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About the Academic Innovation Fund (AIF)

The Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) was created in 2010 to encourage innovation in teaching, learning and the student experience. The AIF supports implementation of projects that advance York University's institutional priorities outlined in the University Academic Plan, Strategic Mandate Agreement and the Institutional Integrated Resource Plan.

The priority areas for AIF Phase 4 (2021-Present) include:

AIF at a glance

$1.5 M

Awarded annually


Projects funded in 2020-21

>$14 M

For all awards between 2011 and 2020


Unique projects funded between 2011 and 2020

AIF Funding Categories

York University’s AIF encourages teaching and learning innovation in priority areas by supporting new initiatives or by extending current projects in new and significant ways. In 2020-21 there are four AIF categories:

Category I

Supports pan-university, faculty or group-based projects that support academic innovation

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Category II

Supports individual full-time or contract faculty members for curricular innovation projects

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Category III

Supports Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects

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Category IV

Supports Open Access Teaching and Learning projects

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Learn More

Looking for inspiration? View our previously funded AIF projects that are shaping the future of teaching and learning.