ACA Scholarly Activity Funding Description


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Criteria for Distribution of ACA Funding for Scholarly Activity

Overriding Principal: These funds are intended to enhance and advance professionalism within the Faculty of Academic & Career Preparation. Funded activities are intended to raise the profile of the Faculty and encourage the development of scholarship activity within the Faculty.

Awards to be given: $30,000 total funding is available. Small ($2,000-$5,000) and medium ($10,000-$15,000) sized projects are encouraged. Large projects ($25,000+) may be considered for outstanding and highly relevant projects that engage all ACA Departments. Funding is awarded on a one-time only basis. Continued funding is not available from this source, but this award may be used as "seed" money to develop a research project that may be eligible for additional funding elsewhere.

Criteria for Proposals:

  1. Project must be team-based (involvement of more than one person). Preference will be given to projects that include cross-Departmental or inter-Faculty involvement. Partners from external organizations may be included, but monies should not be used to support hiring or activities outside of Kwantlen.
  2. Projects must advance knowledge in discipline area(s) or build professional capacity through scholarly activity. This funding is not intended to support faculty professional development but instead advance investigation of a gap in knowledge and understanding. A clear investigative question must be articulated on the application to ensure the selection committee understands the focus of the scholarly activity.
  3. Projects are required to get ethics approval where needed, as described in Policy G.27: Research Involving Human Participants. .
  4. Projects must reflect or speak to at least one of the principles that are articulated in the University's new Vision statement and the Faculty's new Vision statement: "Creating Pathways to Sustainable Success" .
  5. Where projects include opportunities for direct student involvement (i.e. as co-researchers, research participants, primary data sources, etc.), please indicate on application form.
  6. These projects are not intended to provide time release or money for new degree proposal development or curriculum revision, although the findings of the project might suggest areas of potential curriculum development. Time releases for faculty will not be funded.

Project Outcomes:

  1. Projects should be completed within 18 months to two years of receiving monies. Successful applicants will be asked to present, if possible, their findings to the Faculty or within their respective Departments.
  2. A written project report outlining project findings, impacts and recommendations (if applicable) should be submitted to the Dean's Office within two years of project monies being received.
  3. In addition to presentation at a Faculty or Departmental meeting, projects must include plans to disseminate knowledge and create opportunities for dialogue within the Department(s), within Faculty(ies) and/or within Kwantlen and beyond.

Elgible Applicants: Primary lead for project must be a regularized faculty member. NR2 faculty may be included as team members but cannot take lead role. Project leader will assume responsibility for tracking budget, ensuring deadlines/timelines for project are met, and submitting reports as required.

Selection Process : The application and selection process will be administered through the Office of Research and Scholarship. Members of ACA will be representated on the selection committee.

Application Timeline: Electronic application forms are available through the Romeo link at the top of this page. Deadline for applications will be Friday, January 13, 2012 . Only online applications will be accepted.

Questions? Please contact your Chair/Coordinator for assistance or examples of the types of projects that may qualify for this funding or if you would like to be connected with faculty or staff members who are interested in your area of investigation.

Short Summary of Policy G.27: Research Involving Human Participants
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Principles :

  1. In carrying out its responsibility, the Research Ethics Board (REB) will act at all times guided by the Tri-Council Policy Statement, or future standards as may come to stand in its place. In particular the REB will adopt, as Kwantlen's ethical principles, the guiding principles contained and defined and most recently amended within the Tri-Council Policy statement. Specifically (and in no prticular order of priority):
    1. Respect for human dignity
    2. Respect for free and informed consent
    3. Respect for vulnerable persons
    4. Respect for privacy and confidentiality
    5. Respect for justice and inclusiveness
    6. Respect for harms and benefits
    7. Minimizing harm
    8. Maximizing benefit
  2. The REB will also consider the specific ethical considerations inherent in research involving aboriginal people.