Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCLA): 2021-2022 Instructional Improvement Grants

The information below is from the 2022 request for proposals. Please see the opportunity website for updated information.

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) (formerly the Office of Instructional Development), in conjunction with the Committee on Instructional Improvement Programs (CIIP), provides grant funding to support innovation, experimentation, and development of undergraduate curricula and pedagogy. The goal of the Instructional Improvement Grant Program is to improve the quality of undergraduate education through pedagogical experimentation in areas such as student-centered learning, course design, diversity and inclusion in the classroom, and instructional technologies. The program especially values innovations that will have a lasting impact on undergraduate education.

Program Requirements

  • Participation in Faculty Improving Teaching (FIT) Communities
    • IIP grantees are invited to meet to discuss their projects funded by the IIP Grants. This faculty community of practice program is an opportunity for all grantees to receive ongoing feedback and support from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching consultants, as well as from fellow IIP-supported faculty members who have received funding this year.
    • Participation in this program helps faculty and students get the most out of IIP projects; it also helps faculty assess and demonstrate any successes or lessons learned, thereby increasing the likelihood that future proposals (to IIP and others) will be funded.
  • IIP Grantee Reporting 
    • Every grantee is expected to share their experience by either publishing or presenting their project in some venue. This could take a variety of forms, such as:
      • Speaking (even informally) at an event sponsored by one of the divisions, schools or the Center for the Advancement of Teaching
      • An article or editorial in the Daily Bruin or other campus publication
      • A brief report, recorded talk, or slide show to be highlighted on the Center’s website
      • Publishing in a journal related to teaching effectiveness

IIP grants — as well as mini-grants for guest speakers, media purchases, etc. — can be used to support issues of diversity and inclusiveness in the classroom and to address disparities in performance between students in different demographic groups.

Note that grantees will not be eligible for additional funding until they have satisfied the requirements listed above.

NOTE: A new opportunity is available this year: Through a grant from the Teagle Foundation to UCLA, funding is available to support the development of new General Education (GE) classes and the modification of existing non-GE classes to qualify as GEs. Successful proposals create a GE class that brings engineering students together with students from non-engineering majors to form a diverse group of learners engaged in exploring a General Education topic while developing skills that are hallmarks of a liberal arts education. More information can be found on the Teagle Foundation Grant website.

Go to Application Homepage

Award Amount and Details

Award Details
  • The type of assistance should be consistent with the level of goals to be accomplished. Please see the FAQ for this program for additional budget information.
  • See the opportunity website for additional information regarding what will not be funded through this opportunity.

Deadlines and Date Information

Due Date

The due dates listed below are the most recent due dates our office is aware of. Please see the opportunity home page for information about potential upcoming deadlines or other opportunities. 

  • There are two grant cycles per academic year, in fall and spring quarters. The grant submission deadline for the Fall 2022 cycle is Thursday, November 10, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.  
  • The deadline for the next grant cycle will be announced once the submission period is open. 

NOTE: The program recommends a consultation with Dr. Kumiko Haas, Director of the Instructional Improvement Program, for the development of grant proposals and project design. Please see the opportunity website for additional information regarding consultation scheduling. 

Eligibility Information

Who's Eligible
Academic appointees
Members of the Academic Senate
Eligibility Details

Projects may be initiated by faculty, departments, or larger units.

Information Source
Information identified by Office of Research & Creative Activities staff

Administering Unit
Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCLA)
Funding Type
Curriculum / Course Development
December 01, 2022
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