Below are a few answers to frequently asked questions about the Scholarly Activity Steering Committee’s Research and Scholarly Activity Fund (RSAF) at Langara College:

What is the RSAF?

The Research and Scholarly Activity Fund awards up to $3,000 to encourage and support College employees who wish to pursue research and/or scholarly activities. With the initiatives outlined in the Langara College Academic Plan, activities may include, but are not limited to: building upon, or undertaking, projects of original research or scholarship involving community partners; initiating, maintaining, or updating an individual research portfolio; engaging Langara College students in research and scholarship; employing Langara College students as student aides; initiating collaborative research or scholarship with community partners; and building infrastructure pertaining to research and scholarship.

Can I apply?

If you are a faculty or staff at Langara College you can apply for an RSAF award.  Employees other than faculty need the permission of their Dean or relevant supervisor.

How often can I apply?

You can apply as often as you like. However, funding is limited to $3,000 per individual per fund per calendar year. If you have already received an award, you must close that account, and submit a final report, before applying for another award.

Are RSAF Awards transferrable?

No. Awarded funding must be used only for expenses outlined in the application budget. You cannot use funds for items not listed in the original application budget.

Is the RSAF the same as Education Leave?

No. The funding pools come from different places and one has nothing to do with the other. However, should you receive or apply for Education Leave, you are encouraged to apply for RSAF money as well to augment or enrich your research opportunities while on Education Leave. However, remember that RSA funding is earmarked for research and scholarly activity, which does not necessarily align with accreditation, educational, or pedagogical initiatives. Your approved RSAF activities must be carried out during your regularly assigned duties. You may not carry forward vacation because you were working on your project.


Employing a Student: How to Hire Students to Help With Research

Students can be hired via two different internal programs: SWAP (Student Work Assistance Program) or Student Aide. Minimally, they must be Langara students, eligible to work in Canada, and have a valid social insurance number.

Job Descriptions:

Determine the role you expect the student to undertake in your research and scholarly activity project. Students cannot duplicate or replace work usually done by CUPE members. In your application to the Research and Scholarly Activity Fund, please make the duties they are expected to carry out clear.


It is your responsibility to see that the costs associated with your research project remain within the dollar amount of your award. Cost overruns caused by student wages (or any other item) will not be reimbursed by the College.

Students must be paid at the rates set for them, i.e. $11.35 per hour plus 10% in lieu of benefits. *Beginning June 1, 2018, minimum wage in BC will be $12.65

If you have any questions, please contact the HR Consultant for your area.


You are responsible for ensuring students are employed according to College policies and the CUPE collective agreement. Additionally, after hiring, you must ensure the employment registration forms are completed by the student.

More Information:

For questions about job descriptions or other specifics about hiring students, check with the Human Resources Consultant in your area:

Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science or Academic Innovation — Michelle Kuramoto

Faculty of Social Sciences and Business — Patricia Wong


Adjudication and Applications

Who adjudicates the RSAF application?

The RSAF Adjudication Committee (RSAFAC) adjudicates the Research and Scholarly Activity Fund. The committee is a sub-committee of the Scholarly Activities Steering Committee. Each member ranks applications and then a consensus is reached amongst the committee for funded applications. Applications are ranked according to their responses to the criteria for the award; those applications with the highest rankings usually receive funding as permitted by budgetary restraints. The RSAF adjudication rubric is here.

Where can I find an application forms?

You can find current application forms here.

When are the application deadlines?

There are typically three annual calls for funding competitions, with deadlines for submission typically falling in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Can I apply for an award retroactively?

No. You must apply your award to upcoming initiatives, conferences, or research. You may not apply for retroactive funding for activities already undertaken.  If the proposed activity takes place before the deadline for applications, the application is considered retroactive.

How long can I hold an award?

You have one year from the day you accept the award to use the award. In the case of awards received in the Spring semester, you have until the end of the following Spring semester.

Are there any conditions attached to the funding?

Only that you fill out a final report after the completion of the project for which you received funding. Find the final report form here.

If you have any further questions, please contact us, scholarlyactivity@langara.ca.


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