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Centred on Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF)

Call for Proposals
Deadline extended to: February 26, 2018

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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) builds on the last round which focused on enhancing teaching culture.  CLIF 2018 will focus on curriculum development, particularly supporting and integrating high impact practices (HIPs) 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. 

The term ‘curriculum’ used within the higher education context can mean different things to different groups (Barnett and Coate 2005; Fraser and Bosanquet 2006). Sometimes the curriculum is reduced to the structure and content within one course. In this paper the description of course and program that is made by Biggs and Tang (2011,113) is retained. So the focus is on aspects of curriculum development that go beyond those of course design and include all courses

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). At the university level, where we have programs of study that encompass a collection of courses, we have the opportunity to design a coherent curriculum. (Howard, 2007)  What should this coherent curriculum look like? What knowledge and skills will students need to perform effectively and achieve desired results? What learning activities and HIPs will equip students with the needed knowledge and skills? What will need to be taught, and how should it best be taught in light of the goals we have set for our students? What materials and resources are best suited to accomplish these goals? Is the overall design and effective, and how would one know?

This round of CLIF grants therefore welcomes proposals for projects that will explore curriculum development, and in particular, how it might integrate high impact practices to promote deeper learning.  The curriculum development might be best suited to a particular discipline or course; or which might be most beneficial for students at certain levels; and which 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:

  • Activity based learning
  • Core curriculum
  • Indigenous education
  • Learning Communities
  • Writing Intensive Courses
  • Collaboration and Projects
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Diversity/Global Learning
  • Service or Community-Based Learning
  • Professional standards
  • Competencies and skills
  • Learning environments
  • Curriculum mapping


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 26, 2018.

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, 2019. 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, 2019. 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 (