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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:

Research Development Fund

Research Development Fund (RDF) for humanities & social sciences

The purpose of the SSHRC Research Development Fund (RDF) is to support activities that develop, increase or strengthen research excellence in the social sciences and humanities at Dalhousie University. The RDF budget is funded by the SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG) and term-expired SSHRC funds.
 
Faculty members holding a full-time appointment at Dalhousie University, and whose term of full-time appointment extends throughout the period of the grant are eligible to apply for RDF funds (professor emeriti and adjunct faculty members are not eligible).

Faculty members holding limited-term appointments may also apply, but the costs associated with a research project must be expended during the period of their appointment. Priority will be given to limited-term members holding a 50% or more appointment. To be eligible, the faculty member must be in a discipline supported by SSHRC and the nature of the project must fall under the mandate of SSHRC.

Expenses up to $3,500 are allowable and include such costs as research travel, living allowance, copying of research material (for subsequent deposit in the university libraries), printing and mailing of surveys, etc.

To encourage interdisciplinary research, expenses up to $4,500 will be allowed where two or more co-investigators are from different disciplines and the nature of the proposed project is clearly interdisciplinary, and where the project is seed money for the development of a large external grant application.

Application and deadline

Research grant application deadlines are May 1 and September 1. Please submit your original research grant application form [DOC - 315 kB] plus two copies. Please note we are no longer accepting old application forms.

Effective April 1, 2012, RDF funding for international conference travel and visiting speaker conference travel is now managed by your faculty.

Contact:
Sara Lavender
Research Grants Facilitator
902-494-2872
sara.lavender@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 DRS 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 - 97 kB] for these grants, and submit this in either paper or electronic copy to the DRS research grants officer, Nicole Yeadon at nicole.yeadon@dal.ca.  

Sabbaticals for 2017/18 will cover the academic year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. They could take place from one of the following:

  • July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018
  • July 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018
  • January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018

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 2012, Dalhousie updated the Operations & Maintenance (O & M) Plan for Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funded research projects [PDF - 33 KB].
 
The Operations & Maintenance Response Fund (O&MRF) is a part of the updated O & M Plan for CFI Projects. We are now offering the second O & M Response Fund competition. Researchers with a CFI-funded research project/equipment and in need of O & M funding are eligible to apply. Application requests are expected to be between $1,000 – $5,000 (total) over a 1 to 3 year period. Approximately 10 – 15 applications are expected to be funded per year. Please see the guidelines and application for more details.
 
Please contact Juliana Serroul with any questions at Juliana.Serroul@Dal.Ca.