Call for proposals to improve and/or innovate your course(s)

How nice would it be to have time to put your ideas for improvement or innovation of your course into practice? Apply for additional funds by submitting an outline of your improvement/innovation plan for your course running in period 1 and/or 2 of the coming academic year by 1 May 2024.

Per proposal, 80 hours of additional student assistance or academic staff time can be awarded (in case of higher complexity up to 120 hours and for multiple applications to 160 hours at max). These hours can be used by staff to develop the improvement or innovation (structural teaching hours for the implementation of the innovation lie beyond the scope of these funds).

In previous rounds between 67% and 100% of submissions were awarded, so there is a good chance for your ideas as well. Please note that this is the final call to apply for these funds, so if you have an idea to innovate your course this is the last opportunity. In case the funds are not depleted after this

call, the call will remain open as a rolling grant for applications until mid-September. We will inform you whether or not this is the case after the submissions for May 1st have been awarded.

Themes to focus on

These funds are provided as part of the Quality Agreements (‘Onderwijskwaliteitsmiddelen’) and are meant to boost innovation and improvement in teaching and learning in Social Sciences. Together with students and staff (e.g., FSR, OC) we defined themes for 2019-2024 to focus on. Therefore, the objectives of your proposal should match one or more of the following themes:

  • provide more variety in learning activities (‘werkvormen’)
  • strengthen collaborative learning amongst students (‘samenwerkend leren, samenwerking in teams’)
  • (re)develop challenging work groups and/or work group assignments (‘uitdagend werkgroeponderwijs’)
  • reinforce students' self-direction/autonomy (‘zelfsturing, autonomie’)
  • enhance blended learning
  • experimenting with other forms of assessment (such as formative assessment, authentic assessment, assessment that transcends a single course, peer feedback)

Proposals are taken into consideration if (1) the program director supports the plan, (2) you explain how and at what point students will be involved in the development and evaluation of the plans and (3) good practices and lessons learned in the project will be shared with fellow teachers in the faculty. Precedence will be given to courses and teachers that have not yet been awarded funds in previous rounds, but all proposals meeting the above requirements will be taken into consideration.


Those awarded funds for their project have a responsibility to share the results of the project with colleagues and other interested parties within the faculty. We will contact you at the end of the project to further discuss the possibilities and to help you with this. Possible options are:

  • Live session: TIP support session, teacher lunch meeting or other live meeting
  • Fact sheet or infographic about the design and execution of the course: to be shared in FSW Teachers on Brightspace and through the common communication channels of the faculty
  • Interview: to be shared in FSW Teachers on Brightspace and through the common communication channels of the faculty.


Please fill out the form (you may be brief and focused, as long as it is clear what your goals are) and submit your proposal by 1 May 2024 to Annie de Jong, annie.dejong [at] (annie[dot]dejong[at]ru[dot]nl) 


Should you have questions about this call, please contact Annie de Jong, annie.dejong [at] (annie[dot]dejong[at]ru[dot]nl). For questions and advice when preparing your proposal, please contact TIP (tip.fsw [at] (tip[dot]fsw[at]ru[dot]nl)).

Contact information

Organizational unit
Faculty of Social Sciences