Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Western Strategic Support for SSHRC Success (SSHRB) Seed and Bridge Grants

Deadlines:
Department Deadline:  May 1, 2014
Dean's Office Deadline:  May 8, 2014
RD&S Deadline:  May 15, 2014

Please note that all guidelines have been updated since the last competitions and it is strongly recommended that applicants review the guidelines before applying. This includes removing the Accelerator component, which will run as a separate competition (more info will be provided in the near future).

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Jointly funded by the Office of the Vice-President (Research) and the researcher's Faculty, Western's Strategic Support for SSHRC Success program offers two funding opportunities identified as Seed and Bridge grants. These grants are targeted at researchers who are not currently holding external SSHRC funding or are preparing to submit to a higher SSHRC grant value. 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.  

The merit of each proposal will be assessed on innovation, impact, deliverables (both long- and short-term), proposed methodology, HQP training plan and proposed budget. Successful applicants are expected to develop and submit competitive research proposals to a SSHRC competition within two years of the award's start date.   

The objective of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Board (SSHRB) Grants Program is to provide critical one-time funding to support research activities of individual investigators for the subsequent development of strong, competitive proposals for submission to external peer-reviewed research sponsors, in particular SSHRC. Eligibility focuses on the individual researcher as the Principal Investigator (PI) with the expectation that the awarded researcher will seek Tri-Agency support as the PI within two years of receiving the award. The SSHRB is a non-entitlement program and is not intended as support for ongoing programs of research.

The SSHRB will have two priority areas: 

1) Seed Grant – to provide one-year funding to SSHRC-eligible Early Career Researchers to develop competitive externally-funded research proposals.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A SEED GRANT:

Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are applicants who are within three years of the start date of their first eligible academic research position at Western (typically in a probationary tenure-tracked appointment). Eligible ECR applicants have not held external SSHRC funding as a PI, and likely have not submitted as a Principal Investigator to a prior external SSHRC competition; 

2) Bridge Grant – to provide one-year funding to established SSHRC-eligible investigators to bridge a SSHRC funding gap or crossover from an equivalent external funding source to SSHRC support. See the Bridge funding guidelines for more details. 

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A BRIDGE GRANT:

 There are four scenarios in which a researcher may be eligible to seek Bridge support.

1. The researcher’s external SSHRC grant has ended within the past 2 years (not including the terminal year), and has applied to an external SSHRC competition for a renewal or new application (with pending or unsuccessful results).

2. The researcher currently holds a NSERC or CIHR external grant and wishes to crossover and seek SSHRC support.

3. The researcher has held equivalent external funding at Western that required peer review (as a PI, *Co-PI or *Co-Applicant), but has never held a Tri-Agency grant (as a PI), and has applied to an external SSHRC competition (as a PI), all within 5 years previous to the application deadline. *If the applicant was a Co-PI or Co-Applicant on an equivalent external grant held at Western, an additional section of the application form must be completed to disclose the following information: Project title, PI of grant, Award ID, the Co-PI’s or Co-Applicant’s % of responsibilities, a summary of responsibilities, portions of funds used by the Co-PI or Co-Applicant, a summary on how the current research proposal is related to research work completed with equivalent external grant. Collaborators and co-applicants without signatories on the equivalent external grant are considered ineligible under this section.

4. The researcher has applied to SSHRC (as the PI) within the past year receiving a 4A status result and is ineligible for Seed funding. Applicants must disclose any reviewer feedback received in SSHRC’s referee report and are encouraged to have applications to any external SSHRC competition peer-reviewed before submission. 

SSHRB funding is not to be seen as a replacement for SSHRC funding. To be eligible for SSHRB funding, applicants must explicitly describe how funds would be spent and their plans to secure external SSHRC funding. Applicants must submit an external grant application within 2 years of the start date of the SSHRB award. Applicants are encouraged to also apply for other external support.


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.


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.