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Instructional Improvement Major Grants

Program Guidelines

The Instructional Improvement Grant Program supports innovation, experimentation, and development of undergraduate curriculum and pedagogy. The goal of the 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.

Please note the following regarding funding:
  • Funds will not be provided for travel expenses.
  • Funds will not be provided for 1/9 summer salaries.
  • Funds will not be provided for supplies normally provided by the department, or that are basic to the course.
  • Funds will not be provided for hardware or instructional equipment unless they are integrated with programmatic improvements and are exclusively used for instructional purposes. Equipment costs may not exceed $6,000. Requests to equip laboratories or other forms of project implementation are not appropriate.
  • Fee remissions, worker’s compensation, and other hiring fees for GSRs and TAs will be the responsibility of the hiring department. These funds should not be included in the budget worksheet. Whenever funding is available, the IIP grant will allocate 19900 funds for GSR and TA salaries.
  • The copyright to any material, including, but not limited to, technology, software, games, video clips, etc. developed with these funds will reside with the Regents of the University of California.
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 CAT 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 CAT
  • An article or editorial in the Daily Bruin or other campus publication
  • A brief report, recorded talk, or slide show to be highlighted on CAT’s website
  • Publishing in a journal related to teaching effectiveness
Please acknowledge CAT’s support in all presentations and publications and notify us in advance of any presentation so that we may record it if we see fit.

Grantees will not be eligible for additional funding until they have satisfied the sharing and reporting requirements.

For more information, please refer to the Instructional Improvement Grants website or contact