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Grant Opportunities



Teaching Enhancement Grants

The Teaching Enhancement Grants Program supports enhancement of student learning during a single course. Winners of these grants are reimbursed up to $100 for course expenditures. Fall, Spring and Summer competitions are held each year.


Eligibility | Guidelines | Selection Process | Fall 2014 Application


Timeline for Fall 2014 Competition:

Opening date for applications: August 1, 2014
Closing date for applications: September 26, 2014
Notification (sooner where possible): October 3, 2014

If awarded a Teaching Enhancement Grant for a Fall 2014 course, funds must be used and all receipts for reimbursement must be received in CTRL by January 30, 2015. Original receipts should be submitted to Trisha Young in Hurst Hall 214.

Eligibility:
Any faculty member teaching full-time or part-time during the semester when the grant would be used is eligible to apply.

Guidelines:

  • Funds may be used for such purposes as honoraria for outside speakers or materials that are “used up” during the course (e.g., short-term subscription to online teaching tools, special materials for a science or arts course that doesn’t have a lab fee). Funds may not be used for basic “school supplies” (e.g., poster board, markers).
  • Grants can    
  1. be made directly to a faculty member;
  2. be transferred to an academic department or program budget; or
  3. be paid directly to a guest lecturer. 
  • Grants will not be awarded to applicants requesting funding for international honoraria.
  • Materials that are durable (e.g., books, DVDs) become the property of the university, though they may be used by the recipients for subsequent course offerings.
  • Grants must be used for the item(s) listed in the recipient’s application.
  • Grants are not designed to support faculty research or conference attendance.
  • Grants cannot be used for food or gift certificates for food.
  • Grants will not be awarded to applicants requesting funds for expenditures that have already been incurred.
  • Grants are made only once for a specific teaching enhancement (e.g., an honorarium for a guest lecturer). Faculty seeking funding for the same (or very similar) teaching enhancement in a subsequent course are encouraged to explore funding possibilities with their academic department or program.
  • Recipients are asked to submit a brief report (c. 50-75 words) summarizing the pedagogical outcomes of their award.

Selection Process:
The selection panel is composed of members of CTRL.


Fall 2014 Application:

CLICK HERE to apply.

If you have questions, please contact Trisha Young (patrisha.young@american.edu or 202-885-2105). To submit the completed application, save the form to your desktop and e-mail it as an attachment to ctrl@american.edu with Teaching Enhancement as the subject line.

Ideas Incubator Grants

The Ideas Incubator Grants Program offers awards of up to $500 for projects leading to course innovation. The awards (for individuals or faculty teams) are designed to reshape broader teaching strategies (i.e., not just applying to a single course). The competition is held once each year, during the Fall semester. Grants may be used during the following calendar year.


Eligibility | Terms of Award | Selection Process | Fall 2014 Application


Timeline for Fall 2014 Competition (for Spring, Summer or Fall 2015 Courses):

Opening date for applications: September 15, 2014
Closing date for applications: November 15, 2014
Notification: December 2014

Ideas Incubator Grants for the 2015 calendar year must be used (and all receipts for reimbursement received in CTRL) by January 31, 2016. Original receipts should be submitted to Trisha Young in Hurst Hall 214.


Eligibility:
Any faculty member teaching full-time or part-time during the current academic year is eligible to apply.


Terms of Award:

  • Funds may be used for such purposes as purchasing hardware or software, developing new teaching materials, or reworking pedagogical formats.
  • Durable materials become the property of the university, but may be used by the recipients as long as needed.
  • The Ideas Incubator Grants program is distinct from Curriculum Development Grants (offered under the auspices of the Dean of Academic Affairs). CTRL grants, which are smaller in scope, are designed to foster "out of the box" thinking that may contribute to further curriculum-oriented developments (e.g. adoption by other colleagues, application for a Curriculum Development Grant, or application for external funding).
  • Faculty may submit only one application to the Ideas Incubator Program.
  • Recipients will be asked to submit a brief final report (c. 200 words) summarizing the pedagogical outcomes of their award.

Selection Process:
The selection panel is composed of members of CTRL.


Fall 2014 application:

CLICK HERE to apply.

If you have questions, please contact Trisha Young (patrisha.young@american.edu or 202-885-2105). To submit the completed application, save the form to your desktop and e-mail it as an attachment to ctrl@american.edu with Ideas Incubator as the subject line.