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Innovation Grant Program

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The new 2017-2018 Innovation Grant Program combines grant and curriculum development programs from prior years, including Faculty College and the Seed Grant Program. This year's program features three levels of investment in pedagogical innovation to more effectively serve Stanford’s evolving teaching and learning needs and VPTL’s mission:

  • Teaching Advancement Grants: Modest grants (up to $2500) that are reviewed on a quarterly basis and support the exploration of and experimentation with new or improved pedagogical approaches in current courses and educational programs.
  • Innovation Implementation Grants: Medium-sized grants (up to $30,000) that are reviewed annually and involve the full-scale design, implementation, and evaluation of a new or redesigned course, curriculum, or digital tool.
  • Strategic Initiatives and Curricular Innovation Grants: Larger grants that support highly impactful changes in department or program curricula (e.g., new online or blended master’s degree, revamped introductory curriculum) and align with VPTL strategic initiatives.

Description and Call for Proposals

The call for proposals for the 2018 Innovation Grant Program is now open! View the Full PDF of the Proposal.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL) aims to serve Stanford University in three complementary ways:

  • Create discourse and inquiry toward the future of higher education by supporting activities that share Stanford’s research knowledge and specialized expertise broadly through new models of learning and engagement;
  • Innovate and improve teaching and learning at Stanford through the use of new or proven pedagogical approaches and tools to help make teaching vibrant and informative for instructors and supportive of student success;
  • Broaden impact through new models of global engagement by reaching professional learners, lifelong learners, underserved populations, or massive worldwide audiences, consistent with Stanford’s mission and values.

VPTL offers grants to Stanford faculty and instructional teams in service to these goals. Applicants are encouraged to think broadly and creatively about projects that reimagine and explore what is possible in teaching and learning at Stanford and beyond.

Submit a Proposal

Key Deadlines & Dates

We strongly encourage faculty who plan to submit a proposal to first discuss their projects with VPTL consultants. Please complete the form to schedule a consultation.

  • Consultation window: November 21 - February 2, 2017
  • Grant informational sessions (register here):
      Thursday, November 30, 11-noon, 408 Panama Mall, VPTL First Floor Offices
      Friday, February 2, 2-3pm, 408 Panama Mall, VPTL First Floor Offices
  • Proposals due: February 15, 2018
  • Final decisions made: By March 15, 2018
  • Grant kickoff meeting (required): Beginning of April
  • Grant showcase (required): End of April