The 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education


The Office of the Dean of the College is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 250th Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education, the University’s principal resource for supporting curricular innovation.

All proposals should be completed and submitted in the application portal no later than January 31, 2022. Please email Racheal L. Jones in the Office of the Dean of the College if you have questions or difficulty accessing the portal. All faculty are eligible to apply.

The 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education (the Innovation Fund) is the University's principal resource for supporting innovation in the undergraduate curriculum. With the endorsement of their department or program, faculty members may submit proposals for new or reimagined courses, particularly medium to large courses, in any subject at any level. 

The 250th Anniversary Fund committee consists of the dean and deputy dean of the college, the dean and senior associate dean of the faculty, the director of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, the director of the Princeton Writing Program, and an assistant provost. A faculty committee reviews all applications before the final stage of the selection process and makes recommendations to the committee based on how directly the proposed courses respond to University priorities (e.g., service, international, cultural studies, online learning). Awards are announced in late March or early April.

While all faculty members are eligible to apply, proposals from tenure-track and tenured faculty will be given priority in the selection process. The committee seeks to support courses that have the potential to be offered on a continuing basis and applicants may seek up to three years of funding. Awards may be used for a variety of purposes, including summer stipends for course development, costs related to the adoption of new instructional technology, costs for additional AIs needed to support experimental teaching formats, class trips and other enhancements, and guest speakers, but not for FTE, capital projects, or major equipment purchases. Faculty proposing courses with multiple components (e.g., significant AI support, online components) are advised to propose their course for the spring semester so that there is adequate time to create new content and secure appropriate staffing.

Please refer to the links in the adjacent menu for more information on funding criteria, process, budget guidelines and expectations for reporting project outcomes.