Application Process

CARL invites applications from established and newly appointed librarians working in a CARL member library

When merited, up to $7,000 is awarded annually to one or more of the applicants, to help achieve the following objectives:

  • To support librarians conducting research in academic librarianship with the intent to publish the results.
  • To promote research in the field of academic librarianship by and/or about Canadians.

The CARL Research in Librarianship Grant is intended to support projects involving structured, evidence-based research, which propose answers to real-world issues.

Criteria for Evaluation

Proposals for funding are judged on:

  1. Originality or importance of research or development.
  2. Relevance of the project to the goals and objectives of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries. (See Strategic Directions 2022-2025)
  3. The potential for research findings to be applied nationally, by other CARL member libraries
  4. Cost-effectiveness of research in terms of the expected influence and ramifications of the results. Only costs which directly support the research enterprise will be considered (this excludes post-research travel, conference registration, tuition fees, etc.). In an effort to encourage a transition to open access publishing models which are free of article processing charges, publication fees are not accepted as an allowable expense.
  5. The research project (research and/or development) must be achievable within two years.
  6. Appropriateness of the proposed research method and development process.
  7. Comprehensiveness of application.
  8. Proof of effective management and control of the project.

Proposals are adjudicated by an application review panel designated by CARL’s Strengthening Capacity Committee.

Submission of Proposals

Grant applicants should submit their proposal via e-mail, as an MS Word or PDF document. The proposal should be in the form of a letter containing:

  • Name and address of applicant, mailing address and date of application.
  • A reasonable description of the research or development project identifying methodology and design or development process.
  • Detailed information on how the research project explicitly addresses the criteria for evaluation as listed above, ensuring to define:
    • Duration of the project, including a detailed project timetable.
    • Assessment of the potential utility of research results to the Canadian research library community.
    • Indication of how the results of the research project will be disseminated – e.g. as an article manuscript, submitted to a peer-reviewed journal, for publication.
    • Detailed assessment of costs and statement of other grants/awards received.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae.
  • File naming convention should be lastnamefirstinitial_CARLgrantapp(year). [eg. McColganK_CARLgrantapp(2016)].

Conditions of the Grant:

  • The grant must be acknowledged in publications and presentations emanating from the research or development, accomplished through the CARL Research in Librarianship Grant.
  • It is expected that research results will be deposited into an institutional repository.
  • The following reports will be filed with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries;
    • Final Progress Report (including budget information).
    • Copy of the final research (article, report, etc.)
    • The Final Progress Report and copy of the final research will be filed within two months of the completion of the project, or two years after receiving the grant—whichever is the shorter time period.
  • Award cheques will be issued to the applicant’s institutional Grants Office, unless otherwise indicated.

Other Information

  • It is expected that recipients will make research results available in an open access environment

Deadline: Proposals should be submitted via email by midnight August 15, annually.

All proposals should be emailed to:

Subject: CARL Research in Librarianship Grant

c/o Julie Morin, Project Officer, Canadian Association of Research Libraries