Research and Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool

Purpose

As per Section 31.5(a)(ii) of the Collective Agreement (2019-2022), the “The Research and Professional Development Pool is a consolidated account solely for the use of full-time Members for all expenses related to scholarly advancement, including travel expenses, attendance at conferences, and travel and related expenses for research activities. ”

This funding is separate from the Personal Professional Development Fund (Section 31.4) and the RRU Internal Research Grants. Research and 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.

Eligibility

As per Section 31.5(a)(iii) 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, the Associate Vice-President (Research) and three (3) Faculty Members, with a minimum of one (1) Faculty Member from each of the Faculties, as appointed by the Faculty Association. The panel will decide which applications will be approved, reduced, or rejected.”

Generally, applicants may only hold one Research and Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool award at a time. Applicants may apply for further Research and 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.

Award Value

The value of each award will normally not exceed $4,000. The Research and 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.

Application Deadline

The deadline for application to the Research and 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.

Application submission

Please submit applications by e-mail to Research Services at RRU Internal Awards: rruinternalawards@RoyalRoads.ca.

Selection Criteria

Recommendations for funds by the Research and Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool Panel will be based on the following selection criteria:

  1. Complete professional development/research plan and application form, including budget with budget justification;
  2. Quality of the proposed development activities/research, as reflected in the significance, strength and feasibility of the activities/research;
  3. Relevance of the activity to the applicant’s professional/research plan;
  4. Relevance of the activity to the University’s mandate; and
  5. Furthering career credentials or promotion in rank

It is recognized that not all applications will meet all 5 selection criteria

Award Requirements

Recipients of funds must submit a final written report to the Research Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool Panel by March 31st of the fiscal year for which funds were received. (See the RRU Internal Award Final Report and Request for Extension Forms at the bottom of the Internal Awards page)

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 Extension Request Form, and submit the form to the Research and Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool Panel by February 15th. There will be no further extensions. Any unused fund monies will be returned to the Research and 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 Research and Professional Development/Scholarly Activity Pool Panel and may require approval of the Panel as a whole.

For further information, please contact rruinternalawards@RoyalRoads.ca.

Forms

RPD Application Form (Word)

You will find the Request for Extention Form, Post-Award Project Change Form, and Final Report Form at the bottom of the main Internal Awards page.