Teaching Innovation Grants


Teaching Innovation Grants (TIG) support innovative teaching and learning projects inspired by the Seminars in Teaching Excellence. We invite former STE Fellows to apply for funding towards research and/or implementation of teaching innovation projects during the 2020-2021 academic year. Funds are limited and will be awarded to Fellows with projects that draw direct inspiration from their STE, advance novel approaches to teaching, especially those enhanced by technology, and promote inclusivity and equity in the classroom.


EPIC invites proposals for Teaching Innovation Grants, which are start-up grants intended to support STE Fellows’ individual or team projects to build proof-of-concept projects based on the theories and best practices they explored in the Seminars for Teaching Excellence. These grants are aligned with EPIC’s commitment to inclusivity, interdisciplinarity, and innovative learning. Special consideration is given to proposals that facilitate cross-campus collaboration, and that produce sustainable materials and processes that can be adapted to the undergraduate curriculum.

  • Each selected proposal will receive $5000, which is applied toward direct and indirect costs. In cases where teams apply, additional funds may be awarded subject to the evaluation committee’s determination and availability of funds.
  • The project must begin and conclude within the 2020-2021 academic year. Unfortunately, extensions beyond June 2021 will not be available.
  • Funds are for seed money to create proof-of-concept or start-up projects; funding cannot be applied as income or to support course buy-out, personal research, sabbatical, or summer employment. The budget must clearly reflect that funding is applied to the purchase of equipment, software, consultations with staff and external partners, and development of materials.
  • The project should connect directly to themes from the Seminars in Teaching Excellence.
  • The grant recipient(s) will plan to collaborate meaningfully with at least one partner, (i.e., Center for Community Learning, Transfer Alliance Program, campus makerspace, CAT, HumTech, the library, faculty in another discipline). The collaborating entity will provide a letter of support describing the intended collaborative services and commitment to the project. External partnerships are possible, but should reflect a responsible and sustainable model for community engagement rather than one-off collaboration.
  • The project will demonstrate sustainability beyond the funded period; this can take the form of: evidence that the materials will be adopted in future courses, intent to apply for additional grants after the EPIC award period ends, or buy-in from additional campus partners.
  • Materials developed should be useful for other instructors, and potentially demonstrate use for the broader community and public at-large.
  • If required, the applicant obtains and provides proof of IRB approval/exemption or other regulatory programs: “Any research that involves either the participation of human subjects or the use of human biological specimens, medical charts, or databases with identifying information about humans is considered to be human subject research and requires review.” (see here to determine if IRB is required)

All UCLA faculty participants who completed an EPIC Seminar in Teaching Excellence are invited to submit proposals for the Teaching Innovation Grant.  Community college and graduate student EPIC fellows are also encouraged to apply as co-PIs in a team anchored by a primary PI who is a UCLA faculty member who maintains full-time status and security of employment. Applicants will submit a complete proposal that builds upon a theme, module, or practice that connects directly to one of the STE seminars.

All grant proposals must include a statement from the department chair of the home department of the primary PI, confirming that the department approves of the grant submission.


All applications must contain the following documents:

  • Description of the project and research methodology. Please include information on how the project ties to the STE and how it advances innovative teaching and learning, as well as inclusivity and equity. (2-3 pages)
  • Detailed budget breakdown with brief descriptions of budget line items.
  • Letter of support from a UCLA instructional, research, or student support unit (i.e. CAT, HumTech, research institutes, and library) describing their collaborative work with the PI/co-PIs on the project.
  • Brief statement of support from department chair of primary PI.

Proposals with all supporting documents must be sent as one PDF document to epic@humnet.ucla.edu on or before 11:59 PM on Friday, July 31, 2020. Only complete submissions will be considered.

  • Recipients will submit a final report that summarizes their project goals and evaluates the outcomes within 90 days of their project’s end.
  • Grantees will notify EPIC Administration of any publications or additional funding received for their project; additionally, grantees agree to acknowledge the program (i.e., “supported in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through EPIC’s Teaching Innovation Grant at UCLA”) in circumstances where their project is presented through academic publications and conferences.
  • All materials produced and materials purchased belong to the grantees at their project’s end; additionally, EPIC will receive copies of project materials to be shared and utilized by other faculty through the EPIC Learning Repository. The EPIC coordinators recognize that materials may not be finalized or polished.
  • We request permission to contact grantees for up to two years post-project for updates and support to use the materials, and/or occasionally to make a request for grantees (or designated collaborative partners) to serve as casual mentors for future recipients and to present findings at future EPIC events.

For questions, please contact epic@humnet.ucla.edu.