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JISC is supporting, via this programme, one year projects and activities that fit with the vision, outcomes and principles of the JISC e-Learning programme and support innovative approaches to learning and teaching. This is an open call, and projects dealing with any aspect of e-learning are considered. To reduce the initial investment in time and resource needed to develop a traditional JISC proposal and to encourage speculative and innovative ideas from the community bidders submit outline proposals online. Funds up to £50,000 for projects of one year duration are available. JISC has committed at least £500,000 for this activity during the three planned years of this programme.

Learning and teaching innovation grants

The Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants programme supports one year projects of up to £50,000 each dealing with any aspect of e-learning. It is an open rolling call, with multiple submission deadlines available.

Proposals may be submitted by HE institutions funded via HEFCE, SFC, HEFCW and DEL Northern Ireland, and by FE institutions funded via SFC, DCELLS Wales and DEL Northern Ireland. FE institutions in England that teach HE to more than 400 FTEs are also eligible to bid provided proposals demonstrate how the work supports the HE in FE agenda.

Proposals may be from single institutions or consortia. Partnership arrangements may be developed outside the sector (for example with research council sites, publishers, commercial suppliers), but the lead partner must meet the criteria outlined above. Funds can only be allocated through the lead partner. Only one submission per institution is permitted for each submission date.

Assessment is a 2 stage process
  • Stage 1 A short outline proposal submitted via a bid template allowing assessors to choose interesting projects for the next stage
  • Stage 2 A video-conference or web-conference presentation and interview allowing the bidding team to elaborate on their project, and (if selected) the timely submission of a full JISC project plan.

JISC is continuously working to improve this experimental funding process and as part of this a review of the process was conducted in 2009. The review, undertaken by Dr Neil Witt, included a desk based analysis of bids to the first two rounds along with an examination of the assessment process. A copy of his final report is available at the end of this page.

Next submission date

There is no information on the next LTIG call at present. The last submission date was 21 March 2011. The call details can be found here. A briefing event was held online via Elluminate for this call on 22 February 2011, a link to a recording of this can be found below and a copy of the presentation used during the event is also available at the very end of this page.

  • Recording of the session
  • A copy of the presentation slides for this briefing event can also be found at the end of this page


More on the phases of funded projects in this programme