What is the RSAF?

The Research and Scholarly Activity Fund awards up to $3,000 to encourage and support College employees who wish to pursue research and/or scholarly activities. With the initiatives outlined in the Langara College Academic Plan, activities may include, but are not limited to: building upon, or undertaking, projects of original research or scholarship involving community partners; initiating, maintaining, or updating an individual research portfolio; engaging Langara College students in research and scholarship; employing Langara College students as student aides; initiating collaborative research or scholarship with community partners; and building infrastructure pertaining to research and scholarship.

Can I apply?

If you are a faculty at Langara College you can apply for a RSAF award.  Employees other than faculty need the permission of their Dean or relevant supervisor.

How often can I apply?

You can apply as often as you like. However, funding is limited to $3,000 per individual per fund per calendar year. If you have already received an award, you must close that account, and submit a final report, before applying for another award.

Can I apply for an award retroactively?

No. You must apply your award to upcoming initiatives, conferences, or research. You may not apply for retroactive funding for activities already undertaken. If the proposed activity takes place before the deadline for applications, the application is considered retroactive.

How long can I hold an award?

You have one year from the day you accept the award to use the award. In the case of awards received in the Spring semester, you have until the end of the following Spring semester.

Are RSAF Awards transferrable?

No. Awarded funding must be used only for expenses outlined in the application budget. You cannot use funds for items not listed in the original application budget.

When are the application deadlines?

There are typically three annual calls for funding competitions, with deadlines for submission typically falling in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Where can I find the application form?

You can find current application form here.

Is the RSAF the same as Education Leave?

No. The funding pools come from different places and one has nothing to do with the other. However, should you receive or apply for Education Leave, you are encouraged to apply for RSAF money as well to augment or enrich your research opportunities while on Education Leave. However, remember that RSA funding is earmarked for research and scholarly activities, which do not necessarily align with accreditation, educational, or pedagogical initiatives. Your approved RSAF activities must be carried out during your regularly assigned duties. You may not carry forward vacation because you were working on your project.

Who adjudicates the RSAF application?

The RSAF Adjudication Committee (RSAFAC) adjudicates the Research and Scholarly Activity Fund. The committee is a sub-committee of the Scholarly Activity Steering Committee. Each member ranks applications and then a consensus is reached amongst the committee for funded applications. Applications are ranked according to their responses to the criteria for the award; those applications with the highest rankings usually receive funding as permitted by budgetary restraints. The RSAF adjudication rubric is here.

Are there any conditions attached to the funding?

Only that you fill out a final report after the completion of the project for which you received funding. Find the final report form here.

If you have any further questions, please contact scholarlyactivity@langara.ca.