Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

D2L / ASCILITE Research Grants

ASCILITE has teamed with D2L to offer research/scholarship grants to ASCILITE members to fund research and/or development of projects in the area of technology enhanced learning and teaching in higher education. A total of $10,000 will be available for projects in 2020 and again in 2021.

2020 Grant Recipients

The call for the D2L/ASCILITE Grant applications opened on 10 November 2020 and closed 20 November 2020. Successful projects were announced at the 2020 annual conference on 1 December 2020 and their details appear below.

Video feedback in assessment: A protocol for tertiary music teaching

  • Carol Johnson (University of Melbourne)
  • Alana Blackburn (University of New England)

Faculty assessment practices in response to COVID-19: opportunities for innovative futures

  • Kathryn Coleman (University of Melbourne)
  • Kate Mitchell (University of Melbourne)
  • Patsie Polly (University of NSW)
  • Christine Slade (University of Queensland)


The D2L / ASCILITE grants are only available to ASCILITE members. A maximum funding of $5,000 will be made available per project although it is possible that less funding may be made available per project in order to fund a higher number of projects. D2L contributes $5,000 per year with ASCILITE contributing the balance of $5,000. Funding will be available in 2020 and again in 2021.

Grant applicants have one year to complete their projects with a final report due in March of the following year. Thus, final reports for projects funded in 2020 and which commence in 2021 will not be due until March 2022. However, project activities will be disseminated at the annual ASCILITE conference during the year in which the project is undertaken. In addition, grant recipients are strongly encouraged to disseminate their activities through ASCILITE channels such as the member bulletin, webinars, TELall blog post, social media and workshops, etc.  Other opportunities may be provided through D2L events.

Research/scholarship grants that involve more than one university are encouraged.

At least one member of the research team must be an Early Career Researcher (within five years of PhD or equivalent completion).

Projects need to align with the ASCILITE Strategic Plan and mission.


A grant recipient must have been a financial member of ASCILITE for at least two (2) years prior to applying for funding and needs to remain a financial member for the duration and presentation of the project. Others who are listed on the application must be financial members of ASCILITE at the time of submitting the grant application and remain a member for the duration and presentation of the project.

As the final report is published on the ASCILITE website, only financial members should be included in the report. This means that if team members became financial members, they would then need to renew their membership prior to the final report being submitted to be included on the final report.

Note that ASCILITE Executive members are not eligible to be listed on any projects.

Use of Grant Funds

In general, grant funds may be used for:

  • Salaries, for example research assistant, student as partner
  • Travel and accommodation, for example to project partners (economy travel)
  • Minor operating expenses, for example administration, communication, minor printing costs
  • Catering

Grant funds may NOT be used for:

  • Purchasing equipment or technology
  • Software purchase is not recommended but a justification may be considered
  • Printing cost unless integral to the project
  • Conference travel or registration

A justification for the budget should be provided in the application.

Inability to complete the project

In the event that a grant recipient/s is/are unable to complete their project as approved, they must contact the ASCILITE Secretariat immediately and arrangements will be made to discuss other ways the grant outcomes might be achieved.

In the event the project cannot be progressed, remaining funds must be returned to ASCILITE with a statement of acquittal of funds.

Grants Timeline

Grant applications must use the ASCILITE Grant Application Form provided and submit their applications to the ASCILITE Secretariat by the due date.

Funded projects must be completed before the end of the next calendar year from when project funds are awarded, but under special circumstances may be extended for an additional six (6) months with written approval from the ASCILITE Executive.

Thus in 2020, the grant funding will be available in January 2021 and the project to be completed by December 2021.

A project report must be submitted to the ASCILITE Executive within two (2) months from the finish of the project, i.e. before March 2022. This report will be made publicly available on the ASCILITE website (see Grant Report Template).

The report outcomes are presented (at least once) at the ASCILITE conference the year of the project or the following year.

Grants Calendar 2020 – 2021

Research Grants Activity Timeline
Call for ASCILITE TEL research/scholarship grant applications 10 November 2020
Closing date for grant applications 20 November 2020
Review of grant proposals End November 2020
Results of grant applications 29 November 2020
Announcement of grant winners at ASCILITE conference and on website 30 November 2020
Grant projects commence January 2021
Grant projects completed By December 2021
Dissemination of findings with other dissemination also expected ASCILITE conference in 2021 and/or 2022
Final project report completed (ASCILITE Grant Report Template) March 2022

Grant Documentation & Forms

Institutional Members