Grant Opportunities

Grants for Advancing Undergraduate Teaching and Learning at Northeastern

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The Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Experiential Learning is pleased to announce competitive funding for educational projects that will improve the learning experience for undergraduate students at Northeastern.


Northeastern University is committed to high quality undergraduate education and continues to invest in programs and projects that enrich undergraduate learning. This grant program is designed to promote exploration and innovation in teaching and learning by supporting evidence-based activities that result in deeper learning.

Funded projects may:

  • create new knowledge about disciplinary or interdisciplinary teaching and learning;
  • apply evidence-based approaches to curricula, courses and/or educational activities to improve them;
  • create innovative learning resources or objects;
  • explore emerging technologies to enhance learning;
  • and/or develop innovative pedagogical approaches.

Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded, dependent upon the purpose, scope, and nature of the activity. All recipients are expected to (1) attend two meetings with other grant recipients and learning scientists (these will be scheduled after awards are announced) and (2) formally disseminate the results of their projects to other Northeastern faculty through the annual teaching and learning conference sponsored by the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research.


A committee of faculty representing all colleges will review proposals and make recommendations to the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Experiential Learning. Grant applications will be judged on:

  • Innovation – How fresh or original is this approach?
  • Impact – How does this project impact our students? How will our students benefit?
  • Assessment – How will we learn from this project? How will we know what worked?

Submission Process

The 2–4 page proposal must clearly identify the following:

  • Title of project, name and department/school of each team member
  • Description of problem/challenge/research question being addressed
  • Project outcomes and deliverables
  • Significance and impact of project on undergraduates at NU
  • Means by which the success of the project will be measured
  • Proposed plan and timeline, including designation of responsibilities among participants (who will do what)
  • If applicable, how the results of this grant might be leveraged for even greater impact, e.g., in applying for a larger grant, publishing in this area, creating inter-collegial collaboration
  • If appropriate, how the results of the project will be sustained over time  (e.g., for curricular or course innovations)
  • Budget narrative

Proposals should be submitted to Nancy Quinlan at

Potential grantees are encouraged to consult with colleagues in the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research, who can help them to situate their project within past research, share relevant current learning research, connect to others who can serve as resources, and support the project in any way deemed appropriate by both parties.


  • For this round
    • May 16 – Deadline for submission of proposals
    • June 6 – Award notifications
    • July 1 – Start of grant period


All full-time Northeastern University faculty members teaching undergraduate students.

Funding Use

Grants can be used, though certainly not limited to,

  • Summer salary
  • Project assistant(s)
  • Graduate assistant (s)
  • External consultants or specialists
  • Equipment necessary for learning and teaching
  • Attendance at workshops or seminars to enhance teaching or area knowledge
  • Publications
  • Software
  • Collaboration with partners on the project, e.g., faculty from other universities, employers


A final narrative summary and final expense report must be submitted to the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Experiential Learning at the end of the grant funding period – June 30, 2015.

Funding Levels

Because we would like the broadest impact possible and want to assure that innovations are sustainable within the curriculum, we are funding groups of faculty working together within or across programs and departments as opposed to single faculty members working on a single course.

Tier 1: Multiple Courses and/or Multiple Faculty
(up to $10,000)


  • development of materials for new and/or existing courses that can be used across a variety of courses and/or instructors
  • creation or significant revision of team-taught interdisciplinary courses
  • development of new modes of disciplinary or interdisciplinary instruction

Tier 2: Programs
(up to $15,000)


  • support for implementing themes across the curriculum, e.g., internationalizing the curriculum, infusing ethics into the curriculum, incorporating service learning into curriculum
  • engagement in full scale assessment of curriculum

[Download this announcement as a PDF here.]