Applying for Teaching Grants

The Centre for Teaching and Learning and Information and Instructional Technology Services invite you to consider applying for a grant to improve the infrastructure (equipment), content, delivery or assessment of your courses. You can also apply for funds to serve as matching funds required by some provincial (e.g. eCampus) and U of T (e.g. ITIF) grants. Funds are also available for Professional Development grants to help defray the cost of conferences or special training programs.
 
There are six categories of grants: (1) Teaching Equipment; (2) Teaching Software; (3) Teaching Enhancement; (4) Teaching Assessment; (5) Matching Fund Requests, and (6) Professional Development.
 

HOW TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS:

• Grant categories 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 applications are submitted through an online application process (https://webapps.utsc.utoronto.ca/teachinggrant/).
• Applications for matching funds for other teaching grants (type 5) should be sent directly to Janice Patterson. Program and application details for each are given below.
 

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

• For categories 1 - 4, the Fall deadline is Monday, October 23, 2017
• For Categories 5 and 6, there is a rolling deadline but applications must be made at least one month in advance of the time the funds are required. 
 

ELIGIBILITY

• UTFA faculty with continuing stream appointments, or term appointments of at least 3 years.
• Sessional Instructors 2 and 3 are also considered for the Professional Development grants.
• Faculty who obtained an Equipment, Software, Assessment or Enhancement grant (and were the PI) in one grant round cannot reapply for 17 months for a new grant in the same category, but can apply in one of the others. 
 

GRANTS 

i) Equipment
ii) Software
iii) Teaching Enhancement
iv) Assessment
v) Matching Funds
vi) Professional Development
 

CRITERIA FOR ASSESSING GRANT APPLICATIONS (1 - 5 only)

The following are the criteria that will be used in assessing proposals. Depending on the nature of the proposal and the level of competition, all criteria may not need to be addressed.
i) Clarity of the proposal - Goals for the project are clearly described and thoroughly documented.
ii) Consideration of best practices and pedagogical literature 
iii) Alignment with specified Learning Outcomes in named courses                                                    
iv) Feasibility of the proposal - Proposal has a strong and innovative design with procedures and activities that are well defined, fully explained, and linked to project goals.                                                                                                                       
v) Sustainability of the proposal - If the project is intended to continue beyond one year, the proposal outlines the resources available to make that happen.                                                                                               
vi) Appropriateness of the budget - see these guidelines                                                                                                        
vii) Scope of impact for primary users, and number of students and degrees of impact                                                                                                
viii) Transferability /Sharability - Where applicable, the proposal indicates how the project, e.g. a learning object, could be used/shared by other courses and instructors.                                                                                                                               
ix) Collaboration with other instructors - All named courses and instructors should sign off on proposal.                                                      
x) Alignment with the following (proposals will receive additional points for alignment with these):
• U of T Integrated Learning Experiences (see below)                                                                           
• Other U of T or UTSC or Department educational priorities                                             
• CTL Criteria (see below)
 
xi) Applications from faculty at all levels are welcome, but especially from faculty early in their careers
 
xii) Faculty who obtained an Equipment, Software, Assessment or Enhancement grant (and were the PI) in one grant round cannot reapply for 17 months for a new grant in the same category, but can apply in one of the others. 
 
For Assessment Grant Proposals - The proposal clearly articulates how the innovation/activity/course will be assessed.
 
CTL Criteria

  • adapts or develops courseware or instructional technology
  • supports diversity, inclusivity and accessibility
  • promotes writing and oral communication skills within the disciplines
  • improves discipline-specific information literacy
  • develops quantitative reasoning skills within the disciplines
  • implements and models innovative teaching that uses active learning or provides timely feedback or promotes a sense of learning community (cooperation and reciprocity)
  • includes collaborations that serve multiple courses and/or disciplines (strongly encouraged).

 
Special priority will be given to applications that will expand UTSC’s capacity to offer Integrated Learning Experiences (i.e. Experiential Learning, Service Learning, Work Integrated Learning), as defined and discussed in U of T's White Paper: Rethinking Higher Education Curricula: Increasing Impact Through Experiential, Work-Integrated and Community-Engaged Learning.
 
Questions regarding Integrated Learning Experiences should be directed to Clare Hasenkampf, Director, CTL.
 
BUDGET GUIDELINES
These guidelines can assist you in developing a budget for your application.
 
(1) Teaching Equipment Grants provide for the purchase and/or repair of teaching equipment (excluding software). Requests should take into account that the fund has annual resources of $50,000. Go to https://webapps.utsc.utoronto.ca/teachinggrant/ to complete the application. DEADLINE IS: Monday, October 23, 2017.
 

(2) Teaching Software Grants are to enrich courses with the one-time-only purchase of software, or for the purchase of a software license(s) for a one-year period. Licensing beyond one year cannot be guaranteed and require reapplication for the relevant year. Requests for funding should take into account that the fund has annual resources of $12,000. To complete an application, go to https://webapps.utsc.utoronto.ca/teachinggrant/. DEADLINE IS Monday, October 23, 2017.
 
(3) Teaching Enhancement Grants (TEGs) generally deal with the people side of the enhancement of teaching. TEGs are for one-time-only projects, not for ongoing expenses. Course-related proposals that will result in the direct improvement of an existing or approved course will be considered (including adding Service Learning to course/program curriculum). Integration with existing resources and services is strongly recommended, and projects should have identified learning outcomes. The intent is to distribute funds as effectively as possible across meritorious proposals; requests should take into account that this fund has annual resources of $20,000. Awards are typically in the $500 - $5,000 range, usually for personnel and supplies. Funds from this award cannot be used to support an applicant's time, travel, or conference attendance (for conferences see item 5). To complete an application go to https://webapps.utsc.utoronto.ca/teachinggrant/. DEADLINE IS:   Monday, October 23, 2017.
(If your project will require software/web development, please contact Janice Patterson janicecp@utsc.utoronto.ca who will arrange for a project 'needs assessment' and budget estimate. The timeline for decisions on these proposals may be longer than 6 weeks. If your application is successful, planning and development will start the following semester with an estimated eight-month timeframe.)
 
(4) Teaching Assessment Grants are for the purpose of supporting research on the efficacy of a particular teaching innovation or activity. Awards will be for a maximum of $1,000 per year per person. Funds from this award cannot be used to support an applicant's time, travel or conference attendance. Go to https://webapps.utsc.utoronto.ca/teachinggrant/  to complete an application. DEADLINE IS:  Monday, October 23, 2017.
 
(5) Matching funds - Some teaching grants external to UTSC require a guarantee of matching funds. Faculty can apply to CTL for matching funds. Please note: grants in this category that are approved by CTL will only be funded if the grant that they are matching is also approved for funding.
 
BUDGET GUIDELINES
These guidelines can assist you in developing a budget for your application.
 
(6) Professional Development Fund - This fund can support an instructor’s (as outlined below) attendance at a teaching-themed conference (e.g. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) or at a pedagogical session of a discipline based conference. The maximum available for reimbursement for expenses (e.g. registration, travel, accommodation) is $300/year for each applicant as follows:

  • UTFA Faculty (Professor, teaching-stream; Lecturer/Senior Lecturer) – one award per year for a teaching-related conference.

On a trial basis:

  • we're offering this to Sessional Lecturer II and III, and Writing Instructor II – one award per year for a teaching-related conference.  (Applicant must be teaching at UTSC in the term that the application is submitted and the conference occurs.)

Special consideration will be given to pre-tenure Professors and pre-promotion instructors in the Teaching Stream.
 
The funding cycle is May 1 to April 30. The process is:
i. Apply online at https://webapps.utsc.utoronto.ca/teachinggrant/. You can contact us in advance to check if the conference you want to attend qualifies. We will confirm our intention to reimburse or not. 
 
ii) If the conference attendance is approved for reimbursement, after the conference, applicants should complete an expense reimbursement form; original receipts must accompany the form. Awards must be claimed no later than two months after the conference.
You can contact Janice Patterson in advance to ask about availability of funds (as there is a limited amount per year), or to see if the conference you're interested in qualifies for reimbursement, or to get specific details about reimbursement.
 

DECISIONS FOR ALL GRANTS

It will take approximately 6 weeks for decisions to be made on applications and announced to applicants.
If you have questions about any of the grants, please contact the following:

  • Teaching Software - Ab Gehani, agehani@utsc.utoronto.ca
  • Teaching Assessment, Teaching Enhancement, or Teaching Equipment grants and the Professional Development reimbursements - Janice Patterson, janicecp@utsc.utoronto.ca.
  • (If your project will require software/web development, please contact Janice Patterson, janicecp@utsc.utoronto.ca, who will arrange for a project needs assessment and budget estimate. Decisions to award funds on these proposals may take longer than 6 weeks. If your application is successful, planning and development will start the following semester with an estimated eight-month timeframe.)

For successful projects, the project title, brief description and grant amount will be posted on the CTL website, and applicants will be asked to submit a 2-page report on project outcomes within 12 months of the award. As well, successful applicants may be invited to take part in a local (virtual or event-based) showcase.

Thank you for your efforts to improve our teaching community!