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The McDowell Foundation is inviting PreK-12 teachers and other educators to submit an application to a directed call for research addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public education in the PreK-12 system in Saskatchewan. For more information about this call, please download the Call for Research Grant Applications.

The Research Awards Guide was created as a resource to be used in developing an application and outlines in more detail the research criteria. All grant applications are adjudicated by an independent Project Review Committee comprised primarily of teachers.

For more information or examples of projects please see our current and completed projects or contact us.

> Available Grants

Notice of Intent 2022-23 Funding

The McDowell Foundation is inviting PreK-12 teachers and other educators to submit a Notice of Intent
to begin the grant application process for research projects funded in the 2022-23 school year.  Foundation grants provide funding, guidance, and release time to support recipients’ project goals and activities.

Prior research experience is not necessary. The Notice of Intent and overall application process assists
applicants in developing a meaningful and achievable research project which supports professional
development through reflective practice. Grants totaling $85,000 are available.

The McDowell Foundation provides research grants to explore new and innovative ways to best meet the
educational needs of students in Saskatchewan. A range of topics have been funded over the past
29 years and can be reviewed in the Research section.

Notice of Intent Requirements

A completed Notice of Intent shall include the following:

  1.  Applicant(s)
    • Project leader’s name, address, phone number, and email.
    • Project team members’ names, phone numbers, and emails.
  2. Applicant Employer
    • School, university, or other.
  3. Describe What You Intend to Study and Why
    • Provide a 100- to 200-word summary.
  4. Research Experience
    • New, novice, or skilled researcher.

The Notice of Intent should be emailed to mcdowell@stf.sk.ca by the November 30, 2020 deadline. The Notice of Intent can be submitted orally if the research team prefers. Please contact the Foundation for further details.

Grant Application Process
  1. Submit a Notice of Intent by November 30, 2021.
  2. Applicants are invited to participate in a grant proposal development workshop in December 2021.
  3. Applicants develop a draft grant proposal for review by February 7, 2022.
  4. Applicants may revise the draft grant proposal based on the feedback and advice received and shall submit a final grant proposal by April 20, 2022.
Directed Call for Research 2021

As part of the 2022-23 research application process, the McDowell Foundation is inviting PreK-12 teachers and other educators to submit a Notice of Intent to begin the grant application process for a special Directed Call funded in the 2022-23 school year.

In February 2021, when Nora Worby announced her retirement to the McDowell Foundation staff, we wanted to honour her and her work over the years as
our administrative assistant. At her request, Nora’s special Directed Call will focus on both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. As we all participate through the journey of Truth
and Reconciliation, a part of our mandate is to raise awareness of the history and creation of the residential school system, its ongoing legacy, and how it has shaped the country we live in today. This was of particular importance to Nora, and her special Directed Call will further the work in this area.

This Notice of Intent will focus on how to further incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing, language, and history into our classrooms. Projects exploring Indigenous language instruction, treaty, and pretreaty education, and decolonizing the classroom will be eligible. If you would like more information or consultation on your research project, please contact
the Foundation.

For more information on how to apply for this special Directed Call or our regular funding opportunities, see the McDowell Foundation Call for Research
Grant Applications: Notice of Intent 2022-23 Funding.