Procedure Faculties' Education Innovation Projects

At Ghent University, we stimulate education innovation  at faculty level as well as at institutional level. There are three types of innovation projects: 

  1. Competitive Allocation
  2. Faculty Innovation Projects
    • within the thematic constraints; 
    • at the faculty's discretion
  3. Institutional Innovation Projects

Competitive Allocation of Projects 

Ghent University earmarks 180.000 euro for the competitive allocation of innovation projects. The project funding is granted to one coordinating promotor. All proposals should include a detailed budget plan describing how the funding will be spend. Applicants may apply for funding per tier of 30.000 euro, with a maximum of three tiers. The following rules apply: 

  • tier 1: a proposal is submitted by promotors of at least 2 faculties (30.000 euro);
  • tier 2: a proposal is submitted by promotors of at least 3 faculties (60.000 euro);
  • tier 3: a proposal is submitted by promotors of at least 4 faculties (90.000 euro).

The following criteria are used to asses the competitive projects: 

  • degree of innovation compared to current practice at Ghent University; 
  • degree of applicability in time and breadth (beyond the parties initially involved); 
  • interdisciplinary character – involvement of different fields of study; 
  • the proportion between project contents and requested funding (value for money).

Faculty Projects

Within the Thematic Constraints

Faculties submit proposals within the thematic constraints laid down by the Education Council. At least half of the summitted proposals/granted funding is earmarked for interfaculty collaboration. This does not mean that once the funding is granted, the money will have to be shared with the other faculties involved. Rather, it means that the proposal should clearly establish the external input in the project, either in the form of another faculty's knowhow or in the form of application explorations outside the faculty.

At the Faculty's Discretion

Although in these cases, the interpretation of innovation is broad, the project funding still has a fixed start and end point in time. This means that the funding must not be used for systematic education support in certain course units. 

An overview of the innovation projects at faculty and at institutional level can be found here

Remark: in 2019 an exceptionally large part of the innovation budget was spent towards the Active Learning Project (ACTIVO). The usual rules for allocation did not apply. There were no competitive projects and faculties could decide for themselves how to spend the innovation funding.  

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Last modified Feb. 17, 2022, 2:44 p.m.