External Funding Sources

Pound CoinsExternal Funding

The following are examples of external funding bodies to which you can apply for teaching and learning research grants.

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Please consult the page on How CQSD Can Help for guidance on putting together funding applications and expressions of interest.


The HEA typically offers small grants for teaching and learning innovation and enhancement. There are funding calls which provide funding tailored to different disciplines.

University of Reading staff are currently leading a number of HEA-funded projects. These include:

  • Dr Calvin Smith (Mathematics): A sustainable approach to embedding industry-essential employability skills in mathematics programmes
  • Dr James Garnett (Institute of Education): Musician and Teacher: Understanding employment priorities for music education
  • Dr Kim Watson (Biological Sciences): Creating a global agenda in the Biosciences
  • Dr Robert Jackson (Biological Sciences): Development of a 'basic training' course for students travelling abroad.

HEA Teaching Development Grants for 2013-14

Higher Education Academy teaching development grants are a core part of the HEA's work to build up an evidence base for the sector around what works in learning and teaching. Through the practice that they develop and model, they encourage innovations in learning and teaching that have the potential for discipline-wide and sector-wide impact.

Grants are awarded through a bidding process to individuals, academic departments and collaborative teams within higher education institutions that subscribe to the HEA.

For further details of the funding call please see http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/tdg

The Teaching Development Grants Collaborative Scheme invites proposals from two or more departments/Schools or other groupings within or between HEIs. This can include collaboration with international partners.

Funding is for an 18-month project of up to £60,000. The project lead must be a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. The hosting institution will be expected to contribute towards the project in the form of match funding.

Projects are to support the enhancement of learning and teaching and should focus on at least one of the following key themes: Assessment and Feedback, Flexible Learning, Education for sustainable development, Employability, Internationalisation, Retention and success, Reward and recognition, Students as partners and Online Learning.

Details are available at: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/tdg/grants


HEFCE awards grants for teaching and learning related projects and provides advice on good practice.


JISC offers funding for learning, teaching and research schemes which utilise digital technologies.


The EU has various avenues for teaching and learning project funding.

CQSD is also happy to discuss project proposals with staff.

Lifelong learning

  • The Erasmus Programme enables students to study abroad for a period of time and also supports co-operation between HEIs across Europe via multilateral projects and academic networks. Overheads are 7% of direct costs and the EU contribution is only 75%.
  • Transversal Programme involves innovating and sharing good policy practices, breaking the language barriers, innovative learning through technology and spreading and implementing the results. There are four separate strands to this programme. Overheads are 7% of direct costs and the EU contribution is only 75%.

External programme

For all of the Lifelong learning and external programme schemes, maximum staff daily rates and subsistence rates usually apply. Staff daily rates are often less than the real cost for academics.

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