Grants overview


1. Grants administered at a College-level
Colleges will offer small teaching grants to those of their staff who wish to trial new and innovative approaches. The criteria, focus, and timing of the grants will be determined by each individual College. Please consult the College Director of Teaching and Learning for further information.


2. Grants administered across the University
There are two types of grants: those applied for on a rolling basis and those with a fixed application date. A Selection Panel approved by the Teaching and Learning Committee, convened by the Director, National Centre for Teaching and Learning, will evaluate applications within one month of submission. There are three grants at this level.

2.1 Innovation and Excellence Grants
Grants to enable staff to implement innovative approaches to teaching and learning and student success in College/Department/ Campus initiatives. Applicants who have successfully implemented College-Level Grants will be given preference.

Maximum amount: $5,000

2.2 Academic Programme Research and Development
Grants designed to support programme redesign and encourage exploration of new opportunities aligned with College and University strategy initiatives. PVC support for the application is essential to ensure alignment with College and University strategic aims.

Maximum amount:  $5,000 (Hanover Research support for market research is available to support the project at no additional cost to the recipient)

2.3 International Distance Education Programme Development Grant

These grants are jointly supported by the International Office and the National Centre for Teaching and Learning. There are two grants available which are designed to support the development of programmes for international students living overseas through distance education. Applications must be supported by the PVC and should be aligned with College and University priorities.

Maximum amount:  $10,000. Applications are due by 23 November each year.


3. The Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Innovation Fund
Funding to enable staff to undertake innovative work that will have a significant impact across the University.  Criteria determined by The Vice Chancellor.


4. National and International Level
One objective of the Framework is to develop skill and expertise among staff to enable them to compete successfully for externally funded teaching and learning grants. There are a small number of these currently available within New Zealand, but significant opportunities are available in the International domain. Details about these will be gathered and posted on the Awards and Grants Website. Criteria and timelines are determined by the funding agencies.

4.1 Not requiring institutional signoff
Externally-funded opportunities not requirfing University-level endorsement or ‘sign-off’. These will be Disciplinary, College, individual, or group-focused initiatives aligned with the knowledge and expertise of the staff member(s)/groups making the application.  These will include grants available from professional organisations and companies as well as initiatives such as;

i.              Ako Aotearoa Regional Hub Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 are available.  Information and criteria is available from:

ii.             The DEANZ Award

ii.             ascilite Awards

4.2 Requiring institutional signoff

Externally-funded opportunities requiring endorsement and/or resourcing and/or sign-off by a University Senior Manager (The University is the agency applying for/accepting responsibility for the overall grant/project).  

Examples include:

Ako Aotearoa Good practice grants (3 per institution per year)

Teaching and Learning Research Initiative,
Administered by NZCER on behalf of the Ministry of Education - applications for projects of up to $400,000 are considered.         

Export Education Innovation Fund (EEIF),
and also available through the Government Electronic Tender System –GETS.

Opportunities that may arise through the GETS (Government Electronic Tender System), registration required.

Ako Aotearoa’s National Project Fund
For grants of up to $150,000.

International initiatives. 

National Universities Technology Network (NUTN) Global Awards Programmes global awards program      

SLOAN-C Awards Programme

Erasmus Mundus
(Major European higher education collaborative funding initiative)

Hewlett Foundation Education Grants programme

IMS-Global Learning Impact Awards

Commonwealth of Learning Excellence in Distance Education Awards

To ensure the strongest possible cases are made, to avoid Massey competing with Massey, and to ensure that the resources needed to complete an application with the greatest possibility of success are made available, individuals or teams applying for external grants will need (in most cases) to submit a brief Expression of Interest to the Director of the National Centre for Teaching and Learning.  These will be reviewed expeditiously and once approval has been granted, the appropriate support will be made available as needed.

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