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Research Common @ Red Deer Polytechnic

Information on conducting original research and on the supports available for research at Red Deer Polytechnic.

Faculty Professional Development Funding

Some funding for research and scholarly activities is available to RDP faculty through the Faculty Professional Development Committee, especially Extended Funding Grants and Sabbaticals.

For information on these funding opportunities, including eligibility requirements and application deadlines, please see the Faculty PD website.

Stantec Research Fund

The Stantec Research Fund supports faculty research projects developed and completed in partnership with community organizations or groups and specifically related to marginalized communities in central Alberta.
There are two grants available for $1,250 each. Funds will be available to cover activities for one year and must be spent by October 31, 2022. The application form is available for download at the bottom of this page.
Deadline to apply: October 31, 2021

This opportunity is open to all continuous faculty members (full and part-time). The proposed project must be a research project that addresses underrepresented groups (including but not limited to women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities/racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+ communities). The project must be developed and completed in partnership with a community organization or group.

Application Details 

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF document by email to the Office of Research and Scholarship no later than October 31, 2021. Funding notifications will be made by December 3, 2021. 

Applications must consist of the completed and signed application form (see link at the bottom of the page), along with a detailed proposal consisting of the following sections: 

  • Project Description: Scope of work and the expected outcome, including methodology, research question, and knowledge translation plans – 1000 words max. 
  • Community impact statement – 500 words max. 
  • Team expertise – 500 words max. 
  • Timeline (not more than 12 months)  
  • Budget & budget justification (not to exceed $1,250)
  • Total amount of funds being requested   
  • Letter of support from community partner organization or group
Eligible Expenses

All expenses must follow Red Deer Polytechnic policies and procedures for expense eligibility. 

Examples of eligible expenses include: 

  • Compensation
    • Student research assistant (salary, benefits)
    • Gifts for the purpose of participant recruitment
    • Gifts for Indigenous Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers
    • Honoraria for guest speakers
  • Equipment & Software
    • Equipment needed to conduct the research (e.g., laptops, tablets, cameras, voice recorders, small scientific instruments, data loggers, etc.)
    • Data analysis software
    • Transcription software or services
    • Research equipment/instruments
  • Operating & Supplies
    • Questionnaire/survey forms
    • Materials, supplies and other consumables necessary to conduct the research
    • Purchase of books and periodicals
  • Knowledge Translation/Dissemination
    • Creating training/workshop materials
    • Publications
    • Development of web-based information
    • Outreach activities
    • Translation services

Note: Indirect costs (overhead) are ineligible.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee made up of the Grant Administrator (non-voting member), an associate dean, and two faculty members according to the following criteria: 

  1. Relevance of the project/research activity to the purpose of the Stantec Research Fund and quality of the project/research activity (clarity of objectives and goal; research question clearly articulated; sound methodology that is clearly stated; well-articulated research design; realistic and clear outcomes) - 40%  
  2. Feasibility (including appropriateness of budget and timeline, team expertise) - 20% 
  3. Community Impact (including evidence of joint development of project with community partner, community support, quality of knowledge translation plan) - 40% 

Award holders will be required to submit two reports: an interim status report due June 30, 2022 and a final impact report due December 1, 2022. Requirements for these reports will be provided. 

Acknowledgement of Stantec Research Fund Support

As a recipient, you will be required to acknowledge, verbally and/or in writing, the support you receive from the Stantec Research Fund and the role it has played in your research. This applies in the following cases: 

  • conducting media interviews, speeches and presentations at conferences and workshops; 
  • receiving an honour or award; 
  • creating conference or workshop materials, web materials, press releases and other media materials; and 
  • submitting publications, project reports, monographs, videos or films and other outputs of the research project, citing the name of the funding opportunity.