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Grants FAQ

Here are some frequently-asked questions about the grant process. Have a question not listed here? Contact us.

Faculty members and Principal Investigators are eligible to apply for J-WEL grants. Others may apply on behalf of a team that includes a Faculty or PI (such applications require a statement from the collaborating Faculty or PI).

Whether they are applicant or team member, the identified lead Faculty or PI should participatesignificantly throughout the project and oversee the work. Grant activities, including design, development, testing, and documentation may also involve students, postdocs, and others.

Employees of MIT Open Learning whose work falls entirely within Open Learning are not eligible forJ-WEL grants. OL staff who are collaborating with researchers or faculty elsewhere at MIT are encouraged to apply through the collaboration anchored elsewhere at MIT.

All applications require an expression of support from the relevant department chair, due by the application deadline.

The application portal will open in February. The J-WEL Grants Advisory Committee will review and select proposals after the March submission deadline. The Committee is anchored by senior MIT faculty along with MIT research and project collaborators. Grants will be selected for funding based on specified criteria and available funding.

J-WEL will announce this year’s grants by the end of April. Funds will be made available by the end of June.

Proposals may request up to $80,000.

J-WEL welcomes proposals that address learners throughout the life cycle of learning: pK-12, higher education, and workplace learning. Successful proposals in the past have addressed education innovation on MIT campus, in Boston and Cambridge pk-12 schools, and displaced learners around the world.

J-WEL Education Innovation grants do not require MIT F&A.

A letter from either department is acceptable.

Funds will be transferred to the MIT PI participating in the collaboration who will disburse them according to the budget. The MIT PI's department will be responsible for any reimbursements or other financial processes.

Minor modifications to the project budget are allowed. The PI or Project Lead should contact to make any changes.

If a professor has an on-going project, it is recommended that the professor request a no-cost extension (NCE) for the existing grant prior to submitting a new proposal. The NCE request should describe what remains to be done on the current project and a timeline for those activities. Additionally, that information along with how both projects will be managed simultaneously should be attached as a memo to the new project proposal.

Yes; faculty are welcome to apply multiple times to the Education Innovation grant program.

Brief quarterly reports are required for all grantees.

We expect you to join scheduled meetings with our team and other grantees at two to four events over the year. In particular, we want to ensure that J-WEL members and project partners learn from your work and anticipate several opportunities for you to interact with our global collaborators.

We require grantees to release specific content, which we invite you to define, under a CreativeCommons Attribution 4.0 International License.

If you are seeking funding to extend or develop an ongoing or prior effort supported by MIT or through funding obtained by anyone at MIT, disclose existing funding sources and define the incremental effort and additional deliverables that a J-WEL grant would enable.

Should any revenue accrue from the work undertaken through the grant, it must be shared with J-WEL through an agreed-upon arrangement.

Grantees must acknowledge funding from MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab in all presentations and publications and products/services related to this project. When appropriate, include links to J-WEL’s website. If you wish to use the J-WEL logo in publications or resources, please obtain written approval from J-WE.

At the project’s end, plan to submit a summary report that describes the work completed, surprises encountered, and the specific outcomes from the grant, including results with respect to defined project metrics and all work products, including reports, papers, tools, documents, and materials we can share, within two months of the project end date.

Additionally, we encourage past grantees to continue participating in on-campus and virtual J-WEL events.