Legal Research Fund

The Law Foundation of BC has established a fund of $100,000 per year to support legal research in British Columbia. The purpose of the fund is to support legal research projects that “advance the knowledge of law, social policy, and the administration of justice”.

Who Can Apply

The Legal Research Fund is open to:

  • Members of the law faculties at Thompson Rivers University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Victoria, as long as the application is submitted through their Dean.
  • Members of other faculties in British Columbia, as long as the research is law-related and the application is submitted through their Dean.
  • Members of the legal profession in British Columbia who can demonstrate they have the background, interests and capacity to carry out the proposed project.
  • Non-profit organizations with expertise in carrying out legal research.

Please note that a person who is a current recipient of a Graduate Fellowship from the Foundation is ineligible to receive a grant from the Legal Research Fund.

Areas of Encouragement

To be eligible for funding, a project must fall within the Law Foundation’s legal research fund objectives of advancing the knowledge of law, social policy and the administration of justice.

The Law Foundation encourages applications where the proposed research could reasonably be expected to have a practical impact in improving access to justice for British Columbians. This could include, but is not limited to:

  • Research that identifies legal needs in the context of access to justice.
  • Research that identifies what works in addressing specific legal needs in the context of access to justice.
  • Research that identifies practical pathways to improving access to justice.
  • Research related to family law and access to justice.
  • Research related to Aboriginal law and access to justice.

The Law Foundation encourages applicants and projects that reflect the diversity of British Columbia. The Law Foundation’s working definition of diversity is:

Diversity includes age, different abilities, socio-economic level, education, ethnicity, language, family, gender, marital/relationship status, race, religion, work experience, geographic size and location, and sexual orientation.

Grant Size

The maximum amount available for each project is $20,000.

Application Process

The Foundation seeks Letters of Intent for proposals for one-time projects.

To be considered, please submit a Letter of Intent by September 7, 2018 for consideration at the November 2018 meeting of the Foundation’s Board of Governors.

The Letter of Intent, which should be no more than three pages long, should contain the following information:

  • Name of the project.
  • Start and end dates for the project.
  • Name of the principal researcher.
  • Amount of request.
  • Description of the proposed research.
  • Need for and potential impact of the proposed research.
  • Detailed budget, including rates of pay for students.
  • If the grant is to be part of a larger research budget, the total amount of the research budget, the other funding sources, and whether those other funding sources are confirmed.
  • Plan for distribution of the research.

Please attach to the Letter of Intent the CV of the principal researcher and a list of their publications (limited to major publications and presentations relevant to the application within the last five years).

The materials can be sent by mail, courier, fax, or email to:

Fellowships and Research Committee
Law Foundation of British Columbia
1340 – 605 Robson Street,
Vancouver, BC   V6B 5J3
fax: 604-688-4586

Please contact Tim Bailey, Program Director, at 1-604-688-2337 to discuss your project prior to submitting a Letter of Intent.