Internal Research Funding

University Research Fund (Article 25.55)

Acadia's University Research Fund supports faculty research through $150,000 in annual funding provided from the Board of Governors and managed by the Office of Research, Innovation, and Graduate Studies.

This support is described in Article 25.55 of the Sixteenth Collective Agreement.

Article 25.55 Guidelines for Applicants

Application Form

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Deadlines (Biannual)

1 February 2024

15 October, 2024


Acadia University established a research fund to support faculty research, and contributes $150,000 for each year of the 16th Collective Agreement towards two open competitions (Fall and Winter). The funds (awards up to $5000) are administered through the Office of Research, Innovation, and Graduate Studies. This Research Fund is available only to current members of the bargaining unit and to Faculty appointees to the Board of Governors.

Funding Priorities (2023-2024)

The following two areas are the priorities for 2023-2024, as determined by the URF review committee, and are equal in priority ranking.

Direct costs of research, e.g.,

  • Student engagement in a faculty member’s research program
  • Other research project personnel (related to faculty member’s research program)
  • Travel for purposes of research “data collection” (recognizing disciplinary variation)
  • Purchase of necessary equipment, materials, consumables and/or services for conducting research (evidence of purchase price or quotations needed)

Dissemination costs of research, e.g.,

  • Research presentation by the faculty applicant at professional conferences/meetings (evidence of acceptance for a conference presentation is required)
    • Virtual conference attendance and reasonable related expenses are supported
    • This fund does not support the costs of student attendance at conferences
  • Publication costs as it relates to research accepted for publication in legitimate publication venues (i.e., not predatory journals)

Non-eligible expenses include conference attendance without presentation and expenses that are largely educational in nature (e.g., course tuition, professional development workshops, purchase or maintenance of teaching equipment / technology).

Applicants must submit the following to the Research Office ( by the deadline:

(1) electronic copy of the application,
(2) electronic copy of an up-to-date CV.

  • Under the terms of the 16th Collective Agreement, applicants can elect to apply for one- or two-year awards, for a maximum amount of $5,000. [NOTE: Unless you are certain that your study will require a full two years, it may be best to apply for a one-year award. If it becomes apparent that you will require extra time, you can automatically extend your one-year award for an extra year, as per Article 25.55(d). This avoids the situation of receiving a two-year award, finishing early, and then not being able to apply again until the 2-year term has ended.]
  • Applicants eligible to apply for external funding cannot receive funding from this source for more than three consecutive years, unless a research funding application has been submitted to an external granting organization within that three-year period.
  • Requests for 25.55 funding must be accompanied by a one-page report on the activities and outcomes of previous funding, if applicable, unless a report has already been submitted to Research, Innovation, and Graduate Studies.
  • The evaluation criteria utilized by the Adjudication Committee are shown on the last page of the application form. Please ensure that all relevant sections of the form are completed, and that it is submitted (copied to the unit Head or Director) by the due date.

Key Points:

  • Hand written applications will not be accepted. Applications are to have a minimum 12-point type size.
  • It is important that you justify (not just describe) the budget clearly. Remember, if you are requesting travel funds to present a paper, please include a letter of acceptance and an abstract of the paper being presented.  
  • PLEASE NOTE: Article 25.55(g) states, "Applications must also include an updated curriculum vitae of the applicant." Please send a pdf of your current CV to
  • Please submit an electronic copy of your application to The deadlines for submission each year are October 15 and February 1 (adjusted to the following Monday if dates fall on the weekend).   Decisions will be announced by November 15 and February 28 respectively.

TIP: Please remember that there may be no one on the Adjudication Committee who shares your expertise or even your disciplinary background.  Write for clarity and understanding throughout your application

Note: Please download the most recent version of the Application Form from the Research, Innovation, and Graduate Studies website, and follow the instructions carefully

Hiring Student Researchers

Please visit our Hiring Students page for pay rates and more information.

SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG)

SSHRC Institutional Grants help fund small-scale research in the social sciences and humanities. Both "Explore" and "Exchange" grants are available to support research itself and training, scholarly conferences, and workshops.

SIG Guidelines and Application


2023 Application Form (.docx)

SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG)

Through the SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG) the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada provides annual block grants to universities to help fund small-scale research and research-related activities by their faculty and students in the social sciences and humanities. SIG funds are intended to help Canadian postsecondary institutions strengthen research excellence in the social sciences and humanities.

For 2023-24, applications must be made using the internal 2023 SIG Application. Applications in the form of one electronic copy must be submitted to the Office Research, Innovation & Graduate Studies ( by 27 June 2023. 

When completing an application, please read the application instructions carefully. Individuals may apply for a maximum of $3,000.

SIG funds will be offered as two grant types:

SSHRC Explore Grants, which:

  • support social sciences and humanities researchers with modest research funding requirements at any stage of career;
  • allow for small-scale innovation and experimentation by providing funding to develop a research project or conduct pilot work; and
  • enable researchers to hire students at any level to participate in their research projects thereby contributing to their professional development.

SSHRC Exchange Grants, which:

  • support the organization of small-scale knowledge mobilization activities, such as workshops and seminars, in order to encourage collaboration and the dissemination of research results both within and beyond the academic community; and
  • allow researchers to present their research at scholarly conferences and other dissemination venues that align with SSHRC’s mandate in order to advance their careers and encourage the exchange of ideas and research results at the national and international level.
  • SSHRC expects that all SIG-funded research training will incorporate appropriate dimensions of the Guidelines for Effective Research Training.

SIG Applicant Eligibility

  • Recipients must be affiliated with a SSHRC eligible Canadian postsecondary institution and must maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period. Researchers who maintain an affiliation with a Canadian postsecondary institution, but whose primary affiliation is with a non-Canadian institution, are not eligible to hold these grants.
  • Students are not eligible to hold SIG-funded grants; however, SSHRC encourages researchers to employ students in SIG-funded research.

Guidelines for SIG Applicants

Competitions for SIG grants occur once per year in the spring/summer. At least one month prior to the adjudication process, a call for applications is announced to the SSH departments and schools on campus. The form requires applicants to (1) provide a succinct description of their intended research/activities, to a maximum of two pages, (2) a detailed budget, and (3) a justification of each budget item.

Funds received in this competition must be spent in the fiscal year in which they were awarded; i.e. your account must show a zero balance by March 30, 2024 (accounts are closed at the end of March and any outstanding balances will revert to the general SIG account). SSHRC requires this office to submit a report on the research funded; therefore, a report on your research must be submitted to Research and Graduate Studies by the end of April 2024.

For up to date information on pay rates for students (April 2024), please visit our Hiring Students page.

SIG Reporting Guidelines

SIG Grant holders must provide a written report (max 1 page), describing the completed research/activities to the Research Office ( by the end of April 2024 (Note - all funds need to be spent by the end of March 2024).

Reports should highlight how the objectives of the research project/activities were met, and any particular successes or challenges that resulted. Please indicate if SIG funds have led to the development of any other funding applications.

Please also be sure to address the following two questions:

  1. If applicable, how many students, post doctoral researchers, and/or other non-students were supported using your SIG funds? For students, please indicate if they were undergraduate, Master's or Doctoral students.
  1. How many "knowledge products"* resulted from your SIG funds? *knowledge products are defined by SSHRC as "traditional academic outputs such as peer-reviewed articles, books, conference presentations, etc., as well as other knowledge mobilization activities."


*For Further Information on the SIG opportunity, contact Peter Ludlow at

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