Doing Research Here

Purpose - The Alberta School of Business and the University of Alberta offer a variety of services for those engaged in research. The purpose of this resource page is to help researchers be aware of the services available and to provide quick links to resources.

Research Services Office

The Research Services Office (RSO) supports researchers and administrators by providing services focused on the identification of potential funding sources, assistance with the application process and guidance with the financial management of awards.

Researcher Homepage | Research Policies and Procedures | Forms Cabinet | Contact RSO

Research Ethics

Before embarking on any research endeavor, you may need to consult with the Research Ethics Board.

You need to apply for ethics approval if you are planning to do any of the following research activities:

  • You want to collect data for your research that involves human subject participation. (Using publicly available information or gathering information for administrative purposes does not require ethics approval.) If in doubt, contact the Research Ethics Office (REO).
  • You want to have students collect data from people as part of a course you are teaching.
  • You want to conduct research with people as part of your supplementary professional activities.

Educational resources are available to assist current and prospective participants in their choices about taking part in research.

More information on: Getting Ethics Approval | Research Ethics Office | REMO software


Researchers and administrators can access project information online through the Electronic Tracking of Research Awards and Contracts (eTRAC) system.

Faculty Fellowships

The Associate Dean, Research sends out a 'Call for Applications' once a year (typically in October). Not all Fellowships are available each year as the number of three-year term and one-year term fellowships is based on the funding available at the time of the Call. Online Faculty Fellowship Application Form | Administration and Application Procedures

  • Any tenure track staff member in the Alberta School of Business, except those appointed to Endowed Chairs or Professorships and those who have not yet received their PhD degree, is eligible to hold one of these Fellowships.

  • The Research Awards Committee will recommend Fellows, based on eligibility and criteria, to the Dean who will make the final selection.

Criteria Used to Evaluate Applications:

  • Quality of the proposed plan of research.
  • Research productivity over the past five (5) years.
  • Successful completion of ongoing research projects.

EFF-SAS Funding

The Associate Dean, Research sends out a 'Call for Applications' at the beginning of each fiscal year. Online EFF-SAS Application Form

  • Any tenured or tenure-track faculty member at the Alberta School of Business is eligible.
  • Faculty currently holding an endowed chair are only eligible to be co-investigators.
  • A faculty member may be an applicant on two separate grants if they are a principal-investigator on one and a co-investigator on another.
  • The maximum grant amount is $8,000. Faculty members may develop collaborative grants for larger amounts.
  • Funds must be spent by the end of the current fiscal year.
  • If ethics approval is required, funding will only be released once the protocol number has been provided.
  • Eligible use of EFF-SAS funds includes: obtaining professional copy editing services for Tri-Council Agency grant applications, preliminary data gathering, hiring a GRA, and travel to conferences that are relevant to the proposal or project. EFF-SAS funds will not be given for teaching releases.

Criteria Used to Evaluate Applications:

  • Anticipated research outcomes (e.g., top-tier publication(s), strong Tri-Council or other prestigious research grant applications).
  • Excellence of research proposal or project.


ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized. (

Behavioural Research Lab

The Marketing, Business Economics and Law (MBEL) department maintains two facilities in the basement of the Business Building for conducting behavioural research using computers. If you wish to use this lab, please consult Sarah Moore - Associate Professor in Marketing, Business Economics and Law.

Financial Research Services

Several databases are available to Alberta School of Business staff and students engaged in research involving financial data. They are accessible via the Alberta School of Business' subscription with Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) which warehouses international financial data sets.

Software for Researchers

Researchers on the U of A campus have access to discounted and free software through the OnTheHub vendor service.

Software is available for at Home/Personal Computer use and for University Owned Computers. Prices and restrictions will vary; please consult the Technology Coordinator for confirmation of the version you should be purchasing or if there is an Alberta School of Business license available for your use before purchasing your own version.

For installation assistance, please contact the Information Services and Technology (IST) Service Desk by email at or phone780-492-9400 to arrange for an analyst to assist you.

IST Research Services

Information Services and Technology (IST) has potential services available for researchers such as access to Compute Canada/WestGRID Research Analysts and resources. Please contact IST's Service Desk by email at or phone 780-492-9400 if you are interested in exploring available support options for your research needs.

University of Alberta Libraries Support for Researchers

Winspear Business Library - A Guide to Business & Economics Databases for Alberta School of Business Faculty & PhD Students is available online. Additional information on Research Support and ERA (Education Research Archive).

Guides and Databases for Researchers - Business Subject Guides and Business Databases

Tracking your research metrics in Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar, SSRN, etc.

Unique author identifiers for Researchers - ORCids, Scopus ID, Researcher ID

Canadian Standards for ORCids - CASRAI

Open Access - Tri-council agency guidelines: The harmonized Tri-Agency Open Access (OA) Policy on Publications applies to SSHRC, CIHR and NSERC funded research grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onwards. There are two ways to comply with the Tri-Agency Policy: Open Access Green and Open Access Gold.

Elite, Other Distinguished and Top 50 Financial Times journal archiving policies and details.

Information on identifying and avoiding predatory publishers.

Questions? Please contact our business Librarians in the Winspear Business Library or the ERA Helpdesk.


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Earn Money as a Research Subject

The Alberta School of Business pays participants in research studies. Participants in these studies typically receive a nominal cash payment to compensate them for their time. Most of the studies are conducted in the Business Building on the U of A campus and although every study is different, studies typically take less than an hour. Join the research panel.