Utrecht Education Incentive Fund

Studenten krijgen les door middel van blended learning
Blended learning: van USO project naar programma Educate-it

How do you let students carry out many experiments early on in their degree programmes? How do you improve their language capabilities? And how do you ensure that lecturers learn as much from each other as possible? These are some of the many questions to which the Utrecht Education Incentive Fund initiates the answers.

The Utrecht Education Incentive Fund was founded in 2013 to improve the professionalization of lecturers and to encourage education innovations. Lecturers at Utrecht University nominate projects in the fields of (digital) didactics & testing, activated learning, matching & selection, honours programmes and the Master's graduate studies. Accepted projects are carried out by the lecturers themselves.

Two million euros

Each year, the Executive Board awards two million euros to promising projects. Three types of projects are financed from the fund: Faculty USO-, inter-faculty USO educational innovation and USO consolidation projects.

Faculty USO projects are small-scale. Each faculty has its own procedures. Reach out to your faculty contact if you want to know more about the possibilities in your faculty.

With the inter-faculty USO educational innovation innovative educational projects in which at least two faculties participate are realised. These are larger projects with a maximum duration of 3 years and a budget between 85,000 and 250,000 euro.

USO consolidation makes it possible to investigate whether project (results) of (nearly) completed educational innovations can be embedded in the organisation in a sustainable manner, or can be marketed. The end result of a consolidation project is a business case that can be used to decide about the sustainable continuation of the project results.

Calls for proposals

Find more information about the 2023 round of the Utrecht Education Incentive Fund in the call for proposals. This contains all deadlines, the timeline and further information about the procedure. 

Assessment committee

The assessment committee consists of the following members: Marian Jongmans (chmn, FSW), Marco de Carvalho Filho (DGK), Vincent Crone (GW), Ferdi Engels (Bèta), Agnes Andeweg (UCU), Margien Bootsma (Geo), Marieke van der Schaaf (GNK), Bald de Vries (REBO), Frans Prins (onderwijskundig adviseur), Ada Kool (onderwijskundig adviseur), student member, Jos Beishuizen (external member) and Jasper van Winden (secretary). 

In the Teaching and Learning Collection, you can find the project descriptions and (preliminary) results of running and finished USO-projects.

Teaching and Learning Collection

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