Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Internal Opportunities

Community-Driven Research Fund (CRF)

2016 call opened Nov. 1, 2016 

The Community-Driven Research Fund is designed to support research that:

  1. Responds directly to community needs, 
  2. Builds research partnerships with community organizations in the Thompson Nicola Cariboo region,
  3. Provides opportunities for students to become involved in community-based research, and
  4. Helps faculty and their community partners become more competitive for external funding

Projects are expected to be community-driven, with the research outcomes primarily benefiting the community organization. 

Award amount: $2,500. Matching contributions of up to $2,500 in cash or in-kind is required from the community organization. A minimum of 10 awards are available per year.

CRF applications must be developed in collaboration with Ann McCarthy, Knowledge Mobilization Officer.

Northcote and Brink Professorship — Call for Applications

Application deadline: Jan. 30, 2017 

The Northcote and Brink Professorship is funded by the Dr. Tom Northcote and Dr. Bert Brink Endowment, established in March 2005. The Professorship honours the contributions of Northcote and Brink to ecology in British Columbia. The purpose of the Professorship is to "expand Thompson Rivers University's knowledge of the connection between restoration of ecosystems and the social benefits to communities." The Professorship is a prestigious internal award that may be held for up to three years. The Professorship holder will be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member.

Award amount: $10,000 per year for up to three years

More information

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Fund

2016 competition is now closed

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies is offering this pilot program for faculty members who are engaged in research, scholarship and creative inquiry to hire an Undergraduate Research Apprentice to assist them in accelerating their research endeavors and provide an apprentice with a meaningful training opportunity.  Interested faculty members should apply using the appliation form provided below. All applications are initiated by the faculty member when they have identified a qualified student.

Award amount: $3,000/student. Up to 30 awards available.

Open Learning Research Awards

Application deadline: Dec. 9, 2016

TRU's Open Learning division offers awards to faculty engaged in research, projects or conferences that focus on open, online or distance education, or on the use of educational technologies.

Funding available: $20,000 Amount per proposal: $10,000

More information

Research Training Recognition Fund

Application deadline for Fall 2017 release: May 15, 2017

The Research Training Recognition Fund (RTRF) reflects TRU’s ongoing commitment to student research training. Those regular faculty receiving or currently holding multi-year Tri-Agency research grants are eligible to receive a reallocation of workload (e.g., from 5 courses to 4 courses) to facilitate their direct involvement in the enhanced research training of undergraduate and graduate students. Those faculty applying for Tri-Agency grants are encouraged to consult with the Research Office about citing this fund as possible institutional support on their applications.

The Research Office will ensure that the request is consistent with the research training objectives outlined in the Tri-Agency recommendations for Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP); eligible applications will be peer reviewed by an adjudication sub-committee of the Senate Research Committee.  Up to $7,000 may be made available to the division to cover sessional replacement expenses; divisions able to contribute matching funds for research training recognition will increase the total annual fund available, with the understanding that the number of awards available each year is subject to available funding.

The RTRF is an ongoing fund with a minimum of $140,000 annually available.

Eligibility Criteria: Must hold a multi-year Tri-Agency research grant (as Principal Investigator); must make a commitment to significant student research training.

Application for Research Training Recognition Fund

The Thompson Rivers University Internal Research Fund 

Application deadline: 4 p.m. Jan. 9, 2017

A joint initiative of the Research and Graduate Studies office and the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic, this fund provides a maximum of $100,000 annually to support research with the principal aim of scaffolding faculty development, especially in terms of tenure and promotion. Completion of an IRF project should significantly widen the applicant’s sphere of influence in terms of his or her research and/or teaching. The IRF is a small seed fund that is not intended to provide funding for major projects.
Please find the complete terms of reference in the Internal Research Fund application form in Romeo.

Award amount: A minimum of $3,000 and a maximum of $5,000.  

Use the Romeo portal to fill out and submit applications.

2016 Recipients of the IRF
2015 Recipients of the IRF