Teaching Innovation Fund

Proposal Timeline for the 2018-2019 academic year:
– Proposals are due on or before January 26th, 2018
– Awards announced in February 2018
Proposal submission page

Teaching Innovation Fund
Part of Rice’s Creative Ventures, the TIF is an internal funding mechanism that awards competitive grants of between $5,000-$10,000. In the last few years, substantial transformations in higher education have opened up extraordinary new opportunities to innovate classroom instruction and expand educational opportunities. In order to ensure that Rice continues to deliver quality education in this period of dynamic innovation and experimentation, the Teaching Innovation Fund welcomes proposals from departments, groups of faculty, or individual faculty seeking to develop pedagogy, courseware, or curriculum that utilizes new technologies, delivery methods, or tools.

Full-time and research faculty members at Rice are eligible to apply. Proposals may be submitted individually or by a group of faculty. Please inform your department chair that you have applied.

Review Process
The review will be done by a committee of referees assembled by the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Digital Education, with input from the Deans of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies. This committee will be comprised of faculty from across the university, and they may not be TIF applicants.

Selection Criteria
Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria, recognizing that not all proposals will meet all criteria:

  1. The contribution the project makes to furthering the university’s mission to deliver “unsurpassed teaching” and to cultivate a “diverse community of learning and discovery;”
  2. The quality, significance, creativity and potential impact or scaling of the project;
  3. The degree to which the project might enrich research or international opportunities for students;
  4. The likelihood that the project will lead to outside funding or otherwise could be sustained.

Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from other available sources. Funds awarded will be for academic year 2018-2019. Funds may carry over for a second academic year in extenuating circumstances, but will require prior approval.

How to Apply
Proposals are due by January 26th, 2018 and must include the following documents in PDF format:

1. Project description of no more than four (4) pages (in 12-point type), including figures and budget justification.
2. Budget that indicates how the requested funds would be expended and lists resources sought or acquired from other sources.
3. Curriculum vitae for each applicant of no more than three (3) pages per CV.
4. Current & pending support document listing any awards of each applicant.


The Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Digital Education plans to announce the selected grant recipients in February 2018.