The Office of the Vice-President (Research) recognizes that a grant application requires hours of planning, organization, contemplation, and writing. To assist with the preparation of SSHRC and other applications, the Grant Assist Program has available two highly qualified Research Assistants, all doctoral candidates (see our RA's biographical sketches).
The Research Assistants' role is to assist faculty with casual, time-bound tasks related to the preparation of a grant. Tasks related to their position may include but are not limited to:
- data input and preparation related to the Canadian Common CV (CCV);
- conducting literature searches;
- proofreading, checking references, and other tasks related to manuscript preparation;
- assisting with research e.g. data collection, data analysis, lab work;
- research related to preparing a budget (e.g. finding quotes for air fare, accommodations, research equipment, etc.); and,
- assisting with preparation of materials required by research partners outside of the University.
The Research Assistants provide casual support to a variety of faculty members, and are neither intended to participate in a faculty member's research study for the life of the project nor be hired by one faculty member or department/unit for the duration of their appointment.
Full-time faculty who are applying for a SSHRC grant (Insight Grant, Insight Development Grant, Partnership Development Grant, Partnership Grant Formal Application) or other major social sciences/humanities external funds are eligible to request support from a Research Assistant.
How to Request a Research Assistant
If you have trouble with the form, you may send an email with the subject heading "Request RA Support" to the Director. Include the following information in your email:
- Your Name
- Your Department & Faculty
- Date of Request
- Specific SSHRC Grant you are applying for
- Description of the task for the RA
- Earliest & Latest Start Dates for the RA
- Estimated hours to complete the task
Research Assistants are appointed for a maximum 12 hours per week. Faculty are asked to recognize that Research Assistants are a shared resource available to all University of Alberta full-time faculty applying for a grant. Every effort will be made to accommodate all requests. You will receive via e-mail a response to your request within three business days.
If you have questions regarding the Research Assistant casual support, please contact the Director.