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What seedcorns are available?

The TILT Seedcorn scheme awards funding for small projects with big potential to grow and impact on learning and teaching at NTU and across the sector.

The Seedcorn Fund is intended to provide colleagues with a small amount of funding for preliminary ‘blue sky’ exploratory Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects with the potential to develop into something more substantial.

What can Seedcorn Awards fund?

A seedcorn project can be the inception stage of a potentially bigger project or the award can assist with existing SoTL scholarship or projects.Anon-exhaustive listof pastprojects the Seedcorn fund has supported include:

  • Conference attendance or visiting other Higher Education Institutions or organisations to share practice and scholarship related to learning and teaching;
  • Support evaluation of learning and teaching approaches or the expansion of an enhancement which has been piloted or initially adopted; and / or,
  • Purchase or hire resources to use in a learning and teaching innovation or a scholarship project (where these are not already available within NTU).

What is the application process and criteria?

Completing the TILT Seedcorn Fund Application Form is the first stage in the process, whichwill be available on this webpage once the next application round has opened – date TBC. Completed forms should be emailed to TILT by the deadline stated on the application form  .All submissions will be considered by a panel of reviewers, and all applicants be informed of the outcome of their application. .

Funding and Resources: How many Seedcorn Awards are available each year?

The Seedcorn Fund provides colleagues with funding of up to £450 for small-scale projects on a competitive basis.

TILT offers up to 10 Seedcorn awards each academic year.

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Eligibility to Apply

Members of NTU Academic and Professional Services staff are eligible to apply.

Line manager(s) must support the seedcorn application.

Lead applicants are expected to hold or be demonstrably working towards Fellowship Higher Education Academy status. The panel will accept applications from lead applicants who are demonstably working towards Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) status. Co-applicants are not required to hold or be working towards Fellowship of Higher Education Academy status.

HEA Fellowships


Engagement with Seedcorn and other TILT schemes, awards and activities can form part of a portfolio of evidence for HEA Fellowship submissions. More information about the support and workshops available to assist staff with your Fellowship application are available at NTU TILT Professional Recognition Scheme.

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