Kathleen Kevany (Lead)
Brennan Lowery (Student Support)

The Rural Research Centres Network (R2CN) aims to serve as a knowledge mobilization platform for research centres and institutes dedicated to research and engagement in rural communities and regions. It aims to support, engage, and mobilize rural research centres working within higher education, non-profit, public, and private sector contexts across Canada and internationally to amplify their local impact and policy relevance. The network aspires to identify and build on the core competencies of the rural research centres within RPLC’s network and foster space to collectively strengthen and harness these capacities for collective benefit.  R2CN seeks to bolster the capacity of the network of rural research centres – starting with centres within post-secondary educational institutions and expanding to other centres to magnify the valued services of research centres in rural regions.. Supports may include the exchange among network members of knowledge, skills, and efforts to enhance collaboration, share expertise and resources, and strategize on ways to substantially impact rural policy and practice.

Learn more about the Rural Research Centres Network here: R2CN Introductory Page

To join the network and for other inquiries, contact Brennan Lowery:

For information of conference funding opportunities, please contact us.

Call for Applications (ROUND 2): Rural Research Centres Travel Award

Overview of Award:

The purpose of the Rural Research Centres Travel Award is to support knowledge mobilization, relationship building, and collaboration around rural policy and practice. It can support student travel for training and faculty travel for mentoring. Members of The Rural Research Centres Network (R2CN) are encouraged to apply.


  • Up to $1500 for student travel for conferences, collaboration, and networking opportunities
  • Up to $1000 for faculty and collaborators travel for conferences, training, and networking

Larger requests may be considered if significant impact on R2CN goals and activities (knowledge mobilization, collaboration, and student training and mentoring) is demonstrated.


Students at the undergraduate, masters, PhD, and post-doctoral levels at RPLC-affiliated institutions in Canada, the US, Mexico, and Europe are eligible to apply. Student applicants are to include evidence of support from their university/institute or supervisor regarding the value of this event for your work in rural research. Faculty and other RPLC members are also eligible to apply for funding. All applicants must be Rural Research Centres Network members.

Application: R2CN Travel Support Application

Deadline: July 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm EST

Please submit application and/or direct any questions about the application to Network Support (Brennan Lowery) at