On this page you will find instructions for the two steps of the application process and terms of funding.
Step 1 - Project idea
In step 1 you should describe your project idea in a video that is max 10 minutes long. You should also present your idea in an abstract of max 500 words. In addition to this, your application must include: details of the name, unit/department, e-mail and telephone number of the project leader.
The video and abstract should be uploaded to the Punktum site in Canvas. You can find the template for the project proposal under the heading Templates. Please note that if your video exceeds ten minutes the exceeded time will not be assessed.
Link to the Punktum site in Canvas.
Last day to apply for step 1 is January 8, 2021.
A panel consisting of recognised and distinguished teachers at Umeå University assesses all project ideas. They will view the presentations and texts in the Canvas site and may also ask questions via Canvas. The panel assesses the proposals, selects which projects are most interesting and invites these to submit a complete project application, including budget and schedule (step two).
Step 2 - Complete application
The complete application for funding must contain
- clear and concrete issues and describe the purpose of the project and the theme or themes to which the project adheres (see detailed description of themes).
- measurable short- and long term goals
- a description of the activities that will be undertaken to achieve these goals
- time plan, and
- budget (see the terms of funding below).
The application must also describe:
- how the project is anchored in the department's pedagogical development work
- if and how the project's results can be transferred to other courses or programs
- how it contributes to the teachers' competence development.
Furthermore, it must be stated in the application if the project involves implementation or further development of a previous project and whether funds have been applied for or have already been granted for the same project from other bodies. Please note that funds are not given for ordinary course or programme development.
Deadline for complete applications are March 22, 2021.
Templates for the project application and project budget can be found under the heading Templates. If you need a template in English please contact Claire Englund.
If you wish to discuss your project application, you can contact Claire Englund, UPL (email@example.com), to book a meeting or workshop.
Signatures on application (step 2)
The application must be signed by the Head of Department or Unit. If the application includes development work within the framework of one or more programmes then it should also be signed by the chairperson(s) of the programme committee(s). If more than one department or unit is involved in the project all Heads of Department/Unit must sign the application. By signing the application those involved give their support to the implementation of the project. The application is not considered complete if a signature is lacking.
Terms of funding
During the project period, the wage costs of members of the project are funded by UPL. As a result, only wage costs can be included in the requested project budget. The department/unit thus co-finances the projects by paying overhead costs. Other expenses such as purchases of books, technology, travel and/or conference participation are not included in project funding. The home department or programme is expected to co-finance the project by covering the cost of the teacher's/teachers' work space and other operating costs, including overhead costs, during the project period. The project application in step 2 must contain a time schedule and an accurate budget in accordance with the template provided (under the heading Templates). Projects must have at least one person associated with the project who is a qualified or excellent teacher and the role of this person in the project must be stated in the application.
After completion of the project a final report which includes an evaluation of the project shall be submitted to UPL. The final report will be published on Umeå University's website. The project must also be presented for the home department/unit and at Umeå University's university pedagogical conference or at another suitable university pedagogical conference.
Transfer of half of the amount decided can be requested in advance and final regulation of the second half will be settled after completion of the project, when the final report is submitted and approved. Funding may be used within 2 years after the Rectors award decision. If the project is delayed for any reason, an application for extension of the project period must be applied for no later than three months before the end of the project. UPL applies a restrictive approach to extension which is granted in principle only when circumstances beyond the control of project participants such as sick leave etc exist. Unused funds after the project's planned termination, will be returned to UPL for re-distribution if no extension has been sought and granted within the deadline.