»  The Scheme

»  Key Points

»  Eligibility

»  Budget

»  Teaching Relief

»  Application Requirements

»  Selection Process

»  Reporting

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Should you require advice about dates and how to apply for a grant in 2015, please contact:

Anna Smith
Project Officer, Teaching Awards and Grants
Centre for University Teaching (CUT)
T: (08) 8201 5552

The Scheme

The University's Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants are an institution-wide internal funding scheme designed to support projects which go beyond normal teaching activities and which show innovation in any aspect of teaching, learning and/or assessment.

Innovation may take the form of the development, adaptation or application of a new or different approach, practice or procedure which is designed to produce improvements in teaching quality, effectiveness and efficiency and to have a positive impact on achievement of learning outcomes by students. Innovations may involve curriculum design, development of learning resources, teaching and learning activities, and/or assessment design and activities, and must extend beyond normal teaching practice and expectations. Applications involving conversion to online delivery must take particular care to demonstrate the positive impact the change will have on achievement of learning outcomes and on institution-wide improvement in teaching and learning. 

Applications which, in their essence, are research projects into teaching and learning will not be funded.

The project may be specific to a topic or topics, the whole or a part of a course, and/or any other teaching and learning activity.

Two specific Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants will be available for submissions that show innovation in the area of internationalisation of the curriculum. Internationalisation of the Curriculum is defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as:
A curriculum with an international orientation in content and/or form, aimed at preparing students for performing (professionally and socially) in an international and multicultural context and designed for domestic and international students.

Key Points

  • The scheme may award up to nine grants per annum (including two focused on Internationalisation of the Curriculum).  The grants will be in the range of $6000 to $12000 each.
  • There will normally be provision in each round for at least one grant per faculty.
  • At least one of the grants will also normally be made to applicants from Yunggorendi, the Student Learning Centre and other areas/units of the University not associated with a faculty.

EligibilityBack to Top

Applications can be made by members of academic staff, professional staff or staff members with academic status who have:

  • an appointment of 0.4 or more, and
  • a contract for at least 2 years following the year in which the application is made; and
  • demonstrated engagement with learning and teaching at Flinders University.

Applications may be made individually or collaboratively with others.  Applicants are only permitted to submit one application in any one year as an individual or as a team leader (including joint leaders). Individual or team leaders are permitted to be listed as team members on other applications.

Grant recipients (individual, team leaders or joint leaders) will not be eligible for re-nomination in any individual or leadership role for three years. Members of a successful team who are not team leaders or joint leaders are not affected by this restriction on eligibility.

BudgetBack to Top

The following budget items may be funded through this scheme:

  • teaching relief for applicant(s);
  • technical or clerical assistance;
  • materials (but not equipment);
  • travel (where essential to the work of the project).

Teaching ReliefBack to Top

Teaching relief may be requested for up to 0.5 of a teaching load per person.  The cost of teaching relief is usually assessed at casual hourly rates, but where this can be justified, the replacement teaching may be provided on a fractional basis at up to base grade Level B Lecturer rates.

Application RequirementsBack to Top

Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants are conducted in a two stage process. The first stage is assessed by the lead applicant's faculty. Applications within the internationalisation category will also be assessed by the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International).  Submissions from areas or units not associated with a faculty are assessed by nominees of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

Applications considered to best meet the Stage One criteria and be successful at Stage Two, will be invited to proceed to Stage Two.

Applications are submitted via the Grant Online Portal.

The key component of an application is the written submission addressing the criteria, in each stage, as stated below.

  1. Stage One Applications

    Applicants must submit a two page written submission making a clear case for the following:

    1. How the proposed educational activity is innovative. Provide a clear specification of the innovative nature of the proposed educational activity. How does it go beyond what is normally expected?
    2. How the innovation relates to current teaching and learning approaches in the topic/ course/ discipline and/or other teaching and learning activity. Provide the context for the innovation.
    3. How the proposed educational activity will have benefits to and positive impact upon learning outcomes for students and efficacy for staff.
    4. How the innovation is sustainable, and has potential for wider application to course, discipline, faculty and/or the University.
    5. The application is supported by the School/Faculty, Board or Unit not associated with a Faculty. Written evidence in the form of a letter or email is required. Applicants from the Faculty of Science and Engineering are asked to provide a half-page statement of support from their Dean of School and an indicative budget.
  2. Stage Two Applications

    Successful Stage One submissions must provide a six page written submission elaborating on the criteria above, with the addition of the following:

    1. A plan for development, implementation, sustainability, monitoring, evaluation and wider dissemination of the innovation.
    2. An appropriate and justified budget.

Selection ProcessBack to Top

Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants are conducted in a two stage process. The first stage, is assessed by the lead applicant's faculty. Applications within the internationalisation category will also be assessed by the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International). Submissions from areas or units not associated with a faculty are assessed by nominees of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). Applications considered by the applicant's faculty to best meet the Stage One criteria and be successful at Stage Two, will be invited, by the Chair of relevant faculty-established committee (or, where applicable, the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International))to proceed to Stage Two.

Stage Two submissions are assessed by a centrally convened selection panel, consisting of:

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic);
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) or nominee;
  • Director: Centre for University Teaching or nominee;
  • the four Executive Deans or nominee; and
  • a student representative nominated by Flinders Campus and Community Services.

Recipients of Flinders University's Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants will be formally notified. Grant funding is available for expenditure during the following calendar year.

ReportingBack to Top

Leaders of funded Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants are required to provide an interim report by the end of June in the year in which the project is undertaken. A final report, will be given at the Flinders Celebration of Excellence and Innovation in Teaching in December of the year in which the project is commenced.