Educational Support Services

Internal Grants

About the Grant

Image from The Equine Tarsus grant project, completed in 2023 with Dr. Allison Miller.

The Curriculum Enhancement Grant offered via the Educational Support Services (ESS) unit in collaboration with the City University of Hong Kong, seeks to support faculty in their efforts to improve CVM curricula. This grant is available to all CVM faculty and seeks to provide assistance to develop new resources, expand existing projects, or experiment with new instructional approaches, all with an aim of improving the student learning experience.  

In 2021 we moved to a rolling application process, this allows us to more quickly accept and produce projects with our CVM faculty. By shortening the path from idea to implementation we are able to address current teaching challenges, run pilot tests, and adapt materials where needed. 

Every month the Educational Support Services team and curriculum administration will review applications and accept a mixture of projects that optimizes curricular impact and leverages the skills of the ESS team. Successful applicants will receive access to instructional design and project development services provided by the Educational Support Services team within the College of Veterinary Medicine. The ESS team provides services in medical illustration and animation, videography, instructional design, assessment development, online module creation, and custom software development. There is no budget requirement to apply for this grant, nor are funds transferred to successful applicants.   

This grant is a continuation of program started in 2018 under the title Educational Technology Innovation Grants and continued in 2019-20 as the Veterinary Curriculum Enhancement Grants.  

Support for this grant is made possible by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Office of the Dean and the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences program at City University.  

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Support for this grant is made possible by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Office of the Dean and the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences program at City University.


Faculty members who teach in the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine or the City University Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences are eligible to apply. 

Animation from 2018 ETIG: Interactive Animation to Teach Immunology in Foundation Course IV

Current Focus Areas

The Educational Support Services team seeks faculty collaborators to create teaching and learning resources which address foundational knowledge and clinical and professional skills, especially those commonly associated with student misconceptions.  We also seek projects that would help to modernize existing resources with an eye towards accessibility and universal design principles.    

Some examples of targeted project categories are provided below. If your idea does not fit within one of these categories, you are still encouraged to apply.  

  • Small Interventions in Teaching and Learning 

  • Online Modules/Pre-learning for Active Learning Sessions or Lectures  

  • Procedure Illustrations or Animations  

  • Skills or Procedure Videos  

  • Formative Assessment Creation (i.e. practice assessments for learning)   

  • Competency-Based Curricular Intersections – resources founded on the competency framework that would benefit more than one course or audience.  

Faculty Time Commitment

The ESS team is experienced working with faculty schedules and deadlines.  We understand that you are busy and will work with you to plan the scale and scope of a project that will be feasible given the time you can commit. As such, we ask that you honestly evaluate your availability when answering this question on the application form so we can make recommendations appropriately. 

How to Apply

  • Please use this webform to add your project to our rolling application pool. 
  • Applicants will be notified by the 15th of the month after they are submitted of their project acceptance status.
  • Questions about the grant program or application process may be directed to Andrea Beukema at

Proposals Must Address the Following

Image from Making the Invisible Visible grant project completed in 2021 with Dr. Keila Dhondt.
  • Faculty Lead
  • Collaborators
  • Audiences/courses that will benefit:
  • Description of Project
  • Need: Why is your learning resource/activity necessary and how will it benefit students?
  • Competency: Does your project support program competencies (e.g. DVM competency framework or MPH competencies)?
  • Outcomes/Impact: How will you assess the learning impact of your project?
  • When would you ideally use this resource (semester, or specific date)?
  • How much of your time would you like to commit to this project?

Helpful Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences program at City University have formed a strategic alliance to advance veterinary education. This FAQ answers common questions faculty have about participation in the program.

Who owns the learning resources that are developed through this grant?

Faculty awarded this grant are paired with a diverse team of educational technologists to jointly produce innovative learning resources. This unique team-based approach is made possible through funding from the Cornell and CityU partnership and all learning resources developed through this program are therefore jointly owned by Cornell University and City University.

How and where can I use the learning resources?

Faculty authors are permitted to implement the resources in any curricular program(s) at Cornell University. The faculty member decides when and how to implement the resources in their courses.

Can I use the resources for continuing education purposes?

Yes, faculty authors are permitted to use the learning resources for continuing education purposes delivered in a face-to-face setting. Any distribution of learning resources in an online format must be reviewed and approved by the Associate Dean for Education at Cornell University.

How will the materials created under the grant be used by CityU?

As part of the Cornell-CityU partnership, faculty members at CityU are permitted to implement learning resources developed through this grant in their Bachelor of Veterinary Science program. The Office of the Dean and the Educational Support Services team at Cornell will aid CityU faculty in the file transfer and implementation process.

Will I receive credit for my learning resource?

Faculty who complete a project through this program will be listed as authors. Attribution of authorship will remain with the resource in whatever location or platform the resource is implemented. Authors are encouraged to include the grant and any related educational scholarship on their curriculum vitae and tenure or promotion dossier.

Can I use the resources developed through the grant if I leave Cornell?

Copyright for learning resources reside with Cornell and CityU. However, authors may request permission by the Associate Dean for Education at Cornell University to use the resource at an alternate educational institution.

Can Cornell or City U commercialize the products produced through the grant?

The partnership agreement between Cornell and CityU allows for commercialization of products created through the grant program. Any commercialization will be jointly pursued by both institutions and will provide for joint revenue sharing. Revenue derived from commercialization will be used to support education initiatives.

Can I sell products developed through the grant?

Participants are encouraged to bring any possible commercialization opportunities to the Associate Dean for Education at Cornell for consideration. Any commercialization opportunities must be pursued in collaboration with Cornell and CityU.