Individual Innovative Teaching & Learning Awards 2018

The Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) invites the Cornell teaching community to propose projects that explore new tools and emerging technologies, approaches, and teaching strategies to facilitate vibrant, challenging, and reflective learning experiences at Cornell.

Eligibility & Requirements

All faculty and full-time instructors who are actively teaching at Cornell (tenure-track, tenured, and non-tenure track) are invited to submit proposals:

  • The principal faculty member(s) will be expected to participate throughout the project, although development and teaching may also involve students, postdocs, and others.
  • The principal faculty member(s) will submit a report and/or participate in a CTI event at the conclusion of the project that summarizes specific results on student learning and other findings including results and/or project metrics.

Funding & Support

Awards will range from 5k – 25k (a minimum of four per project cycle).  Funding levels will vary depending on the project type and the resources required for implementation. Each project will be assigned a CTI Project Manager/Instructional Designer.

Project Objectives

Proposals will be selected based on the ability to meet one or more of the following:

  • Develop innovative pedagogical strategies for the undergraduate learning environment that actively engage students and improve their success.
  • Explore novel ways of creatively/critically thinking about disciplines, examining diverse perspectives and processes from across disciplines, and integrating varying approaches to solving complex problems for Cornell undergraduates.
  • Reimagine the undergraduate learning experience within a department, or improve teaching and learning at a university-wide level.
  • Employ inclusive learning practices.
  • Build upon research-based learning and teaching practices.

These grants do not cover community engagement initiatives, please refer to Engaged Cornell grants & awards at:


  • Pre-Application due by May 4, 2018
  • Consultation with CTI Staff (May 15 –  June 30, 2018 )
  • Submission of Final Application (by July 1, 2018)
  • Notification of Project Awards (by July 15, 2018)

Application Process

Step 1: Pre-Application:  Submit by May 4, 2018 using the online pre-application.
You will be asked to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to include the following information:

  • Instructor’s name, department(s) and college(s)
  • Course(s) in which the innovation will be implemented
  • Project title
  • An overview of the innovation project idea
  • A statement addressing the objective(s) associated with your project (see objectives above)
  • Learning outcomes you hope to achieve and description of how project will be assessed
  • Signature of department chair(s) or college dean(s)

Step 2: Consultation with CTI Staff (required) to be completed May 15 – June 30, 2018.
After submitting the pre-application, faculty will be invited to attend a consultation to collaboratively think through their project ideas with the CTI staff. At the consultation, strategies for developing a budget will be discussed and a budget template will be provided.

Step 3: Final Application by July 1, 2018.
The following items will be required for the final submission:

  • Budget and brief budget justification
  • A list of team members and their role(s) in the project
  • Goals of the project
  • Impact on student learning and residential education at Cornell


Questions about the application process should be addressed to