Call for proposals on Open and Online education 2021 has been launched

Call for proposals on Open and Online education 2021 has been launched

28 Jun 2020

Especially in the context of forced homebound education due to the coronavirus, the topic of online education has never been so high on the agenda of higher education. Thanks to the incentive scheme of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Maastricht University and all other Dutch Higher Education institutes can experiment with scenarios of activating teaching and learning activities and assessment as well as creating and using collections of quality learning materials.

Two pillars and a year theme

The incentive scheme gives room for projects in two pillars*:

  1. Online education with the specific year theme of activating teaching, learning, and assessment. Within this pillar, funding is granted for the redesign of existing education or the development of new online forms of education.
  2. Open learning materials. Within this pillar, funding is provided for experimenting with sharing and reusing learning materials with colleagues in domain-specific communities. The scheme encourages teaching staff to jointly create and reuse high-quality collections of open learning materials across institutional boundaries. Through collaboration, they can increase the quality of the learning materials and use their time more efficiently.


* Besides the general website on the incentive scheme all information of SURF is offered in Dutch.

You can submit your project proposal until 15 December 2020. Project proposals can apply for a budget of maximum of either €100.000 (pillar 1) or €175.000 (pillar 2), to be matched (in kind) with the same amount as requested by the faculty or unit.

Find here a summary of the first SURF webinar ‘Basics of the incentive scheme’ (two to come) and the used presentations (in Dutch).


UM EduGrant community: for better proposals and sustainable projects

The University Library, hosting the digital learning environment at the UM and providing blended PBL support, serves as linking pin for this tender. We will provide guidance for proposal preparation and support you with procedural aspects (e.g. acquiring letters of intent from the executive board).

Last year the EduGrant Community (merging forces from EDLAB, University Library, Academic Affairs, and faculty funding advisors) offered workshops and peer review to UM colleagues planning to submit a proposal. Feedback from inside and outside the UM, as well as a high score in granted projects, acknowledged the effort to work towards stronger, innovative and sustainable projects, and join forces where applicable. We will announce a similar offer after the summer break. Maastricht University has been successful 5 years in a row in acquiring OCW/SURF grants, and we hope to continue to build on this success!


More info

Before the start of the academic year, we will offer more information on the UM-roadmap for submission. Check here already practical information and a checklist for proposals offered by SURF (in Dutch).

You can contact Gaby Lutgens or your faculty funding advisor for more information.

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