Research and Innovation Fund

Purpose of the Program


The Research and Innovation Fund (RIF) provides financial support for Fanshawe faculty and staff to engage in collaborative research projects. The RIF is designed to build internal capacity for research, strengthen our engagement with industry and community partners, and familiarize researchers with sponsored research opportunities and procedures.

RIF funding will enable successful applicants to:

  • Lead a research project from start to finish
  • Receive guidance on policies and procedures related to funded research
  • Foster connections with internal and/or external research partners
  • Gain confidence and skills which may lead to further funding opportunities


Program Structure

The RIF program is comprised of two Streams:
Stream 1 - Emerging Researcher and Stream 2 - Established Researcher

Stream 1 – Emerging Researcher

Intended to support early-stage researchers who have not previously participated in a sponsored research project. While partners are strongly encouraged (and funds may be used to develop collaborative relationships), they are not mandatory. Projects are generally narrow in scope and short in duration (4-8 months).

Maximum Stream 1 award is $10,000

Revised W2022

Stream 2 – Established Researcher

Intended to support seasoned researchers and those who have previously engaged in a sponsored project. An external partner is mandatory for funding. As compared to Stream 1, projects are generally more complex, perhaps larger in scope, and longer in duration (up to 12 months).

Maximum Stream 2 award is $15,000

*Established Researchers can apply to Stream 1 if applicable


Additional RIF information, including RIF Guidelines and Application Form, can be found on the CRI employee portal page


To arrange a consultation or to obtain further information, please contact Donna Sevenpifer: