Frequently Asked Questions


An undergraduate or a graduate student may submit an application as long as there is UBC-V faculty member who is a co-applicant on the proposal.

UBC Staff are eligible to submit a TLEF application and to be the principal applicant.

Cross-Faculty proposals can be submitted to the TLEF but the principal applicant must be a faculty member and her/his Dean will evaluate and rank the submission. The TLEF Committee will look for indications of support from other Faculties involved in the proposal and potentially seek additional evaluation and feedback from Deans of other participating Faculties or units.

Proposals with a focus on professional programs (Career and Personal Education) are full cost recovery programs and thus ineligible for TLEF funding. The TLEF focuses instead on supporting the enhancement of student learning and innovation in teaching in direct entry, graduate and entry to practice programs. Supporting CPE innovation and success in Faculties is a priority for UBC, but through a different funding mechanism, approved by the Committee of Deans in March 2015.

For more information on the possibility of central support for Faculty-led enhancements in CPE, please contact Hugh Brock, Associate Provost, Academic Innovation.

Because the funding for TLEF projects comes from UBC-V student tuition, the TLEF proposals and funded activities should focus on UBC-V contexts. A UBC-O faculty member can be a co-applicant on a TLEF project, but not a principal applicant.

Applicants interested in system-wide, cross-campus proposals are required to contact Jeff Miller, Senior Associate Director, CTLT at to discuss their project before submitting a TLEF proposal.

Developing a proposal

Requirements for all TLEF Projects

  • The proposals recommended for funding will significantly contribute to the enhancement of teaching and learning
  • The projects will result in sustainable benefits to students
  • Outcomes-based criteria will be used to evaluate the project’s success
  • The proposed budget is reasonable and in line with the objectives of the project
  • Students have been/will be involved in development and/or implementation of the proposal
  • Continued funding is contingent upon satisfactory progress for multi-year projects (up to 3 years).

Small TLEF Projects

($50k maximum funding over 3 years)

    • Single-stage approval process – proposal
    • Faculty advice (accept/decline with ranking and rationale)
    • Consultation with CTLT recommended in particular for multi-year proposals
    • Teaching assistants, research assistants, and teaching and learning fellows can be supported through TLEF funding
    • No faculty course releases

Large TLEF Projects

($250k maximum funding over 3 years)

      • Two-stage approval process – letter of intent (LOI) and proposal
      • Faculty approval of LOI and proposal (rank and rationale)
      • Consultation/check-in required with Senior Associate Director, CTLT
      • Teaching assistants covered by Faculty funds
      • Teaching and learning fellows and research assistants covered by TLEF funds
      • Faculty course releases (50% from TLEF, 50% from Faculty) – up to $10k per course
      • Alignment with Flexible Learning and respective Faculty priorities
      • Evaluation strategy of long-term impact required

CTLT, Faculty Support Units (FSUs), and UBC Studios staff will provide consultation support for TLEF applicants; support will be provided on topics such as pedagogy, assessment, media, technology integration, evaluation planning, project scope, and budget development.

Please refer to the Proposal Development page for more information about support options.

You can request support for research assistants (RAs), teaching and learning fellows (TLFs) and, depending upon whether your proposal is for a Large or Small TLEF Project, you can request Course Release or teaching assistants (TAs), to support the development work in the project.

You can also request pedagogical and other kinds of support, including:

      • Instructional and curriculum design support.
      • Project management/project coordination.
      • Media design and production: web-programming, graphic design, videography, animation, post-production.
      • Learning resource discovery/development (including open resources) – learning support materials.
      • Learning technology development and support.
      • Library consultation – resources, copyright, licensing, digitization.
      • Professional development – instructors and TAs.
      • Evaluation support.

This support will be provided from central funding with support from CTLT, UBC IT, UBC Library, and in collaboration with Faculty-based learning centres.

TLEF funding cannot be used to support faculty or staff travel or conference expenses or other dissemination costs.

The TLEF is not an equipment fund and you will not generally receive funding to buy equipment. UBC IT and CTLT will loan equipment to support media development within TLEF projects: this equipment will be centrally provisioned and returned to the central pool once it is no longer needed by the project team.

There is a rate-list for typical costs associated with TLEF projects under the Application Process tab on the TLEF site. The Adjudication Committee will not, typically, approve funding for services above these rates. It is essential that you consult with any central- or Faculty-based support units if your project depends upon their support.

You can also work with CTLT to develop the budget for your project either at drop-in sessions or by contacting Jeff Miller, Senior Associate Director, CTLT at, to arrange a time for consultation.

Please note: Consultation/check-in with CTLT is required for Large TLEF Projects and recommended for Small TLEF Projects that span multiple years.

TLEF funds cannot be used to purchase external consulting or other types of services where the expertise is available within UBC at a reasonable cost and in a timely manner.

Faculty course buyouts (for time release from teaching) can only be requested in the context of Large TLEF Projects. The cost of Faculty course buyouts is split 50/50 between the Office of the Provost and VP Academic and the Faculty, so you will need to ensure that you have your Faculty’s support and commitment for matching funds for course release in your proposal.

Submitting a proposal

All proposals must be submitted through the TLEF online application system:

You can find more information on the steps involved in submitting your proposal on the Application Process page.

No. You need the approval of your Department Head before you can submit a proposal to the TLEF. If your TLEF proposal involves multiple departments, the Department Heads of all departments where there are funding commitments made on behalf of that department must also be consulted about the project.

It is important that you give your Department Head ample time to review your proposal. You should seek their input and feedback on your proposal well ahead of the University deadline for submission of your proposal.

No. All applications need to be submitted via the TLEF online application system:

No. We regret that late applications will not be accepted.

Managing funded proposals

Applicants will be contacted about the outcome of the TLEF adjudication process in December (for Large TLEF Projects) or February (for Small TLEF Projects). A letter from the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Academic goes out to each applicant, regardless of whether or not the proposal was successful.

Funding is available to funded projects for two fiscal years (i.e. April 1 to March 31). Please note, however, that grant holders are asked to strive to complete their projects within one year, and they must provide an Interim Report on the status of the projects. At the end of the project, any surplus funds remaining must be returned to the general TLEF account, to be used for future TLEF-funded projects.

For Large and Small TLEF projects, departments will need to set up an individual project grant (PG) account under the name of the project’s principal signatory (principle applicant) and any expenses for the project will be billable to that PG account.  In April of the funding year, the Office of the Provost and VP Academic will transfer funding into the PG identified by the department for the TLEF project.  For Large TLEF projects, funding for central resource support (i.e., CTLT, UBC IT) will be retrained in the TLEF fund and forward on a cost recovery basis.


It may take a few months for the funds to be transferred to the account.  However, you may withdraw funds in the meantime, creating a deficit that will be corrected later when the funds are deposited. A zero balance will also show up at the end of the first fiscal year due to automatic unit budget consolidations at year-end. The funds will be transferred back into the PG by your financial administrator.

Reporting on multi-year proposals

The most important components are:

      • An indication of what has been accomplished
      • Measures of impact on teaching and learning at UBC
      • Examples of student involvement (where appropriate)
      • Student evaluation and feedback (as appropriate)
      • Summary of expenditures incurred to date
      • Description of planned activities for the remaining period of the project

You will need to submit an Interim Report along with your proposal when applying for 2nd- or 3rd-year TLEF funding.

Please use the Interim Report reference template, available on the Grant Holders page, to see the questions that are included in the report.

Final Reports for funded projects

The most important components are:

      • A summary of the work accomplished, including products and achievements
      • A summary of the project benefits for students and/or instructors, and the evaluation strategy used to assess such impact
      • A list of the courses (with course sections) impacted by project (where appropriate), with enrolment data
      • Examples of student involvement (where appropriate)
      • A final financial summary of expenditures

Final Reports must be submitted to the Office of the Provost and VP Academic within 30 days of the conclusion of a TLEF project.

Please use the Final Report template, available on the Grant Holders page, to complete your report.

Please email the completed document to and make sure you indicate the Principal Investigator’s surname and “Final Report” in the email subject line.

A summarized version of the Final Report will be published on the TLEF website to provide information on the outcomes of funded projects.