Research Fund

Established in 1962, the Research Fund is made up of contributions from member institutions. Contributions are calculated at 12% of the institutional membership fee, and are added to the annual invoice for the membership fee.

Submissions are received November 15th and February 15th each year by email to the CAUCE Secretariat at Please read on for a full description of the fund as well as important process information.


Committee Responsibilities Relative to the Research Fund

1.  The Research and Scholarship Committee is responsible for promoting the CAUCE Research Fund to the membership; recommending proposals for funding to the Executive; working closely with the Secretariat to ensure accuracy and timeliness of correspondence with research proposal recipients; and recommending archival of the final report and posting of the executive summary on the CAUCE web site by the Secretariat.

About the Research Fund

1. The CAUCE Research Fund is designed to support projects where the outcomes are likely to have direct relevance to and wide applicability within the practice of university continuing education in Canada.

2. The fund is aimed primarily at assisting projects for which other sources of external funding are unavailable, though, in the case of larger projects, it may be used to supplement other sources of funding. The fund may be used to jointly sponsor research with regionally-focused continuing education organizations (such as OCULL or APACUE).
3. Because of the limited resources available, grants will normally not exceed $3500, will be confined to applicants from member institutions, and will not be awarded to any applicant who has received a grant from the fund during the past three years. Regarding budgets, up to $700 can be allotted for travel based on an overall request of $3500. This sum should be used for travel in relation to data collection and/or attend the CAUCE conference for the purpose of presenting the project. Preference will be given to requests to attend the CAUCE conference for the purpose of presenting the project. Smaller budgets should reduce the sum asked for travel accordingly.

A maximum annual award allocation will be budgeted by the Secretary-Treasurer and approved by the Executive each year.

4. A grant will not ordinarily be made in support of a project for which the work is also part of the pursuit of an advanced degree with financial sponsorship (scholarships, bursaries). Exceptions may be made for a project that is part of an advanced degree if the study is of particular significance to university-level continuing education and meets all other criteria.

5. Once the successful applicant has been notified, projects must be completed within eighteen months. Research grants will not be made to projects already underway.

Applications and General Process Information

1.  Applications must include all of the following components: an application form a clear statement of objectives; a preliminary literature review that supports the research question and includes key themes and contributions relating to the area of study; a brief description of the research design or methodology; a comment on the significance of the project to university continuing education in Canada (including, where appropriate, commentary on the relationship of this project to research in the field already completed and supported by a preliminary literature review); a budget indicating how the funds being sought will be spent and, in the case of larger projects, the other sources of support for the research; and, if appropriate, a letter of endorsement from the applicant’s supervisor. Statements from peers about the value of the project are recommended.

In preparation of a budget, please note that up to $700 can be allotted for travel based on an overall request of $3500. This sum is to be used for travel in relation to data collection and/or attend the CAUCE conference for the purpose of presenting the project. Smaller budgets should reduce the sum asked for travel accordingly.

This rubic is provided to assist you with the funding application.

2. All applications should be submitted electronically as a single document (the proposal itself and all relevant letters of support) in PDF format to the CAUCE Secretariat (  It is strongly recommended that all applicants contact the Secretariat by telephone (306-966-5604) to ensure receipt of their materials. While the web form will send out an email response when materials are received, occasionally, there are problems with email that a telephone call can resolve.

3. In the event of the perception of a conflict of interest involving a submission for possible funding through the CAUCE Research fund (e.g., a close relationship between a Committee member and a submitter of a proposal, the circumstance that a member of the Research and Scholarship Committee may financially benefit if a particular submitter receives a grant, a Committee Member has prepared a letter of support for a submitter), it is the Committee Member’s responsibility to advise the Chair and to remove him-herself from discussion of and/or recommendation regarding all proposals generated by the involved proposal call.

Notification and Receipt of Award

1. The Chair of the Research and Scholarship Committee will notify successful applicants by email. The Executive will be advised of successful applicants by the Executive Committee Liaison. In the event of an irregularity in relation to a submission that the Committee would like to recommend for funding, the Executive will be consulted and may make the final decision. Non-successful applicants will also be notified by email.

2. Upon notification of CAUCE’s intention to support an applicant with funding, the successful applicant is responsible for advising the Chair of the Research and Scholarship Committee and the Secretariat where funds should be directed. Please note that the cheque will not be made payable to an individual, but to the individual’s respective department and institution. Once in receipt of this information, CAUCE will disburse one-half of the grant; the balance will be paid upon completion of the project which includes a four to six page final report submitted to the Secretariat and the Chair of the Research and Scholarship Committee. Please note that this report is not a peer-reviewed publication. Posting of the report does not negatively affect a person’s ability to prepare an article based on his or her project for possible publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

3. After notification of funding, recipients are required to submit a short progress report to the Secretariat at six months, and, if the project is eighteen months in length, at twelve months.

Recipient Responsibilities for Sharing

1. Since the principal vehicles for the dissemination of knowledge about university continuing education in Canada are the CAUCE Journal – Journal of Professional, Continiung and Online Education (JPCOE) and the annual conference, successful applicants are asked to present their project and findings at the annual conference. They are also strongly encouraged to make a submission for possible publication in JPCOE.

2. When a grant has been provided, the name of the grant recipient, the institution, and the title of the project are posted on the CAUCE web site. Upon completion of the project, an Executive Summary from the final report and any journal article resulting from the research project will also be posted on the CAUCE web site. A copy of the final report is kept in CAUCE archives.

Research Awards

1. The same general procedures as described above will be used in relation to submissions made for the research awards given out at the annual conference (recognition of excellence in graduate studies and excellence in research in Canadian continuing education over time).

2. Applicants and their referees must submit all materials by email to the Secretariat before March 15. Telephone confirmation is recommended by submitters including the applicant and his or her referees.

3. The Secretariat will send complete packages to the Chair of the Research and Scholarship Committee.

4. The Chair will notify applicants of their status by email and cc the Secretariat after the Information and Scholarship Committee has reviewed all materials and made decisions.

Please click here for more information on the two research awards given at the annual conference.

Updated March 2017.