U of T Funding Resources for Teaching-Related Research

Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI)
The VPRI portfolio supports, fosters and promotes the research and innovation culture and activities of our faculty and students across our three campuses. This support includes links and information to a variety of funding sources, including the Pivot Funding Opportunities Database.
Learn More: http://www.research.utoronto.ca/faculty-and-staff/secure-research-funding/find-funding/

*NEW GRANT OPPORTUNITY FOR 2018-19: The International Student Experience Fund (ISEF)*
The International Student Experience Fund (ISEF) is a new initiatives fund launched by the Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost, International Student Experience for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The objective of the ISEF program is to foster a learning environment on U of T’s campuses that aligns with the University’s global mission and profile. The Fund is intended to support academic and non-academic initiatives that: enhance the experience of international students; foster intercultural and international-to-domestic student, staff and faculty engagement; and internationalize the University of Toronto student experience.

The Fund supports two streams of activities; Seed ($5,000-$15,000 per year) and Impact ($15,000-$100,000 per year). This two-tiered system is intended to provide opportunities for projects that explore, implement and scale up promising practices at different stages of their development and implementation, and create a pathway for projects from their initial inception to their full potential. Both tiers of grants are intended to be completed within 1 to 3 years. Proposals will be accepted from U of T faculty and staff with continuing appointments. The primary beneficiary of the proposal must be undergraduate or graduate students.


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.

Deadline for submission: November 10, 2017

Learn more: https://www.itif.utoronto.ca/


The focus of this program is to enrich the learning experience of undergraduate students in first-entry Divisions across the University and to provide academic units with a mechanism for developing and enhancing the research, assessment, and application of high-impact teaching practices within learning environments at the University.

The Fund is intended to support projects that will anticipate, leverage and create positive changes in both the modes and mechanisms of undergraduate education at the University of Toronto.

Learn more: https://www.leaf.provost.utoronto.ca/


Funded by the Education Vice-Deans, the Education Development Fund is intended to support new and innovative projects that align with our Faculty’s strategic directions in education around the core values of innovation, integration and impact in education. The EDF is a seed fund designed to encourage those who are transitioning to, or are newly engaged in, educational scholarship to further their career development.

Learn more: http://medicine.utoronto.ca/about-faculty-medicine/education-vice-deans-education-development-fund


ATLAS is the primary mechanism for supporting a wide range of teaching and learning initiatives within the Faculty and continues the Faculty’s commitment to advancing the quality of our teaching and the learning experience of our students.

Learn more: http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/faculty-staff/teacher-info/atlas/index_html


The Centre for Teaching and Learning and Information and Instructional Technology Services invite you to consider applying for a grant to improve the infrastructure (equipment), content, delivery or assessment of your courses. Funds are also available for Professional Development and adding a Service Learning component to your courses.

Learn more: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ctl/applying-teaching-grants



If you are interested in developing a fully online course, or a hybrid course (partly online), funding is available through the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education. The application, design and development process is supported by the Online Learning Strategies portfolio.

Learn More: http://onlinelearning.utoronto.ca/strategy/


Other Strategies:

The ability to describe your goals and your project in relation to other initiatives at UofT and the broader landscape of instructional design and/or educational technology is critical to preparation of a successful proposal. Participation in faculty development events is also a good opportunity to meet potential collaborators, and learn about other project activities across our three campuses.

  • To learn more about new funding options as they arise, consider joining the Online Learning – Community of Practice listserv as a good source of information on RFP opportunities from the provincial government and other new program initiatives.
  • To explore new ideas consider applying to attend the CTSI Course Design/Redesign Institute, an annual event that provides a solid grounding for conceptualization and development of your pedagogical approach.
  • To stay abreast of new faculty development programming, you may wish to subscribe to our CTSI newsletter to learn about ongoing events and workshops.