The University has launched the 2018-19 round of the Learning & Education Advancement Fund (LEAF). This Fund supports projects that anticipate, leverage, and create positive changes in both the modes and mechanisms of undergraduate education.
LEAF supports two streams of funding, with the following timelines:
- Seed grants ($5,000 – $15,000 per year, for a max. of 3 years) are accepted on an ongoing basis. Seed grants are intended to encourage experimentation at the local level (within a course or set of courses), as a means to foster small-scale innovations or pilots with the potential for scalability.
- Impact grants ($15,000 – $100,000 per year, for a max. of 3 years) are accepted once a year. The 2018-19 application deadline is Friday, November 9, 2018. Impact grants are designed to support large-scale projects with the potential to significantly enhance core elements of undergraduate education within or across academic units and divisions.
In the Faculty of Arts & Science, Seed grants require Decanal review. Impact grants require written Decanal support.
Arts & Science Process
Faculty, staff and units who wish to apply for a LEAF Impact or Seed grant are asked to follow the Arts & Science process (see tables below). The goal of this process is to provide feedback and support to enhance the quality of proposals.
If you have any questions about the Arts & Science LEAF Impact or Seed grants process, or have an idea for a teaching and learning initiative and would like to discuss whether it might be appropriate for LEAF (or ATLAS), please contact Thuy Huynh, Teaching & Learning Project Coordinator at 416-946-3890 or email@example.com.
Refer to these lists of LEAF grantees for examples of previously funded projects.
LEAF Seed Proposal Process
|Please contact the Dean’s Office in advance of preparing a LEAF Seed grant proposal, providing a brief description the proposed project. Contact Thuy Huynh, Teaching & Learning Project Coordinator at 416-946-3890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.||These deadlines will operate on a rolling basis, and will be clarified as proposals are received.
|Final proposals are due to the Office of the Dean for review|
|Units submit final proposals online to LEAF|
LEAF Impact Proposal Process
|Statement of interest
The statement of interest should outline the focus, goals and outcomes of your potential proposal, list the units/primary collaborators, and provide a preliminary budget (max. 1 page). We will use these statements to connect units working on similar projects, if any, and to provide feedback to units to assist them in the development of their proposals.
|Friday, August 17|
|The Office of the Dean will review statements of interest and provide feedback to units||By Friday, August 31|
|Draft proposals are due to the Office of the Dean||Friday, September 28|
|A committee will review and adjudicate draft proposals and provide feedback to units||By Friday, October 19|
|Final proposals are due to the Office of the Dean||Friday, November 2|
|Decanal letters of support will be sent to units||By Thursday, November 8|
|Units submit final proposals online to LEAF||Friday, November 9|