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Application Guidelines and Templates


Terminology

For an explanation of terminology used in the UniSA Teaching and Learning Grants, see definitions of terms. 

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed according to how well the proposal:

  1. Demonstrates how the project addresses one or more priority areas.
  2. Demonstrates the need for the project, including that it is (a) educationally sound, and (b) grounded in relevant literature.
  3. Specifies clear outcomes and the anticipated improvements.
  4. States the approach the project will take, including capacity of the Project Team / Early Career Academic to deliver the proposed outcomes.
  5. Describes the process of project development by identifying linked sequences of activities, milestones, and staged costing over the duration of the project, and identify the project deliverables. A clear process and structure underpinning the management of the project including financial and, where relevant, staff management needs to be evident.
  6. Describes the strategies for evaluation of the project outcomes or products through the use of a range of quantitative and qualitative measures.
  7. Indicates whether any ethics approvals are necessary.
  8. Indicates a strategy for the dissemination of the project outcomes beyond the immediate context of the project, i.e. across the University.

Note that project work must also generally be distinct from the core business normally associated with the initial or further development of course offerings by UniSA academic areas.

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Teaching Technologies

If the proposed project involves the use of technology that requires implementation and/or support by the University, then an 'enhancement request' application must be made for approval before any grant can be awarded. This application is made separately from the grant application, as per the instructions under the heading 'Suggest an enhancement' at the TIU's Teaching Technologies 'work requests' web page.

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Budget

Budgets should be prepared using the budget template (Word doc, 36 KB).

Applicants should note that funding cannot be sought for the following items:

  1. Equipment which is normally available to academic staff for teaching and learning purposes
  2. Teaching relief or 'buy-back/buy-out'
  3. Travel
  4. General recurrent funding

Successful applicants will be provided with an Acceptance Form to formally accept the grant and to supply relevant details for funds administration. A single transfer of funds will be made into an AD account at the beginning of each calendar year.

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Reference Group / mentors

Team-based T&L grants: The Project Team must organise a Reference Group (normally a minimum of 3 people) for the project. The Reference Group must include the following persons or their nominees: the relevant Dean of Programs (or equivalent/nominee). Project Leaders are also encouraged to include a member of the TIU Academic Development team in the Reference Group.

Early Career Academic Innovation grants: Grant recipients will be mentored by UniSA HEA Fellows and/or TIU Academic Developers and/or previous T&L grant recipients. Grant applicants should contact Dr Ruth Fazakerley  before developing the application so mentors can be assigned to assist in the thinking associated with the project idea and its likely characteristics.

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Essential documentation

1. Application cover sheet. All submissions must include a signed, completed cover sheet using the Application cover sheet provided (Word 87 Kb).

2. Written application.  For a Teaching & Learning Development Grant, the application is limited to seven A4 pages, not including the cover sheet, budget, or allowed other attachments. The application for an Early Career Academic Innovation Grant is limited to four A4 pages. Applications for both grant categories must address the following information under headings:

  • A brief overview, stating the title of the project and its principal aims
  • Project concept, pedagogy and educational value
  • The approach the project will take
  • Project management and milestones
  • Anticipated impact
  • Dissemination strategy
  • Anticipated outcomes and deliverables
  • Evaluation framework

3. Budget. A project budget must be submitted using the Budget template provided (Word doc 36 Kb). 

4. Other Attachments. The following items can be included as attachments to the application and do not add to the page limit for each grant category: 

  • A bibliography.
  • If applicable, support for any proposed trial of new learning and teaching software (refer to Teaching Technologies information above).
  • Other supporting information, e.g. images, GANTT chart.

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Submission of applications

During the development of the application and prior to submission, applicants must discuss their applications with their Dean of Programs (or equivalent).

Applications approved by Deans of Programs (or equivalent) are due by 5:00pm, Friday 26 November 2021 by emailing teaching.awards.grants@unisa.edu.au

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Selection process

Applications will be assessed by the University's Grants and Awards Panel (GAP). GAP provides recommendations to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer who will determine the grant recipients.

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