Spring Forward! SSHRC Grant Boot Camp 2017

While the 2017 Insight Grant submission deadline of October seems far off, and summer beckons as a 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 SSHRC deadline hits. With a thud.

During the month of May, the Grants 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 seven, half-day, facilitated writing sessions work like a retreat. They will give you a date with your writing, demystify the application and adjudication process and better position you for success with the Insight Grant competition. Each session will include information about a section of the grant application, quiet time for writing, and opportunities for sharing ideas with colleagues. Participants must expect to read and comment on each other’s writing, and to complete some 'homework' between sessions.  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. All participants are expected to commit to each of the sessions, and to completing ‘assignments’ between each session. 

More details

By the end of the boot camp you should have:
1] A clear understanding of the expectations of the Insight Grant application and it's adjudication
2] A good first draft of your proposal, including components to be included in your Detailed Description 
3] Ideas for how to incorporate the Knowledge Mobilization and Effective Research Training components
4] A plan for what you need to do over the summer in order to have a solid research application to submit in the autumn
5] A cohort of colleagues who will support you through the process

Themes to be covered:
- Understanding the genre and the criteria by which you will be judged: the SSHRC application, the audiences, adjudication process, evaluation sub-categories, committees, and key concepts: Aboriginal Research, Research-Creation, Multi-Disciplinary , Open Access.
- Visioning the integrated whole: Argument, Justification, Design, Methodology, Outcomes, Contributions, Effective Research Training, Ethics, and Knowledge Mobilization in the age of pragmatic, 'engaged' research and SSHRC's 'Future Knowledge Questions'. 

- Matching Research Design to Budget Justification; crafting a work-flow timeline and justifying every ask.

- Building Knowledge mobilization, Effective Research Training, and other key elements of success into your Research Design. 
- The Summary: Last is not least! Twitter tactics, pitfalls to avoid and concepts to embrace.

When is it? How do I sign up?

The 2017 sessions will be held on the following mornings, from 08:30 to 13:30:
May 2, 5, 10, 12, 16,19, and 23. Registrants are expected to commit to all sessions. Supervisors may bring their Postdoctoral Fellows if they are included in the grant as Co-Applicants. 

Space is limited and registration by April 24 is required

Please indicate your interest, and provide contact details and any necessary accommodations via the link provided (below). I will contact you by April 25 with confirmation of your acceptance, and details for submitting the deposit.  Your registration will be finalized upon receipt of a $50 deposit (refundable), which must be in my office by Noon, April 28 or your space will go to the next name on the list. 

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

Registration request: https://goo.gl/forms/uB4NqUEQjkGeduqd2

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