Teaching Project Grants 2014/2015
The Teaching Project Grants program is designed to provide funding to Penn State faculty, departments, and degree-granting programs seeking support for teaching and learning endeavors in undergraduate education. Support for these projects includes consultations with the Institute, as well as funding.
For the 2014-15 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 for the college/campus.
- Reviewed by the Schreyer Institute.
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 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
- Salaries (no summer salary, course buy-out, graduate student, or wage-payroll)
- Conference travel
- Multi-item proposals (i.e. our process works best when we pay for only one or two items )
- Multi-year proposals
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
Proposal Submission Process and Timeline
Before April 15, 2014:
Contact an Institute consultant to discuss your idea. Your consultant will let you know if your idea aligns with the Institute's mission.
April 30, 2014:
Invitations to submit a proposal are sent to faculty PIs.