Institutional Research Funding




CARIF provides funding to encourage applicants to engage in applied research activities. The fund is designed to develop and build internal capacity by providing funding for (a) release or backfill time for applicants, (b) student stipends and (c) associated project costs.

According to Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), “applied research is undertaken in order to apply new knowledge, directed primarily towards a specific practical aim or objective. Each applied research project consists of a set of research and development activities, is organized and managed for a specific purpose, and has its own objectives and expected outcomes, even at the lowest level of formal activity.” 

At Lethbridge College, applied research is

  • often focused externally and often done in collaboration with an industry partner or organization.
  • concerned with solving problems outside of the classroom and outside of pedagogy.
  • focused on solving real-world problems with immediate, practical solutions.

For SoTL projects, the Scholarship of Teaching and Research (STAR) Grant is available and is administered entirely by the SoTL Team.  


    New guidelines for 2022-2023 - coming soon

    CARIF will undergo some changes for the upcoming 2022-2023 intake, including the addition of a Letter of Intent (LOI) as part of the application process. The purpose is to streamline approvals prior to the start of an application; to assist Deans and Associate Deans with course release planning; and to alert CARIE to the number of expected applications and budget requests. 

    The new guidelines and forms will be available soon.


    All full- or part-time continuing faculty and staff are eligible. Projects may involve either one or two applicants.  


    Award amount

    The maximum value of an award is $15,000, though for projects with co-applicants, a reasonable and justified request for additional funds may be made.


    Intake cycle

    A fixed submission date for applications occurs on the Wednesday following Reading Week (February 23, 2022) with approved projects running from July 1st to June 30th in alignment with the College’s fiscal year.  Applicants are welcome to submit proposals at any point up to or on the submission date.


    Coordinating with a SSHRC Explore or SSHRC Exchange

    Lethbridge College offers SSHRC Institutional Grants (SIG) for continuing faculty members within the social sciences and humanities.  These grants are used to strengthen research excellence among faculty and foster the professional development of students. 


    SSHRC Explore (up to $6000) exists to seed new social science or humanities projects or to leverage extramural funding rather than to provide ongoing support through successive awards.


    SSHRC Exchange (up to $6000) encourages applicants to

    • organize small-scale knowledge mobilization activities, such as workshops and seminars, in order to encourage collaboration and the dissemination of research results both within and beyond the academic community.

    • present at scholarly conferences and other dissemination venues that align with SSHRC’s mandate in order to advance their careers and encourage the exchange of ideas and research results at the national and international level.  


    To allow eligible CARIF applicants to leverage SSHRC funding, a call for SSHRC Explore and SSHRC Exchange proposals will take place alongside the CARIF call.


    Applicants should note that when leveraged with a CARIF, SSHRC grants must be used for a separate or distinct component of the project.


    Applicants should also note that the application and selection process for SSHRC Explore and SSHRC Exchange grants are separate from CARIF.  Receiving a CARIF does not guarantee SSHRC funding.  Therefore, please ensure that your CARIF application includes a detailed contingency plan should SSHRC funding not be awarded.

    How to apply

    • Download the CARIF Guidelines and the CARIF Application Form from the Document Templates below.
    • Consult with your Associate Dean / Dean / Ops Team Leader prior to starting an application.
    • Follow the Guidelines to complete your application. 
    • Submit your application by clicking the "Submit Application" button located inside the application form.


    Remember that for an application to be considered by the CARIF Review Panel, it must first be approved by a:


    Centre Dean and Associate Dean (for faculty) or Ops Team Leader (for staff)

    The Centre Dean and Associate Dean will ensure that the project aligns with the Centre's plans and priorities. For co-applicants, the approval process is identical, however, only a single application will be considered for assessment. For staff, the applicant’s Ops Team Leader must approve the application.


    Business analyst (BA) or equivalent

    The BA or equivalent will ensure that costs of each budget line item, along with budget justification, are accurate. The total budget is expected to reflect the actual costs of the project vs utilizing the entire amount available regardless of what project costs are.


    Additional considerations include:


    a) Projects involving humans, animals, biohazards and/or radioactive materials

    If your project involves humans, animals, biohazards and/or radioactive materials, prior approvals may be required. CARI should be consulted early in the process to determine if there are additional requirements such as Animal Care or Research Ethics Board protocols to be considered. No research activity can begin until all required approvals are in place.

    Animal use:

    If your project involves the use of animals, you must contact the Animal Care Coordinator prior to beginning your application. More information on Animal Care at Lethbridge College can be found on the Animal Care Website.

    Human subjects:

    If your research involves human subjects, you must contact the Research Ethics Coordinator prior to beginning your application. 

    If your research involves human subjects, it is required that applicants complete the federal Tri-Council online tutorial TCPS 2: CORE (Course on Research Ethics) before submission of their application. CORE is an introduction to the second edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2). It consists of eight modules focusing on the guidance in TCPS 2 that is applicable to all research regardless of discipline or methodology. It is strongly encouraged that applicants begin the online CORE tutorial at least eight weeks prior to submission of a CARIF application. You can register for CORE and find more information on the Government of Canada CORE Website. More information on Research Ethics at Lethbridge College can be found on the Research Ethics Webpage.

    b) Intellectual property

    As per the Intellectual Property and Copyright Ownership policy, all Intellectual Property (IP) is owned by Lethbridge College. IP may be licensed/transferred to industry to enable commercialization through a collaborative research agreement as per college policy.


    Need help?

    For assistance in developing applications and for any questions you may have regarding CARIF grants, please contact:

    Dustin Fraser, Research Facilitator

    Dave McMurrayManager, Applied Research



    Document templates

    2022-2023 guidelines and forms will be available soon.

    2021-2022 guidelines and forms are below.