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Internal Awards for Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity

Over the past 15 years, VIU’s internal awards to faculty to support scholarship, research and creative activity have evolved organically. As different funding sources have been introduced or disappeared, there is considerable confusion on the part of internal applicants as to what source of funding they should apply to for what purposes. The 2018 revamp of internal funding for SRCA provides a cleaner, more inclusive set of funding sources for faculty at VIU to engage in SRCA. The funding pots also align with the lifecycle framework for SRCA as outlined in the new Strategic Research Plan 2017-2022. Additional VIU funding sources are identified below the table as well.

Lifecycle Framework

Award name

Description

Value

Application Deadline(s)

Instructions

Cultivate Talent

Explore Grants

Explore Grants will be used to provide up to $2,000 for applications that aim to explore and create new knowledge outputs where at least one undergraduate or graduate student is involved in the investigation in a paid role.

Up to $2000

November 15, 2018

March 15, 2019 (pending available funds)

Instructions

Application form

Collaborate

Engage Grants[1]

The Engage Grants will allow funding applications up to $2,000 for projects aimed at building or expanding collaborative projects with community or industry partners, or that focus on mobilizing research knowledge to non-academic audiences.

Up to $2000

November 15, 2018

March 15, 2019

(pending available funds)

Instructions

Application Form

 

Regional Initiatives Fund

The Regional Initiatives Fund provides matching funding to faculty who are working with a community entity on a project of regional significance (see call for topic areas).

Application Deadline Extended to November 15, 2018

Up to $20,000 with required cash matching

November 15, 2018

May 15, 2019

(pending available funds)

Instructions

Create

Innovate Grants

Innovate Grants will be used to provide up to $5,000 for applications to support research and creative activity that results in innovative or creative outputs or applications. Applicants cannot apply for Innovate and Inquiry Grants for the same project.

Up to $5000

November 15, 2018

March 15, 2019

(pending available funds)

Instructions

Application Form

 

Inquiry Grants

The Inquiry Grants (formerly the Research Fund) will be used to provide up to $5,000 for applications to support investigator led inquiry and research. Inquiry grants support disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies and inquiry in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Applicants cannot apply for Innovate and Inquiry Grants for the same project.

Up to $5000

November 15, 2018

March 15, 2019

(pending available funds)

Instructions

Application Form

Communicate

Gather Grants

The Gather Award will allow for funding applications up to $3,000 to enable researchers to host events (i.e. conferences, symposia, exhibitions) and gatherings aimed at mobilizing research knowledge to academic audiences.

Up to $3000

November 15, 2018

March 15, 2019

(pending available funds)

Instructions

Application Form

 

Amplify

The Amplify Grant will allow for applications up to $2,000 for the development of web, social media, and digital sharing of research knowledge in innovative ways that reach beyond face-to-face methods.

Up to $2000

November 15, 2018

March 15, 2019

(pending available funds)

Instructions

Application Form

 

Travel and Conference Grants

Travel and conference funding is awarded by the Travel and Conference Proceedings Funding Committee to VIUFA or BCGEU members who wish to present at or attend a conference.

Up to $800

November 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

Instructions

Publish Grants

Grants to support faculty to publish their findings in peer reviewed open access journals and books published by high quality publishers.

$1000

Open deadline

Instructions

Celebrate

Provost Awards for Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity

President Awards for Community Engagement

These Awards were introduced in 2018 to recognize outstanding contributions of VIU employees in Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity and Community Engagement. They are merit based awards of no financial value.

Merit award only

May 31, 2019

Instructions

 


[1] SSHRC Exchange Grants are funded for 3 years through the SSHRC Institutional Grant and will be used to create three sub-categories of awards including, 1) engagement, 2) gatherings, and 3) amplify awards.

Additional VIU Internal Funding Sources

Asper Media Studies Endowment Award

Next application deadline: April 2019

Award amount: up to $5,000.00 for research projects/$2,000.00 for conference attendance

The Media Studies department is soliciting proposals for projects that involve research, program development, or other forms of scholarship in the area of media studies. The proposal can include a request for conference attendance. These funds are made available through the Asper Media Studies Endowment (CanWest Global).

Full application details

BCGEU Professional Development Funding

BCGEU employees are eligible to apply for a Professional Development Leave after 3 consecutive years of employment or attend an event as stated in the BCGEU Collective Agreement.  For application details, see the BCGEU webpage on the Human Resources website.

Global Engagement - Program Development Grants

Application deadlines:  September 30 & January 31

Global Engagement - Program Development Grants are designed to support faculty and staff as they develop curriculum and university programming that is international in nature and provides students with the attitudes, skills and knowledge necessary to perform effectively (professionally and socially) in an international and inter-cultural environment. The intent of the program is to foster incremental, innovative activities that weave internationalization into curricula, departments or areas where there is little or no international focus. .  For application details, see the WorldVIU Global Engagement webpage.

Global Engagement - Travel Grants

Application deadlines:  September 30, January 31 & April 30

Global Engagement - Travel Grants are designed to assist VIU faculty and staff to explore or develop international teaching and learning opportunities that directly benefit the VIU community. Funding can be used to pay for eligible travel expenses only. For application details, see the WorldVIU Global Engagement webpage.

Self-Funded Research Grant (in lieu of salary)

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has made provision for faculty to receive certain tax concessions in instances where they are using salary to cover the costs of their research. This means that part of your salary can be considered a research grant in lieu of salary. The purpose of this grant is to allow faculty to receive a portion of their salary tax free for research purposes.

Full application details

Tri-Agency General Research Funds (GRF)

Under certain conditions, SSHRC and NSERC will allow residual funds from completed projects to be retained by the institution. The Agencies expect that the institution will use these funds for the broad purpose of enhancing the quality of research in the natural sciences and engineering, or in the social sciences and humanities, as applicable.

Full application details

VIUFA Non-Regular Professional Development Funding

VIUFA Non-Regular PD funds are available through application and intended to assist VIUFA non-regular employees with conference travel or study and research to the advancement of one’s career. 

Full application details

VIUFA Professional Development Leave

It is recognized that many opportunities for professional development require a longer period of time than is available between the spring and fall instructional periods. In order to encourage faculty to take advantage of these opportunities, a program of assisted professional development leave of absence is available to regular VIUFA members. This program is administered by the VIUFA Leave Committee.

Full application details

VIUFA Professional & Scholarly Development Funding

Next application deadline: November 15, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.

Award amount: max. $2,000

VIUFA regular members are eligible to apply for professional and scholarly development funding as outlined in the VIUFA Collective Agreement, Article 12.3.1 Professional Development. In order to maintain excellence of instruction and educational service at Vancouver Island University, it is recognized that there is a need for faculty to have the opportunity to participate in and pursue activities related to professional development.   

  Full application details (regular members)

  P&SDC Project Proposal Application Form

VIUFA Research, Scholarly Activity, and Curriculum Development Funding

Next application deadline: November 19, 2018 – 4:00 p.m.

The Research, Scholarly Activity, and Curriculum Development Committee recognizes that scholarly activity is important to academic excellence and is an essential component of the faculty workload. The Committee has three categories of funding to support scholarly research: a) release sections – available to regular faculty; b) research funding of up to $1,000 available to regular and temporary faculty; and c) funding of up to $1,000 for conference attendance for temporary faculty.

Terms of Reference
Fall application form
Full application details

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