Research Funding and Grants

Administrative support and oversight for grant applications and grant management at Red Deer Polytechnic is provided by our Applied Research team. This work is supported in part by the Government of Canada's Research Support Fund.

Information about available funding opportunities, including deadlines and the application process, is available in the Research Funding section of the Research Common website.

RDP-SSHRC Internal Grants

The RDP-SSHRC Internal Grant is a one-year grant administered and aimed at strengthening research excellence in all SSHRC disciplines and, made possible by funding Red Deer Polytechnic receives through the Intuitional Grant administered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

The funding enables researchers to engage in small-scale research and research-related activities (Explore stream) and knowledge mobilization activities (Exchange stream). 

If you have any questions, please reach out by email.


Congratulations to All Award Winners

Dr. Jones Adjei School of Arts and Education

Award amount and stream: $6,000 Explore Grant for a new research project titled, "Corporal Punishment: Effect of Social Learning on the Intergenerational Transfer of Abuse"

Project summary: : Corporal punishment involves the use of physical force such as spanking, hitting, or slapping by adult caretakers to correct, discipline, or control a child’s inappropriate behaviour. Variously referred to as “spanking”, “popping”, or “smacking”, this form of punishment is generally intended to cause physical pain but often perceived to not intentionally cause physical injure the child (Criss et al. 2021).

In this project, Dr. Adjei, with Student Research Assistants, will examine Canadian attitudes towards corporal punishment and assess alternative forms of child discipline other than corporal punishment among Central Albertan parents with children aged between 3 and 12 years old. The results of this study will support the development strategies for effective child safety advocacy efforts in partnership with local community agencies.

Dr. Juliet Onabadejo, School of Health and Wellness; Dr. Folajinmi Oluwasina, Donald School of Business, Science and Computing; and Dr. Anita Ewan, School of Health and Wellness

Award amount and stream: $6,000 Explore Grant for a new research project titled, "Investigating the Impact of Racial Discrimination on the Mental Health of Black Canadians"

Project summary: The study aims to examine racial discrimination's effect on Black Canadians' mental health and determine the underlying processes and elements that contribute to this impact.  By analyzing the unique experiences of Black Canadians, the research team will add to current literature on racial discrimination and mental health, with the ultimate objective of guiding policy and practice to improve mental health outcomes for Black Canadians and other marginalized populations.

Natalie Ford, Masters of Nursing, Registered Nurse, CCNE; Larissa Gomes, Masters of Nursing, Registered Nurse, CCNE, Dr. Stephen Brown, Ph.D.

Article: "Brave spaces in nursing ethics education: Courage through pedagogy." Journal of Nursing Ethics, 0(0). 2023. 

Research description: Given the critical need to create morally supportive learning spaces which support civil discourse in nursing ethics education, the authors investigated the use of intentional pedagogy which fosters authentic engagement and courage in the classroom using a brave space framework. Using an exploratory cross-sectional design, data was collected from a nursing healthcare ethics and law course which was using a collaborative assessment called the engagement self-assessment (ESA). The research explored the influence of the ESA in the classroom and alignment with and creation of brave spaces within the learning environment.

Impact of research on learners at RDP: Results support the use of engagement assessment tools which promote agency, diversity in engagement, and independence for learners in our nursing program. Using a brave space framework can help transform the fear of vulnerability in learning spaces into authentic learning with one another.

Impact of research on broader community: The use of brave spaces in nursing ethics education is a novel approach not yet published in the nursing ethics literature. Results of the study offer new insights into the transformative impact of using brave spaces to support vulnerability in learners and the creation of inclusive and morally supportive learning spaces in higher education.

Future and current uses: Brave learning spaces are now embedded into the healthcare ethics and law course in our nursing program and is being piloted in our nursing simulation program. Expanded uses of brave learning spaces continues to be explored to support graduates who can exemplify bravery and accountability.  

Dr. Laura Davis, School of Arts and Culture

Award amount and stream: $3,000 Explore Grant for a new research project examining noted Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s archival papers for correspondence with environmental organizations.

Project summary: In her project, “Margaret Atwood and Literatures of the Environment,” Dr. Davis will engage in original archival research at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto to discover how and to what extent Atwood’s environmental activism has enabled protections of the environment, and, by extension, what her contributions suggest about Canadian literature and its impact on environmental policies and social change.  

Dr. Anah-Jayne Samuelson, School of Arts and Culture

Award amount and stream: $1,000.00 Exchange Grant to present her work on David A. Robertson’s (Norway House Cree) children’s novel The Barren Grounds (2020) at the International Research in Children’s Literature Congress in 2023. Her presentation, “Indigenous Resurgence through Wahkohtowin: David A. Robertson's Re-imagining of Canada's Foster Care System in The Barren Grounds” and the feedback she receives at this conference will inform the revision of her work for publication. 

Stantec Research Fund

Red Deer Polytechnic received a donation from Stantec to establish the Stantec Research Fund, which supports faculty research projects developed and completed in partnership with community organizations or groups and specifically related to marginalized communities in central Alberta. Two grants were awarded for $1,250 each:

  • Lois Maplethorpe, “Exploring Home Literacy and Language Practices Within the Context of Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being”
  • Dr. Krista Robson, “Post-Secondary Student Homelessness: Informing Prevention through Qualitative Analysis”

Funded Research at Red Deer Polytechnic

NSERC College & Communication Innovation Program — Technology Access Centre (TAC) Grant

Project Title: Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing — Technology Access Centre (CIM-TAC)

Principal Investigator: Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing (CIM)

External Partners: Central Alberta Access Prosperity, Catapult Entrepreneurs

NSERC College and Community Innovation Program — Build Innovation Enhancement (IE) Grant; Canda Foundation for Innovation (CFI) College – Industry Innovation Fund Stream 2; Alberta Jobs, Economy and Innovation Research Capacity Program

Project Title: Alternative Energy Management

Principal Investigator: Alternative Energy Lab (AEL)

External Partners: CBI Solar, EQUS, FortisAlberta Inc., Kuby Renewable Energy Ltd., Morgan Solar Inc., Stolz Williams Consulting, Suncor Energy Inc., Sunfind Solar Products Ltd.

College & Community Innovation – Engage Grants

Project Title: Increasing Machining Productivity of Inconel Components

Principal Investigator:CIM-TAC

External Partner: Lee Specialties

Project Title: Correlating Residual Stress to Tribology and Mechanical Testing in Quantitative Measurement of Deep Cryogenically Treated Parts

Principal Investigator: CIM-TAC

External Partner: Deep Cryogenics International

Project Title: Optimizing Battery Usage with Solar/Natural Gas Backup

Principal Investigator: AEL

External Partner: Cream Energy Group

College & Community Innovation – Engage Grants & Alberta Innovates – Campus Alberta Small Business Engagement Grants

Project Title: Optimizing Water Usage in a Mechanical Solar Panel Cleaning Device

Principal Investigator: CIM-TAC

External Partner: Wash-Bots Canada Ltd.

College & Community Innovation – Applied Research and Technology Partnerships Grant (ARTP)

Project Title: Using Advanced Manufacturing to Lower the Cost of Customizable Assistive Health Care Devices 

Principal Investigator: CIM-TAC 

Research Support Fund

The Government of Canada’s Research Support Fund assists post-secondary institutions with the expenses associated with managing research funded by the three federal research granting agencies (Tri-Agency): the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).  

Research funding provided through the granting agencies is generally limited to direct project costs (e.g., research equipment, salaries for research assistants, etc.). Institutions that receive funding for research also incur costs to manage their research enterprise, often called indirect costs of research (e.g., salaries for staff who administer the grants, maintenance of facilities, etc.).  The Research Support Fund allows expenditures in five categories: 

  • Research Facilities 
  • Research Resources 
  • Management and Administration 
  • Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation 
  • Intellectual Property 

Red Deer Polytechnic, along with Bethany Care Society - CollegeSide as our affiliated institution, applies annually to receive a grant through the Research Support Fund program to help pay for a portion of the administrative costs related to federally-funded research. The amount of the grant is based on the average Tri-Agency funding received by Red Deer Polytechnic in the previous three years. In the past, Red Deer Polytechnic has received the following awards: 

  • 2023-2024 - $8,122 (100% allocated to Management and Administration)
  • 2022-2023 - $14,075 (100% allocated to Management and Administration)
  • 2021-2022 - $15,061 (100% allocated to Management and Administration)
  • 2020-2021 - $32,351 (100% allocated to Management and Administration) 
  • 2019-2020 - $37,179 (100% allocated to Management and Administration) 
  • 2018-2019 - $42,320 (100% allocated to Management and Administration) 

Red Deer Polytechnic has used the Research Support Fund grants to help cover the costs of administering grants from the federal agencies, as well as to help cover the costs of managing research partnerships and training in grant writing. 

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