Teaching Project Grants 2016/2017
The Teaching Project Grants program is designed to provide support for Penn State faculty, departments, and degree-granting programs who want to engage in projects that support teaching and learning endeavors in undergraduate education. Support for these projects includes consultations with the Institute, as well as funding.
For the 2016-17 funding cycle, we have a more robust pre-proposal process. This will save faculty time, increase funding rates, distribute funds more broadly across the university, and assure alignment with academic unit priorities.
- 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
- 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, especially technology-based approaches
- 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)
- Software associated with teaching or learning for a course or courses
- Hardware associated with teaching or learning for a course or courses
- Materials (e.g., a previous grant funded back issues of a journal for students in a creative writing class; books for faculty teaching communities)
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
- 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 Submission Process and Timeline
Before December 18, 2015: Contact an Institute consultant to discuss your idea. Your consultant will let you know if your idea aligns with the Institute's mission. The Institute will forward proposal ideas to the appropriate Associate Deans and Directors of Academic Affairs and request that they choose a project for SITE to consider funding. SITE will invite faculty members whose ideas have been chosen to submit a formal proposal for funding.
January 15, 2016: Invitations to submit a proposal are sent to faculty PIs.
February 15, 2016: Invited proposals due.
May 15, 2016: Proposers will be notified of funding decisions by SITE.
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
- 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