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Athabasca University

Academic Research Fund

The Academic Research Fund (ARF) supports research projects as well as the dissemination of juried/solicited creative works and publications.

The fund supports these activities by fostering success in the pursuit of external research funding and facilitating research that falls outside the normal eligibility criteria of external funding agencies.

Awards are up to:
  • $6,000 (CDN) for research awards
  • $2,000 (CDN) for the dissemination of juried/solicited creative works or publications

The Academic Research Fund is funded primarily by Athabasca University. Additional funds are derived from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Small Institution Grant (SIG), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) General Research Fund. Together, these funds comprise the annual Academic Research Fund budget, which is administered by the Academic Research Committee.

Applicants who receive funding from the Academic Research Fund should acknowledge the funding in related publications and presentations.

How to apply

Application forms are available in the AU Research Portal.


For research projects, the application deadlines are on the following days (or the next business day):

  • February 15
  • September 10

For publications and juried/solicited creative works, applications may be submitted at any time for expedited review.

More information

Updated April 19 2018 by Research

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