Provost's Teaching & Learning Grants for Faculty

February 18, 2020

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:

It is my pleasure to invite you to apply for the 2020 Provost’s Teaching and Learning Grants.

Teaching and Learning Grants, given in a range of categories, help faculty integrate new technology and educational approaches into their classrooms and develop jointly taught interdisciplinary courses.  Grants are available to individual faculty as well as school and department-wide initiatives.  This year, we are delighted to add a new category to our offerings: Emerging Technology Grants.

Since 2014, 133 Provost’s Teaching & Learning Grants have been awarded, involving faculty at all sixteen schools across the University.  We look forward to expanding our impact through this next round of funding.

Please submit applications to the Provost’s Teaching and Learning Grants by Monday, April 20, 2020.  Request for Proposal (RFP) details and application instructions are available here.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) team in advance to help develop the project plan and discuss the appropriate in-kind support level.  Please contact [email protected] to schedule a meeting.

All teaching and learning grants are listed below:

Innovative Course Design (full course) grants support the redesign of courses or the design of new courses to improve teaching and learning using innovative learning strategies.  Designs advanced by technology or media-enhanced pedagogy are encouraged, but not required.  Awardees will receive in-kind support from the CTL and funds up to $20,000.

Innovative Course Module Design (Start Small!) grants support experimentation with a new pedagogical strategy or tool without attempting a full course redesign.  Awardees will receive in-kind support from the CTL and receive up to $2,000 for a one-semester period.

Large-Scale Teaching and Learning Grants support large-scale, coordinated efforts around teaching initiatives and exploration.  These projects have the potential to make a significant, lasting impact within a department, school, or program beyond the funding period.  Awards provide up to $20,000 per academic year plus in-kind support from the CTL.

The Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) grant program provides support for open online courses taught by Columbia faculty.  Columbia courses offered through MOOC platforms continue to reach a large global learning community, promote public engagement, and make teaching and research activities at the University more visible.  A limited number of grants of up to $25,000, plus hands-on support from the CTL, will be awarded.

The Interdisciplinary Teaching Awards (ITA) support collaborations between faculty from different disciplines on the design and launch of interdisciplinary courses.  This program, which emerged from the recommendations of the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Faculty Working Group, will award up to $20,000 to teams of two or more faculty from different departments or schools.

Emerging Technology Grants support faculty members who want to experiment with new pedagogical strategies using emerging technologies in their classrooms to improve student engagement and outcomes.  These grants are designed to promote innovative approaches with emerging technologies specifically involving augmented/virtual/mixed reality and 3D scanning/printing.  Awardees will receive in-kind support from CUIT and funds of up to $20,000.

Please visit for the full request for proposals and to learn about the resources available to applicants.

The Provost and I look forward to continuing to support Columbia faculty as they develop new and exciting ways to enhance teaching and learning across the University and around the world.


Soulaymane Kachani
Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation