Community-engaged research resources

UVic offers a wide-range of resources and supports for faculty, staff and students participating in community-engaged research (CER). Explore the resources below to learn more.

UVic Research and Research Partners and Knowledge Mobilization (RPKM) are great places to start exploring resources for all aspects of your community-engaged research project. RPKM can help you with all stages of your project from brokering partnerships to helping promote your research results.

Grants and funding opportunities

Funding incentives

Many of Canada’s major research funding agencies offer incentives for not-for-profit and for profit organizations to work with academic researchers. These programs offer a chance for organizations to leverage their research budgets, all while accessing some of the brightest minds in research.

Examples of these programs include:

More funding opportunities

  • The Victoria Foundation provides granting opportunities to increase the vitality of our communities. The Victoria Foundation also provides a list of other potential partners and funders
  • The Vancouver Foundation Community Grants support thousands of projects every year to help build healthy, vibrant, and livable communities across BC.
  • UVic Research provides information and resources about funding opportunities including internal and external research grants, special funding programs and other awards and honours.

  if you would like to learn more about any of these opportunities. 

Research Partners and Knowledge Mobilization (RPKM)

UVic's Research Partners and Knowledge Mobilization (RPKM) offers a wide-range of resources and services supporting community-engaged research by helping:

  • connect you with the right people for your idea or project
  • develop written agreements and assist with project planning for strong partnerships
  • explore ways to communicate your project results
  • co-develop seminars, workshops, graduate student internships etc. that promote partnerships with community

Explore the full list of RPKM services and learn more:

Stay informed

We regularly send updates to community organizations about upcoming funding and other CER opportunities. Email  to join our mailing list.

Indigenous research and resources

Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE)

CIRCLE is dedicated to promoting and engaging in research in partnership with Indigenous peoples to improve their well-being. Since May 2008 the centre has provided a supportive environment for students, researchers and communities to engage respectfully in research activities that aim to address the urgent disparities experienced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

Some of the resources and opportunities through CIRCLE include:


BC Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR)

The BC Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR), based at UVic, aims to increase and accelerate Indigenous-led research through key partnerships, programs and supports. 

The network will support an environment where First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples can set their own research priorities, have equitable access to funding and work collaboratively with researchers, while foregrounding Indigenous knowledge systems and approaches to research. 

Learn more

Research centres

UVic research centres enhance connections among different academic areas and promote partnerships with community.

Learn more about our research centres.

CER labs and groups

UVic is home to many CER labs and groups that enhance partnerships with community. Explore some of the featured labs below.

Community-Based Research Laboratory (CBRL)

The Community-based Research Laboratory (CBRL) is a knowledge hub created by Dr. Jutta Gutberlet in 2007 and located in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria. The CBRLab hosts a group of researchers and students that are committed to participatory oriented and community-based research in Canada and abroad.

Our vision is to link global issues with local actions for sustainable change by establishing partnerships with different stakeholders (university, government, civil society, NGOs, business sector, grassroots initiatives) to improve the livelihoods of individuals and communities.

SEGAL Lab: Community-Engaged Research and Software Engineering

The Software Engineering Global Interaction Lab (SEGAL) is a Center of Excellence in Community-engaged Research and Teaching of issues and strategies for Software Engineering Global interAction. Developing software in geographically distributed teams has become the norm. Software organizations are leveraging talent anywhere in the world, and particularly in locations close to customers or where development costs are reduced. However, distributed projects involve complex interactions across organizational, functional as well as national, cultural and socio-economic boundaries, making their study important but difficult. 

SEGAL has achieved international recognition for leading empirically validated research in partnership with software development community in Victoria, Canada and large international software development organizations. Faculty members interested in working to address issues of the software community locally or internationally should contact the lab Director to pursue such opportunities. 

Furthermore, equipped with advanced, state-of-the-art collaboration technologies for distance communication, SEGAL has also created a teaching and mentoring environment for numerous undergraduate and graduate students in community-engaged learning of Requirements Engineering and Global Software Engineering.

In my role as Engineering Manager at Bandcamp, a US-based company whose entire workforce is distributed around the world, I directly benefit from the teachings, research and community engagement of Dr. Damian. Specifically, her teaching allowed me to become engaged with the tech sector, to bring current research on distributed software development directly into practice, and to ultimately find a job that I love, that allows me to balance raising a young family with a challenging and rewarding career: I am able to work—from home—as part of a thriving, globally distributed software engineering team, for an internationally successful company, but did not have to leave Victoria to do so. 

- Anna Russo Kennedy, Engineering Manager, Bandcamp, and UVic Computer Science Alumnus

Grants and funding opportunities

Mitacs funding for students

Mitacs, a national not-for-profit organization, offers funding opportunities to help students develop their career through new research connections, experience, and professional skills training. Funding is available for all disciplines.

  • Mitacs Elevate (partner organization can be a not-for-profit or for-profit organization)
  • Mitacs Accelerate (partner organization can be a not-for-profit or for-profit organization)

Learn more

 


Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards

The UVic Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards (JCURA) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue innovative and original research to enhance their learning while at the University of Victoria and to provide a valuable preparatory experience towards graduate studies or a research related career.

Learn more

 


Research funding for graduate students

UVic offers several research awards, fellowships and grants for master and doctoral level students including:

Learn more

 


COV-AID Student Engagement Award

In partnership with the Open Society University Network, the Talloires Network has launched COV-AID, Communities OVirtual Alliance & Inter-Dependence in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Award will provide economic and social support to students who were engaged in their communities before the outbreak and are now dealing with uncertainty and isolation.

Undergraduate students at all Talloires Network and/or OSUN member universities are eligible to apply and UVic is a member university.

Award amount: up to 2,500 USD
Number of awardees: 10

Students should complete and submit the COV-AID Student Engagement Award Application before 1 June 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. Selection decisions will be made in June 2020. Grant disbursements will begin as early as July 2020.

Learn more

Research Partners and Knowledge Mobilization (RPKM)

UVic's Research Partners and Knowledge Mobilization (RPKM) offers a wide-range of resources and services supporting community-engaged research by helping:

  • connect you with the right people for your idea or project
  • develop written agreements and assist with project planning for strong partnerships
  • explore ways to communicate your project results
  • co-develop seminars, workshops, graduate student internships etc. that promote partnerships with community

Explore the full list of RPKM services and learn more:

 

Stay informed

Would you like to get invitations to upcoming funding, training and other CER opportunities? Email  to join our mailing list.

Regulatory approval and research ethics

UVic Research provides the information you will need for regulatory approvals and ethics guidelines including:

CER during COVID-19

UVic's Community Engagement and Partnerships Executive Committee (CEPEC) developed a Resource list for community-engaged research during COVID-19 to support researchers.

Indigenous research and resources

Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement (IACE)

IACE provides support and resources for Indigenous students.

The IACE LE,NOṈET supports Indigenous students (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) through a series of programs that include the knowledge and skills necessary to work in Indigenous communities, with Indigenous organizations, or within campus-based academic research teams through a Research Apprenticeship (320) or Community Internship (321).

Learn more

 


Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE)

CIRCLE is dedicated to promoting and engaging in research in partnership with Indigenous peoples to improve their well-being. Since May 2008 the centre has provided a supportive environment for students, researchers and communities to engage respectfully in research activities that aim to address the urgent disparities experienced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

Some of the resources and opportunities through CIRCLE include:

Learn more

Research centres

UVic research centres enhance connections among different academic areas on campus, promote partnerships with community, and provide training opportunities for students.

Learn more about our research centres.

CER labs and groups

UVic is home to many CER labs and groups that enhance partnerships with community. Explore some of the featured labs below.

Community-Based Research Laboratory (CBRL)

The Community-based Research Laboratory (CBRL) is a knowledge hub created by Dr. Jutta Gutberlet in 2007 and located in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria. The CBRLab hosts a group of researchers and students that are committed to participatory oriented and community-based research in Canada and abroad.

Our vision is to link global issues with local actions for sustainable change by establishing partnerships with different stakeholders (university, government, civil society, NGOs, business sector, grassroots initiatives) to improve the livelihoods of individuals and communities.

SEGAL Lab: Community-Engaged Research and Software Engineering

The Software Engineering Global Interaction Lab (SEGAL) is a Center of Excellence in Community-engaged Research and Teaching of issues and strategies for Software Engineering Global interAction. Developing software in geographically distributed teams has become the norm. Software organizations are leveraging talent anywhere in the world, and particularly in locations close to customers or where development costs are reduced. However, distributed projects involve complex interactions across organizational, functional as well as national, cultural and socio-economic boundaries, making their study important but difficult. 

SEGAL has achieved international recognition for leading empirically validated research in partnership with software development community in Victoria, Canada and large international software development organizations. Faculty members interested in working to address issues of the software community locally or internationally should contact the lab Director to pursue such opportunities. 

Furthermore, equipped with advanced, state-of-the-art collaboration technologies for distance communication, SEGAL has also created a teaching and mentoring environment for numerous undergraduate and graduate students in community-engaged learning of Requirements Engineering and Global Software Engineering.

In my role as Engineering Manager at Bandcamp, a US-based company whose entire workforce is distributed around the world, I directly benefit from the teachings, research and community engagement of Dr. Damian. Specifically, her teaching allowed me to become engaged with the tech sector, to bring current research on distributed software development directly into practice, and to ultimately find a job that I love, that allows me to balance raising a young family with a challenging and rewarding career: I am able to work—from home—as part of a thriving, globally distributed software engineering team, for an internationally successful company, but did not have to leave Victoria to do so. 

- Anna Russo Kennedy, Engineering Manager, Bandcamp, and UVic Computer Science Alumnus

More research supports

Awards and recognition

Provost’s Award in Engaged Scholarship

The Provost’s Award in Engaged Scholarship (PAES) celebrates the integration of outstanding UVic scholarship, teaching and community engagement. The title, Provost's Engaged Scholar, is awarded to tenured members of faculty who have achieved great distinction as community-engaged scholars. Recipients of the award receive a one-time award of $10,000 (at the beginning of their 5 year term) to support their community-engaged research and teaching.

Learn more and nominate a colleague for the Provost’s Award in Engaged Scholarship.


Professor Sir David Watson Awards for Community-University Partnerships

The Professor Sir David Watson Awards for Community-University Partnerships recognises the combined efforts of community and university partners towards making a difference to the lives of people in their shared community. These awards have been created in memory of Professor Sir David Watson, honouring his leadership in encouraging community-university engagement. 

  • Value: 5,000 GBP
More information on the award process including criteria, timeline and frequently asked questions is available on the Award website.

Grants and funding opportunities

UVic Research provides information and resources about funding opportunities including internal and external research grants, special funding programs and other awards and honours.

Some examples of partnership specific funding opportunities include:

 to explore funding for CER. 

Research Partners and Knowledge Mobilization (RPKM)

UVic's Research Partners and Knowledge Mobilization (RPKM) offers a wide-range of resources and services supporting community-engaged research by helping:

  • connect you with the right people for your idea or project
  • develop written agreements and assist with project planning for strong partnerships
  • explore ways to communicate your project results
  • co-develop seminars, workshops, graduate student internships etc. that promote partnerships with community

Explore the full list of RPKM services and learn more:

Stay informed

Would you like to get invitations to upcoming funding, training and other CER opportunities? Email  to join our mailing list.

Regulatory approval and research ethics

UVic Research provides the information you will need for regulatory approvals and ethics guidelines including:

CER during COVID-19

UVic's Community Engagement and Partnerships Executive Committee (CEPEC) developed a Resource list for community-engaged research during COVID-19 to support researchers.

Guides for CER portfolios and promotion assessment

The report Recognizing Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship: Support for Faculty Promotion, Tenure & Merit provides an impact framework to support faculty members who participate in community-engaged research. The report prepared by Dr. Crystal Tremblay, Special Advisor on Community Engaged Scholarship, includes guides for assessing community-engaged research for promotion and tenure. 

Read the full report.

Indigenous research and resources

Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement (IACE)

IACE provides support and resources for faculty and staff engaging with First Nations communities including:

Learn more

 


Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE)

CIRCLE is dedicated to promoting and engaging in research in partnership with Indigenous peoples to improve their well-being. Since May 2008 the centre has provided a supportive environment for students, researchers and communities to engage respectfully in research activities that aim to address the urgent disparities experienced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

Some of the resources and opportunities through CIRCLE include:

Learn more

Research centres

UVic research centres enhance connections among faculty from different academic areas on campus and promote partnerships with community.

Learn more about our research centres.

CER labs and groups

UVic is home to many CER labs and groups that enhance partnerships with community. Explore some of the featured labs below.

Community-Based Research Laboratory (CBRL)

The Community-based Research Laboratory (CBRL) is a knowledge hub created by Dr. Jutta Gutberlet in 2007 and located in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria. The CBRLab hosts a group of researchers and students that are committed to participatory oriented and community-based research in Canada and abroad.

Our vision is to link global issues with local actions for sustainable change by establishing partnerships with different stakeholders (university, government, civil society, NGOs, business sector, grassroots initiatives) to improve the livelihoods of individuals and communities.

SEGAL Lab: Community-Engaged Research and Software Engineering

The Software Engineering Global Interaction Lab (SEGAL) is a Center of Excellence in Community-engaged Research and Teaching of issues and strategies for Software Engineering Global interAction. Developing software in geographically distributed teams has become the norm. Software organizations are leveraging talent anywhere in the world, and particularly in locations close to customers or where development costs are reduced. However, distributed projects involve complex interactions across organizational, functional as well as national, cultural and socio-economic boundaries, making their study important but difficult. 

SEGAL has achieved international recognition for leading empirically validated research in partnership with software development community in Victoria, Canada and large international software development organizations. Faculty members interested in working to address issues of the software community locally or internationally should contact the lab Director to pursue such opportunities. 

Furthermore, equipped with advanced, state-of-the-art collaboration technologies for distance communication, SEGAL has also created a teaching and mentoring environment for numerous undergraduate and graduate students in community-engaged learning of Requirements Engineering and Global Software Engineering.

In my role as Engineering Manager at Bandcamp, a US-based company whose entire workforce is distributed around the world, I directly benefit from the teachings, research and community engagement of Dr. Damian. Specifically, her teaching allowed me to become engaged with the tech sector, to bring current research on distributed software development directly into practice, and to ultimately find a job that I love, that allows me to balance raising a young family with a challenging and rewarding career: I am able to work—from home—as part of a thriving, globally distributed software engineering team, for an internationally successful company, but did not have to leave Victoria to do so. 

- Anna Russo Kennedy, Engineering Manager, Bandcamp, and UVic Computer Science Alumnus