About CRIW Ignite!

CRIW Ignite! is an annual research grant program funded by the Centre for Research on Inclusion at Work (CRIW). This grant is designed to advance workplace inclusion by supporting collaborative research projects that align with the Centre’s mission of supporting, conducting and sharing scholarship advancing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). All workplace inclusion research topics are welcome. However, of particular interest are research projects exploring barriers to employment and organizational inclusion for such populations as Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC), immigrants, women, individuals with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ and youth. In 2024, the grant program makes up to CAD $24,000 available to fund up to three (3) research projects (maximum value per project $8,000).

Application Deadline: April 26, 2024

Award date: May 2024

Who should apply: Any Carleton University faculty, postdoctoral, or graduate student, as long as one member of the research team is a faculty member at the Sprott School of Business.


To be eligible for funding, applications must meet the following objectives:

  1. Include at least one (1) faculty member at the Sprott School of Business
  2. Have a faculty member from Carleton who is the PI
  3. Engage at least one (1) graduate or undergraduate student in the project
  4. Produce a tangible outcome at the end of 18 months, including but not limited to: a grant proposal, a working paper, a case study, a peer-reviewed publication or a knowledge mobilization initiative
  5. Bring about practical advances in the area of inclusion at work

Submission guidelines

To apply for a CRIW Ignite! research grant, please submit a project proposal with the subject line “2024 CRIW Ignite! research grant” to criw@carleton.ca by the deadline, containing the following:

  • 2-page project summary, including project description, objectives, start date and duration, methodology, and knowledge mobilization plan (if appropriate)
  • list of research team and partners, discussing expertise and complementarity
  • role of student(s) and outcomes of project participation
  • detailed budget justification
  • deliverables and milestones
  • bibliographic references
  • a copy of all researchers’ CVs
  • a description (max. 90 words) of the research project for placement in the recipient’s announcement (see a CRIW Ignite! announcement for examples)


  • Grant recipients are expected to contribute to CRIW’s knowledge-sharing efforts by providing project information for placement on CRIW’s website and use in other outreach initiatives
  • Within 12 months of receiving the grant, awardees must share (preliminary) findings at a CRIW research event (typically the Annual Conference)
  • A researcher cannot be a Principal Investigator on two grants but can be a collaborator in more than one grant.
  • CRIW’s support should be acknowledged in any publications stemming from work supported by this grant, and a copy of the publication(s) should be provided for CRIW’s records.
  • By being awarded a CRIW Ignite! Grant, you are welcomed as an affiliated member of CRIW.

Budget information

The following costs are ineligible for CRIW grants:

  • research conducted under contract with a public institution, private agency or firm
  • funds for travel, except expenses for data collection related to the project
  • equipment purchases
  • contributions to university overhead
  • open access journal fees
  • hospitality, entertainment and/or honoraria (unless clearly specified as part of a knowledge mobilization or data collection initiative)
  • costs associated with the development of courses and/or course release(s)
  • costs incurred before the grant is awarded

Contact Information

For more information, please contact CRIW at criw@carleton.ca.

CRIW Ignite! research grant recipients


  • The financialization of motherhood – Oriane Couchoux & Gabrielle Patry-Beaudoin
  • Embodied experiences of international student’s cultural adjustment and inclusion/exclusion – Dr. Luciara Nardon, Dr. Amrita Hari & Dunja Palić
  • Exploring the learning and teaching experiences of graduate students from equity seeking groups in management education – Dr. Leighann Neilson, Tasnuva Chaudhury, Amirreza Afrouzi & Aanya Bainbur

For details on the research project funded in 2023, please see the grant award announcement.


  • How Experiential Learning can Lead to Successful Transitions to Leadership Roles for International MBA Students – Andrew Webb

For details on the research project funded in 2022, please see the grant award announcement.


  • Exploring the Consequences of Work-Family Imbalance – Linda Duxbury, Anita Grace and Sandra Nelson
  • Sub-Saharan African Immigrant Women’s Lived Experiences of Labour Market Integration, Occupational Discrimination and Systemic Employment Barriers in Ontario – Diane Isabelle, Melissa Redmond and Esther Adekunbi
  • Faculty Writing Groups and COVID-19 Research Support – Merridee Bujaki, Melissa Redmond and Sarah E.K. Smith

For details on the research projects funded in 2021, please see the grant award announcement.


  • Factors facilitating work integration of immigrants in Canada – Daniel Gulanowski and Greg Sears
  • Pandemic, panic, and precarity: Interviews with international students stranded in Ottawa during COVID-19 – Luciara Nardon and Amrita Hari
  • Cross-sector social partnerships to facilitate operational success of MLSE LaunchPad – Andrew Webb, Francois Brouard and Marika Warner

For details on the research projects funded in 2020, please see the grant award announcement.