Research Support Fund

Tri-council’s Research Support Fund program assists Canadian post-secondary institutions with the costs associated with managing their research enterprise, helping them to maintain a world-class research environment.  Click here for further details.  

Bow Valley College allocates the Research Support Fund for management and administration of research enterprise which is one of the five categories of allowable expenses.  This funding enhances our applied research through supporting grant applications and proposal development.      

“Indirect Costs” are research expenses incurred by the institution that may not be identified and charged directly to individual research projects, such as facility maintenance, resource improvements, salaries for employees who support federally funded research, personnel training, regulatory requirements, intellectual property management, Equity Diversity and Inclusion planning, and knowledge transfer activities. Indirect Costs do not include expenses incurred because of the unit or individual research (e.g., course release, extra clerical support, materials, and supplies). 
Bow Valley College incurs Indirect Costs for security; utilities; and salaries and benefits for research administration, including Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology and purchasing.  

Applied Reserach Projects

Bow Valley College conducts applied research on many topics.

Learn about past research projects by reading Fresh Perspectives. This publication highlights research across Bow Valley College and its impact on learners and the greater College community.

Other past projects

Below are our most recent reports, from 2017:

Professional Development for New Online Faculty at Bow Valley College
A Curriculum and Literature Review on the Integration of Gerontology in Health Related Programs in Alberta and in Canada

Research areas that Bow Valley College explores are listed below. Please contact us at to find out more about these projects, and to learn how you can get involved.


Research Areas

Applied research on teaching and learning informs BVC instructor practices and creates a better learning environment for our learners.

  • Professional Development for New Online Instructors at Bow Valley College
  • Successful Practices in Supporting Students in Distributed Learning

Applied research at Bow Valley College support learners throughout their workforce preparation, from programs at BVC to practicums to employment.

  • TOWES, Internationally-Educated Professionals, and Workplace Success
  • Trends in employment of highly educated immigrant women in Alberta: Calgary and Edmonton 

Evaluation research informs program development to ensure we meet the needs of the BVC community.

  • Meeting the Needs of Diverse Students engaged in e-Learning (Project Evaluation) 

Researchers at BVC promote and conduct applied research in foundational learning, including adult literacy, basic education, upgrading and essential skills.

  • Answers May Vary: Literacy Strategies, Resources, and Effective Practices for Adult Learners with Developmental Disabilities
  • Numbers and Narratives: Adding up Stories of Success in Adult Literacy

Applied research in health improves practice for faculty and learners in the School of Health & Wellness.

  • Creating a Positive Clinical Experience: A Literature Review
  • Understanding Licensed Practical Nurses’ Full Scope of Practice 

Applied research in Early Childhood Education and Development improves practice for both faculty and learners, ultimately benefiting young minds and future learners.

  • An Investigation of College Practices regarding the Reggio Emilia philosophy
  • Co-Creating a Culturally Meaningful Early Childhood Education and Development Curriculum Model

Bow Valley College supports Aboriginal learners throughout their programs. We conduct applied research to improve Aboriginal learners’ experiences and support systems at the College.

  • Participatory Assessment for Knowledge and Learning
  • Promising practices for Learner Success in the Bow Valley College Aboriginal Upgrading Program: A Literature Review 

Bow Valley College invests in our learners' success. We conduct applied research to identify best practices for promoting success – any path, any pace, any time, any place.

  • Understanding Student Retention Practices and Impacts at Bow Valley College
  • Meeting the Need: Student Success in the Online Environment

English Language Learning is an important part of the School of Global Access. Applied research in this area allows instructors to use best strategies to improve learning experiences and outcomes.

  • OER Adoption for ELL
  • eLearning Toolkit: Supporting English Language Learning Online 

The School of Global Access provides necessary and appropriate supports for immigrants. We create an environment for their learning and employment success. Applied research on immigrant education and employment informs this work.

  • Creating an Inclusive Workplace for Internationally Trained Individuals: A Guide for Employers
  • Enhancing Wellbeing and Civic Engagement of Immigrant Women Retirees

Essential skills are key to our learners' future employment. BVC's applied research on essential skills training prepares learners to be successful in their future careers.

  • Crossing the Threshold: Using Essential Skills to Build Strategies to Master Threshold Concepts
  • TOWES at BVC: Supporting Learner Success through Essential Skills Training Interventions 


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345 - 6 Avenue SE

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