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, 2021 at 4:30pm AST

SSHRC Explore - 2021 Application Form [PDF - 288 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, 2021 at 4:30pm AST.

SSHRC Exchange - 2021 Application Form [PDF - 444 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 2021/2022 will cover the academic year July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. They could take place from one of the following:

  • July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022
  • July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022
  • January 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022

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


Vice-President Research and Innovation International Seed (VPRIIS) Fund 


The VPRIIS Fund is an internal small grant which is intended to support the development of international research initiatives between Dalhousie researchers and their global partners. 

Applications are accepted from researchers who are eligible for tri-agency funding; resulting grants are intended to support new and emerging collaborations, of up to one year’s duration, which require start-up support to begin developing research ties. Such collaborations will be funded up to a maximum of $5,000.

How and when to apply

The next competition for the VPRIIS Fund is expected to open in autumn 2021.

Full guidelines and the application forms from the 2019 competition are available here [PDF - 57 KB] for consultation.

For any questions regarding the Fund, please contact ovpri@dal.ca.

Past recipients

2019:

  • Dr. Quan (Sophia) He, Agriculture, with Tsinghua University, China: “Exploration of Hydrothermal Liquefaction Mechanism via Computational Calculation”
     
  • Dr. Ted Cavanagh, Architecture & Planning, with University of Manchester, United Kingdom: “Knowledge Production through Academic Design-Build: Trans-Disciplinary Investigation of the Social and the Material”
     
  • Dr. Yuri Leving, Arts & Social Sciences, with St. Petersburg State University, Russia and Jacobs University, Germany: “Cold War Cultures: Constructing Identities on Both Sides of the Atlantic”
     
  • Dr. Stan Matwin, Computer Science, with IMT Atlantique, France: “Acoustic Detection of Fish with Deep Learning”
     
  • Dr. Richard Price, Dentistry, with Malmö University, Sweden, “Determining Longevity of Dental Restorations and to Identify Causes of Failure”
     
  • Dr. Floris Goerlandt, Engineering, with Technical University Delft, Netherlands; University of Ghent, Belgium; Aalto University, Finland; National Technical University of Athens, Greece; World Maritime University, Sweden: “Arctic Shipping Safety and Environmental Protection: Towards an EU-Canada Student and Staff Exchange Project” 
     
  • Dr. Alex Kalamkarov, Engineering, with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; German Aerospace Center; and Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Germany: “Interacting Smart Composite Materials and Structures”
     
  • Dr. Catherine Mah, Health, with Monash University, University of Queensland and Deakin University,Australia: “Healthy Stores Practice Exchange”
     
  • Dr. Heidi Lauckner, Health, with University of Cape Town, South Africa and La Trobe University, Australia: “Advancing Community Development: North-South Dialogues”
     
  • Dr. Tony R. Walker, Management, with University of Manchester, United Kingdom, “Pollution Biomonitoring Using Honeybees”
     
  • Dr. Kimberley Hall, Science, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom: “Advance systems for solid state quantum emitters”
     
  • Dr. Djordje Grujic, Science, with ETH Zurich and University of Lausanne, Switzerland: “Direct Dating of Ancient Earthquakes”

2018:

  • Dr. Nandika Bandara, Department of Plant, Food and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, with University of Melbourne, Australia: “Renewable polymer-based edible packaging materials for improving microbial food safety”
     
  • Dr. Stephanie Collins, Department of Animal Science and Aquaculture, Faculty of Agriculture, with University of Veterinary Medicine, Austria: “In-ovo feeding of bioactives to promote broiler chicken health and reduce reliance on antibiotics”
     
  • Dr. Gail Eskes, Dept of Psychiatry, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, with University of Birmingham, United Kingdom: “Multimodal approaches to cognitive enhancement in aging and brain disease” 
     
  • Dr. John Gosse, Department of Earth Science, Faculty of Science, with ETH Zurich, Switzerland; University of Oslo, Norway; Uppsala University, Sweden; and Cambridge University, United Kingdom: “AAT Risk: Arctic and Atlantic Tsunami Risk Project”
     
  • Dr. Shashi Gujar, Department of Pathology, Department of Microbiology & Immunology and Department of Biology, Faculties of Medicine and Science, with Harvard University, USA: “Developing novel avenues to educate a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer”
     
  • Dr. Israat Haque, Faculty of Computer Science, with University of Pisa, Italy: “Mobility-assisted community service: a data-driven approach to smart service design”
     
  • Dr. Barret Kurylyk, Department of Civil and Resource Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, with WHOI and MIT, USA: “Salt marsh contamination and cycling along the Atlantic Coast of North America”
     
  • Dr. Andrew Medeiros, School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Management, with Northwestern University, USA: “Understanding how environmental change affects freshwater ecosystems and the services they provide across the circumpolar north”  
             
  • Dr. Derek Reilly, Faculty of Computer Science, with University College London, United Kingdom: “Fundamental issues and opportunities introduced by recent advances in AR technology”    
     
  • Dr. Kathy Russell, Faculty of Dentistry, with Penn State University, USA: “International Intercentre Outcome Study on the Burden of Care for Patients with Cleft Lip and Palate"
     
  • Dr. Amina Stoddart, Department of Civil and Resource Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, with University of Texas at Austin, USA, “Manganese (Mn) removal by biofiltration”
     
  • Dr. Dominika Wranik, School of Public Administration, Faculty of Management, with SGH Warsaw School of Economics and Medical University of Warsaw, Poland; Maastricht University, Netherlands: “Selecting drugs for public reimbursement: How do we minimize error?” 


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.

* The Belong Research Fellowships competition is now closed for 2020. The next competition is expected to open in autumn 2021.

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 Belong Research Fellowships competition is now closed for 2020. The next competition is expected to open in autumn 2021.

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.

2020 recipients

Asha Jeffers
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Department of English

Alana Westwood
Faculty of Management
School for Resource and Environmental Studies

Yang Gu
Faculty of Dentistry
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Sciences

Tasha Richard
Faculty of Agriculture
Department of Business & Social Sciences

Olabisi Akinkugbe
Schulich School of Law

Masud Rahman
Faculty of Computer Science

 

 

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