Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Instructional Enhancement Fund

The Instructional Enhancement Fund (IEF) provides instructors with modest, readily-accessible funds to support innovative pedagogical opportunities for which other funds are not available. The IEF seeks to reduce barriers to allow instructors to implement creative or responsive ideas to enhance their students’ learning experiences.

Available funds for fall 2022 have been awarded; the spring 2023 award cycle is currently open. 

Funding

Yale instructors are invited to submit proposals for grants of up to $500 in support of an existing course. Expenses that can be covered by these grants may include, but are not limited to, classroom supplies, fees and expenses for field trips or in-class projects, travel to educational conferences, or honoraria for classroom guest speakers.

IEF awards are intended to be quickly available prior to or during the academic semester. Funding may not be used to reimburse costs already incurred. The IEF is not intended to defray the costs of faculty professional development, nor is it intended as part of salary or additional compensation for Yale faculty and staff; the IEF is intended to assist in fostering pedagogical methods, technologies, materials, or techniques for which no other funding sources are available.

Eligibility

All Yale instructors of record, including tenured and tenure-track faculty, clinical instructional faculty, lecturers, lectors, and part-time acting instructors (PTAIs) are eligible to apply for the Instructional Enhancement Fund. To promote equitable distribution of awards throughout our community of Yale instructors, funds are restricted to one award per instructor, per academic year, and to a total of 3 awards per 5-year period. For questions regarding individual eligibility, please contact faculty.teaching@yale.edu.

Deadlines

The IEF has two awards cycles: one for the fall semester and one for the spring semester.  Applications will be accepted during each cycle until funds are depleted. The Poorvu Center recognizes that not all Yale instructors teach each semester and works to ensure that an equal amount of funding is available each cycle. 

Available funds for fall 2022 have been awarded; the spring 2023 award cycle is currently open. 

Application

Instructors may apply via the brief IEF Qualtrics application form, which consists of the following components: 

  • Instructor Information (Name, Net ID, Email, Course Number & Title)
  • Proposed Project (Suggested length: 2-4 sentences per prompt)
    • Description of proposed project and how it will engage all students in active, reflective learning
    • Alignment of proposed project to course learning goals and objectives
    • Plans to assess impact of the proposed project on student learning
    • Consideration of the equity and accessibility of the proposed project for all students
  • Funding Request (Requested amount up to $500, itemized budget, and other available funding sources)

A sample application is available as a download at the bottom of this page. Please note: Qualtrics does not offer a save function, so applicants may want to draft their responses in another location (e.g. Microsoft Word) before entering into the application form. 

Funding Decisions

Funding decisions are typically made within two weeks of receiving proposals. Upon completion of their project, award recipients are greatly encouraged to share their reflections on how the project went with the Poorvu Center Faculty Teaching Initiatives team (faculty.teaching@yale.edu). We use this feedback to report back to donors, secure continued funding, and recognize instructor creativity in communications and events.  

Previous IEF Award Features

We invite you to explore articles written about projects funded by the Poorvu Center’s Instructional Enhancement Fund: 

Questions and Consultations

Contact us at  faculty.teaching@yale.edu with questions about the fund or the application process. Faculty Teaching Initiatives staff are available to consult with grant applicants as they prepare proposals and as they implement their awarded projects.

Apply Now

Click here to apply for the Instructional Enhancement Fund.