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UvA TLC Responsible AI grant

for innovating with ethical AI applications

The application round of the Responsible AI grant has started! You can apply for this grant here online until 10 November 2023. Read more practical information about the content of the Responsible AI grant and the application procedure below. Curious about innovative projects previous colleagues have worked on through a grant? Then read their stories of experience. Be inspired! 

Teaching and learning with AI

The new IP Theme grant ‘Responsible AI: teaching and learning with AI’ can be applied for for the first time from 5 October 2023. This grant supports UvA educators and employees in improving and/or creating educational environments by ethically integrating GenAI applications in their teaching. Human welfare, fairness, transparency, privacy and accountability are at the forefront of it, to contribute to a more inclusive and stimulating learning environment for students.

Responsible AI grant for pioneers

AI offers many opportunities to both students and educators. In doing so, its use raises many ethical questions. Do you have an innovative idea for the responsible incorporation of an AI technology in your lessons or learning environment? And would you like to experiment with it? Then apply for the Responsible AI grant and seize the chance to be part of a pioneering innovation innovative that shapes the future of education.

Within this theme, we are seeking proposals in the following categories:

  1. Content delivery: how can GenAI support teachers in delivering learning material more effectively?
  2. Assessment and feedback: how can the ethical use of GenAI be integrated into the assessment and feedback process?
  3. Teacher-student interaction: how can GenAI enhance teacher-student interaction?
  4. Learning activities: what novel in-class and other learning activities can be designed to improve the learning process?
  5. Free theme: what other uses can GenAI have in teaching in university education?

The Responsible AI grant provides support in different ways

The Responsible AI grant is organized by TLC and IIS and provides support in various ways. It gives you the opportunity to think up solutions to your teaching problem and test them. 

  • The grant consists of 80 development hours you can use to work out the improvement idea.
  • You get personal educational support: a coach (TLC/IIS expert) will guide you in the practical elaboration during the entire innovation process. Your coach will actively contribute ideas for the development of your concepts, methodologies, and/or products.
  • You can exchange ideas and experiences with other teachers who receive a grant.
  • You can collaborate with the TLC network and IIS to evaluate and potentially further develop the results of your project.
Practical information
  • For whom
    • You are an educator/employee or a team of educators/employees of one or more subjects at the UvA and have a role in their development. 
    • You find it interesting to be involved in educational innovation. 
    • You are willing to share your knowledge and inspire others. 
    • You have an appointment at the UvA for at least 0.5 fte for the duration of the project.
    • You have permission from your supervisor to spend hours on this project.
    • Je hebt een aanstelling bij de UvA voor minimaal 0,5 fte voor minimaal de duur van het project.
    • Je hebt toestemming van je leidinggevende om hier uren aan te besteden.
  • Criteria

    The following criteria will be used in the selection of applications: 

    • Contributes convincingly to the objective of the grant: improve the learning process/experience of students in your teaching, through a didactic innovation.
    • Quality of the proposal. We assess the justification, the relationship between learning objectives and learning outcomes and the plan of approach. 
    • The feasibility of the project within the timeframe.
    • Relevance to educational practice within the university. 
    • Teaching experience and background of the applicant(s). 
    • Distribution of applications across different courses/faculties. 
    • Measurability of the expected improvement. 
  • Available grants
    • There are 10 grants per academic year. 
    • Up to 80 hours are available per grant, depending on the proposal submitted. 
    • These hours are in addition to the hours already allocated by your own department for this subject. 
    • Team members may choose to divide hours amongst themselves (or suggest spending some of the hours to request support of a student assistant for the project). 
  • Procedure
    • The applicant completes the application form. 
    • If the grant is awarded, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that their department head or supervisor will allow them sufficient time to carry out the project. 
    • The application is evaluated by a committee consisting of experts from various faculties, composed by TLC/IIS. 
    • After approval of the application, an intake interview. 
    • During the course of the project, TLC/IIS organizes meetings and coaching, according to the needs of the recipients of the grant. 
    • Upon completion, the project is evaluated together with TLC/IIS. The results will be shared within the UvA and possibly included in a publication. 
    • It is possible to receive additional hours for knowledge sharing about your project.
  • Application and reaction dates
    • The Responsible AI grant consists of three batches over 1.5 years. The first application round of this grant runs from 5 October until 10 November 2023 (first batch).
    • As an applicant, you will receive a notification around 4 December via email about the status of your application.
    • The application round second batch runs from 8 February to 15 March 2024. The application round of the third and final batch will take place in October/November 2024.
  • Contact

    For more information please contact Lela Mosemghvdlishvili (Chair / Coordinator of the Responsible AI grant and equal-named Special Interest Group) at