Course Enhancement and Development Grant

Call for Proposals: IWL Course Enhancement and Development Grant


The Institute of World Languages invites proposals for the Faculty Course Enhancement and Development Grant.


Purpose of Course Enhancement and Development Grants -

These grants are intended to support world language instruction at the University of Virginia by encouraging faculty projects involving the creation, development, or evaluation of course methods and materials, including technology, that are pedagogically innovative, aligned with current understandings of second language acquisition processes and supportive of the IWL mission.


Proposals must include clear theoretical and evidentiary justifications for the creation of a new course or for changes to an existing course. Evidentiary support could be student surveys, reports of need from employers, or published research findings. A letter of support from the appropriate Program Director and Department Chair must be included with the proposal.


Grant funds may be used to cover summer wages, but not travel. If taking the grant as summer wages, faculty must bear in mind that total pay from all sources for the summer period may not exceed 1/3 of the faculty member’s salary during the prior academic year.



All full-time faculty with a continuing contract of any rank, including lecturer and general faculty, who are engaged in the teaching of any world language at UVA, are welcome to apply for these Course Enhancement and Development Grants. Part-time faculty members are not eligible to apply. 


Awards –

The grant maximum is $3,000 per year, depending on the availability of funds and the number of applicants in a given year.  A faculty member may receive only one award per academic year. The grant period is for one year only and money should be spent by June 15, 2019.


The application deadline for Course Enhancement and Development Grants is Friday, April 13, 2018. 


Dissemination – All grant recipients will be expected to share information about their work at an SLA Roundtable session in Fall , 2019.


Proposal Guidelines


Submission: Submit proposals via e-mail to both Professor Adrienne Ward ( and Professor Rachel Geer ( with “IWL Course Enhancement & Development Grant” in the subject line. 


Proposal Length: Maximum five pages, excluding cover page, budget, CV and letters of support.



Proposal Format: The proposal should be written in 12 point Times New Roman. It must be submitted as a single PDF that includes all the required information and documents. The PDF should have as a title the author’s name, department and type of grant (i.e., “Smith_Jane_Department_Travel”). Attach it to an email to the both committee members listed above with the subject line of the applicant’s last name, first name, department and kind of grant sought “travel Grant.” (i.e., “Smith_Jane_Department_Travel”).


Please note that if you do not follow proposal guidelines, the proposal will not be considered for funding.


1. Cover Page: The first page of the proposal must give the following information:

  • Title of Proposal (e.g. Developing Problem-Based Learning Tasks for French 2010)
  • Dates of Proposed work
  • Applicant’s Name 
  • Email & phone 
  • U.Va. Department
  • U.Va. Job Title
  • Length of faculty appointment –start to end (2001 – 2018)

2. Justification and Goals: Justify the proposed course changes with published research, theories and/or other evidence, such as student surveys. Describe the goals and significance of the proposed course enhancements/development for the program and overall mission of IWL.

3. Background: Explain the background to the proposed project, especially any previous relevant work by the faculty members involved or from the field of SLA/language instruction in general.

4. Project Details: Describe exactly what the proposed work would involve. Give specific expectations for phases of the work and a timeline.

5. Plans for Evaluation: Tell how the effectiveness of the course or course enhancements will be determined. What kinds of student assessments or feedback will be expected as the changes are implemented?

6. Budget: Include a narrative justification of the budget and a tabular budget with specific line items. For example, indicate costs for data collection, assistance with data analysis, materials, consultation fee, etc.  If money is used for wages, the budget must include the Fringe Benefit portion of any employee and student wage (i.e., 0.06% of the wages). For example, if your proposed budget is $998.58, it will be $943 in wages and $56.58 in Fringe Benefits.



7. CV: Provide a CV for each applicant on the project (two page maximum).

8. Letter(s) of support



Proposal Checklist:

_____ 1. Cover Page

_____ 2. Justification and Goals

_____ 3. Background

_____ 4. Project Details

_____ 5. Plans for Evaluation

_____ 6. Budget 

_____ 7. CV

_____ 8. Letter(s) of Support 

Criteria for evaluation:

Reviewers will evaluate applications based on the following:

Justification and Goals of Project

The proposed course development or enhancements are justified with evidence from a range of sources. The goals are aligned with sound pedagogical practice and support both the program and IWL missions.

Background – The faculty members describe either their own previous experience related to the proposal and its likely success or reports of other work that would predict success for this project

Project details

Details show evidence of thoughtful planning and reasonable expectations. A timeline for work is included.

Plans for Evaluation – Descriptions for evaluating the merits and effectiveness of the course changes are aligned with stated goals and are reasonable for the course design.  


Requested amount is appropriate and line items are justified within the scope of the project.

Please be aware that any award amount designated as wages must include the Fringe Benefit portion of any employee and student wage (i.e., 0.06% of the wages). For example, if your proposed wage cost is $943.00, you must also include $56.58 in Fringe Benefits, for a total of $998.58 in the actual budget.


Proposal is sent as a single PDF document. All required elements of the proposal are included. Writing is concise and highly readable. 


Applications will be notified of award decisions by May 15, 2018.  


Any questions about eligibility or suitability of proposals may be directed to the Committee Chair, Professor Adrienne Ward (, and the Director of the Institute of World Languages, Professor Miao-fen Tseng ( (link sends e-mail)).