TLEF Grant Applications

The Science Centre for Learning and Teaching (Skylight) offers early internal feedback on potential submissions with the objective of assisting prospective applicants with the proposal development process. 

Skylight staff can help applicants connect with similar existing and/or proposed TLEF projects (including cross Faculty applications), connect with support units such as CTLT, and provide pedagogical, technical, evaluation, project planning and/or budget consultation.  If you are submitting a large TLEF, Skylight staff are also available to work with you on the LOI submission which is due mid-July.  For up-to-date information on the TLEF please visit

Special call: As part of the 2019 TLEF round, academic units are invited to apply for Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal project funding. These projects should focus on program level learning outcomes and/or competencies. For more information please visit

UBC and Skylight Important Dates for TLEF Applications:


Important Dates

Submit to


Call for proposals issued

June 2018

Skylight: Check-in/quick consultation with Eric Jandciu for LOI - deadline

June 22, 2018


Skylight: Early feedback on potential submissions - deadline June 22, 2018  Optional, but highly recommended

LOI deadline

3:00pm on July 12, 2018


LOI results announced

Mid August 2018



Skylight: Full proposal draft for feedback - deadline

September 29, 2018

Optional, but highly recommended

Full proposal deadline

3:00pm on October 11, 2018


Results announced

December 2018




Access to funding 

April 2019





Important Dates

Submit to


Call for proposals issued

September 10, 2018

Skylight: Pre-draft feedback on project ideas - deadline

September 28, 2018

Optional, but highly recommended

Skylight: Draft proposal review - deadline November 2, 2018 Optional, but highly recommended.  Draft review may be possible after this date if demand is low.

Full proposal deadline

3:00 pm, November 15, 2018


Results announced

February 2019



Access to funding

April 2019



* Skylight Development Grants (up to $5,000 with matching funds from Departments) can be used as seed funding for TLEF proposals (e.g. for summer baseline data collection, beta testing of ideas in summer courses, piloting pedagogy and learning technology, etc).  Please visit the Skylight Development Grants page for details and dates.

Available Skylight Support

Proposal Development Support

The Skylight early internal feedback submission process invites faculty members, students and/or staff to receive feedback and support on the development of TLEF grant proposals.  The areas we can provide advice and/or support include: 

  • Project idea development, including pedagogy and learning technology.
  • Helping with decisions on grant size (large or small TLEF).
  • Project plans:
    • needs analysis;
    • scoping;
    • timelines;
    • budgets;
    • resourcing (e.g. media services support, staffing decisions);
    • evaluation;
    • conversation facilitation.
  • Connecting project team with resources and support services across UBC and Dean’s office.
  • Providing feedback on proposal drafts including but not limited to budgets, timelines, pedagogy, learning technology and evaluation.

To receive early internal feedback please contact as soon as possible.

Project Partnership

Skylight may be available to partner with project teams.  We have expertise in discipline-based education research methodologies and the scholarship of teaching and learning, qualitative and quantitative methods, evaluation for quality assurance, course design, pedagogy, learning technology enabled pedagogy, instructional design, science communication, interdisciplinary science, learning analytics, and strategic planning.  We also have experience facilitating and supporting the coordination of large projects and teams. Please contact Gülnur Birol (, Director of Skylight, to discuss possible partnerships.

Sample Proposals

Large TLEF: Development of cost effective strategies for teaching, learning and assessment of scientific reasoning abilities in large face-to-face and distance education general science courses - Sara Harris, EOAS
Small TLEF: Animated worked examples in online homework - Georg Rieger, PHAS

Frequently Asked Questions, Application Tips, and More

1. Should I apply for a large or small grant? 

Skylight staff are available to help you think through this decision.

Large TLEF grants may be particularly appropriate for projects that:

  • Focus on large enrolment, multi-section course (re)development.
  • Require extended faculty engagement through course release.
  • Build from and/or scale-up previous small grant-funded work.
  • Cross departments and/or faculties.
  • Have anticipated project budgets that exceed $50,000 in total.
  • Large TLEF grant projects must align tightly with departmental priorities and curriculum plans. 

Small TLEF grants may be particularly appropriate for:

  • Proof-of-concept projects.
  • Prototype development.
  • Single course and/or course section (re)development.
  • Have anticipated project budgets up to $50,000 in total. 

2. What are the success rates for large and small TLEF grant proposals?

In the most recent round of TLEF funding, at the UBC level, a total of $2.4 million dollars was awarded to 9 Large and 54 small TLEF projects across 12 Faculty, VP Students and the Library.  Science was awarded 2/9 Large grants (22%) and 9/54 small TLEF grants (17%). 

FOS Large grants success rate:  4 proposals were submitted and 2 funded (50% success rate.) 

FOS Small grant success rate:  15 proposals were submitted by the Faculty of Science , and 9 funded (60% success rate).