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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. 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 Research Centre at

6. 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.

Updated November 24 2017 by Student & Academic Services

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