Grants

CRLT stewards grant competitions with the goal of enhancing teaching and learning at the University of Michigan. Some grants can be used to test a classroom idea, and others are intended to empower much greater change in curricula, teaching techniques, or inclusion of University values and priorities. If you are an instructor at the Ann Arbor campus, one or more of these might be particularly useful to you.

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The Instructional Development Fund (IDF) is a rolling fund that grants amounts of up to $500 for a classroom activity or innovation. It is a rolling grant fund; proposals are accepted at any time until the funds for the year are exhausted. An IDF may be used to pay for supplies and equipment, programming or research assistance, fees and expenses for student field trips, honoraria for classroom guest speakers, fees and expenses for conferences directly related to teaching, or summer projects aimed at developing or enhancing courses. You may have another great idea; it is always worth asking if your idea is eligible. The proposals are brief: only one page plus a budget. Typically, decisions can happen within two weeks for these grants. Read more »

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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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Calendar showing LPDF deadline

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.  More information about the range of grants available from CRLT.

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The deadline is fast approaching for CRLT's new Grants for Internationalizing the Curriculum. With support from the offices of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, we will be awarding two-year grants of up to $7500 for courses that expand and enrich international themes. These grants support faculty in their innovative efforts to prepare U-M students for lives of significant international engagement. Applications are due February 19.

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Full information about the grants and application instructions can be found by clicking here or pulling down on the Grants & Awards menu above. CRLT has also created web resources to support U-M instructors as they develop ways to internationalize the curriculum, including those who are considering applying for the new grants. Click here or on the Internationalization button on our home page to find a range of resources, including several different options for internationalizing the curriculum

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Biostatics and epidemiology faculty working together to train graduate students in statistics. Musical Theater faculty studying the Estill Voice Training system in order to integrate the methods into their department’s curriculum. Law professors from different fields co-teaching legal writing to upper-level law students. Engineering and Technical Communications faculty collaborating to develop teaching modules that will advance student writing skills in a range of technical genres.

CRLT: Center for Research on Learning and Teaching LogoWhat do these projects all have in common? They’ve all just been awarded funds through the first stage of the Gilbert Whitaker Fund for the Improvement of Teaching. Follow this link for the full list of awardees—eight faculty teams representing more than a dozen departments—and details about their projects. 

Established in 1995, the Whitaker Fund grants support collaborative groups of faculty pursuing projects aimed to develop and deepen their commitment to excellent teaching and learning. The $10,000 grants support a wide range of teaching initiatives. You can learn more about the grants here.

Information about other CRLT grants can be found on our Grants PageRead more »

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