SAS Language Teaching Innovation Grant

For the 2020 SAS Language Teaching Innovation Grants cycle, the Language Advisory Committee and PLC will consider grant applications until Monday, January 6, 2020. Projects will be awarded by January 20, 2020 for completion by December 31, 2020. We encourage participation from all language educators to ensure a variety of grant proposals.

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Five types of grants are available: 

1. Curriculum development (up to $1500)
• 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).
• Online Course proposals
• Development of proficiency-based testing materials for LCTL
• Development of a Penn Global Seminar in languages (details to be announced at the Grants Workshop)

2. Language education through Canvas (up to $1000)
These grants focus on effective instruction using a variety of available resources, and development of assessment and specific content and materials for Canvas language courses, etc.

3. Research (one grant up to $2500)
• Projects may incorporate action research, creation of language specific theme-based, project-based activities in the foreign language curriculum.

4. Professional Development
Grants in this strand support travel to conferences, seminars, and workshops when the language educator is one of the presenters (five grants up to $700).
Grants in this strand fund the hosting of conferences, seminars, and workshops at the University of Pennsylvania in support of language programs for specific purposes (one grant up to $1000).

5. Summer grants (five grants up to $1000 each)
• Enrichment or expansion of course materials for an existing course
• Priority given to Lecturers B
This grant is dated May 1st through September 1st.

Grant Workshop

This year's workshop for those interested in submitting a grant proposal will take place on November 14, 2019 at 3:00 PM in Williams 440. 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.

Below are common questions about the SAS Language Teaching Innovation Grants Program:

Who is eligible?

All foreign language lecturers as well as language program coordinators and directors at Penn (in the ranks of (Senior) LFL, Lecturer A or B, or Senior Lecturer) may apply for a grant.

What kind of proposals are appropriate?

Funding may be requested for a wide variety of activities related to language instruction, such as curricular innovation, course improvement, materials development, multimedia projects, etc.

What makes a strong proposal?

Contains well-articulated instructional objectives
Reflects a good match of your goals, skills and previous experience
Contains evaluation measures
Provides for sustainability

Who determines the awards?

Proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Language Advisory Committee.

What are the project deadlines for this cycle?

Proposal deadline: January 6, 2020
Grants Awarded: January 20, 2020
Project completion: December 31, 2020
Showcase presentation: May 2021

For summer grants (available to Lecturers B only),
Proposal deadline: April 1st
Grants Awarded: May 1st
Project completion: September 1st

How do I apply?

Download the application form, complete the fields in Microsoft Word and upload to the web form. Please note that before you submit your proposal, you must ask your language coordinator to review your application.

What should I include in my proposal?

  • Brief project description (abstract)
  • Project narrative
    • Project goals
    • Justification based on review of existing or related material
    • Detailed description of activities
    • Plan of work that demonstrates feasibility of the project
    • Technology required, if any
  • Summary of relevant prior experience by applicant
  • Detailed budget with justification
  • Please email Thi if you would like to see a sample proposal.

What are the budget guidelines?

  • No travel (except for leadership/professional development grants)
  • No individual equipment
  • No payments to Penn faculty/staff
  • No training
  • Standardized pay rates for technology support
    • Undergrads, basic rate: $10.00-$12.00/hr
    • Undergrads, skilled: $10.00-$15.00/hr
    • Grad students: $15.00-$20.00/hr
    • Any deviations from these guidelines should be justified by qualifications of the person.

Do I need an IRB review?

If you are conducting human research, you may need an IRB. Please go to the website of the Institutional Review Board for details.


Whom should I contact for more information about my project ideas or proposal?

For help with preparing a proposal, please contact:

Christina Frei
Academic Director
Email: cefrei@sas.upenn.edu
Phone: (215) 898-5573

For general questions, please contact:

Thi Vuong Poerner
Administrative Coordinator
Email: thivuong@sas.upenn.edu
Phone: (215) 898-6039

Lada Vassilieva
Administrative Director
Email: vassilie@sas.upenn.edu
Phone: (215) 898-6039