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Community Engagement Accelerator (CEA) Grant

The purpose of the Community Engagement Accelerator (CEA) grant is to build and strengthen community engagement in the research priority areas outlined in the University’s Strategic Research Plan: 1. Healthy and Resilient Communities; 2. Integrated Sciences and Environment; 3. Coastal Resources Management and Policy; 4. Aboriginal Community Engagement; and 5. Cultural Communication and Expression.    
Community Engagement Accelerator funds may be used to enhance existing collaborative projects. In particular, funds will assist faculty in partnering with community in the production of knowledge, increasing knowledge mobilization (KMb), and supporting the development of students.

Funding for the CEA is made possible through an annual SSHRC allocation to the University (SSHRC Institutional Grant or SIG).  The amount of this grant is based on the University's latest performance in SSHRC’s research grants programs, as well as the number of University faculty eligible for funding from SSHRC.  The CEA replaces the SSHRC CBG (Capacity Building Grant).  The VIU Research Fund contributes additional funding to allow faculty from other non-SSHRC disciplines to apply.
The Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity Office administers the SSHRC Community Engagement Accelerator funding.  Applications for support are subject to competitive adjudication by members of the VIU Research Awards Committee.

Next Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 4:00 p.m.

Greg Bush, RF award recipient 2010-2011
Eligibility & Conditions

Call for Applications

Size of Awards

Activities Eligible for Funding

Requirement for Ethical Review

Project Extensions

Application Process


Submission Process


Acknowledgement of funding


Final Report

Information Session!

The Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity office will be hosting an Information Session for the VIU Research Awards Committee Research Fund and Community Engagement Accelerator Grant (CEA), Research, Scholarly Activity, and Curriculum Development Committee (RSACDC), Travel and Conference Proceedings Funding Committee, and Professional and Scholarly Development Committee on October 12, from 11:30 till 1:00 in B305/R440.

Internal funding announcements are published in the VIU-SRCA E-news.top

Eligibility & Conditions

Priority will be given to collaborative projects aligned with a priority research area as outlined in VIU’s Strategic Research Plan.

Expenses incurred prior to receiving final approval from the Committee will not be funded retroactively.

Faculty at VIU who hold regular appointments, whether full-time or part-time are eligible to apply for a Community Engagement Accelerator grant.

If you would like to discuss your ideas, please contact Tanis Dagert, Community Liason.

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Call for Applications

There will normally be a Fall call for applications and if funds permit, a Spring call will also be issued. Special calls may be arranged as the Committee deems necessary.

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Size of Award

The VIU Research Awards Committee invites Community Engagement Accelerator applications to a maximum of $2,500. Two or three researchers may apply in a single application for a maximum of $5,000. The contribution of each investigator must be clearly explained in the application.

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Activities Eligible for Funding

Funding is to be used towards:

  • establishing or strengthening partnerships with community in the production of knowledge;
  • designing and implementing knowledge mobilization activities;
  • providing developmental support for new and innovative research related initiatives with a community engagement focus.

Within these general guidelines, our Community Engagement Accelerator Grant is intended to support:

  • the development and strengthening of local partnerships that integrate research activities;
  • the creation of research networks involving regional, national or international partners and participants from other academic institutions;
  • projects that address community-identified needs within a University research priority area;
  • projects (including pilot studies) that will lead directly to an application to an external funding agency; 
  • knowledge dissemination, e.g. community forums, project web pages etc.;
  • student training;
  • interdisciplinary research.

Examples of acceptable expenses may include:

  • Costs associated with initiating or exploring collaboration. For example, teleconferencing costs, couriers, sharing of materials, or bringing potential research partners together;
  • Hiring a student to do a literature review to identify research gaps; see Research Personnel – Employment for more information;
  • Costs involved in attending or hosting meetings that identify research needs or address potential issues, gaps, problems, or ideas;
  • Taking existing research done at VIU and extending, expanding or building on the initial research by involving more faculty and external partners;
  • Costs associated with obtaining research tools that cannot easily be rented, which may include: software (citation, bibliographic software), materials, library materials, bibliographies, etc. as long as the tools present an essential component of a research program. Preference would be given to tools that will be made accessible to many faculty;
  • Dissemination costs associated with funded research, including preparation costs, such as translation, preparation of manuscripts, bibliographies, tables, or illustrations;
  • Holding a workshop or conference

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Requirement for Ethical Review

Proposals that involve research with human participants or animals must be approved by either the VIU Research Ethics Board or the Animal Care Committee (ACC), as appropriate. As such, funds will not be released to the recipient until official notification of human ethics approval and/or animal care protocol is submitted to the Research & Scholarly Activity Office.

Requests for financial incentive or appreciation payments to research participants may be considered on the condition of VIU Research Ethics Board approval of the research proposal and upon satisfactory explanation of the reason for financial incentive and the method and amount of payment.  Purchase of gift cards for this purpose must follow Finance Department guidelines.

Applicants should refer to the submission requirements of the appropriate ethical review committee as posted on the Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity Office website:
Animal Care Committee
http://www2.viu.ca/REB/

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Project Extensions

Extensions of up to six months may be automatically granted by the Chair of the Committee unless the scope of the project or the budget has changed considerably.  In those cases the extension request will be presented to the Committee for deliberation at the next regular meeting, or a special meeting or voting e-mail may be arranged if needed.

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Application Process

Applications should be a maximum of three pages including cover page. Applications should include the following items:

  1. Cover page format: [one page]
    • Date of call  (month and year)
    • Name of principal researcher and faculty/department
    • Employment status with Vancouver Island University, e.g., regular (yes or no)
    • Co-applicants, if any
    • Disciplines involved
    • Project title
    • Amount being requested from VIU Community Engagement Accelerator Grant
  2. Project overview
    • Brief description of the project in lay terms (i.e. objectives, outcomes). Demonstrable knowledge mobilization outcomes must be included.
    • Fit with a VIU research priority area as indicated in the Strategic Research Plan:  Healthy and Resilient Communities; Integrated Science and Environment; Coastal Resources Management and Policy; Aboriginal Community Engagement; or Cultural Communication and Expression.
  3. Project plan
    • Timeline, if applicable
    • If applicable, the ethics approval letter from the VIU Research Ethics Board or Animal Care Committee, for projects having impact on human or animal subjects, or an explanation of what stage the application is at.
  4. Project Budget
    • Detailed budget breakdown and justification (expenses, supplies, travel, etc.) See acceptable expenses above. See sample budget.
  5. Institutional Signature Sheet – Must be completed and accompany each application.   Applicants are advised to allow sufficient time for consideration by their Dean and to collect the signatures required at each level.

Note: Ethics approval, if required, must be in place prior to the commencement of the project and/or any access to funding.

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Submission Process

  • Please submit one hard copy (with the completed Institutional Signature Sheet) and one electronic copy to:

    VIU Research Awards Committee
    c/o Lyn Locke, Committee Support, Research & Scholarly Activity Office
    Building 305, Room 446
    Lyn Locke

  • All documentation and information pertaining to the project proposal must be submitted together in one complete package by the deadline.
  • Proponents will be notified of the Committee’s decision within 30 days of the call deadline.

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Acknowledgment of Funding

Faculty who receive funding support for their research or scholarly activity should acknowledge the funding source with a statement in their publications or by other appropriate method of dissemination.  They should also acknowledge collaboration with any other faculty and/or students.

Please include a statement such as: “This publication [or event] was supported by funds received from the Vancouver Island University Research Awards Committee Community Engagement Accelerator Grant and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.”

For acknowledging collaboration, where appropriate in their published work, the faculty member(s) shall indicate affiliation with Vancouver Island University and acknowledge their indebtedness to students and their academic colleagues in relation to their own research.

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Final Report

Upon project completion, award recipients are required to submit a brief (1-3 page) final report to the Committee by the end of the project term.  The final report should include the following:

  • Date of Final Report
  • Name of Project Leader and any co-researchers
  • Title of Research Project
  • Original Call Date Submitted (e.g. March 3, 2014)
  • Report to include:
    • Abstract/Executive Summary (including highlights/major findings).  Please write in language accessible to the larger Vancouver Island University community and suitable for publication to the general community.  (Maximum of 200 words.)
    • Original objective for the grant
    • What did you achieve? Include demonstrable KMb outcomes (e.g. community forum, project web page etc.)
    • An accounting of how the grant money was spent

Alternatively a template is available from the Research website at
http://isapp.viu.ca/VIUWEB/commViewer/docshow.asp?doc_id=32702

The final report is to be submitted as an electronic copy to the Committee c/o Lyn Locke. Excerpts from the final report will be included in VIU’s Annual Research Report, therefore, please write from a third person perspective.

Failure to present a final report, with full disclosure of how the funding was used, will render the proponent ineligible for future VIURAC funding.

The recipients of VIURAC funds are also obligated to report on the outcomes of the project on the Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity Office database.

It is expected that successful applicants, upon invitation, will make a public presentation at the annual CREATE event, a Lunch’n Learn, or other appropriate VIU event.

 

Updated: September 21, 2017