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. Funds are also available for Professional Development.
 
There are five categories of grants: (1) Teaching Equipment; (2) Teaching Software; (3) Teaching Enhancement; (4) Teaching Assessment; and  (5) Professional Development. All grant applications are submitted through an online application process (https://webapps.utsc.utoronto.ca/teachinggrant/). Program and application details for each are given below.
 

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

Spring - Monday, March 6, 2017

 

ELIGIBILITY

UTFA faculty with continuing stream appointments, or term appointments of at least 3 years.
 

GRANTS AND CRITERIA

Applicants may request funds from any or all of the grant types. Details for each are given below but in general, applications are welcome to:

  • adapt or develop courseware or instructional technology
  • support diversity, inclusivity and accessibility
  • promote writing and oral communication skills within the disciplines
  • improve discipline-specific information literacy
  • develop quantitative reasoning skills within the disciplines
  • implement and model innovative teaching that uses active learning or provides timely feedback or promotes a sense of learning community (cooperation and reciprocity)

 
Collaborations that serve multiple courses and/or disciplines are strongly encouraged.
 
(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: Spring - March 6th, 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: Spring - March 6th, 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:  Spring - March 6th, 2017.
(If your project will require software/web development, please contact Janelle Leboutillier (leboutillier@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: Spring - March 6th, 2017.
 
(5) 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 Janelle Leboutillier 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 - Janelle Leboutillier, leboutillier@utsc.utoronto.ca.
  • (If your project will require software/web development, please contact Janelle Leboutillier, leboutillier@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.)
  • Service-learning-related proposals - Janice Patterson, at janicecp@utsc.utoronto.ca.

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!