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  1. Standard Research Grant Writing Seminar Information session given at Ryerson University by Terry Lee McPherson June 12, 2007

  2. Grant Writing Seminar What is New at SSHRC: • New president : Chad Gaffield (since Sept 2006) • $11 million targeted for research & research training in management, business and finance • Notice of Intent to Apply (NOI) • 60 days for Appeals

  3. Grant Writing Seminar 2006-2007 Standard Research Grants Competition Results • Success rate of 33.2%, variation across Committees • 2,534 applications, 841 awards • Average three-year award of $76,206 • 65% cap on Category 1 and 4A applications

  4. Grant Writing Seminar Objectives of the Standard Research Grants Program • Peer-reviewed independent programs of research • Training of future researchers • New theoretical or methodological approaches • Disciplinary and multidisciplinary research • Communication of research results both within & beyond academia

  5. Grant Writing Seminar Characteristics • Three-year cycle • Team and individual applications • Funding of a Program of Research • $100,000 per year or $250,000 over 3 years

  6. Grant Writing Seminar Eligibility • Affiliation with a Canadian post-secondary institution • Submission of the Final Research Report • Current students not eligible • Postdoctoral applicants – affiliation by April 15 • PhD candidates – met PhD requirements by April 1 & has affiliation • Citizenship: no longer an issue • SSHRC Mandate • Transfer of applications to NSERC • Ineligible applications – CIHR mandate

  7. Grant Writing Seminar New Scholar Category • Has not been awarded, as a principal investigator, an SRG, MCRI or a Strategic Grant AND at least one of: • Completed highest degree less than five years OR • Held tenure-track position less than 5 years OR • Never had a tenure-track position OR • Career interrupted or delayed for family reasons • Benefit: Score weighting

  8. Grant Writing Seminar Adjudication Committees • 24 committees • Committee changes for 2008-2009: • 3 Management Committees • New: Committee 29 (Marketing, international business, management of information systems, business policy) • Modified: Committee 21 (Human resources management, organizational studies; industrial relations, management) • Modified: Committee 22 (Accounting, finance, management science, productions & operations management)

  9. Grant Writing Seminar Adjudication Committees • 2 Psychology Committees: • Modified: Committee 10 (Psychology 1) - Social, personality and individual differences; behavioural, community and environmental, industrial/organizational, cultural • Modified: Committee 27 (Psychology 2) - Counselling, developmental, human assessment and psychometrics, psychotherapy, sports and health • 3 Education Committees • Committees 12, 17 & 28 same sub-disciplines as 2007

  10. Grant Writing Seminar Choosing Committee Members • Overall competence and credibility • Scholarly stature of the individual nominees • Appropriate representation on the basis of: • areas of expertise • small/mid-size/large university • geographical region • language • gender

  11. Grant Writing Seminar Adjudication Committees • Selecting a Committee • Research Discipline – SSHRC Web site • Review Committee Members list • Past Awards – Awards Search Engine • Call your Program Officer • Committee 15 (Interdisciplinary & Multidisciplinary Studies) • Not a “catch-all” • Contact the Program Officer • Fully explain the inter / multidisciplinary nature of the proposal

  12. Grant Writing Seminar Choosing External Assessors • Goal - Two Assessors per file • Suggested Assessors • Conflicts of interest

  13. Grant Writing Seminar Evaluation Criteria (Record of Research) • Over the last 6 years, unless career interruption • Quality and significance of published work • Originality and impact of previous research • Quantity of research activity • Importance of other scholarly activities • Recent output • Dissemination to non-academic audiences • Productivity from previous grant(s) • Training of future researchers

  14. Grant Writing Seminar Evaluation Criteria (Program of Research) • Originality & contribution to advancement of knowledge • Appropriateness of the theoretical approaches/framework • Appropriateness of the research strategies/methodologies • Good literature review • Suitability of plans to communicate research results • The nature and extent of research training

  15. Grant Writing Seminar Preparation • Notice of Intent to Apply (NOI) • On-Line Mid-June • Deadline August 14th • Optional & Not Binding • On-line, Very brief, easy to fill-out

  16. Grant Writing Seminar Preparation • Do not submit a “premature” proposal • Invest time in the preparation of your proposal • Ensure that there are no errors • Present a well-written and carefully crafted proposal

  17. Grant Writing Seminar Overall Presentation • Convey and inspire confidence • Present a challenging topic • Clearly establish the need for the research • Demonstrate its importance and originality • Strike a balance between ambition and realism

  18. Grant Writing Seminar Overall Presentation (continued) • Prepare your proposal with the Assessors and Committee in mind • Demonstrate how this new research builds upon past work • Have your grant proposal read by colleagues who have been successful in previous SRG competitions • Follow the application and CV instructions

  19. Grant Writing Seminar Summary Page • Clearly indicate the purpose, the objectives, the context and potential impact of the proposed research • Written for Non-Specialists

  20. Grant Writing Seminar Statement of Objectives & Theoretical Framework • Clear and precise objectives • Clear theoretical or conceptual framework • Define all key terms or concepts • Provide a complete literature review • Append a list of all references cited

  21. Grant Writing Seminar Methodology • Explain and fully justify methodology • Synergy between objectives / hypotheses and methodology

  22. Grant Writing Seminar Presenting your Curriculum Vitae • 60% of the score to the Record of Research Achievement for Regular Scholars • Follow the instructions • Organize your publications – headings, refereed, etc. • Avoid “inflating” the CV • Demonstrate productivity from previous grants

  23. Grant Writing Seminar Extenuating Circumstances / Career Interruptions • Serious health problems, death of a loved one, ageing parents, and leave (e.g. child birth, parental, adoption leave…)

  24. Grant Writing Seminar Budget • Reasonable and fully justified budget • Check the list of eligible and ineligible expenses • Explain the role of students • Link between research objectives and budget

  25. Grant Writing Seminar Team Applications • MYTH: SSHRC favors team applications • Applicant should demonstrate the value of team application • Clearly define each member’s role • Each member is assessed

  26. Grant Writing Seminar Committee Comments: The Top 4 Critiques • Incomplete or outdated literature review • Lack of theoretical rationale • Lack of specificity and justification in the methodology • No link between the conceptual framework and the methodology

  27. Grant Writing Seminar Peer Review Process • Peer review fatigue: • Recruiting committee members • Finding external assessors • Teleconference and benchmark files • Ranking • Streamlining the adjudication meetings - Top 15% • Flagging system

  28. Grant Writing Seminar Your Proposal – Things to Avoid • Resubmitting the same application without taking into consideration previous committee’s comments • Criticising committee members, other scholars • Not clearly defining team members & student roles & responsibilities • Personal or miscellaneous information that is neither requested nor relevant to the application • Space saving: font, margins, paragraph breaks, etc.

  29. Grant Writing Seminar Your Research Record –Things to Remember • Indicate productivity from past SSHRC grant (s) • List your publications only once • List only articles that are in the 6 year time frame • Include page #’s & be consistent in your method of referencing

  30. Grant Writing Seminar Your Research Record –Things to Avoid • The “Trust Me” application - Assume your record speaks for itself, and submit an underdeveloped program of research • Include a prominent researcher as a Co-Applicant but do not give him/her a clearly defined role • Exaggerated Claims: • No other research has been done • You have nothing to learn from recent scholarship

  31. Grant Writing Seminar Your Budget –Things to Avoid • Incorrect calculations • Use non-student personnel, without proper justification • Ask for an $8,000 notebook when all you need is a simple word processor • Include ineligible expenses in your budget • Plan to attend many conferences and fly business class

  32. Grant Writing Seminar Other SSHRC Programs & Initiatives • Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) • Infrastructure funding • Joint review process • Separate application – see CFI website • Sport Participation Research Initiative • SRG Application • SRG Category 4A list to Sport Canada

  33. Grant Writing Seminar How to stay informed and involved? • Visit the web site for regular updates. www.sshrc.ca • Contact your Program Officer