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If you are hosting a conference on campus, Ryerson Conference and Space Reservation Services can help you secure your venue. For access to research grants and sponsorship, and for help with hosting international conferences, contact The Leaders Circle, external link, opens in new window. For assistance with your online registration and payment system, Ryerson’s Financial Services Department has all the guidance and resources you need. For conference funding support from our Faculty, please see the “DRF-Conference” tab under “Dean’s Research Fund” in the dropdown menu.

The Dean's Pedagogical Innovation (DPI) Fund is intended to support faculty-driven ideas that align with priorities outlined in PDF fileStriving for Excellence, The Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science's (FEAS) Strategic Plan. Enhanced undergraduate and graduate student experience, engagement and success are the focus of this funding program. Funding will be awarded for tangible projects that will benefit undergraduate and graduate students. Please review proposal eligibility for details.

You may request up to $25,000 in funding. DPI funds will be allocated to as many promising proposals as the award budget can support. DPI funds may be combined with other internal or external funding, including departmental contributions. DPI funds awarded in 2019 must be used on or before April 30, 2020.

To be eligible, you must be a regular or associate RFA member of FEAS.

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Demonstration of alignment with:
    • unique need within the department and/or Faculty as stated in Striving for Excellence (FEAS Strategic Plan) and/or
    • table of desired project examples (please see Appendix A Project Examples)
  2. Evidence that the proposed approach will enhance teaching and learning excellence.
  3. Demonstration of significant impact for students, the outcomes of which can be published at recognized conferences or journals.
  1. Support for research assistance to conduct research, assemble resources, identify best practices, complete labour market research, coordinate and implement activities, etc. Please note that seeking research assistance from other disciplines based on the proposed project (i.e. education, communication, digital media, gender studies, environmental science, community services, etc.) is highly encouraged.
  2. Professional services related to video, web, graphic design development, etc.
  3. Support to carry out partnerships with non-profit and/or community-based organizations. (Partnerships with for-profit partners are encouraged but not eligible for subsidization.)
  4. Registration and travel expenses associated with attendance and presentation at conferences related to engineering and architectural science education.

All applications must be submitted in PDF file format via email to Shelby Gaudrault at by March 28, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.

A committee comprised of FEAS’s dean, associate deans and teaching chair will make the final decisions.

Your proposal should include:

  1. Your name and affiliated department.
  2. Title of the proposal.
  3. Description of how the proposed use of funds will enable you to develop, expand upon, or implement promising pedagogical innovations, approaches, and experiments. This section should also indicate how the proposed use of funds will address a unique need in the department and/or Faculty (maximum 500 words).
  4. Budget and justification (maximum half page).
  5. Student impact information, including a list of all courses and the estimated number of students who will be impacted by the proposed project. Please also include possible conferences and/or journals that would be suitable forums for publishing the pedagogical research.
  6. Progress report (only applicable if you received any previous Pedagogical Innovation Fund funding).

As a successful applicant, you will be required to submit an interim report by December 2, 2019, a presentation to the Faculty about the progress of their work in March 2020, and a progress report to the Undergraduate Studies Office by emailing by May 2020. This material will be shared with chairs and made available to other interested faculty members, for panel discussion, and/or seminar presentation.


Desired Projects

Additional description/examples


Revising capstone project experience to encourage:

a)      Greater societal relevance

b)      Interdisciplinary collaboration with other programs or Faculties

c)      Collaboration with external organizations (non-profit, government, industry, etc.)

Integrating best practices on university-industry/non-profit partnerships

Developing best practices for partnering with and carrying out community-based design projects with non-profit/community groups

Revising capstone project criteria to encourage projects with social and/or environmental foci


Best practices, training and/or new processes to support improved academic advising and intervention

Sourcing, developing, piloting new supports for improved academic advising and/or intervention strategies


Updating or integrating design methodologies into courses

Revising curriculum to include foundational principles and/or opportunities for applied learning of design methodologies


Integrating/updating digital skills

Revising curriculum to develop student skills in emerging/in-demand digital landscape (i.e. software, programming languages, augmented and virtual reality, etc.)


Integrating important societally-relevant subject matter into the delivery of existing curricular concepts

Discussions and activities related to gender, diversity, societal/environmental issues, professionalism, and/or leadership


Improving classroom delivery methods

Developing and/or piloting ways to replace or complement current pedagogical approaches


Improving laboratory and studio delivery methods



Creation of new interdisciplinary technical electives



Improving academic integrity to ensure greater inclusion of awareness and educational activities related to Policy 60

Working with the Academic Integrity Office to provide students with instructional seminars and role playing simulations, etc.


Please direct inquiries to Shelby Gaudrault at or 416-979-5000 ext. 4263.

The Research and Innovation Office (RiO) at the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science offers four competitions for the Dean's Research Fund (DRF): 1) DRF-Booster/Strategic Matching, 2) DRF-Conference, 3) DRF-Travel and 4) DRF-Undergraduate Research Experience (DRF-URE). These competitions are available to you each year at every stage in your career, with the aim of improving our Faculty's overall success in external grant competitions.

If you have any questions, please email or call RiO’s research and development coordinator at ext. 7910.

RiO offers two competitive research grants: DRF-Booster and DRF-Strategic Matching (formerly DRF-Connector).


This fund is awarded to both successful and unsuccessful applicants of a recent grant competition. It is awarded to a researcher with a highly rated unsuccessful external grant application, and also to successful applicants of a recent NSERC Discovery Grant (DG) who received a rating of outstanding and above in at least two of the three categories (Excellence of Researcher, Proposal, and Highly Qualified Personnel). Depending on availability of funding, up to 10 DRF-Booster awards are available per year, valued at $10,000 per award.

DRF-Strategic Matching (SM)

This fund comes in the form of a partial-matching financial contribution for select researchers who are principal investigators (PIs) on large external grant applications (greater than $75,000 per year) with a submission deadline between May 1 to April 30 of the following year. The DRF-SM award amount must be incorporated as a formal line item in the external grant proposal and budget, and must be included in your application for DRF-SM funding. The value of the DRF-SM will be determined case-by-case as per the magnitude of the external grant value, and the fund will be dispersed only after the external grant has been approved.

Use of Funds for Both DRF-Booster and DRF-SM

Funds from the DRF-Booster and DRF-SM must be used exclusively to support Ryerson graduate students involved in the proposed research and must be used within one year of obtaining the DRF-Booster or DRF-SM award.

Travel expenses are not an eligible expense. In certain cases, DRF-SM could be used to support the costs associated with project management, reporting and research tools.

As a DRF-Booster or DRF-SM recipient, you are required to submit a short (one-page) free-form summary report, as part of applying for the next DRF-Booster/DRF-SM award cycle, wherein the research enabled by your DRF-Booster or DRF-SM grant is described and the activities undertaken to secure additional funding are outlined.


You must be a FEAS researcher and principal investigator (PI) to apply. However, you cannot be a PI on more than one DRF application in a given award category (DRF-Booster or DRF-SM). A PI may be a co-applicant on more than one DRF application. DRF applications may have co-applicants from any department within FEAS or other faculties within Ryerson.

You cannot hold the same category of a DRF grant as a PI in two consecutive years. You must upload to Ryerson’s Research Information System (RIS) a free-form summary report/s on the outcomes of DRF-Booster and/or Connector Award funding received two years prior as part of their DRF Booster/SM funding application.

Review Procedures

The review committee is composed of the dean and associate deans. Proposals will be judged on the merit of the written proposal, research excellence, role of highly qualified personnel, and proof of research outcomes, especially peer-reviewed journal publications. To succeed as an applicant, you will have clearly demonstrated how the fund will help your research. For example, how the DRF-SM will boost the success of your external research grant proposal or how the DRF-Booster will bolster your research program.

You must upload to RIS a free-form summary report/s on the funding outcome of DRF-Booster and/or Connector funding received in the two years prior to your next DRF Booster/SM funding application.

Award results will be announced within three to four weeks after the DRF application deadline.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online via (RIS). The deadlines are communicated directly to you by the Research and Innovation Office via email. While deadlines can vary year to year, generally the program deadline is the end of May. You will be given ample notice in order to prepare your application.

Log on to RIS and navigate to “Faculty Grants/Faculty Applications Submission.” Select the category to which you wish to apply from the dropdown list: “[program year] FEAS DRF-Booster” and/or “[program year] FEAS DRF-Strategic Matching.” Complete the application form and upload your full application as a PDF document. The full application must include:

  1. First and last name of applicant and name of department.
  2. The names and departments of any co-applicants.
  3. Title of the project.
  4. Summary of the project (maximum 500 words).
  5. If applying for the DRF-SM, please provide the details of the external grant application and the submission date. Note that the external competition submission deadline must be between May 1 and April 30 inclusive of the following year.
  6. Expected outcomes and milestones (maximum 400 words).
  7. Budget and justification (maximum half page). For DRF-SM, the budget part of the external grant application should be included.
  8. Proof of need and relationship to other grants currently held by researcher(s) (maximum half page).
  9. Grant history that lists all grants awarded from the past three years to present, including the title of project, funding source and amount of funds per year. For group awards, indicate the applicant’s share. If the applicant received a DRF-Booster or Connector award in the past, indicate this and briefly outline the achievements.
  10. List all published and/or in-press peer reviewed journal publications and conference proceedings of the PI for the past four years to present. Underline names of any students and indicate source of funding in brackets. Abstracts are not required nor are co-applicants’ journal publications.
  11. List all graduate students (master’s and doctoral) who are currently being supervised or co-supervised by the PI. Indicate the start date and completion date for each graduate student. Co-applicants’ graduate student details are not required.
  12. If you are applying for the DRF-Booster, please include a copy of the research proposal and peer-review comments of the recent outstanding successful grant application or the highly-rated unsuccessful grant application for the previous year’s competition.
  13. If you have received DRF-Booster or DRF-SM awards in the previous two funding rounds, you must upload a free-form report on the outcome of your funding as part of your next DRF application. The report must briefly describe the research enabled by the grant and the activities undertaken to secure additional funding.

RiO offers this sponsorship in order to enhance the international research community’s knowledge of Ryerson and our contribution to research areas. Typically, these sponsorships are between $1,000 and $10,000 for international conferences, workshops or peer group networking run by a professional society and chaired by a faculty member.  

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, you must be a FEAS researcher who is a committee chair for a conference that is scheduled to take place within 18 months after the date of application. As a chair, it is your duty to provide a sound technical program, speakers, and to ensure the research integrity of the conference proceedings.

The conference must be organized by a professional society that has been holding the event for at least three years. It must be international and the theme must fall within a Ryerson Strategic SRC Area. Funds must be used towards the event expenses that will highlight the reputation of Ryerson in the research area. These funds must be invoiced by the professional society in two tranches:

  1. Tranche one of the sponsorship must be invoiced no more than one year in advance of the event.
  2. Tranche two of the sponsorship must be invoiced and will be paid upon receipt of an event report and no later than six months of the event taking place.

Review Procedures

The review committee will be composed of FEAS researchers from several disciplines who serve/served as chairs of conference committees. The four areas of consideration are:

  1. Reputation of the conference/event
  2. Proposal
  3. Research theme
  4. Strategy for promotion of Ryerson

Note: This sponsorship will be awarded on a rolling basis and is based on the availability of funds.  

Application Instructions

In order to be considered, all applications must be uploaded to the Research Information System (RIS). Once logged on to RIS, go to “Faculty Grants/Faculty Applications Submission” and select the category you wish to apply to from the dropdown list: “[program year] DRF-Conference.” Then complete a brief online application form and upload your full application as a PDF document. Within your document you must include:

  1. First and last name of applicant as well as department.
  2. Co-applicants (if any): First and last name as well as department.
  3. Title of the conference.
  4. Date of the conference.
  5. City, country (and venue if known).
  6. How often does the conference take place? Annual? Biannual?
  7. Name of professional society.
  8. Name/s and joint organizer/s (if any).
  9. Strategic research theme.
  10. Description of the conference (maximum 500 words) that includes:
    1. Time
    2. Duration
    3. Expected size
    4. Target attendees
    5. Budget (overview only – see point 12)
    6. Name/s of sponsors and confirmation that collection of sponsorship will be managed by the association
    7. Website link
    8. Registration details (Is it an open invite? Is there a fee? What is the expected profit? Will registration be managed by the association?)
    9. Overview of the agenda
  11. Expected outcomes and milestones (maximum 400 words)
  12. Budget and justification (please complete Excel template on RIS)
  13. How will Ryerson be highlighted at this conference? Examples may include:
  • Exhibit space
  • Two (2) XYZ regular memberships for one (1) year, which includes a subscription to the ABC Journal of Canada (four issues per year - electronic only)
  • Two (2) complimentary conference registrations for use by your representatives
  • Complimentary half-page ad in the conference program
  • Name and logo will appear in the gold sponsor section of the conference website, with a website link
  • Recognition/thank you at the conference opening
  • Recognition as a key sponsor in the post-conference letter to delegates
  • Recognition/thank you at the beginning and end of the special session
  • Recognition on signage displayed during sessions
  • Recognition on t-shirts of volunteers, merchandise, takeaways

Assistance with Event Planning and Administration

Visit the Conference Organizing Support dropdown above for resources and information.

As a faculty member, DRF-Travel is available to you every year to supplement your travel to attend conferences in Canada or abroad. The maximum award for travel within Canada is $750, and $1,000 for travel outside of Canada.

You cannot receive more than two DRF-Travel supplements per academic year.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

You may submit up to two applications, however, once you receive your quota of two awards per academic year, you are not eligible to apply until the following fall, which is the start of the next academic year in September.

Funds are awarded for your sole use and are not transferable to any person who may be travelling on your behalf.

Approved travel funds must be spent for the conference specified in the application. Any unused funds will expire at the end of the academic year. Please email RiO if you decide not to use the approved funds.

If you received any DRF-Travel funding in the previous year, you must submit summary reports to RiO prior to applying for any future DRF-Travel program support.


There are no deadlines to apply to DRF-Travel for the current academic year, however, you are advised to apply as soon as possible.

The current program covers travel from September to August of the following year.

Application Procedure

  1. Log into the Research Information System (RIS) using your Ryerson online identity.
  2. Enter the one-time verification code.
  3. Select "Faculty Grants," then "Faculty Applications Submission," then "[program year] FEAS DRF Travel."
  4. Complete the online application. Fields to be completed include:
    1. Title of paper
    2. Purpose of travel
    3. Location
    4. Date
    5. Invitation type (contributed/invited)
    6. Transportation type
    7. Estimated costs for transportation
    8. Meals and accommodation
    9. Total funding from other sources
    10. Papers delivered or published within the last three years
    11. What opportunities this travel award will provide in enhancing our research reputation

Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A decision will be sent to you via email.

Redeeming Your Funds

You are responsible for redeeming your funds, which may be redeemed in advance of, or upon completion of travel. Here is the procedure for redeeming your funds:

  1. Collect your documentation and complete the application to make a claim against your research account. Ryerson’s Financial Services’ research accounting page has all the forms you need in order to file a travel claim.
  2. You have two options for submitting your documentation:
    1. Submit your documentation and application in iExpense, or
    2. Submit your travel documents (and any questions) to your designated research account support officer (RASO) or your Canada Research Chair administrative assistant (CRC AA). You can find their contact info under the “Purchasing and Payments” dropdown.

Tips to Speed Up Your Claim

  1. Attach all receipts in the order that they appear on the form.
  2. For foreign currency expenses to be reimbursed in Canadian funds, the management system's exchange rate is applied, but if you include your credit card statement, you will receive the same currency exchange rate as charged.
  3. Ensure you have sufficient funds in your stated research account.
  4. Obtain all signatures required before submitting.

RiO is offering competitive grants to faculty members of up to $6,700 through the Dean’s Research Fund-Undergraduate Research Experience (DRF-URE) award. This grant is co-sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS) and the Office of the Vice-President of Research and Innovation (OVPRI). The total number of awards offered will be subject to the availability of funds.

The DRF-URE helps to provide 12 continuous weeks of spring/summer research experience to third-year undergraduate students under the supervision of FEAS faculty members.

Funds must be used exclusively to support a Ryerson third-year undergraduate student. Travel expenses, research equipment and supplies are not eligible expenses. The supervisor and student must submit a report at the end of summer. Student payment will be handled by the recipient’s research account support officer (RASO).


To apply, you must be a FEAS faculty member; co-applicants or applications from another Faculty within Ryerson are not permitted. Students must be in the third year of their undergraduate degree programs and have CGPAs of 3.0 or higher. Students may not concurrently hold another research assistant (RA) position on campus during the period of the DRF-URE. Only one submission per faculty member is permitted.

Faculty members who received DRF-URE funding in the previous round or earlier must submit a free-form report on the outcome of their previous funding, as part of their application for the current year of DRF-URE program support.

Application Procedure and Deadline

  1. Log on to RIS by the deadline. The deadlines are communicated directly to you by the Research and Innovation Office via email. While deadlines can vary year to year, generally the program deadline is the end of February. You will be given ample notice in order to prepare your application.
  2. Navigate to “Faculty Grants/Faculty Applications Submission.”
  3. Select “[program year] FEAS DRF-URE” from the dropdown list.
  4. Complete the brief online application form.
  5. Upload your full application as a PDF document.

Your application must include:

  • First and last name and department of applicant
  • First and last name, program and CGPA information of student
  • Title of the research project
  • Description/summary of the research project (maximum 200 words)
  • List of the RA opportunities and experiences offered (maximum 200 words)
  • Number of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students currently under your supervision
  • If you received DRF-URE funding in the previous year or earlier, you must also submit a free-form report on the outcomes of your previous funding as part of the application for the current year of DRF-URE support.

Review Procedures

The review committee will consider the following two criteria:
1) Research opportunities and experiences offered to the student
2) CGPA of the student

Note: Award results will be announced within three to four weeks after the DRF application deadline.

Funding is available under the Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) award to students of up to $10,064.60. This funding is co-sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS) and the Office of the Vice-President of Research and Innovation (OVPRI). The total number of awards offered is 16.

The URO program offers students a meaningful opportunity to participate directly in Scholarly, Research and Creative (SRC) activities and to benefit from working directly with a faculty mentor.

How to Apply

To apply, students must complete the online application, external link, opens in new window in consultation with their potential supervisor. The URO Supervisor Form, external link must be completed by the faculty supervisor and attached to the student’s online application.

URO applications that are missing information or do not include the completed URO supervisor form will not be considered.

The deadline for applications is March 25, 2019.

Value of the Award

The program supports student employment for 14 weeks (490 hours total), from May to August 2019.

The faculty supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the student is completing the assigned work within the timeframe noted above (no more than 35 hours/week for 14 weeks). Overages will not be covered by the OVPRI.

The student rate is outlined as follows:

  • Base hourly rate: $18.16 + 4%
  • Vacation pay: $0.73 + 8.75%
  • Benefits: $0.65
  • Total hourly rate: $20.54
  • Hours/week: 35
  • Weeks supported: 14
  • Total value per award: $10,064.60

Financial reporting to the OVPRI is not required, but unused funds must be returned to the OVPRI by no later than September 30, 2019.

Student Eligibility

The student must be a current full-time undergraduate student with a cumulative GPA greater than 3.0.

The URO student agrees to participate in an undergraduate SRC showcase event (details follow post-award).

Project Eligibility

The URO is for SRC assistance on a faculty-member-driven new or existing project. Work that is not part of a faculty member’s SRC project is not eligible for funding.

The award cannot be held concurrently with another student position on campus.

The student cannot work more than 35 hours in any week.

Ineligible projects include those that do not enhance a student’s research or academic potential, for-profit contract research, consulting contract work, and administrative, organizational, or non-academic research projects.

Adjudication Criteria

URO applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria.

  1. Quality and completeness of the application, including the:
    1. Strength and likelihood of success of the project proposal, including the fit between the student and faculty supervisor.
    2. Research environment offered by the faculty member/supervisor.
    3. Projected outcomes, including presentations, continued involvement in research, and co-authorship on papers.
  2. The quality of the research experience being offered to the student, including the:
    1. Specific research skills to be developed/enhanced.
    2. Opportunity to develop increased understanding of the depth and breadth of the student’s academic field.
    3. Direct supervision and mentorship by the faculty member/supervisor and interaction with research team members.
  3. Enhanced academic and career opportunities made available to the student, including:
    1. Conference attendance, participation in research seminars, and publications.
    2. Potential for developing post-graduation employment contacts/preparation for graduate school programs.

Please visit the Faculty Affairs website for details on what content is required for a promotion dossier. You’ll also find important application forms, checklists, guides and key dates, as well as information regarding salary transfers. Please direct any questions about completing your application to Faculty Affairs.

Note: Once you submit your application to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs, the Research and Innovation Office (RiO) will handle the administrative elements required on behalf of the Faculty Promotion Committee.

Are you a principal investigator? From post-docs to lab managers, Human Resources can help you identify the positions that you may need to fill, as well as all required forms and contacts for approvals.

If you have specific questions or require assistance with hiring, please contact:

Aerospace, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Denis Arseneault, Research Accounts Support Officer
 ENG-377
 416-979-5000 ext. 4637

Chemical, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Xue-Li Robinson, Research Accounts Support Officer
 ENG-377
 416-979-5000 ext. 4927

Canada Research Chairs (CRCs), Architectural Science, Civil Engineering
Stacey Park, Research Accounts Support Officer
 ENG-377
 416-979-5000 ext. 6482

Ryerson’s Financial Services Department is your online resource for payment and purchasing information. If you have specific questions or require assistance, please contact the staff listed below.

Aerospace, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Denis Arseneault, Research Accounts Support Officer
 ENG-377
 416-979-5000 ext. 4637

Chemical, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Xue-Li Robinson, Research Accounts Support Officer
 ENG-377
 416-979-5000 ext. 4927

Canada Research Chairs (CRCs), Architectural Science, Civil Engineering
Stacey Park, Research Accounts Support Officer
 ENG-377
 416-979-5000 ext. 6482

As a professor at FEAS, you know that teaching is the foundation of everything that we do. In order to cultivate and promote teaching excellence—and enhance student engagement and well-being—we collaborate with Ryerson’s Learning and Teaching Office to provide pedagogical resources to our faculty members via the Ryerson University Library and Archives, the Media Services Department, and others. We also offer you development opportunities such as the Dean’s Pedagogical Fund, training workshops, and one-on-one personalized guidance sessions.

For more information, or to book a one-on-one session, please contact the Interim Associate Dean of Teaching and Outreach Dr. Medhat Shehata.