Academic Development Fund Program now Administered by Research Development & Services

Research Western announced today:

Effective July 1, 2010, the Academic Development Fund – New Research and Scholarly Initiative Awards program for both Major and Small Grants – will be administered by Research Development & Services.

Established in 1973, this program has successfully supported research initiatives for individuals, disciplinary teams and cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary teams under the authority of the University Research Board (acting on behalf of the Senate) and the past stewardship of the Secretariat’s Office. Approximately $1.5 million dollars is made available from the University’s budget to fund the Academic Development Fund program to assist with the start-up and transition costs associated with innovative academic development projects and new research initiatives. During this period of transition, the Vice-President (Research & International Relations) will serve as Acting Chair of the Senate Sub-Committee for University Priorities in Academic Development (SUPAD).

Applications for both the Major and Small Grant competitions are invited from faculty of all disciplines.  Applicants are required to complete a Research On-Line Administration (ROLA) Proposal when submitting their application for Dean and Chair approval.  Upcoming Application deadlines are October 15th for Small Grants and November 15th for Major Grants. A call for proposals will be issued by early September.

In the meantime, more information on the Academic Development Fund program can be found at or by contacting Florence Lourdes, Internal Grants Coordinator, Research Development & Services, at or calling ext. 84500.

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