UniSA Teaching and Learning Development Grants

The University of South Australia's Teaching and Learning Grants scheme facilitates projects that enhance and develop new and better approaches to achieving student learning outcomes.  The aim is to encourage innovation and development, and leadership for teaching excellence.

The Grants support a range of small to medium sized projects to build teaching capacity across the University and impact positively on student learning. 


The purpose of the competitive UniSA Teaching and Learning Development Grants is to support the objectives stated in the University's strategic documents that inform teaching and learning. The aim of the grants is to seed teaching and learning innovations that will enhance student learning outcomes.

As part of UniSA's Digital Learning Strategy 2015-2020 (link opens in new window) approximately $150,000 will be made available to support a range of teaching and learning innovation projects across the University in 2021. Funding is for a period not exceeding 12 months from the date of the initial release of project funding. Projects that successfully demonstrate significant impact and value to the University may be eligible for a further round of internal funding to assist with mainstreaming the project outcomes. The assessment for further funding will be based on the completed project report and evaluation.

Teaching and Learning Development Grants (each up to $20,000) are designed to promote innovation and to develop leading practice in teaching and learning, which is distinct from core business expected of a School's initial or further development of course offerings.

All projects will need to clearly demonstrate alignment with the goals and aspirations of the University's Digital Learning Strategy (PDF 845kb - opens in new window). Applications can be based on the broad area of digital learning, digital assessment and online and blended learning, or mobile or ubiquitous learning.

Note that applicants may also be required to provide a short presentation to the UniSA Grants and Awards Panel and subsequently respond to questions from Panel members.


UniSA Teaching and Learning Development Grants are awarded only to teams of applicants. Teams must be composed of a minimum of three members of whom at least two must be either current continuing academic and/or professional staff and/or fixed term contract academic and/or professional staff members at UniSA, whose contract extends to the end of the project period. Adjunct staff can be team members but cannot lead or co-lead projects.

Deadlines for submission of applications (for projects in 2021)

Expression of interest due Fri 31 Jul 2020 by 5:00pm via a Google Form

Full submission due Fri 6 November 2020 by 5.00pm via a Word document. All materials must be emailed as attachments to teaching.awards.grants@unisa.edu.au

Submission of applications

Applying for a UniSA Teaching and Learning Development Grant is a two stage process:

Stage 1: Expression of Interest

Staff planning to apply for funding from the UniSA Teaching and Learning Development Grants program will be required to submit an EOI which will be assessed by the respective disciplinary offices of the Dean: Teaching and Learning or equivalent. All applications will be provided with feedback.

The Expression of Interest application is made via this GOOGLE Form. Once submitted, the form can be edited up until the submission deadline.

Stage 2: Full application (shortlisted applicants only)

Shortlisted applications will be invited by early September to submit a full written application for the University-wide full application round. Note that success at the EOI level does not guarantee success in the University-wide, full application round in November.

Application guidelines outline the documentation required. It is the responsibility of applicants to read and follow the guidelines when preparing their proposal for submission. Incomplete applications or those that do not conform with the guidelines will not be accepted.

Writing applications for grants is a scholarly activity that takes careful planning and development. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their local Academic Developer to discuss ideas for topics and plans for developing applications. 


Key concepts and definitions


Local Academic Developers and Dr Gavin Sanderson.