Funding Competition FAQ
1. What are the objectives of the Teaching and Learning Framework (TLF) St. John’s Campus Funding Competition?
The objectives of the competition are to identify teaching and learning programs and approaches that are evidence-based and have demonstrated capacity to:
- contribute to the development of the desired qualities in our graduates;
- enhance the teaching and learning experience for learners and educators;
- contribute to student success, including achievement of identified learning outcomes;
- address one or more of the specific recommendations of the TLF;
- enhance the flexibility of the teaching and learning environment with respect to program design, mode of delivery and scheduling; and
- facilitate critical thinking and interaction among learners, educators, researchers, staff and the community.
2. Who is eligible to apply for funding?
- All full-time employees (educators and staff) and students on the St. John’s campus are eligible to apply as principal applicants. The term of employment for employees must cover the period of the proposed project. Students must be enrolled full-time for the period of the proposed project.
- Other individuals eligible to apply as co-applicants, with full-time employees or students from the St. John’s campus who are named as principal applicants include: full-time employees and students from other Memorial University campuses (if the proposed project is multi-campus in scope); part-time employees and students of Memorial University St. John’s campus; and members of the general community.
3. On what criteria will the applications be evaluated?
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- the potential to impact a significant number of students and/or educators;
- the potential for transferability and broad application beyond a single course or discipline;
- innovative use of modern information and communications technology;
- multi-disciplinary, cross portfolio and/or cross campus collaboration;
- rigor of the application, including evaluation strategies;
- the potential to address the recommendations of the TLF, the TLF Strategic Plan (2014-2017) and/or other university documents relevant to the teaching and learning environment on the St. John’s campus.
Applications for classroom or other learning space renovation that would normally be submitted to the annual Classroom Teaching and Infrastructure Fund (CTIF) will not be considered unless a case can be made for exceptional circumstances.
4. What is the total amount of funding available for the program?
For the 2016-2017 competition, a total of $550,000 will be available for project support.
5. What is the application process?
For the 2016-2017 competition, applicants will move through a two-step review process to be considered for funding.
Step 1: Potential applicants will be required to submit a Letter of Intent by 5:00 p.m., March 1, 2016. The Letter of Intent should be returned by email to Kim Myrick, manager of the Teaching and Learning Framework at email@example.com. Applicants will receive feedback on their letters by March 31, 2016.
Step 2: Full applications will be submitted through an online application system starting April 18, 2016, with a submission deadline of 5:00 p.m., May 31, 2016. Note that all applicants must have their applications signed by the administrative head of their respective units (dean, director, student union president). The document bearing the signature of the administrative head should be scanned and submitted electronically with the application.
6. Can I submit multiple applications?
Yes, you can submit or be a co-applicant on more than one application.
7. What is the maximum amount of funding that can be requested in one application?
There is no maximum limit on funding requested in individual applications.
8. What resources are available to help with the development of my application?
Application details and guidelines will assist you in developing your application.
Conversations with your unit administrative head are encouraged early in the process to help identify priority issues and potential projects that would have their support. All applications will require the signature of the administrative head of the unit(s) involved in the application (dean, director or student union president).
A number of institutional planning documents which make recommendations for enhancing the teaching and learning environment as well as student retention and success have been developed over the past couple of years and provide an overview of identified gaps or areas requiring improvement. These documents include but are not limited to:
- A Comprehensive Framework for Teaching and Learning at Memorial University (May 10, 2011) (http://blog.delts.mun.ca/teachingandlearning/files/2014/06/Framework_FINAL.pdf)
- Memorial University Research Strategy (http://www.mun.ca/research/explore/framework/research-strategy-senate-endorsed.pdf)
- Memorial University’s Public Engagement Document (http://www.mun.ca/publicengagement/memorial/Public_Engagement_Framework.pdf)
- TLF Report: Developing a Effective First Year Experience for Students with Academic Challenges: A Proposal for a Pilot Program (http://blog.delts.mun.ca/teachingandlearning/files/2015/01/FYSP_Initial_Report_120212.pdf)
- TLF Report: Accommodating Students With Individual Learning Needs Associated With Disabilities and/or Mental Health Issues (http://blog.delts.mun.ca/teachingandlearning/files/2013/07/FullreportJune12.pdf)
- Strategic Research Intensity Plan 2014-2020 (http://www.mun.ca/research/explore/srip/SRIP-2014-2020.pdf)
- TLF Report: Strengthening the Value Chain: Supporting International Students and Building Intercultural Competence at Memorial University (http://blog.delts.mun.ca/teachingandlearning/files/2014/06/Strengthening-The-Value-Chain.pdf)
- Teaching and Learning Framework Strategic Plan (2014-2017) (http://blog.delts.mun.ca/teachingandlearning/files/2014/11/TLF-2014-2017.pdf)
- Report of the Enrolment Planning Retreat, St. John’s Campus (http://www.mun.ca/vpacademic/EP_Retreat_Report-_05-02-15_FINAL.pdf)
There may be planning or review documents focussed on your specific unit that would be helpful, such as unit level strategic plans, reports from academic program reviews or administrative reviews.
9. What is the deadline for applications?
The Letter of Intent must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., March 1, 2016. The Letter of Intent is returned by email to Kim Myrick, manager of the Teaching and Learning Framework at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a confirmation email when your Letter of Intent has been submitted successfully.
Full applications must be submitted via the online application portal by 5:00 p.m., May 31, 2016. You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been submitted successfully.
10. I submitted a full application online but did not receive a confirmation email.
- Check to see if you have completed your submission. Your application has been submitted if the status of both your application form and your submission is ‘complete‘.
- If your submission is marked ‘complete’, check your email at the address provided for a message from email@example.com; please also check your junk mail folder. If you have not received a confirmation email within 24 hours please contact Kim Myrick (firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-7821).
11. How will the applications be reviewed?
Adjudication of the applications will be the responsibility of a panel established by the provost. The panel will consist of eight members and a chair with representatives including educators, students and academic support staff. The provost will be responsible for making the final decisions regarding funding, based on recommendations received from the adjudication panel.
12. When can I expect my application to be reviewed?
We aim to review applications and reply to applicants by July 15, 2016.
13. Who can I contact for more information?
Contact Kim Myrick, manager of the Teaching and Learning Framework, DELTS, at: