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Research Policy & Planning Committee

This committee implements the Faculty Research Plan and develops policies to improve the quality of research at LA&PS. They also adjudicate various research grants and awards.

The Committee on Research Policy and Planning will normally meet on the fourth Monday of each month (September - June) from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. For the academic year 2021-2022, the Committee on Research Policy and Planning will meet on the fourth Monday of each month (September - June) from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm.

From section 6.5 of the rules and procedures of council, updated April 2021.

In discharging its functions, the Committee shall: 

1. In tandem with the Dean and in close consultation with Departments/Schools oversee the implementation/coordination of the Faculty Research Plan. 

2. Enhance the scholarly climate by developing overarching faculty strategies for advancing research scholarship and creative work; and by generating ideas and approaches for implementing these strategies.

3. Examine policies related to research grant /award adjudications and provide oversight of the procedures. 

4. Facilitate connections and communications between the Committee and other research bodies of the university. 

5. Liaise with any Senate committee(s) that have research planning and policy functions to ensure a free flow of ideas and information between the Faculty and the University level on matters of research and scholarship. 

6. Liaise with any research committee(s) in units, encourage and exchange research/scholarly ideas, enhance the scholarly climate of the faculty, and discuss the development of research, scholarship, and creative work within and across the units. 

7. Constitute sub-committees for research adjudications, and from time to time establish ad hoc working groups to deal with emerging priorities in relation to research and scholarship. 

8. Grant Adjudication Sub-Committee (chaired by a member of CRPP), reviews applications for minor research grants and other grants or awards, according to policy and procedures established by the CRPP and approved in Council, and disburses funds as available and appropriate. 

9. Awards and Celebrations Sub-Committee (chaired by a member of CRPP) reviews and adjudicates nominations for any awards for research excellence and scholarly creative excellence, and any other prizes that shall be approved by the Faculty Council.

10. Committee Secretary prepares final report for submission to the Office of Research Ethics. CRPP reviews the year-end undergraduate research ethics summaries from all academic unit Research Ethics Boards.

Faculty members will be elected at-large for a three-year rolling cycle. Members elected at-large will not be from the same School/Department. Each year, one-third of the membership turns over and will be replaced on a rotational basis by other faculty members from different Schools/Departments who are not already represented on the Committee. At all times there shall members from the professional, humanities, and social sciences Departments/Schools. 

Quorum will be at least half of its voting members, the majority of whom are faculty members. The Chair of the Committee is selected by the voting members of the Committee for a two-year term. 

Grant Adjudication Sub-Committee Membership:

  • Dean or dean’s designate;
  • Five faculty members with at least one from each of the professional, humanities, and social sciences Departments/Schools elected annually by and from the Committee on Research Policy and Planning;
  • One Research Officer; and
  • Secretary of Council or designate. 

The Grant Adjudication Sub-committee of the Committee on Research Policy and Planning adjudicates the Minor Research Grant.

Awards and Celebrations Sub-Committee Membership:

  • Dean or Dean’s designate;
  • Five faculty members with at least one from each of the professional, humanities, and social sciences Departments/Schools elected annually by and from the Committee on Research Policy and Planning;
  • One Research Officer; and
  • Secretary of Council or designate 

The Awards and Celebrations Sub-committee of the Committee on Research Policy and Planning adjudicates the Awards for Distinction in Research.

2020-2021 Members


Faculty Members

Chair: Marcel Martel, Department of History

Xiaohui Yu, School of Information Technology
Manar Jammal, School of Information Technology
Rosemary Coombe, Department of Social Science
Nergis Canefe, Department of Politics
Kelly Thomson, School of Administrative Studies
Cary Wu, Department of Sociology

Representatives from SCOLAPS

Naquee Blake
Achiaa Kusi

Ex-Officio Members (non-voting)

Ravi de Costa, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies & Research
Leslie Sanders, LA&PS Representative on the Senate Academic Policy, Planning & Research Committee (APPRC)
David Cuff, Director, Strategic Research & Partnerships
One Research Officer
Representative from the Communications Unit
Representative from the Libraries
Chair of Faculty Council or Designate
Paminderjit Sunner, Coordinator, Faculty Council & Committees

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Upcoming Meetings

Sep 27

Committee on Research Policy and Planning

September 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Oct 25

Committee on Research Policy and Planning

October 25 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Nov 22

Committee on Research Policy and Planning

November 22 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Dec 13

Committee on Research Policy and Planning

December 13 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Jan 24

Committee on Research Policy and Planning

24 January 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Feb 14

Committee on Research Policy and Planning

14 February 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Mar 21

Committee on Research Policy and Planning

21 March 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Apr 25

Committee on Research Policy and Planning

25 April 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
May 30

Committee on Research Policy and Planning

30 May 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Jun 27

Committee on Research Policy and Planning

27 June 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Awards & Grant Information

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LA&PS Minor Research Grant

Adjudicated by a sub-committee of the Research Policy & Planning Committee, these grants of up to $5000.00 are awarded twice a year to support faculty research projects across LA&PS. Find more about eligibility and procedures needed to submit your application.

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Dean's Award for Distinction in Research

With three categories, emerging, established and social justice, these awards honour the wide range of research excellence and innovation. These awards are adjudicated annually by a sub-committee of the Research Policy & Planning Committee

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