Funding Opportunities

Find the funding that fits your needs.

Experimentation takes time, creative energy, and in many cases, funding. How do you find the right funding channels for your project? The Shipley Center, Center for Teaching & Learning, and Educational Technology are here to help. Through a variety of funding opportunities, we collaborate with BU leadership, faculty, and staff to explore new technology-enabled educational programs and pedagogies that will transform the residential experience at BU.

The following is a list of funding levels and programs:

Grant Brief Description Audience Due Date Funding Next Steps
Shipley Pilot Projects Proofs of concept to accelerate educational transformation  at BU through use of innovative technologies BU leadership, faculty, staff Three submissions deadlines per year Varies based on project needs Learn more:
Accelerating Classroom Transformation (ACT) Grants Small-scale technology-enabled projects that explore new or improved pedagogical approaches  BU faculty, graduate teaching fellows Monthly submission deadlines Up to $5,000

ACT funds will be distributed to your BU department for management.

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Beyond BU Funding  List of  funding sources for the piloting, sustainability, and impact evaluation of technology-enabled experimentation BU leadership, faculty, staff Varies Varies Learn more:

Our mission is to provide the consultative, project management, and funding resources you need to experiment, innovate, and transform the teaching and learning landscape at BU.

Attend an information session or schedule a one-on-one or small-group consultation. Our team of teaching and learning facilitators, project managers, and educational technologists are available to meet with you and explore your bold new idea.

One size doesn't fit all.

The Shipley Center, Center for Teaching & Learning, and Educational Technology are dedicated to uplifting your quest for experimentation. We offer a variety of funding options and provide cutting-edge consultative services to support you every step of the way.


Project Spotlight: RANDOM ACTOR

The Random Actor pilot project launched in November 2021. Serving as the Shipley Center's first collaboration with BU College of Fine Arts, the technology debuted in the May CFA's production of Exit the King. Read about Random Actor, a software tool designed to create live, interactive stage projections, and watch a video of the technology in action.

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“I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive and engaged group of professionals than those I have worked with at the Shipley Center.”
David Shawn, Turtoring Writing in the Disciplines Project Lead
"Working with the Shipley Center allowed me to workshop ideas and pilot a project, not only to enhance my interaction with students but to enhance meaningful student interactions with each other in a large introductory STEM class with 260 students."
Kathryn Spillios, ACT grant recipient
"Getting a new project off the ground is always tough, but [they] helped us bring together a team to tackle the challenges and get things started."
Binyomin Abrams, Prepare with CARE project lead


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