2019-2020 Teaching Innovation Grants: Call for Proposals

February 25, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

The Provost’s Office, through the Center for Teaching and Learning, is pleased to announce the 2019 application round for Teaching Innovation Grants for Brandeis faculty. These grants are intended to promote excellence and innovation in teaching by means of evidence-based practice through either:

an independent project of the applicant’s own design, or

participation in one of the structured team projects listed below.

Funding for independent projects is typically between $2,000 and $10,000.  Funding for team project participants is approximately $2500 plus any travel/lodging expenses incurred as part of the project.  

Areas of Focus: 

Independent Projects 

All proposals that address innovation in teaching or assessment will be considered. All proposals must include an evaluation plan, budget, and project timeline as well as a plan for sharing the findings. Preference this year will be given to projects that address one or more of the following:

Assessment: projects should reflect evidence-based practices for the assessment of student learning, including revision of materials and curricula based on assessment data.

Accessibility: projects should enhance learning experiences for Brandeis students with learning differences and/or physical challenges by reducing barriers to their full participation.

Brandeis Core: projects should apply evidence-based practice to the revision or design of teaching materials, methods and/or curricular pathways that align with the new Brandeis Core requirements.

Structured Team Projects

You may choose to join one of the following teams, which meet approximately monthly with campus experts from the Center for Teaching and Learning and collaborating offices. Participants will collectively design and implement a teaching innovation and measure its impact. (Team projects may include participation in a national faculty development conference: Association of American Colleges & Universities, Gardner Gateway, Professional Organizational Development Network, Indianapolis Assessment Conference, etc.)

Accessibility and Universal Design Practices for Teaching and Learning

Brandeis Core

Equitable Teaching and Learning Practices

Other: suggest a topic of interest that can bring evidence-based practices to enhance teaching/learning experiences at Brandeis.

What can grants pay for? 

Summer stipends for planning

Attendance at courses, seminars, conferences, faculty development institutes or workshops

Teaching assistants or student workers

Equipment, software, or supplies


External consultants or specialists

Honoraria/travel for external experts

Travel and admissions fees (e.g., for museums)

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Tenured faculty

  • Tenure-Track faculty

  • Contract faculty on multi-year contracts

  • Part-time faculty who have taught at least four courses in the previous three years

Criteria for Selection:

A selection committee consisting of Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Dan Perlman, Karen Muncaster, former grant awardees, Brandeis Teaching and Learning Fellows and a representative from each college/school will review proposals and make their recommendation to me by late April. They will evaluate proposals according to these criteria.

Independent projects:

the significance and scale of the need,

how Brandeis students will benefit,

how the project’s impact will be measured,

how will the findings be shared, and the extent of their applicability for the Brandeis teaching/learning community?

Team projects: 

the significance and scale of the need,

how Brandeis students will benefit from your participation

your availability to participate in the team’s monthly meetings.

Supporting services:

The Center for Teaching and Learning, the Rabb School’s Instructional Design team, Student Accessibility Support staff, Library staff, and staff from ITS will offer a variety of instructional design and other services to help you plan, design and implement your innovation. Any questions should be directed to Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. 

Proposals are due April 1, 2019.

Applications for the upcoming academic year (2019-20) will be due by April 1. Please click here to access the application form. A copy of the questions from the evaluation form is available here.

Applicants will receive notification by late April. Funds for independent projects will be released on July 1, 2019 and must be spent by June 15, 2020. Funds for team project participants will be paid half at the outset and half upon completion of their participation by June 15, 2020. Recipients will present their outcomes at a campus wide forum and share their findings on the Center for Teaching and Learning website. Projects that require funding beyond the year of the grant will not be considered without a letter of commitment from the relevant dean or vice president.

I am very pleased to be able to support Brandeis faculty members through this program and look forward to seeing the impact of these teaching innovations on our educational programs.

Best regards,

Lisa M. Lynch


Provost and Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy