New Directions: A Research Funding Opportunity

A number of factors can have an influence on research productivity, including administrative responsibilities, an extended leave from the University, or simply the time required to build competence in a new research field. The intent of the New Directions program is to support faculty members who wish to develop a new research initiative (whether it be an independent or collaborative endeavor) or enhance their level of productivity. This program is directed to professors who are ineligible to apply to the Research and Publication Committee’s Seed or Bridge funding opportunities and/or those who have experienced a recent gap in their publication or funding record and are less likely to be successful in external funding competitions, such as SSHRC’s Insight or Insight Development streams.

New Directions funding targets established researchers who have been in an independent academic position for at least 10 years, with the goal of enabling them to engage in research that will boost their publication and funding record, as well as lay the groundwork for a future external grant application. The maximum award amount is $10,000 over one-year period.

One year after receipt of funding, successful applicants are required to submit a two-page summary (1.5 spacing) of the project outcomes, a description of how the New Directions funding will lead to a grant application for funding from an external agency, and a proposed timeline for making an application to a Tri-Council agency or an analogous funding body. Failure to submit a proposal for an external grant competition within three years of receiving the New Directions grant will render the applicant ineligible for any of the funding streams managed by the Office of the Vice-Dean Research.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

  • hold a full-time position in the Faculty of Arts and be a member of the APUO;
  • have been an independent researcher for more than ten (10) years;
  • not have held, as principal investigator or co-applicant, a Tri-Council grant or a grant from another analogous external agency (eg. Canada Council for the Arts) for at least 7 years;
  • intend to submit a Tri-council (or analogous external funding agency) application within two (2) years following the end of the funding period.

Application Deadlines

September 15, December 1, and April 1

Application Requirements

  1. RE Form, duly completed and signed by the applicant and department Chair;
  2. Summary of the proposed research (max. ½ page);
  3. Research description (5 pages maximum) organized using the following categories:
    • Objectives
    • Context
    • Research significance and originality
    • Methodology
    • Student training activities
    • Timeline
    • An explanation of how this proposal is a new avenue of research relative to previously funded projects
  4. Bibliography (max. 1 page)
  5. Completed budget form
  6. Budget justification (max. 1 page)
  7. CV in OCGS or UniWeb (uoCV) format

Applications must presented using the following specifications:

  • Times New Roman 12 pt font;
  • Minimum ¾” (1.87 cm) margins;
  • Single-spaced.

Eligible Expenses

  • Research assistant salaries;
  • Fees for research participant recruitment;
  • Data acquisition;
  • Essential research equipment and supplies; and
  • Research-related travel for data collection.

Ineligible Expenses

  • Conference travel;
  • Publication fees;
  • Organization of workshops or conferences

Proposal Submission

Applications must be submitted by email in a single PDF document which includes all elements of the proposal in the order listed above. If the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline will be extended to the next working day. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Submit applications to:

Evaluation Criteria

Grant applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of the presentation (applications must be clear, concise, and complete);
  • Scientific merit of the proposal, including, without limitation, such factors as:
    • Originality and innovation;
    • Clarity and scope of objectives;
    • Positioning of the project in a larger research literature;
    • Clarity of the methodological approach and feasibility of research methods; and
    • Importance of the expected research outcomes.
  • Need for funds;
  • Contribution to the training of students (applicants must clearly explain how the involvement of students in the project will contribute to the development of highly-qualified researchers.); and
  • Justification of the budget relative to the requirements of the proposed activities.

For more information, contact Kelly-Anne Maddox.

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