• Teaching & Learning Innovation Grant

What are TEALIGs?

TEALIGs are provided through the Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence (CTSE). These grants provide seed funding to encourage new and innovative ideas designed to continue to improve and sustain the quality of education at Suffolk University. Awards support projects that directly enhance the learning experience of Suffolk students. Recipients are required to submit a short summary report (1-3 paragraphs is sufficient) detailing how the funding was spent to the CTSE within one month of the end of the funding cycle.

For additional information click on FAQ.

The TEALIGs have two funding cycles:



Fall Funding Cycle (for funds to be used January 1-June 25)

Spring Funding Cycle (for funds to be used July 1-December 31)

Application Due

October 15th

February 15th

Decision Received

November 15th

March 15th

Please submit all grant applications to Danny Fontaine by the deadlines listed above.

We invite proposals for grants within the following categories:

1. Open Educational Resource (OER) Development  - The CTSE encourages the development of teaching resources that can be shared across departments, colleges, or the university to enhance student learning. Faculty will be supported in designing such resources as video tutorials, audio podcasts, workbooks, problem sets, online simulations, case studies, or other educational tools that can be shared with members of the Suffolk teaching community.

2. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning - The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is methodical, evidence-based research about student learning in higher education. To support the sharing of innovative teaching and learning practices, the CTE will fund research projects that measure and assess the effectiveness of teaching strategies that are being newly implemented in Suffolk classrooms.

3. Travel Funds - The CTSE will devote some of the TEALIG funding to supporting faculty who wish to present at educational conferences. While we will consider supporting a single faculty’s attendance at a particular conference, our preference is to support faculty presenting on their own teaching innovations.

What are the TEALIG funding levels? 

Grants for categories 1 and 2 will be awarded up to $2,000. A group of 2 or more may apply for up to $5,000. For category 3 an amount sufficient to cover registration, travel and accommodation will be awarded. Budgets may be approved in whole or in part. Faculty may apply for only one category of award each funding cycle. Funding received can be used only for the category of award applied for. All awards are subject to availability of funds.

All applicants must include a budget (including a breakdown of how the funds will be spent) with their proposals.
Payment of TEALIG awards is through reimbursement or salary stipend. The CTSE will only release your funding once you have provided us with evidence that your project is underway (e.g., if you need reimbursements) or that your project is completed (e.g., for a salary stipend). You need to submit your summary report to the CTSE before your salary stipend will be released. Salary stipends cannot be prepaid and taxes will be applied. Questions regarding payment should be directed to Danny Fontaine-Rainen (dfontaine-rainen@suffolk.edu).

Please note that each semester the awarding of TEALIGs becomes more competitive as more and more people apply for this money. Currently, less than 20 percent of proposals are funded. If your proposal is unsuccessful we do encourage you to meet with a CTSE staff member to discuss it in more detail and offer suggestions if you wish to submit your proposal again in a different funding cycle.


All full-time faculty from the three colleges are eligible to apply for a TEALIG. Please note that CTSE Advisory Board members are ineligible to apply for funding and faculty may not receive funding in back-to-back funding cycles.

Please note that we are unlikely to fund activities such as course (re)design or the design of new teaching activities (you are welcome to attending a CTSE Course Design Institute for assistance with these tasks). Proposals funded in the past have been in support of projects that go above and beyond typical faculty responsibilities.

Who decides the awards?

The Awards Committee will be under the auspices of the CTSE, and will be composed of full-time faculty members from each school and at least one CTSE staff member.

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