Grants for innovation
The grants below are focussed on improving education, with an emphasis on the innovation of education. Do you want to research your education? Look here.
Educational innovation and the rewarding of excellent teachers is of great important to Utrecht University. The Education Incentive Fund was founded in 2013 to stimulate this, by making available yearly 2 million euros for the support of educational talent and educational innovation. Succesful examples from the past years include projects in the fields of (digital) didactics & testing, activated learning, matching & selection, honours programmes and the Master's graduate studies.
Read more about the Education Incentive Fund here.
The Utrecht University Senior Fellow Programme is a selective programme which aims to strengthen educational leadership within the university and to increase the number of professors with a special focus on education. With this programme Utrecht University wants to reward good teaching and learning and stress the fact that career advancement is also possible through excellence in teaching (and not only through excellence in research). The programme also aims to promote innovation in teaching and learning and to increase the overall quality of education. Senior Fellows will play a key role in improving teaching and learning at Utrecht University. They will be an inspiration to their colleagues.
Read more about the UU Senior Fellow Programme here.
Subsidy is available for all activities related to the direct expansion of education aimed at professionals at Utrecht University. A project is eligible for funding if the target group is 23 years or older (up to retirement-age), working or looking for work in the Netherlands and it concerns post-initial education. Faculties and strategic themes can apply for support. This is done on the basis of dual commitment.
Teachers with an idea to make academic education more inclusive, can ask for a contribution by the Stimulation Fund Diversity and Inclusion. Every year, the Utrecht University allocates € 50,000 for projects and activities that improve diversity and inclusion among students and employees. The fund is an initiative of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.
Read more about the UU Stimulation Fund Diversity and Inclusion here.
The Comeniusprogramme stimulates innovation in Dutch higher education. The grants and fellowships enable professionals in higher education to implement their ideals and ideas in practice. By demonstrably valuing excellent and inspired teaching, the ministry of education is keen to contribute to more variety in the careers of teachers and researchers at universities and universities of applied sciences. Each year teachers can apply by submitting their proposal. The Centre for Academic Teaching and Learning supports teachers with preparing their proposal.
Read more about the Comeniusprogramme here.
Utrecht University wants to educate students that contribute to a better world and solving societal challenges. Are you a lecturer and do you find social engagement in education important? Then you can now apply for a grant for developing Community Engaged Learning (CEL). You can apply for a grant of at most 4000 euro for an educational project that is aimed at (further) developing CEL.
Read more here about the support fund.
This call for interdisciplinary consolidation projects is aimed at lecturers or teams of lecturers who have started developing an interdisciplinary form of education (course, minor, programme, didactic method) and have already (partly) implemented it. This call should help to permanently embed "what works" in the chosen or broader context. The call also focuses on moving further towards 'working' interdisciplinary education: students achieve the learning objectives or learning outcomes, teachers know what to do in the time available, there is less pressure on the support organisation.
Read more about the interdisciplinary projects here.
For advice on selecting the right funding program, or help with writing a funding application, teachers can go to the Centre for Academic Teaching and Learning.