Tufts Innovates

The Tufts Innovates seed grant program seeks to spark imaginative ideas to enhance learning and teaching, including approaches that integrate research and are interdisciplinary. Supported projects are expected to catalyze sustainable initiatives across schools and programs and may lead to further opportunities for internal and external funding.

The following people at Tufts are eligible to apply for a Tufts Innovates grant:

  • faculty members active in education and scholarship,
  • undergraduate, graduate or professional students in good academic standing, provided the proposal includes a faculty sponsor who will be responsible for managing the seed grant, and
  • staff members (e.g., library, technology, student services) directly involved in educational program development.

Each proposal must designate a single lead principal investigator, who must be a Tufts University faculty member.

Grants are expected to range from $500 to $50,000. Funding decisions are made through a peer review process including faculty and administrative staff and based on several criteria, including degree of educational innovation, potential impact on learning by Tufts students, likelihood for sustainability, and viability within departmental, school, and/or programmatic frameworks.

Request for Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year

The Office of the Provost was pleased to announce a sixth round of Tufts Innovates in October 2015. All proposals must be sent to innovates@tufts.edu no later than 11:59pm, Friday, January 15, 2016.

Assessment plans are a critical component of the Tufts Innovates application and a consultation with the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) is strongly suggested (though not required) for all applicants. Please see the guidelines for further details.

Previous Grants

Tufts Innovates awarded 38 grants in its first five rounds.  We thank all of the faculty, staff, and students who have expressed widespread commitment to enhancing teaching and learning at Tufts through both projects and proposals.

For a complete list of previous grant recipients and their projects, click here