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Teaching & Learning Funding Opportunities

There are a number of funding opportunities for teaching and learning research, course-release and fellowships, and events. Read more about the different opportunities below.

Teaching & Learning Event Funding Opportunities

Amount: $1,000

Details: The Office of the VPRI offers funding to support events that strengthen the research culture and build the profile and reputation of research at York University.

Teaching & Learning Research Opportunities

Amount: $3,000


To provide support to full-time faculty members with limited emergency support of research projects of faculty members for:

  • seed money for the initiation of a program for which outside grant applications are being submitted;
  • assistance for research fellowships tenable at York (excluding provision of a stipend);
  • supplementary funding to cover limited additional costs of a project in progress and already supported by outside funds.



The Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) supports projects that advance York University's priorities in terms of teaching, learning and the student experience. Since 2011, the AIF has supported faculty and campus partners in their efforts to develop new and exciting ways to educate students.

Amount: Up to $7,000

Details: To provide support to full time faculty, professional librarians, and current Postdoctoral Fellows for small-scale knowledge mobilization activities such as stakeholder consultations, policy briefs, publication subventions, workshops, etc.

Amount: $5,000

Details: To provide support to full-time faculty, professional librarians and current Postdoctoral Fellows for stand-alone, small-scale projects and for projects that will lead to the development of larger SSHRC applications or other external funding.

Amount: Up to $8,000

Details: This fund is intended to encourage individual research and study by defraying research costs. Duration: One year.

Amount: Up to $300,000

Details: The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.

Amount: Up to $500,000

Details: The EHR Core Research program (ECR) invites proposals for fundamental research (basic research or use-inspired basic research) that advances knowledge in one or more of the three Research Tracks: Research on STEM Learning and Learning Environments, Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields, and Research on STEM Workforce Development.

Amount: Up to $300,000

Details: The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

Amount: Large grants $125,000 - $500,000, Small grants up to $50,000

Details: The Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived

Course Release & Fellowships


Details: Fellowships are intended to provide recipients with the opportunity to develop innovative teaching and learning projects or to enhance their own teaching skills. Eligibility: Full-time faculty in tenure-stream appointments.

Amount: Up to $2500 (Individuals), up to $5000 (groups)

Details: Funds are available to support projects which have the potential to make significant curricular or methodological contributions to teaching and learning at York, or which enable faculty to enhance their own teaching skills. Eligibility: All members of the YUFA bargaining unit.