In addition to acting as the portal through which external partners can access applied research opportunities, the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) team can work with you to:
- identify and assess applied research opportunities
- assist with research proposal development and funding
- access the college’s expertise and infrastructure
- coordinate and facilitate projects with external partners
- manage intellectual property
- enable knowledge/technology transfer and commercialization
- manage and administer applied research grants and contracts
- network and develop business opportunities
- initiate and operate applied research pilot projects
We’ve also broken down the entire research process for you in the following sections – from initial consultation to implementation, including how we can assist you at every step.
If you think you have a viable research idea but require more information to develop your concept, contact our research facilitator or operations manager. The nature and scope of your research will help to determine the next steps, including:
- Proposal development
- Funding streams
- Application submission and approval process
- Operationalization and implementation
Whether you have a fully developed research proposal or are just getting started, we can assist you with submitting your proposal or refining your idea. Determining the scope of your research project is crucial to the eventual success of your application, and we’re here to help you through the process from start to finish.
To help refine your idea and improve your proposal, consider these key questions:
- What is the value proposition statement?
- Does your research solve a real-world challenge?
- Does your research fit within the strategic direction of Lethbridge College’s Comprehensive Institutional Plan?
- Do you have the expertise to conduct research in this area? If not, who do you need on your team?
- Do you have any identified and appropriate external partners?
Please note: Our role is to provide helpful feedback and pertinent advice to help improve a project proposal, but the
onus is on you to write the proposal submission. CARI is a resource in the process but does not act as the proposal writer.
There are multiple potential funding streams you can pursue and we can assist you in determining the most appropriate stream for your research project, including:
In addition to finding the most appropriate funding stream for your research, we can determine at an early stage in the process if there is an opportunity to obtain matching government funds. The prospect of a matching grant can often act as an effective incentive to engage interested industry partners.
To further clarify the funding component of any proposal, we can act as a liaison between you, funding agencies and industry. We strongly encourage you to consider accessing our expertise for this role.
Application submission and approval process
Before developing an external research proposal, we advise you to seek input and advice from your department head, a business analyst and/or your dean for approval.
Once your proposal is developed and an appropriate funding stream identified, the final application submission can begin. All applied research applications are submitted by the director of CARI on your behalf as most funding agencies grant awards to the College and not individuals.
Note: Significant research grants or contracts may require approval by the vice president academic, so allocate enough time to allow for this review. We will not submit any application that has not been reviewed by the appropriate authority.
Operationalization and implementation
Upon award notification and funding approval, the CARI director and team become responsible for operationalizing the project agreement, at which point the research project can begin.
If your project involves human or animal subjects, approval from the appropriate ethics board is required. For more information, contact the operations manager.
The operationalization process involves working with CARI to ensure compliance with the project funding agreement. We’ll assist you with the following:
- agreement signatures
- budget oversight
- reporting requirements
As the researcher, you are responsible for implementing your approved project, which includes:
- conducting the research
- monitoring your budget
- analyzing the results
- providing the prescribed deliverables through the appropriate reporting mechanisms as outlined in the agreement
We will, however, continue to work with you to ensure that these requirements are met.