About the research fund

Our research fund is designed to support our member's projects where the outcomes are likely to have direct relevance to and wide applicability within the practice of university continuing education in Canada. 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 ACDEAULF).
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 a maximum of $700 can be allotted for travel based on an overall request of $3500. Travel expenses include: conference registration fees, accommodation, airfare, and other forms of transportation. Travel costs should be used for travel in relation to data collection and/or to attend our annual conference for the purpose of presenting the project. Smaller budgets should reduce the sum asked for travel accordingly. In addition:

  • 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.
  • Normally, a grant will not be made in support of needs assessments and/or other program planning activities associated with the work considered to be part of a regular Continuing Education role.
  • Once the successful applicant has been notified, projects must be completed within eighteen months. Research grants will not be made to projects already underway.
Since the principal vehicle for the dissemination of knowledge about university continuing education in Canada is the annual conference, you will be required to present your CAUCE funded research project and findings at the annual conference. You are also strongly encouraged to make a submission for possible publication in the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education (CJSAE).

Applications and general process information

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 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;
  • a timeline for the project;
  • a dissemination plan;
  • and a letter(s) of endorsement from the applicant’s supervisor. Statements from peers about the value of the project are recommended.
  • This rubric is provided to assist you with the funding application.

Applications that are missing any of the above may not be reviewed by the Committee.

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

The full amount requested may not be approved as approvals are based on the overall funds available and eligible funds requested for dispersion through the Research & Scholarship Committee. 

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.

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.

You must be employed with a university that holds an institutional membership with CAUCE and the university must remain an institutional member for the duration of your project. If you belong to an organization that holds an affiliate membership you are ineligible for funding unless you submit a proposal in collaboration with an institutional member.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Application form

All applications should be submitted online electronically as a single document (the proposal itself and all relevant letters of support) in PDF format.  It is strongly recommended that all applicants contact the Secretariat by telephone (306-966-5604) to ensure receipt of their materials.

Our funded research projects

In order to increase the dissemination of this research, we have posted some of the most recent completed projects on our website.