Intersections of Gender Research Development Grant (IG-RDG)

22 July 2020

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Intersections of Gender (IG) is offering a grant program to encourage the development of collaborative projects led by University of Alberta faculty in Tri-Council research fields interested in developing intersectional research design and constructing a diverse, interdisciplinary research team. This includes, but is not limited to, using feminist, anti-racist and/or anti-colonial/decolonial, queer, and critical disability methodologies.

This program is especially designed to enhance innovative interdisciplinary research methodologies and teams.

We are especially encouraging applications from Indigenous, Black, and other racialized researchers.

Funding Amount
Grants up to $5,000.00 maximum each.

Application Deadline
Rolling application, however the final deadline for this fiscal year is February 1, 2021.

Who Can Apply
The IG Research Development Grant (IG-RDG) is open to continuing faculty members and academic teaching staff. There are no restrictions on citizenship and all disciplines are eligible for funding.

Eligible Projects
Grants will be awarded to projects that meet the following criteria:

  1. Appropriateness of the team: Is the project envisioned and led by a diversely-constituted team of faculty members and/or postdoctoral scholars? Please consult the Tri-Council Best Practices for EDI and include at least one concrete practice to demonstrate how your team-building efforts will address specific systemic barriers.
  2. Research topic and design: In what way is the researcher/research team aspiring to incorporate intersectional methodologies? Describe steps taken thus far that demonstrate such an aspiration.
  3. Capacity development: Will the project position the researcher/research team to construct further intersectional research? Will the team apply for funding from other sources like Tri-Council at the end of the grant to continue this work?

Please note: this grant does not fund conference travel nor labour for the principal investigator or publication subvention.

Selection Criteria
The IG-RDG will be awarded to those applicants whose work demonstrates commitment to intersectional research design and team construction relevant to our mandate. EDI criteria are part of the merit assessment of the application.

Selection Process
All applications that meet eligibility will be considered by an IG review panel. All applicants will be notified about the status of their application.

For research requiring ethics approval, the funds will only be dispersed after approval has been granted. Only expenses directly related to supporting research activities are eligible.

All funds must be spent by December 31, 2021.

To Apply
Please provide the following information using this template in a shared Google Doc1 (not Word or PDF) in an email sent to, subject line “IG Research Development Grant Application - Your Name.”

Please note that maximum word counts will be strictly adhered to; if your proposal does not meet the word count criteria, it will not be considered. 

  1. Name of Principal Investigator and Affiliation
  2. Employee ID #
  3. Names of Collaborators and Affiliations
  4. Title of Project/Activity
  5. Short Description of Research Project. Maximum 150 words.
  6. Description of Researcher/Research Team. Briefly outline their appropriateness to the research project and to EDI principles. Maximum 150 words.
  7. Outline of Proposed Activities. Briefly outline how they aim to develop intersectional research design and build a diverse research team, as well as a timeline for these activities. Maximum 250 words.
  8. Outline of Capacity Development. Will the project position the researcher/research team to construct further intersectional research? Will the team apply for funding from other sources like Tri-Council at the end of the grant to continue this work? Maximum 150 words.
  9. Brief Budget (with one or two line explanation of items). Budget items should be eligible expenses under Tri-Council guidelines; please contact us in advance if you anticipate unusual expenses.
  10. Ethics. Indicate whether you need or already have received ethics approval for this project. (Funds will only be dispensed after evidence of successful ethics approval).
If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please contact