Funding: Seamless Transfer

Seamless Transfer projects focus on policy and practice changes and interventions that affect the credit transfer system as a whole. Through these projects, ONCAT assists the sector to achieve consistent and transparent transfer processes that remain student-centred. This stream supports experimentation and innovations in credit transfer processes and identifies realistic models that can be scaled province-wide (for example, institutions may want to evaluate the feasibility of moving towards a pre-enrolment credit assessment for all potential transfer applicants).

Seamless Transfer projects focus on:

  • Collaborative and System-Level Projects. ONCAT will support projects that increase transparent and consistent transfer processes across the postsecondary system through the development and scaling of tools/technology (e.g., curriculum mapping tools, digital transcripts), and development of collaborative approaches including MOUs and formalized agreements to support transfer student success.
  • Pathways between varied types of credentials and non-conventional pathways. ONCAT will support applied projects that incorporate emerging and non-conventional credentials into the transfer process to support more seamless student processes (e.g., micro-credentials, PLAR, postgraduate certificates, industry-based professional development).
  • Student-Led Projects and Insights. ONCAT will support transfer-student led projects that support peer-to-peer learning, community building, research, and awareness raising of transfer student experiences


Seamless Transfer Project grants generally range from $10,000- $100,000. Larger grants may be considered based on the project scope.


Publicly assisted postsecondary institutions in Ontario (colleges, universities, and Indigenous Institutes), not-for-profit organizations, and postsecondary education researchers working in the field of postsecondary education in Ontario are eligible to apply. Applications can be from individual institutions or collaborative initiatives. 


If you would like to discuss your project before applying, please reach out to Nick Hanson, Director of Research, Data and Funding, and copy Inna Yeranosyan, Grants and Projects Specialist, at


To view the Budget Guidelines, please click here.


Submission Requirements

To be considered for funding, proposals must include the following: 

  • Rationale: A clear and compelling description of the proposed project including an overview of how it addresses gaps in the current postsecondary context related to student mobility. 
  • Evidence of Need: A comprehensive overview of data/evidence that is informing the development of this project. 
  • Action Plan: A clear strategy and timeline for the development and implementation of the project, including any relevant internal approvals. 
  • Knowledge Mobilization Strategies: An explanation of how this model will be shared with others to support replication and uptake. 
  • Confirmation of Partners (if applicable): Partner institution engagement must be confirmed at the time the proposal is submitted for consideration. Partners must confirm their role in the project and that they have reviewed the application and budget. 
  • Budget: A clear and realistic budget that aligns with the proposed activities.