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Grants to Alberta Researchers to Develop Future Research
Projects Related to Children, Families, and the Community

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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PolicyWise for Children and Families

Deadline Date:

09/01/17 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Alberta teams of researchers to support the planning and development of potential research projects that focus on improving the quality of life for children, families, and their communities. Funding is intended to support the beginning stages of future research, with the ultimate goal of facilitating the generation of new knowledge and evidence in the topic areas relevant to PolicyWise (described below).

Successful applications will demonstrate a connection to a minimum of two topics from the following priority areas:

Intersectional topics:
- Indigenous (When possible, the analyses should explore differences between First Nations, Metis and Inuit children, youth, and/or families, as well as the potential influence of living on-reserve or off-reserve.)
- Resilience
- Long-term outcomes of supports and services

Needs/Services ("What"):
- Mental health
- Early childhood development
- Transitions for youth
- Intergenerational trauma

Delivery/Access ("How"):
- Child intervention system
- Collaboration/service integration
- Community capacity

Potential Seed Grant activities include, but are not limited to:

- Developing a research team
- Building partnerships
- Feasibility assessment
- Environmental scan
- Addressing a methodological issue
- Pilot studies or baseline data collection
- Demonstration studies
- Proposal preparation

PolicyWise encourages investigators to involve communities and policy/decision-makers at all stages of research, including project development.

Eligible Expenses:

- Purchase of scientific materials, supplies, expendables
- Purchase or rental of minor equipment
- Computer software programs
- Costs associated with publication of research results
- Research-related travel expenses, including mileage, conference fees, airfare, accommodation, etc., up to a maximum of $2,500
- Purchase of books, periodicals, or journals
- Salaries of trainees, research assistants, or technicians, provided they are not full-time academics
- Costs of focus groups, including honorariums
- Course buyouts up to $7,000

The above list is not exhaustive. PolicyWise reserves the right to determine eligible and ineligible expenses on a case by-case basis.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159890

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum funding available for a Seed Grant is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

The term of the grant is 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply:

- The Primary Investigator (PI) must have a PhD or equivalent qualification.
- The PI must be affiliated with an institution eligible to hold funds from PolicyWise.
- The research must be policy-relevant and fit within the values, mission and research themes of PolicyWise, and be directly relevant to the priorities identified in the Human Services Business Plan.
- The research team must engage policymakers, decision makers, and community partners.
- The research team must include trainees, students or junior investigators.

Grant applications must be related to children, youth, and/or families and must be relevant and specific to Alberta.

Note: Seed Grants are not intended to fund the conduct of a research project, and are not available to augment existing research funding.

Ineligible Expenses:

- Hospitality and entertainment expenses
- Education-related expenses such as tuition, thesis defense, course fees;
- Indirect costs (i.e., medical insurance) or administrative costs (standard office equipment)
- Organizational overhead costs Personal costs to the researcher during the course of the study, such as child care costs or daily living expenses
- Expenses related to professional activities, such as teaching, that are unrelated to the proposed research
- Stipend or salary support for team members with academic affiliations;
- Discretionary severance and separation packages
- Any expenses unrelated to the outlined research study or expenses that have no significant research component

The above list is not exhaustive. PolicyWise reserves the right to determine eligible and ineligible expenses on a case by-case basis.

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application and terms and conditions.

Grant Overview:

Review Criteria:

Application Submission Instructions - Please follow these steps before you begin completing the application form:

1. Download the application form and Save it to your computer.
2. Open the application form in Adobe and enable JavaScript if you are prompted to do so.

Failure to do this will results in the loss of all entered information when you close the form.

Once your application is complete and you have attached all the required documents, you will submit your application electronically by email Applications must be submitted, including attached scanned copies of all required signatures, by 4:00 pm on Friday, September 1st, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the application and attachments via email to:

Contact Information:

Laurie Vermeylen
Phone: (587) 354-4801

General Contact Information:

601, 9925-109 Street
Edmonton, AB, Canada T5K 2J8

Phone: 780-944-8630

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta;

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