Funding

Current Opportunities

The funding opportunities on this page support the design, delivery, and assessment of online courses, open educational resources and digital learning innovation. Check with your division as it may have internal processes for applying to one or more of these funds.

Instructional Technology Innovation Fund (ITIF)

ITIF’s three-tiered system is intended to provide opportunities for technology-mediated teaching and learning projects that explore and implement promising practices at different stages of their development and implementation, and creates a pathway for projects from their initial inception to their full potential.

  • Applications are accepted in November each year. A different thematic area is defined each year.

Learning Education Advancement Fund (LEAF)

This two-tiered system is intended to provide opportunities for teaching and learning projects that explore, implement and scale up promising practices at different stages of their development and implementation, and creates a pathway for projects from their initial inception to their full potential.

  • Impact Grants are accepted once a year.
    • Expressions of Interest must be completed between March and September.
    • Full applications are due in early November.
  • Seed Grants are accepted twice a year.
    • Fall Expressions of Interest are accepted between March and September. A full application is due in early November.
    • Winter Expressions of Interest are due between February and April. A full application is due in early May.

Open Course Initiative Fund (OCIF)

The Open Course Initiative Fund (OCIF) supports instructors seeking to develop new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

  • OCIF proposals may be reviewed and submissions accepted on a rolling basis.

Suspended Opportunities

The Online Undergraduate Course Initiative (OUCI) provides funding to support instructors in development of fully online or hybrid undergraduate courses. The program aims to increase the range of online learning opportunities at the University of Toronto while building capacity for innovative approaches to teaching and learning. A key outcome of the course design process is the availability of more flexible options that leverage online technologies to accommodate scheduling or geographic constraints while providing a rich learning experience. Successful applicants will be supported in the exploration of transformative instructional approaches that respond to particular needs within their academic program context.  Awardees receive $12,000 funding for design/redesign of fully online courses, or $6,000 for hybrid courses. Applications for OUCI funding provided through the Office of the Vice-Provost Innovations in Undergraduate Education are currently being accepted on a continuous intake basis.

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