The Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) is financed by a portion of tuition fees paid by undergraduate and graduate students to UBC Vancouver. When the Board of Governors approved tuition fee increases in the early 1990s, it was resolved that the TLEF would be established based on the following five principles:

  1. The proposals recommended for funding will significantly contribute to the enhancement of teaching and learning.
  2. The projects will result in sustainable benefits to students.
  3. Outcomes-based criteria will be used to evaluate project success.
  4. The proposed budget is reasonable and in line with the objectives of the project.
  5. Students have been/will be involved in development and/or implementation of the proposal.

Priority Focus Areas for 2018

We welcome proposals that address one or more of the following thematic areas:

  • Enhanced experiential learning opportunities (including proposals that support ongoing reflection and validation of experiential activities).
  • Development of validated methods to assess student learning (learning analytics).
  • Curriculum/program scale transformations (e.g. multiple courses linked through a year of study, a program, etc.).
  • Concentrated blended courses (e.g. non-13 week/3-hour class meeting structures, blended as reduced seat time; greater proportion of course delivered online).
  • Enhancing and evaluating strategies to promote and utilize faculty-to-faculty and faculty-to-student interaction and communication, especially beyond class meetings.
  • Enhancing the scholarly communication skills (writing, speaking, listening, reading) of students.
  • Development or integration of open educational resources.

TLEF Criteria

  • Proposal targets enhancement of teaching and learning that benefits a significant number of students directly (e.g. enhancement of curriculum, services, and resources) and/or indirectly (e.g. training of faculty and staff in new learning technologies).
  • Proposal provides clear rationale, methodology, and objectives consistent with the TLEF’s mandate and UBC’s Place and Promise goals.
  • Expected project outcomes are well defined and achievable.
  • Proposal provides evidence of consultation with stakeholders in the Faculty and University who will be involved in supporting the project (this consultation is particularly important in projects that involve curriculum or learning technology development).
  • Proposal provides a sustainment plan for project activities, with attention to how the project will be sustained beyond the TLEF funding window. For multi-year projects, detailed plans are needed in 2nd- or 3rd-year funding applications with an indication of the source of future sustainment funding.
  • Proposal outlines an evaluation plan that identifies key outcomes-based criteria that will be used to determine the project’s success/impact, as well as the methods by which data will be collected and evaluated.
  • Student involvement in the preparation, review and/or implementation of the proposal or project is explained.

Common Requirements for Small and Large Grants

Continued funding is contingent upon satisfactory progress for multi-year projects (up to 3 years).

Small TLEF Projects

($50k total 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 total 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


      • UBC-V faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply as principal applicants for TLEF funding. If the Principal Applicant is a student, the application must be supported and signed by a co-applicant who is a faculty member.
      • Principal Applicants to the TLEF cannot hold more than one TLEF grant concurrently. There are no restrictions on co-applicants being involved more than one project at a time.
      • Applied, experimental research on the implementation of teaching and learning enhancement in a UBC course can be supported by the TLEF. The TLEF will not, however, fund general research activities on teaching and learning topics.
      • Teaching and Learning materials developed with the support of the TLEF must be made available for re-use within UBC. Successful applicants will be encouraged to license materials developed under an appropriate Creative Commons license.

Budget Considerations

      • The project budget is appropriate and justified, with a clear justification of all associated costs.
      • It is normally not permissible for a TLEF applicant or co-applicant to be hired for a position that receives salary from the project budget.
      • Proposals for 2nd- or 3rd-year funding must include a detailed Interim Report as part of the online application process, outlining progress from the previous year’s funded activity.

Areas Ineligible for TLEF Funding

    • Proposals targeting medical residents are ineligible for TLEF funding consideration unless a significant number of UBC students would also directly benefit from the project. This follows the Senate resolution that medical residents are not classified as students.
    • The TLEF does not fund student co-curricular activities, teams and competitions without a demonstrable classroom (pedagogical) component and a faculty member as a co-applicant.
    • Full cost-recovery master’s programs in Career and Personal Education (CPE) are ineligible for TLEF funding. The TLEF focuses on supporting the enhancement of student learning and innovation in teaching in direct entry, graduate, and entry-to-practice programs. Projects focused on Faculty-led enhancements in CPE should pursue the possibility of receiving central support by contacting Hugh Brock, Associate Provost, Academic Innovation.
    • Projects focused on the development of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) through edX are ineligible for TLEF funding. Please look for information about future funding opportunities for MOOCs on the Flexible Learning website. If you have an idea about a potential MOOC project, please send an email to