Research Grants – Bridge Funding

The Research and Publications Committee of the Faculty of Arts and the Research Development Program (RDP) of the University of Ottawa offer financing to enable researchers to conduct research which lays the groundwork for a competitive 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).

This Bridge funding opportunity targets established researchers who have already held a Tri-Council grant and whose application was denied funding during the last competition. The maximum amount awarded by the Faculty of Arts and the RDP will not exceed $5 000 each (for a total of $10 000). Researchers must first be successful at the Faculty level before they can submit an application to the RDP for matching funds.


Eligibility criteria:

  • Hold a full-time tenure or a tenure track position at the University of Ottawa;
  • Be a professor in his/her first 20 years as an independent researcher and have previously held an award from one of the federal granting agencies (NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR) for at least one year;
  • Intend to re-apply to one of the three Canadian granting councils for a proposal that was previously not granted;
  • Have obtained external committee comments on his/her unsuccessful proposal;
  • Provide a plan of action to address the comments in order to improve chances of securing funding from the same agency during one of the next two competitions.

Application requirements:

  • Document checklist
  • RE form, duly completed and signed by the applicant and the department chair;
  • Summary of the research project previously submitted to the funding agency  (4 pages);
  • Research activities and proposed plan of action on how the researcher intends to address the committee comments (5 pages maximum);
  • Bibliography of works cited (one page maximum) ;
  • Copies of comments from the peer review committee (maximum 2 pages);
  • Completed Budget form;
  • Budget justification (one page maximum);
  • Up to date CV (last 8 years) OCGS or UNIWeb format.

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:

Selection criteria:

Grant applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of the presentation
    • Applications must be clear, concise, legible and complete
  • Relevance of the action plan to significantly improve the researcher chances of obtaining external funding at the granting agency for the research project being proposed:
    • Feasibility and adequacy of the action plan, timelines and associated activities.
  • Researcher profile including, without limitation, such factors as:
    • Quality and significance of past contributions and
    • Level of research activity relative to the stage of the applicant’s career.
  • Need for funds, including, without limitation, such factors as:
    • Justification of the budget relative to the requirements of the proposed project; and
    • Need for Seed funding 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.

The Faculty of Arts competition dates are: April 1, September 15, and December 1.

For more information, contact Kelly-Anne Maddox.

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