KIAS facilitates transformational interdisciplinary and collaborative research in the social sciences, humanities and arts at the highest level nationally and internationally.

LASER Alberta: Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous

On November 21st, UAlberta will be hosting its next LASER Talk featuring three globally renowned artists, designers and scientists to present their projects at the interface of design and biomedical research.

Kule Research

Since its inception, KIAS has awarded more than 190 grants to over 135 researchers totaling 1.85 million dollars.

The Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) is a major endowed research institute based at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. KIAS supports interdisciplinary and collaborative research in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts, focusing on research with the potential for national or international recognition. 

Our regular research funding program features Dialogue Grants, Research Team Grants, and Research Cluster Grants, while our other grants include the CRAfT Digital Research Archive Grant.

We help researchers connect to form teams through our in-person and digital networking initiatives.

Browse the tabs or learn more about our research grants on our Funding page, and check out our upcoming events and networking opportunities on our News & Events page.

Dialogue Grants support research meetings, networking, outreach, and conferences to help researchers organize, present, or disseminate research. Networked dialogues can raise the visibility of research using the internet and digital tools. Flexible support available, generally $2000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Read more

Research Team Grants support the formation of interdisciplinary research teams that have the potential to achieve national or international recognition for reseach. Teams are prioritized for further funding. Flexible support up to $7500. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Read more

Research Cluster Grants support sustained activities of an interdisciplinary research team that can raise the team to the level where it has a national or international research impact. Flexible support available, up to $100,000. Annual call for short proposals. Read more

Featured Projects

Migration Views

A rapid research response project showcasing scholarly, professional and personal reflections on migration and the refugee crisis.

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Sustaining Mountain Cultures in the Canadian West

Interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral cluster explores ecological and cultural sustainability of mountain places and peoples.

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After Oil

International academic and public research project operating under the rubric of the Petrocultures Research Group.

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Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory

International team of scholars and artists investigate how arts theory and practice can address challenges of anthropogenic climate change.

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Documenting the Dene Diaspora

Living archive to document the scientific story of Dene peoples and the traditional and historical knowledge of the Dene.

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Health, Wealth and Happiness

Interdisciplinary cluster examines effects of differences in family life course paths on older adults’ health, wealth and happiness.

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