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Teaching Innovations Grants


Teaching Innovations grants support the development of innovative pedagogical approaches and resources for courses, programs, or other curriculum components at Illinois State University. Without attempting to define “innovation” for all domains of knowledge, CTLT seeks innovations that are embedded in a particular context, contain elements of risk (in that the approach/resource has not been widely explored in the particular discipline or at Illinois State University), and are projected to have a positive effect on student learning.

Goals of the Grant

  • Foster creative or innovative instruction for Illinois State University students;
  • Contribute to the enhancement and diversity of student learning; and
  • Provide long-term benefits to the teaching and learning processes at Illinois State University (and, potentially, beyond)

Amounts of Grant

Grants are awarded for up to $2,000 for individuals or $2,500 for teams. Eligible expenses include salary, travel expenses related to the implementation of the grant, classroom materials, software, hardware, or other commodities.


All tenured and tenure-track faculty, full-time non-tenure track instructors, and full-time AP staff with teaching responsibilities at Illinois State University are eligible. Recipients of prior CTLT grants who have failed to meet their grant obligations are ineligible.

Important Dates

   Fall  Spring  Summer
 Application Due  3rd Tuesday in September 3rd Tuesday in February 3rd Tuesday in April
 Funds Available  Upon Acceptance Upon Acceptance After July 1st
(start of the next fiscal year)
* Expenses Reported By  May 29 of the current fiscal year May 29 of the current fiscal year May 29 of the next fiscal year

* All receipts for reimbursement and other required documentation must be received at CTLT no later than May 29 of the indicated fiscal year.

Expenses not properly documented by that date cannot be reimbursed.


Applications should be submitted online and include the following:

  • An overview of the project. Be sure to describe the specific innovation you plan to implement and explain how this innovation is a shift in the accepted practices of your field, your department, Illinois State University, and/or your own teaching. (200 word limit)
  • The specific outcomes you expect from your project. How do you anticipate that student learning will be affected? Are there any measurable student learning outcomes associated with the teaching innovation? How these outcomes related to the overall learning outcomes for the course, program, department, or other academic unit? (200 word limit)
  • The method(s) you will use for assessing the innovation. (How will you determine whether this innovation has had an appreciable effect on student learning?) Methods can include a wide range of assessment techniques commonly used in educational settings. (200 word limit)
  • An explanation of why this project is considered to be outside the scope of your regularly assigned duties as a faculty member at Illinois State University.
    • Note: “Regularly assigned duties as a faculty member” include course and curricular design, teaching, assessment, etc. (200 word limit)
    • Note: This is important primarily for proposals that include “salary” as a budget item.
  • An indication of whether the project described in this grant application requires support from college- or university-level technology staff, and, if so, what kind of support will be required. No grant that requires this type of support can be approved until CTLT has consulted with the relevant IT group(s). Grant applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with their local IT support staff before submitting proposals for projects that require this kind of support.
  • A clearly outlined budget. Be as specific as possible, itemizing the amounts for various expense categories: salary, contractual, and/or commodities expenses.

Proposals should address these components using clear, jargon-free language that will allow the reviewers, who are likely not specialists in your discipline, to understand exactly what innovation you are considering, how it will impact your teaching and student learning, how you will assess that impact, and so on.

Evaluation Criteria

A committee will evaluate applications based on the degree to which each:

  • Presents a compelling project of sufficient scope and ambition to merit a grant. Specifically, evaluators will examine applications for evidence that a project involves a substantial investment of time and effort, and incorporates an instructional innovation that promises to yield valuable outcomes for students, applicants, and the ISU teaching community.
  • Clearly addresses all of the application questions, as follows:
    • Provides an overview of the project.
    • Lists the specific outcomes you expect from your project.
    • Identifies the method(s) you will use for assessing the student learning outcomes.
  • Provides a clear and convincing explanation of why this project is outside the scope of your regularly assigned duties as a faculty member at Illinois State University.
  • Includes a clearly outlined budget.
  • Is clear, concise, and easily understood by readers outside the applicant’s discipline.

Note: Proposals that show evidence of having been well-considered, carefully crafted, edited, and proofread always make a better impression.

Requirement of Grant Recipient(s)

Accepting this grant represents a commitment to prepare and present the outcomes of your project at a panel session or poster session at the annual University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium (held each January).

Grant recipients must submit proposals in response to the Call for Proposals issued each fall. Presentations for grants received in spring or summer are expected for the next Symposium following grant receipt; presentations for grants received in fall are expected no later than the second Symposium following grant receipt.

In the event that a Symposium proposal is not accepted, grant recipients may work with CTLT to find an alternate way of sharing their findings with the campus community.

Because this requirement is designed to maximize the benefits of recipients’ experiences by sharing them with the ISU community, it must be met in order for the recipient to remain eligible for future CTLT grants.


Contact CTLT at at (309) 438-2542.

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