About the Contract Instructor Teaching Innovation Grant

The purpose of the CITI grant is to provide support to Contract Instructors for investigating student learning and alternative approaches to teaching and assessing student learning at the individual, departmental, Faculty, or institutional levels. The overall aims are to foster deep student learning at Carleton University and promote curiosity, reflection, and exploration in the areas of teaching and learning.

The intent of these grants is to support small-scale investigations and instructional development (teaching enhancement) activities. Proposals may focus on one or a combination of the following themes:

  1. Assessing new approaches to teaching and learning (what is possible and does it work?);
  2. Critically examining student learning with existing instructional approaches (what is happening and what could be improved?); and
  3. Pursuing instructional development opportunities (how could I teach differently to better facilitate deep student learning?).

There will be one (1) grant presented annually in the amount of up to $6,000.

Contract Instructors who hold seniority.

  • A person may hold only one active CITI grant at a time as principal applicant.
  • Collaborations with people outside of Carleton University are encouraged; however grant funds must remain within Carleton University.
  • Depending on the nature of the project, the Educational Development Centre (EDC) may be able to provide development support. Applicants are encouraged to consult the EDC before submission to discuss project needs and timelines and to determine if the work can be accommodated within available resources and/or completed within the time allotted by the grant. If so, a development plan created in collaboration with the EDC and receiving the EDC’s assent should be included in the submission.

Application Deadline
All applications must be submitted to the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) by November 20.

Application Process
Candidates must submit an application form and a proposal on the online portal.  Please note that the maximum length for the application is fifteen (15) pages, excluding the application form. Application forms will become available in the Fall.

Selection Process
Each year, a Committee composed of two CUPE 4600, Unit 2 appointees and two University employees selected by the Provost will review the applications and select a recipient.

Additional Information
Additional information is available in the CUPE 4600, Unit 2 Collective Agreement.

Sample Ideas for Using CITI Grant Funds

  • Conduct a research-informed pilot investigation into the impact on student learning of a new or existing instructional method. Investigations of current practices would be done to establish baselines on current learning impact before investigating the impact of a new method.
  • Develop innovative courses, materials, or activities that promote the internationalization of curriculum, pedagogies, and student learning (for example, integrating study/co-op experience abroad into the curriculum; curricular initiatives that promote greater interaction among home and international students; transcultural programs and courses; teaching, assessing, and supervising international students).
  • Conduct a research-informed pilot investigation into the impact on student learning of pedagogical activities that support reflection on and integration of co-operative education and work-integrated learning experiences.
  • Present pedagogical scholarship at a disciplinary or higher education teaching conference outside of the Carleton University.
  • Invite a guest speaker or facilitator to work with a department, school, or faculty to implement a different instructional approach and provide examples of methods for assessing learning (for example, peer instruction, case-based learning, problem-based learning).
  • Attend a formal, recognized training session to learn how to use a new teaching method (for example, Problem-based Learning experience at McMaster, Facilitator Development Workshop for Instructional Skills Workshops, Harvard Case Method) – individuals or teams may apply.
  • Coordinate an inaugural departmental, school-wide, or faculty-wide retreat focused on exchanging instructional innovations and best practices.
  • Create innovative course designs or activities in which digital course materials, tools, or learning objects are part of the innovation.

Ineligible Expenses

  • The development of standard course materials
  • Conference registration and travel expenses exceeding $2,000 (combined)
  • Journal subscriptions and professional memberships
  • Services already funded at Carleton University


Q: Can the grant be used for the enhancement of a project that received some funding from another source?

A: An enhancement of a project already underway can be eligible provided it is made clear how the additional portion contributes to the whole. The budget should explain the value added of the additional portion of the project and the timelines and funding should relate to the addition to the existing project. Please be sure to include a rationale on why this addition is important for the whole project and the improvement/innovation of teaching.

Q: Are journal publications considered as a separate expense item?

A: While in general theory a published paper in a recognized journal can be shown as a separate expense item and part of the proposal, it would be preferable and recommended to consider something along the lines of organizing seminars or workshops for Carleton’s peers instead of having journal article as the main part of the proposal.

Q: Can grant funds be used to pay for student salaries?

A: The lead’s and assistant’s time, as well as any costs for developing surveys or using software to analyze data, etc. will be eligible expenses.  However, developing standard course materials will not be eligible.  Students must be paid in accordance with the current rate according to the Collective Agreements.