Enabling experimentation in novel, digitally driven models of education and associated pedagogical approaches, to enhance the delivery of our education and an inclusive student experience.  

We are running an open call for proposals for learning and teaching innovations to be funded by the College’s Learning and Teaching Strategy and the President’s Excellence Fund.

We are looking to fund projects which pursue the goals of the Learning and Teaching Strategy and are particularly keen to hear from teams with proposals which will enable experimentation in novel, digitally driven models of education and associated pedagogical approaches, to enhance the delivery of our education and an inclusive student experience.

As previously, this call draws together the Pedagogy Transformation Fund, the President’s Excellence Fund for Learning and Teaching Innovation and the Digital Innovation Fund.

We are running a single unified call for all three funds. Funding for projects of up to £50K each will be eligible for support from the President’s Excellence Fund for Learning and Teaching Innovation. Projects totalling £50K and over will be considered under the Pedagogy Transformation and Digital Innovation funding routes.

Outline proposals for projects should be submitted by 13:00 on Wednesday 27 April 2022, after which they will be considered by a panel for strategic approval. Proposals in receipt of strategic approval will be supported to work with relevant teams to work up a full business case and project plan for final agreement.

Funding Priorities


For simplicity and cohesion we are running one unified call for all three Funds.

The funding priorities have been aligned to the College’s key goals for education and are as follows. Proposals are expected to further the College’s ambitions in one or more of these areas.

Priorities and goals

Funding Priorities

  • To strengthen the education elements of the Academic Strategy and further complement the research elements – further embedding our research into our education.
  • To develop a flexible offer of Lifelong Learning opportunities for our students and global community, particularly drawing on technology-driven delivery.
  • To enhance the student experience of education by supporting initiatives that challenge and support our students to fulfil their potential.
  • To turn diverse backgrounds and cultures into an opportunity for mutual learning, taking advantage of different experiences and perspectives.
  • To strengthen support for students and working to embed equality, diversity and inclusivity in the campus community.
  • To invest in novel, innovative digital tools and associated pedagogical approaches that further the College’s key goals for education.
  • To explore the potential of emerging technologies to enhance the teaching and learning experience.
  • To enable experimentation with novel, digitally driven models of education such as micro-credentials and stackable qualifications.
  • To further engagement and collaboration with the College’s ecosystem for educational technology, including the faculty and interdisciplinary EdTech Labs.

Key Goals for Education

  • To deliver programmes which prepare students for the rapidly changing nature of careers.
  • To use technology to offer flexible education with a global reach.
  • To expand continuing education opportunities for professionals and enable life-long learning.
  • To foster greater collaboration across our academic disciplines; further embedding our research into education.
  • To design a diverse range of teaching, learning, experiential, and assessment approaches that recognise, support and attract students from all backgrounds.
  • To employ creative thinking in the use of physical and virtual space to maximise the student experience.

Funding Call Information

Who Can Apply?

We particularly welcome multidisciplinary and cross-College proposals which are aligned to and further our key objectives for education and the student experience.

We welcome applications from across the breadth of the College and its Faculties, Departments, Institutes, and teams. We are keen to particularly encourage:

  • Multidisciplinary and cross-College proposals, including from our Global Institutes
  • Proposals with potential for pan-College impact, and/or integration with other established College projects
  • Proposals which are developed with students as partners
  • Proposals which align our Learning and Teaching and Academic Strategies
  • A range of short and longer-term projects

What Can Funding Support?

In line with the College’s Learning and Teaching Strategy, the aim of the funding is to enable the realisation of creative new projects by providing resources and freeing-up time and space for staff to innovate, to develop and adapt known methods, and to introduce entirely new teaching methods while evaluating the effectiveness of these methods in the context of Imperial.

This funding call provides seed funding to allow staff to pilot projects and demonstrate potential for impact and integration across College. It is not anticipated that continuation funding will be available for projects funded via this call. Proposals are expected to outline plans for long-term sustainability, including how any required future funding will be sought (for example, via Faculty/Department buy-in or seeking external funding). Applications for funding must be supported by the Head(s) of Departments(s) or equivalent.

The resources needed to carry out a project will depend on local priorities, the scope, the size of the department/team and the extent to which the proposal develops and entirely new activity or builds upon existing work.

Application and Development Process

The proposal form is available here: Funding Opportunities call for proposals April 2022

Proposals should be submitted by 13:00 on Wednesday 27 April 2022 to ltstrategy@imperial.ac.uk

If a project is granted strategic approval, the proposed team will be invited to take part in a post-approval development process which will support them to develop their plans, business case and evaluation approach. This programme will be delivered through local workshops, drop-in sessions and resources. Full business cases and project plans will then be agreed ahead of the formal start of the project.

A briefing and Q&A session about this call will be held in March. Teams considering making an application are strongly encouraged to attend this session, which will also be recorded.

Further Support for Project Teams

Members of staff who are funded to work on approved projects will join a multidisciplinary community of staff and students who are engaged in the development, research and evaluation learning and teaching across College and the sector. Teams in receipt of funding will be encouraged to take an active role in this community by sharing project progress and outcomes at meetings, events and written communications.

Project teams will be able to tap into an extensive pool of colleagues with diverse and deep expertise and interests to help further develop their projects and will be supported though College networks and centres of expertise to build these links.

Those receiving funds are expected to take an evidence-based approach, evaluating innovation and change and ensuring that their work is informed by the educational research literature. Support to do this will be provided through opportunities to engage with professional development and networking opportunities provided by CHERS and the Education Office.