ACDS Teaching and Learning grant scheme 2023: Call for applications

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In 2023 the ACDS is offering funding for teaching and learning projects to advance learning and teaching in science and mathematics in Australian universities, addressing priority areas identified by the ACDS.

Project funding is available to the amounts of between $5,000 and$10,000 and between $10,000 and $20,000, for small and large projects respectively. 

Successful project applications will receive funding in late 2023 with a mid-term status report on the project required in July 2024 and a final report of outcomes and impact required in December 2024.

2023 Priority areas

An overarching goal of the ACDS is to drive improvements in university science teaching and learning, pedagogy, curriculum design, and scholarship of teaching and learning.  Project proposals should align with the current ACDS priority areas by addressing one or more of the following themes: 

1. Exploring the breadth of opportunities available for students to undertake work-integrated learning that incorporates post-pandemic expectations of students and employers 

2. Reimagining assessment in a post-COVID and generative AI world 

3. Indigenising the Australian Science curriculum.


Individuals or teams who are employed by member universities of the Australian Council of Deans of Science may apply for an ACDS Teaching and Learning Project grant with the support of their home institution. Project leaders will normally be staff employed within a Faculty of Science or equivalent for at least the duration of the project. The list of eligible institutions is available from the ACDS website.

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Clearly articulated outcomes that align with the aim of the ACDS Teaching and Learning Grants scheme and the 2023 priority areas. These outcomes must be tangible and of potential value to ACDS members. This could include for example, a policy document, guidelines for good practice a teaching resource, or a publication.
  • A sound plan to carry out the project within the given timelines and budget.
  • Capacity for the project to influence best practice in science and mathematics learning and teaching within and beyond the home institution, with an embedded dissemination strategy.
  • Capacity of the nominee to deliver the project

Applications will be assessed by a subcommittee of the ACDS Executive including the Director of the ACDS Teaching and Learning Centre and which may include a nationally acknowledged senior expert in science and mathematics education. The design and delivery of the successful proposal may be modified through discussion with the successful applicant to maximise the likelihood of success

Important dates

  • Call for applications: July 2023
  • Applications close: 25th August, 2023
  • Selection: September-October 2023
  • Funds transferred and Project commences: October 2023
  • Progress report: July 2024
  • Final report: December 2024

Further information

Full information is available in the Information and Guidelines document. Project proposals must be submitted with a completed application form, including endorsement of their Head of School or Executive Dean (or equivalent).

Enquiries should be directed to ACDS Teaching and Learning.

Applications must be emailed to