For the 2017 SAS Language Teaching Innovation Grants cycle, the Language Advisory Committee and PLC will consider grant applications until Friday, January 6, 2017. Projects will be awarded by January 20, 2017 for completion by December 31, 2017. 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
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
• Reserved for Lecturer B
• This grant is dated May 1st through September 1st, 2017.
This year's workshop for those interested in submitting a grant
proposal will take place on November 11, 2016 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 the 2016 cycle?
Proposal deadline: January 6, 2017
Grants Awarded: January 2017
Project completion: December 31, 2017
For summer 2016 grants (available to Lecturers B only),
Proposal deadline: April 1st, 2017
Grants Awarded: May 1st, 2017
Project completion: September 1st, 2017
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?
What are the budget guidelines?
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
Whom should I contact for more information about my project ideas or proposal?
For help with preparing a proposal, please contact:
Phone: (215) 898-5573
For technology-related questions, please contact:
Phone: (215) 573-4267
For general questions, please contact:
Thi Vuong Poerner
Phone: (215) 898-6039
Phone: (215) 898-6039