CTL, in partnership with Information and Instructional Technology Services (IITS), offers Teaching Enhancement Grants with two rounds per year. Categories include teaching equipment, software, enhancement, assessment, matching fund requests, professional development, and teaching and learning seed grants.
There are seven categories of grants: (1) Teaching Equipment (2) Teaching Software (3) Teaching Enhancement (4) Teaching Assessment (5) Matching Fund Requests (6) Professional Development and (7) Teaching and Learning Seed Grants.
Grant categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 applications are submitted through an online application process at https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/webapps/teachinggrant.
Applications for Seed Grant funds should be submitted through the Enhancement grant category.
Applications for matching funds for other teaching grants (type 5) should be sent to David Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For categories 1-4 and 7, the deadline is October 15th.
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.
UTFA faculty with continuing stream appointments, or term appointments of at least three years.
Sessional Instructors 2 and 3 are also considered for the Professional Development grants.
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.
For Assessment Grant Proposals: The proposal clearly articulates how the innovation/activity/course will be assessed.
Special priority will be given to applications that will expand UTSC’s capacity to offer Integrated Learning Experiences (i.e. community-engaged 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.
These guidelines can help you develop a budget for your application. Please note that funds are to be used within 12 months from the date that they are awarded.
Each of the following are to be completed in the Teaching Enhancement Grant web app https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/webapps/teachinggrant. Please bookmark this site.
(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. Complete your application in the web app. The next round of TEG has not yet opened.
(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.
(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 $45,000. Awards are typically in the $500 to $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.
(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.
(5) Matching funds: Some teaching grants external to UTSC require a guarantee of matching funds, such as the Instructional Technology Innovation Fund (ITIF). 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.
(6) The Professional Development Fund - This fund can support an instructor’s (as outlined below) attendance at a teaching-themed conference (such as the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) or at a pedagogical session of a discipline-based conference. The maximum available for reimbursement of expenses (i.e. registration, travel, accommodation) is $300 per year for each applicant as follows:
The funding cycle is May 1 to April 30. The process is as follows:
(7) The Teaching and Learning Seed Grant aims to fund innovative teaching projects that require subsequent yearly funding (up to three years). Projects can include, but are not limited to, course or program redesign, teaching strategies, and creating work-integrated or experiential learning experiences. These funds are intended to help instructors demonstrate efficacy and impact, with the intention of seeking additional departmental and/or external funding after the provided funding period. Successful applicants will be awarded up to $10,000 distributed equally over three years.
Criteria: The Teaching and Learning Seed Grant will be judged on all the same criteria as a Teaching Enhancement/Equipment/Assessment Grant, as well as the following:
It will take approximately six weeks for decisions to be made about applications and announced to applicants.
For successful projects, the project title, brief description and grant amount will be posted on the CTL website. Applicants will be asked to submit a two-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.