Funding Opportunities

Teaching Lab Improvement Fund

The Teaching Laboratory Improvement Committee (TLIC) was established in 2007 to devise strategies and a long term plan for improving and sustaining quality teaching labs. The committee is charged with evaluating, prioritizing and allocating available funds in response to Faculty submissions for teaching lab improvements.

Please note that equipment purchases are not eligible for funding. Faculties must provide at least 50% of the project funding and the TLIC contribution will be on a percentage basis. Please note the TLIC funding is conditional on the original intent of the project being met.

The following four key criteria will be used to assess the applications:

–         Undergraduate usage
–         Number of students using the space per Winter Session
–         Number of hours used per Winter Session
–         Health and safety deficiencies

Applications for the TLIF are usually requested by the committee in May with assessments being made in July and August of each year. Once approved, projects are coordinated through the Space Planning and Facilities Management Office.  Please contact the Facilities Manager for any questions.

Informal Learning Spaces

Informal learning spaces include any space across campus – apart from classrooms and labs – where students learn, gather, or connect. The Informal Learning Space Committee (ILSC) will assess project requests according to the following criteria:

–          Is there a strong need for this informal learning space?
–          Will it serve a diverse student audience?
–          Will it promote student-faculty interaction?
–          Is it well located on campus to serve the intended student group?
–          Is the space compatible with the setting and purpose?
–          Is it well situated in the building – near entrance, etc.?
–          Is there natural light in the area?
–          Is there adequate access to nearby washrooms?
–          Is it quiet enough for studying?
–          How many individuals is the space intended to accommodate?
–          Is there sufficient space for expansion should it be necessary?
–          Is there adequate proximity to amenities, such as Food Services outlets?
–          Are the mechanical systems adequate for this use?
–          Is there adequate access to electrical outlets?
–          Is the timeline for development realistic?
–          Is there value for the money?

Applications for the Informal Learning Spaces Fund are accepted all year and accepted proposals are coordinated through the Space Planning and Facilities Management Office.  Please contact the Facilities Manager for any questions, or refer to the Informal Learning Space application form.

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