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Funding and Calls for Proposals

Calls for proposals from the ALe and external sponsors for the further development of academic teaching
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The Academy for Teaching Development (Akademie für Lehrentwicklung (ALe)) is happy to inform you about current calls for proposals / funding programmes related to the further development of academic teaching.

The ALe itself regularly announces funding lines within the University for which applications for funding can be submitted at the times indicated. You can find further information on these funding lines below.

Information on other—external—calls for proposals in the area of teaching, which require a central application procedure via the University Management, can also be found on this page under external calls for proposals.

Internal calls for proposals of the ALe

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Good teaching is of central importance at the University of Jena. The Academy for Teaching Development underlines the importance of teaching for the University by announcing funding lines that contribute to the further development and improvement of teaching at our University. These are intended to provide the additional resources necessary to promote teaching on a project or event basis.
We invite all University members interested in good teaching to participate in the Academy's calls for proposals that are relevant to them!

Which teaching projects can be funded?

The ALe advertises the funding lines mentioned below.
You may find it useful to see the calls for proposals for the individual funding lines, which give you more information about the type of teaching-related projects that can be funded:

Innovation in Teaching Show content

The Academy for Teaching Development promotes teachers who are committed to the high quality of academic teaching at our University. That is why the funding line ‘Innovation in Teaching’ is made available to all full-time employees of the University who are involved in teaching. Projects to be funded are those which aim at:

  • carrying out out an innovative teaching concept for the first time;
  • expanding successfully implemented department-specific teaching concepts to other departments;
  • integrating successfully tested innovative teaching concepts into the curriculum in the long term.

In the present funding line, projects may be funded with up to €15,000.
The funds granted may be used for the following expenses:

  • temporary increase of working hours for a teaching associate (based on the collective agreement TV-L) to carry out the teaching project;
  • temporary employment of student assistants or tutors to support the teaching project;
  • teaching contracts based on concepts;
  • project-based material resources;
  • expenses for documenting and publishing project-related findings-

The criteria, which are given special consideration when assessing the proposals, are based on the objectives of the funding line:

  • Innovation: The project to be funded should be innovative. This may refer to the further development of established teaching forms and to the testing of new teaching concepts. It also implies putting a new content-related emphasis on the teaching.
  • Sustainability: Firstly, the project may be of experimental nature. Provided the experiment is successful, the sustainability of the teaching innovation should, however, be guaranteed. Sustainability may be achieved, for instance, by providing a stable financial concept for the continuation of the project, through changes within the study programme, or through the development of re-usable teaching formats or teaching materials that can be used in the long term.
  • Transferability: After the project phase / test phase, it should be possible to transfer the project to a larger or different group of participants, or to other departments. Furthermore, the project should advance teaching within the department or beyond.

Would you like to apply for funding for your teaching project?

Please submit your complete application documents according to the call for applications via the Dean's Office/the Dean for Studtent Affairs! Further information on the application procedure can be found here.

Free Space for Teaching Show content

With the funding line ‘Free Space for Teaching’, the Academy for Teaching Development supports teachers committed to the further development of teaching. Teachers at our University can thus be provided with additional resources for implementing specific projects in the area of academic teaching.

Further development of academic teaching may relate to:

  • the development of new teaching and learning concepts, or new teaching contents;
  • the conceptualization or profound re-organization of study programmes (taking the structural requirements for study programmes into consideration);
  • the further development of the curriculum.

In this funding line, a maximum of €50,000 per year are made available. Funding is granted for up to two semesters, usually beginning in the next winter semester after the submission of the application.
The funds granted may be used for the following expenses:

  • reciprocal financing of temporary reductions/exemptions of teaching load;
  • expenses for student assistants or tutors;
  • expenses for documenting and publishing the project-related results and findings.

All full-time members of the teaching staff at the University are eligible to apply. The projects may be carried out by individuals or by teams likewise.

When selecting projects to be funded, the decisive factor is the expected contribution to the advancement of the academic teaching. Therefore, the selection criteria are:

  • added value for teaching in the respective subject, e.g. by developing re-usable teaching formats and contents, or sustainable teaching materials;
  • broad impact of the measure, e.g. enrichment of teaching in other subjects (encouraged by an exchange of experiences);
  • potential for a sustainable integration of new teaching and learning concepts.

Would you like to apply for funding for your teaching project?

Please submit your complete application documents according to the call for applications via the Dean's Office/the Dean for Studtent Affairs! Further information on the application procedure can be found here.

Discussion about Development in the Faculties Show content

The Academy for Teaching Development supports faculties in strengthening and further developing subject-specific academic teaching. The funding line Discussion about Development in the Faculties therefore sets a focus on the subject-specific exchange on teaching and learning at the respective faculty. Public conferences, internal conferences, or other dialogue-based forms are eligible for funding.

In this funding line, individual projects may be funded with up to €2,500 each. Among many other measures, the funds granted may be used, for instance, for the following event-related measures:

  • expenses for student and graduate assistants;
  • costs for speakers, moderators;
  • costs for event materials;
  • expenses for documenting and publishing project-specific results and findings.

Would you like to apply for funding for your teaching project?

Please submit your complete application documents according to the call for applications via the Dean's Office/the Dean for Studtent Affairs! Further information on the application procedure can be found here.

Student Initiatives Show content

The Academy for Teaching Development supports students in strengthening and further developing subject-specific academic teaching. The funding line ‘Student Initiatives’ provides special funding for student projects that encourage the subject-specific or interdisciplinary exchange related to teaching or that focus on the promotion of academic teaching and learning.

In this funding line, individual projects may be funded with up to €2,500 each.
The funds granted may be used for the following expenses:

  • expenses for student assistants or tutors;
  • fees for speakers, moderators;
  • costs for event materials;
  • expenses for documenting and publishing project-related results and findings.

All enrolled students are eligible to apply for funding for a student initiative. (Doctoral candidates are not eligible for this funding line, as they can apply for independent funding through the Graduate Academy).

When assessing the proposals, the following criteria are taken into account in particular:

  • The project or event is planned and carried out by students of the University of Jena.
  • The project deals with a current problem related to subject-specific learning.
  • The project encourages the improvement of teaching and/or learning methods.

Would you like to apply for funding for your project?

Please submit your complete application documents according to the call for applications via the Dean's Office/the Dean for Studtent Affairs! Further information on the application procedure can be found here.

Student Initiatives PLUS (in cooperation with the Ernst-Abbe-Stiftung) Show content

In cooperation with the Ernst-Abbe-Stiftung, the Academy for Teaching Development supports the commitment of students in the area of teaching and learning at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Individual projects organized by students, which serve the purpose of subject-related or interdisciplinary exchange on topics regarding teaching and learning, or which focus on the promotion of academic learning and teaching, are to receive special funding.

In this funding line, individual projects may be funded with up to €2,500 each.
The funds granted may be used for the following expenses:

  • expenses for student assistants or tutors;
  • fees for speakers, moderators;
  • costs for event materials;
  • expenses for documenting and publishing project-related results and findings.

All enrolled students are eligible to apply for funding for a student initiative. (Doctoral candidates are not eligible for this funding line, as they can apply for independent funding through the Graduate Academy).

When assessing the proposals, the following criteria are taken into account in particular:

  • The project or event is planned and carried out by students of the University of Jena.
  • The project supports students’ learning also beyond study contents in the narrower sense.
  • The project is an existing student initiative that fulfils some of the criteria mentioned above.

Would you like to apply for funding for your project?

Please submit your complete application documents according to the call for applications via the Dean's Office/the Dean for Studtent Affairs! Further information on the application procedure can be found here.

When and How is it possible to apply for funding?

When?

Applications can be submitted to the Academey of Teaching Development only via the Dean's Office (usually the Dean for Student Affairs) of your faculty by 15 March (all funding lines) and 15 September (funding lines "Development Dialogue in the Faculties", "Student Initiatives" and "Student Initiatives PLUS"). Therefore, please submit your application to the Dean's Office (in many cases to the Dean for Student Affairs) by the internal faculty deadline.
Information on the internal faculty deadlines You will  find below or you can obtain it from the dean's office (usually from the Dean for Student Affairs) of your faculty.

Internal
faculty
deadlines
all
funding lines

funding lines
"Discussion about Development in the Faculties"
"Student Initiatives"
"Student Initiatives PLUS"

  • all faculties
15. February 15. August
How?

Information on the necessary application documents can be found in the call for the respective funding line. The calls for proposals for the individual funding lines, corresponding financial requirement calculation aids and the application form can be found in the download area of this page.

Applications should preferably be in German or, if applicable, in English.

 

Would you like to be inspired by teaching projects that have received funding?

On this page, you will find an overview of the projects that the ALe has funded so far.
Short descriptions of the projects and other information and documents will provide you with more detailed information on individual projects.

 

External calls for proposals for academic teaching projects

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Fellowships in digital academic teaching in Thuringia 2021/22 Show content

The Thuringian Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society in cooperation with Stifterverband has already announced the programme ‘Fellowships für Innovationen in der digitalen Hochschullehre Thüringen’ several times. The funded projects are intended to create stimuli for the development and testing of digitally supported teaching and examination formats or the redesign of modules with the consistent use of digital technologies and the dissemination of the results of the respective projects in the sense of best practice sharing.

From 1 October 2021, this programme will once again offer up to ten fellowships, each endowed with up to 50,000 euros.

The call for applications is aimed at teachers who work at universities that are state-run in the Federal State of Thuringia. The duration of funding is 15 months (1 October 2021 to 31 December 2022).

Applications for a fellowship can only be submitted via the University management. The University's internal application deadline is 10 May 2020. Please submit your complete application in electronic form to ale@uni-jena.de by this date. The ALe will inform you about any further steps that may be necessary. University management will collect the applications and send them to Stifterverband by 28 May 2021.

You can find the detailed call for applications and the application cover sheet in the download section of the ALe’s website.

For further information on the procedure and on the previously funded fellows can be found, please see https://www.stifterverband.org/digital-lehrfellows-thueringen.

You can find out more about the previous Fellows of Friedrich Schiller University Jena on the pages on Externally funded teaching projects.

On Friday, 23 April 2021 from 10:00 to 13:00, Stifterverband offers a webinar for interested applicants, where detailed information about the programme, the application modalities and selection criteria as well as the funding opportunities will be provided. Participants will have the opportunity to clarify their questions. If you would like to participate in the webinar, please register informally by email (andrea.kuppen@stifterverband.de) by 16 April 2021.

Cooperative stimulus projects in the eTeach Netzwerk Thüringen Show content

The eTeach Netzwerk Thüringen promotes innovative stimulus projects that digitally enrich teaching and learning at Thuringian universities and take it to the next level. Formats of learning, teaching and examination are to be further developed in a competence-oriented way and with a very good fit to student requirements. This also involves the implementation of innovative digital tools that contribute to the didactic enrichment of teaching and learning in the real and virtual world. The results of the projects serve as stimuli for teachers at all Thuringian universities and can be integrated into learning, teaching and examination offers.

Teachers at Thuringian universities are invited to submit an application for funding for a stimulus project. Every year, up to six projects with a duration of six months or up to three full-year projects are funded. For each project, the participation of at least two project partners from different universities is desired. In exceptional cases, the partners can also be working at the same university.

Project applications are submitted centrally via the university management. The internal application deadline at the University of Jena is 9 April 2021. Please submit your complete application in electronic form to anna.svet@uni-jena.de by this date.

You can find more information on the call for proposals and the required application documents on the following website of the eTeach network.

If you have any questions about the application process, funding modalities and funding, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Anna Svet (anna.svet@uni-jena.de, +49 3641 9-401041) from the University’s Office Digital University or the eTeach core team (kontakt@eteach-thueringen.de).

Promotion of artificial intelligence in higher education (Federal-Länder initiative) Show content

The funding announcement ‘Förderung der künstlichen Intelligenz in der Hochschulbildung’ has now been published and is currently available at the following link:

https://www.bmbf.de/foerderungen/bekanntmachung-3409.html.

Faculties of Friedrich Schiller University Jena that would like to submit an application please contact Dr Frederik Schulz (Head of Digital University, www.uni-jena.de/digital de, as he will coordinate the applications. The universities are to submit initial information on the number of planned applications to the Thuringian Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society by 22 March 2021; project descriptions are to be submitted by 16 April.

SMART qualifiziert: MINTplus - plusMINT Show content

As part of the Smart Qualifiziert programme, the Daimler Foundation and Stifterverband have published a call for proposals in a second funding round entitled ‘MINTplus—plusMINT’ to promote holistic and cross-disciplinary STEM education. Both overarching university strategies and concrete implementation measures at the level of study programmes and projects are eligible for funding. The involvement of external partners is also strongly encouraged.

In a first step, up to 15 projects will be funded, each receiving up to 10,000 euros. At the end of the first year of the three-year project period, these universities, designated as Fellows, can apply for further funding from an innovation fund, for which resources totalling 300,000 euros are available. The Fellow universities can apply for these funds individually or in association with other Fellows who are pursuing similar project ideas or a corresponding scale.

For the first application phase, each university can submit several applications from different faculties, but only one per faculty.

Friedrich Schiller University Jena has defined the following central application procedure for this phase of the call:

  1. by 15 April 2021: submission of an expression of interest in participating in the call for proposals with a brief description of the project content and details of those involved in the project to ale@uni-jena.de;
  2. by 30 April: feedback from the university management as to whether the project application is supported in principle and, if so, request for submission of a complete project application;
  3. submission of the complete project application by 20 May 2021 to ale@uni-jena.de and subsequent review of the applications by the university management (feedback to the applicant if adjustments are required);
  4. submission of the applications to Stifterverband by 31 May 2021 (presumably centrally by the university management).

You can find further information on the call for proposals and the application form at: https://www.stifterverband.org/smart-qualifiziert.

Foundation for Innovation in Higher Education Teaching Show content

Funding Announcement 2020—Strengthening Higher Education Teaching through Digitization.

Due to the pandemic, the first funding announcement of the Innovation in Higher Education Foundation was brought forward in time. The Foundation explains that the ‘corona pandemic [...] has created acute pressure for universities to rethink their teaching and learning, to develop digital teaching and learning formats on an ad hoc basis and to rapidly expand their infrastructure and support structure.’

In the current call for proposals, each university can submit a maximum of one individual application and one joint application. Following a decision by the university management, our University will submit an individual application on a central and transferable cross-sectional topic and a joint application from the Faculty of Medicine.

Duration of project funding: 1 August 2021 to 31 July 2024, maximum 36 months

Amount of funding per application: 0.5 to 5 million euros.

You can find further information on the current funding announcement at: https://stiftung-hochschullehre.de/ausschreibungen/foerderbekanntmachung-2020/.

Curricula of the future Show content

As part of the Curricula der Zukunft programme within the framework of the Thuringian strategy for digitalization in higher education, innovative study projects were supported. This created stimuli for the further development of study content and academic forms of teaching and learning. The funded pilot projects help to adequately prepare students for a living and working environment increasingly shaped by digitization. The aim of the funding is to develop innovative curricular reform projects that showcase new approaches and can be transferred to other study programmes, departments or institutions.

In 2018 and 2019, three projects at Friedrich Schiller University Jena were supported with a total of approx. 180,000 euros.

Here, you will find an overview of teaching projects at the University of Jena that received funding from external programmes.

 

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