Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

SEED Grants for innovation in teaching

SEED Grants will provide 25 applicants with 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.

The 2018 theme is Equity Challenges, with priority given to projects that closely align with the CLeaR Fellowship theme ‘He vaka moana: Navigating Māori and Pasifika student success’. What are the most pressing equity challenges in your department, school or faculty? How might you reframe your assessments, classroom activities and online interactions to foster inclusivity and celebrate diversity? And how can the changes that you make on behalf of specific groups – for example, Māori and Pasifika students navigating the pākehāpalagi mainstream; female students in male-dominated disciplines or vice versa; international students struggling to understand diphthong-laden Kiwi accents – be leveraged to benefit all students?

See also Frequently Asked Questions.


Each academic year from 2017 through 2019, up to 25 applicants will receive a SEED Grant of up to $5,000 designed to incentivise innovative teaching related to CLeaR’s annual theme. Funding allocations from will be made by a panel appointed by the Director of CLeaR.


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


7 July, 2017 Application process opens
24 August Information/feedback session for applicants (optional)
18 September, 2017 Applications due
14 October, 2017 Decisions made and applicants informed


The project should 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.

Priority will be given to candidates whose projects are designed to benefit the learning of Māori/Pasifika students or other equity groups.

Successful applicants will be required to:

  1. Attend several cohort meetings during the grant period and participate in an online community of practice.
  2. Make themselves available for interviews, focus groups and other research and dissemination activities related to the project, both short-term and long-term.
  3. 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.


The SEED Grants may be 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 will not be 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. You might like to organise an advance consultation with CLeaR.

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.


Applications for the 2018 SEED Grants have now closed.

Frequently asked questions

We have pre-empted some of your questions on our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please contact seedgrants@auckland.ac.nz


2017 SEED Grant recipients