Funding for pedagogical development - PUNKTUM

Umeå University welcomes applications for project funding for pedagogical development of undergraduate and graduate education. The aim of the call is to stimulate innovation and pedagogical development in order to support students’ learning.

The call for applications for Punktum 2023 opens October 10, 2022. More information about the application will be posted in the beginning of fall semester 2022.

In 2022 we welcomed 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

17 projects applied for funding in 2022 and six of them were granted.

See the six projects with granted Punktum funding 2022 on the page Granted projects

The application process 2022

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 seven minutes. The project idea should also be described in a text, maximum 500 words. The video and text should 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. The ideas that the panel deem most interesting will receive an invitation to write a complete project application (step two).

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

The total amount available was SEK 2 million and the highest possible grant was SEK 500 000.


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