Call For Proposals

Awards: $1,000 - $50,000 per project

Submission Deadline: March 18, 2019

Since 2006, the University of Guelph’s Learning Enhancement Fund (LEF) has provided funding to support several projects that have enriched the learning experience of our undergraduate students. This year, we are again pleased to announce this call for proposals to the LEF.We invite submissions from faculty, instructors, and staff designed to support and engage students in innovative practices and experiential learning, and that contribute to the achievement of related course or program learning outcomes.

Examples of previously funded projects can be viewed here: The goal of the LEF program at the University of Guelph is to develop initiatives that are effective, efficient, and sustainable, and that can be disseminated to the Guelph community.

Submission Requirements

  • Project Executive Summary (1 page maximum)
  • Project Proposal (5 page maximum), including:
    • Purpose and objectives: The purpose or rationale and intended objectives/outcomes of the project, the teaching and learning area/question(s) to be investigated, and demonstration that the project is grounded in and builds on prior research.
    • Intended significance and impact: The anticipated impact of the project on teaching and learning at U of G, including its potential impact on student learning experiences and outcomes. This may include how the project and results will improve teaching and learning within a course, curriculum, and/or institutionally, how the impact can be sustained or scaled beyond the funding year, and how the project contributes to sustainable teaching and learning practices. Also describe how the project aligns with and advances institutional priorities related to teaching and learning as specified in the Strategic Mandate Agreement and Strategic Framework.
    • Assessment of expected outcomes: Provide a detailed assessment plan to evaluate the project’s success and objectives/outcomes, including what will be measured, how it will be measured, how it will be analyzed, and why the measures are appropriate. Clearly indicate how the research design and assessment methods are directly linked to the intended outcomes/objectives. The methods should be presented in sufficient detail to understand the steps and activities that will be required to complete the project.
    • Knowledge dissemination: Identify a plan to share and disseminate the findings of the project, including contribution at a campus-wide event (e.g. annual Teaching and Learning Innovation Conference), and within a broader scholarly context. Travel costs associated with the project can be included and should be accompanied by a clear rationale.
    • Project work plan and timeline: Provide a timeline of milestones that address the lifecycle of the work, including planning, support for collaboration, data collection, analysis, reporting, project closure, and dissemination.
    • References
  • Budget: Include a clear budget outline of how funds will be used, as well as all associated travel expenses and funds received from other sources
  • Brief Curriculum Vitae of PI (5 pages maximum)
  • Letters of support from any collaborating partners or departments (e.g. Student Life, OpenEd, Library, etc.)
  • Endorsement by the Chair/Director and Dean.


    Selection Criteria

    All applications will be adjudicated by a peer-review committee facilitated through a committee chaired by the Associate Vice-President (Academic) and including the Director, Open Learning and Educational Support (or designate), a faculty member from each College and the Central Student Association (CSA) Academic Commissioner (or designate).

    Evaluation of proposals will be based on the following criteria: 

    Evaluation Rubic