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Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is a RIG?

RIG stands for Research Incentive Grant. RIGS are negotiated/initiated through Human Resources (usually at the time of hire) and Financial Services processes the approved expenditure claims and provides reports. Please contact Human Resources for more information regarding the RIG Program.

2. If I have an idea for a research workshop/conference, who would I contact about that?

You may contact the Events Coordinator in the Research Office who may be able to assist you in organizing the event. The Research Office is committed to promoting the dissemination of information and is able to assist with the venue, registration, catering etc.

3. What is the process for hiring a research assistant?

To begin the process of hiring either a Research Assistant I, II, III, you must complete the AUPE/Excluded Support Appointment Form on the Human Resources website. Please ensure that the research assistant’s CV is included with the form.

To begin the process of hiring a Researcher, you must complete the AUFA/Executive/Management/Excluded Professional Appointment Form on the Human Resources website. Please ensure that the researcher’s CV is included with the form.

The current rate of pay per hour, including the estimated cost to your budget (which includes benefits), is located on AU's Policy for Hiring of Research Assistants, which can be found in the Athabasca University’s Policy Manual Index.

4. What is the process for submitting a research assistant’s timesheet?

The Employee Hourly Timesheet can be found on the Human Resources website.

The employee submits an electronic copy of the timesheet to their supervisor, the supervisor approves the timesheet and forwards it electronically to Human Resources, to the attention of Bernice Hewko, Payroll Assistant.

5. Do I qualify for funding under the Academic and Professional Development Fund (A&PDF)?

AU academics and professionals holding regular appointments are eligible to apply.

AU academics and professionals holding term appointments are eligible to apply, if the event date falls within the timeframe of their appointment.

An individual may receive no more than one award per fiscal year.

6. When is the A&PDF application deadline?

March 1 (events scheduled from May 1 to August 31)
July 1 (events scheduled from September 1 to December 31)
November 1 (events scheduled from January 1 to April 30)

NOTE: The committee does not accept late applications.

The application deadlines for the Academic and Professional Development Fund (A&PDF) are posted on A&PDF guidelines.

7. Where can I find the A&PDF application form & guidelines?

To complete the Application Form you must login to the AU Research Portal .

8. How do I register to make a Lunch 'N' Learn presentation?

Presentations are held between the months of September through to June.

Held on Wednesdays at AU Central, the Lunch 'N' Learn series provides faculty and professional staff the opportunity to disseminate research, present papers and build the collegial research atmosphere of the University.

Visiting presenters are also encouraged to participate in the Lunch 'N' Learn series. If you know of any visitors whose work or ideas might be of interest, please contact us well in advance of their visit so that we may attempt to schedule a presentation. Lunch 'N' Learn Request Forms should be submitted electronically to the Administrative Assistant.

9. Where can I access the Lunch 'N' Learn Request Form?

The Lunch 'N' Learn Request Form can be accessed from the Research Centre “Lunch 'N' Learn” page.

10. What is the Research and Study Leave Travel Relocation Fund?

The Research and Study Leave Travel Relocation Fund (RSLTRF) policy is available and administered by Human Resources. Please contact HR for more information.

Updated March 03 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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