Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) Seed Grant Guidelines

NEW FOR OCTOBER 2020 LITE SEED GRANT ROUND: The October 2020 LITE Fall Grant round is being suspended, and an additional round of LITE Seed Grants will be held in its place. Applications for this round will be due October 1, 2020.With the uncertainty of how teaching at the University of Waterloo will look in the winter, you will also be asked to develop a contingency plan for whether your proposed research project will be able to proceed in the winter, or if additional circumstances need to be considered. Please see the updated template below which has a section pertaining to this contingency plan.

LITE Seed Grants can help you investigate small-scale teaching and learning research projects and attend activities to develop your instructional skills. Read the guidelines below to learn about project ideas, eligibility criteria for applicants and expenses, the application and adjudication process, and useful resources.

LITE Seed Grant proposals may focus on:  

  • assessing new approaches to teaching and learning (what is possible and does it work?) 
  • critically examining student learning with existing instructional approaches (what is happening and what could be improved?)
  • pursuing instructional development opportunities (how could I teach differently to better facilitate deep student learning?).

Amount: Up to $7,500 

Application Deadline: (2 annually): February 1st and June 1st (new for 2020: October 1st)

Consultation deadline: One week prior to application deadline

We are here to help 

Kyle Scholz, Educational Developer, Research and Consulting and Kristen Archbell, Educational Research Associate, are happy to discuss your LITE Grant project ideas, review draft applications, and support you throughout the application process.

Reminder: In order for your application to be considered, applicants are required to meet with Kyle Scholz and/or Kristen Archbell within the first three weeks of the term. This meeting must occur, at the latest, one week prior to the submission deadline. At this meeting, we will discuss your project proposal and research plan, and suggest ways to enhance the quality and clarity of the application.

LITE Seed grant guidelines

For a PDF version of the guidelines below, please see LITE Seed Grant Guidelines (PDF).

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