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Research Common

 

Research Common

Information on conducting original research and on the supports available for research at Red Deer Polytechnic.

RDP-SSHRC Internal Grants Program

 All applicants and grant holders are required to follow the RDP-SSHRC Internal Grants Program Guidelines
Overview

Through its SSHRC Institutional Grants (SIG) funding opportunity, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) provides annual block grants to help eligible Canadian post-secondary institutions fund, through their own merit review processes, small-scale research and research-related activities by their faculty and students in the social sciences and humanities. SIG funds are intended to help Canadian postsecondary institutions strengthen research excellence in the social sciences and humanities.

Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) received its first SIG award in 2022. The amount of the block grant is determined by the number of full-time faculty members whose disciplines fall within the social sciences and humanities and the total value of support received through SSHRC funding opportunities in the previous three competition years. Calculation of the SIG block grant occurs once per three-year funding cycle.

Grant Streams Summary
  SSHRC Explore Grants SSHRC Exchange Grants Grants in Aid of Open Access (OA) Publishing
Purpose Research and research-related activities Knowledge mobilization Knowledge mobilization
Value up to $3,000 up to $1,000 up to $1,500
Duration 1 year 1 year  
Deadline November 15, 2022 at 4:30 PM November 15, 2022 at 4:30 PM ongoing intake until March 15, 2023 at 4:30 PM
or until funds are spent
Results announced December 2022 December 2022 time to decision is at least 10 business days from date the application is received by the ORS
Eligibility

This is a summary only. Please refer to the RDP-SSHRC Internal Grants Program Guidelines for the complete set of eligibility requirements.

Subject Matter:

This funding opportunity is restricted to proposals involving SSHRC-eligible disciplines, thematic areas, approaches, or subject areas.

Applicants:

  • Only those faculty with a continuous, conditional continuous, probationary continuous, or sessional appointment who are conducting research in disciplines consistent with SSHRC’s mandate are eligible to apply.
  • The applicant must be affiliated with Red Deer Polytechnic throughout the entire award period or for a shorter period of time that is sufficient to complete the deliverables promised in the application.
  • An emerging scholar category is available under the SSHRC Explore and Exchange streams to those faculty who meet the requirements.
  • An individual cannot hold more than one SIG-funded grant for the same project or activity in a given competition year. Also, a project cannot be funded using multiple SIG-funded grants separately awarded to more than one researcher.

Co-applicants must meet the same eligibility requirements as applicants.

 

This program is made possible through the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

SSHRC Explore Grants:
  • support researchers with modest research funding requirements at any career stage;
  • allow for small-scale innovation and experimentation by providing funding to develop a research project or to conduct pilot work; and
  • enable researchers to hire students to participate in their research projects.
Overview
Value up to $3,000
Deadline November 15, 2022 at 4:30 PM
Duration 1 year
Results Announced

December 2022

Application Materials

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

Challenge — The aim and importance of the endeavour (40%)

  • originality, significance, and expected contribution to knowledge;
  • clarity of objectives;
  • appropriateness of the literature review;
  • appropriateness of the theoretical and methodological approaches;
  • chosen method(s) demonstrates how the objectives will be met;
  • quality and specificity of the EDI considerations;
  • potential for the project results to have influence and impact within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community; and
  • if applicable, quality of training and mentoring to be provided to students (as well as emerging scholars and other highly qualified personnel (HQP) as appropriate) and opportunities for them to contribute

Feasibility — The plan to achieve excellence (40%)

  • appropriateness of the proposed work plan and probability that the objectives will be met;
  • appropriateness of the requested budget and justification of proposed costs;
  • appropriateness of the research design and strategies for conducting the proposed activities;
  • quality and appropriateness of knowledge mobilization plans, including effective dissemination, exchange, and engagement with stakeholders within and/or beyond the research community, where applicable; and
  • appropriateness of the data management plan (DMP)

Capability —The expertise to succeed (20%)

  • quality, quantity, and significance of past research experience and published and/or creative outputs of the applicant and any co-applicants, relative to their roles in the project and to their stages of career;
  • evidence of other knowledge mobilization activities (e.g., films, commissioned reports, knowledge syntheses, collaboration/other interactions with stakeholders, contributions to public debate) and of impacts on professional practice, social services, and policies, etc.;
  • evidence of contributions to the development, training, and mentoring of students, postdoctoral researchers, and other highly qualified personnel (HQP) and to emerging scholars relative to stages of career; and
  • potential of the applicant and any co-applicants to make future contributions and secure external grants
SSHRC Exchange Grants:
  • support the organization of small-scale knowledge mobilization activities (e.g., workshops, seminars) to encourage collaboration and the dissemination of research results both within and beyond the academic community; and
  • allow researchers to attend or present their research at scholarly conferences and other dissemination venues to encourage the exchange of ideas and research results at the national and international level.
Overview
Value up to $1,000
Deadline November 15, 2022 at 4:30 PM
Duration 1 year
Results Announced December 2022

Application Materials

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

Challenge — The aim and importance of the endeavour (40%)

  • clarity of the stated objectives and defined scope of the knowledge mobilization activity, including use of open access (OA) forms of mobilization (e.g., open access publications, websites, publicly accessible databases, institutional repositories) as appropriate;
  • evidence of the quality and significance of the research results to be mobilized, including a clear delineation of a well-defined body of knowledge to be mobilized;
  • evidence of the quality and significance of the knowledge mobilization activity (including effective dissemination, exchange, and engagement with stakeholders as appropriate), its scope and potential contribution, and the degree to which the activity attracts appropriate participants;
  • potential for the project results to have influence and impact within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community;
  • if applicable, quality and specificity of the EDI considerations; and
  • If applicable, quality of training and mentoring to be provided to students (as well as emerging scholars and other highly qualified personnel (HQP) as appropriate) and opportunities for them to contribute

Feasibility — The plan to achieve excellence (40%)

  • appropriateness of the proposed timeline and probability that the objectives will be met; and
  • appropriateness of the requested budget and justification of proposed costs

Capability —The expertise to succeed (20%)

  • quality, quantity, and significance of past research experience and published and/or creative outputs of the applicant and any co-applicants, relative to their roles in the project and to their stages of career;
  • evidence of previous knowledge mobilization activities and of impacts on professional practice, social services, policies, etc.; and
  • potential of the applicant and any co-applicants to make future contributions and secure external grants
Grants in Aid of Open Access Publishing:
  • support the dissemination of research results in open access (OA) peer-reviewed venues; and
  • allow researchers to pay article processing charges (APCs) or book/chapter processing charges (BPCs/CPCs).
Overview
Value up to $1,500
Deadline ongoing intake until March 15, 2023 at 4:30 PM
Duration determined by award date (ends no later than December 31, 2023)
Results Announced at least 10 business days from date received by the Office of Research & Scholarship

Application Materials

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • target venue is reputable and follows a peer-review process with a level of rigor suitable to the relevant discipline/genre; and
  • sufficient proof of manuscript acceptance, the associated article processing charge (APC) or book/chapter processing charge (BPC/CPC), and payment of the fee

Faculty Professional Development Funding

Some funding for research and scholarly activities is available to RDP faculty through the Faculty Professional Development Committee, especially Extended Funding Grants and Sabbaticals.

For information on these funding opportunities, including eligibility requirements and application deadlines, please see the Faculty PD website.