Conducting Research At GPRC
Thursday, April 16th, 2020
GPRC Research and Innovation is always looking to advance new research opportunities. In this resource for new and veteran researchers, you will find a quick guide to getting started on your next research project.
What kind of research is happening at GPRC?
- GPRC has four signature research areas where we have established a strong track record and which are priority areas for development:
- Advanced microbial diagnostics, ecology, and animal health
- Human health, wellness, and education
- Clean technology, energy, and sustainable systems
- Rural and northern community enhancement
- Visit gprc.me/research for up-to-date information about current and ongoing projects.
What should I do if I want to do research, but don’t know where to start?
- A good first step is to contact Research and Innovation and set up an appointment to develop a personalized scholarship plan based on your particular interests, experience, and capacity. You can also browse our grants table for a selection of current funding opportunities to spark ideas.
How does the College choose which projects to support?
- When allocating resources, GPRC Research and Innovation prioritizes projects that (a) have the best chance of funding success, (b) align with institutional research goals, and (c) can be supported by available college facilities, equipment, personnel, and other resources.
Can I collaborate on projects with researchers from other institutions?
- Collaboration with scholars at other institutions (both domestically and internationally) is welcome and encouraged. Scholars are free to leverage their own network of professional contacts to locate research collaborators. In a multi-institutional collaborative project, the lead applicant’s institution will be responsible for administrative research support.
Do I need GPRC’s approval to apply for research grants?
- Many research grants require you to attain your institution’s formal approval to submit an application. Even if the grant does not require institutional approval, GPRC requests that researchers notify Research and Innovation of intent to apply for a research grant as soon as possible and provide a draft of the proposal at least two weeks in advance of the deadline for review. This ensures that your application will have the highest chance of success because it will prevent the College from submitting multiple, competing applications for the same funding.
How can I get my students involved in research?
- Students at GPRC have many opportunities to become involved in research, either as an extension of their coursework, through collaboration with a faculty researcher, or by engaging in a community internship. Include meaningful roles for students into your own research plan wherever possible, and encourage students to familiarize themselves with opportunities such as Mitacs research internships.
Can sessional instructors access research support?
- Sessional instructors are welcome and encouraged to engage in research with the full support of Research and Innovation. However, sessional researchers should be aware that chances of funding success usually increase when the research team is led by or at least includes a faculty member who has tenure or tenure-track status.
Why do I need to report my scholarship to the College?
- GPRC Research and Innovation tracks scholarship in part so we can accurately predict faculty needs for research support, including access to journal archives, research facilities, and funding opportunities. Researchers who report their scholarship to Research and Innovation can also take advantage of College resources to help navigate responsible conduct of research, application preparation and grant writing, management of intellectual property, etc. GPRC is accountable to the Government of Alberta, research funders, and other authorities to report on GPRC’s scholarly output.
For more information on GPRC Research and Innovation, click here.