Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants


Important Information

  • All faculty and staff campus engaged in teaching and learning on the West Lafayette campus are eligible to apply.
  • Grant due date: April 29, 5 pm (EST) This opportunity is closed.
  • Innovation Grant webinar: April 7, 1 pm. Recording | Slides

As part of the Transformative Education 2.0 Purdue Move, and with generous financial support from the Lilly Endowment, the Office of the Provost invites applications for a new funding program related to the Provost’s goal of making Purdue the most innovative residential learning program in the US among large research universities.

The Purdue Innovation Hub will support innovative, transdisciplinary, and scalable initiatives and programs in teaching and learning. Projects should align with the Innovation Hub priorities of scalability and transdisciplinarity, while advancing teaching and learning in Purdue’s residential program.

Purdue Online will support, via its Skunkworks initiative, technologies that have the potential to improve teaching and learning and quickly incubate solutions that can move from small experimentation to full scale capability. The goal of the Skunkworks is to enable transformational change to the learning experience, not just incremental advances.   

This jointly-issued RFP invites proposals in any of the areas described below, with the expectations that projects aligned with Innovation Hub will be funded by the Hub, and projects aligned with the Purdue Online Skunkworks will be funded by Purdue Online. Co-funding for projects is certainly possible.


Program Description

Program priorities. This jointly-issued funding program will support projects with the potential to make a discrete impact on the quality of undergraduate teaching and learning at Purdue. Grant applications are invited in:

  • Scaling teaching and learning innovations—whether technology-driven or not—to new student residential populations, new disciplines, or new instructors (or instructional teams).
  • Integrating online learning approaches and technologies into residential learning experiences
  • Achieving equity in our education enterprise (focusing on access, experience, and/or outcomes) including creating, using, and scaling inclusive pedagogies.
  • Creating scalable, course-based experiential learning options, especially research experiences, explorations of career pathways and the changing nature of work, and transdisciplinary problems.
  • Building scalable technology-driven solutions to enhance the residential experience and offer new opportunities to online learners, especially AR/VR, virtual labs, and other relevant experiences.
  • Implementing meaningful transdisciplinary, credentialed experiences for residential students, especially those that align with the future of work, connect to national and/or Indiana priorities, or engage ‘grand challenge’-type questions of sustainability, social responsibility, or public health.
  • Applying artificial intelligence and/or machine learning technologies to drive learning innovations at scale by focusing on: content creation, personalized and/or adaptive learning, accelerated grading, enhanced faculty efficiency, and student success. This is a specific priority for Purdue Online Skunkworks funding.

All faculty and staff members on the West Lafayette campus are eligible to apply for funding. Projects up to $150,000 and up to 18 months in duration will be considered for this round of funding. Subsequent funding may be available, pending performance and promise for continued impact.