The purpose of the Pedagogical Innovation Projects 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. Teachers with a daytime course load are eligible for release time to plan and carry out such initiatives. Applications for these projects can take one of two forms:

  1. A letter of intent (P1 application form) for the purpose of obtaining release time in the fall 2017 semester to develop a full (P2) proposal, to be submitted in February 2018.
  2. A full proposal (P2 application form) outlining a pedagogical innovation project to be carried out in the 2017-2018 academic year. We welcome and encourage projects that build on or replicate models that have been trialed in other institutions

Teachers wanting to create projects that are focused mostly outside the classroom, such as tutoring programs or workshops, should instead fill out a Student Success Project application form.

If your pedagogical innovation project is designed to develop curriculum or teaching practices that aim to make education more accessible to marginalized students, please see the application forms for the Accessibility Projects.

Should you require additional information, please contact Krista Riley, Pedagogical Counsellor – Academic Programs and Innovation (, phone ext. 8241) or Jane Hudson, Research Analyst (, ext. 7718).

The application process for the 2017-2018 academic year is now open. Applications are due by February 13, 2017.

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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 needs to be addressed and alignment with priorities of Vanier College’s Strategic Plan (20%)

Priority areas include:

  • 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
  1. Appropriateness and originality of the proposed actions (20%)
  • 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*
  • Innovative approaches or research methods*
  • Emerging area of study*
  1. Feasibility of the initiative (20%)
  • Realistic scope in terms of time and available resources
  • Clear and achievable objectives
  • Demonstrated support of relevant partners*
  1. Impact of the project on teaching and learning at Vanier (20%)
  • Transferability of the outcomes to other teachers and/or disciplines
  • Strategies for transferring knowledge
  • Interdisciplinarity of project team*
  • Involvement of students in carrying out the project*
  1. Ability of the applicant(s) to undertake the initiative (20%)
  • Expertise in the project area and background knowledge required to carry out the project
  • Past experience in research and/or in pedagogical innovation projects*
  • Performance on past projects at Vanier*

*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 2017.

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 August 31, 2018.

In order to emphasise 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.

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 options below. Saving the form as a PDF file will allow you to fill it out electronically.

P1: Letter of Intent for a Pedagogical Innovation Grant Application

P2: Pedagogical Innovation Project Proposal

Please ensure that you have obtained all required signatures before submitting your application. Applicants must submit one hard copy including all required signatures, as well as one (unsigned) electronic copy of the form to Marina Jelavic (, B208).

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