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D2L Innovation Guild
Funding Call for Proposals

D2L Innovation Guild

Members of the D2L Innovation Guild are pleased to announce a funding envelope to undertake research in Teaching and Learning.

It is an exciting time for Teaching and Learning. This funding will support research that proposes to answer questions and solve problems for now and the future. We are interested in research projects relating to the teaching and learning practice and/or new or enhanced teaching and learning technologies.

Project Types

We are seeking proposals of Emerging Research or Applied Research.

  • Emerging Research – Funding awarded under this project type enables researchers to undertake research in an area that lacks sufficient background to apply to other funding programs. Typically, the outcomes of Emerging Research projects will be the creation of an early baseline of information that can then be used to support future inquiry and funding applications.
  • Applied Research – Funding awarded under this project type enables researchers to build on learnings from prior research to help improve teaching and learning, and to further disseminate and share knowledge based on this application.

Project Themes

We are seeking proposals that address one or more of the following research priorities of the Guild Board.

Learning in 2030

What are the teaching and/or learning experiences that will enable success for the next 5, 10, or 20 years? How can we create meaningful change to produce desired outcomes of those experiences?

Unlocking Learner Potential

What are some ways that we can leverage learning science, psychology and/or neuroscience to better support learners to achieve better results? What are the ethical implications in leveraging such techniques?

Leveraging Learning Spaces

How will learning spaces support teaching and learning for the next decade or more? What role will emerging technologies play in those learning spaces? What role will physical/online environments play in those learning spaces?

Supporting Indigenous Ways of Knowing

How can we advance Indigenous ways of teaching, learning, knowing and being in education? How can we ensure meaningful engagement and connection with Indigenous communities to strengthen teaching and learning?

Ensuring Academic Integrity

With the ever-changing landscape of technology, means of access, and modalities of learning, what can be done to make sure that academic integrity stays at the core of teaching and learning? How can we evaluate and assess the impact of academic integrity?

Improving Mental Health and Well-being

How can we better support the mental health and well-being of faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars and/or staff? How does mental health and well-being impact and/or influence teaching and learning in education? How can the impacts of mental health on learners and educators be better understood?

Applicant Eligibility

The Lead Principal Investigator at the time of application must be employed by and able to hold research funding with one of the following Guild Member post-secondary institutions during the period of January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.

  • University of Guelph
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Waterloo

Applications submitted by Lead PIs not meeting the above criteria will not be considered for this funding.

Notes: Funding priority will be given to project proposals that demonstrate cross-institution collaboration between the Lead PI’s institution and at least one other eligible Guild member institution listed above.

Funding amounts available

  • A total of $100,000 CAD is available to be distributed to qualified projects during this call.
  • The maximum amount of funding is $25,000 per proposal. It is anticipated that funding will range from $15,000 to $25,000 for each project.


Project Timelines: Proposals funded through this call must be completed on or before June 30, 2023. No funds may be used for any project activities prior to January 1, 2022.

Proposal Deadlines: All proposals must be received by the Guild no later than by 11:59pmET Monday, November 15th, 2021. Decisions for funding by the Guild Board are final. The D2L Innovation Guild, at its discretion, may extend the deadline of submissions by notification via email to the research office at each Guild member institution.

A decision will be made from all applications on or before November 30th, 2021. Applicants must be available to respond via email to questions related to the review of proposal from the Guild Board the week of November 16th-26th.

Submission Process

Additional details about the Funding Program and the submission process are available in the Proposal submission system. To be considered for this funding, interested applicants must send an email with their expression of interest to by October 28th, 2021 from their institution’s email account with subject line: D2L Innovation Guild Funding 2021. Once the email has been received by the Guild and you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be emailed an account ID to the proposal system to develop and submit your proposal.

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About the Innovation Guild

The D2L Innovation Guild is an applied research partnership that is exploring innovations in teaching and learning.

The members of the Innovation Guild have been building a foundation for collaboration that extends beyond the boundaries of individual organizations and leverages the relative strengths of its members to seek solutions to the challenges that loom on the horizon.

For more information about the D2L Innovation Guild visit