At this time, we invite proposals from Arts & Science faculty and units for the ATLAS fund. ATLAS supports a wide range of undergraduate and graduate initiatives, specifically those relating to renewal of courses and programs to address the evolving needs of students, experimentation with different teaching approaches, and development of new experiential learning opportunities (including research).
The deadline to submit applications is Friday, February 15, 2019. Applications must be submitted online using the ATLAS application form and have the support of the unit Chair/Director/College Principal.
Please note that this will be the last ATLAS call. In the coming months, the Office of the Dean will be launching a new model that will bring together the variety of funding opportunities that support undergraduate and graduate education across the Faculty of Arts & Science. The new funding model will continue to support units and faculty in a full range of pedagogical initiatives, but will be streamlined to provide greater ease of access and clarity about funding pathways and options.
In this final round, ATLAS funding is available to support small and large-scale initiatives from May 2019 – April 2021:
- Navigator Grants support small-scale pilot initiatives (maximum $5,000 per year, up to 2 years). Examples of navigator grant projects may include: developing new teaching and learning resources, modules or workshops to support student learning, research and professional skills development.
- Elevation Grants support large-scale pilot initiatives (over $5,000 per year, up to 2 years) with a view to continuation if successful. Proposals are expected to be integrated into long-term unit-level curricular goals, with clear anticipated outcomes that can be evaluated. Examples of elevation grant projects may include: developing a new course or series of courses to address a curricular gap, a new disciplinary area of focus or to provide additional experiential opportunities, redesigning a program or components of a program (such as tutorials and assignments) to align with new program goals and directions, and developing new technology that will enhance teaching and/or student learning.
Priority will be given to proposals that:
- Increase opportunities for experiential learning in local, national and international contexts, including:
- Community-engaged learning
- Career-engaged/Work-integrated learning (WIL)
- Research activities
- Support student transitions between stages of their undergraduate education, and strengthen connections between their academic studies and life beyond university.
- Enrich the learning experiences of our students by developing and deploying tools and new approaches to engaging students in and beyond the classroom.
Proposals must include the following information:
- Project Title
- Overview of the initiative (max. 500 words): What problem/gap does your initiative address? What are you trying to achieve and what mechanisms are you using to achieve this? How does the initiative link to/build on long-term unit goals?
- Key Participants: Who will be involved in the development and implementation?
- Outcomes (max. 250 words): List the activities or resources generated by your initiative along with an estimated timeline (include details about development, planning and implementation)
- Benefit to students (max. 150 words): How will the project benefit students? How many students will be affected? What is the intended impact?
- Benefit to Arts & Science (max. 150 words): How will the project benefit Arts & Science more broadly (e.g., contribution of pedagogical materials or insights transferable to other units, generalizable findings regarding student academic experience, etc.)?
- Sustainability (max. 150 words): How will the project be funded on an ongoing basis? How will it be integrated into your unit?
- For Experiential Learning Opportunities: What type of activity students will engage in (e.g. bootcamps, hackathons, field experiences, service learning, placements, job shadowing, industry-sponsored research projects, etc.)?
- For initiatives involving the use of technology and/or development of new technology: Will you require support from the Information and Instructional Technology (IIT) Office in the Faculty of Arts & Science to develop, support and/or maintain the technology/tool? Please describe the scope of support you would like to request from IIT. While not necessary at this stage, please indicate if you have spoken to IIT and to whom you spoke.
- A detailed budget
- ATLAS proposals must be submitted through our online application form
- You can use this ATLAS Application Template in MS Word to draft your proposal.
If you are considering developing an ATLAS proposal, or if you have any questions about the application process, please contact Thuy Huynh, Teaching & Learning Project Coordinator at 416-946-3890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.