Call for Research Proposals

HRRI is an organization with a mandate to advance the HR body of knowledge and thought leadership by supporting new, evidence-based research in the field of Human Resources (HR) that has practical application to the HR profession.

HRRI, is a registered Canadian charitiable organization and is affiliated with the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), the largest HR association in Canada and the third largest in the world.

As part of its mandate, HRRI funds research pertaining to a topic that is pressing and of interest to HRPA members, and to business leaders and their companies.

For 2016, the research topic was:

”The HR Needs of Aboriginal People in Northern Ontario – Barriers and Solutions”

And it has been awarded to Dr. Lea Tufford of Laurentian University, in collaboration with the Union of Ontario Indians. The findings will be presented at the 2017 HRPA Annual Conference.


Proposals are invited from Ontario-based researchers, including those who are members of HRPA. Proposals from research teams headed by an Ontario-based principal investigator are also invited (other team members may be based outside of Ontario).

Proposal Format

The applications will be reviewed by the Research and Awards Committee of the HRRI.

Applicants are required to include the following information in their submissions:

  1. A brief summary of the issue to be investigated;
  2. A brief literature review
  3. An outline of methodology
  4. A description of the applicant’s experiences with Aboriginal issues
  5. Proposed outcomes of the research indicating how the challenges  facing Aboriginal people in northern Ontario will be addressed  through the research and identifying options as to how the barriers  will be alleviated
  6. A preliminary budget
  7. A proposed timeline for the project (to be completed within 12 months of the funding being awarded to the successful applicant)

This summary proposal should be between 5 and 7 pages.

Researchers must submit their proposals to:

Chris Larsen
VP, Marketing, Membership & Professional Development

Human Resources Professional Association
150 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON  M5S 2X9


The HRRI Research and Awards Committee will review the applications and select up to three applicants to submit a full proposal for the project. Specific guidelines will be provided at that time. All applicants will be notified of the committee decision.



Questions about this call for proposals should be directed to the Chair of the HRRI Research and Awards Committee, Dr. Parbudyal Singh ( or to Chris Larsen, (