2017/18 Request for Proposals for Innovative Transfer
Reference: ONCAT 17/18 RFP ― Innovative Transfer
Submission deadline: November 26, 2017 at 11:59 pm
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ONCAT is seeking proposals for innovative projects that develop and implement system-wide solutions to enhance student mobility and reduce barriers for transfer students in the province of Ontario. In ONCAT’s experience, the most innovative approaches to student mobility have emerged through institutional partners who have imagined and developed new models of academic collaboration. ONCAT wishes to build on the collaborative work in the sector by encouraging institutions to identify system-wide issues that impact mobility. A key outcome is exploring sustainable solutions aimed at addressing specific mobility issues and developing a model that can be shared with and replicated by other institutions. Any proposed solutions or models should be specific to the Ontario context.
In consultation with the sector, ONCAT has identified some projects that may be of interest, including:
- Blending micro-credentials into transfer initiatives;
- Building pathways between French-Language institutions/Bilingual Institutions and English institutions for the purposes of bilingual pathways between French and English programs;
- Assessing the compatibility, consistency and transferability of Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) credits across postsecondary institutions in Ontario;
- Ensuring developed pathways lead to job opportunities and long term economic outcomes for transfer students; or
- Exploring innovative tools/methods of gathering data on transfer rates and student mobility in Ontario.
NOTE: Proposals that do not fall into the above-mentioned categories will be considered equally. The list of projects included above is not exhaustive; additional project types that explore student mobility in Ontario are encouraged.
Ineligible Applications for Funding
- Projects focused on issues that are specific to the applicant’s institution only.
- Projects funded through the Credit Transfer Innovation Grant (CTIG). The applicant must ensure that its institution has not been granted funding for the same or similar transfer initiatives.
- Projects that consist of fully online initiatives. Note: For applications that include an online component, the online development will not be eligible for ONCAT funding and will be at the expense of the institution(s)
RFP Submission Criteria
All proposals must include:
- A description of a system-wide mobility problem.
- An outline of the proposed solution(s) and/or new models, including an overview of how it fits into the current postsecondary context.
- An explanation of how this solution intends to be scalable and replicable by other institutions (Please note: Cross-sector partnerships are not required for funding.)
- A demonstrated explanation supported by evidence of how the project relates to student mobility.
- Should your application include other institutions, their partnership must be confirmed at the time of application. The applicant will be asked to include letters of intent from all partner institutions when applying.
- A plan to hire an external evaluator for funding requests that exceed $50,000. The evaluator must be external to the institution(s) involved in the project. This person will be responsible for advising on the following: methodology, validity of the system-wide issue identified, and success of proposed solution(s). The evaluator must also provide a summative evaluation report. This report should include a proofing of any data collected, a verification of methodology, and an assessment of the validity of outcomes and recommendations. Project funds dedicated to the support of the external evaluator will be determined similar to overhead costs (see budget form for additional details).
- A timeline including Research Ethics Board approval, as needed for projects involving human participants.
For examples of innovative transfer initiatives, please contact Lena Balata at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RFP Budgets and Timelines
Proposal budgets must adhere to the guidelines indicated on the Innovative Transfer Budget Form. To allow for the widest possible range of proposals, except where otherwise indicated, no maximum funding limit is set; however, requested amounts may require additional rationale before approval. Activities and/or personnel that are currently funded through the Credit Transfer Institutional Grant (CTIG) are not eligible for ONCAT funding.
Where possible, projects should be scheduled for completion, including submission of a final report to ONCAT, by February 28th, 2019. Should projects propose to extend beyond this timeline, applicants should provide a clear rationale for requiring additional time.
Deliverables and Expectations
Proponents must be prepared to submit the following to ONCAT as part of their project deliverables:
- An interim report every 4 months.
- Plans to host an ONCAT representative for a Project Site Visit after six months.
- A final report containing:
- An executive summary;
- A complete description of the issue(s) identified;
- An explanation of how the solution(s) and model(s) identified would enhance student mobility;
- A report on “promising practices” and “lessons learned” from the project, to enable future proponents to build on the project experiences;
- A detailed financial statement; and
- The external evaluator summative report.