The Tufts Innovates seed grant program, introduced by the Office of the Provost in December 2010, facilitates the exploration of new approaches to enrich student learning. The program seeks to spark imaginative ideas to enhance learning and teaching, including approaches that integrate research and are interdisciplinary. These innovative proposals are expected to catalyze sustainable initiatives across schools and programs, and may lead to other internally funded programs or externally funded grant opportunities.
Each year, new projects will begin implementation in June and continue throughout the academic year. They will join the current Innovates projects in enhancing our students’ educational experiences across Tufts University for years to come.
Funding decisions are made through a peer review process including faculty and administrative staff, and based on several criteria, including potential impact on learning by Tufts students, degree of educational innovation, likelihood for sustainability, and viability within departmental, school and/or programmatic frameworks. Grants may be made to Tufts faculty members, students and staff, with a Tufts faculty member as a lead principal investigator. Seed grant awards range from $500 to $50,000.