Charting Your Research Idea

Getting Started

Have a conversation with your supervisor. You may wish to discuss the following questions:

  • What is your proposed project? What do you hope to learn?
  • What is the idea you have, or what is the problem you wish to examine?
  • How do you envision investigating your question?
  • What do you need in order to successfully complete your project?
  • Will your project involve human participants? If so, have you examined Research Ethics Board approval process? (
  • How much money do you think you will need? How will it be spent?
  • How will this project involve Okanagan College students? Does the experience relate to your program curriculum?
  • Are there external industry, community or academic partners?
  • What type of expenditures/human resources will you require?
  • Are there external partners? If so, what role will they play in the project?

Your Applied Research Project Support Form should be signed by your supervisor before formally developing your project. This allows Okanagan College to examine projects and  determine if there are resources that may be available to support your project.

Implementing Your Project

Once your project is approved and funded, the Learning and Applied Research Unit and Finance will take care of the administration of your funds so you can focus on your project. Funds from external agencies, including NSERC, SSHRC, etc., are awarded to Okanagan College and these funds are managed in accordance with the agency-approved budget and guidelines.

The Learning and Applied Research Unit will also work with you to support students being paid after you have approved and submitted their time sheets.

Potential Funding Options

There may be external funding opportunities and/or partnerships available for your project. If you apply for external funding the timelines for the start and end date for the applied research project may be influenced by deadlines set by the funding agency.

A list of potential funding opportunities can be found on the Applied Research Funding Sources page here.