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External Funding: Sources & Required Final Review

Many research projects in Dalhousie's Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences receive funding from external agencies. If the funding must be managed through Dalhousie's Financial Services (i.e., the funding body doesn't send you a cheque, but transfers to the funds to Dalhousie), then the university is responsible and so there must be institutional signatures and approvals, first from FASS and then from Research Services, before the application is submitted. 

Below is the process on submitting these applications for final review, and some links which lead to some sources for research funding specific to the Humanities and Social Sciences, in addition to the main ones: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and, for research related to health areas, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation and Canada Council of the Arts

FASS Support for Grant-Writing before the Final Review Process

  • You can request pdfs of successful applications (IG, IDG, Connection) from the SSHRC Lending Library;
  • You can request a list of FASS "mentors" willing to comment on draft applications;
  • The Associate Dean Research will also provide advice on particular questions or on draft applications (full or partial);
  • In-kind/cash requirements must be worked out via the Dean's office well in advance of the internal review process--allow at least two weeks.

For all of the above, please contact the Associate Dean Research.

Required Final Review of Grant Applications

This review process is not only a useful one in strengthening applications, but also an essential one to ensure that all grant applications are fully consistent with FASS, Dalhousie, and grant-organization policies and requirements.  This takes time, so build this process into your own work schedule.  NB: this only applies to external applications, not internal programs.

DRS = Dalhousie Research Services

1. Submit the full application to the Associate Dean Research (e-mailed pdf where possible) for review six weeks before the SSHRC deadline for the Insight program (IG & IDG) and three weeks before the grant deadline for all others.  Partial and late applications may not be accepted.  When a deadline falls on a holiday or a weekend, the next Monday is the due date.

2.  While your application is being reviewed, complete the DRS Investigator Checklist. This requires the signatures of the applicant (or principal investigator if it's a collaborative grant), the applicant's Chair/Head, and the Dean, so it can take a few days. 

3. Once the Associate Dean has indicated the application is ready to go to the next stage, a copy of the application and the DRS Investigator Checklist must be submitted to the Dean's office for the Dean's review.

4.  Once the Checklist is complete (including all signatures), follow DRS Submission Information.  Typically, they require a full copy of the application (pdf preferred) and the completed Investigator Checklist four weeks before the SSHRC deadline for Insight programs and, for other programs, at least 7 business days before the agency deadline.

American Research Funding Sources