Grants

Five outstanding projects from across campus have been selected as winners of the annual Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize (TIP). You can learn more about these projects at the opening to the 2017 Enriching Scholarship conference. At 10:00am on Monday, May 1, in the Michigan Union's Rogel Ballroom, Vice Provost James Hilton will present the winning projects. Prior to the ceremony, a 9:00am poster fair and strolling breakfast in the same location offer the U-M community a chance to meet the faculty teams behind the TIP projects, as well as teams that have conducted projects through the Investigating Student Learning grant funded by CRLT and the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs. Registration is appreciated.

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This year's winning projects include: Read more »

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The Institute for the Humanities will offer small grants ($200-400) to support projects for GTC+ students pursuing Requirement I (“Networking”) to collaborate with U-M faculty members to design or implement digital media-focused learning activities for the faculty member’s course. The project should require in the range of 10-25 hours of effort from the GTC+ student. To apply, submit a paragraph (1) describing the course and project and (2) estimating the number of hours the student will spend on the project, with an explanation of how that time will be spent. Include a budget request for $200-400 as a stipend for the GTC+ student.

Submissions should be emailed to UMGraduateTeacherCertificatePlus@umich.edu. Either faculty members or students can send the email, but both should be copied. Projects will be reviewed on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Decisions about funding are typically made in one to two weeks.

The funds will be disbursed upon completion of the project and the student’s submission of their reflection for Requirement I.

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The deadline for applications to the Gilbert Whitaker Fund for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning is fast approaching. Applications are due at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21. Grants of $6000 (for individual faculty members or small faculty groups) or $10,000 (for departments, programs, or large faculty groups) are awarded for innovative projects to improve student learning at U-M.
 
You should consider applying for a Whitaker grant if:
  • You are involved in pedagogical innovation, whether piloting new technologies in the classroom, creating engaged learning opportunities, or building new opportunities for students to reflect on their learning across a curriculum. Grant funding can be used for needs assessment, program development, or instructional skill development.
  • You are involved in a curricular assessment project in your department or program. Grant funding can be used to fund survey development, focus groups, curricular mapping and more.
  • You are involved in educational development activities to increase instructional capacity in your program, whether for faculty or GSIs. Grant funding can be used to pay for workshops or other pedagogical training, or to support faculty retreats.  
Access full guidelines for the Whitaker grant here. For more information about all of CRLT's grants programs see our CRLT grants page. CRLT staff are always happy to answer questions about grant competitions and to consult on in-process applications. You can contact us at crltgrants@umich.edu.
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U-M Faculty, are you interested in...

  • evaluating the impact of innovative teaching strategies in your courses?
  • using academic data to understand and improve student learning?
  • supporting your department's assessment efforts by documenting how students learn key concepts?
  • presenting or publishing research about your teaching?

If so, you might want to apply for an Investigating Student Learning (ISL) Grant from CRLT. Applications are due January 21. These grants fund faculty or faculty-student teams who wish to investigate aspects of student learning in U-M courses or departments.

Recent winners' projects are quite varied, including studies of students' online collaboration in Engineering team projects, development of leadership skills in Women's Studies service learning placements, and use of patient care simulations in Nursing courses. You can browse winning projects from the past six years at this link

Many ISL recipients publish their studies or apply for larger external grants, using their ISL research as "seed funding." Past winners have also leveraged their ISL work in their applications for the Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize (TIP). Examples include Michael Hortsch (Cell and Developmental Biology/Medical School), who studied SecondLook, a study aid he developed to let learners self-test their ability to recognize visual structures and interpret their significance. Read more »

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CRLT is currently accepting applications for the Lecturers' Professional Development Fund (LPDF), a grant specifically for U-M's Lecturers.  If you are a Lecturer on the Ann Arbor campus with a continuing appointment, you are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $2000 to fund professional development opportunities related to your teaching or scholarship.  For example, the funds could be used to support:

  • attendance at a professional meeting
  • purchase of computer hardware or software
  • travel expenses associated with accessing resources at other institutions
  • editorial, graduate student, or work-study assistance.  

Applications for the grant are due on September 24th at 4pm.  Details about how to apply can be found on our LPDF application page. Prospective applicants can also view the reports from previous LPDF recipients to get a sense of the range of projects that have been funded in the past.  

Every year, CRLT provides over $300,000 to U-M's instructors to support improvements to teaching and curriculum.  For more information about the range of grants available from CRLT, click hereRead more »

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