Innovations in Language Education (ILE) Grants

The text below provides general instructions on ILETC’s ILE grants, which are currently on hiatus due to changes in funding.
For information on past projects and recipients, visit: 2014-2015; 2016-2017; 2017-2018; 2019-2020.


The purpose of the ILE grants is to foster and sustain a culture of research, collaboration, and creativity in language education across the CUNY campuses that will impact language instruction and research, as well as recruitment and retention of language students.

Proposals will be accepted in all areas of language pedagogy, second language acquisition theory, and translingual and transcultural communication. Special, but not exclusive, consideration will be given to projects impacting one or more of the following areas:

  • The teaching and learning of heritage languages;
  • The teaching and learning of less commonly taught languages;
  • The integration of technology into the language classroom (e.g., telecollaboration, hybrid instruction, computerized testing, etc.)
  • The connection between classroom instruction and linguistic communities of NYC (e.g., community-based service learning, internships, etc.);
  • Intercampus collaborations.


Awards may be individual or collaborative (i.e., within a department or between departments or colleges). Individual grants will be in the amount of $2,000. Collaborative grants shared by two or more group members will be in the amount of $5,000. The awards will be in the form of honoraria disbursed directly to the grantees.


All full-time and part-time instructors at all CUNY campuses are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an ILE Grant.


Grant recipients must:

  • Contribute 100-word project abstracts, 50-word bios, and photos to be published on the ILETC website;
  • Submit a progress report in April 2020;
  • Commit to participate in a dissemination activity (examples of past dissemination activities include: presentation at the ILETC Forum, delivery of a workshop based on research results, and on-line publication of pedagogical recommendations based on research results);
  • Submit a final report in June 2020.

Selection Process

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis through blind review by an ad-hoc ILETC committee. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of several criteria, including relevance, feasibility, innovation, and potential impact.


  • Submissions are now closed.

Important Dates

  • There will be no competition in 2022-2023, due to changes in funding.
  • Check back here for more updates.