As per Section 27.5(b) of the Collective Agreement, the “Professional Development Pool is a consolidated account solely for the use of full-time Faculty for all expenses related to scholarly advancement, including travel expenses, attendance at conferences, and related expenses for research activities for research activities.”
This funding is separate from the Personal Professional Development Fund (Section 27.4) and the RRU Internal Research Grants. Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool funding can be used to complement activities being undertaken under the Personal Professional Development Fund and/or the RRU Internal Research Grants.
As per Section 27.5(c) of the Collective Agreement: “To be eligible for consideration for pool monies, each full-time Member will be required to submit an annual professional development/research plan and application for funds from the pool by February 15th for review by a panel consisting of the Deans of each Faculty and the College, the Vice President Research, International, Marketing and Business Development and three Faculty Members, with a minimum of one Faculty Member from each of the Faculties and the College, as appointed by the Faculty Association. The panel will decide which applications will be approved, reduced, or rejected.”
Generally, applicants may only hold one Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool award at a time. Applicants may apply for further Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool funds once they have submitted their final written report for the previous award. In cases where the funds of a previous award are not going to be expended before the February 15th application deadline, yet before March 31st, applicants may apply for a further award. The receipt of this award will be dependent on the committee receiving a final report for the award currently held by March 31.
The value of each award will normally not exceed $4,000. The Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool Panel will adjudicate the awards such that the total amount awarded does not exceed the allocated budget for that fiscal year. If the total amount applied for exceeds the monies available, the Panel has the option of reducing the amount of individual awards or of selecting applications to be held as alternatives should additional monies become available.
The deadline for application to the Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool is midnight February 15th. When February 15th falls on a weekend or a statuatory holiday, the application deadline is midgnight of the next business day. Annual professional development/research plan must also be submitted with the application form. Late applications, incomplete applications, or applications not submitted as per the application instructions will not be considered.
Please submit applications by e-mail to Research Services at RRU Internal Awards: rruinternalawards@RoyalRoads.ca.
Recommendations for funds by the Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool Panel will be based on the following selection criteria:
- Complete professional development/research plan and application form, including budget with budget justification;
- Quality of the proposed development activities/research, as reflected in the significance, strength and feasibility of the activities/research;
- Relevance of the activity to the applicant’s professional/research plan;
- Relevance of the activity to the University’s mandate; and
- Furthering career credentials or promotion in rank
It is recognized that not all applications will meet all 5 selection criteria
Recipients of funds must submit a final written report to the Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool Panel by March 31st of the fiscal year for which funds were received. (See Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool Report and Extension Request Form)
Duration of Award
The term of the award is up to one year, ending March 31st. All funds are expected to be expended by March 31st. Should award recipients not be able to complete the research within one year, they may request a one-year extension with justification and with a revised timeline. The award recipient must complete the Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool Report and Extension Request Form, and submit the form to the Professional Development /Scholarly Activity Pool Panel by February 15th. There will be no further extensions. Any unused fund monies will be returned to the Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool.
Post-Award Project Changes
Once awarded, any significant changes to the proposed activity in terms of subject matter and budget expense categories must be discussed with the Chair of the Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool Panel and may require approval of the Panel as a whole.
For further information, please contact rruinternalawards@RoyalRoads.ca.