Teaching Innovation Grant

Below is a detailed explanation of the Pew FTLC Teaching Innovation Grant. Once you have reviewed the information below, please click on "APPLY FOR GRANTS" to begin the application process.  Applications may be saved as "in progress" at any time during the application process. 

Applications are due October 15 and March 15.

Note: Grant activities must be completed within 18 months of the application date.

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Note: The NEW Teaching Innovation Grant will accommodate requests that would have once fallen under the Pew Intensive Workshop/Institute Grant, Pew Technology Enhancement Grant, Pew Scholar Teacher Grant, Pew 'Master Teacher' Residency Grant, and the Presidential Teaching Initiative Grant.  

Teaching Innovation Grants are intended to support faculty in pursuing innovative projects that enhance teaching and learning.  These projects range from cutting-edge, research-based teaching and learning innovations, to innovations that are new to one’s field, to innovations that are new to the individual faculty member (i.e. active learning and engagement, classroom assessment, multi-disciplinary, inquiry-based, online/hybrid, collaborative, etc.).  “Innovation” is considered in the context of the applicant’s experience.  Special consideration will be given to applications that align with current university teaching-related initiatives such as Strong Start, Community Engagement and Service Learning, Equity and Inclusion, Global Learning, Design Thinking, General Education, Contemplative Pedagogy, etc.  

The intent of the Teaching Innovation Grant is to encourage new ideas; therefore, the Pew FTLC does not provide repeated support of a project, but rather encourages units/colleges to provide the continued support needed to sustain and enhance existing projects.

Maximum Award: 
Funding will cover the cost of non-GVSU or student personnel, equipment, travel, registration, and other.

Level 1 ($500 - $3,000)
Level 2 ($3,001 - $6,000)
Level 3 ($6,001 - $9,000)

Note: An individual faculty member is eligible for a maximum grant of $3,000.  In order to obtain Level 2 and 3 funding, the grant activity must involve 2 and 3 applicants respectively.


  • All faculty, full- or part-time, are eligible to apply.  If the Lead applicant is not tenure-track, they will be required to invite a tenure-track or tenured faculty member to serve as a Faculty Sponsor of the grant activity (see application for details).
  • Co-applicants are encouraged and will be responsible for submitting a Letter of Support with the application (see application for details).
  • Funding is limited to one Teaching Innovation Grant per faculty member per year.  
  • Funding preference will be given to faculty members who have not received a recent award.

Application Instructions:

  • You are welcome to begin drafting an application at any time as long as you submit it by March 15 or October 15.  
  • Teaching Innovation Grant awards are determined by the Grant Sub-Committee of the Pew FTLC Advisory Committee.  This process normally takes 2-4 weeks from the application deadline.  Applicants will be notified of the status of their grant by letter.

General Grant Guidelines:

  • If any significant changes to the project are being considered once the grant has been awarded, the lead applicant must first notify the Pew FTLC immediately for approval.
  • Funded grants may be featured in the Pew FTLC Newsletter, on the Pew FTLC website, and at various Pew FTLC sponsored events. 
  • Funded applicants may be invited to present their work at a Pew FTLC sponsored event, a campus-wide event, or a professional teaching conference.
  • All Teaching Innovation Grant applications require a Unit Head letter of support (or a Dean letter of support if the applicant is a Unit Head).

Budget Details:
There are five funding areas available for a grant activity: personnel, equipment, travel, registration, and other.  Each applicant is eligible for total funding of $3,000.  An applicant may spread that amount across several funding areas or concentrate it in one.  In addition, if there are co-applicants, they may choose to pool their individual $3,000 allocations for up to a total of $9,000 toward personnel, equipment, or other expenses.  Travel and registration are limited to $3,000 per applicant regardless of the number of co-applicants. Please fill out only those funding areas that apply to your grant activity. The following guidelines apply:

  • The Pew FTLC does not award retroactive funding. 
  • Funds may not be increased once the grant is awarded.  Any expenses exceeding those awarded are the responsibility of the faculty member.
  • All reimbursements must be made before the final report is submitted.  Once the final report is submitted, the grant will be closed. 
  • All unused funds at the conclusion of the grant activity will revert back to the Pew FTLC.  

Personnel Details:
The Teaching Innovation Grant no longer awards faculty stipends.  Much of the work associated with teaching innovation is viewed by the university as part of a standard workload or significant area of focus.  

For consultant/master teacher honorariums, the following guidelines apply:

  • An honorarium may only be paid to professionals not employed by GVSU. 
  • The amount of an honorarium is non-restricted and may reflect the unique fee of the consultant/master teacher. 
  • Consultants/master teachers must be in residence on campus for at least two days of activity. 
  • All activities conducted by consultants/master teachers will be publicized by Pew FTLC and open to all faculty and students as space permits. 
  • Funding preference will be given to residencies that directly impact both faculty and students. 

For student wages, the following guidelines apply:

  • A student wage may be paid to GVSU students only.
  • Student wage rates are listed on the Student Employment website at: http://www.gvsu.edu/studentjobs/wage-rates-32.htm/
  • Please contact the Pew FTLC before the student begins work to make arrangements for payment.

Equipment Details: 
Equipment expenses may not exceed $3,000 per applicant.  Multiple applicants may pool their $3,000 allocation for a total of $9,000 worth of equipment. The following guidelines apply:

  • Equipment and/or materials purchased with grant funds are the official property of Grand Valley State University. 
  • All technology purchases must be quoted and ordered through the Technology Supply Office (techsupply@gvsu.edu).  Please attach the Tech Supply quote below under “Other Supporting Files.”
  • Teaching Innovation Grants do not fund duplicate equipment unless duplicates are necessary to carry out the activity, updates to or replacements of existing equipment, or equipment normally funded by the unit/college or by Information Technology (computers, printers, laptops, and some software).
  • Equipment requests must be directly related to the proposed grant objectives and critical to its success.

Travel Details:
Travel expenses may not exceed $3,000 per traveler and $9,000 total.  The following guidelines apply:

  • Travel funds may be used for applicants and consultants/master teachers only. 
  • Student travel is not covered by this grant.

Registration Details:
Registration expenses may not exceed $3,000 per applicant and are intended to cover registration fees for intensive workshops and/or institutes, not conferences.

Other Details:
"Other" expenses must be listed, detailed, and justified in light of the grant activity.  Guidelines are as follows:

  • Funds will only cover the cost of an off-campus facility if university facilities are unable to meet the needs of the grant activity or if they are unavailable. 

Attachments may be uploaded at the end of the application. If an electronic version of the attachment is not available, the hard copy will need to be scanned to PDF and then digitally attached to the application file.  Note: Your departmental Xerox copier has the capability to scan your document to a PDF file.

  • Letter(s) of Support:
    • Unit Head(s) - A letter of support is required from your unit head or from each unit head if the grant activity involves faculty from two or more units.  The letter should speak to the importance of the grant activity, how it will likely impact the unit, and if/how the unit will supplement the grant funds. ( A letter of support from the appropriate Dean may be substituted when the applicant is a Unit Head.)
    • (if applicable) Co-Applicant – A letter of intent is required from each Co-Applicant outlining their support and specific role or involvement in the grant activity.
    • (if applicable) Faculty Sponsor - A letter of support is required from a tenure-track or tenured Faculty Sponsor if the Lead Applicant is not on the tenure-track.
  • Other Supporting Documentation:
    • (if applicable) Consultant/Master Teacher biography and/or curriculum vitae
    • (if applicable) Price quote from Informational Technology

Final Report Instructions:
Each applicant who is awarded a Teaching Innovation Grant will be responsible for submitting a Final Report via the online system 30 days after the completion of the grant activity or within 18 months of the application date.  The Pew FTLC will send out an automatic reminder e-mail for your convenience.  The Final Report will ask for you to thoroughly describe the following on behalf of yourself and any co-applicants (1500 word limit): 

  • How did you meet the objectives outlined in your application, including how you implemented and assessed your grant activity?
  • What was the impact of the grant activity on your teaching, your students, the university community, and/or your discipline?
  • What are your plans to disseminate the results of your grant activity?

Please attach any materials relevant to the grant, including reports, articles, pictures, etc.

A Guide to Assessment may be found at the following link: www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/assessment

To submit a Final Report, click on "Final Report" under "Application Details" within the FTLC Grant System.  Reimbursements will no longer be processed once a Final Report has been submitted.

Reimbursement Instructions:
All expenditures associated with this grant must be submitted to your unit on a Travel and Expense Form along with original, detailed receipts.  Your unit will send a copy of the Travel and Expense Form and receipts to the Pew FTLC at 068 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ).  Upon receipt of your Travel and Expense form(s), your unit will be reimbursed by the Pew FTLC.


For descriptions of grants that have been successfully funded, please click on "Grant Examples."

For questions about how to assess your grant activity, please click on "Guide to Assessment."


Innovation Grant Examples

Grant Assessment