity (see application for details).
  • Staff not eligible. 
  • Co-applicants are encouraged and will be responsible for submitting a Letter of Support with the application that outlines their specific involvement in the project (see application for details).
  • All Teaching Innovation Grant applications require a Unit Head letter of support (or a Dean letter of support if the applicant is a Unit Head).
  • Funding is limited to one Teaching Innovation Grant per faculty member per year.  
  • Funding preference will be given to faculty members who have not received a recent award.

Application Instructions:

  • You are welcome to begin drafting an application at any time as long as you submit it by March 15 or October 15.  
  • Applicants are encouraged to consult with the Grants Facilitator (David Eick) prior to submitting the grant proposal.  
  • Teaching Innovation Grant awards are determined in consultation with the Grant Sub-Committee of the Pew FTLC Advisory Committee.  This process normally takes 2-4 weeks from the application deadline.  Applicants will be notified of the status of their grant by letter.

General Grant Guidelines:

  • The 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.  
  • If any significant changes to the project are being considered once the grant has been awarded, the lead applicant must first notify the Pew FTLC immediately for approval.
  • Funded grants may be featured in the Pew FTLC Newsletter, on the Pew FTLC website, and at various Pew FTLC sponsored events. 
  • Funded applicants may be invited to present their work at a Pew FTLC sponsored event, a campus-wide event, or a professional teaching conference.

Budget Details:

Attachments:
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.

  • Letter(s) of Support:
    • Unit Head(s) - A letter of support is required from your unit head or from each unit head if the grant activity involves faculty from two or more units.  The letter should speak to the importance of the grant activity, how it will likely impact the unit, and if/how the unit will supplement the grant funds and/or financially support the innovation going forward ( A letter of support from the appropriate Dean may be substituted when the applicant is a Unit Head.)
    • (if applicable) Co-Applicant – A letter of intent is required from each Co-Applicant outlining their support and specific role or involvement in the grant activity.
    • (if applicable) Faculty Sponsor - A letter of support is required from a tenure-track or tenured Faculty Sponsor if the Lead Applicant is not on the tenure-track.
  • Other Supporting Documentation:
    • (if applicable) Consultant/Master Teacher biography and/or curriculum vitae
    • (if applicable) Price quote from Informational Technology

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 and 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): 

  • How did you meet the objectives outlined in your application, including how you implemented and assessed your grant activity?
  • What was the impact of the grant activity on your teaching, your students, the university community, and/or your discipline?
  • What are your plans to disseminate the results of your grant activity?

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.

Reimbursement Instructions:
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 reimburse you for your expenses and will send a copy of the Travel and Expense Form only (no receipts) to the Pew FTLC, 068 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ). Upon receipt of your Travel and Expense Form(s), your unit will be reimbursed by the Pew FTLC.  


Digital Badge: To earn a badge associated with a Teaching Innovation Grant and for more information about the FacultyBadges@GVSU Initiative, visit this site



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