Grants for Learning and Teaching

Learning and teaching grants provide opportunities for UNSW staff to undertake collaborative research and development projects that are focused on current institutional priorities, as well as issues of importance in learning and teaching in higher education.

These grants support a wide range of activities, for example:

  • innovations in learning and teaching
  • development of resources and frameworks for practice
  • building leadership capacity, and
  • advancing the scholarship in teaching and learning.

Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Grants

Deadlines for 2016 Innovation and Development Grants have now passed (Nov 2015) and there will be no call for Seed or Extension Grants in 2016. 

The Australian Government's Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) provides grant funding for:

Innovation and Development

The aim of the Innovation and Development Grants programs is to provide funding for academics and professional staff to investigate, develop and implement innovations in learning and teaching. The program covers a wide range of priority areas, including assessment, curriculum design, student diversity, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, leadership and internationalisation. Round 2 is only open to full proposals invited from successful expressions of interest in round 1. For instructions on applying for the Innovation and Development grants, see the Program information and application instructions.

Seed Projects

Seed Projects provide for pilot projects, which test and evaluate an original idea.  Seed projects can involve a single institution, but must argue how the project outcomes and deliverables benefit the wider higher education sector. Applications can address any of the priorities in the Innovation and Development or Leadership for Excellence programs, or any other topic. 

Strategic Commissioned Projects

The OLT occasionally commissions strategic projects in response to key issues in the Australian higher education sector with the guidance of OLT’s Strategic Advisory Committee.

As these are larger strategic projects of national interest, OLT anticipates proposals for funding of $220,000 and beyond with the exception of the Good Practice Reports and the National Learning and Teaching Resource Audit and Classification. The OLT may award one or more grants to address a strategic topic. Details will be provided once more information is available by OLT.

Leadership for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Program

Leadership for Excellence projects build leadership capacity in ways consistent with the promotion and enhancement of learning and teaching in contemporary higher education. The Leadership for Excellence program will not be offered in 2014.  Please see the Innovation and Development Grants instructions for details of the new priority area, Leadership for Capacity Building.

Extension Grants

Funding to support the continued dissemination and embedding of completed learning and teaching projects is provided through Extension Grants.

Information for OLT applicants:

How to apply

  1. Download application instructions and information for the relevant grant from the OLT website. Ensure that you have read the information and advice on programs and how to apply.
  2. Note the internal deadline (see the page section below) by which you need to submit the application to the Learning and Teaching Unit.
  3. Contact your Head of School or Dean to inform them about your intention and request a letter or statement of support. An email or letter from your Head of School or equivalent, indicating that your faculty supports your application, including commitments of time and other resources is required when applying for institutional endorsement.
  4. Submit the proposal by email to LandTgrants@unsw.edu.au where the Learning and Teaching Committee will review it. Review the checklist and see the internal deadlines in the page section below. The same requirements apply to proposals where UNSW is not the lead institution but a team member.
  5. The Learning and Teaching Committee will provide feedback on draft applications. Applications will be returned to applicants with an opportunity to amend them as appropriate. You will need to resubmit your amended application to Learning and Teaching, who will submit the applications to the DVC(A) for institutional endorsement. For applications where UNSW is the lead institution, submit letters of endorsement from the participating institution(s) with the application.
  6. Submit your final application (including the institutional endorsement) to the OLT using the OLT Grants Portal. It is the applicant's responsibility to make thel final submission to OLT by the due date.
Only applications endorsed by the Learning and Teaching Committee can proceed with the application process. Applications must reach the office of the DVC(A) a week prior to the OLT submission date. Applications received after the internal UNSW deadline will not be considered.

Recommendations when applying

  • Seek feedback from your colleagues and/or previous successful applicants.
  • Review the list of resources, requirements and useful links available in the Resources for applicants section of this page.
  • Information highlighting the OLT’s requirements (Program Guidelines) and an assessment of the previous year’s OLT applications is available on the OLT website to assist applicants .

Deadlines

UNSW deadlines and processes for grant proposals apply when UNSW is the lead institution, a collaborator or a project team member.

Grant program Round First draft application due to L&T Final version to LTU OLT deadline
Innovation and Development        
         
         


 

Further assistance

Please direct any inquires or for examples of previously successful applicants to the Learning and Teaching Unit.

Resources for applicants

Key elements of a successful grant include how outcomes are disseminated, promoted and supported. Outcomes may include resources and processes for facilitating strategic change of the individual educator to broadly across the higher education sector.

Below is some useful advice, information and resources to help you develop a strong learning and teaching grant application.

Some of the resources are specific to the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) grants scheme, but you may also find them useful for internal funding opportunities. Use these resources  in conjunction with the related grant or funding guidelines.

Resources for applicants

The following resources may assist you:

Advice from UNSW colleagues

A number of your UNSW colleagues have successfully applied for external learning and teaching grants and can share their experiences. Talk to a UNSW colleague who has experience of applying for and securing learning and teaching funding. Previous UNSW recipients of  the former Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) grants are listed on the OLT website.

Advice on application

Will Rifkin - Developing a Successful ALTC Grant Application


Gary Velan, ALTC Assessor - Developing a Successful ALTC Application

In these videos Will Rifkin talks about the process of successfully applying for an ALTC Grant and Gary Velan ( Medicine) talking about being an ALTC Grant assessor and what it takes to develop a good application.

Learning and teaching literature

In your learning and teaching grant application, you must show evidence of engagement with learning and teaching literature, journals, conferences and also identify the contribution your project will make. The following resources may assist you:

UNSW Learning and Teaching Grants and Fellowship Program

2016 Grants are still to be determined and information will be made available as soon as possible. 

In 2014 UNSW established four competitive grants schemes aimed to support strategic educational development initiatives as outlined in the UNSW Learning and Teaching Strategic Plan 2014 – 2018. This included both large and small scale educational development projects and the development and implementation of a number of strategically targeted Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs). 

As well as facilitating the achievement of UNSW’s priorities in learning and teaching, these grant schemes also build an institutional pipeline of capacity and capability for the development of competitive applications for Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Grants and Fellowships.

The response to these initiatives has been extremely positive with many strategic projects now underway where:

·       13 MOOCs are now in various stages of development and scheduled to be delivered during the course of the year, and

·       13 applications for large Strategic Educational Development Grants, 2 for Learning and Teaching Fellowship Grants, and 24 applications for small Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants have been funded from a total of 114 applications received.

In 2015, in light of this success and to fit the timeframes now established by the Vice Chancellor for the development of UNSW’s new Strategic Plan and priorities, the Strategic investment has been adjusted where there will be:

·       No call for further Expressions of Interest in developing MOOCs.

·       ONE call for applications for Strategic Educational Development Grants (SEF#2) to support large scale projects to be established in Semester 2 2015 and undertaken in 2016

·       ONE call for UNSW Learning and Teaching Fellowship Grants (SEF#3) to support large scale projects to be established in Semester 2 2015 and undertaken in 2016.

·       ONE call for Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants (SEF#4) to support small scale projects to be established and initiated in Semester 2 2015 and completed in Semester 1 2016.

The information booklet provides details of the schemes including timelines and changes to priorities in line with the Vice Chancellor’s directions. The booklet also outlines the application process, which has been adjusted from 2014 based on feedback and to align application processes more closely to OLT grant schemes.

As was the case in 2014, grants are competitive, rather than being allocated by faculties; they will be assessed against the selection criteria according to merit and strategic priority as outlined in the Information booklet and UNSW Learning and Teaching Strategy 2014-2018.

IN 2015 UNSW Learning and Teaching Grants and Fellowship Program is made up of 3 categories of grants:

Availability of Funding

Funding is made available strictly on a competitive basis.  In 2015, in addition to the funding already allocated to support projects approved in 2014 and extending into 2015, UNSW will allocate funds to support an additional:

·       FOUR Strategic Educational Development Grants

·       TWO Teaching Fellowship Grants

·       NINE Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants

UNSW Strategic Educational Development Grants

Applicants for Strategic Educational Development Grants will be Faculties seeking support for large scale projects aimed at the strategic development of one or more aspects of learning and teaching within or beyond the faculty/school that will lead to sustained improvement in student learning outcomes and experiences.

A maximum of $200,000 per grant is available with $100,000 each semester for two semesters.

Application process

1.     Familiarise yourself with the UNSW Learning and Teaching Strategy 2014–2018.

2.     Check your eligibility and the selection criteria in the information booklet.

3.     Discuss with your faculty your intention to apply, and obtain their support.

4.     Submit a Statement of Intent to LandTgrants@unsw.edu.au for DVC(A) approval to proceed with a project proposal. Note the closing dates - see below.

5.     Develop a project proposal using the UNSW Strategic Educational Development Grant Application Form.

6.     If you need support with your application contact the Learning and Teaching Unit.

7.     Obtain faculty endorsement for the project proposal from your Head of School, General Manager and Dean.

8.     Submit your faculty endorsed project proposal to the LandTgrants@unsw.edu.au. Note the closing date - see below.

9.     The UNSW L&T Grants Selection Committee assesses and ranks all project proposals.

10.  The DVC(A) determines and announces which project proposals will be funded.
 

Closing dates

Proposals for projects to be funded by a UNSW Strategic Educational Development Grant will be called ONCE in 2015 for full commencement in January 2016.

Call for Proposals                                                                         15 June 2015

Close for Support from DVC(A)                                                    13 July 2015

Close for Endorsed Applications                                                  10 August 2015

Assessment and Ranking of Endorsed Applications                    19 August 2015

Notification of Outcomes to Applicants                                         31 August 2015

UNSW Teaching Fellowship Grants

Applicants for Teaching Fellowship Grants will be individuals seeking to develop their leadership capabilities in relation to learning and teaching by leading and managing a major educational change project aimed at improving aspects of learning and/or teaching across the schools in one or more faculties including their own. 

A maximum of $200,000 per grant is available with $100,000 each semester for two semesters.

The successful outcomes of a UNSW Teaching Fellowship grant can be used as evidence of effective leadership in future promotion applications and/or applications for Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) research and development funding, including OLT National Teaching Fellowship funding.

Application process

1.     Familiarise yourself with the UNSW L&T Strategy 2014–2018.

2.     Check your eligibility and the selection criteria in the information booklet.

3.     Discuss your intention to apply with your faculty and obtain their support.

4.     Develop a project proposal using the UNSW Teaching Fellowship Grant Application Form.

5.     If you need support developing the project proposal contact the Learning and Teaching Unit.

6.     Obtain faculty endorsement for the project proposal from your Head of School, General Manager and Dean.

7.     Submit your faculty endorsed project proposal to LandTgrants@unsw.edu.au. Note the closing dates (see page section below).

8.     All project proposals are assessed and ranked by the UNSW L&T Grants Selection Committee.

9.     The DVC(A) determines and announces which project proposals will be funded.

Closing Date

Proposals for projects to be funded by a UNSW Teaching Fellowship Grant will be called for ONCE in 2015 for commencement in January 2016.

Call for Proposals                                                                                 15 June 2015

Close for Endorsed Applications                                                           3 August 2015

Assessment and Ranking of Endorsed Applications                            12 August 2015

Notification of Outcomes to Applicants                                                 31 August 2015

UNSW Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants

Applicants for Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants will be Faculties, Schools, or individuals seeking support for:

·       small scale learning and teaching development initiatives, or

·       pilots/trials of planned, large scale educational changes

that align with 2014 – 2016 UNSW priority areas particularly those aimed at educational innovations to personalise students’ learning including the novel use of technology.

(*  Please note that “novel” here is understood to mean relative to the general experience of stakeholders in the particular context in which the initiative is being implemented) 

A maximum of $20,000 is available per grant over TWO semesters.

Successful outcomes of a project undertaken by an individual and funded under the UNSW Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant scheme can be used as evidence of the individual’s capacity for effective leadership of educational change, and therefore strengthen the competitiveness of future applications for promotion, a UNSW or OLT grant, award or fellowship.

Application process

1.     Familiarise yourself with the UNSW Learning and Teaching Strategy 2014–2018.

2.     Check your eligibility and the selection criteria in the information booklet.

3.     Discuss with your faculty your intention to apply, and obtain their support.

4.     Develop a project proposal using the Innovation Grant Application Form.

5.     For support with your application contact the Learning and Teaching Unit. You can also refer to Introduction to Grants.

6.     Obtain faculty endorsement for the project proposal from your Head of School, General Manager and Dean.

7.     Submit your faculty endorsed project proposal to LandTgrants@unsw.edu.au. Note the closing dates - see below.

8.     The UNSW L&T Grants Selection Committee assesses and ranks all project proposals.

9.     The DVC(A) determines and announces which project proposals will be funded.

Closing date

Proposals for projects to be funded by a UNSW L&T Innovation Grant will be called for ONCE in 2015 for projects to be undertaken in Semester 2 2015 and Semester 1 2016.

Call for Proposals                                                                          10 April 2015

Close for Endorsed Applications                                                   29 May 2015

Assessment and Ranking of Endorsed Applications                     2 June 2015

Notification of Outcomes to Applicants                                         15 June 2015

Further information and advice

Contact the Learning and Teaching Unit for support with the preparation of project proposals and applications for grants and fellowships in the UNSW Learning and Teaching Grants and Fellowship Program.

Discuss your plans with your faculty and obtain their support before you prepare your project proposal.