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Call for proposals implementation of Challenge-Based Learning

Capacity building at the UT


The University of Twente is committed to enlarging its challenge-based signature, as expressed in Shaping2030. Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) is seen as a promising innovative, flexible educational framework. Last year several teachers experimented with CBL in pilots initiated by the ECIU University at UT. To implement the vision of the University of Twente and support further adoption of CBL in our education, innovation of education is required. This call offers the opportunity to support teachers who want to innovate their education by adopting CBL.

For the year 2021/2022 the call is closed. Awarded projects are presented on the CBL Innovations page.


This call aims to support faculty initiatives on challenge-based learning and, more specifically, to find teachers interested in implementing CBL elements in (existing) education. This call provides an opportunity to fund CBL initiatives that start in the academic year 2021/2022.

Background information on Challenge Based Learning

In challenge-based learning, real-life challenges are collected in the outside world, and a multidisciplinary team of learners (preferably including the challenge provider) will work on them. Skills developed via CBL will increase the impact learners have on society during and after their studies. 

  • Engage (in which the Learners move from an abstract big idea to a concrete and actionable challenge),
  • Investigate (in which Learners conduct research to create a foundation for actionable and sustainable solutions) and
  • Act (in which evidence-based solutions are developed and implemented with an authentic audience and the results evaluated).

Each phase includes activities that prepare students to move to the next phase. Part of the entire process is that students continuously document, reflect and share their learning experiences and findings.

Visit the CBL website for more information on the CBL framework.


The total budget available for this call is 350,000 €. Projects can request an amount between 3.000 and 50.000 €. Only the best-rated proposals will be awarded funding, see criteria below. The budget request will need to be justified to the planned activities as described in the proposal. All costs will have to be described and justified. The costs should be reasonable, justified and directly related to the achievement of the objectives of the pilot proposal project.

In order to implement CBL in the University of Twente, the following themes are essential. The application should be in line with at least one of them:

  • Strengthening connection outside world
    • Strengthening stakeholder collaboration
    • Working on real-life challenges
    • Creating real societal impact

  • Enhancing the quality of challenge-based education
    • Interdisciplinary collaboration
    • Student engagement
    • Role of teachers in CBL
    • Assessing competences

  • Strategic/organizational
    • Scaling up CBL and making it more programmatic


The total budget available for this call is 350,000 €. There are three funding categories:

  • Course level
  • Programme/faculty level
  • Cross-faculty level 

Course level

You can apply for a grant of up to 5,000 € for an educational project that focuses on the (further) development of CBL (features) on course level. The format can be found here.

Programme/faculty level

You can apply for a grant between 5.000 and 20.000 € for an educational project that focuses on the further development of CBL on programme or faculty level. The available budget is 150.000 € at this level. The format can be found here.

Cross-faculty level

You can apply for a grant between 25.000 – 50.000 € for an educational project that focuses on the further development of CBL for multiple faculties. Total available budget 150.000. The format can be found here.

More Information

Do you want to know more about the grant, or do you have questions about submitting a proposal? Please mail your questions.


At the UT, CBL has been kick-started by the ECIU University. The ECIU university provides access to the collective intelligence, support structures, and practical materials of all 12 ECIU partners. The ECIU University programme @ the UT offers the following support to awarded calls:

  • CBL educational support (including re-defining ILO’s and assessment procedures);
  • Bringing in real-life challenges and challenge providers;
  • Process structures when implementing CBL in education;
  • Connection to the ECIU University members;
  • Materials (including a CBL handbook on how to transform your education).


  1. UT faculty staff are invited to submit project proposals.
  2. Proposals are written in English.
  3. Only proposals submitted before the closing date (see above) will be considered for funding. 
  4. Applicants will be notified about the final decision before 31 December 2021.
  5. Applicants are obliged to report on their spending in writing in their faculty’s MARAP 2021 or 2022.
  6. Applicants are obliged to evaluate their project in such a way that the CBL community at the UT or the ECIU University will learn from their experiences.

Evaluation Committee

The evaluation committee consists of a member of the Steering Committee of the ECIU University at UT, a member of the Shaping Expert Group Innovation of Education, head of educational strategy and policy, member of the programme management team of ECIU University @UT, a Teaching Fellow and a CBL expert.

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