Internal Research Grants

RRU Internal Research Grants support a variety of research activities including:

  1. small research projects;
  2. seed funding for larger research projects; and
  3. research dissemination, e.g. publications and conference presentations.

The research should meet the Royal Roads University mandate. 

Internal Research Grants can be used to complement activities being undertaken under the Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool. 

Proposals are encouraged from a broad range of research topics while keeping in mind the three university research themes – “innovative learning,” "thriving organizations," and “sustainable communities, livelihoods and the environment."


The value of each award will be up to $3,000. Applicants may hold only one RRU Internal Research grant at a time (but may hold this award simultaneously with the PDP awards). Applicants may apply for their next Internal Research Grant once they have submitted their final written report for the previous grant.

The funds can be used to provide opportunities for students to work with faculty members.


Awards are open to core faculty, deans, associate deans, and librarians.

Application deadline

The deadline for submission of applications is midnight July 31st of each year. If July 31st falls on a weekend or holiday, the applications will be due on the following business day. Late applications will not be considered.

Results will be announced by October 1st.

Application submission

Please submit proposals by e-mail to

Selection Criteria

Recommendations for the grants by the Research Awards Committee will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Complete application form, with budget and budget justification;
  2. The proposal’s reflection of RRU’s core values and central themes;
  3. The quality of the proposed research/activity, as reflected in the significance, strength and feasibility of the research/activity;
  4. Significance of the proposed research/activity (value and visibility provided to the University; value to society; value to knowledge creation;
  5. The role of the proposed activity in the applicant’s larger research agenda.


The proposals will be:
a. approved; or
b. approved with modification; or
c. recommended for re-write and re-assessment; or
d. not approved

The applicant will be notified by the committee and the successful applications will be listed in Crossroads. Successful applicants will be assigned a cost centre for their project expenses. If an ethical review is required for the project, this must be completed before the funds will be released.

Recipients of funds will be expected to submit a short written report to the Research Awards Committee within two months of the completion date.

Duration of Award

The term of the award is one year from the announcement date of the award. Should award recipients not be able to complete the research within one year, they may request a one-year extension with justification and revised timelines. The award recipient must complete an interim report form, including the request for extension, and submit the form to the Research Awards Committee by way of the below contact prior to the termination date of award. There will normally be no further extensions. Any unused grant monies will be reclaimed by the University.

Post-Award Project Changes

Once awarded, any significant changes to the proposed project in terms of subject matter and budget expense categories will require approval by the Research Awards Committee.

For further information email