2019 HILT Spark Grant Recipients
- Best models for blended learning between graduate students and professionals
- Building Teaching Professional Development for Harvard Graduate Students involved in STEMM Educational Outreach
- Developing a Hybrid Interprofessional Education Model to Prepare Students for Cross-Sector Problem-Solving
- Holographic Electricity Toolkit and Curriculum
- Rubric Visualization Project
- Supporting Virtual Reality Pedagogical Initiatives across Harvard
- Teaching Students How to Learn
- We are all Educators: Piloting a Workshop to Prepare University Staff to Act as Effective Educators
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History of HILT Grants
The first phase (2011-2013) of the HILT Grants Program was designed to catalyze innovative activities and promote effective learning and teaching across the University. Forty-five projects were awarded for up to $50,000 to faculty, staff, and students at Harvard. Feedback from participants in the inaugural round demonstrated to HILT that, depending on the scope of outlined projects, the funding amount was either too small or too large to complete the necessary work.
In phase two (2014-2016), HILT bifurcated the Grants Program into semesterly Spark Grants, for awards of up to $15K designed to help “spark” promising teaching and learning projects from idea to reality and position innovations for future success, and Cultivation Grants of up to $200K, designed to extend promising educational innovations into new intellectual and institutional contexts, and to rigorously investigate the potential of their wide-scale adoption across the University.
In phase three (2017-present), based on further feedback from previous grant award recipients, HILT made the decision to offer Spark Grants to faculty, staff, and researchers only, on an annual basis. In the fall of 2018, the student-only offering, Pilot Funds, launched. These funds are offered in four rounds during the academic year and are designed to help students who have early-stage ideas for improving education broadly to gain traction on those ideas and lean an innovator’s mindset.
Between 2011 and 2019, HILT received 927 applications for funding with a 22% application success rate; to date, 203 projects have been funded.
|$5,642,400||AWARDED TO SCHOOLS to fund long-term initiatives, led by deans’ offices, with outcomes to be shared across the schools|
|$3,375,696||AWARDED TO INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS to spark promising teaching and learning projects from idea to reality|
|927||TOTAL APPLICATIONS to the HILT Grants Program|
|203||TOTAL PROJECTS awarded HILT funding|
|1,671||UNIQUE APPLICANTS applied to the HILT Grants program; applicant pool each round on average 75% new grant applicants and 50% new to the HILT network|
HILT also supports longer-term, school-based Decanal Priorities.