Instructional Continuity Small Grant opportunity: Enhancing student-to-student learning

The following is a recent message from Steven Cramer, UW–Madison Vice Provost for Instructional Continuity and Academic Affairs:

Dear faculty and academic staff instructors,

The campus Instructional Continuity Team, in collaboration with departments, schools and colleges, seeks to enhance and elevate two critical components of learning for the spring 2021 semester:

  • Student-to-instructor interaction
  • Student-to-student interaction and learning

To directly support the second objective, we are excited to announce a new small grant opportunity for instructors and departments. The grants aim to foster innovative ways for students to interact and share learning virtually with their peers in the context of their academic coursework. The grants will support individual instructors and departments who create substantive opportunities for students to collaborate together within a class or a discipline throughout the spring 2021 semester. Examples may include structured or informal study-partner teams, student work groups or project teams.

Individual instructor grants will be $5,000, and departmental / disciplinary grants will be $15,000. Grant proposals will be accepted and approved on a rolling basis starting November 30 through December 30.

Learn more, and submit an IC Small Grant proposal. Proposals submitted early and that impact higher numbers of students are most likely to be funded. Awardees will be asked to share their outcomes later in 2021.

Please direct questions to



Steven M. Cramer, PhD, PE

Vice Provost for Instructional Continuity and Academic Affairs

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Wisconsin-Madison