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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

  • What support can the Sheridan Research Office provide to researchers and partners?

    We provide a variety of services to the Sheridan community, including matching researchers with industry/community partners, funding application development, and grant administration. Contact us to get started!

Industry & Community Partners

  • What is the length of a typical applied research project?

    Most applied research projects have a fixed duration (established at the start of the project) and span anywhere from a couple of months through to several years depending on the complexity and the nature of the grant award, not including proposal development time. Non-funded student capstone projects are typically 14 weeks in length.

  • Who do I contact and what is the process to begin the project?

    If you need our help to solve a challenge or have a great research idea on which our students, faculty and staff might be interested in collaborating, please get in touch. Alternatively, you can complete the Project Idea Intake Form and a representative from the Sheridan Research Office will be in touch with you to assess the opportunity.
  • What are the benefits of an innovation partnership with Sheridan?

    A partnership with Sheridan can help industry and community partners mitigate some of the risks and costs associated with innovation and growth while matching you with talented, highly-skilled student and faculty researchers. We can also help request government funding where appropriate. To find out more about what research expertise and facilities Sheridan can provide, please click here.

  • What if there is no appropriate fit with Sheridan researchers?

    If no appropriate match is found, we’ll be happy to help refer you to additional resources within our extensive network, including other colleges.

  • What is my contribution as a research partner? 

    Industry and community partners are expected to be active participants throughout the research process to help ensure the success of the project. Depending on the scope and requirements of the project and funder, industry/community partners may be asked to contribute in-kind services (e.g. staff time to work with the research team) and/or monetary support.  

  • What do I need to contribute as a research partner?

    Industry and community partners are expected to be active participants throughout the research process to help ensure the success of the project. Depending on the scope and requirements of the project and funder, research partners may be asked to contribute in-kind services (e.g. staff time to work with the research team) and cash.

Principal Investigators

  • I’m a prospective Principal Investigator (professor or staff member) with an idea for a research project involving students. How do I get started?

    If you have a great research idea or a research question, please get in touch. Alternatively, you can complete the Expression of Interest Form (EOI) and a representative from the Sheridan Research Office will be in touch with you to assess the opportunity. Please note that if you’re a professor your Associate Dean and Dean must approve your participation in proposed funded research. For other members of staff, we still require an EOI to be completed and signed by your supervisor. Our team will guide you through the internal approval process and explore funding options, if applicable. To get started, please click here.

  • What is the role of a Principal Investigator?

    Principal Investigators are project leads, ensuring that all research is conducted to the highest possible standards of integrity. They are responsible for carrying out the research, providing guidance and direction to student researchers, and serving as the main point of contact for the Sheridan Research office.  Depending on the scope and length of the project, Principal Investigators are also responsible for providing project updates and preparing reports to funding agencies. 

  • My project idea requires funding. Where can I learn more?

    Please review current funding opportunities on our Funding Opportunities page, or contact us.

  • I am planning on integrating applied research into capstone projects for my course. Do I need to notify your office and do I require approval?

    The Sheridan Research Office is happy to help, if we can. All applied research activity within the college falls under the purview of the Provost and Vice President Academic. Applied research capstone projects require initial approval from your Associate Dean and Dean and will also require approval from the Sheridan Research Ethics Board if you plan to involve human participants. Compiling capstone metrics within your program is also incredible helpful to the Sheridan Research Office as we provide these metrics when reporting to our funding agencies.

Students

  • Are student researchers paid for working on research?

    Student researchers are compensated on funded research projects supported by a grant, usually as part of an internship, co-op placement or if you are hired as a research assistant. Rates of remuneration are aligned with Sheridan’s pay rates that are set at fair market value. Students are not paid for research that is part of a capstone project.

  • What time commitment is required by a student on a research project? 

    Depending on the project, your work may range from a few hours per week (e.g., an unpaid capstone project as part of your studies) or up to 35 hours per week for a dedicated internship or co-op research placement. As a student researcher, you’ll be expected to actively participate as a member of your research team (including any industry/community partners) to ensure the project’s success. 

  • How do I get started?

    Visit our Get Started - Students web page to learn more about student research opportunities.