Research, measurement, evaluation and knowledge transfer activities

Opportunities to help identify best practices in Indigenous education that could benefit First Nation students.

The 2017-2018 call for proposals to support research projects is now closed. The deadline to submit a proposal was May 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

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About the activities

The Government of Canada, through Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), is investing $1.5 million annually in new Research, Measurement, Evaluation and Knowledge Transfer activities.

Launched in 2017-18 under the New Paths for Education program, this new investment aims to increase awareness and knowledge of best practices in Indigenous education among educators, policy-makers and First Nations leaders across Canada. It supports:

The program supports research projects that contribute to the growing body of evidence on educational initiatives across Canada that are positively impacting First Nations students and their educational outcomes. ISC requires that the findings of the research are presented at a First Nations education conference, workshop or symposium.

This investment reaffirms the Government of Canada's commitment to working collaboratively with First Nations to ensure that all First Nations students receive a culturally-responsive, high-quality education that improves student outcomes, while respecting the principle of First Nations control of First Nation education.

For 2017-2018, proposals were sought for five themes, all of which are focused on education initiatives aimed at supporting First Nations students in Canada living on reserve, whether they are attending an on-reserve school or attending a provincial, territorial or private school off reserve. The five themes are:

  1. School attendance
  2. Language and culture
  3. Indigenization of education
  4. Online and technology-based learning
  5. Student transitions

Who can apply?


The deadline to submit a proposal was 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) May 15, 2017.

How to apply?

Applicants must submit detailed electronic proposals for all projects to be funded.

Applicants who have access to the department's services portal should use the electronic form by opening a session on the portal. If you do not have access to the portal, please contact your regional office to get access to the portal.

When you open the form, you must save it on your local drive before you begin entering any information. Remember to :

Please ensure that the form is fully complete (all mandatory fields are filled in) and that all documents included with the proposal are attached to the supporting documents section of the proposal form. Attached documents should be in MS Word or MS Excel format.

Since the funding will be provided on a fiscal year basis, separate project timelines and expenditure projections must be submitted in your proposal. For example, the activities planned and expected results section in the form must include cost information up to March 31, 2018. If your project extends beyond March 31, 2018, you must:

All research projects must be completed in their entirety within eighteen months from the research project's approval date. The start date should be no later than September 4, 2017 as the project must be completed by March 31, 2019. This would include first the undertaking of research, measurement or evaluation activities and then the presentation of related findings at some form of regional or national First Nation education conference, workshop or symposium.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to closely review the New Paths for Education: National Program Guidelines 2017-2018 before submitting an application, particularly the eligible expenditures section.

Submission of a proposal does not guarantee its acceptance. Funding decisions were communicated August 2, 2017. Funding was allocated based on the number of successful proposals and availability of funds.

Proposal assessment criteria

Proposals are assessed using the general criteria for the New Paths program.

  1. Current state or statement of need
    • The background and context for the project, what issues to be addressed and the drivers leading to the proposal.
    • A short review of the past literature related to the chosen research theme and a discussion of the value added by the proposed project, (for example how the proposed research project will contribute to expanding evidence-based outcome data in Indigenous education in Canada).
  2. Capability
    • The experience and capacity of the recipient, and where applicable the identified project leader, to manage the implementation of the activities within their proposal successfully and complete the project in a timely manner.
    • The experience and qualification of the principal investigator (such as, the individual doing the research). This should include at least two examples of similar research, measurement, or evaluation projects undertaken by the researcher within the last 10 years.
  3. Consultation and commitment
    • The extent to which the proposal has the support of the relevant schools and/or communities. This entails a letter of support from a member First Nations for the proposal and must also include a letter from the school and/or community in which the study will take place.
  4. Implementation activities
    • The extent to which the proposal aligns with eligible activities and meets program objectives. The assessment process will consider timeliness, cost-effectiveness, and the degree to which the activities will result in the expected outcomes.
    • Feasibility of similar programs or initiatives of being replicated and contributing to First Nation students' outcome and communities.
  5. Project costs
    • A demonstration of a realistic assessment of estimated costs with a justification of the level of funding required.
  6. Project management
    • How the initiative or project will be managed, including project governance, management of project scope, human resources, risk management and project monitoring, control and reporting. This must include plans on presenting the final findings of the research project at a First Nations education conference, workshop or symposium.

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