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. In phase two (2014-2016), HILT bifurcated the Grants Program into semesterly Spark Grants—awards of $5K-$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 the successes, challenges, and feedback from previous grant award recipients, the HILT Grants Program continues to offer Spark Grants as well as two new grant initiatives:Targeted Support and Student Pilot Funds.

Between 2011 and 2018, HILT has had 738 applications for funding with a 14% application success rate; to date, we have funded 109 projects. 

$5,642,400 AWARDED TO SCHOOLS to fund long-term initiatives, led by deans’ offices, with outcomes to be shared across the schools
$3,250,678 AWARDED TO INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS to spark promising teaching and learning projects from idea to reality
738 TOTAL APPLICATIONS to the HILT Grants Program
109 TOTAL PROJECTS awarded HILT funding
1,363 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.

2018 Spark and Targeted Support Grant Recipients:

Spark Grant Recipients (2018): 

Targeted Support Grant Recipients (2018): 

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