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Faculty Research Development Fund - Research Grant

This is an internal grant for Faculty of Arts and Humanities Full Time Faculty only.

Supported through Western's SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG) and Western Strategic Support (WSS), the objective of the Faculty Research Development Fund (FRDF) is to strengthen SSHRC related research. Funds will be allocated to the Faculty of Arts & Humanities on an annual basis to distribute. The viability of the FRDF and allocated amounts will be determined each year by the Office of the Vice President of Research, based on both general and specific-measurable outcomes (spread over a maximum 3 year period) which will be provided by the Faculty in an annual report.

These awards are to support the cost of research projects of modest scope. The competitions are for seed money, one-time requests, and projects of short duration. Applications may be made for new research initiatives. Requests for funds to supplement existing operating or research grants, to augment funds for larger projects (funded or applied for), or to attend conferences generally will not be accepted. Separate applications, for the same project, over several years, will not be funded.

The maximum amount for the award is $7,000.

Applications that offer a clear rationale for the proposed research, exhibit innovation, contribute to the development of Highly Qualified Personnel, cultivate collaborations nationally and/or internationally, and contain a budget explaining fully how the money requested will be spent, will receive preference.

Eligibility Requirements

  • applicants must hold an eligible academic research appointment at Western and must maintain affiliation with Western for the duration of the grant period;
  • visiting fellows and scholars are not eligible, nor are the costs incurred for their travel and residency;
  • students are not eligible to hold their own award (but SSHRC encourages the employment of students through FRDF funded research); and
  • support must be for scholarly activity in the humanities and the social sciences (SSHRC and CIHR). 

Considerations that will inform the evaluation process

  • priority will be given to colleagues requesting seed money for long-term research projects;
  • first time applicants will be given priority;
  • applicants who have held an FRDF grant in the previous year but have unspent balance will not be eligible to apply;
  • applicants who currently have no external funds will be given priority over those whose research is supported through external funds;
  • while applicants are eligible to apply for the Travel and Research Grant competitions in the same year, there is no guarantee that both will be funded.

Deadlines for 2017-2018:

Department Deadline - May 15, 2017
Dean's Office Deadline - May 22, 2017

Submission instructions are on the front page of the application.
Please contact Gabbi Whitlock at gwhitloc@uwo.ca or x84559 for questions about this grant.


Faculty Research Development Fund - Conference Travel Grant 

Supported through Western's SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG) and Western Strategic Support (WSS), the objective of the Faculty Research Development Fund (FRDF) is to strengthen SSHRC related research. Funds will be allocated to the Faculty of Arts & Humanities on an annual basis to distribute. The viability of the FRDF and allocated amounts will be determined each year by the Office of the Vice President of Research, based on both general and specific-measurable outcomes (spread over a maximum 3 year period) which will be provided by the Faculty in an annual report.

Funding is awarded to researchers presenting a paper at a research-related meeting or conference of major scholarly significance. The program will fund participation in both regular international congresses and more narrowly focused conferences and seminars.

The maximum award amount is $2,500. The awards will cover travel and subsistence costs only. Conference registration fees and the cost of preparing a paper for presentation will not be considered eligible charges.

This is the 2017-2018 Competition. We will be having only one competition. Conferences must be between April 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018. 

Deadlines for 2017-2018:

Department Deadline - May 15, 2017
Dean's Office Deadline - May 22, 2017

Submission instructions are on the front page of the application.
Please contact Gabbi Whitlock at gwhitloc@uwo.ca or x84559 for questions about this grant.


Western Strategic Support for SSHRC Success - Seed and Open Grants

Funded by the Office of the Vice-President (Research), the Western Strategic Support (WSS) for SSHRC Success program offers two funding opportunities identified as the Seed and Open grants. These grants are targeted at all researchers who are pursuing SSHRC-related research. The intent of these grants is to offer critical, one-time funding to support an individual investigator’s research activities for the subsequent development of strong, competitive submissions to external, peer-reviewed research sponsors.

Deadlines, application forms and guidelines are available on the Research Western Website.


J.B. Smallman Research Fund

In 1987 the J. B. Smallman Research Fund was dispersed among the Faculties of Arts [and Humanities], Social Science and Music. In the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Dean adjudicates the applications to the Fund.

Guidelines

The applicant shall be a full-time member of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities or, at the time of application, hold a Limited-Term appointment with a significant research component as defined in the Collective Agreement.

The manuscript shall have been accepted for publication by a reputable academic press. (The fund is unable to provide support for regular publication in scholarly journals (i.e., page charges).

The manuscript shall have been reviewed by at least one recognized scholar in the field and judged worthy of publication.

The applicant shall have diligently sought other sources of funding for the project, including funding from his or her Chairperson, and from the relevant granting agencies.

The award shall normally be granted to support directly the publication through subvention to the publisher. Costs relating to typing, indexing, translation, and copying shall not normally be supported.

The applicant shall agree that, in recognition of the grant-in-aid, he/she will acknowledge by way of notation in the preface or other suitable place in the publication, the support received from The University of Western Ontario, J.B. Smallman Fund. 

The balance in the Smallman Fund shall be sufficient to grant the award without jeopardizing the capital endowment.

Apply by sending a letter to the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, stating the requirement of the funds. There is no deadline. 


Hume Cronyn Funds

The Hume Cronyn Fund supports dramatic performances. Full-time faculty members of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities are eligible to apply.

There is no application form or deadline and applications are accepted at any time of the year.

Please write to the Dean to apply, providing information about the performance and a budget.


Small Grant Funding Guidelines/Policy & Submission Procedures

Any one-off, small grant requests made to the VP Research must have faculty ADR approval first.