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Centred on Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF)

Call for Proposals
Deadline: Februay 10, 2017

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  • An Applicant’s Guide to Applying for a CLIF Grant


This year’s round of the Centred on Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF) will focus on enhancing teaching culture, particularly supporting and promoting high impact practices to enhance learning, with the goal of enabling members of the campus community to further explore the use of engaged learning practices which have been shown to promote deeper student learning and impact student success. This theme was also chosen to offer opportunities to explore, in advance, some of the questions and ideas that will be discussed at the next Windsor-Oakland Conference on Teaching and Learning (May, 2017).

High-impact practices help students engage in "deep approaches" to learning which are important because "students who use these approaches tend to earn higher grades and retain, integrate, and transfer information at higher rates” (Kuh, 2008). This round of CLIF grants therefore welcomes proposals for projects that will explore teaching strategies and practices which might be best suited to a particular discipline or course; or which might be most beneficial for students at certain levels; and still others might simply be more amenable to the teaching and scholarly culture of a given department or unit. While individuals may still submit proposals, in this round will be an opportunity for departments/faculties to submit proposals that explore high impact practices at a program, department, or inter-department level.

These projects might include, but are not limited to:

  • First Year Experience Seminars,
  • Common Intellectual Experiences,
  • Learning Communities,
  • Writing Intensive Courses,
  • Collaborative Assignments and Projects,
  • Undergraduate Research,
  • Diversity/Global Learning,
  • Service or Community-Based Learning,
  • Internships,
  • Capstone Courses and Projects, and
  • ePortfolios/Learning Portfolios.


Preference will be given to projects that:

  • offer a clear rationale and demonstrate a clear plan
  • demonstrate consistency with the University’s strategic priorities;
  • demonstrate potential for educational impact;
  • foster inclusion;
  • innovate;
  • build on existing research and literature;
  • emphasize collaboration; and
  • establish assessment procedures to evaluate the project.


  • Departmental/program applications showing application across an entire program/department: $5000
  • Individual, including collaborations among individuals: $2500

Applications must be submitted by the principal applicant electronically by February 10, 2017.

The purpose of the Centred on Learning Innovation Fund is to stimulate the development, implementation, and assessment of innovative teaching and learning.

Applications are encouraged from:

  • All disciplines
  • Instructors employing all modes of university course delivery;
  • Individuals holding a full-time teaching appointment (including tenured and tenure-track faculty, Learning Specialists, and Limited Term faculty and AAS appointments) at the University of Windsor for the term of the grant (May 2017 through April 2018); and
  • Individuals or teams

Applications Procedure
Applicants must complete the online application including a project description (2 pages maximum) as well as a proposed budget. Please see the form below for further details.
Please follow the instructions concerning departmental and/or faculty approval on the appropriate form.

Conditions of the Award
Grantees will submit a final report demonstrating the findings and confirming completion of the project by June 1, 2018. Please note: Abstracts and reports of successful applications will be posted on the CLIF webpage.

Funds will be disbursed in one installment and must be spent by April 30, 2018. Please take into account whether research ethics clearance is needed as you prepare your application. For more information, please contact the Office of the Research Ethics Board at ex. 3948, or via email at

Ineligible Expenses
The following item is not an eligible expense:

  • course release

Expenses with Limited Eligibility

  • Regional travel for research purposes cannot exceed 20% of the total award;
  • Campus hospitality (e.g., working lunches) cannot exceed 10% of the award amount (no alcohol is permitted);
  • Equipment and Apparatus (including computer hardware) up to a maximum of 20% of the total award.

View abstracts from previously successful projects:

Please feel free to contact CTL for advice and assistance in preparing your proposal (