The objective of the Research Project funding category is to enable researchers to develop applications and proposals for further research funding. Teachers with a daytime course load are eligible for release time to prepare applications for grants from outside agencies (e.g. NSERC, SSHRC, FRQ, PAREA, PART) for the purpose of conducting discipline-specific or pedagogical research. This application takes the form of a letter of intent (R1 application form).

Teachers interested in preparing projects that focus primarily on pedagogical research are also encouraged to look at the application information for Pedagogical Innovation Projects or, where applicable, Accessibility Projects.

Priority will be given to projects that directly involve students in the research process, and group projects and interdisciplinary projects are encouraged. Should you require additional information, please contact Krista Riley, Pedagogical Counsellor – Academic Programs and Innovation (, phone ext. 8241) or Jane Hudson, Research Analyst (, ext. 7718).

The application process for the 2017-2018 academic year is now open. Applications are due by February 13, 2017.

See below for information on:

Criteria for evaluation of projects

Support for projects is awarded through a competitive application process. Project proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance of the needs to be addressed and alignment with priorities of Vanier College’s Strategic Plan (20%)

Priority areas include:

  • Global and diversity education
  • Accessibility and inclusive approaches
  • Proficiency in the language of instruction
  • Integration of new technologies
  • Active learning
  • Creative and critical thinking
  • Student engagement
  1. Appropriateness and originality of the proposed actions (20%)
  • Quality of the proposal
  • Thorough articulation of the project
  • Inquiry-based and evidence-based methods
  • Clear plan for how to evaluate the success of the project*
  • Innovative approaches or research methods*
  • Emerging area of study*
  1. Feasibility of the initiative (20%)
  • Realistic scope in terms of time and available resources
  • Clear and achievable objectives
  • Demonstrated support of relevant partners*
  1. Impact of the project on teaching and learning at Vanier (20%)
  • Transferability of the outcomes to other teachers and/or disciplines
  • Strategies for transferring knowledge
  • Interdisciplinarity of project team*
  • Involvement of students in carrying out the project*
  1. Ability of the applicant(s) to undertake the initiative (20%)
  • Expertise in the project area and background knowledge required to carry out the project
  • Past experience in research and/or in pedagogical innovation projects*
  • Performance on past projects at Vanier*

*Criteria designated with an asterisk may not apply to all projects but provide added value

Support available from Pedagogical Support and Innovation

Workshops on how to prepare a research or pedagogical innovation proposal and on how to conduct pedagogical innovation projects will be offered by PSI in January 2017.

Applicants planning to conduct surveys or use data from College or Ministry databases (e.g. student graduation rates, course pass rates, etc.) should contact Jane Hudson, Research Analyst (, ext. 7718) in order to discuss the feasibility of doing so.

If you have any questions about developing your application, please contact Krista Riley (, ext. 8241).

Requirements for selected projects

In addition to carrying out the project outlined in their proposal, successful applicants are expected to submit a final report on their project by August 31, 2018.

In order to emphasise the sharing of knowledge, and in lieu of an interim report, successful applicants will be asked to share the results of their work with the Vanier community: for example, a presentation at a PED day, a workshop, or a practical tool that can be used by the community.

Information about research on human subjects

Approval from the Research Ethics Board is not required at the proposal stage. However, if the project involves data collection from human participants within or external to the College, approval of the Vanier College Research Ethics Board (REB) will need to be obtained before any data collection commences. To request REB approval, an Application to Conduct Research form must be completed.

Application forms

R1: Letter of Intent for a Research Grant Application

Saving the form as a PDF file will allow you to fill it out electronically. Please ensure that you have obtained all required signatures before submitting your application. Applicants must submit one hard copy including all required signatures, as well as one (unsigned) electronic copy of the form to Marina Jelavic (, B208).

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