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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:

SSHRC Explore Grants Program

SSHRC Explore Grants Program

Background

The purpose of the SSHRC Explore Grants (formerly known as 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 Explore budget is funded by the SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG) and administered by Dalhousie University, which reports the results to SSHRC.

Applications for financial support from the Explore are reviewed by the Dalhousie Explore Review Committee for the Humanities and Social Sciences, which is an advisory committee to the Vice President, Research. All Committee decisions are subject to the approval of the Vice President Research or his/her designate. There is no appeal process for the SSHRC Explore Research Grant competition.

SSHRC Explore grants will be awarded for a one year period. If a grant holder leaves the employment of Dalhousie University during the term of the grant, the unused portion reverts to the Explore fund.

Expenses up to $7,000 are allowable and include such costs as student support, research travel, direct costs of research (such as equipment or honoraria), etc. The applications should include knowledge translation plans.

Eligibility of Applicants

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

A. Hold a full-time faculty appointment or postdoctoral affiliation at Dalhousie University, with the appointment not ending within 12 months from the date of application. (Professor Emeriti and Adjunct faculty members are not eligible).

a. Faculty members holding limited-term appointments may apply but the costs associated with a research project must be expended within the period of their appointment.
b. Postdoctoral fellows affiliated with Dalhousie University are eligible to apply, but the costs associated with a research projects must be expended within the period of their affiliation.

B. Conduct research in a discipline supported by SSHRC.

C. Not hold an active Explore or RDF grant as of the date of application, and have held at most two Explore or RDF grants in any three year period.

D. Be willing to acknowledge SSHRC support for their research or research-related activities.

Project Eligibility

To be eligible, proposed projects must:

A. Fall under the mandate of SSHRC. The Explore Review Committee will apply SSHRC criteria to determine the eligibility of the subject matter.

B. Be scholarly research; research that is part of the applicant’s degree program (such as contributing to research for the applicant’s doctoral thesis), or associated with professional or curricular development, is not eligible.

C. Not have been supported previously by a SSHRC Explore grant.

Evaluation Process

Applications will be evaluated within the context of the applicant's experience and career stage. For applicants and projects deemed eligible, preference will be given to:

A. Applications that are clearly tied to preparing, pilot testing, or seeding new Tri-Agency grant applications.

B. Projects that include funds for student support.

C. Applicants with >= 50% appointments.

Application Procedure

A. The application deadlines for the two annual Explore competitions are 5:00 pm Atlantic time on May 1st and September 1st.  If the deadline falls on a holiday or weekend, it is extended to 5:00 pm on the next working day.  Late applications will not be accepted.

B. Please submit your original research grant application form. Applicants must submit the original and two copies of the application, along with a completed and signed investigator checklist.  Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

C. All sections of the application form must be completed in a clear concise manner with no technical jargon.  Applicants must respect the page lengths specified in the application.

D. For research involving human subjects, Dalhousie ethics review must be completed within 6 months upon receiving the Notice of Award.

E. The applicants will be notified in writing of the results of the competition. An account will be opened with Financial Services in the name of the successful applicants.

F. Applicants are required to submit a final report on the results of the research project one year from the start date of the award describing:

(i) The Research Products resulting from this grant (this may include traditional academic outputs such as peer-reviewed articles, books, conference presentations, etc., as well as other knowledge mobilization activities).
(ii) The number of undergraduate students, Masters students, Doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, and other (e.g. research technicians) supported by this grant.
(iii) Whether this grant led to, or supported, an application to an external funding agency.

Contact:

Manager, SSHRC Explore grant Program
Dalhousie Research Services
231 Henry Hicks Administration Building
6299 South St. Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Tel:  902-494-2872     Fax:  902-494-1595    

Email:   Christine.Whitehouse@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 Keerthi Baruah at Keerthi.Baruah@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.