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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 supports faculty-driven ideas that align with priorities outlined in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science’s (FEAS) Strategic Plan. Funding will be awarded for tangible projects that will benefit students in one of the following areas:

  • Enhancements to teaching and learning excellence, as well as to student experience, engagement and success, particularly through virtual learning and virtual interactive labs.
  • New teaching practices that enhance students’ analytical thinking and decision-making.
  • Interactive high-school field trips, which leverage campus labs and facilities and connect faculty research with the Ontario high-school curriculum.

This year, The DPI Fund focuses on four streams as outlined below. Selected proposals will be awarded up to $20,000 to implement teaching innovation. In May 2022, funding recipients will be invited to share their insights related to the application of teaching innovation. 

Stream 1: Open Topics Including Blended Learning

This stream is intended to support faculty-driven ideas that align with the priorities outlined in Ryerson’s 2020/2025 academic plan and The Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science’s (FEAS) Strategic Plan. Funding will be awarded to proposals that demonstrate evidence of enhancement to teaching and learning excellence and that demonstrate significant impact for students, which can be published at recognized conferences or in journals.   

Enhanced undergraduate and graduate student experience, engagement and success are the focus of this stream and the funding program. Funding will be awarded for tangible projects that will benefit undergraduate or graduate students.

Stream 2: Promoting Analytical Thinking and Decision-Making in Courses

This stream calls for teaching innovation proposals focused on developing students’ analytical thinking and decision-making competencies. Applicants are invited to apply different pedagogical techniques such as active learning strategies, blended learning and more to enhance student achievement. 

Analytical thinking and decision-making include:

  • Identifying what is known and unknown.
  • Extracting key information from data.
  • Identifying problems.
  • Developing solutions.
  • Drawing reasoned conclusions and testing and verifying solutions. 

Stream 3: Outreach Innovation 

This stream is intended to promote faculty teaching and aligning community engagement with the FEAS Strategic Plan. Funding will be awarded to proposals that present topics in an interactive and engaging format to high school students. Proposals should indicate the delivery method of the topics and a description of the hands-on activities that will be completed, if applicable. 

It is recommended that proposals leverage on-campus labs and facilities, assuming that delivery can be completed in person. Proposals should have clearly defined learning outcomes for the students and identify connections between the area of research and the Ontario high school curriculum, external link. The facilitation of this experience can be completed by the faculty member and/or their graduate assistants. The proposal should highlight one of the two delivery methods:

  • On-campus experience during the weekend for over three hours with at least two hours of the time allocated to activities that foster hands-on experiential learning.
  • Off-campus experience during the weekdays in the class, taking place over 1-1.5 hours. This method must directly cover concepts from the Ontario high school curriculum noted above.

Opportunity and Impact

Faculty will have the opportunity to highlight their research in an experience geared towards high school students. This experience will inform potential students of the exceptional work underway at FEAS pertaining to engineering and architectural science applications. It will further their understanding of the endless possibilities within STEM while allowing them to envision themselves as future students on campus. 

Graduate students and research assistants working under faculty will also be impacted by this proposal, as it will afford them the ability to begin to learn the basics of pedagogy. It will develop their communication skills with respect to various audiences, as it will challenge them to convey their research to an audience who will not be familiar with the parameters or terminology of their work. 

Stream 4: Indigenous Education 

This stream is intended to support equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the curriculum, teaching, learning, and student engagement or experience identified in the FEAS Strategic Plan. Funding will be awarded to proposals that integrate Indigenous history, content and perspectives into teaching. It is recommended that proposals leverage collaboration and partnerships with Indigenous members, researchers and/or communities. Proposals should have clearly defined learning outcomes to address the truth and reconciliation action within the university and community at large. 

Opportunity and Impact

Faculty will have the opportunity to explore Indigenous content related to their courses and research to address truth and reconciliation founded on knowledge and respect. This experience will augment Indigenous and non-Indigenous students' learning and perspectives while giving them the opportunity to reflect on the profession's responsibility to the land and Indigenous communities.

To be eligible, you must be a regular or associate Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) member of FEAS.

All applications must be submitted in PDF format via email to Andrea Moon at by 4:00 p.m on July 15, 2021

A committee composed of FEAS associate deans and the community outreach team 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 community, department and/or Faculty (maximum 500 words).
  4. Description of the hands-on activities that will accompany your presentation, as well as a list of materials and/or resources you require in order to carry out the proposal (maximum 500 words).
  5. Budget and justification (maximum half page).
  6. Student impact information, including a description of the learning outcomes high school students will walk away with, and how you plan on meeting these learning outcomes.
  7. Progress report (only applicable if you received any previous DPI funding).

Please direct inquiries to Andrea Moon at

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

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 any 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 quarterly.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online via (RIS). The deadlines are communicated directly to you by the Research and Innovation Office via email. The deadlines are year-round with quarterly decisions.

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 registration fees to virtual conferences or your travel to 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 via emails sent by the Research and Innovation Office. While deadlines can vary year to year, the program deadline is generally 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.

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

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