​​​​​​Application Guidelines for Enhanced Teaching 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. 

ETS Grants are highly competitive grants that award funds of up to $10,000 per project proposal (whether for individual or collaborative projects). Applications from individual faculty and faculty groups are invited. The Faculty Development Committee will give additional consideration to proposals that demonstrate cross-departmental collaboration. 

This year, up to $35,000 will be awarded.  The application deadline is Monday, June 3, 2019.

The first priority in awarding ETS funds is 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 and possibly not all funds will be disbursed. The committee has the flexibility to determine which applications best meet the guidelines set forth in the Application Guidelines. Unused funds will be transferred to the general Faculty Development fund and made available to faculty applying for traditional professional development activities.

ETS Grants will be awarded according to the following 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 such as conference participation or attendance or publication fees. These projects may include but are not limited to research 2018-19 ETS Application Guidelines 2 expenses; seed money necessary to apply for external grants; costs to bring collaborators to campus; equipment necessary for scholarly or creative production. 

Emerging Faculty Grants are designed as career development grants for faculty at the assistant rank or below within their first five years at UF. These grants support scholarly/creative production or enhancement of teaching skills. See specific criteria on proposal application form.


  • 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. 
  • 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, funds awarded must be repaid to the university. 
  • Applications from faculty who have not filed complete reports and expense forms on the use of previous grants awarded by the Faculty Development Committee will not be considered. 

Application Process

For consideration of a grant please complete the attached application and email as one PDF to [email protected]. Incomplete proposals or proposals that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be considered.

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 provide an impact statement that documents the project’s effects on university infrastructure (facilities, ITS, etc.) and existing programs, including a review of cost and resource implications. Applications must include a completed Proposal Review Memorandum from each of the affected departments/areas/centers on campus. See specific instructions on proposal application form.

Download the complete application (guidelines, application form, rubric, Proposal Review Memorandum, and sample applications).

2019-2020 ETS Grant Application Complete Final