CTAL Grant Opportunities
CTAL offers grant opportunities for instructors to develop their teaching,improve existing courses, develop new courses, evaluate instruction, and assess curricular needs. Each year special calls are opened in response to strategic priorities.
Instructors are encouraged to read the specific calls below to determine which opportunity best fits their project. If you would like additional guidance, please request a consultation. We welcome the opportunity to hear your ideas!
Travel Awards of up to $1,000 are available to support faculty participation in off-campus workshops or seminars on pedagogy, or conferences/conference sessions directly related to teaching. Professional staff who are directly involved with student instruction and graduate students who are instructors of record for a course are also eligible to apply.
The purpose of participation must be directly related to improving instruction on the University of Delaware campus. Additionally, the award is intended to focus on changing or improving how instructors teach and not on enhancing their knowledge of the disciplinary content areas for courses or curricula. New faculty members (in their first 6 years of a teaching appointment at UD) are eligible for this support whether or not they are presenting a paper or are otherwise “on the conference program.”
CTAL Travel Awards applications are available for up to $1,000 and applications are accepted until May 31st each year.
Instructional Improvement Grants
Instructional Improvement Grants (IIG) provide funds (up to $5,000) for one-time, small-scale projects to improve existing courses, develop new courses, evaluate instruction, and assess curricular needs. The grant funds also can be used to support larger innovative projects that will directly and significantly affect teaching and learning, such as developing materials for new and existing courses and developing new modes of instruction. All submissions will be considered on a rolling basis from now until April 1, or until all funds are expended, whichever comes first.
Special Call: Open Educational Resources
Special consideration will be made for grants to adopt and or develop open educational resources (OER) that address the rising costs of course materials. Individual faculty members or groups who wish to transition a course from a commercial textbook or other materials that incur a cost to OER materials that maintain high-quality education and is more affordable (or free) to students are encouraged to apply. Successful proposals will emphasize the link between effective teaching practices and the use of open resources. You may wish to contact Meg Grotti the Library’s OER representative so that she can help you with resources such as OpenStax and connect you with your disciplinary librarian for further support.
Re-engineering Large Introductory Courses (ReLIC) Grant
The purpose of the Re-engineering Large Introductory Courses (ReLIC) grant program is to enhance learning, persistence, and graduation rates of UD students by addressing the needs of faculty teaching large (generally more than 60 students per section) introductory courses. The grant provides both financial and staff support through a multi-phase process throughout an 18-month process. Special consideration will be given to groups of faculty teaching the same course with different sections who wish to work together to generate common student learning outcomes and common assessments.
CTAL ReLIC Grants are available for up to $30,000 per department and applications are due April 1.