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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.

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Special Directed Call 2023-24 Funding

The McDowell Foundation is inviting PreK-12 teachers and other educators to submit an application to a directed call for research that will focus on the impacts on teaching and learning as teachers transition to retirement and how they continue to contribute to the profession once they retire.

In celebration of the Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan’s 50th anniversary, the McDowell Foundation is pleased to partner in this research exploring how teachers continue to contribute to the profession even as they step away from active teaching.

Two research grants of up to $3,000 per project will be awarded. Research projects should be completed within three to six months of receiving the funding.

For this directed call, there will be a single application process. Applications can be accessed through emailing mcdowell@stf.sk.ca.

Notice of Intent 2023-24 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 2023-24 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 totalling $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, 2022 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, 2022.
  2. Applicants are invited to participate in a grant proposal development workshop in December 2022.
  3. Applicants develop a draft grant proposal for review by February 6, 2023.
  4. Applicants may revise the draft grant proposal based on the feedback and advice received and shall submit a final grant proposal by April 21, 2023.
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