How to Apply

The Proposal Call for projects that start in the 2016-2017 academic year has closed.

application forms: (click to download)

funding priorities

The selection committee is especially interested in projects that employ innovative and creative approaches, develop new pilots or prototypes, and are intended to have a significant and long-term effect on teaching and learning at MIT. Looking toward the future, the committee values projects that will make a sustained contribution to MIT’s educational excellence and will consider unusual or "high-risk" initiatives that serve the interest of experimentation and pedagogical improvements. Proposals for projects that explore ways in which online or blended learning experiments can help MIT faculty teach more effectively within the MIT residential educational system are welcomed, as are projects that strive to demonstrate the special and specific value of a residentially based education.

The Funds support undergraduate education projects from any discipline; collaboration among disciplines is encouraged. Multiple year projects will be accepted, but grants will be made on a year-by-year basis.


MIT faculty and teaching staff may apply. Student proposals will be considered, but only with the support of a supervising faculty sponsor and the appropriate department head.

grant range

Normally, grants range from $10,000 to $50,000. Larger grants will be considered for special projects. Cost sharing is encouraged.


The proposal deadline for projects to be undertaken during academic year 2016-2017 is Friday, January 29, 2016.

application procedures

A complete application includes:

proposal submission

By email:

For additional information or answers to questions, please contact Assistant Dean Gen Filiault at 617-253-5629 or

review process

Proposals are reviewed by a selection committee consisting of members of the Classes of 1951, 1955, 1972, and 1999; the Deans from MIT's five Schools or their designees; and the Dean for Undergraduate Education. Decisions regarding the 2016-2017 awards will be announced in the spring.

final reports

If funded, you will be required to submit a report by August 1, 2017.

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