Research Infrastructure Support Services Program

2020-2021 RISS Guidelines

Revised March 2, 2021

The Research Infrastructure Support Services (RISS) Program was established in 2011 by the Faculty’s Associate Dean, Research, with funds from the Dean’s Office. Since then, the types of expenses that the RISS Program funds have evolved and eligibility criteria have changed. As eligibility criteria are regularly reviewed and used in the adjudication of the awards, applicants should consult the current eligibility criteria below before applying. RISS funding supports capacity building for research and scholarship in a number of categories (e.g., some postdoctoral benefits, pre-conference preparations, matching funds for grant applications that require matching commitments). The program is NOT designed to fund expenses related to primary research or primarily knowledge mobilization activities. The Dean’s Advisory Committee for Research (DACR), with representatives from Departments and the School of Kinesiology, adjudicates these grant applications three times per year. RISS funding can be received by the same PI only once per academic year (Sept-August) and only one request for funds may be made for the same activity or event. 

RISS Program Objectives:

The goal of the RISS Program is to provide Education faculty (tenure or tenure-track appointments as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, and counterparts in the Educational Leadership stream) with the infrastructure support they need to pursue excellent research as defined by the disciplines represented within the Departments and the School. The RISS Program complements competitive external research grants and internal seed grants by supporting activities that are typically ineligible for support from these sources.

Application Instructions:

  • Applications forms for RISS must be emailed by noon on Monday, October 5th, 2020, Monday, January 11th, 2021, and Monday, April 5th, 2021 to
  • Due to the amount of funds available, applicants are limited to one funded request per academic year (September-August).
  • Only one request for funds may be made for the same activity or event (even if the funds are to be used to support a different aspect of the event or initiative).
  • The applicant seeking grant application matching funds must be the Principal Investigator/Applicant on the proposed grant and must note the name and date of the competition to which they are applying. Successful applicants must use RISS funds for the competition noted in their application, or funds will be forfeited. Applicants who receive matching funds but who do not apply for the competition round noted in their application may apply to subsequent RISS competitions.
  • Applicants may request between $500 and $10,000. Please consult the adjudication criteria below when deciding what might be a realistic budget (for example, a $10,000 application might be for RISS matching funds for an external SSHRC Partnership Development Grant application)
  • Graduate student salaries should be within the Faculty norms (e.g., $25-30/hr depending on tasks and MA/PhD/postdoc status)
  • The DACR adjudicating committee is authorized to reduce funding requests that seem excessive for the stated project/activity
  • Budget expenses must be well justified and budgets must clearly delineate how RISS funds will be spent, particularly if they are complimentary to other sources of funding supporting the proposed initiative or event.


RISS Final Report Template

Eligible Activities Not Eligible Expenses
Eligible Expenses
Fostering research collaboration Activities that support the development of early stage research collaborations with external partners with clearly define outputs and deliverables that aid in the development of external research grant applications Core research activities including: data collection, data analysis, the preparation of academic publications, expenses related to running workshops, conferences, symposia, training, etc. Travel, accommodation and modest catering to bring external community partners to campus to discuss and develop a research grant application
Research conference planning Activities associated with pre-conference programming and planning of international or national research conferences Operational expenses related to actually running the conference (e.g. catering, room rental, audio-visual, speaker fees, travel for participants and on-site GRA or GAA coordinators).
Post-conference activities (proceedings, other publications, developing/posting web content, etc. )
Hiring an RA to assist with managing and vetting conference submissions, and communicating with invited presenters, etc.
External grant application matching Institutional matching funds for external, competitive research grant applications that require matching (e.g. SSHRC Partnership Development Grants, SSHRC Partnership Grant, SSHRC Connection Grants, MITACS) Requests for matching funds after an external award has been made. Matching for internal UBC grants Up to $10,000 matching for external grants that require matching funds. The RISS application budget must detail how matching funds will be used in relation to the rest of the grant application budget
Grant application development Administrative/clerical or RA support for research grant proposal coordination or development, including the preparation of a Canadian Common CV (for new faculty or faculty preparing their first CCV only) Expenses related to pilot studies or literature reviews done in preparation for a larger grant application Hiring an RA to assist with data entry for a CCV or to coordinate grant application contributions from participating researchers or community partners
Postdoctoral benefits One-time, one-year employment benefits (per candidate and per researcher) 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).

RISS will consider up to a maximum of 15% of salary for benefits (not to exceed $10,000).

Multi-year requests for the same postdoctoral fellow (PDF).

Benefits for PDFs funded through Tri-Agency grants awarded to faculty supervisors, such as NSERC Discovery Grants, SSHRC Insight Grants and CIHR Project Grants.

For benefit rates, please consult with your department or school Administrative Manager, who will also manage the funds.

PDF benefits; one year only; requests no higher that 15% of salary

We encourage the involvement of graduate students in the activities outlined in your proposal.  Please consult with your department or school Administrative Manager for guidelines on salaries for both GRAs and GAAs.



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 clearly delineate on what RISS funds will be used, 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. Patsy Duff (Chair)
Dr. Jennifer Jenson (LLED)
Dr. Mark Beauchamp (KIN)
Dr. Joanna Cannon (ECPS)
Dr. Kerry Renwick (EDCP)
Dr. Margaret Kovach (EDST)
Robert Olaj (Director of Research Development, ORE)

Applicant Department Request Award
Kassan, Anusha ECPS External Grant Application Matching $9,990
Petherick, LeAnne EDCP External Grant Application Matching $10,000

Applicant Department Request Award
Beauchamp, Mark KIN Postdoctoral benefits $6,480
Borgen, William (Bill) ECPS Postdoctoral benefits $5,900
Faulkner, Guy KIN Postdoctoral benefits $7,800
Pinar, William (Bill) EDCP External Grant Application Matching $9,000
Roman, Leslie EDST External Grant Application Matching $10,000
Sork, Tom EDST Pre-conference Planning $7,800

Applicant Department Request Award
Bundon, Andrea KIN External Grant Matching Funds $9,680
Gerofsky, Susan EDCP External Grant Matching Funds $10,000
Jenson, Jen LLED External Grant Matching Funds $10,000
Koehle, Michael KIN Postdoctoral Benefits $7,000
Perry, Nancy ECPS External Grant Matching Funds $8,424
Petrina, Stephen EDCP Pre-Conference Planning $8,250
Warburton, Darren KIN Pre-Conference Planning $10,000

Applicant Department Request Award
Bredin, Shannon KIN Postdoctoral Benefits $3,000
Code, Jillianne EDCP Web-based Platforms $1,000
Sork, Thomas EDST Research Collaboration $5,130

Applicant Department Request Award
Bedi, Robinder ECPS Research Collaboration $3,760.44
Li, Guofang LLED External Grant Matching Funds $9,990
Liu, Yan ECPS Graduate Assistance $4,680
Puterman, Eli KIN External Grant Matching Funds $2,320
Shan, Hongxia EDST Knowledge Mobilization $2,700

Applicant Department Request Award
Andreotti, Vanessa EDST Postdoctoral Benefits $5,400
Blouin, Jean-Sebastian KIN Postdoctoral Benefits $6,750
Belliveau, George and Irwin, Rita LLED Knowledge Mobilization $10,000
Koehle, Michael KIN Postdoctoral Benefits $9,750
Renwick, Kerry EDCP Knowledge Mobilization $2,994.39
Sheel, Bill KIN Postdoctoral Benefits $6,750

Applicant Department Request Award
Bredin, Shannon KIN Postdoctoral Benefits $6,896
Carpenter, Mark KIN Research Database Platform $10,000
Shi, Ling LLED Pre-Conference Support $4,680
Weber, Barbara ECPS Knowledge Mobilization $4,680

Applicant Department Request Award
Bedi, Robinder ECPS Postdoctoral Benefits $750
Ford, Laurie ECPS GAA Support $5,042
Lam, Tania KIN Knowledge Mobilization $10,000
Rogers, Teresa LLED Knowledge Mobilization $3,744
Stack, Michelle EDST Knowledge Mobilization $2,000