Office for Learning and Teaching Grants and Fellowships

Innovation and Development Grants and Strategic Priority Commissioned Grants 2016

The Office for Learning and Teaching has announced that there will be one grant round only for the 2016 year. It will cover Innovation and Development Grants and Strategic Priority Commissioned Grants.  Seed grants and extension grants and EOIs will not be offered in 2016.

The closing date for the 2016 round for applications to be submitted to the OLT is Monday 2 November 2015.  The closing date for internal submission is Wednesday 14 October. The institutional deadline is required because the university has to notify the OLT of all pending applications and applications have to be checked before letters of support can be issued by the DVCE.

Because the time frame is short, If you are interested in applying for a grant you should now

  • download and read the information and nomination instructions
  • consider whether your project fits one of the priority areas
  • start planning your application
  • register for the workshop
  • contact potential partners and start assembling your team
  • attend the workshop with as much of a plan for the project as you can and with your questions
  • follow the steps below

The 2016 Priority areas for the Innovation and Development Grants are:

  • Academic standards
  • Assessing equivalence of qualifications and learning outcomes
  • Designing learning for the future
  • Assessment and promotion of student learning
  • Employability skills
  • Improving institutional pathways across higher education
  • Improving access to and outcomes in higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • The contemporary PhD

The 2016 Priority areas for the Strategic Commissioned Grants are:

  • The changing role of the academic
  • Scaling up and ensuring quality of higher education in an era of massification
  • Academic integrity and good practice in assessment

Note that you must follow the university processes and time frame (see the steps below) if you wish to apply for a grant.

  • For academic advice on your application in the first instance attend the workshop/s. See Step 2 below.
  • The contact for academic advice on grants is Alison Kuiper. If you wish for individual assistance with your grant it is expected you will first have attended a workshop.
  • For advice on submission issues and compliance requirements contact Myra Koureas.
  • Evidence of support from your faculty is required before letter of support from the University can be provided. See Step 3 below.
  • Note that partner applications also require a letter of support from the DVC(E).
  • Letters of support are not required for EOIs.
  • Only applications that have received university approval will be considered by the OLT.
  • The internal closing date is firm. All applications are submitted online.
  • The value of the project is the most important factor in determining funding. However, an application which is professional and compliant provides evidence that you are well organized and that therefore the grant is well planned and likely to deliver on outcomes.

Making an application


Download the information and instructions

Read the information in the Information box (on the right hand side of  this page, top right).

Make sure you have a sound idea and consider who might be appropriate partners for your project.

Follow the OLT’s advice on the programs and how to apply page to:

  • Read the program's Program information and application instructions.
  • Read the recommended reading for the program and assessment reports from previous years.
  • Review the projects funded in your area of interest.
  • Note the closing dates.
  • Begin planning and seeking partners from other universities.


Attendance at the workshop is strongly advised for those submitting an application. Previous successful applicants have found attending the workshop helpful in planning their application. If you wish for individual assistance with your grant  it is expected you will first have attended the workshop.


Contact your Head of School as soon as possible to advise of your intention to submit an application.

  •  An email or letter, from your Head of School or equivalent, indicating that your faculty support your application, including commitments of time and other resources, is required when applying for the University letter of support.
  • Evidence that their involvement in the application is supported by their HoS or equivalent is required for all team members, not just the team leader.
  • This indication of support must be uploaded with the other documentation for your application on or before the internal closing date.


In preparing your application you are strongly encouraged to seek feedback from faculty colleagues and previously successful applicants for OTL grants or other successful grant applicants. For a list of recent successful grant holders from the University of Sydney see the Resources section on this page.


Download the templates from the box on the top right hand side of this page. Use the checklist from the program information to assign responsibility for tasks to members of your team and make sure you are familiar with all the information, including that in the appendices.


Complete the internal submission by the closing date of Wednesday 14 October.

Upload the following 3 files:

  • Your draft institutional support letter in word format
  • Your completed checklist in word format
  • A pdf document containing all of the following:
    • The proposal with its final title. The title cannot be changed after submission.
    • The budget and associated attachments. Include a 10% institutional levy in the budget.
    • The statement of support from your faculty.

Late applications will not be considered.

Use the checklist on p.26-27 of the instructions to check that you have completed what is required.

The contact for questions about the letters of support is Myrophora Koureas.

Letters of support are also required for partner applications. See the box on the top right hand side of the page for templates and contact Myrophora Koureas if you need assitance.


Once you have completed all the requirements and submitted your application, it will be checked. Failure to supply all the relevant documentation could result in your application not being approved for submission to the OLT.

When the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education has reviewed your application, you will receive the letter of endorsement to include with your application. Receipt of the institutional endorsement letter is your approval to submit the proposal.

Applications for internal endorsement have now closed.


Lodge your application directly to the OLT via their Grants Portal. You can familiarise yourself with the process by inserting information and saving it. It is not submitted until you click the submit button. Be sure to allow plenty of time for this step and to include the proposal, budget, associated attachments and letter of endorsement from the DVC Education. Applications submitted without institutional endorsement are deemed ineligible by the OLT.

Submit a copy of your final application to Alison Kuiper and Myrophora Koureas.


The Fellowships program advances learning and teaching in higher education by supporting a group of leading educators to undertake strategic, high-profile activities in areas of importance to the sector. Through their fellowship activities, Fellows have a positive and lasting influence and impact on higher education practice in Australia. Information and nomination instructions are now available for the 2016 Fellowships.

The closing date at the OLT is Monday 2 February 2016.  Contact Alison Kuiper  for academic advice and Myrophora Koureas for information about endorsement by the University.

Extension grants

No extension grants will be offered in 2016.

Other OLT Programmes

Information is available on this page and the OTL website when these are announced throughout the year.

Contact Alison Kuiper for more information.


Academic Secondments aim to enhance the ties and understanding between the sector, the OLT and DIISRTE. Secondees carry out a program of work for the Government and the higher education sector on strategic priorities. Those seconded will be a source of academic advice and support to the staff of the OLT, with the aim of broadening staff capability within DIISRTE, and building relationships with the home institution.

Closing Date

Nominations have closed.