The Research Innovation Space in Education (RISE ED N 2-111) is a space where education faculty researchers and their assistants can work and collaborate. Equipment and technology is available for use. There are also staff on hand to provide technical, research, and statistical support. Each area can be configured as needed to support any point in a research process. All faculty members of the Faculty of Education are eligible to book space within RISE.

Research Space and Technology

RISE has a variety of research spaces available for education faculty to book for themselves and for their research assistants. Each space within RISE is intended to be modular, and can be rearranged to fit the needs of researchers. Below are a list of bookable spaces and a list of the equipment available for booking. Please contact the RISE team by email at or by phone at 780-492-3563 if you have any questions or would like to book the facility or equipment.

Project space bookings are generally limited to two terms at a time in order to maximize availability to a number of different projects . This space is intended for collaboration and discussion, but we do provide headphones for those who need a quiet environment. We have several rooms that can be booked if you are interviewing or working with focus groups and need privacy. Please respect the shared spaces, and other researchers within the space Posters can go on bulletin boards or in sign holders, but please do not tape posters or signage on doors or walls.

Booking Mobile Equipment/Technology

Those booking space within RISE have first priority when booking technology and equipment (up to 30 days before booking). If our mobile technology is available and your research work falls outside of the RISE space, you may book the equipment. Please ensure that you provide at least two weeks notice to the RISE support team, so they can ensure the equipment is updated and ready for your use. Any damage or loss of technology outside of RISE will be the researcher’s responsibility.


The researcher/research assistant is responsible for the security of all project data and materials. Data and confidential materials should be kept in the locked cabinets made available within the space. Any desktop computers used within the space should have password protected access. As per university regulations, laptops and portable storage devices should be encrypted. This is a shared workspace, so researchers are urged to be vigilant with their own data, materials and equipment. The RISE space is locked via access code, access codes should not be shared outside of the project team. If you would like an access code assigned please contact For more information about security, please see the University Protective Service’s Personal Safety and Security handbook.

The following software is available on computers in RISE:

  • Data Analysis
    • SPSS 26 Statistics (only available on the Mac Mini in the large media pod)
    • SPSS 26 AMOS (only available on the Mac Mini in the large media pod)
    • NVivo 12 (only available on the Mac Mini in one small media pod)
  • Microsoft
    • Windows - Available on Mac Minis & Macbook Airs
    • Office  - Available on Mac Minis & Macbook Airs
  • Apple
    • iPhoto - Available on Mac Minis & Macbook Airs
    • iMovie - Available on Mac Minis & Macbook Airs
    • Garage Band - Available on Mac Minis & Macbook Airs
    • Pages - Available on Mac Minis & Macbook Airs
    • Numbers - Available on Mac Minis & Macbook Airs
    • Keynote - Available on Mac Minis & Macbook Airs
  • Browsers
    • Chrome - Available on Mac Minis & Macbook Airs
    • Firefox - Available on Mac Minis & Macbook Airs
  • Notes and Presentation
    • Smart Notebook* - Available on Macbook Airs 
    • Omni Outliner - Available on Mac Minis & Macbook Airs
    • Skype - Available on Mac Minis & Macbook Airs
  • Media
    • VLC Media Player - Available on Mac Minis & Macbook Airs

*Please note: This is the trial version of the software

Support staff is available for research and technical support, as well as any RISE related inquiries. Please contact for any assistance or questions you have.

To access any technical support for RISE, please send your requests to:


If you have any questions or would like to book the facility or equipment, please contact the RISE team by email at or by phone at 780-492-3563. RISE is located in Education North, Room 2-111.

Research Opportunities

The main purpose of the AACES is to encourage and financially support educational studies. It may also support publications designed to disseminate the results of educational studies. AACES currently involves a partnership among the faculties of education at the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge and the Alberta Teachers’ Association.

  • Value: Grants in excess of $6, 000 are awarded only rarely because of limited available resources.
  • Application deadline:  TBA (usually due in October)
  • Eligibility: Grants cannot be given for travel unrelated to the proposed research project. 
  • Ethics: The application to the Ethics Review Committee must be initiated and a copy of the submission to that committee must be included with the proposal. 
  • Submission:  Mail or deliver eight copies of the completed application form and each of the attachments to the AACES secretariat office by 4:30 pm on the published deadline

Alberta Advisory Committee for Educational Studies (AACES)
106, 3016 5 Avenue NE, Calgary AB T2A 6K4 


Assemble the application form and all attachments into one document, attach the document to an email and send it to  by 4:30 pm on the published deadline. Faxed copies will not be accepted.

Online applications are available at:

The Centre funds policy-relevant applied research that has the potential to improve the wellbeing of Alberta's children, their families and communities; we are specifically interested in research that looks at outcomes for children and/or youth. We offer a variety of funding opportunities to get your research going and keep it going for both trainees and independent investigators.

Research Grants

Seed Grants - Open competition – Competition closes January 15th, 2014
Grants (formerly called Investigator-Driven Small Grants) - Open competition (LOI required)

Training Grants

Doctoral Awards - 2013 Competition is now closed. Deadline for the 2014 Competition to be defined in February, with an application deadline of April 15, 2014.
Early Career Transition Awards (formerly called Post-Doctoral Awards) - 2013 Competition is now closed. Deadline for the 2014 Competition to be defined.

Other Grants and Awards

Westbury Legacy Awards - 2013 Competition is now closed. Deadline for the 2014 Competition to be defined.

  • Please note that when the deadline date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or statutory holiday, The Centre will extend the deadline for applications to 4:00 p.m., the following business day.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is administered by Canada's three federal granting agencies: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program aims to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career. 

  • Value:  $70,000 per year (taxable) for 2 years
  • Competition launch:  June 2014
  • Application deadline: last week of September 2014
  • Decision release: last week of January 2015

For more details, please visit the Banting website.

The IRA Elva Knight Research Grant provides up to US$8,000 for research in reading and literacy.
All applicants must be International Reading Association members. 
Submission deadline: November 1, 2013 (Closed) New call TBA

The Killam Research Fund is administered by the Office of the Vice-President (Research) and supports research, scholarship, and creative activities to advance our objectives in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences. This fund assists researchers in developing leading, recognized and externally financed programs of research.

The Killam Research Fund is divided into four grant platforms:

  1. Conference Travel Grants (as per travel grid) – Application 90 days in advance of conference presentation, apply once every two fiscal years (April-March)
  2. Research Operating Grants (< $7,000) – On-going, once per fiscal year to any one of 2, 3, or 4 grants program. If successful, no applications may be made for 2 years from the time of award.
  3. Cornerstone Grants (< $50,000) – Deadline: April 1, October 1; conditions same as 2.
  4. Research Connection Grants (< $10,000) – Deadline: April 1, October; conditions same as 2. 

Killam Research Fund Program Guidelines PDF Icon

Max Bell Foundation reflects the spirit and intent of its founder to improve Canadian society.
We encourage the development of innovative ideas that impact public policies and practices with an emphasis on health and wellness, education, and the environment. We seek to support work that helps Canadians adapt to social, economic, and technological change while positively impacting the quality of life in our communities. Our current strategic priority is to support projects which educate Canadians about public policy and practice alternatives.

We are a western Canadian foundation with a pan-Canadian mandate. We prefer to develop project proposals in collaboration with applicants rather than reacting to proposals which are already fully developed. We seek opportunities to partner with other grant making agencies.

Grant Types

Max Bell Foundation provides support with three types of grants: Project Grants, Internship Grants, and Senior Fellow Grants.

Project Grants support clearly defined activities designed to achieve a specific purpose that aligns with the Foundation’s mission, strategic priority, and granting guidelines. A typical project grant ranges from 1-3 years in duration and has a budget that ranges from $50,000 to $200,000. Project grants are described in more detail here.

Internship Grants support organizations who wish to hire a junior level person to work for a short term (typically 4 month) full time contract. Please note that we do not make grants to individuals seeking internship positions, nor do we participate in screening candidates for internship positions supported by this program. Internship grants are described in more detail here.

Senior Fellow Grants support mid-career individuals who wish to undertake a well defined project that will add value to debates over critical public policy issues in health and wellness, education, and/or environment. Senior fellow grants are described in more detail here.

Application Process: Letter of Intent and Invitation for a Full Application

The Spencer Foundation is committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education that advance educational improvement. The Research Grants program accepts applications that fit within its Areas of inquiry.

  • Value:  Small Grant Proposal (up to $50,000US); Major Grant Proposal ($50,001 - $500,000US)

New revised Major Grants program will have substantial changes in both the application and selection process, as well as adjustments in award limits and application timetables, and new articulation of the work that can best advance the program’s aims.  

Field-Initiated Proposals:  The Foundation is alive to the possibility that someone may have a terrific idea for worthwhile research that does not fit easily into their broad Areas of Inquiry.

Peer reviewed scholarly journals are a primary tool for fostering intellectual debate and inquiry. In response, and in accordance with SSHRC’s policy on open access, this funding opportunity allows journals to seek support regardless of business model or distribution format. This program is to help defray the costs of publishing scholarly articles, to assist with distribution costs, and to support journal organizations in transitioning to and maintaining digital formats.

  • Value: up to $30,000 per year
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Faculty of Education Internal Deadline: 5 business days prior to SSHRC deadline

Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating. Events and outreach activities may serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects potentially eligible for funding through other SSHRC funding opportunities. Connection Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes or other events or outreach activities.

Note: Particular importance will be placed on applications proposing open-access and open-source approaches to knowledge mobilization.

Proposed events and outreach activities must generally take place within 12 months of the date indicated on the notice of award.

  • Value: $7,000 to $25,000 for events, and up to $50,000 for other outreach activities; higher amounts considered for outreach activities
  • Duration: 1 year (no automatic extensions)
  • Application deadline: Continuous intake 
  • Results announced: Normally within 16 weeks from the date that SSHRC confirms receipt of the application 
  • Faculty of Education Internal Deadline: 5 business days prior to SSHRC deadline

Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages – the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas proposed by individuals or teams. Proposed projects may involve, but are not limited to, the following types of research activities: case studies; pilot initiatives; and critical analyses of existing research.

Projects may also involve national and international research collaboration, and the exploration of new ways of producing, structuring and mobilizing knowledge within and across disciplines and sectors.

At least 50 per cent of funds per competition will be reserved for applications from emerging scholars and the other 50 per cent of funds can be applied for by established scholars.

  • Value: $7,000 up to $75,000 
  • Duration: 1 to 2 years

Partnership Grants provide support for new and existing formal partnerships over four to seven years to advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities through mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership, as well as through resources as evidenced by cash and/or in-kind contributions.

  • Value: Stage 1: Letter of Intent Up to $20,000; Stage 2: Formal Application (by invitation); Amounts requested range between $500,000 to $2.5 million, with lower or higher amounts considered
  • Duration: 4 to 7 years 
  • Possible formal partnership approaches:  Partnered chairs, partnered research centres, partnered research training initiatives, partnered knowledge mobilization, networks for research and/or related activities, cross-sector co-creation of knowledge and understanding, or disciplinary and interdisciplinary research partnerships

KIAS is a major endowed research institute based at the University of Alberta. KIAS will facilitate transformational interdisciplinary and comparative research at the highest level nationally and internationally, guided by the ideals set forth by the founding benefactors, and the purpose of research and learning at the University of Alberta, articulated by President Henry Marshall Tory in 1908: “the Uplifting of the Whole People.

Roger S. Smith Undergraduate Student Research Award

The 2020 Roger S Smith Research Award is currently accepting applications until March 23, 2020.
See the recipients of 2019 here.

This Award is intended to cultivate and support research partnerships between undergraduate students and faculty members. The award provides undergraduate Faculty of Education students with the opportunity to receive $5000 to cover approximately 15 weeks (or about 330 hours) of research-based activity during the summer months. The project timelines are flexible and may vary according to the schedules  and commitments of both the researching academic staff and the undergraduate student researcher. This award is sponsored with equal funding from the Office of the Vice-President Research and the Faculty of Education.

Click here for Academic Guidelines & Application

Roger S Smith Award recipients

Eligible students must:

  • be planning to register in the Fall in the Faculty of Education OR entering into their third or fourth years of studies 
  • have a current minimum 3.0 GPA for each course taken within the Faculty of Education
  • be available and flexible with their time for the duration of the project
  • be legally entitled to work on the University of Alberta campus
  • be prepared to submit and present a PowerPoint Slide at the Fall Celebration event

**Note: Students who will not be returning for Fall BEd courses OR are planning to transfer to another faculty are not eligible.

There are 10 awards available this year. This award is tenable only once in an undergraduate student’s career.

Potential Benefits for Students:

  • Valuable introduction to research
  • Preparation for work at the graduate level
  • Gain research presentation experience (poster or conference presentation opportunities) 
  • Enhancement of academic experience
  • Certificate of Recognition at the end of Program

To Apply:

  • To apply for the 2020 Roger S Smith Undergraduate Student Research Award: ​complete the application form here (note, we require your resume attached). Incomplete applications will not be processed.​

Selection Criteria:

  • Applicant’s knowledge of the particular research field
  • Applicant’s ability to articulate ideas in a concise and intelligent manner
  • Relevance of the project to the applicant’s program
  • Applicant’s relevant experience 


  • Applications must be received by midnight March 23, 2020 at 8:00 am. 
  • Applicants notified of their application status via email by April 20th, 2020

Undergraduate Student Application


Resources for Researchers

School Districts

If you intend to conduct your research within any of the five Edmonton-area school districts that are part of CAP, you must submit a CAP Application* after obtaining U of A ethics approval. 

*Please download form before entering data

It is recommended that you check the district websites for district priorities and school programming information.

The five districts are Edmonton Public, Edmonton Catholic, Elk Island Public, St Albert Public, and Greater St Albert Catholic Schools.

Edmonton Public Schools
District Priorities

All researchers working with children in Edmonton Public require a Police Information Check. This must be submitted to the district prior to receipt of their approval. Do not include it in your application to the Associate Dean, Research.

Edmonton Public reviews applications five times a year. To meet district review timelines, note the following deadlines to the Associate Dean, Research for 2020-2021:

  • August 21
  • October 23
  • January 11
  • February 23
  • May 13

**If date falls on a weekend or holiday, next working day will be used.

Applications will be reviewed by the Associate Dean, Research throughout the year – the above deadlines are to meet Edmonton Public’s review schedule. 

Edmonton Catholic, Elk Island Public, St Albert Public and Greater St Albert Catholic Schools review applications as they are received throughout the year (excluding July & August). At the Associate Dean Research level, internal review may take up to 3.5 weeks during more intensive application periods and a minimum of 4-8 weeks at the district level.

Edmonton Catholic Schools
Cheryl Shinkaruk -
District Priorities

Elk Island Public Schools 
Dr. Sandra Stoddard
please cc Linda Brown   
District Priorities

St Albert Public Schools
Catherine Coyne – 
District Priorities

Greater St Albert Catholic Schools 
Rhonda Nixon  
District Priorities

Please note, applications are submitted via e-mail to and each CAP application must be submitted as one document package for each district you applied to.

For further information regarding CAP, please contact Cooperative Activities Program at

The Office of the Vice-President (Research) has implemented a Grant Assist Program pilot project. The Grant Assist Program pilot is designed to help UAlberta researchers improve their funding success via enhanced application preparation and support including concept discussion, internal review, feedback, workshops, and writing and editing. For more information about available support and services, see the link below:

The Research Services Office (RSO) supports researchers and administrators by providing services focused on the identification of potential funding sources, assistance with the application process and guidance with the financial management of awards. 

For more information, see the link below: