Please note that the scheduled closure of EV1 has been cancelled. All CTE workshops will be held in our regular workshop rooms, EV1 241 and 242.

Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) grants


LITE grants provide support for experimenting with and investigating innovative approaches to enhancing teaching that aim to foster deep student learning at the University of Waterloo. The program is composed of two kinds of grants:

  • LITE Seed Grants (funding up to $5000 for one-year projects)
    Deadlines: February 1 and June 1
  • LITE Full Grants (funding up to $30,000 for two-year projects)
    Deadline: October 1

The grants are funded by the Office of the Associate Vice President, Academic and administered by the Centre for Teaching Excellence.

Browse funded projects

Descriptions of current and completed Seed and Full Grant projects.

LITE Grant stories

Read the following stories about LITE Grant recipients to find out more about their projects and the impact of their projects on their teaching:

Application process

  1. Verify eligibility (Seed or Full) to apply and consult guidelines (Seed or Full).  
  2. Contact Crystal Tse or Kristin Brown to discuss ideas and resources.
  3. Browse funded projects.
  4. Consult Ethics guidelines to determine whether your project requires ethics clearance (see also: decision tree) and for guidelines for conducting research in classes or with students as study participants. If your project requires ethics clearance, this video provides guidelines for how to apply for ethics clearance. 
  5. Draft your proposal using the guidelines and template provided below.  You will also find useful resources and references for your project in the Scholarly Teaching Research Guide.
  6. Request feedback from Crystal Tse or Kristin Brown at CTE, if desired.
  7. Submit your application.

Application resources

Seed Grants

Full Grants


View sample proposals

The following proposals are being shared with the permission of the authors.

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