Teaching Transformation & Innovation Grants

Award Period: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

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 Monday, March 2, 2020

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 Monday, March 9, 2020

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.

Due to the shift to remote learning caused by COVID-19, our schedule has been delayed and future deadlines have been extended.

On or before Monday, June 15, 2020, the Schreyer Institute will send pre-proposal descriptions to campus and college administrators for initial review. Administrators will determine which projects will be developed into full proposals (we typically fund 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 full proposal on Friday, June 26, 2020.

Step 3: By Monday, July 27, 2020

Submit a fully developed proposal through the web portal provided in the selection notification message.

Final Decisions

On or before August 31, 2020, funding decisions will be sent to faculty who submitted proposals.

What we can fund

Requested funds must be directly related to teaching or learning objectives.

What we cannot fund

The funds we use to support these grants have restrictions on what can be purchased and how the funds are spent.

Proposal Review Criteria

This is a competitive process and decisions are based on the following factors:

Funding Levels