Grants

Support for integration of inquiry and research into the curriculum

Two types of grants are available to plan and integrate inquiry-based learning throughout curricula at Rice:

Planning Grants - up to $10,000 for one year, non-renewable

Rice University's Experiential Inquiry and Research Fund awards competitive grants of up to $10,000 to departments/units that oversee the curriculum of a major, area major, or interdisciplinary major/minor. Grants are intended to fund integration of experiential inquiry and research into the undergraduate curriculum of a major, area major, or interdisciplinary major/minor. Planning Grants are for departments/units that need time and resources to evaluate curriculum and identify gaps in the scaffolding of inquiry and research.

Development and Enhancement Grants - up to $30,000 with Opportunity for Renewal

Rice University's Experiential Inquiry and Research Fund awards competitive grants of up to $30,000 to departments/units that oversee the curriculum of a major, area major, or interdisciplinary major/minor. Grants are intended to fund integration of experiential inquiry and research into the undergraduate curriculum of a major, area major, or interdisciplinary major/minor. Development and Enhancement Grants are for departments that have already used assessment to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their curricular inquiry and research scaffold or to enhance an existing initiative.

Inquiry-Based Learning Teaching Grants - up to $1,000

Inquiry-Based Learning Teaching Grant awards competitive grants of up to $1,000 to faculty seeking support for inclusion of inquiry-based learning in their courses. Grants are open to faculty and staff teaching 3-credit courses.

See the Frequently Asked Questions about Grants and link to the supporting resources for grant applications.

Graduate fellows

Graduate students will assist departments in the development, implementation, and assessment of curricula grounded in inquiry-based pedagogies. The Office of Inquiry-Based Learning will train and support participating students based on their duties outlined in proposals.

Co-curricular support

Through the Student Opportunities Center, we can consolidate searchable funding sources, internships, research positions, and other opportunities for students to engage in co-curricular experiential learning. In April, we sponsor Inquiry Week, a celebration of undergraduate research, design and creative work.