Workshops, Events and Training

The Research Services Office (RSO) has taken a leadership role in providing learning opportunities for researchers and administrators at the University of Alberta (U of A). These workshops and seminars were created in direct response to expressed needs by the research community for more knowledge and skills in the administration of research funding.

Research Administration Day (RAD)

The RSO offers continuing education and professional development seminars for U of A staff. RAD is an annual event that provides practical presentations and interactive workshops focused on the complexity, diversity and accountability of administrative responsibilities with research funding. The purpose of RAD is to promote and support excellence in research administration. It is designed for those who are involved with research administration and management at the Faculty, department and project level. Three learning streams are offered to meet the differing needs of research administrators at the U of A: 100 (introductory), 200 (intermediate) and 300 (advanced) level sessions. See the RAD webpage for listings of past seminars.

Research Funding Fair

Research Services Office and the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation are partnering to provide our University of Alberta research community with a new event for 2016. Research Funding Fair will give the research community opportunities to meet funders and learn more about funding opportunities.

Research Administration Seminar Series (RASS)

A major initiative of the Research Facilitators is to provide information and training on the administration of research funds to the U of A research community. Generally, the series runs from September to June. Research Facilitators choose the topics for the seminars on the basis of interest and need expressed by the research community. Topics offered at past seminars include clinical trials, grant application budgets, animal ethics, grant management and account reconciliation, purchasing methods at the U of A and contracts for services.

While these seminars are open to all researchers, administrators, students and staff at the U of A as well as Alberta Health Services staff working with U of A investigators, some seminars may be of more interest to a specific group. This will be noted in the session description, but the session will be open to all interested individuals in the U of A research community. Registration for seminars is primarily done via the Learning Shop. Please contact your Faculty-assigned Research Facilitator for more information.


The RSO supports researchers by offering a variety of sponsor-specific workshops throughout the year with emphasis on Tri-Agency funding:

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR);
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC); and
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

These workshops offer information on finding and applying for funding. The workshop material includes discussions on adjudication processes, application guidelines, evaluation criteria, checklists and best practices common to strong applications. They are presented by the sponsor and/or U of A professors who have served on Tri-Agency peer review committees. Along with these federal government funding opportunities, the RSO offers workshops on new and existing international, private, public and community based research funding sources such as Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions, National Institutes of Health, etc.

Researchers can also attend workshops to learn about research funding support specific to the U of A.

Researchers should contact their Faculty-assigned Research Facilitator for individual consultation and mentorship on finding potential and applying for research funding. Announcements of these workshops will be posted on the RSO website and circulated by the Research Facilitators as they are released.