Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF)

The Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) was created in 1991 to enrich student learning by supporting innovative and effective educational enhancements. It is financed entirely by a portion of the student tuition paid to UBC Vancouver. Each year, the Provost invites applications for TLEF funding for initiatives that will improve the student learning experience at our university.

2020 call for proposals for Small TLEF Innovation projects

The 2020 call for TLEF proposals is now closed.

In addition, this year UBC faculty were also invited to apply to a special call for Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching Grant (ITTG) projects as part of the TLEF call. The deadline for proposals to be submitted was November 14, 2019 at 3pm.

Please visit the UBC TLEF web site for the full announcement:

2020 Call for Proposals for Small TLEF Innovation projects and Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching Grant projects

Small TLEF Innovation Projects

Small TLEF innovation projects are grassroots projects that are intended to support experimentation with pedagogical approaches that have strong potential to enhance learning. Small TLEF innovation project teams can request up to $50,000 over the life of the project, and projects can run from one to three years. Funding for the 2nd and/or 3rd years of multi-year projects is contingent upon satisfactory progress in meeting project goals.

Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching Grant (ITTG) Projects

The Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching Grant (ITTG) is a special call as part of the 2020 Small TLEF round, aimed at encouraging the enhancement of interdisciplinary teaching at UBC with funding and central support resources. The ITTG will fund projects to redesign and deliver an existing for-credit undergraduate or graduate course.

Large TLEF Transformation projects

Large TLEF Transformation projects are multi-year projects that are intended to advance UBC’s strategic goals relating to transformative learning. These projects typically aspire to impact multiple courses or programs, have the potential to involve collaboration across departments or Faculties, and align with one or more strategies or priorities in UBC’s Strategic Plan.

The 2020 call for Large TLEF Transformation projects is now closed. Letters of Intent for new projects were due July 11, 2019 at 3pm. The deadline for full proposals was October 10, 2019.

TLEF Application Process and Criteria

For more information regarding the TLEF application process and criteria, please visit the UBC TLEF web site:

Open Educational Resources Fund

The Open Educational Resources (OER) fund is a new source of funding that was established through the UBC Academic Excellence Fund to support affordable and inclusive access to learning materials through the adaption, adoption, development, and integration of OER within UBC credit courses. The OER fund is a separate funding call from the TLEF, however, there will be joint consultation sessions to provide support relating to both calls.

The OER Fund will consist of two grant pathways:

  • OER Rapid Innovation Grants: Small grants of up to $1,000, which are available to the UBCV community for innovative activities that increase OER development, awareness, and capacity building. Funding will be available on a rolling basis until the $24,000 allocated each year is exhausted.
  • OER Implementation Grants: Large grants of up to $25,000 for UBCV faculty who wish to incorporate OER as required materials into their UBCV credit courses. The deadline for submission is November 29, 2019 at 3pm.

University Timelines for 2020

Small TLEF & Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching Grant

Proposal Call Announcement: September 10, 2019
Full Proposal Submission: (closed) November 14, 2019 at 3pm

Large TLEF Transformation projects and Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal projects

Deadline for Arts Abstract Submission: June 27, 2019
Deadline for LOI Submission:  July 11, 2019 at 3pm
Full Proposal Submission: (closed) October 10, 2019 at 3pm

Support and Consultation

Proposal development support is available to Arts applicants through Arts ISIT. ArtsISIT staff can provide feedback on your proposal ahead of submission and help you with pedagogical approaches, learning technology, evaluation, learning analytics, budget development and background research. They will also assist in the coordination between similar projects within the Faculty and help you make connections to support from central units like CTLT, UBC Studios and the Emerging Media Lab.

If you have questions about the TLEF process or would like to receive support for your proposal, please contact Jason Myers at jason.myers@ubc.ca or submit a request through the Arts ISIT helpdesk at arts.helpdesk@ubc.ca.

CTLT will also offer weekly drop-in sessions starting on September 12 through the end of November for both TLEF and OER fund projects.  The full drop-in schedule can be found on the CTLT events web site.

Arts Internal Process for Large TLEF proposals

In addition to the submission process outlined on the TLEF site, Arts mandates an internal, early submission process for new, Large TLEF Transformation projects to encourage discussion and consultation ahead of proposal submissions.  The Arts submission process allows faculty to submit short project ideas (abstracts) to get early feedback and consultation before submitting the LOI.  The abstracts will be shared with Associate Deans and reviewed by ArtsISIT staff who have assisted on numerous TLEF proposals and can offer support in pedagogy, technology, budget development, background research and evaluation planning.   We will also assist in the coordination of similar projects within the Faculty and connect with existing projects and other support from central units like CTLT and UBC Studios.  We encourage faculty to submit abstracts early and believe the additional time will result in higher quality proposals.

TLEF Abstracts Submission Form



Complete the following form to submit your TLEF abstract for internal review (new projects only).  Please submit by June 27, 2019 for new Large TLEF Projects. Arts internal abstracts submission form


ArtsISIT senior staff reviews projects and coordinates with the Arts ISIT Director and Dean’s Office for feedback.  We will contact you to set up an initial meeting.

ArtsISIT staff works closely with you to develop your proposal and budget, consulting with other units (CTLT, IT, UBC Studios)

A reminder announcement of the call for submissions to the
University Timelines will be sent out to ensure the LOI and proposals are submitted by the University deadlines.

2019 TLEF Recipients

In the 2019 round of TLEF funding, projects in the Faculty of Arts were awarded $461,044 in total funding. There were 3 returning Large TLEF projects funded in the Faculty along with 13 Small TLEF projects (of which 7 were new and 6 were returning). The complete list of funded projects is available on the TLEF web site:

Sample Proposals