Course Development Funds

Innovative course development is fundamental to Brown’s open curriculum. Mini-grants support small-scale projects, materials, or activities in undergraduate classes. Larger grants are available to develop new undergraduate courses or revise existing courses in ways that promote strategic initiatives. Brown faculty, including emeritus faculty, are eligible to apply. Recipients will typically be expected to report on their funded activities and the outcomes of the curriculum (re)design.

Most applications open August 1 for the following academic year. 

Course Development Projects

Samples of successful proposals may be shared upon request. Proposals for courses that meet the following institutional priorities are particularly encouraged:

Course Type or Topic Grant Opportunity Amount Deadline Application Link
Courses on Race, Power, and Privilege  Request for Proposals -- Priority given to survey or introductory (below 1000-level) courses Up to $5,000 April 15, by 11:59 pm ET Application opens August 1 each year

General Course development projects

Priority given to new or re-designed: 

- Online courses

- First-Year Seminars (Program Description | Request for Proposals)

- Sophomore Seminars (program desciption | Request for Proposals)

Up to $4,000


Beginning August 1: rolling, until funds are exhausted

Application opens August 1 each year

Courses on data science across disciplines and in science technology, engineering, and math (STEM)

Funding for a course in the biological and physical sciences or an interdisciplinary course that straddles the sciences




Beginning August 1: rolling, until funds are exhausted

Zern Application opens Aug 1

Documentary film courses Tarrant Endowed Teaching Fund 
supports activities (in or outside of a course) that explore issues of social and cultural importance through documentary film. 

Flexible Rolling, until funds are exhausted Application
Travel-Embedded Courses for 1-2 faculty and up to 12 undergraduates (semester or Winter Session)

Curriculum Development (Global Experiential Learning and Teaching Grant, Phase I)

Travel/Implementation Grant (Global Experiential Learning and Teaching Grant, Phase II)

Up to $4,000


Up to $35,000

Typically February



Past recipients are showcased in News from Brown and the Brown Daily Herald

Summer and Winter Session Courses See the Division of Pre-College and Undergraduate Summer and Winter Session's Website  Up to $4,000 Rolling [email protected]

Mini-Grants for Course Enhancement | Apply after August 1 and at least one month prior to anticipated activities

Salomon Curricular Mini-grants provide up to $500 to support the integration of learning activities into an existing undergraduate course with at least ten enrolled students. Funds may be used to support guest speakers, to purchase materials for a course, and to finance class field trips (see the University Policies on course-related travel, and, if necessary, download student travel waiver forms), among other expenses. Given our institutional commitment to equity and inclusion of all students regardless of available financial resources, we urge instructors to consider including requests for expenses that students might otherwise incur, including costs related to student projects and research.

With the exception of September, when the volume tends to be highest, faculty can expect to hear back within approximately two weeks. Faculty who have received a grant during a given academic year may submit another proposal after March 1 if additional funds remain. 

Community-Engaged Course Development Mini Grants provide up to $500 to support the integration of community-engaged learning activities, such as guest speakers, and field trips, into existing courses. Apply here.