Teaching Transformation & Innovation Grants
Award Period: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
This grant program provides support for Penn State faculty of any rank at any location, as well as for programs or departments to implement or test teaching and learning innovations. Support for these projects includes consultations with Institute faculty, as well as funding. Funding will be available for successful proposals during the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1.
Proposal Submission Process and Timeline
Step 1: Before Friday, March 1, 2019
Schedule a pre-proposal consultation with an Institute faculty consultant to discuss your initial ideas. This saves you from developing a proposal that doesn’t align with the Institute's mission or that is not fundable. Your pre-proposal consultation may be face-to-face, by phone, or via Zoom. Only faculty who have met the deadline above will be considered for full-proposal submission.
Schedule your consultation before the deadline! Before your consultation, please review the “What we can fund” and “What we cannot fund” sections below.
Step 2: By Thursday, March 7, 2019
After your pre-proposal consultation, please send to your Schreyer consultant a brief (<300 words) paragraph (not a proposal!) describing the project as you currently envision it. The description should include why it is innovative within your teaching context and/or its potential for transforming teaching and/or student learning.
On or before Friday, March 29, 2019, the Schreyer Institute will send all pre-proposal descriptions to campus and college administrators for initial review. Administrators will determine which projects they would like to see developed into full proposals. (The Schreyer Institute typically funds only one or two projects from each campus or college.)
If your project is selected for proposal development, you will receive an invitation to submit a proposal on Monday, April 8, 2019.
Step 3: By Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Submit a fully developed proposal through the web portal provided in the selection notification message by May 28, 2019.
July 1, 2019: Faculty who submit proposals will be notified of funding decisions by SITE.
What we can fund
Requested funds must be directly related to teaching or learning objectives.
- Experimental or unusual instructional equipment (e.g., a previous grant funded a bat detector to use in a wildlife and fisheries class)
- Innovative instructional methods and procedures, including technology-based approaches
- Materials (e.g., a previous grant funded back issues of a journal for students in a creative writing class; books for faculty teaching communities)
- Activities in support of development of new courses, minors and options, excluding non-fundable items listed above
- Guest speaker for a course or for a group of faculty related to teaching & learning (hotel or travel expenses)
- Student and faculty visitation to field sites, industrial facilities, and cultural centers (e.g., a previous grant funded a bus and driver to transport students to Harrisburg to implement an “Adopt-A-Classroom” project)
- Projects that require students to use software for a Penn State course must be vetted through the Courseware Request Process prior to submitting a formal proposal. Check the Reviewed Courseware list to determine if the courseware is authorized for use and the level of authorization.
What we can't fund
- Faculty who have received a grant from this Schreyer grant program in the previous 3 years
- Salaries (no faculty/staff salaries, no graduate assistantships; wage-payroll for students only in unusually, well-justified circumstances)
- Activities expected of faculty as part of typical course preparation and development (nor can we fund graduate students to do them on behalf of faculty)
- Conference travel for faculty (travel for undergraduate students might be funded)
- Study abroad or study away programs
- Gifts to project participants
- Donations to organizations (e.g., in lieu of entrance fees)
- Membership fees
- Multi-year proposals (funds must be spent during the fiscal year July 1-June 30)
- Goods and services from international vendors
Proposal Review Criteria
This is a competitive process and decisions are based on the following factors:
- Alignment with the Schreyer Institute's Mission
- Proposal clarity and quality, especially the quality of learning objectives (see Writing Objectives)
- Impact on Penn State teaching and learning
- Rationale and basis for requested cost/expense (expensive items may be partially funded); the more information you provide about your total budget, the better we can identify items that are fundable within our restrictions.
- Total number of proposals and amount requested
- Available funds
- Grants typically range from $200–$7500, although exceptionally well-justified larger grants may be considered
- Proposals that involve more faculty and/or more students may be considered for larger grants