The Instructional Improvement Grant Program at UCLA supports curricular experimentation and development and instructional improvement of undergraduate offerings. Projects may be initiated by faculty, departments or larger units. Proposals should address the specific needs of an undergraduate course or curriculum and explicate an appropriate and cost-effective response to a clearly defined pedagogical problem.

This academic year, the UCLA Office of Instructional Development’s resources can be requested as line items in the budget. These services include consultations about pedagogy, course design, use of educational technology and assessment, as well as services such as filming of course segments for a flipped or blended course and assistance with assessment implementation. These resources will be competitively awarded along with monetary funding.

Also new this year are two initiatives aimed at spreading and sharing teaching improvements more broadly across campus:

  • Faculty Improving Teaching Communities. These faculty communities of practice will be an opportunity for all grantees to receive ongoing feedback and support from fellow IIP-supported faculty members and OID consultants.
  • Instructional Improvement Program Grantee Reporting. Every grantee will be expected to present their project in some venue, which could be informal. An additional reporting requirement is to provide a list of other instructors or courses which might benefit from similar teaching approaches.

IIP grants — as well as OID mini-grants for guest speakers, media purchases and other things — can be used to support issues of diversity and inclusiveness in the classroom.

Applicants are asked to review the 2018-2019 Instructional Improvement Grant Program overview and online application available on the Instructional Improvement Grant Program website.

Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018.

We recognize that there are many areas open to interpretation, and strongly recommend a consultation with Dr. Kumiko Haas, director of the instructional improvement program, for the development of grant proposals and project design. Applicants should contact with any questions or to schedule a consultation appointment.