Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research

Instructional Grants

The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) offers several types of funding opportunities to meet the needs of teaching faculty members at Virginia Tech. CIDER instructional grants are designed for faculty members to engage in the development of instructional skills, the application of effective teaching strategies, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. *Please note that CIDER grant funds are not to support faculty conference travel. Funding is provided to support teaching and learning enhancements at Virginia Tech.

Four types of instructional grants are available: the High-Impact Project Grant, the Large Class Teaching Grant, the Instructional Innovation Grant, and the Common Book Project Grant.

To submit an instructional grant proposal, please complete the online submission form.

If you have questions about the CIDER instructional grant program, please contact Tiffany Shoop.


Types of Instructional Grants

High-Impact Project Grant

High-Impact Project Grants are designed to provide an opportunity for departments, programs, and/or interdisciplinary collaborators to design (or re-design), develop, and implement a large-scale project with the potential to have a significant impact on student learning and teaching excellence at Virginia Tech. Maximum funding for a High-Impact Project Grant is $10,000 with two grants awarded per academic year.

Large Class Teaching Grants

Large Class Teaching Grants are designed to provide an opportunity for faculty members to enhance their large class instruction through the design and development of new or existing course curricula, techniques, technologies, or materials for a large class; application of existing instructional methods in a novel or innovative manner to a large class environment; or evaluation of new or existing instructional methods, materials, or outcomes. Maximum funding for a Large Class Teaching Grant is $5,000. 

Instructional Innovation Grants

Instructional Innovation Grants are designed to provide an opportunity for faculty members to enhance their instruction through the development of new course curricula, techniques, technologies, or materials; application of existing instructional methods in a novel or innovative manner or environment; or evaluation of new or existing instructional methods, materials, or outcomes. Maximum funding for an Instructional Innovation Grant is $2,000. 

Common Book Project Grants

Common Book Project Grants are designed to provide an opportunity for faculty members to enhance their instruction through the adoption and use of the Virginia Tech Common Book Project. Virginia Tech established the Common Book Project in 1998 to create an integrated experience to enhance students’ understanding about how seemingly different ideas and disciplines can be interconnected and to create communities in which students have a common intellectual experience to share ideas and dialogue.  Maximum funding for a Common Book Project Grant is $2,000.


Applying for Instructional Grants

Proposal Due Dates

CIDER accepts proposals for instructional grants twice each academic year. The proposal submission deadline for fall semester funding is March 15 with funds transferred around July 15. The proposal submission deadline for spring semester funding is October 15 with funds transferred around January 15.


Important Dates
Submission Deadline
Funding Transfer
For Fall
March 15
July 15
For Spring
October 15
January 15

Proposal Submission

An instructional grant proposal must be submitted by the appropriate deadline (see above) to be considered for funding. Proposals must be submitted using the online submission form. Incomplete project proposals will not be considered.

Instructional Grant Information:

  1. Project Title: Provide a short and descriptive title.
  2. Project Description: Provide a brief narrative that contextualizes the proposed project for a reader that may not be familiar with the author's discipline or interdisciplinary perspective. Establish the need for the project based on current scholarly literature related to teaching and learning in higher education. Provide a description of how the project will help meet the need.
  3. Impact on Student Learning: Provide a statement of that highlights the projects’ potential impact on student learning at Virginia Tech.
  4. Project Objectives: Provide specific objectives for the proposed project. 
  5. Implementation Plan: Provide a description of how the project’s objectives will be met. 
  6. Assessment and Evaluation Plan: Provide a detailed description of how the project's objectives will be assessed and evaluated. 
  7. Sharing of Results: Provide a description of how the results of the project will be shared with the teaching and learning community at Virginia Tech and/or beyond.
  8. Project Budget: Provide a detailed budget for the full amount requested from CIDER, including, but not limited to, wages, equipment, consultants, and materials. Please note that CIDER will not fund conference travel or general office supplies.

Author(s) Information (provide for each author):

  1. First and Last Name: Provide the author’s first and last name.
  2. Title: Provide the author’s title.
  3. Department: Provide the author’s department.
  4. Office Address: Provide the author’s Virginia Tech office location, including mail code.
  5. Email Address: Provide the author’s Virginia Tech email address.
  6. Phone Number: Provide the author’s Virginia Tech phone number.

Department Bookkeeper Information:

  1. First and Last Name: Provide the department bookkeeper’s first and last name.
  2. Office Location: Provide the department bookkeeper’s Virginia Tech office location, including mail code.
  3. Email Address: Provide the department bookkeeper’s Virginia Tech email address.
  4. Phone Number: Provide the department bookkeeper’s Virginia Tech phone number.

Review Criteria for Instructional Grants

Each complete instructional grant proposal will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Significance of Proposed Project: Does the proposed project address a significant need in teaching and learning in higher education? Does it have the potential to make a significance impact on student learning at Virginia Tech?
  2. Appropriateness/Feasibility of Proposed Project: Does the proposed project represent an appropriate response to the described need and is project completion likely given the available resources?
  3. Adequacy of Assessment and Evaluation Plan: Does the proposal provide an evaluation plan that is aligned with the proposal's objectives and that explains how the project's effectiveness will be assessed? 
  4. Feasibility/Appropriateness of the Sharing of Results: Does the proposal identify appropriate and feasible outlets for sharing the results of the project with the teaching and learning community at Virginia Tech and/or beyond?
  5. Appropriateness/Completeness of the Projected Budget: Does the proposal provide a detailed budget that accounts for all of the funds requested?

Final Report for Instructional Grants

Instructional grant recipients must submit a final report that highlights the completed project’s (a) activities, (b) general results, (c) specific impact on student learning, and (d) ways results have been shared with the teaching learning community at Virginia Tech and/or beyond. The final report is due to CIDER no later than one year following the relevant instructional grant proposal due date (i.e., if one applies to an October 15 due date, the final report is due October 15 of the following year; if one applies to a March 15 due date, the final report is due March 15 of the following year).). Final reports must be submitted using the online final report form.