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Impact Grants


The deadline to apply for Impact Grants is Jan. 30.

Information Sheet





The deadline to apply for ILLUMINATE Grants for Fall/Spring implementations is April 1.

Priority will be given to applicants who have never received an ILLUMINATE Grant.


Implementation of past winners of the ILLUMINATE Grant, click here.


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Scoring Rubric

Liberty University Teaching Grants

  • Impact Professional Development Grants for Residential Adjunct Faculty

Deadline to apply for the grant is January 30, 2016.

About the Impact Professional Development Grants for Residential Adjunct Faculty:

Impact Professional Development Grants for Residential Adjunct Faculty,” provided by CTE, are designed to encourage faculty growth, enhance student learning, and improve teaching practices by covering the expenses associated with attendance at a higher education teaching and learning or professional trade conference. Special consideration is given to attendance at conferences that support QEP initiatives of the development, design and dissemination of collaborative research including curricular redesign, integration of technology into the classroom and collaborative and/or interdisciplinary teaching/learning opportunities.

For conference ideas, visit the CTE conference page. See grant information sheet and application (right-shaded box) for more information or to apply.


  • ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching

Faculty applications for the “ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching” can be made at http://tinyurl.com/ILLUMINATEGrant.  Deadline to apply is April 1 for Fall/Spring implementations.  Priority will be given to applicants who have never received an ILLUMINATE Grant.

About the ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching:

Full- and part-time residential faculty members, as well as online faculty teaching on-campus intensives, are eligible to apply.  Departmental or interdisciplinary teams of two or three are also invited.  Individuals may apply for up to $1500, teams of two up to $3000, and teams of three up to $4500 to implement new pedagogical techniques, classroom activities, technologies, class trips, and/or purchase materials that foster learner-centered experiences for students.  

Successful applications demonstrate effective active learning*.

*Active learning: In order to learn, students must do more than just listen: They must read, write, discuss, or be engaged in solving problems. In particular, students must engage in higher-order thinking tasks as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Active learning engages students in two aspects - doing things and thinking about the things they are doing. 

Recent ILLUMINATE Grant Winners

The projects funded by the ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching positively reflect the following National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice:

  1. Level of Academic Challenge
  2. Student Interactions with Faculty Members
  3. Active and Collaborative Learning
  4. Enriching Educational Experiences

Congratulations to the exemplary faculty who recently received an ILLUMINATE Grant!  To view a list of past winners, click here.

To learn more about winning projects, please visit the ILLUMINATE Grant Gallery.

External Grants

Grants for Junior Faculty in the fields of: Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Technology and Engineering, Health and Medicine, Social Sciences, and the Arts

Grants.gov is your source to find and apply for federal grants

Sponsored grants listed on National Endowment for the Humanities website

Funding opportunities from the National Endowment for the Arts

Funding opportunities in alcohol, other drug and violence prevention in higher education

Grants from the National Institute of Health

Funding enables women mathematicians to attend conferences in the field

Research and active funding for Biology

Funding from the NSF earmarked for Education

Funding opportunities from the NSF for Engineering

Funding opportunities for the Geosciences (Aeronomy, Atmospheric, Geophysics, etc.)

Funding opportunities for mathematical, computational, physical, and scientific studies

Funding opportunities for behavioral and economic sciences

Funding opportunities for cross-cutting and the National Science Foundation

Funding opportunities for the CNS Community

Grant listings and a blog for the international science community

Funding for underrepresented groups and individuals in the field of instructional development

Tips for Writing Grants


Other External Resources

Internal Resources

  • CTE - can serve as a reference and support for university faculty in grant writing
  • The Jerry Falwell Library - has books available on grant writing