The Office of Faculty Development Teaching Grant Program

As part of its mission to promote teaching excellence within the UCR SOM, the Office of Faculty Development awards grants that support innovative teaching projects. Grants may fund teaching project expenses, or faculty development experiences such as teaching conferences or institutes, or courses of study related to teaching. The funds will be used to improve teaching practice, curriculum and learner achievement, and recipients will put their innovations into practice and share what they learn with their colleagues. The goals of the Office of Faculty Development Teaching Grant Program include:

  1. Build upon the Office of Faculty Development strategic initiative of developing high-quality development programs.
  2. Create a culture of teaching innovation within the UCR SOM to enrich student learning.
  3. Encourage faculty to create innovative and sustainable methods to improve teaching efficacy in an academic, medical setting.

The grant program will award up to two $5,000 grants to support faculty teaching projects focused in the above mentioned area of creating innovative teaching methods.

Program Eligibility

  • The Office of Faculty Development Teaching Grant Program is open to all UCR faculty with a paid appointment with the UCR School of Medicine.
  • Recipient must be engaged in an approved teaching improvement project.

Proposal Guidelines

Successful proposals will include, but is not limited to, the following items:

  • Cover page
  • Brief summary of the project
  • Study design
    • Projects must support a teaching improvement project.
    • Projects must have clearly defined and realistic goals, methodology (who, what, how, when, why) and measurable outcomes.
    • Project must have potential to reach a large audience and have a wide impact.
  • An itemized budget

Application Information

How to Apply: Submit our Application Form
Deadline: April 18, 2021 @ 11:59 p.m.

  • All applications must be submitted online and no paper applications will be accepted.
  • A saved application is not a submitted application.
  • Keep a copy of your submitted email as proof your application was completed.

Key Dates

Awards: Two grants of up to a maximum of $5,000
Recipient Announcement Date: Early May, 2021
Project Implementation Start Date: May 7, 2021
Reimbursement Submission Deadline: June 30, 2021
Check-In: Bi-monthly meetings with educational specialist during the months of June, July, and August.
Reports & Deliverables Due: October 15, 2021
Presentation at Conference for Teaching and Learning: October 23, 2021

Reports and Deliverables

Awardees shall submit a final report to the SOM’s Office of Faculty Development by October 15, 2021. The final report shall include, but is not limited to, the following information:

  • Project Summary and Implementation Details
    Description of the project and its findings. Information about the tangible/pragmatic teaching methodology developed during the project, implementation, outcomes, participation, successes, data summary on key findings, and project application/sustainability plans.
  • Budget Accountability
    Describe how grant funds have been spent.
  • Check-In
    Awardees must schedule a meeting with an educational specialist bi-monthly during June, July, and August for support in planning and implementing the teaching improvement project to ensure project success and completion by October 15, 2021.

Financial Information


All applicants are required to submit an itemized budget with their application, not to exceed $5,000 per application. Budget categories include:

  • Advertising
  • Meals
  • Supplies
  • Transportation
  • Facility costs
  • Other direct costs
  • Related work plan activities

Any changes to project funding must be requested in writing via email to

The funds cannot be used for salaries or benefits, food and beverages or cash awards. The funds may be used for expenses related to the teaching improvement project or professional development related to teaching improvement such as conference, travel, or coursework.  


Award Recipient shall incur expenses on their home department funds. On or before June 2021, the award recipient must submit a list of expenses (actuals) to the UME Finance team who will process NCT to transfer the costs incurred in the award recipient’s home department to the Office of Faculty Development.  


Awardees will have the option to have some items purchased by the department before implementing their project. Items that can be purchased by UCR Health or the Office of Faculty Development on behalf of the awardee include:

  • Office/medical supplies
  • Printing
  • Software
  • Some equipment

Please be sure to review the Restrictions and Limitations to Low Value Purchase Authority policy for university guidelines on how funds may be spent.


Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed. D
Director of the Office of Faculty Development
Phone: (951) 827-2381