Research Infrastructure Support Services Program


The Office of Research in Education (ORE) receives an annual allocation of $100,000 from the Dean’s Office to support the Research Infrastructure Support Services program. In July 2016, this program was put on hold to allow the Associate Dean for Research and the Dean’s Advisory Committee for Research (DACR) to review the Faculty’s needs and consult with colleagues to ensure that these funds are optimally used to support faculty research. The revised RISS program is described below. Please note that these guidelines may be further revised in response to emerging research opportunities and needs.
RISS Program Objectives:

The goal of the Research Infrastructure Support Services (RISS) Program is to provide Education faculty members (with grant/tenure or grant/tenure track appointments as Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor) with the infrastructure support they need to pursue excellent research as defined by the disciplines represented within the departments and school. The RISS program complements competitive external research grants and internal seed funding by supporting activities that are typically ineligible for support from these sources.

Application Instructions:

  • Applications for RISS are due on January 4th, 2019, April 5th, 2019, and October 4th, 2019
  • Please submit requests well in advance of the proposed activity as funding is limited
  • Due to the amount of funds available, applicants are limited to one funded request per academic year
  • Applicants can request between $500 to $10,000. Note the adjudication criteria below with regard to budget requests being realistic (an example of a $10,000 application might be for UBC matching funds to go towards a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant).
  • Requests must be well justified and supporting documentation should be provided where appropriate. For instance, a request for editorial support should be accompanied by evidence of what costs are, and are not, supported by the publisher (e.g. a book contract).
  • Please submit proposals by email to Education Research

RISS Report Template


Activities eligible for Support Activities not eligible for Support
Development of early stage research collaborations with external
partners and clearly defined outputs and deliverables for the
purposes of developing research grant applications.
Core research activities including data collection, data analysis,
preparing academic publications.
Preparation of knowledge mobilization and translation outputs that will lead to and/or inform future research.
Examples may include the preparation of videos, plays, curriculum or instructional resources for classroom or education audiences and/or other relevant knowledge users.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their departmental representatives on DACR at least two weeks before the RISS deadline if they have any questions about eligibility for KM activities/products.
Faculty/student travel. Publishing costs. Core research activities such as the preparation of academic publications
Coordination of academic programming associated with
international or national research conferences.
Creation and/or maintenance of websites. Catering and expenses associated with event delivery (e.g. speaker fees, room rental)
Institutional matching funds for external competitive research
funding competitions (e.g. SSHRC Partnership Development Grant and
Partnership Grant).
Program related activities.
Administrative/clerical support for research grant development
(e.g. assistance with CCV data entry, determining estimates for
budget requests). New faculty or faculty preparing their first CCV are
eligible to make a one-time-only request for CCV support.
Note that this is separate from Grant Facilitation
resources which are provided by Grant Facilitators within the ORE.
Platforms (e.g. websites for data collection, databases) necessary for conducting research will be considered. Websites strictly for dissemination or knowledge mobilization that are not necessary for conducting research.
Benefits for post-doctoral research fellows funded through external competitive awards, either directly to the fellow or to the fellow’s supervisor, for which benefits are considered ineligible expenses.  For instance, a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (awarded directly to the fellow) or a Mitacs Accelerate (awarded to the fellow’s supervisor). Benefits for post-doctoral fellows funded through Tri-Agency operating grants awarded to faculty supervisors, such as NSERC Discovery Grants, SSHRC Insight Grants and CIHR Project Grants.

Types of support available:

  • Funds to hire Graduate Academic Assistant (GAA) time.
    Doctoral Masters
    8 months $7,985.00 $7,684.00
    per month $998.13 $960.50
    per week $249.53 $240.13
    per hour $24.95 $24.01
    plus 4% benefits $25.95 $24.97
    $26/hour $25/hour
  • Partial salary support for Work Study student employees.
  • Cash commitments as ‘matching funds’.


Applications will be evaluated by the DACR according to the following criteria:

  1. Alignment with the goal of the RISS program.
  2. Clarity and quality of the description of proposed activity. Applicants should provide a clear and specific description of how they will use the requested funds and how the proposed activity leads to future research.
  3. Appropriateness of the budget request. Budget requests must be well justified, realistic and directly align with the proposed activities.

Note: if you have any questions concerning activities that might be eligible or not, please contact your departmental/school representative on the DACR.

Dean’s Advisory Committee for Research (DACR) Members:

Dr. Mark Beauchamp (Chair)
Dr. Mark Carpenter (KIN)
Dr. Jennifer Katz (ECPS)
Dr. Cynthia Nicol (EDCP)
Dr. Patsy Duff (LLED)
Dr. Vanessa Andreotti (EDST)
Dr. Teresa Dobson (ORE)
Robert Olaj (ORE)

Supported Projects September 2017 – Current

Applicant Department Request Award
Anderson, Jim LLED Matching Funds for SSHRC Connections Grant $9,990
Bedi, Robinder ECPS PDF Benefits $750
Blouin, Jean-Sébastien KIN PDF Benefits $5,600
Bundon, Andrea KIN Matching Funds for SSHRC Connections Grant $1,500
Ford, Laurie ECPS GAA Support $5,042
Irwin, Rita ECDP Matching Funds for SSHRC Partnership Development Grant $10,000
Kelly, Deirdre EDST GRA Support for knoweldge mobilization $3,803
Kramer, Kip KIN PDF Benefits $7,000
Lam, Tania KIN GAA Support $10,000
Norton, Bonny LLED GRA support to prepare website to support research $7,080
Puterman, Eli KIN PDF Benefits $10,000
Rogers, Teresa LLED GAA Support $3,744
Stack, Michelle EDST GAA Support $2,000

Supported Projects January – August 2017

Applicant Department Request Award
Andreotti, Vanessa EDST Matching funds for SSHRC Connection Grant $3,800
Bedi, Robinder ECPS GRA for CCV completion $500
Bundon, Andrea KIN Matching Funds for SSHRC PDG Grant $10,000
Duff, Patricia LLED GRA and symposium costs to support early stage research $5,700
Li, Guofang LLED Support for early stage research collaboration $6,472
Mercer, Sterett ECPS Matching funds for SSHRC PDG Grant $10,000
Phelan, Anne EDCP Matching funds for SSHRC Connection Grant $4,275
Ruitenberg, Claudia EDST GRA to support knowledge mobilization $774.50
Walker, Judith EDST Matching funds for SSHRC Connection Grant $4,000
Warburton, Darren KIN GRA to support early stage research collaboration $2,400