Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Instructional Enhancement Fund

The Instructional Enhancement Fund (IEF) provides instructors with modest, readily-accessible funds to support pedagogical opportunities for which other funds are not available. Yale instructors are invited to submit proposals for grants of up to $500 in support of an existing undergraduate or graduate course.


Expenses that can be covered by these grants may include, but are not limited to, classroom supplies and equipment, educational program development costs for local programs, fees and expenses for field trips or in-class projects, travel to educational conferences, or honoraria for classroom guest speakers. Funding may not be used to reimburse costs already incurred.

The IEF is not intended to defray the costs of educational development from departmental or center budgets, nor is it intended as part of salary; the IEF is intended to assist in fostering pedagogical methods, technologies, materials, or techniques for which no other funding sources are available.


The competition is open to all tenured and tenure-track faculty, clinical instructional faculty, and lecturers and lectors who have continuing appointments.

Funds are restricted to one award per faculty member, per academic year.


The IEF has two awards cycles: one in the fall and one in the spring.  The award cycle in fall 2020 will open on August 1st. Applications will be accepted during each cycle until funds are depleted. The Poorvu Center recognizes that not all Yale faculty teach each semester, and works to ensure that equal funds are available each cycle.

Submission Procedures

There are two levels of IEF awards with separate proposal requirements. 

IEF Large Pot

Grants awarding $101 - $500 for a major learning activity/resource.

Please prepare a 250-word (max) proposal  indicating:

  • a description of the proposed learning activity
  • an explanation of how the funded activity will contribute to one or more course goals
  • an explanation of the ways in which you will assess the activity’s impact on student learning
  • an itemized budget estimate of up to $500 total

IEF Small Pot

Grants awarding up to $100 in support of a small learning activity/resource.

Please prepare a 50-100 word proposal briefly stating your learning activity, its proposed benefit to student learning, and the amount of requested funds.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As one of its guiding principles, the Poorvu Center supports teaching initiatives that cultivate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) on campus. If your Large or Small Pot proposal addresses these issues, please indicate as such in your title (e.g. Large Pot DEI or Small Pot DEI).

Email proposals as a pdf attachment to askpoorvucenter@yale.edu, Assistant Director of Faculty Teaching Initiatives. In your proposal title please indicate “Large Pot” or “Small Pot” and, if focused specifically on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), include “DEI” as well (e.g. “Large Pot,” “Small Pot DEI,” etc.)

Funding Decisions

Applicants are encouraged to review the IEF rubric and sample proposal when preparing their submission. Funding decisions are made within two weeks of receiving proposals.

Questions and Consultations:

Contact us at askpoorvucenter@yale.edu with questions about the fund or the application process. Faculty Teaching Initiative staff are available to consult with grant applicants as they prepare proposals.