IDEA Impact Grants

The IDEA Center Awards Inaugural Round of Impact Grants

The IDEA Center is proud to announce inaugural Impact Grants totaling more than $45,000 to six higher education institutions implementing projects with a goal to positively impact teaching and learning and student well-being.

The schools and their projects, which include five focused on Teaching and Learning and one focused on Campus Climate, are:

  • Nazareth College, Rochester, NY – Improving Interdisciplinary Integration and Meaningful Assessment Practices through Pedagogical Support
  • Tufts University, Medford, MA – Documenting the Impact of Inclusive Excellence in Faculty Development Programming
  • Cameron University, Lawton, OK – Embedded Peer Tutoring Project
  • University of Massachusetts (Lowell), Lowell, MA – Teaching the Science of Learning
  • Everett Community College, Everett, WA – Using Formative Feedback to Improve Learning Outcomes
  • Marian University, Indianapolis, IN – Bridging Faculty Development to Student Learning: Training, Intervention, and Impact.

“Improvement of teaching and learning in higher education is why IDEA exists,” said Ken Ryalls, President of The IDEA Center. “We look forward to the positive impact these projects will have on their individual institutions, and on IDEA’s overall understanding of effective pedagogy.”

IDEA also celebrates the work of our pilot grantees, Azusa Pacific University and Point Loma Nazarene University both of which received funding for teaching and learning projects in late 2015 and secured the foundation for IDEA’s request for proposals and inaugural Impact Grants program.

Learn more about the 2016-2017 IDEA Impact Grants.



The deadline for 2016-2017 proposals has passed. Please check back for information regarding our 2017-2018 Call For Proposals.


IDEA is launching a call for proposals to promote new knowledge in higher education in the fields of teaching and learning (IDEA Impact Teaching/Learning Grant) and campus climate (IDEA Impact Campus Climate Grant). The IDEA Impact Teaching/Learning Grant is designed to promote effective student learning by carefully exploring and systematically documenting the efficacy of various teaching practices, learning environments, and institutional policies. Examples of the kinds of projects funded under the IDEA Impact Teaching/Learning Grant include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Classroom interventions designed to improve student learning
  • Investigations of student and course characteristics that are related to learning
  • Evaluation of innovative teaching methods
  • Methods for engaging students in online courses
  • Innovative approaches to faculty development
  • Comprehensive approaches to teaching evaluation
  • Use of student ratings to improve teaching effectiveness

The IDEA Impact Campus Climate Grant is intended to support increased knowledge and understanding of campus climate issues that impact student learning and the ability of institutions to successfully carry out their mission. Examples of the kinds of projects funded include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Innovative approaches to leadership development
  • Interventions designed to improve institutional, college, or departmental climate
  • Investigations of methods to improve faculty recruitment, development, and retention
  • Strategies and approaches that improve student well-being


  • Both grant opportunities will directly support individual faculty members, professional staff, departments, colleges, or programs.
  • Each applicant is eligible for one grant in an amount not to exceed $10,000 annually. We are aware that project timeframes might exceed one year, and we will work with you accordingly.
  • The application and expense budget must be completed and emailed as an attachment to before the deadline. No late applications will be accepted for any reason.
  • If you are awarded a grant, you will be required to work with IDEA to disseminate your findings. Opportunities include posting your research to the IDEA website, conducting workshops or presentations in partnership with IDEA at national conferences and seminars, or writing an original IDEA paper. You will be required to acknowledge IDEA Impact Fund grant funding in any publications that result from IDEA Impact Fund grant funding.

Proposal Review

All submissions will undergo committee review. All decisions are final. Notification of the outcome will come from IDEA’s Director of Fundraising and Advancement. Selection criteria will be based on a 50-point scale, and will include:

  • Quality of research questions and hypotheses (5 points)
  • The originality of the research (5 points)
  • Quality of data source (5 points)
  • A clear description of the innovation you propose (10 points)
  • A description of the measure(s) you will use to assess outcomes (5 points)
  • Evidence of the reliability and validity of the measure(s) (5 points)
  • Plan for your collaboration with IDEA and research dissemination plan (15 points)