Funding

Regular Grant Program

Our regular funding program features Dialogue Grants, Research Team Grants, and Research Cluster Grants focusing on research with the potential for national or international recognition.

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. Budget items should be eligible expenses under SSHRC guidelines; please contact us in advance if you anticipate unusual expenses. Please note Dialogue Grants cannot be used to fund external /outbound/ travel (ie. UAlberta faculty traveling to a conference or doing some other research activity outside Edmonton), to host events or pay for activities outside Edmonton, or for 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.

Successful past applications: Several examples of successful past applications can be found in our Successful Grants Library. (Log in to Google Apps with your U of A CCID to be able to view them)

Contact 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 for what you need KIAS support. 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. Budget items should be eligible expenses under SSHRC guidelines; please contact us in advance if you anticipate unusual expenses. Please note Research Team Grants cannot be used to fund external /outbound/ travel (ie. UAlberta faculty traveling to a conference or doing some other research activity outside Edmonton), to host events or pay for activities outside Edmonton, or for 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 must be submitted with a completed RSO 'Proposal Request' that is created and submitted via the Researcher Home Page. Instructions can be found in the Quick Reference Guide - Request for New Application/Proposal/Project NEW: with Online Approvals. The 'Proposal Request' submitted to KIAS must show proof of online approval of the Department Chair and the Faculty 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. Post-award, similar to SSHRC's policy, you may make changes in your budget without seeking sponsor approval as long as you use your grant for the broad purpose for which it was originally awarded.

Successful past applications: Several examples of successful past applications can be found in our Successful Grants Library. (Log in to Google Apps with your U of A CCID to be able to view them)

Contact 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 arts that have the potential to be recognized as excellent at the national or international level. Grants are awarded up to $100,000 over three years to build an interdisciplinary research cluster.

Deadline for Letter of Intent (LOI): Friday, November 1st, 2019

Eligibility: The Principal Investigator (primary applicant) must be a full-time faculty member at the UAlberta proposing a project in the social sciences, humanities or arts. Team members can be from university (Canada and international), community organizations, government, and industry/business. The core team must include at least 4 full-time faculty members from UAlberta.

Special note: In light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action, we particularly encourage the development of proposals related to Indigenous research as defined by SSHRC, but with the less restricted understanding that projects can also be on or for Indigenous 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 Indigenous 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. The LOI should be max. 5 pages using Times New Roman or Calibri 12 point fonts, single spacing and 1" margins. Please self-identify if your proposal should be considered under Indigenous research. 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 shortlisted 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 a longer term research agenda through other research funding opportunities.

Funding: Up to $100,000 over three years. Budget items should be eligible expenses under SSHRC guidelines, but please note that Research Cluster Grants cannot be used for publication subventions. Post-award, similar to SSHRC's policy, you may make changes in your budget without seeking sponsor approval as long as you use your grant for the broad purpose for which it was originally awarded.

Budget allocation to be negotiated with the Director. Proposals are adjudicated by the Research Committee and approved by the Administrative Board. Successful projects are expected to start in March 2020.

Please note, the RSO 'Proposal Request' created and submitted via the Researcher Home Page is not required for the LOI stage of the Kule Research Cluster Grant application. 

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 bio
    Who is the Principal Investigator and what units is she/he affiliated with? Provide a brief bio (no more than a few paragraphs) about the PI’s background focusing on why she/he is the appropriate lead for the proposed project.
  3. Names of others, their affiliation
    Names and affiliation of UAlberta, 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 (successful projects are expected to start in March 2020).
  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. Budget items should be eligible expenses under SSHRC guidelines (please note that publication subventions are not an eligible expense for our Cluster grants).
  9. Optional: References or citations (max. 1 supplementary page)

Successful past applications: Several examples of successful past LOIs and Full Proposals can be found in our Successful Grants Library. Log in to Google Apps with your U of A CCID to be able to view them. Please note that formatting requirements for Kule Research Cluster Grants have changed throughout the years so older proposals may not be fully representative of current requirements in terms of length, spacing, font size etc. We believe these proposals are still helpful though in planning the scope and team composition of your project. Please consult the information in the "How to apply" section above to make sure you follow current formatting requirements.

If you have questions or want to discuss ideas, please contact kias@ualberta.ca.