IDG Boot Camp

Insight Development Grant

"You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing" ― Doris Lessing

IDG One-Day Intensive: December 6, 2020 (9am - 4pm)

If you are planning to apply for a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (deadline: February 2 2020) the IDG One-Day Intensive workshop will help you understand the specific sections of the application form, SSHRC's expectations of researchers applying to the IDG, and what past SSHRC adjudicators have told us about previous competitions. We will sprint through the summary, detailed description, knowledge mobilization plan, effective student training and budget. Some short, directed writing exercises will give you strategies for success and there will also be opportunities to ask questions specific to your proposed research.

The One-Day Intensive is open to all continuing faculty intending to apply to the 2020 competition, and to Postdoctoral Fellows eligible to apply via the University of Alberta (confirm with the RSO whether you are eligible). Postdoctoral fellows being written into a proposal's research team may accompany (not replace) the project's PI.

Registration  limited. An application is required: (Use this link. You must be logged in with your CCID to activate). 

"You fail only if you stop writing" ― Ray Bradbury


IDG Boot Camps, every October & November. 2019 dates: Sept 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, & 22. Subscribe to <sshrcUofA> for announcements and final details.

Application deadline is September 11, 2019. Deposit (if required) must be in the GAP office by 3pm, Sept 18'19. Use this link to apply (You must be logged in with your CCID to activate the form). 

A targeted writing group will get you started early, help you work through the IDG proposal in step-by-step fashion, and keep you writing at a steady pace. You should have a draft of your proposal by the time you need to submit your Request for Peer Review. Steady, staged writing is the best way to avoid last-minute panic, and to turn out a polished, fundable, proposal.

Writing sessions are facilitated by Dr. Heather Young-Leslie, the Director of the SS/H Grant Assist Program and a multiple SSHRC (and other) grants awardee. Each meeting will focus on a specific section of the IDG application. Strategies and advice will be shared in the group. There will be time for your own writing. Between sessions there will be homework. Participants will be paired for some sessions with each reading their partner's section drafts and providing verbal feedback. 

This is not a drop in program. Space is limited. An application is required. Please don't apply if you cannot commit to attending all sessions.

2019 session dates: Sept 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, & 22, 9am - 5pm each day

Boot Camp weekly schedule (subject to change)

Week 1 [Start]:

"Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on" ―Louis L'Amour 

Introductions. Partnering Up. Navigating and understanding the IDG application form, evaluators' merit system and SSHRC concepts: Aboriginal research, research-creation, open access, new research direction, etc. Genre writing distinctions. Speaking, to write persuasively. Starting with Why. 

Week 2: 

"Organize, don't agonize" ― Nancy Pelosi."If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough" ―Albert Einstein

Detailed description I: Going linear: Connecting the research question/problem and project plan/methodology. 

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass ―Anton Chekhov. "If the fact will not fit the theory, let the theory go ― Agatha Christie

Detailed description II: Methodology; task timeline; research team roles and responsibilities, effective research training.

Week 3:

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination" ―Albert Einstein

Knowledge mobilization planning; expected research outcomes and benefits

Week 4:

"The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt" ―Sylvia Plath 

Funding the work of research; Goldilocking your budget (what not to leave out) 

Week 5 [finale]:

"Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be" ―Mark Twain "I rewrote the ending of Farewell to Arms, the last page of it, 39 times before I was satisfied" ―Ernest Hemingway

Crafting the Summary; murdering your darlings; fatal errors; how to irritate the reviewers and not get funded.