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Centred on Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF)

Call for Proposals
Deadline: Wednesday March 15, 2023


This year the theme of Centered on Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF) will be The Role of Literacy in Higher Education. As the academic sector slowly emerges from three years of complexity, rapid innovation under duress, and even chaos, the time seems right to turn our attention to a topic that has always been central to formal education at every level – but which has become more complex and diversified in recent years. We invite proposals that deal with literacy in higher education in innovative ways from diverse disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary points of view.

Possible topics and themes dealing with literacy may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Identification and conceptualization of literacies;
  • Approaches to solving common problems regarding literacy;
  • Analyzing approaches to literacy in higher education;
  • Approaches to improving literacies for marginalized, othered, and/or otherwise disadvantaged students;
  • Multi-modal approaches to education in multiple literacies;
  • New approaches to assessing literacies.

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

Preference will be given to projects that:

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

Award Categories

  • 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 March 15, 2023.

Applications are encouraged from:

  • All disciplines
  • Instructors employing any or 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 2023 through April 2024); and
  • Individuals or teams (teams may include students and/or part-time faculty members as co-investigators).

Applications Procedure
Applicants must complete the application including a project description (2 pages maximum) as well as a proposed budget. Please see the form below for further details.

Conditions of the Award
Grantees will submit a final report demonstrating the findings and confirming completion of the project by 30 June 2024. 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, the following year. 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
Course release is not an eligible expense

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.

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