Funding

KIAS Grants

KIAS supports research in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of Alberta. Our regular funding programme features Dialogue Grants, Research Team Grants, and Research Cluster Grants focusing on research with the potential for national or international recognition. Preference is given to full-time continuing faculty members and to academic librarians who are eligible to hold Tri-Council funding. Our other grants such as CRAfT (Create Research Archives for Tomorrow) and the Alberta-Saskatchewan Research Collaboration grant are listed in the side column. Please do not hesitate to get in touch for more information and check out our funding map to search for other opportunities as well. 

Kule Dialogue Grants

Kule Dialogue Grants support research meetings, networking, outreach, and conferences to help researchers organize, present, or disseminate research.

When to apply: You can apply at any time of the year. 

How to apply: Send an email to <kias@ualberta.ca> with your request and a short description of the project/activity (max. 1-2 page). Please include:

  • Name of principal investigator (PI) and affiliation
  • Names of collaborators and affiliations
  • Title of project/proposal
  • Description of project/activity. Please consider including: nature of event/activity, how it will build research capacity, interdisciplinarity, timing, outcomes and/or anticipated next steps
  • Brief budget with one or two line explanation of items (please note, Dialogue grants are not for support of external /outbound/ travel or publication subventions)

We will get back to you if we need more information.

Criteria: Potential to help a team to organize, present, or disseminate research. Potential to build research capacity at the University of Alberta.

Funding: Up to $2,000 can be approved quickly by the Director and the Program Coordinator. Amounts over $2000 require approval by the KIAS Research Committee.

Contact Dr. Adam Dombovari <kias@ualberta.ca> for more information.


Kule Research Team Grants

Kule Research Team Grants support the formation of interdisciplinary research teams that have the potential to achieve national or international research recognition.

When to apply: You can apply at any time of the year. Submissions are normally reviewed once a month.

How to apply: Send an email to <kias@ualberta.ca> with your request and a 2-3 page Research Team Development Plan (RTDP) (similar to a Letter of Intent). We would like to know what the focus of the research team will be, why there is potential for research excellence, who will be involved, what activities you will engage in, and what you need KIAS support for. Please include:

  • Name of principal investigator (PI) and affiliation
  • Names of collaborators and affiliations (we normally expect 3-4 professors from UAlberta)
  • Title of project/proposal
  • Description of project/activity. Please consider including: nature of project/activity, how it will build research capacity, interdisciplinarity, timing, outcomes and/or anticipated next steps
  • Brief budget with one or two line explanation of items (please note, Research Team Grants are not for support of external /outbound/ travel or publication subventions)

RTDP submissions are reviewed by the Research Committee. Successful RTDPs will be invited to submit a formal proposal (normally the original RDTP, revised if necessary based on the Research Committee's feedback). The formal proposal will require attaching the following documents with the application: RSO's "Request New Application" form, and confirmation of Departmental and / or Faculty support, signed by Chair and Dean.

Criteria: Potential of research team to develop an innovative research agenda; interdisciplinarity and appropriateness of the team; and suitability of the activities proposed. Please note these grants are not intended to be small operating grants ie. to build or finish small projects. Often these teams will be aiming for larger grants through SSHRC or other granting agencies.

Funding: Up to $7,500.

Contact Dr. Adam Dombovari <kias@ualberta.ca> for more information.


Kule Research Cluster Grants

Kule Research Cluster Grants support sustained activities of an interdisciplinary research team in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts that have the potential to be recognized as excellent at the national or international level.

When to apply: TBA

Eligibility: The Principal Investigator (primary applicant) needs to be a full-time faculty member at UAlberta. Team members can be from university (Canada and international, but core team should include at least 3-4 professors from UAlberta), community organizations, government, and industry/business.

Special note: In light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action, we particularly encourage the development of proposals related to Aboriginal research as defined by SSHRC, but with the less restricted understanding that projects can also be on or for Aboriginal people (for the full SSHRC definition please consult this webpage. We also encourage comparative indigenous research projects, especially those rooted in the Canadian experience. All proposals related to Aboriginal research will be adjudicated by an expanded Research Committee involving both indigenous and non-indigenous scholars.

How to apply: Submit a short Letter of Intent to kias@ualberta.ca (please self-identify if your proposal should be considered under Aboriginal research). The LOI should be max. 5 pages using Times New Roman or Calibri 12 point fonts, single spacing and 1" margins. 
In the LOI we would like to know what the focus of the research cluster will be, what the cluster expects to achieve, who will be involved, what activities you will engage in, and what you need KIAS support for. If your project is short listed by the Research Committee, then you will be invited to develop a full proposal with the support of the Director and Program Coordinator. Full proposals will go to the Administrative Board for final approval. ***More detailed instructions below***

Criteria: Potential of research cluster to achieve national or international recognition; interdisciplinarity and appropriateness of the team; suitability of the activities proposed; matching support; and commitment to developing other research funding opportunities.

Funding: Up to $100,000 over three years. 

Budget allocation to be negotiated with the Director. Proposals are adjudicated by the Research Committee and approved by the Administrative Board.

When submitting a Letter of Intent we suggest you include the following information:
 
1. Title and Summary of the Project
What is the title of your project? Provide a short summary. (100 words)
 
2. Name of PI, Affiliation, and brief CV
Who is the Principal Investigator and what units is she/he affiliated with?
 
3. Names of others, their affiliation
Names and affiliation of University, national and international team members.
 
4. Discussion of Partnership
Discussion of the involvement of the PI and of the members of the cluster. Why is this team right for the project? Who would you try to involve in the cluster? What partnerships will be developed?
 
5. Description of Project
What is the research area of strength that the project will build? Discussion of the urgency of the project and strategic fit at the University of Alberta.
 
6. Activities and Timeline
Discussion of research activities to be conducted and how they will build this research area. Please provide a timeline.
 
7. Anticipated Outcomes
Discuss the anticipated outcomes of the project. What will the project prepare your team for? What might be the next steps after the cluster?
 
8. Brief Budget
Outline of support needed with justification. We do not expect an exact budget at this point (please note that publication subventions are not an eligible expense).
 
9. Optional: References or citations (max. 1 supplementary page)

If you have questions or want to discuss ideas, please contact Dr. Adam Dombovari at kias@ualberta.ca and come in to talk about your project.

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Other KIAS Grants

CRAfT Digital Research Archive Grants

CRAfT (Create Research Archives for Tomorrow) grants are for UAlberta faculty who want to gather, digitize, enrich, document and deposit an innovative archive that will support research. It is a joint initiative between KIAS, the University of Alberta Libraries and the Arts Resource Centre. The grant includes:

  • Up to $5,000 in cash for support of the project,
  • Up to $5,000 in in-kind support from the Library, and
  • Up to $5,000 in in-kind computing support from ARC for projects based in the Faculty of Arts.

Application deadline: TBA

These grants can be used to digitize the records of an important local organization, or to gather a web archive around a contemporary issue. These grants can be used to digitize and enrich historical materials or to prepare samples for artists. What matters is the research potential of the materials and whether they can be shared. What open archives would support your research/creation or that of others in your field? Application guidelines and criteria to be announced in the fall.

Alberta-Saskatchewan Research Collaboration Grant

The Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity (ICCC) announce a joint research team building grant opportunity for teams at both the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan. This opportunity is designed to encourage the formation of research teams spanning both universities.

Deadline: April 17th, 2017
Value: $10,000 ($5,000 at UofA and $5,000 at UofS) for a period of up to 18 months.

Applications to be  successful should:

  • Include a team of full-time faculty at both the UofA and the UofS. The purpose of this opportunity is to encourage collaboration between researchers at our two universities
  • Include at least one face-to-face meeting at the UofA and/or the UofS
  • Be for research of national or international significance. Be in an area of research in the Social Sciences, Humanities, or Fine Arts

For further information and application instructions click here.