Research Program Planning

Are you a novice or experienced researcher? 

Please see below for some useful tools to help you succinctly describe your research: plans, timelines, impacts and benefits.

Articulating your research program and plans/interests will help you assess your own availability for the project based on current commitments and allow you to easily convince others to support your endeavour (e.g. time release, money, staff, etc.).


1. Planning budgets/resources for projects

How much time do you have for research (e.g. teaching and administration commitments?)

What resources do you - The Department - the Faculty - the Institution - have to support your research

  • Space - offices, labs

  • People - time release for you; administrative or financial support re: research management

2. Working with Faculty/School and Institutional leaderships
Developing a strong, positive, mutually beneficial working relationship in regards to your research is critical to building a sustainable research program

  • Involving them in the conversation upfront versus after the fact (once you have funding and need things)

  • Being innovative and integrating with curriculum/learning experience for students

3. Strategic partnerships and collaborations
Research - combination of leading, co-leading and co-investigating as a way of building your research and capital expenditure. 


  • Team members - collaborative research teams

  • Collaborators/supporters (e.g. sites, populations, resources)


  • leveraging funds (e.g. matching, contributions, in-kind sources)

4. Student learning
Experiential learning is a cornerstone of KPU's academic mandate. Applied research is a fantastic opportunity to provide these experiences, support your projects, and align with KPU mandate.


PDF iconGuidance for Research Program Planning
PDF iconArticulating your Research Program - Logic Model
PDF iconCompleting a Data Gathering Form.pdf