Funding

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about KIAS grants? Check out our FAQ below to see if we may already have an answer for you! If you can't find what you're looking for or still have questions, don't hesitate to contact us via email or drop by our office.


Applicant Eligibility

Can graduate students or postdoctoral fellows at the University of Alberta apply for KIAS grants?
No, graduate students or postdoctoral fellows cannot apply for KIAS grants. Grant applicants must be eligible to hold research funding at the University of Alberta in accordance with the University's "Eligibility to Apply for and Hold Research Funding" policy. Typically, this means a continuing full-time faculty member at the University of Alberta. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows however can be team members on KIAS projects and they can be listed as team members on proposals. If you are a graduate student and have a project in mind, ask your supervisor if s/he is interested in applying with a team on your behalf.

Can librarians, FSOs, or contract instructors at the University of Alberta apply for KIAS grants?
It depends. If your appointment letter specifically states that you can hold research projects at the University of Alberta, you may be eligible to apply for KIAS grants. In principle, KIAS grant applicants must be eligible to hold research funding at the University of Alberta in accordance with the University's "Eligibility to Apply for and Hold Research Funding" policy. Typically, this means a continuing full-time faculty member at the University of Alberta. Please check with your Research Facilitator in the Research Services Office to confirm whether you qualify under the policy. If you don't qualify, you can still be a team member on KIAS projects and listed as such on the proposal.

Can non-UAlberta faculty members apply for KIAS grants?
No, the Principal Investigator must be a UAlberta faculty member or other UAlberta staff who's eligible to hold research funding at the University of Alberta, in accordance with the University's "Eligibility to Apply for and Hold Research Funding" policy.

Eligible Expenses

Can I use KIAS funds for external travel, e.g. to travel to a conference off campus or to travel to some other location to do research?
In general, no. The only exceptions are our Kule Research Cluster Grants and regional collaboration grants where the project budget can include external travel.

Can I use KIAS funds to pay for expenses for an event or activity held at another university or location?
In general, no. The only exceptions are our Kule Research Cluster Grants and regional collaboration grants where the project budget can include funding activities outside the U of A campus.

Are publications and publication subventions an eligible expense?
No, we do not fund publications or publication subventions and these should not be included in your budget.

Can I use KIAS funds to pay for a Research Assistant?
Yes.

Are Elder honoraria and fees for cultural connectors an eligible expense?
In principle, yes, but please consult with us first if you plan to use a significant portion of your budget for this purpose.

Can I use KIAS funds to pay for alcohol as part of my hospitality expenses?
No. Similar to other research funding, KIAS funds cannot be used for alcohol expenses.

Proposal Submission

Do I need to create a Proposal Request via the Researcher Home Page before I submit a proposal for a KIAS grant?
It depends on the type of grant you're applying for and which application stage you are in:

  • For Dialogue Grants, you do not need to complete these forms.
  • For Research Team and Research Cluster Grants, you do not need to create a Proposal Request at the initial (Research Team Development Plan/Letter of Intent) phase, but you will have to complete it, obtain the necessary online approvals and submit it with your final proposal at the full application stage.
  • For the KIAS-CIH Alberta Humanities Research Grant, Alberta-Saskatchewan Research Collaboration Grant, and the CRAfT Digital Research Archive Grant applications, you need to create a Proposal Request, obtain the necessary online approvals, and submit it with your proposal when you apply.

What format should I send my proposal in?
We strongly prefer you send us your application in pdf format, but you may submit proposals as a word document or an email message as well.

Can I ask for feedback before submitting a proposal?
Yes, we are happy to provide you with feedback on draft proposals either in person or in writing.