Teaching & Learning Request for Proposals


In October 2014, the Office of the Provost launched a Request for Proposals for Hybrid Course Redesign and Delivery.  In response to our first two requests for proposals, we received over ninety proposals from faculty across all the schools at Columbia University.  Senior faculty review committees selected projects to receive grants.  Each project was chosen based on its potential to enhance teaching and learning at Columbia.  The selected projects cover a broad range of disciplines and topics, from history to economics to biomedical engineering.  These projects are already exposing undergraduate and graduate students alike to partial or full flipping of the classroom, team-based and experiential learning, and just-in-time teaching.


Click here to view the awardees of the Spring 2019 Provost’s RFPs.


In January 2019, the Office of the Provost announced:


  • The sixth Request for Proposals for Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery. Instructors of courses selected will have access to the resources and support of the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) for content development, instructional design, media production, systems integration, assessment, and project management.  Courses selected are also funded from $5,000 up to $20,000 for a one-semester period.  A key goal of this fund is to measure the effectiveness of these designs, delivery methods and learning strategies, and to improve instructional delivery and learning outcomes of Columbia University students from all disciplines.  Deadline: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM
  • The fourth Request for Proposals for Massive Open Online Courses.  Accepted courses will receive extensive consultation services and support for instructional design and media production from the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).  Funds will be available from the Office of the Provost for each MOOC of up to $25,000.  Courses offered through MOOC platforms have the potential to reach large and global audiences, to stimulate curiosity and intellectual exploration, to make more visible the teaching and research activities of the University, and to promote public engagement.  Deadline: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM
  • The second Request for Proposals for Start Small! Mini-Grants provides support to faculty who are interested in experimenting with one new pedagogical strategy or tool.  Awardees will receive in-kind support from the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and will also be funded with a financial grant of up to $2,000 for a one-semester period.  The mini-grants are designed to promote innovative thinking about and approaches to teaching, learning, and student engagement.  Deadline: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM
  • The new Provost’s Interdisciplinary Teaching Awards (ITA) are designed to support faculty from different disciplines to work collaboratively on the design and launch of innovative interdisciplinary courses.  Emerging from the deliberations of the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Working Group, this brand new program will award up to $20,000 to teams of 2 or more faculty from different departments or schools to develop and offer undergraduate or graduate courses that integrate content and perspectives from different disciplines to enhance student learning. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) on course design, and assistance in new pedagogies, student assessment, and course evaluation while preparing the proposal.  Deadline: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM.  The RFP can be downloaded here



Workshops, Consultations, and Resources

The CTL offers several ways for faculty to learn more information and receive support for designing their proposal through information sessions, workshops, consultations, and a new on-demand resource on blended learning. Faculty can learn more about previous successful projects and interact with awardees at the Celebration of Teaching & Learning Symposium to be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Low Library. 

Town Hall Information Session: Wondering about the kinds of projects that are eligible for awards? Have a question about the different types of awards this year and which might be the best fit for your idea? Attend our Town Hall on February 11, 2019 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm in Butler Library 213 to learn more about the RFPs and the application process.

  • Time commitment: 1 hour
  • Recommended for: All applicants
  • Registration not required

Office Hours: Want some general feedback on your proposal draft? Drop in at our office hours on April 5, 12, or 18, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM in Butler Library 204. We’ll have CTL staff on hand to give you feedback and help you work through elements of your draft.

  • Time commitment: 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Recommended for: New or returning applicants
  • Registration not required

Consultations: Need some one-on-one help brainstorming your proposal ideas? Request a consultation with a CTL staff member by sending an email to ColumbiaCTL@columbia.edu.

  • Time commitment: 30 minutes to one hour
  • Recommended for: New or returning applicants
  • Registration/appointment required

Course Design Essentials for RFPs Workshop: Looking to get hands-on instruction designing your course for a Hybrid Learning Grant proposal? Register for our Course Design Essentials for RFPs workshop on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Butler Library 212.

  • Time commitment: 3 hours plus lunch
  • Recommended for: New applicants, applicants from Humanities, previous applicants whose proposals were not funded
  • Registration required

Assessment Tune-Up Sessions: Need help tightening up your proposal draft, especially building out the assessment plan? Register for our Assessment Tune-Up Session on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM in Butler Library 212, where you’ll get an overview of assessment techniques and feedback what might work best for you.

  • Time commitment: 90 minutes
  • Recommended for: All applicants
  • Registration required

On-demand Resource: What is blended learning? What are the benefits to a blended learning approach? What are some strategies for getting started? The CTL’s new guide to blended learning helps instructors answer these questions by describing the elements of an effective, learner-centered “blend” derived from research and evidence-based practices. In addition, the guide offers questions that instructors can reflect on before designing their course and additional references and resources. This guide is particularly useful to faculty applying for the Provost’s Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery grant.