Teaching Transformation & Innovation Grants

Award Period: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022

This grant program provides support for Penn State faculty of any rank at any location to implement or test teaching and learning innovations that address an important instructional issue or problem that impacts Penn State teaching and learning. This grant program supports activities above and beyond those expected of faculty as part of their instructional responsibilities of course preparation, design, and updating. Projects that involve research need to be directly linked to resolution of the instructional issue and may require IRB approval.

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. Grants typically range from $200–$6000 in actual costs. In order for larger requests to be considered the costs must be well-justified and involve or impact multiple faculty, courses, or substantial numbers of students.

Proposal Submission Process and Timeline

Step 1: Before Monday, March 1, 2021

Meet with an Institute faculty consultant to discuss your initial ideas in a pre-proposal consultation. This saves you from developing a proposal that is not aligned with our mission or not fundable. Before your consultation, please review the “What we can fund” and “What we cannot fund” sections below.

Your pre-proposal consultation may be face-to-face, via Zoom, or by phone.

Schedule your consultation before this deadline! Only faculty who meet this deadline will be considered for full-proposal submission.

Step 2: By Monday, March 8, 2021

After your pre-proposal consultation, send your Schreyer consultant a brief (<300 words) paragraph (not a proposal!) describing the project as you currently envision it. The paragraph should state why the project is important, innovative and/ or transformative, and it should describe its potential for improving teaching and/or student learning.

The Schreyer Institute will send all pre-proposal descriptions to campus and college administrators for review and priority ranking. Those ranked with lower priority may or may not be invited to submit a full proposal. We typically limit each college and campus to a few proposals.

If your project is selected for proposal development, you will receive an invitation to submit a full proposal on or before Friday, April 12, 2021. You will have six weeks to develop your proposal.

Step 3: By Monday, May 31, 2021

Submit your completed proposal by Monday, May 31, 2021.

Final Decisions

On or before July 30, 2021 funding decisions will be sent to faculty who submitted proposals.

What we can fund

Requested funds must be directly related to and support the proposed project. Budgets will need to be itemized and necessary. The costs should be based on current costs; items such as "$1000 project equipment" cannot be accepted. The total budget should not be exceed the above range or be designed to the reach the high end of range. Expensive projects, especially those that will impact a relatively small number of students, may be only partially funded.

What we cannot fund

Spending must align with the Institute's mission and our endowment spending restrictions.

Proposal Review Criteria

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