SEED Grants for innovation in teaching

The 2020 SEED Grants will provide individual applicants or teams up to $5,000 each to support innovative or experimental approaches to learning and teaching.


The Schuler Educational Enhancement and Development (SEED) Fund for Innovation in Teaching aims to sow innovative teaching practices across the University and support academics with the resources they need to germinate and flourish. The short-term objective is to identify and cultivate small-scale teaching initiatives that might otherwise fail to take root. The longer-term aim is to propagate an institution-wide culture of educational innovation, experimentation and on-going professional development, thereby lifting the quality of teaching across the University and building stronger communities of practice amongst tertiary teachers.


In 2020, up to 16 applicants will receive a SEED Grant of up to $5,000 designed to incentivise innovative teaching related to CLeaR’s 2020 theme 'Designing for Learning'. This is the last year that the SEED Grants will be available. Funding allocations will be made by a panel appointed by the Director of CLeaR.

Theme for 2020

The 2020 theme is Designing for Learning, with a focus on empowering University of Auckland staff to design transformative learning opportunities that are innovative, active/experiential and culturally sustaining and that bridge face-to-face and online learning environments.  CLeaR can provide support for this process via the Course Design Catalyst, which provides individuals and course teams with a structured opportunity to work together in an intensive course design workshop.

Eligibility and criteria

Applicants must be University of Auckland academic staff with teaching responsibilities. Professional staff and GTAs may partner with academic staff as co-applicants.

The project must be:

  • Manageable within a one year timeframe (November to November).
  • Forward-looking (funding is unlikely to be awarded for one-off interventions that cannot be replicated without further funding).
  • Relevant to CLeaR’s annual teaching and learning theme.

Successful applicants are required to:

  • Attend several cohort meetings* during the grant period and participate in an online community of practice.
  • Make themselves available for interviews, focus groups and other research and dissemination activities related to the project, both short-term and long-term.
  • Showcase their projects at CLeaR’s annual Teaching and Learning Symposium and provide brief written reports on their projects, which may be published on the CLeaR website and elsewhere to inform future innovation by others.

* Attendance is required at four meetings between October 2019 and September 2020 on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 22 October 2019, 2 - 4pm
  • Thursday 27 February 2020, 10am - 12pm
  • Thursday 25 June 2020, 10am - 12pm
  • Thursday 24 September 2020, 10am - 12pm

How to apply

Applications for 2020 are now closed. The deadline for submissions was 5pm Friday 6 September 2019.


The SEED Grants are used in any way that directly supports the applicants in undertaking their project: for example, teaching assistance, the creation of teaching resources, research assistance to support the scholarship of teaching and learning, focus groups, software development, media work (videos), teaching materials.

Funding is not provided to buy assets (furniture, IT equipment) or buy-out.

Applicants must ensure that, if the proposed project would require resources from or have an impact on other units within or beyond the University (eg Media Services, ITS, community groups), the relevant parties have been consulted before the application is submitted.

Because projects to be supported will be of a “seeding” nature, there should be no expectation of ongoing support beyond the term of the grant.

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Past projects

2020 theme

Designing for Learning

2019 theme

A new Canvas for teaching and learning

2018 theme

He vaka moana: Navigating Māori and Pasifika student success

2017 theme

Writing, writing everywhere