Community-Engaged Research Funding Program


CERi’s Community-Engaged Research Funding Program is a grant program available to SFU faculty and graduate students. The purpose of this funding program is to encourage and support student participation in community-engaged research and art-creation projects that emerged from and address the research needs of community partners.

Our goal is to provide an opportunity for students to develop research skills, build interpersonal and professional relationships while contributing to the research needs of community partner organizations.

Previously, this program was titled the Faculty-Student Research Program.

This program supports:

  1. Faculty applicants who have an existing research grant (Tri-Council funding, Mitacs, etc.) and are looking for extra funds to support a student in conducting community-engaged research;
  2. Graduate student applicants who are leading their own community-engaged research projects. Faculty supervision is required as a condition of successful applicants.

We’re looking for projects that:

  • Fit the definition of community-engaged research;
  • Are done in collaboration with a community partner and support community-identified goals and needs;
  • Clearly state how the project will positively impact community and how it will be shared with community partners;
  • Are ‘research ready’ meaning the research questions and scope are clearly defined and ethics approval is completed or underway.

Project Funding

The grants are financial rewards of up to $5,000 for research-related expenses (including stipends, travel, focus groups, surveys, workshop costs, etc.) and are intended for one semester or one 4-month research period. Applicants may apply to renew funding for up to three consecutive semesters or research periods.

The grant does not cover the following: fundraising events, capital expenses (e.g. computers or furniture), alcohol and projects that have already happened (no retroactive reimbursements).


The program is open to any faculty member or registered graduate student at Simon Fraser University who is actively practicing CER or whose research involves CER methods. We encourage applicants working in all disciplines at SFU, including: Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical and Applied Sciences, Health Sciences and Resources and Environmental Management.

Selection criteria:

  • Background/expertise of applicant: The fellowship program aims to support applicants from a diversity of identities by adhering to the University’s goals in promotion of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the selection process. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, racialized peoples, Indigenous Peoples, and gender and sexual minorities. Graduate student applicants must be in good academic standing.

  • Knowledge mobilization: The degree to which the research includes knowledge mobilization opportunities CERi can support (e.g., brown bag discussion session, podcast interviews, blog post, etc.).


All applicants must:

  • Be either SFU Faculty or a registered graduate student at Simon Fraser University.

  • Have a community partner and provide a letter of support from their community partner (template is provided below).

  • Provide evidence of research ethics approval.

  • Attend a midpoint check-in meeting with a CERi staff member. 

  • Submit a Final Report and an Expense Report with documentation of expenses being reimbursed by the grant (itemized receipts, invoices, etc.).

Application deadline

Applications are due November 16, 2020.

How to apply

Complete the application form and email it to Joanna Habdank, Program Manager at SFU's Community Engaged Research Initiative ( Please write “CER Funding Program” in the subject line.


Grants are adjudicated by a grant committee composed of CERi staff and SFU faculty. 

Application checklist

  • Application form (with budget)
  • CV
  • Letter of support from community partner (template provided below)
  • Letter of support from your academic supervisor (if applying as a graduate student)

Program timeline:

Spring 2021 Faculty-Student Research Project Timeline

  • November 16, 2020: Application deadline
  • December 4, 2020: Successful applicants notified
  • March 2021: Check-in with applicants
  • April 9, 2021: Final report is sent to participants
  • May 31, 2021: Final report deadline


Inquiries about the CERi Community-Engaged Research Funding Program should be directed to Joanna Habdank, Program Manager at SFU's Community Engaged Research Initiative (