SAS Language Teaching Innovation Grant

Penn Language Center provides language educators at the University of Pennsylvania the opportunity to enhance their instruction with an SAS Language Teaching Innovation Grant. Deadlines and categories for the next grant cycle are announced every October.

2024 Cycle Dates
  • November 10, 2023 - Information Session in WILL 440 and Zoom from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Sunday, January 7, 2024 - Deadline to submit proposals
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2024 - Announcement of grants
  • February 1, 2024 - Grant accounts become available
  • December 31, 2024 - Deadline to complete projects    
  • Spring 2025 - Grants Showcase of 2024 projects

Submit your application. Be sure to have your language program coordinator's written approval.

2024 Grant Categories

1.   Curriculum Development (up to $1000) - 5 grants

  • Enrichment or expansion of course materials for an existing course
  • Creation of a new course (includes course description, syllabus and teaching materials, development of content, tasks and assessment).
  • Development of proficiency-based testing materials
  • Development of a Penn Global Seminar in languages
  • Creation of course materials with focus on diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

2.   Development of a Proficiency Test (up to $1000) – 2 grants

Development or redesign of a language proficiency test

3.   Research (up to $2000) – 1 grant

Projects may incorporate action research, creation of language specific theme-based, project-based activities in the foreign language curriculum.

4.    Professional Development (up to $500) – 5 grants

This grant strand supports registration fees and travel for participation in or presentation at a conference, seminar, or workshop. Preference given to opportunities that focus on technology, assessment, universal design, and proficiency.


5.    Organization of a Conference, Seminar, or Workshop (up to $1000) – 2 grants

Grants in this strand fund the hosting of in-person or online conferences, seminars, and workshops. Proposals must include goals, themes, format, intended audience, and a detailed budget.


6. Language and Culture Enrichment and Community Engagement (up to $500) - 3 grants

Grants in this strand support off-campus activities such as trips to museums, cultural centers, and performances, etc. to engage students with the wider target language community. Applications must include clearly articulated learning objectives, curricular integration, pre and post activities, and a detailed budget.


7.  Summer Grants for Lecturers B (up to $1000) - 3 grants

Same categories as above but with the following notable dates:

  • May 1 - Deadline to apply
  • May 8 - Announcement of grants
  • May 15 - Grant accounts become available
  • August 31 - Deadline to complete project and submit final report
Grants Workshop

This year's workshop for those interested in submitting a grant proposal will take place on November 10 in WILL 440 and via Zoom (link to be emailed). Topics to be covered include budget and administration, research services at Penn, and technical details of a grant proposal. This is a great opportunity to share ideas, ask questions, and gain feedback about your project.


See our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.