Institute for Environmental Sustainability Research Grant
2019/2020 Environmental Sustainability Research Grants Application Guidelines
The Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) at MRU thanks everyone who applied for the 2019/20 Environmental Sustainability Research Grants opportunity. It is now closed and applicants will be notified of results by email the week of November 4th.
The intent of these grants is to support faculty in developing their research programs in environmental sustainability. Priority will be given to projects designed to lead to larger-scale external funding applications.
Note: You may apply for both an MRU Internal Research Grant and an Environmental Sustainability Research Grant - if you are applying for both, please indicate this in the appropriate section of the proposal.
APPLICATION AND EVALUATION TIMETABLE
Deadline for Fall applications: Friday, October 4, 2019
Notification of Fall funding decisions: Week of November 4, 2019
Deadline for Winter applications: Friday, January 24, 2020
Notification of Winter funding decisions: Week of February 24, 2020
Environmental Sustainability Focus
The IES encourages applications from all subject areas and disciplines across the MRU curriculum through projects that align with the mission of the institute:
The mission of the IES is to improve environmental health and sustainability through research and scholarship that integrates diverse academic disciplines, student learning and community engagement. The IES is emerging as a forum where faculty, students and other stakeholders will come together to build knowledge and develop viable solutions that will contribute to the overall welfare and security of society. The IES supports collaborative, multi and inter disciplinary research and scholarship.
Project proposals will be evaluated based on three main criteria: quality of the project; likelihood of environmental sustainability impact beyond the research group; and expertise of the researcher(s), as demonstrated by the submitted application and CVs.
- Explicit focus on environmental sustainability
- Clear goals and rationale supported by literature review
- Quality and appropriateness of the methodology
- Suitability of proposed strategies and timelines
- Appropriateness and justification of proposed budget
Likelihood of impact:
- Potential for impact on the theory and/or practice of environmental sustainability
- Potential to contribute to existing literature
- Training, mentoring, and dissemination opportunities provided to students, if applicable
- Dissemination plan, including venues for appropriate dissemination within and beyond Mount Royal University.
- Previous record in training students, emerging scholars and other highly qualified personnel - where appropriate
- Applicant has shown that s/he will have the capability to undertake the project and/or has created a suitable research team
The Committee will read, score and rank all applications based upon the criteria in this document. They will then fund applications in order of ranking.
The IES Director will notify applicants of the results of their applications and will provide Committee comments to applicants who were not selected for funding.
* If you are concerned about a potential Conflict of Interest with your proposal and a particular Committee member, please be sure to explain this in your application under “Committee Conflict”. The IES will make every effort to explore and mitigate potential conflicts that have been identified to us.
If you have any questions, please contact Connie Van der Byl, Director of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 403.440.5030. The awards will be administered under the MRU Research Policies.
- Personnel/student Research Assistant (RA) costs
- Data collection costs (including related travel)
- Conference/dissemination travel (although please see the note below on this)
- Small equipment purchase (maximum $4000)
- Specialist services not available at Mount Royal University (e.g. translation)
For travel/conferences: Try to estimate the full cost. If the conference has not yet been scheduled or is some time in the future, estimate the costs. Be sure to include expenses for conference travel in your budget. For example, "Domestic conference presentation: $1250".
Equipment: Include a reasonable estimate of what the required equipment will cost. Estimates can be determined by contacting suppliers or consulting appropriate websites. Please do not forget costs for taxes, shipping, exchange and duty. Note: A maximum of $4000 may be allotted to equipment.
Applications consisting solely of conference/dissemination travel: Applications whose budgets are comprised of only conference or dissemination-based travel will not be funded through the IES Grants Fund. Faculty should apply to the Faculty Conference Travel Fund and other faculty-specific sources for conference travel funds.
Applications including more than one conference per funding year: Applications that include more than one conference in a funding year are likely to have only one conference funded if successful.
NOTE: The Faculty Conference Travel Fund is available to faculty members seeking assistance with travel. More details are available under the Internal funding opportunities section of the Office of Research, Scholarship, and Community Engagement website.
What costs are ineligible?
The main ineligible costs are as follows:
- Teaching Release: These are not funded in any IRGF competition unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you feel you have exceptional circumstances, please contact us to discuss your options.
- iPads, iPhones: Following the lead of the federal Tri-Agencies (SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR), iPads and iPhones are not eligible expenses without very strong justification.
- Office Supplies: General office supplies and photocopying are not eligible expenses. Printing that is specifically related to the project
(e.g. the printing of paper surveys to be used in data collection) is an allowable expense. For current rates, please check with Document Services. Be sure to provide appropriate justification for these costs.