PUNKTUM -Pedagogical development projects

Umeå University invites applications for project funding for the pedagogical development of undergraduate and graduate education. The aim of the call is to stimulate innovation and pedagogical development.

This year, 2020, we welcome pedagogical development projects primarily within the following themes:

  • Education for sustainable development
  • Digitalisation and e-learning
  • Assessment, examination and evaluation
  • The importance of the physical learning environment
  • Widening participation and increased student retention

If you have an idea for pedagogical development with another focus you are also welcome to apply.

Read more about the themes.

The application process consists of two steps. In step 1, everyone who wants to apply for Punktum funding must submit a video presenting the project idea; the video can be no longer than ten minutes. The project idea should also be described in a text,  maximum 500 words. The video and text must be uploaded to the Punktum site in Canvas. All project ideas are assessed by a panel consisting of recognised and distinguished teachers at Umeå University. If needed, the panel will ask questions to the applicants through the Canvas site. The ideas that the panel deem most interesting will receive an invitation to write a more detailed project application (step two).

In step two, the fully developed applications will be assessed and ranked according to established criteria.

Both larger and smaller projects are welcome to apply. The total amount available is SEK 3 million and the highest possible grant is SEK 500 000.

Important dates*

Deadline for application Step 1, video and text: January 8, 2021

Deadline for invitation to write a more detailed project application: January 22, 2021

Deadline for Step 2, complete application: March 22, 2021

*can be subject to change


Punktum funds come from the University's funding for undergraduate education. Therefore, only projects targeted at undergraduate and graduate level at Umeå University can be granted project funding (i.e. not projects at postgraduate level or commissioned education). The funds are managed by, and distributed through, the Centre for Educational Development, (UPL) at Umeå University. The project funds are to be used for development projects whose purpose is to promote the development of higher education pedagogy, learning strategies, learning environments or other aspects of education at Umeå University.

Hanna Karlsson