Teaching Project Grants: July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018
The Teaching Project Grants program is designed to provide support for Penn State faculty, departments, and degree-granting programs to engage in projects that support teaching and learning endeavors in undergraduate education. 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, 2017.
Proposal Submission Process and Timeline
By Wednesday, March 1, 2017: Contact an Institute faculty consultant to discuss your idea and its alignment with the Institute's mission. The Institute forwards pre-proposal ideas to Associate Deans and Directors of Academic Affairs for identification of projects for full proposal development. Selected faculty members will have the opportunity to develop a full proposal and compete for funding.
Monday, April 3, 2017: Invitations to submit a proposal are sent to faculty PIs.
Monday, May 1, 2017: Invited proposals due.
July 1, 2017: Proposers will be notified of funding decisions by SITE.
- Pre-Proposal: Interested faculty talk or meet with a Schreyer Institute consultant to ensure that projects match our Mission.
- Communication of all pre-proposal project ideas, with faculty names, to the colleges and campuses.
- Selection of a single project to be fully developed by each college and campus.
- Schreyer Institute review.
What we can fund
Requested funds must be directly related to teaching or learning objectives
- Innovative instructional methods and procedures, includig 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)
- Guest speaker for a course (hotel or travel expenses)
- Guest speaker on a teaching topic for a group of faculty (honorarium, hotel, or travel expenses)
- Activities in support of development of new courses, minors and options, excluding non-fundable items listed below
- 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)
- Experimental or unusual instructional equipment (e.g., a previous grant funded a bat detector to use in a wildlife and fisheries class)
- Software or software associated with teaching or learning for a course or courses
What we can't fund
- Faculty who have received a Teaching Project Grant in the previous 3 years
- Salaries (no faculty summer salary, no course buy-outs, no graduate assistantships; wage-payroll only in unusually, well-justified circumstances)
- Conference travel for faculty (travel for students might be funded)
- Gifts to project participants
- Multi-item proposals (i.e. our process works best when we pay for only one or two items)
- Multi-year proposals
- 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)
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