Research Seed Grant

The SJRI has developed a Grants Program to help support Affiliated Faculty Members in their transdisciplinary social justice research. The SJRI Seed Grant is for up to $7,000 in funding.

There are two competitions for funding each year (in March and November). Please contact Kathleen Uranick, SJRI Administrative Coordinator, at for questions regarding applications or the adjudication process.

The grants adjudication committee strongly recommends that you contact Julie Gregory, the SJRI Project Facilitator, at for assistance and advice in advance of submitting and application.


SJRI Seed Grant proposals are expected to respond to the following objectives:

  • fund research proposals that are animated by a concern for social justice;
  • build knowledge and understanding using transdisciplinary perspectives;
  • provide meaningful and high-quality research training experience for Brock students;
  • fund original and high quality research proposals;

SJRI Seed Grants are designed to support transdisciplinary social justice research in its initial stages and help researchers, if appropriate, to leverage funding for larger external grants. The grants adjudication committee strongly recommends that you contact the SJRI Project Facilitator in advance of submitting a seed grant application.

The SJRI seed grants program is distinct from CRISS, BSIG, and other internal funding programs because its focus is on transdisciplinary social justice research and collaborations with a view toward funding projects that help sustain the SJRI.

Value and Duration

The maximum value of an SJRI Seed Grant is $7,000 for a period of one year. Any unused money will revert back to the SJRI. Grant holders will automatically be granted a one year extension if needed.


SJRI must be acknowledged in all publications and presentations that occur as a result of the grant.


The Director of the SJRI will appoint an adjudication committee from among SJRI affiliates to score grant proposals and disperse research grants. The adjudication committee operates at arms-length from the SJRI Faculty Steering Committee, and its membership will remain confidential, known only to the Director and Administrative Coordinator. Members of the adjudication shall not evaluate grant proposals involving affiliates with whom they share a conflict of interest.


Only SJRI affiliates are eligible to serve as principal applicants on SJRI Seed Grants. Preference will be given to those applicants who have not received a seed grant in the past two years.

The first page/title page of your application should include the title of your proposed project and names, contact info and affiliations for the principal and any co-applicants.

Attach a list of all references cited in your review of relevant literature (maximum 3 pages).

The rest of the application should speak directly to the evaluation criteria listed below and be organized accordingly.

Applications must be formatted single-spaced with a 12 point New Times Roman font. Applications that are not formatted properly will not be considered.

All proposed budgetary expenditures must adhere to Tri-Council guidelines. In the case of SJRI Seed Grants, additional budgetary expenditure restrictions are noted below.

Evaluation Criteria and Scoring (6 pages max + CV)

The following criteria and scoring scheme are used by adjudication committee members to evaluate SJRI Seed Grant applications:

  1. Significance (maximum 3 pages) (50%)
    • expected contribution to knowledge;
    • originality and significance;
    • appropriateness of the literature review/works cited;
    • evidence of transdisciplinarity;
    • social justice focus;
    • appropriateness of theories/methods.
    • knowledge dissemination strategies.
  2. Record (no page maximum) (15%)
    • CVs of the principal applicant and co-applicants must be attached to the application.
  3. Viability (maximum 2 pages) (25%)
    • probability of effective and timely completion of the research;
    • inclusion of a budget, indicating other grant support for this project;
    • appropriateness of the requested budget and justification of proposed costs (SJRI Seed Grants may not be used to defray costs associated with: accommodation, sustenance, or conference travel);
    • strategies and timelines for the design and conduct of the activity/activities proposed.
  4. Training and mentoring (maximum half page) (10%)
    • quality of training and mentoring to be provided to Brock students;
    • opportunities for Brock students to contribute to research;
    • if training and mentoring is not relevant provide a justification.

Scoring table

Adjudication committee members assign a score for each of the criteria listed above, based on the following scoring table. The appropriate weighting is then applied to arrive at a final score. Applications must receive a score of 5 or above in each category in order to be considered for funding.

9 to 10Excellent
7 to 8.9Very good
5 to 6.9Good
Below 5Not recommended for funding