George R. Brown Teaching Grants

The University's Committee on Teaching administers a grant from the Brown Foundation for the purpose of fostering excellence in undergraduate teaching at Rice.  The Committee is charged with supporting any appropriate means to this end, including “seminars and other programs aimed to improve the quality of teaching, and . . . studies and experimental tests of new instructional methods or programs.”  The Committee invites faculty members to submit proposals for projects to be funded by this grant. Funding for grants in previous years has ranged from a few hundred dollars to awards of $5,000. In the past, grants have been given for purchase of equipment and materials, for honoraria for outside speakers and consultants, for necessary expenses such as purchases of computer time, for wages of individuals who assist in the projects, and for any reasonable cost associated with developing and teaching an undergraduate course except one involving supplement to the instructor’s salary. These grants are intended for the enhancement of undergraduate instruction, rather than for faculty research or graduate instruction. Projects involving significant innovation and those that benefit a large number of students are strongly encouraged.

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Teaching Innovation Fund Grants

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. The TIF is an internal funding mechanism that awards competitive grants of between $5,000-$10,000.

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Course Development Grants for New RiceX or Rice Coursera Online Courses

Grants of $20,000 to develop new online courseware that utilizes either Coursera or edX platforms and that reaches larger communities of learners as well as Rice matriculated students. Proposals need not be equivalent to a semester-long course, but can focus on a subject mastered in 4-6 weeks of work. Proposals can be for a single course or for a coherent sequence of courses.

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Faculty Initiative Fund Grants

Rice University’s Faculty Initiatives Fund (FIF) is an internal funding mechanism that awards competitive grants of between $5,000-$50,000 to Rice faculty. (In extenuating circumstances, grants of up to $75,000 can be considered.) These grants are intended to help faculty members develop adventurous research and scholarly projects that enhance the university and lead to larger endeavors, research breakthroughs, external funding opportunities, or unusually creative works.

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Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning Course Development Grants

Through innovative research, engaged pedagogy, and creative approaches to application, the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning seeks to promote and advance creative models and practices of leadership of benefit to new generations of leaders. While leadership is a topic in many quarters at Rice, the CERCL operates by means of a different approach – one that is primarily concerned with innovative attention to the fostering of “tools,” conversation and “environments” necessary for the development of what we have come to call leadership; and, this includes the development of new and “organic” means by which to think about and act out leadership. Each year CERCL accepts proposals for grants not to exceed $2000 to encourage new courses or the update of existing courses in line with the goals of the Center. 

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Curricular Development Grants, Humanities Research Center

The Humanities Research Center awards competitive grants that are intended to spark programming and curricular development in areas that do not necessarily fit within departmental structures, help develop innovative paradigms for conducting humanities research, or ask new questions within existing paradigms. Research projects may involve, but are not limited to, faculty workshops, conferences, collaborations with other institutions or individuals, creative works, or other endeavors that require financial resources outside the scope of individual faculty research accounts.

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Course Development Grants, School of Architecture

Each year, the School of Architecture awards course development grants of up to $5,000 for full-time faculty teaching within the school. The grant period typically runs June 1st through December 31st. 

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