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Former Provost Patrick Monahan established the Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) in the Fall of 2010 to provide an investment in innovation and change at York. Funding of up to $2.5 million annually was offered for 2011-12 and 2012-13 to support initiatives that advance York’s strategic priorities in relation to teaching and learning (including eLearning and experiential education) and the student experience, in particular the first year experience. In 2011-12, 39 projects, led by faculty, staff, and students, were awarded funding; and in 2012-13, 40 projects (13 new and 27 continuing) received support. The aim is to develop models and structures that can be applied across the University for the benefit of all York students.

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