​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Guidelines for Enhanced Teac​​hi​ng and Scholarship (ETS) Grants​

Faculty Development Grants for Enhanced Teaching and Scholarship (ETS) are​ designed to encourage faculty to engage in professional activities that will enhance their growth as teachers and scholars, thereby supporting exceptional student learning. 

Beginning 2022-23, ETS grants will be awarded spring semester. Funds must be spent in the same fiscal year in which they are awarded. Any exceptions would be considered on a case-by-case basis and only in extenuating circumstances. 

For 2023-24, grant awards of up to $10,000 will be available per project proposal, depending on number and quality of submissions. Applications from individual faculty and faculty groups are invited. Particularly encouraged are proposals that
  1. Support the University's strategic plan: Invite, Engage, Inspire​
  2. Address teaching and learning innovation
  3. Demonstrate cross-department collaboration 
Priority in awarding ETS funds goes to support proposals that most successfully demonstrate clear project viability, significance, and sustained impact beyond the grant period. Not all applications will be awarded funding. The committee has the flexibility to determine which applications best meet the guidelines set forth in the Application Guidelines. 

While a proposed project may continue into the next academic year, ETS grant funds must be spent within the 2023-24 fiscal year, which ends July 31, 2024. 

The proposal deadline is Monday, April 29 at 11:59 pm EST. 
Award announcements will be made on or before Monday, May 13, 2024. 

Award Categories

​Teaching Grants are designed to enable exceptional student learning by encouraging instructors to expand their pedagogical and/or andragogical skills. Teaching Grants support proposals to improve pedagogical or andragogical skills through learning about, implementing, and/or assessing new teaching strategies. This may include but is not limited to course development or redesign or application of innovative teaching practices. Interdisciplinary or collaborative proposals are encouraged.

Research/Creative Production Grants are designed to promote faculty scholarship and creative production that enable exceptional student learning. These grants support projects that exceed typical faculty development activities. These projects may include but are not limited to research expenses; seed money necessary to apply for external grants; costs to bring collaborators to campus; equipment necessary for scholarly or creative production.


  • All full-time faculty on a continuing appointment are eligible to apply for a Faculty Development ETS Grant.
  • Individual faculty may submit one ETS grant application a year. However, applications from individual faculty members also applying as part of a group will be considered. Proposals (whether individual or collaborative) are eligible for grants of up to $10,000, depending on number and quality of submissions.

  • ​Applications from faculty who will not be under employment contract (due to resignation or termination) to the University of Findlay during the whole of the grant period will not be considered. Should a faculty member's affiliation ​​with UF end during the funding period, fund repayment will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. ​​​

​​​​Application Process and General Guidelines
  • ​​Complete the grant application by the April 29 deadline. Incomplete proposals or proposals that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be considered.​ Applicants are encouraged to consult the proposal rubric: ETS Grant Rubric​.
  • Proposals should be written for the non-specialist.

  • Proposals that involve human subjects or the use of human tissues are subject to ​the requirements of UF’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). Proposals that involve the use of vertebrate animals are subject to the requirements of UF’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). IRB and IACUC approvals are not a prerequisite to submitting an ETS Faculty Development Grant application but are required prior to the commencement of the research.​​

  • Proposals must include Completed Proposal Review Memorandum from each department/area/center affected by the proposed project. Note: Approval from affected areas does not guarantee funding. However, funding cannot be awarded without approval. 

Access the ap​plication with guidelines, application form, rubric, and Proposal Review Memorandum

Proposal deadline: Monday, April 29, 2024 at 11:59 pm EST