Seeding experimentation with teaching and learning

HILT offers funding opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to advance ideas related to teaching, learning, and education innovation. Our primary goal is to foster a community of innovation at Harvard.

Currently, HILT supports two mechanisms: Operation Impact and Spark Grants. more about each of these opportunities below!



Offers a range of funding opportunities for Harvard and MIT students

The goal of this funding mechanism is to encourage students to take action on their ideas to improve education. From ideation to scaling, we have multiple entry points throughout the year to help students put rubber to the road and figure out how to gain scalable traction on important problems.

Learn more about Operation Impact here.

Learn more about each of the funding opportunities available through Operation Impact:


  • Up to $500 for student teams working on early-stage education innovation ideas
  • Applicants must be on teams of at least 2 people that represent diversity in skill and background
  • There are four application rounds for the 2018-2019 academic year are closed.
  • 2019-2020 application round dates coming soon!


Annual competition open to faculty, staff, and researchers at Harvard

Harvard benefits-eligible faculty, staff, and researchers are encouraged to apply for up to $15,000 in funding to research and/or develop teaching and learning innovations that benefit the Harvard community. The goal of this funding mechanism is to “spark” promising teaching and learning projects from idea to reality and to scale successful innovations University-wide.


  • Up to $15K for teaching and learning innovations that directly benefit the Harvard community
  • 2019 Funding Competition is closed
  • 2020 Application opens February 2020
  • 2020 Application closes March 2020
  • Ideas must be generalizable (i.e., think about how someone at another Harvard school might benefit from learning about your work; how will your idea collectively help us improve teaching and learning at Harvard?)

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