Individual Innovative Teaching & Learning Awards

The Center invites the Cornell teaching community to propose projects that explore new tools and emerging technologies, approaches, and teaching strategies to facilitate vibrant, challenging, and reflective learning experiences at Cornell. A Call for Proposals will be released March 4, 2019.

Eligibility & Requirements

All faculty and full-time instructors who are actively teaching at Cornell (tenure-track, tenured, and non-tenure track) are invited to submit proposals. Project requirements include:

  • The principal faculty member(s) will be expected to participate throughout the project, although development and teaching may also involve students, postdoctoral fellows, and others.
  • The principal faculty member(s) will submit a report and/or participate in a Center event at the conclusion of the project that summarizes specific results on student learning and other findings including results and/or project metrics.

Funding & Support

Awards will range from $5,000-$25,000 (a minimum of four per project cycle). Funding levels will vary depending on the project type and the resources required for implementation. Each project will be assigned a Center Project Manager/Instructional Designer.

Project Objectives

Proposals will be selected based on the ability to meet one or more of the following:

  • Develop innovative pedagogical strategies for the undergraduate learning environment that actively engage students and improve their success.
  • Explore novel ways of creatively/critically thinking about disciplines, examining diverse perspectives and processes from across disciplines, and integrating varying approaches to solving complex problems for Cornell undergraduates.
  • Re-imagine the undergraduate learning experience within a department or improve teaching and learning at a university-wide level.
  • Employ inclusive learning practices.
  • Build upon research-based learning and teaching practices.

These grants do not cover community engagement initiatives. For these initiatives, please refer to Engaged Cornell grants & awards.


  • Pre-Application due by April 15, 2019
  • Consultation with Center Staff (April 22–May 31, 2019)
  • Submission of Final Application (by May 31, 2019)
  • Notification of Project Awards (by June 30, 2019)

Application Process

Step 1: Pre-Application

Submit the pre-application by April 15, 2019. You will be asked to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) that includes the following information:

  • Instructor(s) name, department(s), and college(s)
  • Course(s) in which the innovation will be implemented
  • Project title
  • An overview of the innovation project idea
  • A statement addressing the objective(s) associated with your project (see objectives above)
  • Learning outcomes you hope to achieve and description of how project will be assessed
  • Signature of department chair(s) or college dean(s)

Step 2: Consultation with Center Staff (required)

After submitting the pre-application, a series of consultation sessions will be available to instructors to collaboratively think through their project ideas with Center staff - April 22–May 31, 2019 (specific dates will be announced).

Step 3: Final Application

The following items will be required for the final submission, due May 31, 2019:

  • Budget and brief budget justification.
  • A list of team members and their role(s) in the project.
  • Goals of the project.
  • Impact on student learning and residential education at Cornell.


Questions about the application process should be sent to