Utrecht Education Incentive Fund: cultivating innovation in education
Call for consortium leaders and members USO 2022
Utrecht University is committed to developing educational innovation and wishes to esteem outstanding education as well as good teaching. For this reason, the Executive Board is making available a sum of two million euros per year to support talented members of teaching staff and educational innovations.
One million euros will be distributed among the faculties based on their number of students. The Dean determines how the amount is to be spent in consultation with the Vice Dean of Education and the Directors of Education. Please contact your Faculty Board for more information. The other million euros will be allocated to interfaculty educational innovation projects. The call for interfaculty projects is now officially open.
Consortium formation on themes
This year, three themes have been established based on which the projects will be funded: 1) Diversity & inclusion, 2) Flexibilisation, 3) Sustainable Development Goals. Besides these themes, there is a free theme, which enables implementation and highly innovative projects between €50,000 and €100,000 in funding. The goal of implementation projects is to apply existing innovation results (via the Utrecht Education Incentive Fund or otherwise) in other faculties. Innovation projects should be highly innovative.
For the three themes and the free theme, teaching staff can apply as a consortium member. Teaching staff that have a specific idea and would like to become project leader, can apply with this idea as a consortium leader. The USO committee will select consortium members and leaders, after which they will be matched during a matchmakers meeting. Thus, consortia within the themes are formed. After this procedure, consortium leaders will hand in a project proposal (1st round) and later a more detailed proposal (2nd round).
All projects should be cross-faculty in nature and therefore be submitted by more than one faculty. These proposed long-term interfaculty projects will help boost innovation in education and the quality of teaching. In addition to professionalising our teaching staff, the objective of the Utrecht Education Incentive Fund is to improve the quality of teaching at UU. We fund projects that (a) are not funded by the primary education process, (b) could potentially have a major impact on education in Utrecht and (c) are innovative within the specified context.
|24 Sep 2021
Deadline for registration as a consortium leader: ½ A4 motivation, ½ A4 thematic vision, 1–2 A4 teaching CV (including zone of impact), 1 A4 brief project idea.
|Early Oct 2021
|Mid Oct 2021
|26 Nov 2021
Deadline for the first round of project proposals
|14 December 2021
|Before Christmas 2021
Results of the first round
|11 March 2022
Deadline for the second round, more detailed project proposal
|1 April 2022
USO committee: evaluation meeting for the second round, incl. pitch
|Mid April 2022
Confirmation of granted projects by the CAT board in accordance with the recommendations made by the USO committee
|Mid April 2022
Results of the second round
Start of the projects
All finished and running USO projects can be found in the Educational Database. On 29 June, there will be an information session on educational innovation grants at the Strengthen-Your-Education-Week. The application form for the first round (after the consortia have been formed) is already available below. More information? Read more about the Utrecht Education Incentive Fund here or contact the Centre for Academic Teaching via firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.