Research Seed Grant

SJRI has developed a Grants Program to support Affiliated Faculty Members with their transdisciplinary social justice research. Each Research Seed Grant is worth up to $4,000 in funding, with a total of $8000 allocated to this type of grant.

There are two competitions for funding each year (in March and November).

Applications for the current competition are due by Friday March 29, 2019. 

Please send applications to Kathleen Uranick (SJRI Administrative Coordinator) at kuranick@brocku.ca. Please also contact Kathleen with any questions regarding the application and/or adjudication process.

The grants adjudication committee strongly recommends that you contact Julie Gregory (SJRI Project Facilitator) at jgregory@brocku.ca for application support at least two weeks in advance of submitting an application.

Description

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;

Research 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 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

The maximum value of an SJRI Research Seed Grant is $4,000 for a period of one year. Any proposed variations from the project’s budget must be submitted in writing for prior approval. Any unused money will revert back to SJRI one year from the grant award date, unless an extension is requested in writing one month prior. Grant holders will automatically be granted a one year extension if needed.

Knowledge Mobilization and Acknowledgement

Grant holders may be asked to share findings at SJRI events such as a speaker series, AGM, and/or on the SJRI website. A final report is to be submitted, which includes information on participation, project outcomes, expenditures and additional funds secured. 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.

Adjudication

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.

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. 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.

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