Funding

Financial support can take many forms, and come from several distinct sources or combinations of sources. Here are a few resources to find funding:

Internal funding opportunities

The Research Office will review requests from full time Faculty members to support research activities within the Faculty. Requests will be evaluated by the Faculty Research Committee and selections/allocations made on a competitive basis, contingent on availability of funds.

OPERATIONAL SUPPORT

1. RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (RDP)

Research development program (RDP; Seed and Bridge opportunities) – joint program with the Office of the Vice-President Research
Deadlines: May 10th and December 10th

The Research Development Program (RDP) aims to provide a competitive edge to University of Ottawa researchers through the provision of direct, short-term funding. This funding will enable researchers to conduct research which lays the groundwork for a new or revised research grant application to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

** Joint program with the Office of the Vice-President Research – Research Management Services

There are 2 streams:

Seed Funding Opportunity (SFO) for early career researchers

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Eligible candidates must:

  • Hold a full-time tenure or a tenure track position in the Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Be within their first 5 years as an independent researcher
  • Hold no funds from external peer-reviewed sources at the time of application
  • Have not held funding from one of the three Canadian granting councils (NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR)
  • Intend to submit a proposal to one of the agencies within the next 12 – 18 months
  • Have not held funding from the RDP program in the previous three years
  • Obtain matching contribution from faculty

DEADLINE AND REQUIREMENTS

Internal application deadlines:

There are two competitions per year for the SFO. The deadlines are:

  • May 10th
  • December 10th

Proposals must be submitted electronically (in a single PDF file) to: fssrecherche@uottawa.ca, and include:

          - Completed Seed Funding Application Form

          - Common CV or equivalent

Guidelines on how to present an application

  • Be concise
  • Avoid acronyms and abbreviations or explain them fully
  • Write the proposal for a multidisciplinary scientific audience not expert in your discipline
  • Include a clear description of your research objectives, why the research you are proposing is important, how it relates to prior work/state of the art and what the impact of the findings will be on the discipline
  • Explain and support the methodological approach
  • Describe any prior work that you may have performed to demonstrate your ability to deliver on the project
  • Outline the risks and pitfalls, if any, and explain how they will be addressed
  • Outline the resources available for this project and specify how they help you advance your research
  • Provide a realistic timeframe
  • Explain your plans for the dissemination of results
  • Explain how the proposed research supports or enhances a future application

Budget Justification, Eligible and Non-eligible Expenses

The maximum award for the SFO is $10,000 ($5,000.00 SFO & $5,000.00 faculty) over one year. The budget section must describe the budget for the entire research project, including both the SFO & the Faculty matching contribution.

Budget Justification

The justification must:

  • Demonstrate the need for the SFO funds relative to other funding available to the applicant
  • Explain how the costs were established for each item in the budget
  • Describe and justify how budget items are needed to accomplish the objectives
  • Demonstrate how the funds contribute towards the direct costs of the research
  • Demonstrate the economical use of funds 
Example of Eligible Expenses: Examples of Non-eligible Expenses:
  • Research assistants, students salaries
  • Materials and supplies for research
  • Research-related travel (PI only) for data collection
  • Other direct research costs
  • Professional fees to the grantee;
  • Administrative fees/standard monthly connection or rental costs of telephones/connection or installation of lines (telephone or other links), voice mail;
  • Passport and/or immigration fees;
  • Education costs: thesis preparation, tuition and courses fees, thesis examination/defense fees;
  • Cell phones, Blackberry devices, and/or personal digital assistant devices;
  • Library acquisition, computer and other services already provided by the University;
  • Cost of alcohol, entertainment, or gifts;
  • Travel to conferences and scholarly meetings;
  • Buy-out related cost 

ADJUDICATION OF APPLICATIONS

**Both at the Faculty and Institutional levels, a multi-disciplinary selection committee will review the applications. Taking this into consideration, the proposal should be written for non-experts.

Applications will first be assessed by the Faculty Research Committee using the following criteria (same evaluation criteria as for the institutional competition):

Evaluation Criteria
  • Scientific merit of the proposal, including:

          - Originality and innovation

          - Clarity and scope of objectives

          - Feasibility and adequacy of methodological approach

          - Importance of the expected outcome of the research

          - Quality of the presentation, clear, concise, legible and complete

  • Record of research achievement, including, without limitation, the following factors:

          Quality and significance of past contributions

          Level of research activity relative to the stage of the applicant's career

  • Need for funds and Budget Justification:

          - Need for SFO funds and justification of the request relative to other currently-held and/or available funding (Other currently-held funds must be clearly indicated in the applicant's CV)

          - Plan to apply for external, peer-reviewed funding

  • The applicant must demonstrate their plans for applying for peer-reviewed external funding within the next 12 – 18 months.  The primary objective of this program is to increase the likelihood of competing successfully for such funding. The applicant should briefly demonstrate that they have identified potential external funding organizations (including granting councils, industry, foundations, government etc.), that they have an awareness of the evaluation criteria and guidelines of the said external funding organizations and that the proposed work will support and strengthen a future grant application.
  • Contribution to the training of students:

          - Applicants must clearly explain how they plan to involve students in the project and how their project will contribute to the training of highly qualified personnel

IMPORTANT NOTE: The evaluation for the SFO is based on the available documentation in the original application.

All requests will be acknowledged and notification of Committee recommendation, as well as comments, will be sent to each applicant after the review process.

Should the application be approved after review by the Faculty Research Committee, the Faculty Research Office will:

  • Provide a written letter of recommendation from the Faculty confirming that, should the request to the OVPR be approved, financial support will be provided in an amount at least equal to the amount being requested of the RDP;
  • Request two completed RE forms for the amount requested from the Office of the Vice-President Research and from the Faculty; and
  • Submit the full application to the OVPR RDP for review. 

At the institutional level, two selection committees will be established for the SFO:

  • In the Social Sciences and Humanities
  • In Sciences, Engineering and Health Sciences

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Vice-President, Research or their delegate will chair the review committees. Applicants can suggest which committee should review their proposal.  RMS will direct the application to the appropriate committee.  For each competition, RMS will draw committee members from a pool of potential members.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Awardees must, on request of the Office of the Vice-President Research (or delegate), submit a final report to RMS (1 page) describing progress in light of original project objectives and your plans to pursue the research.

The funds will be released once all certification requirements are met (ethics of research with human subjects and/or stem cells, animal care, radiation safety, etc.)

Any unused funds at the end of the project must be returned to the RDP program.  Researchers can request an extension to use the funds.  The extension will be in time only, not funds. To request a one year extension, researchers have to write to RMS and justify how the extension will help them advance their project.  For more information please contact Research Management Services at info-sgr-rms@uottawa.ca.

Bridge Funding Opportunity (BFO) for established researchers revising an unsuccessful proposal to a tri-council competition

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Eligible candidates must:
  • Hold a full-time tenure or a tenure track position in the Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Be within their first 20 years as an independent researcher
  • Have obtained external committee comments on their unsuccessful proposal
  • Provide a plan of action to address the comments in order to improve their chance to secure funding from the same agency
  • Have held as principal applicant at least a one year grant from one of the three funding organizations (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR)
  • Obtain matching contribution from faculty 

DEADLINE AND REQUIREMENTS

Internal application deadlines:

There are two competitions per year for the BFO. The deadlines are:

  • May 10th
  • December 10th

Proposals must be submitted electronically (in a single PDF file) to: fssrecherche@uottawa.ca, and include:

          A completed Application Form for Operational Support, supported by:

          Completed Bridge Funding Application Form

          Common CV or equivalent

          Comments from agency

Proposal Formats

Guidelines on how to present an application

  • Be concise
  • Avoid acronyms and abbreviations or explain them fully
  • Write the proposal for a multidisciplinary scientific audience not expert in your discipline
  • Include a clear description of your research objectives, why the research you are proposing is important, how it relates to prior work/state of the art and what the impact of the findings will be on the discipline
  • Explain and support the methodological approach
  • Describe any prior work that you may have performed to demonstrate your ability to deliver on the project
  • Outline the risks and pitfalls, if any, and explain how they will be addressed
  • Outline the resources available for this project and specify how they help you advance your research
  • Provide a realistic timeframe
  • Explain your plans for the disseminating results
  • Explain how the proposed research supports or enhances a future application

Budget Justification, Eligible and Non-eligible Expenses

The maximum award for the BFO is $10,000 ($5,000.00 BFO & $5,000.00 faculty) over one year. The budget section must describe the budget for the entire research project, including both the BFO & the Faculty matching contribution.

Budget Justification

The justification must:

  • Demonstrate the need for the BFO funds relative to other funding available to the applicant
  • Explain how the costs were established for each item in the budget
  • Describe and justify how budget items are needed to accomplish the objectives
  • Demonstrate how the funds contribute towards the direct costs of the research
  • Demonstrate the economical use of funds
Example of Eligible Expenses: Examples of Non-eligible Expenses:
  • Research assistants, students salaries
  • Materials and supplies for research
  • Research-related travel (PI only) for data collection
  • Other direct research costs
  • Professional fees to the grantee;
  • Administrative fees/standard monthly connection or rental costs of telephones/connection or installation of lines (telephone or other links), voice mail;
  • Passport and/or immigration fees;
  • Education costs: thesis preparation, tuition and courses fees, thesis examination/defense fees;
  • Cell phones, Blackberry devices, and/or personal digital assistant devices;
  • Library acquisition, computer and other services already provided by the University;
  • Cost of alcohol, entertainment, or gifts;
  • Travel to conferences and scholarly meetings;
  • Buy-out related cost

ADJUDICATION OF APPLICATIONS

**Both at the Faculty and Institutional levels, a multi-disciplinary selection committee will review the applications. Taking this into consideration, the proposal should be written for non-experts.

Applications will first be assessed by the Faculty Research Committee using the following criteria (same evaluation criteria as for the institutional competition):

Evaluation Criteria

  • Relevance of the action plan to significantly improve the researcher's chances of obtaining external funding at the granting agency for the research project:

          - Action plan, including timelines and associated activities, must be feasible and adequate

  • Quality of the presentation:

          - Proposal should be clear, concise, legible and complete

  • Record of research achievement, including, without limitation, the following factors:

          - Quality and significance of past contributions

          - Level of research activity relative to the stage of the applicant's career

  • Need for funds, including, without limitation, the following factors:

          - Justification of the budget relative to the action plan

          - Need for BFO funds and justification of the request relative to other currently-held and/or available funding. Other currently-held funds must be clearly indicated in the applicant's CV  

IMPORTANT NOTE: The evaluation for the BFO is based on the available documentation in the original application.

All requests will be acknowledged and notification of Committee recommendation, as well as comments, will be sent to each applicant after the review process.

Should the application be approved after review by the Faculty Research Committee, the Faculty Research Office will:

  • Provide a written letter of recommendation from the Faculty confirming that, should the request to the OVPR be approved, financial support will be provided in an amount at least equal to the amount being requested of the RDP;
  • Request two completed RE forms for the amount requested from the Office of the Vice-President Research and from the Faculty; and
  • Submit the full application to the OVPR RDP for review. 

At the institutional level, two selection committees will be established for the BFO:

  • In the Social Sciences and Humanities
  • In Sciences, Engineering and Health Sciences

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The Vice-President, Research or their delegate will chair the review committees. Applicants can suggest which committee should review their proposal.  RMS will direct the application to the appropriate committee.  For each competition, RMS will draw committee members from a pool of potential members.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Awardees must, on request of the Office of the Vice-President Research (or delegate), submit a final report to RMS (1 page) describing progress in light of original project objectives and your plans to pursue the research.

By accepting this award, researchers agree to re-apply to the selected agency within two years.

The funds will be released once all certification requirements are met (ethics of research with human subjects and/or stem cells, animal care, radiation safety, etc.)

Any unused funds at the end of the project must be returned to the RDP program.  Researchers can request an extension to use the funds.  The extension will be in time only, not funds. To request a one year extension, researchers have to write to RMS and justify how the extension will help them advance their project.  For more information please contact Research Management Services at info-sgr-rms@uottawa.ca.

2. INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH GROUP FUNDING OPPORTUNITY (IRGFO) 

The Interdisciplinary Research Group Opportunity (IRGFO) aims to provide support for emerging (Research Team Creation - RTC) and established (Grant Proposal Development - GRD) research teams initiated at the University of Ottawa to develop grant proposals for external funding competitions.

** Joint program with the Office of the Vice-President Research – Research Management Services

There are 2 streams:

Research Team Creation (RTC), for new and emerging teams

RTC supports Faculty of Health Sciences researchers to recruit people interested in forming a new research team.  These new teams can either be interdisciplinary or interfaculty. This funding also helps researchers elaborate their projects and prepare for external funding competitions.  If needed, researchers awarded through Stream 1 can apply to Stream 2 for more funding.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Applicant Level Criteria

  • Hold a full-time tenure or a tenure track position in the Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Demonstrate previous research project experience
  • Demonstrate expertise contributing to the larger academic/research community
  • Demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of research activities and experience as an independent researcher
  • Demonstrate a strong track record in the research discipline of the application
  • Hold external funding; preference will be given to applicants with Tri-Council funding
  • Not have received funds through the IRGFO stream 1 in the past

Team Level Criteria

  • Involve a minimum of 3 researchers in distinct disciplines
  • The principal investigator applying to the IRGFO stream 1
  • One researcher from a different uOttawa faculty
  • One researcher from a different external institution

DEADLINE AND REQUIREMENTS

Internal application deadlines:

There is one competition per year for the RTC:

  • January 10th

IMPORTANT NOTE: **Both at the Faculty and Institutional levels, a multi-disciplinary selection committee will review the applications. Taking this into consideration, the proposal should be written for non-experts.

Proposals must be submitted electronically (in a single PDF file) to: fssrecherche@uottawa.ca, and include:

A completed Application Form for Operational Support (does not count towards application page number), supported by:

A summary of the proposed research project, including:

  • The scope and scale of the project
  • The impact of the research
  • The linkages to one of the uOttawa Strategic Areas of Development of Research
  • The funding organization that will be targeted for future funding, including the type, funding opportunity and date of the targeted competition

The expertise required for the project including:

  • A budget and budget justification for the activities
  • Research expertise required to complete the project
  • Common CV or equivalent of the principal investigator (PI)
  • A short bio for each potential team members (co-researchers), describing how their expertise could contribute to the project
  • The strategy to recruit team members

Proposal format

Researchers should develop their application in a format that respects the presentation standards generally accepted by the granting councils. 

General Presentation

  • Text must be single-spaced, with no more than six lines per inch and in black color
  • The accepted font is Times New Roman regular 12 pts, or any comparable font – nothing smaller
  • Condensed font and applications completed strictly in italics are not acceptable

Research Proposal

  • Use portrait format, with a single column, unless specified otherwise
  • Set margins at 3/4 of an inch (1.9 cm) all around (minimum)
  • Number pages sequentially

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • All text, including references, must conform to these standards
  • Incomplete applications and/or applications that do not meet the presentation standards may be rejected or be at a disadvantage in comparison with those that are complete and respect the presentation standards
  • Color images submitted in the application will not be duplicated in colour for the peer reviewers

 Suggestions on how to present an application

Be concise

Avoid acronyms and abbreviations or explain them fully

Write the proposal for a multidisciplinary scientific audience not expert in your discipline

Include a clear description of your research objectives, why the research you are proposing is important, how it relates to prior work/state of the art and what the impact of the findings will be on the discipline

  • Explain and support the methodological approach
  • Describe any prior work that you may have performed to demonstrate your ability to deliver on the project
  • Outline the risks and pitfalls, if any, and explain how they will be addressed
  • Outline the resources available for this project and specify how they will help you develop your research
  • Provide a realistic timeframe
  • Explain your plans for disseminating the results
  • Explain how the proposed research supports or enhances a future application

Budget justification, eligible and non-eligible expenses

The maximum award for the RTC funding is $10,000.00 ($5,000.00 RTC & $5,000.00 from the faculty) over one year. The budget section should describe the entire budget, including the RTC and the Faculty contributions.

Budget Justification must:

  • Explain how the costs were established for each item in the budget
  • Describe and justify how the funds will be used to recruit the members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Contribute to the direct costs to recruit members for the interdisciplinary team and to develop research project
  • Show economical use of the funds
Examples of Eligible Expenses:  Examples of Non-eligible Expenses:
  • Travel/Teleconferencing fees;
  • Expenses related to meetings/workshops;
  • Other direct recruitment costs.
  • Professional fees to the grantee;
  • Administrative fees/standard monthly connection or rental costs of telephones/connection or installation of lines (telephone or other links), voice mail;
  • Passport and/or immigration fees;
  • Education costs: thesis preparation, tuition and courses fees, thesis examination/defense fees;
  • Cell phones, Blackberry devices, and/or personal digital assistant devices;
  • Library acquisition, computer and other services already provided by the University;
  • Cost of alcohol, entertainment, or gifts.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Application packages must not exceed 10 pages including CV. Any additional pages will be removed.

ADJUDICATION OF APPLICATIONS

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will first be assessed by the Faculty Research Committee using the following criteria (same evaluation criteria as for the institutional competition):

  • Potential interdisciplinary research team:
  1. Strategy to recruit interdisciplinary research team members
  2. Value added of member/expertise required
  3. Success rate of creating the team
  • Scientific merit of the proposed research project to be developed including, without limitation:
  1. Originality and innovation
  2. Clarity and scope of objectives
  3. Linkage with the uOttawa strategic research priorities
  4. Importance of the expected outcome of the research
  5. Quality of the presentation, clear, concise, legible and complete
  • Record of research achievement, including:
  1. Quality and significance of past contributions
  2. Level of research activity relative to the stage of the applicant's career
  • Need for funds, including, without limitation, the following factors:
  1. Justification of the budget relative to the strategy to recruit team members
  2. Need for RTC funds and justification of the request relative to other currently-held and/or available funding. Other currently-held funds must be clearly indicated in the applicant's C.V.
  3. Plan to apply for external, peer-reviewed funding
  4. Plan for accessing large-scale peer-reviewed external funding; specifically target granting councils, industry, foundations, government etc.

Explain how the application aligns with the evaluation criteria and guidelines of the external funding organizations 

All requests will be acknowledged and notification of Committee recommendation, as well as comments, will be sent to each applicant after the review process.

Should the application be approved after review by the Faculty Research Committee, the Faculty Research Office will:

  • Provide a written letter of recommendation from the Faculty confirming that, should the request to the OVPR be approved, financial support will be provided in an amount at least equal to the amount being requested of the RTC;
  • Request two completed RE forms for the amount requested from the Office of the Vice-President Research (OVPR) and from the Faculty; and
  • Submit the full application to the OVPR RTC for review. 

At the institutional level, two selection committees will be established for the RTC:

  • In the Social Sciences and Humanities
  • In Sciences, Engineering and Health Sciences

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The Vice-President, Research or their delegate will chair the review committees. Applicants can suggest which committee should review their proposal.  RMS will direct the application to the appropriate committee.  For each competition, RMS will draw committee members from a pool of potential members.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Awardees must, on request of the Office of the Vice-President Research (or delegate), submit a final report to RMS (1 page) describing progress in light of original project objectives and your plans to pursue the research.

The funds will be released once all certification requirements are met (ethics of research with human subjects and/or stem cells, animal care, radiation safety, etc.)

Any unused funds at the end of the project must be returned to the RTC program.  Researchers can request an extension to use the funds.  The extension will be in time only, not funds. To request a one year extension, researchers have to write to RMS and justify how the extension will help them advance their project.  For more information please contact Research Management Services at info-sgr-rms@uottawa.ca.

Grant Proposal Development (GPD), for established interdisciplinary team

Stream 2 funds Faculty of Health Sciences researchers leading an established interdisciplinary research team.  The funding enables established research teams to develop their grant proposal for large-scale external funding competitions. A researcher with an established interdisciplinary research team can apply directly to Stream 2 of the IRGFO.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Applicant Level Criteria

  • Hold a full-time tenure or a tenure track position in the Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Demonstrate previous research project experience
  • Demonstrate expertise contributing to the larger academic/research community
  • Demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of research activities and experience as an independent researcher
  • Demonstrate a strong track record in the research discipline of the application
  • Hold external funding; preference will be given to applicants with Tri-Council funding
  • Not have received funds through the IRGFO stream 2 in the past

Team Level Criteria
Involve a minimum of 3 researchers in distinct disciplines

  • The principal investigator applying to the IRGFO stream 2
  • One researcher from a different uOttawa faculty
  • One researcher from a different external institution

DEADLINE AND REQUIREMENTS

Internal application deadlines:

  • Researchers can apply at any time to the GDP competition
  • Researchers progressing from Stream 1 to Stream 2 are required to submit their proposal prior to the end of the funded year from Stream 1
  • Researchers with an established Interdisciplinary team (meeting criteria of GPD) can apply directly to Stream 2 and bypass Stream 1

IMPORTANT NOTE: **Both at the Faculty and Institutional levels, a multi-disciplinary selection committee will review the applications. Taking this into consideration, the proposal should be written for non-experts.

Proposals must be submitted electronically (in a single PDF file) to: fssrecherche@uottawa.ca, and include:

A completed Application Form for Operational Support (does not count towards application page number), supported by:

A preliminary description of the proposed research project, including:

  • A summary/abstract
  • A description of the envisioned project:
    1. Hypothesis, objectives, proposed methodology and feasibility of the research
    2. Linkages with the University of Ottawa Strategic Areas of Development
    3. University of Ottawa student involvement/participation in the project
    4. Expected outcomes 
  • A draft plan and timeline (project development plan) for the proposal development:
    1. The potential resources required for the proposal development
    2. A short description of the expertise required
    3. The planned activities and proposed deliverables with budget projection and justification to submit proposal to the funding organization
  • The Common CV or equivalent of the principal investigator (PI)
  • The CV of all confirmed co-researchers. 
    1. Three researchers from at least two different uOttawa faculties
    2. Two researchers from two different external institutions

Proposal format

Researchers should develop their application in a format that respects the presentation standards generally accepted by the granting councils. 

General Presentation

  • Text must be single-spaced, with no more than six lines per inch and in black color
  • The accepted font is Times New Roman regular 12 pts, or any comparable font – nothing smaller
  • Condensed font and applications completed strictly in italics are not acceptable

Research Proposal

  • Use portrait format, with a single column, unless specified otherwise
  • Set margins at 3/4 of an inch (1.9 cm) all around (minimum)
  • Number pages sequentially

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • All text, including references, must conform to these standards
  • Incomplete applications and/or applications that do not meet the presentation standards may be rejected or be at a disadvantage in comparison with those that are complete and respect the presentation standards
  • Color images submitted in the application will not be duplicated in colour for the peer reviewers

Suggestions on how to present an application

  • Be concise
  • Avoid acronyms and abbreviations or explain them fully
  • Write the proposal for a multidisciplinary scientific audience not expert in your discipline
  • Include a clear description of your research objectives, why the research you are proposing is important, how it relates to prior work/state of the art and what the impact of the findings will be on the discipline
  • Explain and support the methodological approach
  • Describe any prior work that you may have performed to demonstrate your ability to deliver on the project
  • Outline the risks and pitfalls, if any, and explain how they will be addressed
  • Outline the resources available for this project and specify how they will help you develop your research
  • Provide a realistic timeframe
  • Explain your plans for disseminating the results
  • Explain how the proposed research supports or enhances a future application

Budget justification, eligible and non-eligible expenses

The maximum award for the GPD funding is $10,000.00 ($5,000.00 GDP & $5,000.00 from the faculty) over one year. The budget section should describe the entire budget, including the GDP and the Faculty contributions.

Budget Justification must:

  • Explain how the costs were established for each item in the budget
  • Describe and justify how the funds will be used to recruit the members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Contribute to the direct costs to recruit members for the interdisciplinary team and to develop research project
  • Show economical use of the funds

Examples of Eligible Expenses:

Examples of Non-eligible Expenses:

  • Travel/Teleconferencing fees;
  • Expenses related to meetings/workshops;
  • Other direct recruitment costs.
  • Professional fees to the grantee;
  • Administrative fees/standard monthly connection or rental costs of telephones/connection or installation of lines (telephone or other links), voice mail;
  • Passport and/or immigration fees;
  • Education costs: thesis preparation, tuition and courses fees, thesis examination/defense fees;
  • Cell phones, Blackberry devices, and/or personal digital assistant devices;
  • Library acquisition, computer and other services already provided by the University;
  • Cost of alcohol, entertainment, or gifts.

ADJUDICATION OF APPLICATIONS

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will first be assessed by the Faculty Research Committee using the following criteria (same evaluation criteria as for the institutional competition):

  • Confirmed interdisciplinary research team:
  1. Three researchers from at least two different uOttawa faculties
  2. Two researchers from two different external institutions
  3. Value-added of member/expertise required
  • Scientific merit of the proposed research project to be developed including, without limitation:
  1. Originality and innovation
  2. Clarity and scope of objectives
  3. Linkage with the uOttawa strategic research priorities
  4. Feasibility and adequacy of the methodological approach
  5. Importance/impact of the expected outcome of the research
  • Strategy for the grant proposal development for submission to external, peer-reviewed funding competition:
  1. Resources required
  2. Activities and deliverable with associated projected budget
  • Quality of the presentation:
  1. Proposals should be clear, concise, and complete.
  • Record of research achievement:
  1. Quality and significance of past contributions
  2. Level of research activity relative to the stage of the applicant's career
  • Need for funds, including, without limitation, the following factors:
  1. Justify the budget relative to the requirements of the proposed project
  2. Justify the request relative to other currently-held and/or available funding. Other currently-held funds must be clearly indicated in the applicant's C.V.
  3. Plan for accessing large-scale peer-reviewed external funding (specifically target granting councils, industry, foundations, government etc.)
  4. Explain how the application aligns with the evaluation criteria and guidelines of the external funding organizations 

All requests will be acknowledged and notification of Committee recommendation, as well as comments, will be sent to each applicant after the review process.

Should the application be approved after review by the Faculty Research Committee, the Faculty Research Office will:

  • Provide a written letter of recommendation from the Faculty confirming that, should the request to the OVPR be approved, financial support will be provided in an amount at least equal to the amount being requested of the GPD;
  • Request two completed RE forms for the amount requested from the Office of the Vice-President Research and from the Faculty; and
  • Submit the full application to the OVPR GPD for review.

At the institutional level, two selection committees will be established for the GPD:

  • In the Social Sciences and Humanities
  • In Sciences, Engineering and Health Sciences

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The Vice-President, Research or their delegate will chair the review committees. Applicants can suggest which committee should review their proposal.  RMS will direct the application to the appropriate committee.  For each competition, RMS will draw committee members from a pool of potential members.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Awardees must, on request of the Office of the Vice-President Research (or delegate), submit a final report to RMS (1 page) describing progress in light of original project objectives and your plans to pursue the research.

The funds will be released once all certification requirements are met (ethics of research with human subjects and/or stem cells, animal care, radiation safety, etc.)

Any unused funds at the end of the project must be returned to the RTC program.  Researchers can request an extension to use the funds.  The extension will be in time only, not funds. To request a one year extension, researchers have to write to RMS and justify how the extension will help them advance their project.  For more information please contact Research Management Services at info-sgr-rms@uottawa.ca.

KNOWLEDGE DISSEMINATION AND NETWORKING

Conference/workshop on campus opportunity (CWCO)

The Conference/Workshop on Campus Opportunity (CWCO) supports researchers in communicating results and sharing knowledge with colleagues from Canada and abroad.  This program promotes both exchanges within a discipline or across many. 

** Joint program with the Office of the Vice-President Research – Research Management Services

There are two separate streams to the CWCO:

1. Conference:

For the purposes of this competition, a conference consists of an event:

  • Lasting one day or longer
  • Hosting a large number of participants (open registration)
  • Focusing on one or more distinct themes
  • Hosting Canadian and International researchers and students (both graduate and, where appropriate, undergraduate)

2. Workshop:

For the purposes of this competition, a workshop is defined as an event: 

  • Hosting a small number of people (closed invitation)
  • Focusing on a particular research agenda or delineating specific research questions and needs
  • Producing a concrete deliverable

An interim decision of support up to a maximum of $3,000 may be provided. This may be used in showing University support in applications to tri-council or other outside agencies.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible the applicant must:

  • Hold a full-time tenure or a tenure track position in the Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Be a member of the conference/workshop organizing committee
  • Have funding from an external source for the activity (please clearly identify from where such external funding is being sought or has been obtained for the activity). Priority will be given to applicants that have secured funding for the workshop. 
  • Secure equal matching funding from the faculty

For the application to be eligible, the conference/workshop must:

  • Have student participation
  • Be open to all interested and qualified researchers
  • Include participants and speakers from Canada and abroad
  • Host the meeting on campus
  • Have funding from an external source for the activity (please clearly identify from where such external funding is being sought or has been obtained for the activity). Priority will be given to applicants that have secured new funding for the conference/workshop.

Selection Priorities

Priority will be given to applications that:

  • Demonstrate high level of student participation
  • Obtain or seek external funding from peer-reviewed agencies
  • Put forward a conference/workshop at the national or international scene
  • Will enhance the visibility of the University of Ottawa, its researchers and students

Application Deadlines

There are four competitions per year for the CWCO. The internal (Faculty) deadlines are:

Proposal Submission Dates

Results to be Announced

December 20th

End of January

April 1st

End of April

July 2nd

End of July

October 1st

End of October

IMPORTANT NOTE:   Applicants must submit to fssrecherche@uottawa.ca by 4 pm on the deadline date. If the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, The Research Office will extend the deadline to 4 pm on the next working day.   

Application requirements

Proposal Format

  • Proposals must be formatted in accordance with generally accepted standards at the granting councils.

 General Presentation

  • Text must be single-spaced, with no more than six lines per inch and in black color
  • The accepted font is Times New Roman regular 12 pts, or any comparable font – nothing smaller
  • Condensed font and applications completed strictly in italics are not acceptable

 IMPORTANT NOTES

  • The evaluation for the CWCO is based on documentation available in the original application
  • All text, including references, must conform to these standards. Incomplete applications and/or applications that do not meet the presentation standards may be rejected or be at a disadvantage in comparison with those that are complete and respect the presentation standards
  • Color images submitted in the application will not be duplicated in color for the peer reviewers

Suggestions

  • Be concise
  • Avoid acronyms and abbreviations or explain them fully
  • Write the proposal for a multidisciplinary scientific audience not experts in your discipline
  • Include a clear description of your research objectives, why the research you are proposing is important, how it relates to prior work/state of the art and what the impact of the findings will be on the discipline
  • Outline the risks and pitfalls, if any, and explain how they will be overcome and/or outline alternative plans
  • Outline the resources available to you for this project and the additional resources you are requesting is support of the activities you are proposing
  • Explain your dissemination plans and provide an expected timeframe for the performance of the activity (conference publications etc)

Applications must be submitted electronically (in a single PDF file) to fssrecherche@uottawa.ca, accompanied with a completed Application form for support of knowledge dissemination and network activities  (does not count towards application page number), supported by:

  • Summary of the conference/workshop consisting of:
  1. The title and theme of the conference/workshop
  2. The need and significance of the conference/workshop for the research area
  3. A description of how the conference/workshop will enhance the visibility of the discipline in research, the uOttawa, its researchers and students
  4. The total number of anticipated participants (students and researchers)
  5. The total number of anticipated participants from the National and/or International scene
  6. A draft agenda/Opportunity for the activity
  7. A list of the anticipated speakers, their home institution and their expertise
  8. Proposed deliverables and/or dissemination/publication plan
  9. Overall budget (revenues/expenses) for conference/workshop and budget justifications
  10. Projected sources of revenues; (other sources/registration fees revenues/etc.)

Budget Justification:

  • Demonstrate the need for funds from the CWCO relative to other funding available to the applicant (i.e.: faculty, external sources, registration fees for the conference, etc.)
  • Explain how the costs were established for each item in the budget
  • Describe and justify how the budget items are needed to accomplish the objectives
  • Show how the funds contribute towards the project
  • Show economical use of funds

Examples of Eligible Expenses

Examples of Non-eligible Expenses

  • Travel and subsistence fees for out-of-town speakers (maximum of 2 days)
  • Room and audio-visual equipment rentals
  • Publication and conference proceedings
  • Professional fees and/or honoraria fees
  • Cell phones, Blackberry devices, and/or personal digital assistant devices
  • Cost of alcohol, entertainment, or gifts

NOTE: It is expected that conferences will charge registration fees to help cover costs

  • Common CV or equivalent

***The application package limit is 10 pages in total, including CV.

The maximum contribution from CWCO and the Faculty is $3,000 each ($6 000 total), over the period of one year.  Within the application, the budget section must describe the budget for the entire project, including both the CWCO & the Faculty matching contribution.

Adjudication Process

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will first be assessed by the Faculty Research Committee according to the following criteria (same criteria as for the institutional competition):

  • Quality and importance of the conference/workshop and its contribution to research and scholarship
  • Soundness of the planning, organization and appropriateness of the opportunity, presenters and, for workshops, the participants
  • Adequacy and value of the planned deliverables and dissemination vehicles
  • Provisions for the involvement of students from the University of Ottawa
  • Provisions taken to promote diversity and inclusion of the panelists and presenters
  • Contribution of the conference/workshop to the advancement of research and to enhancing the visibility of the University of Ottawa research, researchers and students
  • Budget and budget justification, including:
  1. justification of the proposed budget—its appropriateness, comprehensiveness and clarity, including prospective balancing of expenditures and revenues
  2. extent to which the applicant is pursuing all potential sources of support
  3. need for funds in relation to other funding available and conference/workshop activities and budgets

All requests will be acknowledged by the research office and notification of Committee recommendation, as well as comments, will be sent to each applicant after the review process.

Should the application be approved after review by the Faculty Research Committee, the Faculty Research Office will:

  • Provide a written letter of recommendation from the Faculty confirming that, should the request to the OVPR be approved, financial support will be provided in an amount at least equal to the amount being requested of the CWCO;
  • Request two completed RE forms for the amount requested from the Office of the Vice-President Research and from the Faculty; and
  • Submit the full application to the OVPR CWCO for review.

At the institutional level, the Vice-President of Research or their delegate will chair the review committee. For each competition, RMS will draw committee members from a pool of potential members. Funds are awarded through a competitive process, on the basis of the criteria set out above.

Reporting Requirements

Within three months after the conference/workshop, the awardees must submit a final report to RMS (1 to 2 pages) describing the results of the conference/workshop in light of original summary submitted.

Other Requirements

  • Release of funds is conditional on receipt of confirmation of external funding, with priority being granted to peer-adjudicated conference funding sources.
  • Any funds remaining at the end of the validity period indicated on the official Notification of Decision will be reverted to the Opportunity.
  • For more information please contact the Research Office at fssrecherche@uottawa.ca.

 

SSHRC international travel grants

SSHRC international travel grants – joint program with the Office of the Vice-President Research
Deadlines: May 15th and October 15th

Description

The SSHRC International Travel Grants provide financial assistance for the dissemination of the highest-quality research done at the Faculty of Health Sciences by allowing researchers, the Faculty and the University to become better known on the global scene by presenting their research results at international conferences. As representatives of the Faculty and the University of Ottawa, participation of researchers at conferences should help to promote the image of the FHS and the University of Ottawa internationally. Funds will be granted as a contribution to travel costs only.

Financial assistance covers registration fees, transportation and living expenses, to a maximum of $1 500 per award. Successful applicants cannot submit a new request for funds until at least a year following an award.

Applicant Eligibility

Only researchers who are SSHRC-eligible may apply. Examples of disciplines that may be considered are: Archival Science, Communications and Media Studies, Leisure Studies, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Anthropology, Criminology, Demography, Economics, Education, Urban and Regional Studies, Environmental Studies, Folklore, Geography, Industrial Relations, Law, Management, Business, Administrative Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Women's Studies. Priority must be given to early career researchers (first 5 years) who do not hold SSHRC funds and plan to apply to an external organization within the next 18 months.

To be eligible, the applicant must also:

New SSHRC travel grant applicants

  • Be a full-time tenured or tenure-track member of the Faculty of Health Sciences 
  • Demonstrate alignment of research project with SSHRC mandate
  • Intent to apply for SSHRC funding in the next 18 months
  • Demonstrate the significance of conference (size; internationality, relevance to research subject, involvement of international or national professional organizations, etc.)
  • Provide evidence of trainee attendance at the conference

Previous SSHRC travel grant recipients

Evaluation will follow criteria described above. In addition, to be eligible, previously successful applicants must also demonstrate the following

  • Proof of application for SSHRC funding, within the deadline of 18 months since receiving the travel award. 
  • Proof of acceptance of a peer-reviewed paper related to the data presented at the conference previously funded by a SSHRC travel grant.
  • The grant may not be awarded to the same researcher in two consecutive years

Submission Deadline

May 15th and October 15th at noon.

Applications must be sent by email to the Research Office of the Faculty of Health Sciences
(fssrecherche@uottawa.ca).


Application procedures

Applicants must submit a completed Application form for support of knowledge dissemination and networking activities (does not count towards application page number), supported by:

  • A cover letter stating their employment status and eligibility for funding
  • A budget not exceeding $1,500. Budget items may include registration fees, transportation and living expenses for the official days of the conference plus two traveling days;
  • Information on the scholarly status of the conference (one page or less) by clearly demonstrating the significance of the conference (justification must be provided clearly demonstrating the importance of the conference to the researcher's discipline on the international level and the expected impact on his/her career;
  • Information on the nature and importance of the conference organizers/sponsors (the latter must involve international professional associations or national professional organizations having both objectives and participation of an international nature);
  • Information on the main focus of the conference;
  • Information on the participation of students or postdoctoral fellows at the conference
  • Information on the relationship between the subject of the conference and the research interests of the applicant (e.g. publications, funded research); (justification must be provided clearly indicating the current research project/interest, and establishing the relationship with the focus of the conference);
  • Information on how the participation will give rise to an appropriate peer-reviewed research publication other than conference proceedings;
  • A copy/draft of the abstract of the paper to be given;
  • A copy of the letter of acceptance of the paper by the conference organizers, if available. Note that funds will not be released until this confirmation is received;
  • An abbreviated CV (Common CV or equivalent): applicants should focus their CV on the relationship between their current research interests in relation with the focus of the conference.

Please note that complete application should not exceed 15 pages (1-inch margins, 12 point font). Any additional pages will be removed from the document and will not be considered by the committee evaluating the proposal.

Adjudication Process

As a limited number of awards are available, applications will be evaluated and selected by the Faculty Research Committee, which is chaired by the Vice-Dean Research, and includes 5 faculty members, one member from each School.  The allocation granted annually will support two competitions (October and May), supporting up to three awards per competition.

All requests will be acknowledged and notification of Committee recommendation, as well as comments, will be sent to each applicant after the review process.

Post-conference procedures

If your application has been selected, please communicate with your school financial officer to organize advance payment and reimbursement post-conference. Receipts / Invoices will be required upon approval of application, as per established uOttawa procedures for reimbursement; Policy 21 & Procedure 16‐11. Cash advance must be done via the Concur reimbursement system and the approval from the committee is required and must be attached in order for the Finance department to issue a cash advance for this request.

INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT

Emergency Fund for Minor Equipment Repair Program (EFP)

The Emergency Fund for Minor Equipment Repair Program (EFP) aims to provide support for the unanticipated emergency repairs of research equipment caused by a normal and optimal use. 

** Joint program with the Office of the Vice-President Research – Research Management Services

Priority will be given to repairs on essential research equipment where it is demonstrated that:

  • the equipment is properly used
  • the appropriate ongoing maintenance is done
  • the life expectancy for the equipment is still active and required

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Open to researchers with multi user equipment (2 researchers minimum).

For an application to be eligible for support through the EFP, the applicant must:

  • Hold a full-time tenure or a tenure track position in the Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Have a peer adjudicated research grant or contract
  • Demonstrate that it is an emergency 
  • Demonstrate the scientific significance of the equipment, that the equipment is up to date, and that optimal use will be possible after the repair
  • Demonstrate the ongoing need of the equipment for research purposes
  • Share costs equally between the Faculty, Researchers (all involved), and EFP (OVPR)
  • Provide the location of the equipment
  • The maximum award granted by the Faculty and EFP is $5,000 each (total repair cost of $15,000) 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The EFP can be only awarded once. To be eligible, the researchers must not have obtained funding through the EFP in the past.

Ineligible costs 

  • The operational cost of the equipment
  • The cost of repair to equipment with an expired life expectancy
  • The cost to extend the equipment’s life expectancy for optimal functionality
  • Core Facilities and CFI funded equipment while eligible to Strategic Reserve Fund

DEADLINE AND REQUIREMENTS

There is no deadline for the EFP. Proposals will be considered on an on-going basis.

Proposals must be submitted electronically (in a single PDF file) to: fssrecherche@uottawa.ca.

Proposals must be formatted in accordance with generally accepted standards at the granting councils, as follows:

  • Text must be single-spaced, with no more than six lines per inch and in black color
  • The accepted font is Times New Roman regular 12 pts, or any comparable font – nothing smaller
  • Condensed font and applications completed strictly in italics are not acceptable

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • All text, including references, must conform to these standards. Incomplete applications and/or applications that do not meet the presentation standards may be rejected or be at a disadvantage.
  • Color images submitted in the proposal will not be duplicated in color for the peer reviewers.
Requirements

A proposal for the EFP must include the following information:

A completed Application form for infrastructure support (does not count towards application page number), supported by:

  • A short description of the equipment and its usage (max 1 page)
  • A justification of the request detailing the importance of the equipment for the researcher, other research projects, and training of highly qualified personnel requiring the use of equipment (max 1 page)
  • The maintenance program in place to ensure optimal use of the equipment (max 1 page)
  • The list of research projects using the equipment (max 1 page) that includes:
    1. name of principal investigator
    2. research project title
  • A budget for the entire cost of repair, including all matching fund portions, should they be awarded (max 1 page), with confirmation of the researchers’ contribution to the repair (account number)
  • At least 2 quotes confirming the cost of the repair, if possible
  • Common CV or equivalent
  • A copy of the original invoice with the purchase date of the equipment

IMPORTANT NOTE: Application packages must not exceed 12 pages including fund proposal, two quotations, confirmation of the researchers’ contribution, and CV. Any additional pages will be removed.

ADJUDICATION OF APPLICATIONS

Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation for the EFP is based on documentation available in the original proposal. Applications will first be assessed by the Faculty Research Committee using the following criteria (same evaluation criteria as for the institutional competition):

  • Demonstration of ongoing need and essentiality of the equipment
  • Appropriateness of the maintenance plan for ongoing optimal use
  • Age and mechanical lifespan of the equipment
  • Number of researchers and students that use the equipment
  • Verification that the budget reflects the price shown in the two quotations

All requests will be acknowledged and notification of Committee recommendation, as well as comments, will be sent to each applicant after the review process.

Should the application be approved after review by the Faculty Research Committee, the Faculty Research Office will:

  • Provide a written letter of recommendation from the Faculty confirming that, should the request to the OVPR be approved, financial support will be provided in an amount at least equal to the amount being requested of the EFP.
  • Request a completed RE form for the amount requested from the Office of the Vice-President Research
  • Submit the full application to the OVPR EFP for review.

At the institutional level, the allocation of funds is evaluated by the selection committee and decided through a business review process based on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate the needs for the equipment as described in the proposal requirement section.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Any funds remaining at the end of the validity period indicated on the official Notification of Decision will be reverted to the program.

For more information please contact the Research Office at fssrecherche@uottawa.ca

Strategic Reserve

Strategic reserve (stand alone and strategic initiative) – joint program with the Office of the Vice-President Research

Deadlines (Stand Alone): March 10th, July 10th, November10th
Deadlines (Strategic): January 15th

Terms of reference for these opportunities will be posted shortly. Please contact fssrecherche@uottawa.ca for more information.

 

Each opportunity has specific deadlines and processes, as detailed in each link. All applications should be submitted to the Faculty of Health Sciences research office (fssrecherche@uottawa.ca). As a limited number of awards are available, applications will be evaluated and selected by the Faculty's Research Committee, which is chaired by the Vice-Dean Research, and includes 5 faculty members, one member for each school of the Faculty.For joint opportunities with the Office of the Vice-President Research, only requests previously evaluated positively at the Faculty level will be forwarded.

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