Office for Learning and Teaching Grants and Fellowships
Innovation and Development Grants and Strategic Priority Commissioned Grants 2016
The Office for Learning and Teaching has announced that there will be one grant round only for the 2016 year. It will cover Innovation and Development Grants and Strategic Priority Commissioned Grants. Seed grants and extension grants and EOIs will not be offered in 2016.
The closing date for the 2016 round for applications to be submitted to the OLT is Monday 2 November 2015. The closing date for internal submission has yet to be determined but is likely to be mid October. The date will be posted on this page as soon as it is available. The institutional deadline is required because the university has to notify the OLT of all pending applications and applications have to be checked before letters of support can be issued by the DVCE.
Because the time frame is short, If you are interested in applying for a grant you should now
- download and read the information and nomination instructions
- consider whether your project fits one of the priority areas
- start planning your application
- register for the workshop
- contact potential partners and start assembling your team
- attend the workshop with as much of a plan for the project as you can and with your questions
- follow the steps below
A workshop for those interested in applying for this round has been planned for Wednesday 16th September 10am-12 noon.
Register here for 16th September workshop.
The 2016 Priority areas for the Innovation and Development Grants are
- Academic standards
- Assessing equivalence of qualifications and learning outcomes
- Designing learning for the future
- Assessment and promotion of student learning
- Employability skills
- Improving institutional pathways across higher education
- Improving access to and outcomes in higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- The contemporary PhD
The 2016 Priority areas for the Strategic Commissioned Grants are
- The changing role of the academic
- Scaling up ansd ensuring quality of higher education in an era of massification
- Academic integrity and good practice in assessment
Note that you must follow the university processes and time frame (see the steps below) if you wish to apply for a grant.
- For academic advice on your application in the first instance attend the workshop/s. See Step 2 below.
- The contact for academic advice on grants is Alison Kuiper. If you wish for individual assistance with your grant it is expected you will first have attended a workshop.
- For advice on submission issues and compliance requirements contact Myra Koureas.
- Evidence of support from your faculty is required before letter of support from the University can be provided. See Step 3 below.
- Note that partner applications also require a letter of support from the DVC(E).
- Letters of support are not required for EOIs.
- Only applications that have received university approval will be considered by the OLT.
- The internal closing date is firm. All applications are submitted online.
- The value of the project is the most important factor in determining funding. However, an application which is professional and compliant provides evidence that you are well organized and that therefore the grant is well planned and likely to deliver on outcomes.
Making an application
Download the information and instructions
Read the information in the Information box (on the right hand side of this page, top right).
Make sure you have a sound idea and consider who might be appropriate partners for your project.
Follow the OLT’s advice on the programs and how to apply page to:
- Read the program's Program information and application instructions.
- Read the recommended reading for the program and assessment reports from previous years.
- Review the projects funded in your area of interest.
- Note the closing dates.
- Begin planning and seeking partners from other universities.
Register above and attend the workshop for grant applicants.
Attendance at the workshop is strongly advised for those submitting an application. Previous successful applicants have found attending the workshop helpful in planning their application. If you wish for individual assistance with your grant it is expected you will first have attended the workshop.
Contact your Head of School as soon as possible to advise of your intention to submit an application. An email or letter, from your Head of School or equivalent, indicating that your faculty support your application, including commitments of time and other resources, is required when applying for the University letter of support. This indication of support must be uploaded with the other documentation for your application on or before the internal closing date.
In preparing your application you are strongly encouraged to seek feedback from faculty colleagues and previously successful applicants for OTL grants or other successful grant applicants. For a list of recent successful grant holders from the University of Sydney see the Resources section on this page.
Download the templates from the box on the top right hand side of this page. Use the checklist from the program information to assign responsibility for tasks to members of your team and make sure you are familiar with all the information, including that in the appendices.
Complete the online submission by the internal closing date.These instructions apply also if you are seeking an institutional letter of support for a partner application.
The internal closing date in mid October will be advised shortly.
Upload the following 3 files:
- Your draft institutional support letter in word format
- Your completed checklist in word format
A pdf document containing all of the following:
- The proposal with its final title. The title cannot be changed after submission.
- The budget and associated attachments. Include a 10% institutional levy in the budget.
- The statement of support from your faculty.
Late applications will not be considered.
Use the checklist on p.26-27 of the instructions to check that you have completed what is required.
The contact for questions about the letters of support is Myrophora Koureas.
Once you have completed all the requirements and submitted your application online, your application will be checked. Failure to supply all the relevant documentation could result in your application not being approved for submission to the OLT.
When the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education has reviewed your application, you will receive the letter of endorsement to include with your application. Receipt of the institutional endorsement letter is your approval to submit the proposal.
Check the online application process. You can familiarise yourself with the process by inserting information and saving it. It is not submitted until you click the submit button.
Lodge your application directly to the OLT via their Grants Portal. Be sure to allow plenty of time for this step and to include the proposal, budget, associated attachments and letter of endorsement from the DVC Education. Applications submitted without institutional endorsement are deemed ineligible by the OLT.
The Fellowships program advances learning and teaching in higher education by supporting a group of leading educators to undertake strategic, high-profile activities in areas of importance to the sector. Through their fellowship activities, Fellows have a positive and lasting influence and impact on higher education practice in Australia. Information and nomination instructions are now available for the 2016 Fellowships: http://www.olt.gov.au/fellowships-and-secondments/fellowships-and-nominations.
The closing date is Monday 2 February 2016..
Extension Grants support the continued dissemination and embedding of completed learning and teaching projects. Extension Grants are specifically intended to achieve the following objectives:
- raise the profile of the fundamental importance of teaching in higher education institutions and in the general community
- develop effective mechanisms for the identification, development, dissemination and embedding of good individual and institutional practice, including addressing particular contextual barriers to taking on the good practice identified.
Funding is in the form of a grant of up to $30,000 provided to disseminate or embed the outcomes of completed learning and teaching projects or fellowships in institutions which were not partners in the original project. Funds may be used to trial resources or curricula, run workshops, present at relevant conferences (including registration, travel, accommodation and incidental expenses) or to establish new websites. The application must come from an institution, and not from an individual or conference.
Information about 2015 extension grants is now online, including application instructions and application form.
The due date for applications is Monday 31 August 2015. No extension grants will be offered in 2016.
Other OLT Programmes
Information is available on this page and the OTL website when these are announced throughout the year.
Contact Alison Kuiper for more information.
Academic Secondments aim to enhance the ties and understanding between the sector, the OLT and DIISRTE. Secondees carry out a program of work for the Government and the higher education sector on strategic priorities. Those seconded will be a source of academic advice and support to the staff of the OLT, with the aim of broadening staff capability within DIISRTE, and building relationships with the home institution.