Learning & Education Advancement Fund (LEAF)

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education has launched the 2020-2021 round of proposals for 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 at the University of Toronto.

Important Note: The Impact Grant will not be offered during the 2020-21 funding cycle as the program undergoes a 5-year review. The Seed Grant is still be accepted on an ongoing basis.

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. 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.
    Important Note: The Impact Grant will not be offered during the 2020-21 funding cycle as the program undergoes a 5-year review.
  • In the Faculty of Arts & Science, Seed grants require Decanal review. Impact grants require written Decanal support.

Arts & Science Process

Arts & Science faculty, staff and units who wish to apply for a LEAF Impact or Seed grant are asked to follow the internal Arts & Science process outlined below. The goal of this process is to connect similar projects, provide feedback and support to enhance the quality of proposals.

If you have any questions about the Arts & Science LEAF process, or have an idea for a teaching and learning initiative and would like to discuss whether it might be appropriate for LEAF, please contact Thuy Huynh, Senior Teaching & Learning Project Coordinator at 416-946-3890 or thuy.huynh@utoronto.ca.

Refer to these lists of LEAF grantees for examples of previously funded projects.

LEAF Seed Proposal Process

Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Process

  1. Please contact Thuy Huynh (416-946-3890 or thuy.huynh@utoronto.ca) in advance of preparing a LEAF Seed grant proposal, providing a brief description of the proposed project.
  2. Submit draft proposal to Thuy Huynh for review by the Office of the Dean. Please download and use the LEAF template application form.
  3. Following finalization of proposal based on feedback from the Office of the Dean, applicant(s) submit the final proposal online to LEAF.