Sabbatical Research Grant:

As per the CUASA Collective Agreement, Section 20.3C, researchers (faculty members or professional librarians) may receive a research grant in lieu of salary, under certain conditions.

Meaning of “Research”

As stated in the Canada Revenue Agency’s Interpretation Bulletin IT-75R4, research must involve a critical or scientific inquiry aiming at the discovery of new facts or the development of new interpretations or applications. The University can only approve these salary conversions if the application meets all the requirements of the terms of the Income Tax Act of Canada, articles 56(1)(n) and (o).

Important Information

  • Once the grant has been awarded, the funds are no longer considered to be salary, but constitute a research grant, which is subject to the regulations of the program and the research-related policies of the University.
  • The grant may be used for all the purposes of a grant-in-aid, except salary for the Principal Investigator
  • Grants awarded under this program are regarded as taxable income; however, the grant payment(s) will be treated as T4A income for tax purposes and accordingly, no income tax will be deducted by the University
  • The grant will be administered by the researcher, and the responsibility for dealing with the Canada Revenue Agency on any tax-related matters shall be the researcher’s alone.

The following are NOT recognized as deductible expenses:

  • personal or living expenses of the taxpayer, except travelling expenses (including the entire amount expended for meals and lodging) incurred by him/her while away from home in the course of carrying out the work,
  • expenses in respect of which he/she has been reimbursed, or expenses that are otherwise deductible in computing his/her income for the year.


Step 1: One original application should be submitted to the Chair/School Director. The Chair/School Director and Faculty Dean will approve it in accordance with the following criteria:

  1. The topic of the research is timely and in the applicant’s area of specialization.
  2. The research will be of benefit to the University.
  3. The budget request appears reasonable and justifiable.
  4. The amount of the research grant requested is reasonably commensurate with the value of the reduction in the normal workload of the applicant.

Step 2:Submit your completed application and CV (an NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR CV is preferable) including a list of publications and research grants to

Application deadlines are: the first of February, May, August and November.

The SRG application guidelines can be found HERE

The SRG application form can be found HERE

Please direct any questions pertaining to this grant to Sarah Adams.