Research Infrastructure Support Services Program

2019-2020 RISS Guidelines

The RISS funding program was established in 2011 by the Faculty’s Associate Dean, Research, with funds from the Dean’s Office. Since then, the RISS Program has evolved and eligibility criteria have changed. It is therefore important to check current eligibility criteria before applying. Eligibility criteria are regularly reviewed and updated and are used in the adjudication of the awards.

RISS funding can support infrastructure for research and scholarship in a number of categories (e.g., Postdoctoral benefits, pre-conference preparations, matching funds for grants applications that require matching). It is NOT designed to fund 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.

RISS Program Objectives:

The goal of the Research Infrastructure Support Services (RISS) Program is to provide Education faculty (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 Monday, October 7th, 2019, Monday, January 6th, 2020, and Monday, April 6th, 2020
  • 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 seeking grant matching funds must be the Principal Investigator/Applicant on the proposed grant.
  • 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 2019-2020 Application Form

RISS Final Report Template

Eligible Activities Not Eligible
Fostering research collaboration Activities that support the development of early stage research collaborations with external partners that clearly define outputs and deliverables that aid in the development of research grant applications. Core research activities including data collection, data analysis, and preparing academic publications
Knowledge mobilization/translation Preparation of knowledge mobilization and translation outputs that will directly 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 or school representative 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
Research conference planning Activities associated with advance programming and planning of international or national research conferences Operational expenses related to running the conference (e.g. catering, room rental, audio-visual, speaker fees)
External grant application matching Institutional matching funds for external, competitive research grant applications that require matching (e.g. SSHRC Connection Grants, SSHRC Partnership Development Grants and SSHRC Partnership Grant) Requests for matching funds after an external award has been made
Grant application development Administrative/clerical support for research grant proposal 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 support is distinct from Research Grant Facilitation services which are provided through the Office of Research in Education
Web-based platforms Web-based 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 (e.g. departmental, lab, cluster, or research group web pages)
Postdoctoral benefits 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). RISS will consider up to a maximum of 15% of salary for benefits. 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. For benefit rates, please consult with your department or school Administrative Manager.

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 GRA’s and GAA’s.



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. Patsy Duff (Chair)
Dr. Jennifer Jenson (LLED)
Dr. Guy Faulkner (KIN)
Dr. Jennifer Katz (ECPS)
Dr. Scott Goble (EDCP)
Dr. Alison Taylor (EDST)
Dr. Jenna Shapka (ORE)
Robert Olaj (ORE)

Applicant Department Request Award
Bredin, Shannon KIN Post Doctoral 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 Matching Funds $9,990
Liu, Yan ECPS Graduate Assistance $4,680
Puterman, Eli KIN Matching Funds $2,320
Shan, Hongxia EDST Knowledge Mobilization $2,700

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

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

Applicant Department Request Award
Bedi, Robinder ECPS PDF 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