Innovations in Education Fund

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What is the Innovations in Education Fund (IEF)?

The Innovations in Education Fund provides support for New School faculty in their work as innovators in the areas of curriculum and pedagogy. Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded on a competitive basis for projects that promote innovative methods of teaching, learning, and/or its evaluation. Fund recipients are selected by a committee of faculty from a range of fields and areas of expertise.

What does the Fund support?

Applications are welcomed for projects in undergraduate education, graduate education, online learning, lifelong learning, and experiential learning.

Funds will support collaboration with colleagues and/or students within or outside of The New School, as well as other supporting activities involving research, travel, educational media design and production, pilot projects for new curricular and pedagogical approaches, and unique forms of support required by specific innovations.

While faculty members are encouraged to apply for any project that fits the criteria described above, consideration will be given to those proposals that suggest a template for long-term adoption by the university.

Priority is given to praxis-oriented proposals that include one or more of the following features:

  • Innovative approaches to learning online and/or pedagogical uses of social media
  • Project-based learning that emphasizes real-world engagement
  • Authentic assessment techniques such as performance assessment, learning portfolios, and self-assessment that reflect students’ learning, achievement, motivation, and attitudes
  • Collaborative projects that include at least two New School faculty members from different schools and programs


Applicant Eligibility

This funding program is open to principal members of the full-time faculty, including those faculty with the following full-time appointments: tenure, tenure track, extended employment, extended employment track, and renewable term appointment. Full-time faculty based in Parsons Paris are also eligible. The fund is also open to part-time faculty members with post-probationary, annual, multi-year, or grandparented status as defined by the ACT-UAW contract and to AFM Local 802 part-time faculty with a minimum of four semesters of classroom appointments. Visiting faculty, faculty in the final year of a fixed-term contract, postdoctoral fellows, and university administrators are ineligible to apply for funding. Applicants may submit only one application to the IEF annually—i.e., applicants may not appear on more than one proposal application.

Project Eligibility

The IEF supports projects that formulate and/or implement curricular or pedagogical innovations requiring time and resources for activities like designing, prototyping, experimentation, scaling, assessment, next iteration, or facilitating wider adoption. The IEF is not intended to support normal activities associated with the development of new courses or syllabi. Proposals for projects that have been funded by the IEF in previous award years are eligible.

Application Process

Please follow the link to access the electronic application: IEF Application 2015-2016

The deadline to submit the application for the 2015-2016 Innovations in Education Fund is February 2, 2015. All materials must be submitted electronically via Google form. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged via email. Materials sent after the deadline will not be considered. Awardees will be notified via their New School email by late May, 2015. Applicants may only submit one proposal per round. For applications submitted by a team, one team member must be identified as the principal applicant.

Review Process

A university-wide faculty review committee will review applications submitted by the deadline. Finalists will be contacted via email and, in some cases, asked to provide additional information about their project. Unsuccessful grant applicants will be notified and may re-apply for the Innovations in Education Fund in the following year.

Project proposals will be reviewed and ranked on the following criteria: generalizability, innovation, praxis-orientation, overall proposal quality, and budget specificity and comprehensiveness.

Reporting Requirements

The final narrative report is due by September 1, 2016.

The Office of the Provost requires a final report at the end of the project period, and it should include the following:

  • Final results and accomplishments of your project
  • A record of your reflections on the impact this project has had on your professional development, the university community, your classes, and your department or college
  • Suggestions for changes in the IEF grant program

In addition, include any materials that are products of the work of your project. You will also be invited to share your results with colleagues through a talk, discussion, or other means of dissemination.


Application deadline: February 2, 2015

Awards announced: Late May 2015

Earliest start date for funded projects: July 1, 2015

Completion date for funded projects: June 30, 2016

Reporting deadline: September 1, 2016


If you have any questions or are interested in reviewing project proposals, please contact Carina Kleter, coordinator for Curriculum in the Office of Curriculum and Learning, at


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