Research at John Abbott

John Abbott College encourages collaborative research: we welcome efforts from external researchers to foster relationships with our research community.

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The Research Support Fund is an initiative from the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat: Canadian Institutes of Health Research,  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council,   Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Health Canada, and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

The Research Support Fund aims to help off-set the financial  burden of the indirect costs of research supported by the Tri-Agencies (CIHR, SSHRC, and NSERC) that is placed on Canadian postsecondary institutions.

Indirect costs of research are the less obvious costs that an institution must incur when active in research. Examples of these costs would include the upgrade and maintenance of research equipment, salaries of personnel required to financially administer a research grant, support of a research ethics board, and the professional development of research-dedicated personnel.

For a complete list of eligible expenses allowed with the Research Support Fund, please follow this link:

John Abbott College will use its portion of the Research Support Fund ($27,532) solely for the support of Management and Administration; which includes the salaries and benefits of employees who support research at John Abbott College.



Liliya Nikolova, PhD
Project Title:
Use of touchscreen computers for in-class active learning activities
Description of project:
The project will explore the use of touch screen computers as an alternative to smart boards for students during in-class active learning activities. Two core courses in the Engineering Technologies program, Applied Physics and Thermodynamics, will be involved. These classes are primarily theoretical. Using touch screen computers will allow students to refine their problem skills and develop their critical thinking ability.

Caroline Viger
Project title:
Team teaching winter semester Physics NYA to improve student success
Description of project: The project aims to develop a learning resource program that provides in-class tutoring support for struggling students, which, in turn, supports the implementation of active learning activities and universal design strategies in a Physics NYA course.


The John Abbott community came together on November 21 to celebrate research at the College.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, members of the College community have been awarded grants for research under the auspices of Entente Canada-Québec,
FRQNT (Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies), FRQSC (Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture) and Indigenous Northern Affairs Canada for a total of $1,534,088 not including other grants for which we were not the principal applicant.

Seen on photo: faculty members who received grants and students who were involved in the projects.