The Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research lists a number of funding opportunities available to UCLA Community members. Those resources are also listed below:

Internal Funding Opportunities

Instructional Improvement Program

The Instructional Improvement Grant Program supports curricular experimentation and development and instructional improvement of undergraduate offerings. Projects may be initiated by faculty, departments, or larger units. Proposals should address the specific needs of an undergraduate course or curriculum and explicate an appropriate and cost-effective response to a clearly defined pedagogical problem.

For the first time this academic year (2017-2018), OID’s resources can be requested as line items in the budget. These services include consultations about pedagogy, course design, use of educational technology, and assessment, as well as services such as filming of course segments for a flipped or blended course and assistance with assessment implementation. These resources will be competitively awarded along with monetary funding.

Also new this year are two initiatives aimed at spreading and sharing teaching improvements more broadly across campus:

  • Faculty Improving Teaching (FIT) Communities. These faculty communities of practice will be an opportunity for all grantees to receive ongoing feedback and support from fellow IIP-supported faculty members and OID consultants.
  • IIP Grantee Reporting. Every grantee will be expected to present their project in some venue (which could be quite informal). An additional reporting requirement is to provide a list of other instructors or courses which might benefit from similar teaching approaches.

Please review the 2017-2018 Instructional Improvement Grant Program overview and online application at

To enable the Committee on Instructional Improvement Programs’ full deliberation, all proposals must be submitted no later than 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 13, 2017.

The OID recognizes that there are many areas open to interpretation, and strongly recommend a consultation with Dr. Kumiko Haas, Director of the Instructional Improvement Program, for the development of grant proposals and project design. OID is also available for departmental presentations about the Instructional Improvement Grant Program if interested.

Please contact with any questions or to schedule a consultation appointment.

External Funding Opportunity Databases


All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on

Subscription-Based: SPIN Database

As a resource for our community, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research currently provides an institution-wide subscription to SPIN funding opportunity database.

  • SPIN offers a wide-ranging funding opportunities database with over 40,000 programs from more than10,000 unique sponsors. Visit SPIN from any UCLA IP address to start searching. Need help? Get acquainted with these Training Videos.

As of August 2015, the UCLA institution-wide subscription to Pivot has been discontinued.  If you wish to provide input regarding Pivot, SPIN, or other funding opportunity databases/resources, please email:

UCLA Funding Opportunity Newsletters

As a service to the campus community, there is a subscription-based funding opportunity newsletter.  If you are interested in subscribing, please follow this “SUBSCRIBE” link.  You will be routed to a web form where you will have the option of subscribing to one or more of the following newsletters:

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