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Thrive Grants

Supporting a culture of pedagogical innovation


Funded by the Office of the Provost and administered by the Center for Teaching Excellence, Thrive grants are available to UVA instructors who wish to innovate their undergraduate courses. 


All proposed pedagogical innovations–defined broadly as adaptations of commonly employed teaching practices or activities or distinctly new, creative ones–centered on undergraduate courses will be considered. Innovations can be localized at the individual instructor-level, within a program, or across the institution. Innovations can be new or novel to the respective instructor or program even if not to the larger pedagogical community: innovation with a lower-case "i." They also can be uniquely new or novel in broader higher education contexts: innovation with an upper-case "I." All innovations must have clear potential to increase one or more of the following intended outcomes: educational equity, student retention or persistence, sense of belonging, learning or engagement, or instructor engagement or efficiency. (Read more about each intended outcome in the Definitions section below.)


The following definitions are intended to help characterize pedagogical innovations. During the application process, applicants will be asked to self-identify outcomes and impact anticipated from the proposed grant activities.


Faculty Administrator: Michael Palmer

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