EDC Grants

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The Educational Developers Caucus Grants are peer-reviewed grants (between $500 to $3000) intended to further informed practice and available resources for educational development in Canada. The funded projects are expected to benefit the EDC community and address national or regional areas of interest or concern unaddressed by existing work, resources or literature. There are two calls for proposal due on April 30 (Spring Call) and October 31 (Fall Call).

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 and ongoing physical distancing measures, the deadline for the Spring EDC Grants Call has been extended to May 29, 2020.

How to apply

Typical Deadline: April 30 (Spring Call) and October 31 (Fall Call) or next working day if occur on a holiday or weekend.


  • applicants are members of the Educational Developers Caucus. To confirm if you are a member log into the STLHE membership portal.
  • eligible proposals budget range from $500 to $3000.
    • there is a $350 cap on travel related to the creation and/or development of the knowledge or resource and no funding to travel for dissemination.
    • EDC grants may be used towards expenses such as RA hours (at the location institutional rate), direct material costs, and some travel (as specified above).
    • PI nor co-applicants cannot be paid from the grant including salary, tuition or other payments that are not reimbursements for costs.
  • A proposed deliverable for the EDC community. The funded research and work to develop resources (may overlap with phd/master’s research) but deliverable back to the EDC cannot be solely a thesis or the publication of an article.

Submission Process

Step 1: Read the components and rubric carefully; following them simplifies the work for our reviewers considerably

Step 2: Write a proposal that includes the required components (1-5 below) and addresses the criteria (table below).

Step 3: Include in your proposal the agreements. Mark an “[x]” if you agree with the statements (6. below).

Step 4: Save your file as a Word document (doc or docx). Name it LastName_YearEDCgrant.doc For example, Smith_2020EDCgrant.doc

Step 5: Email to Kris Knorr, EDC Grants Coordinator, knorrk@mcmaster.ca Subject: EDC Grant

Proposal required components

  1. Title
  2. Contact information (Principal investigator must be an EDC member)
  3. 50 word proposed project mini-description (for posting on the website for successful applications)
  4. 300-1000 word full description of the project including intended outcomes/deliverables
  5. Up to 300 words describing what, if any, impacts ongoing physical distancing may have on your proposed project plan and what contingencies have been put into place to mitigate these impacts.
  6. Budget (describe each item and indicate the cost including hourly rate, per item cost and any in-kind or other contributions)
  7. Agreement statements
    [ ] I/We agree to provide the EDC community, who funds this grant, with access to resulting information and resources for which the copyright remains with the author(s).
    [ ] I/We acknowledge that I/we will submit an interim report and a final deliverable (as described below).

Selection Criteria

Criteria Insufficient Moderate Outstanding
Need – addresses the EDC Living Plan, regional or national areas of interest or concern unaddressed by existing work, resources or literature.

Weighting: 2

Need for this work is not clearly stated, is not relevant to either the EDC living plan or regional/national interest nor notes how it addresses a gap in existing work, resources or literature. Clearly articulated need with relevant literature and/or existing work and resources noted. Clearly articulated and demonstrated need based on literature and/or existing work and resources. The need is connected clearly to the EDC Living Plan, regional or national areas of interest or concern. Need exists across institutions and may involve collaboration across institutions.
Benefit to EDC Community and Higher Education

Weighting: 1

Implications of the work are not clearly stated, or will not be of benefit to the EDC Community or Higher Education, or the resulting resource will be relevant to only a small subset of the EDC community. Resulting resource will be relevant and accessible to the EDC community, with some implications for educational development practice. Resulting resource will be very relevant, and clearly useable and accessible by the community with clear implications for educational development practice regionally and/or nationally.
Feasibility & achievability

Weighting: 2

Timeline and/or budget is not clearly stated, or is not achievable or feasible. Proposed work duplicates or ignores existing resources. Budget and timeline clearly outlined, but there is some uncertainty about the budget or timeline achievability or feasibility. Has a clear and reasonable timeline and budget that is achievable and feasible.
Clarity of outcomes/ deliverables

Weighting: 1

Process and/or deliverables not clearly articulated. Process and outcomes/deliverable are stated, and reasonably clear. Process and outcomes/deliverable clearly stated. Sufficient information provided.

Questions or Additional Information

If you have any questions please email Kris Knorr (knorrk@mcmaster.ca).

Call for Reviewers

Interested in reviewing grants and learning more about the process? Available between May 1-15 and/or November 1-15?
We are glad to have new and experienced reviewers to join us and be recognized in the list of reviewers on our website. To volunteer please email Kris Knorr (knorrk@mcmaster.ca).

Vous êtes intéressé à faire la révision de propositions et en apprendre davantage sur le processus? Vous êtes disponible du 1er au 15 mai et/ou du 1er au 15 novembre? Nous sommes toujours heureux d’accueillir de nouveaux reviseurs et nous les ajouterons à la liste de reviseurs de notre site Web. Pour devenir bénévole s’il vous plaît, écrivez-moi (knorrk@mcmaster.ca).

Thank you to past reviewers.

Grant Recipients

Process of receiving EDC Grant funds

  1. Following review, applicants are notified.
  2. Successful applicants arrange for a cheque (note: this process can take 6-8 weeks)
  3. The cheque will be mailed.

Transparency and Reporting

Successful grant proposals are posted on the EDC website, along with the interim and final reports for the project.

Interim report (Due 6 months after funding is received. Will be posted on the EDC website):

  • Title
  • Contact information
  • 50- 100 word update about the project; include note about expenditures/budget so far.

Final deliverable (Due 12 months after funding is received. Will be posted on the EDC website):

  • Title
  • Contact information
  • 50- 100 word description of the project; includes note about expenditures/budget.
  • The findings and resource (can be a summary, links, pre-print article, EDC guide, etc.)

Successful grant proposals are posted on the EDC website, along with the interim and final reports for the project.


Grant Recipients (Project titles, Proposals & Reports)

(EDC Grants continue to be awarded. This page is in the process of being updated).


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Natasha Patrito (2015 grant) – A Framework and Comprehensive Resource for Building the Capacity of Educational Developers  Proposal Interim 

Klodiana Kolomitro (2015 grant) – A Study Exploring How Canadian Teaching and Learning Centres Assess Their Work  Proposal Interim 

Vivian Neal (2015 grant) – Best Practice Cases of Education for Sustainability in Educational Development  Proposal Interim 

Robin Mueller (2015 grant) – Investigating the Experience and Impact of Strategic Planning in University Educational Development Centers: A Case Study  Proposal 

David Hutchison (2015 grant) – Project-Based Learning: A Primer  Proposal 



Carolyn Hoessler and Kim West (2014 grant) – Rapport Building in Educational Development Proposal Interim Final 

Albert Johnson and Trudi Johnson (2014 grant) – In recognition of complexity: A comprehensive assessment inventory for university teaching  Proposal Interim 

Natasha May (2014 grant) – Developing the Developer: a one year development plan and resource for new educational developers  Proposal Interim Final



Cynthia Korpan (2013 grant) – Preparing Teaching Assistants (TAs): A National Survey of Canadian Post-secondary Institutions’ TA Orientations  Proposal Interim Final Resource

Stephanie Dayes (2013 grant) – Specialized Service: Faculty Development and Teaching Support for Art and Design Disciplines  Proposal Interim Final  Resource

Nicole Simmons (2013 grant) – Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Annotated Literature Database  Proposal Interim Final



Dianne Bateman (2012 grant) – Increasing Student Success through Formative Assessment   Proposal Interim Final

Alice Cassidy (2012 grant) – Resource Repository for Sustainability Education and Leadership  Proposal Interim Final

Lori Goff (2012 grant) – Supporting the Implementation of the Quality Assurance Framework in Ontario Universities  Proposal Interim Final

Janice MacMillan (2012 grant) – Faculty Cyber Connections: The Next “Web” Wave (phase 2)  Proposal Interim Final

Natasha P. Hannon (2012 grant) – At our FingerTIPS:  Extending the reach of the Teaching Innovation Projects Journal  Proposal Interim Final



Lori Goff (2011 grant) – Supporting the Implementation of the Quality Assurance Framework in Ontario Universities (deferred to 2012)  N/A

Gary Hunt (2011 grant) – The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Collaborative  Proposal Interim Final

Janice Patterson (2011 grant) – Data scaffolding for data novices: a strategic approach to supporting educational developers and faculty in educational research quantitative analysis  Proposal Interim Final

Carol Roderick (2011 grant) – Building a Career in Educational Development:  The perspectives of early-career stage developers  Proposal Interim Final



Gary Hunt (2010 grant) – SoTL Portal: Connecting Researchers  Proposal Interim Final

Christine Foster/Janice MacMillan (2010 grant) – Faculty Cyber Connections: Building on Best Practices (phase 1)  Proposal Interim Final

Denise Stockley (2010 grant) – Queen’s Academic Leadership Program  Proposal Interim Final



Nicole Simmons (2009 grant) – Phase II: Mapping the Canadian ED Landscape: Demographics and Practices of Post-Secondary Educational Development Centres  Proposal Interim Final

Bethany White (2009 grant) – Building the Canadian Statistics Educator Network  Proposal Interim Final

Svitlana Taraban-Gordon (2009 grant) – Mapping Canadian SoTL Initiatives with a Focus on Graduate Students  Proposal Interim 

Geoff Webb (2009 grant) – Generating effective assessment and evaluation tools that identify Community Service Learning’s ability to achieve Ontario Council of Academic Vice Presidents’ (OCAV) degree level expectations  Proposal Interim 



Cheryl Amundsen (2008 grant) – The Faculty Development Literature: A Characterization of Practice and the Thinking Underpinning Practice  Proposal Interim Final

Doug Hamilton (2008 grant) – VIEDA Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Educational Developers’ Workshop  Proposal Interim Final

Jeanette McDonald (2008 grant) – Focusing your Pathway to the Profession of Educational Development   Proposal Interim Final

Dieter Schönwetter (2008 grant) – Focusing your Pathway to the Profession of Educational Development   Proposal Interim 

Nicola Simmons (2008 grant) – Mapping the Canadian ED Landscape: Demographics and Practices of Post-Secondary Educational Development Centres   Proposal Interim Final



Megan Burnett (2007 grant) – Development of Teaching Measures and Web-based Questionnaires for Study of Effectiveness of Teaching Assistants Training Program’s Certificate Program   Proposal Interim Final 

Russell Day (2007 grant) – Instructional Skills Workshop Facilitator ‘Communities’: Institutional, National, and International   Proposal

Trevor Holmes (2007 grant) – Educational Development in Second Life: The Seeds of a New World for EDC   Proposal Interim Final 

Carol Miles (2007 grant) – A National Needs Analysis and Recommendations for Targeted Programming for Mid-Career Faculty   Proposal Interim Final

Gillian Siddall (2007 grant) – The Course Syllabus: Learning in a Nutshell   Proposal Interim Final

Heather Smith (2007 grant) – Northern BC Educational Developers Network Interim Final


Publications and Additional Resources from Projects Funded through the EDC Grants Program

Brancato, Emilie. (Ed.). (2014).  Spark:  Explorations in Education Development for the Creative Disciplines.  Educational Developers Caucus (EDC). http://www.ocadu.ca/Assets/content/teaching-learning/FCDC/SPARK+-+Explorations+in+Educational+Development+for+the+Creative+Disciplines.pdf
This guidebook contains resources for educational developers who work with creative (visual arts) faculty and for visual arts faculty interested in educational development.  The resources address a variety of areas including curriculum and course development, best practices in feedback and assessment, and professional development and pedagogical training for creative faculty and teaching assistants.

Faculty Cyber Connections Online Module Design Workbook: Web Version

Cassidy, Alice, Yona Sipos and Braydon Walker © 2013 Resource Repository for Sustainability Education and Leadership, Educational Developers Caucus, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Skene, A., King, S., Patterson, J. and Cheng, T. (2012) Making your teaching innovations count: a primer on quantitative approaches in educational research

Amundsen, C., & Wilson, M. (2012). Are we asking the right questions? A conceptual review of educational development in higher education. Review of Educational Research 82(1), 90-126.

For further information, please contact Kris Knorr, EDC Grants Coordinator at knorrk@mcmaster.ca.