Centre for Applied Research Internal Fund (CARIF)


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.” Applied Research is expected to solve real-world challenges and have immediate practical applications.

For SoTL projects, the Scholarship of Teaching and Research (STAR) Fund has recently been launched and is administered entirely by the SoTL Team.  For information, guidelines, and an application form, please contact:

Andy Benoit, Research Lead & Interim Research Ethics Coordinator, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Melanie Hamilton, Research Lead, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning




    All Lethbridge College faculty and staff are eligible to apply. 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

    To facilitate the reboot of CARIF for 2018/2019, a one-time submission date of November 16th, 2018 will be offered, with approved projects running from January 1st, 2019 to June 30th 2019. 

    Afterwards, an ongoing intake will occur the Monday following Reading Week (February 25, 2019), with approved projects running from July 1st to June 30th in alignment with the College’s fiscal year.


    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 $3000) 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 $2000) 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 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.
    • 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. More information on Animal Care at Lethbridge College can be found on the CARI Animal Care Website.

    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 CARI 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:

    Dave McMurrayResearch Facilitator, Centre for Applied Research and Innovation 


    For technical assistance with the forms, please contact:

    Dustin FraserAdministrative Assistant, Centre for Applied Research and Innovation


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