Following up on objective 1.2 of Vanier’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, Support excellence and innovation in all aspects of teaching and learning, the Academic Dean’s Office is offering development and support opportunities for teachers, departments and programs. This support comes in the form of release time for teachers with a daytime load who want to engage in one of three types of projects:

  1. Research Project: The objective of this funding category is twofold. The R1 form exists to enable researchers to develop applications and proposals for further research funding. Teachers are eligible for release time to prepare applications for grants from outside agencies (e.g. NSERC, SSHRC, FRQ, PAREA, PART) for the purpose of conducting discipline-specific or pedagogical research. Under the R2 form, teachers can apply for internal release to carry out research. In this case, the research must be pedagogically-oriented and cannot be purely disciplinary.
  2. Pedagogical Innovation Project: The purpose of this funding category is to support the planning and implementation of initiatives that carry a focus on inquiry-based, evidence-based methods, with the goal of improving teaching and learning.
  3. Student Success Project: The purpose of this funding category is to support student success initiatives that take place mostly outside the classroom.  These might include, for example, peer tutoring or mentoring, placement testing, materials to promote strong study habits, or workshops for new and returning students.

There are also three types of application forms:

  1. Letter of intent to prepare a project:Through the letter of intent, applicants propose to develop a project that will form the basis for a future (internal or external) funding or release application. The objective is not simply to spend the time filling out an application form, but rather to engage in the background work required in order to prepare a compelling proposal. Such work may include preliminary logistical coordination, a literature review, a pilot study or project, a preliminary analysis of available data, or the development of resources that will be used as part of the larger project.
  2. Implementation of a project: This type of form allows applicants to propose to implement a new pedagogical research, pedagogical innovation, or student success project.
  3. Report and renewal: Applicants with past or ongoing projects use this type of form to report on existing projects and to request funding for their continuation.

The next round of DSO applications will be due February 12, 2019. Please check this space in December 2018.

Note: Any ongoing projects from a given year that will not be applying for release time to continue the work are asked to submit a final report at the end of the academic year.

Application forms for all project categories are below, along with additional information about the application process.

Teachers looking for information about release time for the PERFORMA Master Teacher Program (MTP) can click here.

Should you require additional information, please contact Krista Riley, Pedagogical Counsellor – Academic Programs and Innovation (, phone ext. 8241).

Ready to apply? Please click here to jump to the table of application forms.

On the rest of this page, you will find more information on:

Key differences from last year’s call

Accessibility Projects: Unlike last year, when Accessibility projects (funded under the former S024 funding envelope, now S051) were assessed through separate forms, these applications are now incorporated into the other forms. All of this year’s forms for Research, Pedagogical Innovation, and Student Success projects have an area for teachers to indicate whether they would like their project to be considered as an Accessibility project and to explain why it is eligible. For more information on the kind of projects that qualify, please see below.

Collaboration: Beginning with this year’s applications, all collaborators and partners on the project must sign the signature page at the end of the application form. In addition, signatures are needed from the coordinators and deans of any teachers participating in the project, and from the immediate supervisors of any support staff or professionals.

Report and renewal forms: Teachers with an ongoing project can now report on the progress of the existing project and request funding for next year within one form.

Release time: Instead of being determined based on a teacher’s courseload, project-related release time will now be decided primarily based on the number of hours the project requires. The table below outlines the number of hours represented by different possible amounts of release time:

Amount in FTE (full-time equivalent) Number of hours per week Total number of hours
0.1 6.5 143
0.125 8 179
0.150 9.75 215
0.2 13 286

Teachers wanting to ask for release time equivalent to one course are encouraged to ensure that the total number of hours indicated on the timeline in the application form corresponds to the amount of release being requested. If the number of hours requested does not correspond to a typical release time for your department, arrangements can be made with your dean to balance your workload.

Accessibility Projects

The S051 (formerly S024) funding program from Quebec’s Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur aims to make college-level education more accessible for students who have historically been marginalized or underserved by educational institutions. Teachers with a daytime course load at Vanier are eligible for release time in order to plan and/or implement projects that aim to respond to such needs or to other needs that are not currently being adequately addressed.

For instance, such projects may include:

  • Expanding methods of presenting information in class to better reach students with learning disabilities or disabilities linked to sight, hearing, or sensory processing, or students who struggle with proficiency in the language of instruction.
  • Investigating course content and pedagogical approaches to ensure that they do not carry with them assumptions that alienate indigenous, racialized, queer, or transgender students, or students from any other marginalized group.
  • Varying methods of assessment so as to better accommodate neuroatypical students or students with anxiety or panic disorders.
  • Making class and assignment schedules more flexible in order to be more accessible to students who are parents or caregivers, student athletes, or students who work.

If you want your project to be considered as an Accessibility Project, please use the appropriate box in the application form to explain why it is eligible.

Criteria for evaluation of projects

Support for projects is awarded through a competitive application process. Project proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

1. Relevance of the objectives to the current context and to the priorities of Vanier College’s Strategic Plan

The current context and need for the project are clear.

The project is tied to a priority area, such as:

  • Global and diversity education
  • Accessibility and inclusive approaches
  • Proficiency in the language of instruction
  • Integration of new technologies
  • Active learning
  • Creative and critical thinking
  • Student engagement

For projects eligible for S051 Accessibility funding, relevance will be determined according to the following points:

  • The project identifies a group or groups of students who have historically been marginalized or underserved by educational institutions
  • The project is targeted towards making teaching and learning more accessible to the identified group(s)
  • The project responds to the needs of Vanier students and addresses priority areas identified by Vanier College

2. Quality of the proposal

  • Thorough articulation of the project
  • Inquiry-based and evidence-based methods
  • Clear plan for how to evaluate the success of the project*
  • Justification of the project in relation to previous research or past initiatives at Vanier or other institutions*

3. Feasibility of the initiative

  • Realistic scope in terms of time and available resources
  • Achievable objectives
  • Applicant’s expertise and experience in the project area and background knowledge required to carry out the project
  • Justification of the amount of release time requested and how the hours will be spent
  • Demonstrated support of relevant partners*
  • Performance on past projects at Vanier*

4. Impact on teaching and learning at Vanier

  • Transferability of the outcomes to other teachers and/or disciplines
  • Strategies for transferring knowledge
  • Teacher does not currently have or has not recently received release for a project or comes from a discipline that is underrepresented among DSO projects*
  • Interdisciplinarity of project team*
  • Involvement of students in carrying out the project*
  • Impact on the program*
  • Innovative approaches or research methods*
  • Originality of the project or project in an emerging area of study*

*Criteria designated with an asterisk may not apply to all projects but provide added value.

Support available from Pedagogical Support and Innovation

Workshops on how to prepare a research or pedagogical innovation proposal and on how to conduct pedagogical innovation projects will be offered by PSI in January 2018.

Applicants planning to conduct surveys or use data from College or Ministry databases (e.g. student graduation rates, course pass rates, etc.) should contact Jane Hudson, Research Analyst (, ext. 7718) in order to discuss the feasibility of doing so.

If you have any questions about developing your application, please contact Krista Riley (, ext. 8241).

Requirements for selected projects

In addition to carrying out the project outlined in their proposal, successful applicants are expected to submit a final report on their project by June 8, 2019, or (if applicable) to submit a report/renewal form in February 2019 for projects that will continue in the 2019-2020 academic year.

In order to emphasize the sharing of knowledge, and in lieu of an interim report, successful applicants will be asked to share the results of their work with the Vanier community: for example, a presentation at a PED day, a workshop, or a practical tool that can be used by the community.

Information about research on human subjects

Approval from the Research Ethics Board is not required at the proposal stage. However, if the project involves data collection from human participants within or external to the College, approval of the Vanier College Research Ethics Board (REB) will need to be obtained before any data collection commences. To request REB approval, an Application to Conduct Research form must be completed. Please contact Krista Riley if you have any questions.

Application forms

Based on the nature of your project and the purpose of the release time you are requesting, select the appropriate form from the table below.

Purpose of releaseTo prepare the initial stages of a projectTo implement a projectTo report on an ongoing project and request continued funding and/or release
Research Project: Development of a proposal for an external research grant for discipline-specific or pedagogical research, or an application to implement or continue a pedagogical research project




Pedagogical Innovation Project: Planning and implementation of initiatives that carry a focus on inquiry-based, evidence-based methods, with the goal of improving teaching and learning




Student Success Project: Implementation of student success initiatives that take place mostly outside the classroom, such as workshops or tutoring




Please ensure that you have obtained all required signatures before submitting your application. More detailed instructions are available at the top of each application form. Applicants must submit one hard copy and one electronic copy of the form to Marina Jelavic (, B208). Applications are due Monday, February 12, 2018.

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