New Grant for Science Educators

May 30, 2016

The Inspark Teaching Network is requesting proposals for colleges and universities that wish to receive a grant to scale cutting-edge digital courseware designed to support students who often struggle in general science education courses. The Inspark Teaching Network has created a series of digital courses and online simulations designed to improve student engagement and course completion. Using the Smart Sparrow learning design platform, instructors can easily make adjustments to course content and adaptivity on their own, and access real-time insight into student progress to identify those who may be falling behind.


The new grant — in partnership with the Center for Education Through eXploration (ETX) at Arizona State University— will award colleges and universities colleges with grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000, including in-kind support and pilots at no cost to the student for the first semester. Courses available include: gen-ed science, non-majors biology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. Institutions currently participating in the Inspark Teaching Network as well as those new to the project are encouraged to apply.


Grant: Up to 5 grants between $25,000 to $50,000


Eligibility criteria:

  • Courseware adoption in science courses such as introductory non-majors biology & chemistry
  • Accredited two-year or four-year postsecondary institution, including state systems
  • 15,000 or more undergraduate headcount preferred
  • Submissions due June 13.


Who should apply: Administrators, Provosts, Deans, Department Chairs


For more information:

  • Download the RFP via the link below 
  • The Inspark Teaching Network will hold an Information Webinar on Friday May 13 at 2pm ET/11am PT. Register to attend or receive a recording here: 



  • Please contact David Schönstein (david.schonstein@inspark.education) with any questions.

New Grant for Science Educators

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