IG Boot Camp

Spring Forward! Insight Grant Boot Camp 2018

While the 2018 Insight grant submission deadline of October seems far off, and summer beckons as an open space for intellectual productivity, the reality is that summer is not endless, voids tend to get filled with quotidian things and then it’s September, the time of last minute course prep, new classes, students, committees and departmental responsibilities. Without a plan, the summer grant-writing season passes quickly and then the IG deadline hits. With a thud.

During the month of June, the Grant Assist Program in the Office of the Vice-President Research will be offering a boot camp to get you started on your Insight Grant. The series of five, full-day, facilitated writing sessions work like a writing club's retreat. They will give you a date with your writing, demystify the application and adjudication process, colleagues to share ideas about research design, methods, knowledge mobilization, etc. and better position you for success with the Insight Grant competition. Each session will include information about a specific section of the grant application, tips for success, quiet time for writing, and opportunities for collegial feedback. Participants must plan to attend all sessions, expect to read and comment on each other’s writing, and come prepared to write each day.  A deposit of $50 is required as surety for your place. *This deposit will be refunded to participants who complete all sessions*. 

Who is the Spring Forward boot camp for?

The boot camp is open to all continuing faculty members, whether emerging or established scholars. While emphasis is on the Insight grant competition, scholars pursuing a Partnership Development grant (due Nov 2017) are welcome. Participants are expected to commit to attending all of the sessions, and to expect 'homework assignments' between each session. So please don't sign up, if you can't make all of the sessions. Space is limited, and priority will be given to those who have never participated in a boot camp. 

More details

By the end of the boot camp you should have:

  1. Clear understanding of the expectations of the Insight grant competition: what succeeds with adjudicators, including how to score higher and pitfalls to avoid. 
  2. Good outline of your proposal, including the Detailed Description, Budget, Knowledge Mobilization, and Effective Research Training components
  3. Draft version of an exciting Summary Page
  4. Plan for what more you need to do over the summer in order to have a solid research application to submit for peer review in September

When is it? How do I sign up?

The 2018 sessions will be held on June 7, 12, 14, 19 and 22, from 09:30 to 16:00 each day. Registrants are expected to commit to all sessions. This advance notice is intended to help you clear your calendar for the duration of the boot camp, and dedicate yourself to writing the first draft of your proposal. 

Space is limited and requests for inclusion must be submitted by April 20, 2018. 

Please indicate your interest, and provide contact details and any necessary accommodations via the link provided (below). I will contact you by May 4th with confirmation of your acceptance, and details for submitting the deposit. *If your acceptance has not been confirmed, do not send a deposit, and do not assume you have been accepted.* Your registration will be finalized upon receipt of a $50 deposit (refundable). It must which must be in the GAP office by noon, May 11, or your space will go to the next name on the list. 

 *This deposit will be refunded to participants who complete all sessions*. 

The request form is closed until 2019

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