Teaching Innovation Fund

Proposal timeline for the 2022-2023 academic year:

Teaching Innovation Fund:

Part of Rice's Creative Venture Funds, the TIF is an internal funding mechanism that awards competitive grants of no more than $10,000. In the last few years, substantial transformations in higher education have opened up extraordinary new opportunities to innovate classroom instruction and expand educational opportunities. In order to ensure that Rice continues to deliver quality education in this period of dynamic innovation and experimentation, the Teaching Innovation Fund welcomes proposals from departments, groups of faculty, or individual faculty seeking to develop pedagogy, courseware, or curriculum that utilizes new technologies, delivery methods, or tools.


Full-time and research faculty members at Rice are eligible to apply. Proposals may be submitted individually or by a group of faculty. Please inform your department chair that you have applied.

Review process:

The review will be done by a committee of referees assembled by the Vice President for Global and Digital Strategy, with input from the Vice Provost for Research. This committee will be comprised of faculty from across the university, and they may not be current FIF applicants. As needed, the committee will seek the input of the two outside referees that applicants will list in their application materials.

Selection criteria:

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria, recognizing that not all proposals will meet all criteria:

  1. The contribution the project makes to furthering the university’s mission to deliver “unsurpassed teaching” and to cultivate a “diverse community of learning and discovery;”
  2. The quality, significance, creativity and potential impact of the project and its potential applicability to other courses;
  3. The degree to which the project might enrich research or international opportunities for students.
  4. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from other available sources. Funds awarded will be for academic year 2022-2023. Funds may carry over for a second academic year in extenuating circumstances, but will require prior approval.

How to apply:

Proposals are due by January 21st, and must include the following documents combined into one PDF:

  1. A project description (no more than four pages (in 12-point type), including figures and budget justification);
  2. A budget indicating how the requested funds would be expended and listing resources sought or acquired from other sources, using this budget form;
  3. A curriculum vitae for each applicant of no more than three pages each per CV;
  4. A current & pending support document listing any awards of each applicant, using this form.


The Vice President for Global and Digital Strategy plans to announce the selected grant recipients in late February 2022.