Initial seed funding for the Bay View Alliance came from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Teagle Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.
In 2012, the BVA received four-year funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The grant was announced in a joint news release from the Sloan Foundation and the Bay View Alliance.
BVA’s Research Action Clusters have received grants from the Teagle Foundation, and from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
In 2014, the University of Kansas Center for Teaching Excellence received $215,000 from the Teagle Foundation to launch the Collaborative Humanities Redesign Project (CHRP) in which humanities faculty members from the University of Kansas and three liberal arts colleges and universities shared ideas for improving student understanding in college-level humanities courses.
In 2016, a group of BVA campuses launched a multi-institution $2.5 million National Science Foundation-funded project (DUE1525775, DUE 1525331, and DUE1525331) to improve STEM education methods at research universities. Transforming Education, Stimulating Teaching and Learning Excellence (TRESTLE) has involved seven universities, led by the University of Kansas Center for Teaching Excellence, in the local implementation of a model that supports discipline-based educational experts in departments to catalyze course transformation, and builds intellectual communities around evidence-based educational improvement within and across departments and institutions.
In 2017, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Kansas, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Michigan State University were awarded a multi-institution $2.8 million National Science Foundation-funded project (DRL 1725946, 1726087, 1725959, and 1725956), Transforming Higher Education – Multidimensional Evaluation of Teaching (TEval) to advance educational practices by creating effective evaluation strategies that promote the use of evidence-based instructional strategies. Additionally, researchers at Michigan State University are studying across each of these sites, and researchers at Yale are evaluating the project. TEval prompted the funding of a national conversation around the reform of teaching evaluation through a Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education, convened September 11-12, 2019, sponsored by The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.
The core operations of the BVA network are funded through annual fees from its campus members.