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1 Canadian Research Funding Canadian High Commission Canberra, Australia

2 Overview of Canadian Research Funding Government of Canada –Canada Research Chairs and Canada Excellence Research Chairs –Funding Guide for International Science and Technology Cooperation –Going Global Innovation: Global Commerce Support Program –Understanding Canada: Canadian Studies Major Research Councils –Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) –Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) –Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) –National Research Council (NRC) Provincial Programs –Ontario: International Strategic Opportunities Fund –Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research –Alberta Ingenuity –iCORE (Alberta) –Quebec Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade Other Organisations –Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada –Killam Trusts –L'Association internationale des études québécoises (AIEQ) –National Gallery of Canada –Canadian Centre for Architecture

3 Canada Research Chairs (CRC) National strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries for research and development Permanent program of 2000 research professorships— Canada Research Chairs (CRC) CRCs are tenable for 5-7 years C$300 million a year to attract and retain world's most accomplished and promising minds Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Additional program launched in 2008 Increase knowledge and innovation in areas of strategic importance Up to 20 Chairs will be created (competitively awarded) Up to C$10M per CERC over 7 years Funds to cover the total cost of research, including: –Salary and benefits of chairholder and their research team –Direct and indirect costs of research www.chairs.gc.ca | www.cerc.gc.ca

4 Funding Guide for International Science and Technology Cooperation On-line database of international funding opportunities in science and technology Designed as a resource for Canadian researchers and scientists Includes more than 225 Canadian programs Not all programs are available to foreign researchers http://fgic-gfci.scitech.gc.ca

5 Going Global Innovation Global Commerce Support Program (GCSP) to promote and enhance innovation, science and technology Builds on targeted relationships between Canadian researchers and key players in other countries Funds face-to-face encounters to initiate and solidify collaboration Moves the partnership forward to the point where researchers can begin the R&D phase Eligible beneficiaries are Canadian researchers from private companies, universities and non-government research centres Contributes up to 75% of eligible expenses – includes travel and other non-research expenses (e.g. workshop or seminar expenses, translation services, photocopies, or hospitality). www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/eng/science/going_global.jsp

6 Understanding Canada: Canadian Studies Government of Canada program in support of Canadian Studies abroad Aims to develop a greater knowledge and understanding of Canada, its values and its culture among scholars and other influential groups abroad The program includes support for: –Conferences on Canada –Associations and Centres for Canadian Studies –Research, teaching, publications on Canada by foreign academics –Doctoral research on Canada by foreign postgraduates –Student mobility –Canadian experts to attend strategic forums In Australia and New Zealand program administered by Canadian High Commission Canberra www.australia.gc.ca

7 Eligibility for Canadian Studies Grants Canadian Studies is research aimed at a better understanding of Canadian society and/ or culture All disciplines in social sciences and humanities may qualify: Architecture, Arts, Business, Communications, Policy, Education, Environment, Economics, Geography, History, Law, International Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Media Studies, Planning, Politics, Public Administration, Religion, Science Policy, Sociology, Social Administration Purely scientific subjects and proposals that focus exclusively on technological or methodological issues are not eligible Interdisciplinary studies on Canada encouraged Comparative studies with substantial Canadian content (usually 33% or more)

8 Priority Areas Priority may be given to projects with policy relevance for Canada Specific issues of importance for Canada: –Bilateral or Regional Relations –Peace and Security –North American Partnership –Economic Development and Competitiveness –Democracy, Rule of Law, Human Rights –Managing Diversity –Environment / Energy

9 Canada Conference Grant Program Supports higher learning institutions and organizations to hold conferences on Canada or on Canadian issues Preference given to themes that have policy relevance for Canada or its relations with the specific country or region Participation by government, NGOs, business sector, students and general public is encouraged Up to C$20,000 per project Additional C$5,000 per project available to support participation of graduate students Application deadlines: June 1 and November 1 Book Display Program Provides publications on Canada up to the value of C$1,000 to be displayed at major conferences Publications have to be related to the theme of the conference Publications are retained by the host institution after the conference

10 Program Development Grant Supports institutes of higher education or other organizations to develop or expand programs in Canadian Studies Proposals are especially sought which include: –Innovative projects that promote awareness among students and the public about Canada and Canada bilateral and multilateral relations –Projects that lead to institutional linkages, research collaboration or student mobility in priority areas with Canadian institutions Up to C$20,000 available per proposal Additional C$5,000 available to support participation of graduate students Application deadline: December 10 Library Support Program Assists university libraries to strengthen their holdings of Canadian studies related materials (books, journals, CD-ROMs, etc.) Eligibility is based on the university’s existing or expressed commitment to Canada-related teaching and research Matching Grants: Up to C$2,500 (matching contribution by library) Start-up Grants: Up to C$2,000 Applications at anytime

11 Student Mobility Program Supports institutes of higher education or other organizations to undertake initiatives involving exchanges, study tours, internships, scholarships, etc. Projects should aim to advance student understanding of Canada Innovative projects incorporating hands-on learning experiences and training are encouraged Projects involving reciprocal elements are welcome Funding of up to C$10,000 per project Application deadline: February 1

12 Canada Leadership Program Allows Canadian experts to participate in strategic forums abroad, on issues relevant to Canada and its foreign policy Up to C$7,500 available per project Proposals must be developed in collaboration with the Canadian High Commission Application deadlines: June 1 and November 1 Innovative Strategic Projects Supports new, innovative or small projects in areas of interest to Canada and its foreign policy Support may be available for projects that: –develop new partnerships with Canadian studies organizations or with NGOs, think tanks, professional associations etc –lead to institutional linkages and research collaboration in priority areas with Canadian institutions Eligible projects include seminars, roundtables, debates, symposia, etc. Funding of up to C$8,000 per project Proposals must be developed in collaboration with the Canadian High Commission Application deadline: February 1 and July 1

13 Faculty Research Program (FRP) To assist individual academics to undertake short term research about Canada or aspects of Canada’s bilateral relations Up to C$5,800 (airfare and living expenses for up to 4 weeks) Deadline: November 1 Faculty Enrichment Program (FEP) To assist individual academics to develop and teach courses about Canada (including comparative courses with 50% Canadian content) Up to C$5,800 (airfare and living expenses for up to 4 weeks) Deadline: November 1 Doctoral Student Research Award (DSRA) Assists doctoral students outside of Canada to undertake part of their doctoral research in Canada Students must be enrolled full-time in a PhD in the country where the application is made and their doctoral thesis must relate in substantial part to the study of Canada Award provides assistance towards international airfare, plus C$1,200 allowance per month for up to 6 months spent in Canada while doing research Deadline: November 1

14 Canada-Asia-Pacific Award (CAPA) Assists scholars in universities or research institutes in the Asia-Pacific region to undertake short term research related to Canada and the region Individual or collaborative research Funds direct costs related to the research project, which may include a research trip to Canada Valued at C$5,000 - C$10,000 Deadline: November 24 International Research Linkages (IRL) To promote and facilitate international collaborative research between research teams from Canada and one or more countries abroad Projects should aim to foster academic mobility and exchange of information (e.g. seminars, workshops, networks) Linkage grant does not finance research Up to C$10,000 Deadline: November 24

15 Recent Topics Awarded FRP Grants: Globalisation, Corporate Nationalism & Sport: A comparative analysis of Canada and New Zealand Treaty Implementation and the expansion of domestic policy arenas: the World Heritage Convention in Canada, Australia, and the United States The interplay between social citizenship rights and indigenous rights in Canada and New Zealand: tensions, disconnects, overlaps and opportunities? Sustainable Rural Health: Rethinking retention policies for health professionals in Canada and Australia Politics in the Lives of Ordinary Canadians: The Confederation Era Support or control: the impact of funders on performing arts organisations in Australia and Canada Developing Leadership Across Boundaries for Peace and Security Homelessness and Social Justice in Canadian and Australian Children's Literatures

16 Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand (ACSANZ) About ACSANZ –Multidisciplinary organization with recognises and encourages interest in Canadian Studies –Membership fees are $85 for 2 years (students $50 for 2 years) –Publishes the scholarly journal Australasian Canadian Studies –Member of Pacific Asia Network of Canadian Studies (PANCS) and the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) Postgraduate Travel Award –Assists graduate students (Masters/PhD) to spend up to 4 weeks in Canada to undertake research relevant to their thesis in Canadian Studies –Apply to ACSANZ by September 30 Undergraduate Essay Prize –Awarded to the best undergraduate essay on a Canadian topic or a comparative topic with at least 50% Canadian content –Apply to ACSANZ by October 30 (TBC) www.acsanz.org.au

17 International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) Graduate Scholarships –Assists graduate (Masters/PhD) students to spend 4-6 weeks at a Canadian university or research site to undertake research relevant to their thesis in Canadian Studies –Apply to ACSANZ by September 30 Best Thesis in Canadian Studies –Thesis must be on a Canadian topic or a comparative work with at least 50% Canadian content and have been awarded within last 2 years –Apply to ACSANZ by September 30 World Seminar on Canada (new in October 2009) –Four master classes on Canadian politics, society, economy and culture for PhD students (or recent PhD graduates) –Travel scholarship, accommodation and meals included –Apply by May 1 www.acsanz.org.au or www.iccs-ciec.ca

18 International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) Publishing Fund –Assists with the printing or translating of scholarly monographs on Canada written by foreign Canadianists –Author must be a member of ACSANZ (or other ICCS member association) –Apply direct to ICCS by November 24 Postdoctoral Fellowships –One to three month teaching or research fellowships at any Canadian Studies Centre (worldwide) –A list of Centres is available at: http://www.international.gc.ca/studies-etudes/index.aspx http://www.international.gc.ca/studies-etudes/index.aspx –Apply to ACSANZ by September 30 www.acsanz.org.au or www.iccs-ciec.ca

19 Understanding Canada: Canadian Studies Guidelines and Application Forms All Canadian Studies programs (including ACSANZ and ICCS programs) Guidelines available from the Canadian High Commission or ACSANZwww.australia.gc.cawww.acsanz.org.au

20 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Promotes and supports university-based research and training in the social sciences and humanities Funds research that builds knowledge and expertise on social, cultural and economic issues www.sshrc.ca

21 Definitions and Eligibility The applicant (Principal Investigator/ Project Director): Primary responsibility for the intellectual direction of the research and administration Must be affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution for the duration of the grant A co-applicant or co-investigator: Makes a significant contribution to the intellectual direction and conduct of the research May have some responsibility for financial aspects of the research Foreign researchers can be co-applicants on most SSHRC grants May be a visiting scholar for a total of 3 months over period of the grant (unpaid leave from home institution) – travel and subsistence covered by grant A collaborator: May take various roles in the research Collaborators’ research costs are not covered by SSHRC grant May be a visiting scholar for a total of 3 months over period of the grant (unpaid leave from home institution) – travel and subsistence covered by grant

22 SSHRC Programs Standard Research Grants –Both principal applicant and all co-applicants must be affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution –Up to C$100,000 per annum for up to 3 years Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRIs) –From C$100,000 per annum for 7 years Community-University Research Alliances (CURA) –Up to C$200,000 per annum for up to 5 years Image, Text, Sound and Technology (ITST) –Up to C$50,000 for 12 months

23 SSHRC Programs International Opportunities Fund –Development grants: Up to C$25,000 for 12 months –Project grants: Up to C$75,000 for 12 months Research Development Initiatives (RDIs) –Up to C$40,000 over 2 years Research Communication Grants/ Workshops & Conferences –Workshops: Up to C$25,000 (fewer than 30 participants) –Conferences: Up to C$20,000-$50,000

24 SSHRC Guidelines and Application Forms Deadlines vary – check the website Most programs have a two-stage application process –Stage 1: Letter of Intent –Stage 2: Formal application (following acceptance at Stage 1) Special calls for applications on specific issues/themes (once only opportunities) are occasionally announced www.sshrc.ca

25 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Invests in people, discovery and innovation to advance knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering Funds more than 10,000 university professors every year www.nserc.ca

26 Definitions and Eligibility Principal applicant and co-applicant(s): –Must hold an academic appointment at an eligible Canadian university or college Collaborators: –May be a foreign researcher –Must be qualified to undertake research independently –Will be expected to contribute to the overall intellectual direction of the research project or program of research –Will be expected to bring your own resources to the collaboration (i.e. self-funded) Foreign applicants may apply for the postdoctoral fellowship: –Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories

27 What do NSERC Grants Fund? Direct cost of research (general principle) NSERC does not fund indirect or overhead costs NSERC also allows: –Salaries and stipends for research personnel (e.g. students, research associates, technicians, postdoctoral fellows, etc.) –Visiting researchers’ stipends – limited to a maximum of $2,000 per month for up to 125 days per year –Travel and subsistence costs for field work, research conferences, collaborative trips, archival work and historical research (for any research personnel associated with the grant) Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants: –Buying and developing research equipment and installations

28 Discover Grants (DG) – Group Projects –Funds ongoing programs of research with long-term goals –Grants are for 1-5 years –Average grant C$35,000 per year (up to C$200,000 per year) Collaborative Health Research Projects –Jointly funded with Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) –Funds collaborative research in natural sciences/engineering AND the health sciences –Aimed at advancing knowledge and technologies to improve health outcomes –Awards are for up to 3 years NSERC Programs

29 Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories Recent doctoral graduates of any nationality Opportunity for emerging scientists and engineers Work with research groups in Canadian government departments and agencies, including: –Agriculture, Conservation, Environment, Fisheries and Oceans, Food Inspection, Health, Industry, Defence, Natural Resources, Parks, etc. Value is C$43,724 per year Term is 1 year, renewable for up to 2 more years 450-500 applications made each year 150 fellowships offered each year (varies) 1/3 of fellowships awarded to foreign applicants

30 NSERC Guidelines and Application Forms Program NameDeadlines Discovery GrantsAUGUST 1 st – Notification of Intent NOVEMBER 1st – Full Application Collaborative Health Research Projects MAY 1 st – Letter of Intent DECEMBER 1 st – Full Application Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories ANYTIME www.nserc.ca

31 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) www.cihr.ca Funds research that improves Canadians' health, health care system and quality of life CIHR provides funding opportunities for four themes of health research –Biomedical –Clinical –Health systems services –Social, cultural, environmental and population health Currently more than 10,000 researchers hold CIHR grants

32 Definitions and Eligibility Principal applicant: –Must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian institution or organization by the time the funding begins and for the entire duration of the grant –Must be an independent researcher (i.e. not under the supervision of another person who is directing the research) Co-applicants: –May be an independent researcher, a research associate, a trainee, or a foreign researcher Collaborators: –Provide a special service (e.g. technicians) and do not contribute to the intellectual direction of research Foreign applicants may apply for the postdoctoral fellowship: –CIHR Fellowships

33 What do CIHR grants fund? Direct cost of research (general principle) CIHR does not fund indirect or overhead costs CIHR also allows: –Salaries for research associates, research assistants and technicians –Honoraria for guest lecturers –Travel and subsistence costs for field work, research conferences, collaborative trips, archival work and historical research (for any research personnel associated with the grant) –Research equipment and supplies, including staff training for specialized equipment –Computers and electronic equipment essential to the research

34 CIHR Programs Operating Grants –All areas of health research by individuals or groups –Average grant is C$122,000 per year for 4-5 years Catalyst Grants –Calls for applications in specific areas of research –Supports preliminary or new areas of investigation –Facilitates team formation –Encourages a culture of invention and innovation Meeting Planning and Dissemination Grants –Scientific meetings (workshops, symposia, conferences, etc.) –Knowledge translation activities to disseminate the results of research

35 CIHR Fellowships Open to Canadians and citizens of other countries Must hold a PhD or professional health degree (or equivalent) Candidates with more than 3 years post-PhD research training will not be considered Fellowships are awarded for –Up to 3 years (for PhD holders) –Up to 4 years (for professional degree holders) –Up to 5 years (for professional degree holders who intend to complete their PhD as part of the fellowship) Annual stipend is C$21,000 to $50,000 depending on applicant’s experience and qualifications

36 CIHR Grants Deadlines Deadlines and opportunities vary – check the website Most programs have a two-stage application process –Stage 1: Letter of Intent –Stage 2: Formal application (following acceptance at Stage 1) www.cihr.ca

37 National Research Council (NRC) Government of Canada’s premier organization for research and development since 1916 NRC awards and fellowships recognise excellence by Canadian scientists and innovators NRC Research Associateships –Open to Canadian citizens and foreign nationals –Recent PhD graduates in science or engineering or Masters in engineering and 5 years experience –Salaried position from C$49,489 (PhD recruiting rate) –Appointments are for 2 years, extendable to a maximum of 5 years –Apply online at anytime http://hia-iha.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/ra_e.html –Direct link: http://hia-iha.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/ra_e.html www.nrc.ca

38 Québec: Assistance for international research and innovation initiatives Aims to support the linkage and visibility of Québec research and innovation with international initiatives Intended for non-profit organizations, research institutions in the health and education networks, public research institutions, and businesses Projects which may be eligible include: –Participation of Québec centres of excellence and businesses in international networks and consortiums –Recruitment and exchanges of international researchers –International internship programs Financial assistance varies by type of activity; maximum 50% of project costs www.mdeie.gouv.qc.ca

39 Ontario: International Strategic Opportunities Program Facilitates research of scientific importance Funds strategic international collaboration between Ontario research institutions and the global research community Lead organization must be an Ontario institution (e.g. research hospital, university, college, etc.) Up to C$150,000 over 3 years Provides 50% of eligible costs – balance from other sources Funds must be used to facilitate collaboration – e.g. consortia project management, research exchanges/links, workshops/conferences/seminars, publications, etc. Funds are not to be used for research No formal deadlines – reviewed quarterly www.mri.gov.on.ca

40 Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Supports biomedical and health research in Alberta Training programs (e.g. postdoctoral fellowships, graduate scholarships and undergraduate summer programs) Visiting researchers (including visiting lectureships/ professorships, visiting scientists and experts for conferences/symposia) Interdisciplinary Team Research Grants –Provides opportunities for high-quality, internationally recognized teams of investigators to complete research initiatives with defined health outcomes Polaris Award –To help Alberta universities recruit outstanding mid-career health researchers of exceptional international calibre to the province www.ahfmr.ab.ca

41 Alberta Ingenuity Fund Provides leadership and strategic investments in research and science and technology initiatives Priority areas: energy, ICT, nanotechnology, and the life sciences Graduate student scholarships –Supports top masters or doctoral students in the natural sciences or engineering at an Alberta university New faculty awards –To independent investigators who are in their first academic career appointment at an Alberta university or college Scholars Program –To attract to Alberta the world's best researchers and innovators in areas of strategic importance to the province www.albertaingenuity.ca

42 iCORE - Informatics www.icore.ca Provides financial support for university chairs to attract world-class researchers in the areas of computer science, electrical and computer engineering, physics, mathematics and other disciplines related to ICT Chair Establishment Grants –To establish research positions in ICT at Alberta universities Visiting Professor Grant Program –To support visiting professors in information science and engineering at Alberta universities for 6 months to 2 years Graduate Student Scholarships –For graduate students studying in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) or Nanotechnology (ICT) at Alberta universities

43 Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Research Grants Program (APFRG) Supports independent academic research on policy issues related to Canada’s relations with Asia Canada Themes: –Up to C$10,000 over 3 months for research and 7,000 word policy paper on one of the following themes: Building Asia-Pacific Gateway Transnational Migration and Canadians Abroad Global Asia Open Grants: –Up to C$20,000 over 12 months for research and policy paper Funding also available for special initiatives within APF’s general mandate (e.g. conferences) www.asiapacific.ca

44 Killam Trusts Supports advanced education and research at the Canada Council of Arts & five Canadian universities: –University of Alberta; University of British Columbia; Calgary University; Dalhousie University; McGill University Range of scholarships, fellowships and prizes available (varies by institution), examples: Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarships –Two-year doctoral scholarships for outstanding students in their 2 nd /3 rd year –Open to all disciplines and no citizenship restrictions –Valued at approx. C$25,000 per year (varies by university) Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships –Fellowships for recent doctoral graduates (graduated in last 2 years) –C$35,000-$46,000 per year for two years (varies by university) www.killamtrusts.ca

45 L'Association internationale des études québécoises (AIEQ) Aims to promote and develop Québec studies in Canada and abroad Funding support available to members includes: –Grants to foreign academics to develop courses on Québec –Research grants in Québec studies to promote knowledge about and understanding of Québec through the publication of articles or books (any discipline) –Support for Québec participation in international conferences –Internships and postdoctoral scholarships located in Québec and abroad –Awards for excellence in Québec studies www.aieq.qc.ca

46 National Gallery of Canada Research Fellowships Competitive research fellowships are offered in Canadian Art, European Art, Modern Art, History of Photography, and Art Conservation Open to professionals (e.g. art historians, curators) and researchers in visual arts, museology and related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, who have a graduate degree or equivalent publication history Fellowships emphasize the use and investigation of the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, including those of the Library and Archives Awards are up to C$5,000 per month (maximum C$30,000). www.gallery.ca

47 Canadian Centre for Architecture Visiting Scholars Program Supports innovative research in the history, theory and criticism of architecture Visiting Scholars Program –Open to scholars and architects conducting research at postdoctoral or more advanced academic levels – Apply on the basis of an independent research project based on or supported by the extensive holdings of the CCA library and collection –Residency period is 3 to 8 months –Competitive stipend and resources provided www.cca.qc.ca

48 Contact Us Tony McKittrick Academic Relations and Education Marketing Canadian High Commission, Canberra Phone: +61 2 6270 4050 Fax: +61 2 6270 4083 Email: tony.mckittrick@international.gc.catony.mckittrick@international.gc.cawww.australia.gc.ca


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