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KPU Research Grants - Katalyst


Katalyst Grant up to $25,000



Katalyst Grant up to $25,000 over one fiscal year

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Research Plan outlines a series of conceptual and strategic initiatives designed to encourage more research by: (1) improving the culture of research and scholarly activity, (2) increasing the success rates of proposals submitted externally, and (3) supporting the research institutes and emerging research clusters in developing multi-year research programs with clearly identified funding sources.

To advance these goals, the ORS is piloting a re-configured Katalyst Grant to provide up to $25,000 to researchers who aim to carry out the following:

  • Develop a research program
  • Stimulate capacity building and acquire external funding, with at least one additional source of funding to help underwrite and support their research agenda
  • Build teams, clusters and potential new institutes
  • Encourage interdisciplinary teams across all Faculties
  • Combine Katalyst strategies with other ways to build and support a culture of research and scholarly activity (e.g., proposal development; workshops and webinars; meet and greets; brown bag colloquia; knowledge mobilization support; co-sponsoring events)

The ORS encourages all scholars seeking funding to meet and discuss their vision and expectations with the Associate Vice President, Research, Dr. Arthur Fallick, so that effective supports and strategies can be arranged. See below for helpful Program Planning templates, Research Support Programs and examples of previously funded applications.

  • Upload to website: Research Program Planning instructions; Template for Articulating your Research Program; Logic Model Template; Research Program Planning Step 1: Brainstorming Template; Research Planning: Current Commitments Template; Research Program Planning: The Plan Template; Multi-year Research Planning: Projects, Activities; and Funding Opportunities Template
  • Upload to website: Previously Awarded Katalyst Chart
  • Upload to website: Google Calendar with upcoming R&S events, workshops, and webinars

Knowledge Mobilization and Transfer at KPU

As part of KPU’s commitment to supporting the development of innovation and applied research that informs authentic, relevant, and integrative learning communities, the ORS is showcasing KPU’s research through a variety of visual narratives and multi-media. Knowledge Mobilization/Transfer (KMb/KT) is an integral component of a research program and should be articulated at the onset for maximum effectiveness. KMb products created either during or after the program help to: (a) highlight the impacts of the research project, (b) publicly acknowledge the project’s supporters, and (3) build the researcher’s portfolio. See below for KPU’s Scholarly Activity Infographic, and contact: to have your research highlighted and/or tips on how to successfully create your own KMb products.

Program Information & Application Instructions


Kwantlen Polytechnic University has committed funds to the enhancement of the culture of research and scholarly activity, particularly in one or more of the four major applied research areas: Design Thinking, Sustainability Thinking, building Healthy Communities and innovations in Clean Technology.


Katalyst Grants are designed to help scholars build research capacity, particularly in one or more of the four major applied areas outlined in the Research Plan. Open dialogue between the researcher and the Office of Research and Scholarship is highly encouraged so that effective supports and strategies can be built to enhance KPU’s direction and culture of research and scholarly activity. The Katalyst is not intended to replace grants already available from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and other external granting sources or internal funding competitions. Rather, the goal is to boost success rates of proposals submitted externally and build up funds to support the researcher’s project. The grant especially encourages projects that build teams and clusters, offer experiential learning opportunities to students, partner with community and/or industry, and are interdisciplinary. Proposals should detail how the Katalyst funded project will inform the basis for an extensive research program that clearly articulates its vision, goals and objectives, and how it aims to support this multi-year project.


  1. Katalyst Grants: All faculty and administrative staff.
  2. No researcher may apply for new Katalyst grant funding until after the completion of any previously funded Katalyst project and the submission of the Completion Report
  3. Grants do not cover any research expenses of research collaborators from institutions other than KPU, nor does it cover research expenses (including travel and accommodation) incurred by community partners
  4. Grant funds cannot be transferred to other institutions or community partners.


During the period of the pilot program, the Katalyst Grant applications will be adjudicated by the Associate Vice President, Research, in consultation with the newly formed Research and Scholarship Working Group. Proposals that demonstrate the capacity for growth (preferably in the four major applied research areas) and outline a comprehensive research plan and agenda will be favoured. A review of the pilot, after its third year, will determine whether to continue or revert to a fixed term, committee-adjudicated-competition.


  1. Grants are awarded for projects that have a clearly defined vision and scope, meeting the criteria established for the Katalyst Fund. Interdisciplinary projects that involve teams of faculty and students are encouraged.
  2. Collaborative project leaders are advised to clearly indicate in their project descriptions, the extent to which their proposed project is collaborative in both intellectual content and research roles, and to identify the roles and contributions of each member of the research team.
  3. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged to articulate the nature of that interdisciplinary contribution (i.e., the contribution that each discipline will make to the research orientation and the tasks of the project).
  4. Awards are for a maximum of one fiscal year.
  5. Individual awards have a project maximum of $25,000.
  6. Provisions exist within the Katalyst for time release, but the researcher must obtain prior approval from their Dean’s office.
  7. A Progress Report indicating what has been accomplished with the funding must be submitted to the ORS via ROMEO within six months of the end of the grant term.  (Please note: The Guidelines are not intended to be all-inclusive and eligibility questions should be directed to the ORS for clarification.)

Six $25,000 grants awarded per fiscal year.  Funding for 2016/17 has been allocated.  Information on 2017/18 call for applications coming soon.

PDF icon Katalyst Research Grants - Award History.pdf