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

Expected UBC and Skylight Timelines for Upcoming TLEF Applications:


Important Dates

Submit to


Call for proposals issued

June 5, 2017

Skylight: Check-in/quick consultation with Ashley Welsh for LOI - deadline

June 23, 2017


Skylight: Early feedback on potential submissions - deadline June 30, 2017 using the Skylight form Optional, but highly recommended

LOI deadline

July 14, 2017


LOI results announced

August 9, 2017



Skylight: Full proposal draft for feedback - deadline

September, 15, 2017

Optional, but highly recommended

Full proposal deadline

October 13, 2017


Results announced

December 2017



Access to funding 

April 2018





Important Dates

Submit to


Call for proposals issued

September 11, 2017

Skylight: Pre-draft feedback on project ideas - deadline

September 29, 2017 using the Skylight form

Optional, but highly recommended

Skylight: Draft proposal review - deadline October 31, 2017 Optional, but highly recommended.  Draft review may be possible after this date if demand is low.

Full proposal deadline

November 17, 2017


Results announced

February 2018



Access to funding

April 2018



* 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 complete Skylight early feedback form or 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 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 15 Large and 49 small TLEF projects across 12 Faculty, VP Students and the Library.  Science was awarded 4/15 Large grants (26.6%) and 8/49 small TLEF grants (16.3%). 

FOS Large grants success rate:  6 proposals were submitted and 4 funded (67% success rate.)  This is the same rate as in 2014, but down from 80% in 2015. 

FOS Small grant success rate:  11 proposals were accepted by the Faculty of Science (including 1 redirected from the Large grant un-funded pool), and 8 funded (73% success rate).  This is an increase over the previous two years’ success rates (65% for 2014 and 40% for 2015.)