Small Grants Program

*The small grants program is not currently funded. If you are interested in assisting with future funding of this program, please email Stan Yoshinobu.

General Description of the Small Grants program

Goal:  To engage mathematics faculty members in helping to advance the use of IBL in the teaching of mathematics at colleges and universities.

Project Timelines: Projects generally are conducted over a semester and a break (summer or winter).  Longer projects are possible of up to a calendar year.  Projects can start the winter break after submission of the proposal, and must start by the following summer. Final reports are due at the conclusion of the project.

Category 1: Novice IBL Instructors.  Summer salary of $2500. We strongly encourage you to work with a senior IBLer in developing your proposal and throughout the term of your project. To be matched with a mentor or mentors, please see the Mentoring page for more information. 

Category 2: Develop an IBL Course or Disseminate IBL - Funds up to $2500 for salary are available for category 2 projects. The types of activities supported in this category are: (i) developing IBL course materials, (ii) organizing seminars on IBL, or (iii) other activities directly addressing the need to support and advance the use of IBL instruction at the college level. Summer salary for IBL course materials development is $2500. In certain instances course release can be provided. Details must be arranged by applicants with his or her institution. Funds cannot be used to purchase equipment.

Team-Teaching Program (by invitation only): AIBL is also interested in helping mathematics departments build a critical mass of IBL instructors through a collaboration between new and experienced IBL practitioners by funding release time to allow two instructors to teach an IBL course to the same class.  We have found this to be a highly effective professional development model.  If you are interested, please contact the AIBL Director Stan Yoshinobu.

Eligibility: The Small Grants Program primarily focuses on supporting college math faculty, including faculty who teach courses for future elementary or secondary teachers. Faculty can only apply for one small grant per cohort. Secondary teachers have been funded in the past, and are encouraged to submit a letter of intent prior to submitting an application to verify feasibility and appropriateness of the program. Applications from elementary school teachers are not being accepted at this time. A person may be awarded one grant from each category during his or her lifetime. Larger projects, such as the development of a significant amount of curriculum (beyond one or two courses), and projects that have a significant math education research focus are beyond the scope of this program.

Indirect Costs: AIBL and our supporting foundation, The Educational Advancement Foundation, do not pay indirect costs to institutions. Awarded funds will be sent to an institution as an unrestricted gift.

Resources: Course notes (problem sets) are available at  The Journal of Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics. Please also check our Resources.

"I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all who make the small grant program possible. Making a change in my style of teaching felt like a daunting and risky task and I probably would not have followed through with a significant change without having committed to it through the grant. I beleive the changes made to my teaching resulted in a richer educational experience."

-Paul Choboter, 2015

"The support of the AIBL grant for teaching Proofs last semester has given me the experience and confidence to move further along the IBL spectrum in other courses."

-Julianna Stockton, 2013


"I have never learned more about myself as a teacher of mathematics and my students as learners of mathematics from a single course. My role in the IBL course only strengthened my belief that we can teach without telling."

-Todd Grundmeier, 2010

AIBL Small Grant Application Instructions: Cohort 9, Fall 2015

Applications Due Wednesday September 9, 2015

Category 1: Novice IBL Instructors

  1. Identify your target IBL course and course materials (See Resources).
  2. Find a mentor yourself or through the AIBL Mentor Program.
  3. Complete the online Category 1 Application Form
  4. Write a 1-2 page narrative that discusses the course you will teach, the environment (class size, student population), and how you plan to structure and teach the course.  Additional relevant information may also be included.
  5. Submit a short CV with your application.
  6. Submit a letter of support from your mentor
  7. *Proposals requesting course release time must include a letter of support from a supervisor/administrator indicating the dollar amount.
  8. Email your narrative, CV, and letter(s) in PDF format to Stan Yoshinobu, Director of AIBL.

Category 2: Developing an IBL Course or Dissemination of IBL

  1. Complete the Category 2 Application Form
  2. Write a proposal narrative that describes the project, the timeline, and expected outcomes.  The narrative should also include an itemized budget.  (Proposals are typically 2-5 pages in length.)
  3. Submit a current CV.
  4. *Proposals requesting course release time must include a letter of support from a supervisor/administrator indicating the dollar amount.
  5. Email your narrative, CV, and any necessary or relevant letter(s) in PDF format to Stan Yoshinobu, Director of AIBL.

Due Date and Notification

Applications are due Wednesday September 9, 2015 at 11:59PM pacific time.  All applications received afterwards will not be considered for funding.  Applications will be reviewed by committee, and all applicants will be notified of award status by November.

AIBL Small Grant Final Report Guidelines

All awardees of an AIBL Small Grant are required to submit a final report at the conclusion of the project.  The instructions are described below.

  1. Write a narrative outlining and describing what the project is about generally (Intro), what transpired, and a discussion of the outcomes.  Also discuss what your future plans are regarding IBL.  The objective of the narrative in the final report is to document what you did, what happened, and plan what the next IBL steps are for you.
  2. Include all course materials developed for your project.  Category 1 awardees should also include a copy of their syllabus.  Other supplemental documentation is also welcome, including (but not restricted to) student samples, data, letters from students, faculty, mentors, etc.
  3. Send all of the above to Stan Yoshinobu, Director of AIBL.

If you have questions, please feel free to email us. We're here to help you succeed!