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2020 ITIF HAS CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS
Thank you to everyone who applied. We are reviewing applications for the 2020-2021 academic year, and will have an announcement soon.This year’s theme is Supporting Students Learning Remotely (see more details below).

Applications are only accepted from fully appointed Faculty (both streams) and Librarians. Projects must be for supporting degree credit courses and programs (proposals for continuing or professional education are no longer being accepted). Applications are accepted in November each year.

About ITIF

Three Funding Streams

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. Awardees have up to two years to complete their project:

Seed Funding: Maximum $2,000 with no matching requirement

Matched Funding: Maximum $5,000 with matching funds from another source

Support Stream: Apply to get access to an educational technology or instructional design specialist for up to 150 hours per year per project. This is a non-cash award, but it’s worth an equivalent of $20,000 that can be used as an in-kind contribution when applying elsewhere for funding.

Applicants must choose which stream they are applying for at the time of application.

Projects that require funding of more than $5,000 are encouraged to consider the LEAF initiative https://www.leaf.provost.utoronto.ca or other funding sources http://teaching.utoronto.ca/teaching-support/u-of-t-resources/funding-resources/.

2020 Thematic Areas

The key thematic area for the 2020 round is Supporting Students Learning Remotely. As we all know, the University has had to make a major pivot to remote teaching and learning due to the pandemic. While we hope the pandemic will abate soon, we anticipate that some of the positive aspects of remote teaching and learning will continue play a role in course and program delivery. This year’s round of ITIF funding aims to foster innovations that can help our students learn effectively within in these new modes of remote learning. Of course, we also encourage proposals that address the President’s Three Priorities:

  1. Leverage our urban location more fully, for the mutual benefit of university and city
  2. Strengthen and deepen key international partnerships: well-defined strategic focus
  3. Re-imagine and re-invent undergraduate education

Proposals that integrate the key themes will be given preference, but the list is not exhaustive. Proposals that address ITIF goals through alternative means are also encouraged.

The Provost’s Instructional Technology Innovation Fund (ITIF) is a seed fund designed to catalyze initiatives that immediately and directly impact University of Toronto education and teaching programs through innovation and development. It is funded by the Provost, and administered by Academic and Collaborative Technologies, a partnership between the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation and Information Technology Services. The ITIF is focused specifically on the practical applications of technology in design, implementation, evaluation, curriculum renewal, faculty development, or continuing education initiatives that enrich learning. The ITIF is intended to support strategic directions in education broadly, across all disciplines. The proposed deliverable and outcomes must be closely aligned with the ongoing goals and objectives of the departments and programs from which they emerge.
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the way the application system works, even those who are applying for the SEED STREAM will be required to upload a ‘support’ letter, even though you don’t need a support letter. We apologize for this technical glitch. Please type up a one line Word or PDF document that says “I am applying for the Seed Stream” and attach that document as your ‘support’ letter during the application process. Thanks, and again, we apologize for this technical glitch in the application system.