D2L Innovation Guild Funding Call for Proposals

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Indirect costs updated from TBD to 25%.


D2L Innovation Guild


D2L Teaching and Learning Proposals 


Members of the D2L Innovation Guild are pleased to announce a funding envelope to undertake research in Teaching and Learning. This funding will support research that proposes to answer questions and solve problems for now and the future. D2L is interested in research projects relating to the teaching and learning practice and/or teaching and learning technology.

D2L is seeking proposals of Emerging Research or Applied Research:

  • Emerging Research – Funding awarded under this project type enables researchers to undertake research in an area that lacks sufficient background to apply to other funding programs. Typically, the outcomes of Emerging Research projects will be the creation of an early baseline of information that can then be used to support future inquiry and funding applications.
  • Applied Research – Funding awarded under this project type enables researchers to build on learnings from prior research to help improve teaching and learning, and to further disseminate and share knowledge based on this application.

D2L are seeking proposals that address one or more of the following research priorities of the Guild Board:

  • Learning in 2030
    • What are the teaching and/or learning experiences that will enable success for the next 5, 10, or 20 years? How can we create meaningful change to produce desired outcomes of those experiences?
  • Unlocking Learner Potential
    • What are some ways that we can leverage learning science, psychology and/or neuroscience to better support learners to achieve better results? What are the ethical implications in leveraging such techniques?
  • Leveraging Learning Spaces
    • How will learning spaces support teaching and learning for the next decade or more? What role will emerging technologies play in those learning spaces? What role will physical/online environments play in those learning spaces?
  • Supporting Indigenous Ways of Knowing
    • How can we advance Indigenous ways of teaching, learning, knowing and being in education? How can we ensure meaningful engagement and connection with Indigenous communities to strengthen teaching and learning?
  • Ensuring Academic Integrity
    • With the ever-changing landscape of technology, means of access, and modalities of learning, what can be done to make sure that academic integrity stays at the core of teaching and learning? How can we evaluate and assess the impact of academic integrity?
  • Improving Mental Health and Well-being.
    • How can we better support the mental health and well-being of faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars and/or staff? How does mental health and well-being impact and/or influence teaching and learning in education? How can the impacts of mental health on learners and educators be better understood?


The Lead Principal Investigator must be actively affiliated and able to hold research funding with one of the following Guild Member Universities during the period of January 1, 2021-December 31, 2021.

  • University of Calgary
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Waterloo

Applications submitted by Lead PIs not meeting the above criteria will not be considered for this funding.

Notes: Funding priority will be given to project proposals that demonstrate cross-institution collaboration between the Lead PI’s institution and at least one other eligible Guild member institution listed above.

Funding Availability

A total of $100,000 CAD is available to be distributed to qualified projects during this call. The maximum amount of funding is $25,000 per proposal. It is anticipated that funding will range from $15,000 to $25,000 for each project.

Indirect Costs



If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

To be considered for this funding, interested applicants must send an email with their expression of interest to DIG@D2L.com by October 28th, 2020 from their university account with subject line: D2L Innovation Guild Funding 2020. Once the email has been received by the Guild and it is determined that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements, the applicant will be emailed an account ID to the proposal system to develop and submit a proposal. All proposals must be received by the Guild no later than by 11:59pm ET Monday, November 2nd, 2020. 

NOTE: If awarded, please submit a signed OR5 with a copy of the approved D2L application to the Office of Research Services research.services@uoguelph.ca.

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Email DIG@D2L.com for questions related to this program.

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