Details

Application Submission Deadline: Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 @ 5pm EST.

The ITIF (Instructional Technology Innovation Fund) supports strategic directions in education broadly, across all disciplines. The Fund focuses specifically on applications of technology to enrich learning through design, implementation, evaluation, curriculum renewal, or faculty development.

Project Development:

  • Project deliverable and outcomes must be closely aligned with the ongoing goals and objectives of the departments and programs from which they emerge.
  • Prospective applicants are encouraged to engage the assistance of their subject-area librarian early in the development of their proposals.
  • Consider allocating funds to hire U of T students to work on your project.
  • Projects for classroom technology must not result in additional charges to students.

Guidelines

What kind of projects will be considered?

As in previous years, proposals need not be specifically tied to the theme; however, projects that do so will be adjudicated accordingly.

Three Funding Streams

  1. Seed Funding Stream: Maximum $2,000 with no matching requirement
  2. Matched Funding (same as previous years): Maximum $5,000 with matching funds from another source
  3. 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.

The evaluation criteria remain the same for all streams.

Applications due Friday, November 19, 2021. 

This is not a Research Grant

Please remember that this is an innovation grant, not a research grant, even though a research component to a project is highly valued. In the past, we’ve received proposals that were clearly written as research proposals only, and while those research proposals would have led to important scholarly contributions, that is not what the fund is for. The fund is for ‘creating’ something innovative that enhances the teaching capabilities of the University.

However, if you do intent to conduct research on your innovation, please remember to check with Research Services for ethics guidance if you are including a research component in your project proposal.

Eligibility

Proposals will be accepted from University of Toronto faculty, staff, and librarians; however, priority will be given to submissions from University of Toronto units (departments, recognized programs of study, academic units, or divisions) or interdisciplinary/interprofessional teams, as compared to submissions from individuals.

Individuals or groups who had previously received support from the ITIF or ITCDF as individuals or in small groups are eligible to apply, provided all conditions of the fund are met, including fulfillment of any obligations from a previous ITIF or ITCDF award.

Nature of ITIF Funding

Funding is provided for a period of up to two years per project (not per year). All applications in the matching fund stream must have secured 1:1 matched funding. Matching funds must be guaranteed in writing through an attached letter of support. This could include funds from other granting agencies a department or private source.

The ITIF does not directly support faculty remuneration

The ITIF does not directly support faculty remuneration, however, it should be considered a resource for departments and programs to further faculty development.  A strong evaluative component is expected in each project and the outcomes should be of publishable quality.

The ITIF does not pay for basic computer and related equipment expenses, nor will such items be considered as matching funds. However, specialized equipment that is specifically related to the project may be eligible, so long as a justification for inclusion is contained in the application.

The ITIF does not provide ongoing support for any initiative beyond the initial grant. Proposals are encouraged to clearly articulate plans for sustained funding of successful projects. It is expected that, if successful, the results of the ITIF projects will be meaningfully incorporated into a unit’s education programs.

Research Assistant (RA) expenses are eligible for funding. 

ITIF Funded Project Timeline and Expectations

The ITIF project cycle is as follows: 

  • Complete and submit the required ITIF application package through the ITIF website (Date: November 19, 2021 – 5:00 p.m.)
  • Letters to all applicants, and funds released to successful applicants by (Date: January 2022)
  • Submit a short mid-term progress report one year into the project  (Date: November 2022)
  • Submit a final report for publication by the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation at the end of the project. Final reports must include a section detailing a vision for sustainability (Date: November 1st, 2023)
  • Upon completion of the project, participate in the University of Toronto’s Annual Teaching & Learning Symposium  (Date: May 2023)

Proposals that will eventually be disseminated through academic journals, conferences or otherwise reported for scholarly review must receive appropriate ethics review. As a general principle, if you are collecting any kind of data about humans, and especially if you plan on presenting or writing about a research component of your project, ethics approval may be required. We strongly urge you to consult with your divisional research services office to make this determination.

Proposal Evaluation

A committee designated by the Provost will advise the Provost on the allocation of funds.

Project proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:
•    Alignment with this year’s ITIF theme.
•    Prospects for integration into a unit’s overall curriculum plan and programmatic priorities
•    The interdisciplinary/interprofessional nature of the project
•    The level of student involvement in the project
•    The assessment/evaluation component of the project
•    The transferability of the project’s idea or concept to other units
•    The ‘shareability’ and ‘modifiability’ of the project, and the degree to which open standards are employed.
•    The degree to which the project leverages existing resources and mechanisms at UofT
•    The specificity of the matching funds
•    The specificity of a plan for long-term sustainability