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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
  • 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 $25,000. 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

The deadline for 2019-2020 proposals has closed. Check back in the Fall of 2019 for the next round of funding. Please contact innovates@tufts.edu with any questions. For a complete list of previous grant recipients and their projects, click here.

Tufts Innovates Seed Grant Recipients for 2019-2020 Academic Year

Working With Corpora: Smart Texts and the Transformation of Reading

Principal Investigator: Gregory Crane, School of Arts & Sciences


Ginn Library Diversity Syllabi

Principal Investigator: Carolyn Gideon Friedman, The Fletcher School


Building Experiential Agroecology Curriculum Through New Entry's Crop Production Course

Principal Investigator: Timothy Griffin, Friedman School


Personalized Problems for Enhanced Thermo-Fluids Learning

Principal Investigator: Erica Kemmerling, School of Engineering


Brewing Up Enthusiasm: An Experiential Course in Coffee Engineering

Principal Investigator: Matthew Panzer, School of Engineering


Creation of a Recording Studio and Development of Recorded Short Teaching Modules at the Cummings School

Principal Investigator: Dominique Penninck, Cummings School


Use of Videos to Enhance Motivation in a First-Year Veterinary School Course

Principal Investigator: Christopher Schonhoff, Cummings School