Research Seed Grant

SJRI has developed a Grants Program to support Affiliated Members with their transdisciplinary social justice research. Each Research Seed Grant is worth up to $4,000 in funding, with a total of $8,000 allocated to this type of grant.

There are two competitions for funding each year (Fall and Spring).

Please contact Julie Gregory (SJRI Project Facilitator) at jgregory@brocku.ca with any questions regarding the application and/or adjudication process.

The grants adjudication committee also strongly recommends that you contact Julie for application support at least two calendar weeks in advance of submitting an application.

The next application due date is Friday April 30, 2021. Please send your application to jgregory@brocku.ca by this date.

Description

Research Seed Grants are designed to support affiliates’ transdisciplinary social justice research in its initial stages and help researchers, if appropriate, to leverage funding for larger external grants. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the SJRI Project Facilitator in advance of submitting a seed grant application.

SJRI Research 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.

The SJRI Research 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

There is a total of $8,000 allocated to each grant type and the maximum value of each award is $4,000 for two years. Any proposed variations from the project’s budget must be submitted in writing for approval. Any unused money will revert back to SJRI two years from the grant award date, unless an extension requested one month prior and in writing is granted.

Adjudication

Members of the adjudication shall not evaluate grant proposals involving affiliates with whom they share a conflict of interest. The names of the adjudication committee members are available upon request after the adjudication process has been completed.

In advance of each competition, the PF will assemble a committee of three SJRI affiliates who, ideally, provide some representation across faculties and who will serve as adjudicators for at least one year (two competition rounds). In cases when the Project Facilitator is aware that there will be fewer applications to a competition round than available funding, the FSC will be notified and the decision may be made to extend that associated deadline (which is otherwise strict). In these cases, the Project Facilitator will announce any agreed upon extension to the wider membership.

For each application, the adjudication committee members will assign a score based on the respective grant type evaluation criteria and scoring weight (see below for details). The appropriate weighting is then applied to arrive at a final score.

Knowledge Mobilization and Acknowledgement

Grant holders may be asked to share findings at SJRI events such as a speaker series, semi-annual general meetings, and/or on the SJRI website. A final report is to be submitted by the date stipulated in the SJRI Grant Funding Agreement and is to include information on participation, project outcomes, expenditures and additional funds secured, as applicable. If applicable, electronic copies of publications, presentations, and promotional materials developed for the project should also be included. SJRI must be clearly acknowledged in all publications and presentations that occur as a result of the grant. The SJRI Grant Funding Report template, which is shared with recipients at the time of the award announcement, includes these details.

Application

Only SJRI affiliates are eligible to serve as principal applicants on SJRI Research 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 Research 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 Research 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. 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;
    • Other considerations
        • All applicants must comment on if/how the proposed research plan incorporates physical distancing practices, adheres to public health guidelines and/or any other strategy and timeline considerations for undertaking the research within the current pandemic context (whatever that is at the time of application submission). If such adjustments are not relevant, please provide a justification. Explanation of these considerations will not count toward this sub-section page limit.
        • LTA applicants must ensure that the proposed timeline and funding request aligns with their current Brock-based appointment and note that any unspent funds must be returned to the SJRI at that time unless the SJRI is notified ahead of time that this appointment has been renewed, in which case access to the awarded funds will be available for the normal two-year timeframe.
  3. 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.
  4. Record (no page maximum) (15%)
    • CVs of the principal applicant and co-applicants must be attached to the application.

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.

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