The Academic Innovation Fund supports initiatives that advance York’s strategic priorities in relation to teaching, learning and the student experience.

Phase 3 Funding

We are pleased to announce that 21 new Category I projects, 6 ongoing Category I projects, 14 Category II projects, 10 Category III projects, and 25 Category IV projects were awarded in 2020-2021 Academic Innovation Fund (AIF).

Category I funding supports academic innovation projects, Category II funding supports curricular innovation projects, Category III funding supports Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects, and Category IV funding supports Open Access Teaching and Learning projects.

Learn more about our previously funded innovative projects that are shaping the future of teaching, learning and the student experience at York University.


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eLearning Innovation

Video on The Development of a Sustainable, Quality e-Learning Program for the Faculties of Health and LA&PS

The Development of a Sustainable Quality e-Learning Program

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An introduction video to YU SPARK - York University Student Papers and Academic Research Kit

Virtual Learning Commons

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All eLearning Projects


Experiential Education Innovation

A video on experiential education in the faculty of health

Experiential Education: Engaging Undergraduates, Faculty and Community

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All Experiential Education Projects



A video on Globally Networked Learning

Globally Networked Learning

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Student Experience Innovation

A video on fostering First-Year Student Engagement and Academic Success through the HealthAid Network

Fostering First-Year Student Engagement, Academic Success through the HealthAid Network

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A video on YU Start - A new student transition program

YU Start, A New Student Transition Program

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All Student Experience Projects


About The Academic Innovation Fund

Three essential systems emerge from AIF

A video introduction to the Academic Innovation Fund

The Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) was created in 2010 to provide an investment in innovation and change at York. The AIF aims to develop models and structures that can be applied across the University for the benefit of all York students.

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Contact Us
For more information about the Academic Innovation Fund, contact the Office of the Associate Vice-President Teaching & Learning:

Phone: 416-736-5280