SJRI Grants Program

SJRI Grants Program


The SJRI has developed a Grants Program to help support Affiliated Faculty Members in their transdisciplinary social justice research.

We are currently running two programs:

1. SJRI Seed Grant (up to $7 000 value)

2. SJRI Local Engagement Grant (up to $2 000 value)

There are two competitions for funding each year in the spring and fall. The next round of applications is due Nov 17, 2014 to Maria Callaghan, SJRI Administrative Coordinator.

Thank you to Mary Breunig (Grants Adjudication Committee Chair), Hijin Park, and Elizabeth Sauer for serving on the spring 2014 adjudication committee.   

 
SJRI Seed Grants

 
Description
  

SJRI Seed Grant proposals are expected to respond to the following objectives:

  • fund research proposals that are animated by a concern for social justice;
  • build knowledge and understanding using transdisciplinary perspectives;
  • provide meaningful and high-quality research training experience for Brock students;
  • fund original and high quality research proposals;
  • fund proposals with strong potential for external funding;
  • fund proposals with a commitment to future funded projects that provide institutional and financial support to SJRI.

SJRI Seed Grants are designed to support transdisciplinary social justice research in its initial stages and help researchers to leverage funding for larger external grants. The grants adjudication committee strongly recommends that you contact Rachel Hirsch in advance of submitting a seed grant application with the intention to work toward a larger external grant that contributes to SJRI’s financial and/or institutional sustainability.

The SJRI seed grants program is distinct from CRISS, BSIG, and other internal funding programs because its focus is on transdisciplinary social justice research and collaborations with a view toward funding projects that help sustain the SJRI.

 
Value and Duration
 
The maximum value of an SJRI Seed Grant is $7,000 for a period of one year. Any unused money will revert back to the SJRI. Grant holders will automatically be granted a one year extension if needed.
 
Adjudication
 
The Faculty Steering Committee of the SJRI will appoint an adjudication committee to score grant proposals and disperse research grants. Members of the adjudication committee shall not evaluate grant proposals involving affiliates with whom they share a conflict of interest.
 
Application
 
Only SJRI affiliates are eligible to serve as principal applicants on SJRI Seed Grants. Preference will be given to those applicants who have not received a seed grant in the past two years. 
 
The first page/title page of your application should include the title of your proposed project and names, contact info and affiliations for the principal and any co-applicants.
 
Attach a list of all references cited in your review of relevant literature (maximum 3 pages).
 
The rest of the application should speak directly to the evaluation criteria listed below and be organized accordingly.
 
Applications must be formatted single-spaced with a 12 point New Times Roman font. Applications that are not formatted properly will not be considered.
 
All proposed budgetary expenditures must adhere to tri-council guidelines. In the case of SJRI Seed Grants, additional budgetary expenditure restrictions are noted below.
 
Evaluation Criteria and Scoring (6 pages max + CV)
 
The following criteria and scoring scheme are used by adjudication committee members to evaluate SJRI Seed Grant applications:

1. Significance (maximum 3 pages) (35%)


  • expected contribution to knowledge;
  • originality and significance;
  • appropriateness of the literature review/works cited;
  • evidence of transdisciplinarity;
  • social justice focus;
  • appropriateness of theories/methods.

2. Sustainability of SJRI (maximum half page) (25%)

  • indication of how funds will be used to leverage external research grant funding;
  • indication of how funds will be used to assist in the long-term financial
    and/or institutional sustainability of SJRI.

3. Record (no page maximum) (20%)


  • CVs of the principal applicant and co-applicants must be attached to the application.

4. Viability (maximum 2 pages) (15%)

  • probability of effective and timely completion of the research;
  • inclusion of a budget, indicating other grant support for this project;
  • appropriateness of the requested budget and justification of proposed costs (SJRI Seed Grants may not be used to defray costs associated with; accommodation, sustenance or conference travel);
  • strategies and timelines for the design and conduct of the activity/activities proposed.

5. Training and mentoring (maximum half page) (5%)

  • quality of training and mentoring to be provided to Brock students;
  • opportunities for Brock students to contribute to research;
  • if training and mentoring is not relevant provide a justification.

Scoring Table
Adjudication committee members assign a score for each of the criteria listed above, based on the following scoring table. The appropriate weighting is then applied to arrive at a final score.  Applications must receive a score of 5 or above in each category in order to be considered for funding.
 
Score                           Descriptor
9-10                             Excellent
7-8.9                            Very good
5-6.9                            Good
Below 5                       Not recommended for funding
 
 
SJRI Local Engagement Grants
 
Description
 
SJRI Local Engagement Grants support transdisciplinary social justice- focused collaborations, partnerships, events, performances and outreach activities in the Niagara community between Brock researchers and Niagara community partners with the goal of nurturing long term community partnerships. While SJRI Local Engagement Grants may serve as a first step toward securing an external grant (such as a SSHRC Connection Grant), this is not a requirement.
 

SJRI Local Engagement Grant proposals are expected to respond to the following objectives:

  • facilitate the multidirectional flow of social justice and transdisciplinary knowledge between Brock researchers and the Niagara community;
  • support the building of robust reciprocal relationships between the SJRI and specific Niagara community organizations with potential for longer term and/or larger scale research collaborations.
     

The SJRI local engagement grants program is distinct from CRISS, BSIG, and other internal funding programs because its focus is on transdisciplinary research and collaborations with a view toward building relationships and Brock/community partnerships. Therefore, funding of one time only events needs to be clearly justified within the context of building long-term partnerships. Possible examples include: focus groups, a series of meetings to facilitate relationship building, or community-orientated research cafes/salons.

Value and Duration
 
The maximum value of an SJRI Local Engagement Grant is $2,000 for a period of one year. Any unused monies will revert back to the SJRI. Grant holders will automatically be granted a one year extension if needed.
 
Adjudication
 
The Faculty Steering Committee of the SJRI will appoint an adjudication committee to score grant proposals and disperse research grants. Members of the adjudication shall not evaluate grant proposals involving affiliates with whom they share a conflict of interest.
 
Application
 

Only SJRI affiliates are eligible to serve as principal applicants on SJRI Local Engagement Grants. Preference will be given to those applicants who have not received a local engagement grant in the past two years.

The first page/title page of your application should include the title of your proposed project and names, contact info and affiliations for the principal and any co-applicants.

Attach a list of all references cited in your review of relevant literature (maximum 1 page).

The rest of the application should speak directly to the evaluation criteria listed below and be organized accordingly.

Applications must be formatted single-spaced with a 12 point New Times Roman font. Applications that are not formatted properly will not be considered.

All proposed budgetary expenditures must adhere to tri-council guidelines.

 
Evaluation Criteria and Scoring (3 pages max +CV)
 
The following criteria and scoring scheme are used by adjudication committee members to evaluate SJRI Local Engagement Grant applications:
 
1. Significance of the initiative and relation to applicant’s research agenda (maximum 1 and a half pages) (50%)
  • how the initiative is relevant to your research agenda;
  • social justice focus;
  • evidence of transdisciplinarity;
  • originality and significance;
  • evidence of partnership with a local community organization/entity;
  • indication of and justification for participant group or audience;
  • significance to the Niagara community and/or benefit to participant group or community partner;
  • potential for longer term relationship between relevant community partners and SJRI; 
  • expected contribution to the mobilization of knowledge including planned outcomes.

 2. Viability (maximum 1 page) (25%)

  • probability of effective and timely attainment of the proposal's objectives;
  • inclusion of a budget, indicating other grant support for this project (where relevant);
  • appropriateness of the requested budget and justification of proposed costs;
  • quality of community engagement and knowledge mobilization plans;
  • strategies and timelines for the design and conduct of the activity/activities proposed.
3. Record (no page maximum) (15%)
  • CVs of the principal applicant and co-applicants must be attached to the application.

3. Training and mentoring (maximum half page) (10%)

  • opportunities for Brock students to contribute;
  • quality of training and mentoring to be provided to Brock students;
  • if training and mentoring is not relevant provide a justification.
     

Scoring table

Adjudication committee members assign a score for each of the criteria listed above, based on the following scoring table. The appropriate weighting is then applied to arrive at a final score.
 
Score                           Descriptor
9-10                             Excellent
7-8.9                            Very good
5-6.9                            Good
Below 5                       Not recommended for funding