Internal Funding

Dalhousie research grants for faculty and instructors

A variety of internal funding opportunities exist at Dalhousie. Find the one that is right for you:

SSHRC Institutional Grant Programs

SSHRC Explore Grants Program

Explore Grants can be used to develop a research project or conduct pilot work to help seed an external grant application in the social sciences and humanities (e.g. SSHRC Insight Grant). The maximum funding value per grant is $5,000.

Annual Deadline: June 15, 2020 at 4:30pm AST

Updated program guidelines and application form [PDF - 180 KB]

For questions or to apply please contact susan.haydt@dal.ca

SSHRC Exchange Grants Program

Exchange Grants can be used to fund knowledge mobilization (KM) activities, namely to travel to a conference or to organize a KM activity such as a conference or workshop. Proposed activities must help seed new external grant applications in the social sciences and humanities or disseminate the results of SSHRC-funded research.

The maximum funding value per grant is $2,000 to travel to a conference or $5,000 to organize a KM activity.

Annual Deadline: June 15, 2020 at 4:30pm AST.

Updated program guidelines and application form [PDF - 210 KB]

For questions or to apply please contact susan.haydt@dal.ca

 

 

Funds mandated by Dalhousie Faculty Association

Reduced salary for a research grant when NOT on leave

As noted in Article 32.15 of the Dalhousie Faculty Association’s Collective Agreement, DFA members who are not on leave may apply for a research grant of up to one year’s duration. 

Please complete and submit your application for a grant [DOC - 52 kB] at least three weeks prior to the planned start date of your research.  Applications should be submitted, in either paper or electronic copy, to the attention of the ORS research grants officer, Caroline Sequeira at caroline.sequeira@dal.ca.  

Note that grants awarded under this program are considered taxable income and will be reported on a T4A slip as a research grant. No income tax will be deducted by Dalhousie University. The grantee is responsible for reporting this income to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), declaring against this income any eligible expenditures and dealing with any subsequent negotiations with CRA as per the Canada Revenue Agency Income Tax Folio S1-F2-C3.

Supplemental sabbatical/special leave grant and leave remuneration

As noted in Article 30.22 of the Dalhousie Faculty Association’s Collective Agreement, the University's Board of Governors provides a fund each year for research grants to supplement salary, for faculty members granted sabbatical leave or special leave for part or all of that year.

Further, as noted in Article 30.28(b) of the DFA Collective Agreement, faculty members granted sabbatical leave or special leave may also apply for leave remuneration to be paid as a research grant.

Supplemental educational/special educational leave grant and leave remuneration

As noted in Article 30.32(f) of the Dalhousie Faculty Association’s Collective Agreement, the University's Board of Governors provides a fund each year for research grants to supplement salary, for instructors granted educational leave or special educational leave for part or all of that year.

Further, as noted in Article 30.32(i) of the DFA Collective Agreement, instructors granted educational leave or special educational leave may also apply for leave remuneration to be paid as a research grant.

How and when to apply

Faculty members and instructors are requested to complete the application form [PDF - 153 KB] for these grants, and submit this through electronic copy ONLY to Amanda Leslie at Amanda.Leslie@dal.ca.

Sabbaticals for 2018/19 will cover the academic year July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. They could take place from one of the following:

  • July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021
  • July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020
  • January 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021

Deadlines are therefore as follows:

  • Supplemental sabbatical/special leave grants: April 15 [Only One Deadline]
  • Supplemental educational/special educational leave grants: April 15 [Only One Deadline]
  • Leave remuneration paid as a research grant: April 15 or September 30

Notification of the award

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by May 31 each year.

Note that income tax is not deducted from any of these awards. Financial Services will issue a T4A tax form for the award amount in the appropriate calendar year.

All expenses claimed against the grant for tax exemption must be supported by receipts to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Any questions about the eligibility of expense deductions and taxation regulations should be referred directly to the CRA; please consult the Canada Revenue Agency Income Tax Folio S1-F2-C3.

Operations & Maintenance Response Fund (O & MRF) for Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Projects

Operations & Maintenance Response Fund (O & MRF) for Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Projects

In 2018, Dalhousie updated the Operations & Maintenance (O & M) Plan for Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funded research projects [PDF - 33 KB].
 
The third competition for the Operations and Maintenance Response Fund will be held in Spring 2019.

For more information, please contact danielle.andres@dal.ca

Ocean Frontier Institute: Seed Fund Program

Ocean Frontier Institute: Seed Fund Program

The Ocean Frontier Institute is seeking proposals for its Seed Fund, which supports ocean-related projects that have a high potential for innovation success but need small amounts of funding to help them move forward — and grow. Awards range from $10,000 to $15,000, with particularly compelling ideas considered for up to a maximum of $30,000. Faculty, staff and students of Dalhousie University are eligible to apply. Learn more …

Deadlines 2018: March 30 and September 28


Dalhousie Belong Research Fellowships

In keeping with Dalhousie's strategic plan and commitment to increasing diversity and gender equity, and to support and enhance research excellence across the institution, the Offices of the Provost & Vice-President Academic and the Vice-President Research & Innovation launched the Dalhousie Belong Research Fellowship Awards on November 2, 2018. The goal of the fellowship awards is to provide pre-tenure, tenure-track faculty members from equity-seeking groups with support to further research in their respective fields. Up to four fellowships of $5,000 each are available annually.

Terms of Reference

Criteria


Applicants and their supporters should consider the following list of criteria. When preparing their research plans and budgets, applicants should provide evidence of their interest and participation in research, as well as information supporting the following:

  1. Research problem or phenomena of interest is significant and clearly stated (if action research, the intended improvement in outcomes is clearly stated).

  2. Appropriate review of relevant literature is presented.

  3. Stated objectives/aims/purpose are potentially significant, are specific and achievement can be evaluated using clear criteria.

  4. Objectives/Aims/Purpose are realistic and feasible given proposed time frame and requested budget.

  5. The proposal clearly indicates the importance of undertaking research or study to address the problem or phenomenon of interest (i.e., the project has merit).

  6. Budget includes an explanation or justification for how the funds will be used over each year of the period.

  7. Budget includes total and itemized expenses.

How and when to apply

The 2020 competition for the Belong Fellowships is now open; applications are being received until Monday, November 16, 2020.

The application package must include the following:

  1. Completed application form [PDF 180 KB];
  2. Supporting letter from your respective Head/Chair/Director;
  3. Endorsement letter from your Dean;
  4. An electronic copy of your current curriculum vitae, and
  5.  Research plan and budget for expending funds (no more than 2 pages); please include information re: other any sources of research funding to which you have applied to date and your timeline for future funding applications.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to collect and collate all required materials including supporting and endorsement letters. The applicant is responsible for submitting the application package as a single PDF document, on or before the deadline.

Past recipients


2019:

Sorayya Askari
School of Occupational TherapyFaculty of Health 
Research Project: 
Factors Describing Cognitive Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis

Timothy Bryan 
Department of Sociology and Social AnthropologyFaculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Research Project: Hate Crimes in Nova Scotia

Lisa Binkley
Department of HistoryFaculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Research Project: Makazinanag: Many Tender Feet

2018:

Dr. Parisa Ghanouni
School of Occupational TherapyFaculty of Health 
Research Project:  Challenges and Facilitators During Transition of Adolescents with Autism to Adulthood

Shauntay Grant 
Department of EnglishFaculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Research Project: Rewriting Canadian folklore, Repositioning Black Canada:  A case from old Nova Scotia

Dr. Barbara Hamilton-Hinch
School of Health and Human PerformanceFaculty of Health
Research Project:  Benefits or Challenges of Culturally-Specific Programs in Attributing to Students’ Success in Post-secondary Education

Dr. Fadi Oudah
Civil Engineering (Structures and Solid Mechanics)Faculty of Engineering
Research Project: Reliability-Based Approach for Optimizing Tidal Turbine Base Foundation for Reduced Weight

Dr. Melanie Zurba
School of Resource and Environmental StudiesCollege of Sustainability 
Research Project: Designing Governance Frameworks for Protected Areas with Meaningful Indigenous Participation