Grant opportunities

Call for Research Proposals on Responsible Leadership Development

The Montalbano Centre for Responsible Leadership Development is pleased to announce a call for applications for research on responsible leadership development. Applications should be submitted by April 30.


To support and encourage academic research on responsible leadership development.


The Principal Investigator must be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member at UBC Sauder.


The purpose of this initiative is to support innovative research examining responsible leadership development. Responsible leadership refers to managing an organization’s interactions with its multiple stakeholders in ways that can positively impact economic, social, and environmental outcomes. Whereas corporate social responsibility (CSR) refers to an organization’s response to achieving these conditions, responsible leadership refers to how leaders themselves foster these outcomes and navigates these waters.

Although business and society report being advocates for responsible leadership, how leaders actually do this is not well defined or understood. Moreover, responsible leadership does not necessarily come naturally to all leaders. This Call for Proposals represents an opportunity for UBC Sauder to contribute to responsible leadership development research and education.

The purpose of the Center is to advance understanding of responsible leadership both in terms of research and education. Our goal will be to use research to help leaders develop themselves to better manage their own and their organization’s impact on the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. This includes the capacity to address issues regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), and to develop competencies in self-awareness, systems thinking, stakeholder engagement, and change and innovation, all built on a foundation of one’s inner values and ethics. The Centre will aim to support the Dean’s vision for Sauder as a business school that fosters responsible leadership, and strengthen the school’s reputation as an academic authority in an area growing in importance in business and leadership education. Importantly, the Centre will aim to honor its benefactors, Dana and John Montalbano.


The grant amounts can range from $3,000 to $10,000.

Decision Criteria:

The proposals will be reviewed by a committee and decisions will be based on:

  • The quality of the application: Priority will be given to projects that the reviewers deem to have a high likelihood of leading to published research and/or additional grant funding.
  • Relevance and impact of the research: Preference will be given to topics that advance business- and societally-relevant topics and that are strongly linked to the theme of responsible leadership development.

Application Procedure:

Applicants should write a brief summary of the proposed research, including the research question(s), methodology, and theoretical and practical implications. Where relevant, the proposal should clearly outline the role of students and discuss the specific training/experience that the research project will provide. The proposal should be no longer than two pages double spaced (12-point font). Successful applicants will need to provide an annual report detailing their progress

Applications should be emailed to Daniel Skarlicki at