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:
- Leverage our urban location more fully, for the mutual benefit of university and city
- Strengthen and deepen key international partnerships: well-defined strategic focus
- 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.