Strategic Project Grants Program


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Strategic Project Grants Program

  1. 1. Strategic Project Grants Program<br />Objectives andKey Requirement:<br /><ul><li>To increase research & training in targeted areas that could strongly influence Canada’s economy, society and/or environment within the next 10 years.
  2. 2. To stimulate collaboration in early stage research in the targeted areas.
  3. 3. Must have involvement of an eligible non-academicpartner(s) (i.e. a supportingorganization)</li></li></ul><li>Requirement<br /><ul><li>The research must fall within one of the target areas identified (from NSERC) for support
  4. 4. The project must be well defined in duration, objectives and scope-Duration may be from one to three years
  5. 5. One or more supporting organizations that can apply the results must collaborate in the project
  6. 6. Supporting organization must be actively involved in all stages of the project</li></ul>-In-kind contributions are required, but cash is not<br />
  7. 7. Supporting Organizations<br />A supporting organization can be:<br /><ul><li>Private sector: Canadian-based companies or multi-nationals with Canadian operations (R&D or manufacturing) that can apply the research results for economic gain.
  8. 8. Non-academic public sector: Canadian government organizations that can apply the research results to strengthen policies. (the proposal must clearly show how the project relates to their public policy responsibilities).</li></ul>A supporting organization cannot be:<br /><ul><li>NGO’s (NonGovernmental Organization), venture capitalists, government research labs, foreign research institutions, implementation sites, potential customers, hospitals, clinics.</li></li></ul><li>Supporting Organization<br />A supporting organization must also:<br /><ul><li>Demonstrate interest in the project (letters of support, in-kind and/or financial support, etc.).
  9. 9. Be involved at all stages of the research(help to develop the proposal, interact with researchers and students, provide input to the project).
  10. 10. Provide guidance concerning the exploitation of the results.
  11. 11. Validate the results of the research.</li></li></ul><li>Target Area<br />Advanced Communications and Management of Information<br />(Target areas are reviewed every 5 years)<br />
  12. 12. The SPG Application<br /><ul><li>Application for a Grant (Form 101) Parts I and II
  13. 13. Personal Data Forms (Form 100) + CVs of collaborators
  14. 14. Form 183A (partner’s information & contributions)
  15. 15. Letter of support describing partner’s involvement</li></li></ul><li>Letter of Support – Key Points<br /><ul><li>Support for and agreement with the proposal
  16. 16. Reasons for being involved in the proposed collaboration
  17. 17. Anticipated benefits from project outcomes
  18. 18. Effort required to exploit results
  19. 19. Benefits to Canadian economy and the relevant timeframe
  20. 20. Anticipated interaction of personnel with the University and HQP
  21. 21. Company’s contribution to the project (in-kind, cash)
  22. 22. Company profile (for small companies or start-ups)</li></li></ul><li>Evaluation Process<br />Internal Selection Committee:<br /><ul><li>Proposal is assigned to three internal reviewers.
  23. 23. Discussion amongst the whole group (at the meeting).
  24. 24. Arrive at a consensus (at the meeting).</li></ul>External Referees:<br /><ul><li>Typically three per application (ongoing throughout July/August).
  25. 25. Technical expertise to aid the committee.
  26. 26. Applicants’ Appendix C.</li></li></ul><li>Evaluation Process<br /><ul><li>Projects are evaluated against seven criteria
  27. 27. Each criterion is graded from 1 (lowest score) to 4 (highest score). Can use ½ scores.
  28. 28. Each criterion is of equal weight
  29. 29. Only projects that are strong in all 7 criteria are likely to be funded (≥ 2.0).</li></li></ul><li>Selection Criteria<br /><ul><li>Originality of the research
  30. 30. Quality of the research
  31. 31. Project work plan
  32. 32. Quality of the applicants as researchers
  33. 33. Training potential
  34. 34. Interactions with the supporting organizations
  35. 35. Benefits to Canada and the supporting organizations</li></li></ul><li>Funding Recommendations<br />Level of Funding should be in the amount required to achieve objectives<br /><ul><li>Partial funding of any budget item may be recommended
  36. 36. The amount recommended must be sufficient to accomplish the proposed objectives within the identified time frame
  37. 37. Requests for equipment are eligible
  38. 38. The equipment must be essential for the project</li></ul>NSERC funds cannot flow to the supporting org.<br />