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NIPISSING UNIVERSITYSSHRCStandard GrantInformation session

September 10, 2009

Janet Ross

Grant & Scholarship Coordinator

Research Services


NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionCharacteristics

  • Three-year cycle

  • Team and individual applications

  • Program versus Project

  • March 2009 : $78,773,430 was awarded for 941 research projects

  • Average three-year grant ~$60,000-80,000

  • In 2009, success rate was 33%

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information Session SSHRC’s objectives

  • Support high quality independent programs of research

  • Train future researchers

  • Contribute to development/elaboration of new theoretical or methodological approaches to research

  • Assist the communication of research results within and beyond academia

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information Session New Scholar Category

  • Not a principal investigator on a previously awarded Standard Research Grant or Strategic Grant

  • Completed highest degree less than five years OR

  • Held tenure-track position less than 5 years OR

  • Never had a tenure-track position OR

  • Careers interrupted or delayed for family reasons

  • 40/60 – 40 % record and 60% program

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information Session First Step….

  • Build CV--show recent, lively research career appropriate to stage of career

  • Seek seed funding at Nipissing (through SURG/IRG programs)

  • Do thorough review of area of interest

  • Disseminate preliminary findings

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionStepping Stone….

  • Initial research complete (pilot study, preliminary conference or print publication)

  • Literature review completed

  • Results from previously funded research

  • Substantial contributions to discipline, about to be, or recently published

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionHow to Start…

What is my research question?

  • MUST JUMP OFF THE PAGE

  • MUST CAPTURE COMMITTEE’S IMAGINATION

  • MUST MAKE SENSE FOR YOUR PROFILE AND YOUR FIELD

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionHow to Start (2)

Do I have a three-year research program?

  • MUST HAVE A PLAN AND A SERIES OF OUTCOMES

  • MUST BE DO-ABLE IN A THREE-YEAR PERIOD

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionPreparation

  • Invest time in the preparation of your proposal

  • Make sure all parts are well organized and laid out logically

  • Ask a colleague for feedback on your draft

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionOverall presentation

  • Establish clearly the need for the research

  • Demonstrate its importance and originality

  • Try to strike a balance between ambition and realism: set challenging goals but be as specific as possible about timelines of the research to show where the research is leading

  • Demonstrate how this new research builds upon your past work

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionSummary Page

VERY IMPORTANT PAGE--how you will be recognized and remembered by the adjudication committee as a whole

  • Capture the readers’ imaginations

  • Capsule, reader-friendly version (satisfy experts and interest general audience)

  • Clearly indicate the purpose, the objectives, the context and impact

  • Have colleagues critique the summary

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionStatement of Objectives & Theoretical Framework

  • Clear Research Question(s)

  • Not to be an assessment of a program,

    i.e. reports, government educational initiatives

  • Clear and precise objectives

  • Clear theoretical or conceptual framework

  • Complete literature review

  • Situate your research within the context of the literature and current debates in the field.

  • Present differences in viewpoints positively

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionMethodology

  • Explain and justify your choice of methodology

  • Go through how you will collect your data and analyze it step-by-step, showing timelines, process, and student involvement as applied to the objectives and budget requirements

  • Evident synergy between research question(s), objectives and methodology

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionTeam Applications

  • Applicant should demonstrate need for team & outline each person’s role & responsibilities

  • Each team member assessed; however, collaborators do not factor into track record score

  • Applicant must be qualified; cannot rely on experience of co-applicant (s)

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionBudget

  • Justify EVERY ITEM

  • Committees looking to make cuts

  • Link to progress of research:

    • field research early on (year one?)

    • only disseminate when you have some results

    • fewer budget needs in final years

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionBudget (2)

SSHRC’s advice:

  • Reasonable and fully justified budget

  • Check list of eligible and ineligible expenses

  • Clearly explain the role of students and anticipated benefits to student training

  • Link between research objectives, methodology, and budget

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionBudget (3)

  • Do you need to travel? Why?

  • Be precise. Which conferences and to what purpose?

  • Computer hardware/software and other equipment--be reasonable. No luxury items!

  • Tailor the number of students and their level of expertise to the project--writing a book doesn’t require 6 PhDs as RAs

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionBudget Justification

  • Use all the provided space!

  • Don’t leave doubts

  • If you ask for $ for something, explain why it is an essential item

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionTraining

  • Work with graduate students to date ?

  • What’s typical in your program? (If you have few opportunities, explain that)

  • Supervisions, committees, research assistants employed

  • Skills training for their careers

  • Value-added in their programs

  • Outcomes through co- and/or single-authored publications/conferences

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionPresenting your curriculum vitae

  • The percentage of score given for the Record of Research is 40% for New researchers and 60% for Established researchers

  • 6 year record--from 2003, NOTHING earlier; carefully organized with full bibliographic detail, consistent format (no cut and paste!), full page numbers

  • Most important research achievements page is for earlier accomplishments

  • Productivity from previous grants

  • Reviewers will check: “R”/forthcoming etc.

  • Don’t create doubts

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionExtenuating Circumstances/Career Interruptions

  • Make sure they are “special”

  • Deal with circumstances succinctly and matter-of-factly

  • Cancer, death of spouse/children, divorces, ageing parents, legitimate leaves (child birth, parental leave…)

    SSHRC’s Comment:

  • Professional reasons - heavy teaching load, along with administrative duties (be careful of this item)

  • Decision at Committee discretion

    ___________

  • Committee Member’s comment:

  • Having to teach, sit on committees, write a book…are not seen as Extenuating Circumstances

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionResubmission of SRG Application

  • Read the external readers’ reports AND the committee’s comments

  • Ask for feedback (colleague, mentor)

  • Explicitly address previous weaknesses in revised application

  • Use the page provided to address comments (what I’ve done to answer concerns)

  • Choose new assessors

  • Don’t complain

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionWhat Happens After I Submit

  • SSHRC sends to external reviewers--increasingly difficult, so pay attention to your own list of assessors (14,000 potential assessors contacted produced 5,600 reviews)

  • Files to committees, right at the end of the Fall Term

  • Each file assigned an “A” and “B” reader

  • Meetings in Ottawa in February

  • Large number of files, small envelope of money

  • Top 15% in rankings don’t get discussed except for budget--that’s always scrutinized

  • No discussion of files in bottom 35% after initial ranking - unless flagged

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionAbout the Committee

  • Each committee member has to read from 30-40 + grants

  • All applications are bound by the same rules

  • All Committee members held SSHRC grants

  • All Committee members hold research positions

  • All Committee members are active and productive researchers

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionCOMMITTEE COMMENTS: THE TOP 4

  • Incomplete or outdated literature review

  • Lack of theoretical rationale

  • Lack of specificity and justification in the methodology

  • No link between the conceptual framework and the methodology

    = theory => objectives =>

    methodology => budget

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionFlagging Criteria

  • Significant discrepancy between scores of both readers;

  • Significant discrepancy between scores and assessors’ comments;

  • No external assessment; and,

  • Any other issue raised by a committee member or program officer.

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionWhat else to avoid …

  • Ignoring instructions

  • No definition of roles and responsibilities for team members/students

  • Loading the application with co-investigators and collaborators for CV “value” but no role

  • Exaggerated claims (“change the world”)

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionSSHRC Tips

  • Present a modest, reasonable budget (think “minimum essential funding”)

  • Avoid, whenever possible, budgeting for professional services

  • Link dissemination plans to research agenda

  • Link student training to research needs

  • Emphasize the outcomes

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NIPISSING UNIVERSITY SSHRC Grant Information SessionNipissing Schedule of Submission

Monday, September 21, 2009 -- 1st paper drafts due

Friday, October 2, 2009 -- Final signed paper draft due

(RS to do)

  • Wednesday, October 7, 2009 -- Dean receives application copy + original signature page for review and signature

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2009 -- Director Research Services receives application copy for review plus original signature page with Dean’s signature

  • Wednesday, October 14th -- Original SSHRC application approved, signed, and electronically submitted to SSHRC

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Contact Information

Janet Ross

Grant & Scholarship Coordinator

Ph: (705) 474-3450, Ext. 4558

Fx: (705) 476-8037

Em: janetr@nipissingu.ca

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