IDEA Impact Grant Guidelines



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With our IDEA Impact Grants, IDEA seeks to promote new knowledge in higher education in the fields of teaching, learning, and campus climate. IDEA Impact Grants are 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 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 that impact student learning
  • Comprehensive approaches to teaching evaluation
  • Innovative approaches to leadership development
  • Strategies and approaches that improve student well-being


  • Impact Grant funds will directly support individual faculty members, professional staff, departments, colleges, or programs. No more than one application may be submitted from the same institution.
  • Each applicant is eligible for one grant in an amount not to exceed $10,000. We are aware that project timeframes might exceed one year, and we will work with you accordingly.
  • The application and expense budget must be submitted 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. Examples 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 Grant funding in any publications that result from IDEA Impact 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 by early May. Selection criteria will be based on a 100-point scale, and will include:

  • Project justification and literature review (20 points)
  • Quality of the research design (20 points)
  • Clear description of appropriate methodologies (15 points)
  • Budget (5 points)
  • Value of the research question (30 points)
  • Generalizability of findings (10 points)




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