Sponsored research and information about Lee-Chin Institute grants.
The Lee-Chin Institute conducts dedicated academic and applied research on sustainability theories, models, strategies and actions for academic and business audiences. We also support related academic research by Rotman faculty and PhDs and enhance curriculum and co-curricular activities relating to sustainability.
Projects must explore how companies adapt to or integrate social, environmental and governance risks and opportunities. This is variously called corporate citizenship, social responsibility, sustainability, social finance, social enterprise, social innovation and other terms. As this is still an emerging field that has implications across management disciplines, our scope is necessarily wide.
Preference will be given to projects that are most clearly related to these issues, are well defined in scope and methodology, expand current disciplines into new areas or approaches, and have not or are not likely to find support from other funding sources. Theoretical and applied research are both acceptable, although our orientation is towards work that can be applied by senior business leaders. See previous examples for some guidance on what has been chosen.
Grants can be used to cover direct expenses such as research assistant time, purchasing data, materials, conference costs and travel expenses as applicable. Small grant requests are as welcome as larger ones (typically grants are for $1,000 - $10,000). Note that like SSHRC research grants, these grants cannot cover principal investigator salary or stipends.