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Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation - Connection Grant

Grants to Canada Researchers and Project Directors to
Strengthen the Research Capacity of Indigenous Communities

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Deadline Date:

09/06/18 8:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Canada researchers and project directors affiliated with eligible nonprofit institutions and IHEs to collaborate with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities to develop new methods of conducting Indigenous-driven research. Applicants required to obtain institutional eligibility must do so at least five business days prior to the deadline.

Context:

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) made Calls to Action, and number 65 mentioned SSHRC specifically in the call to establish a national research program to advance the understanding of reconciliation.

In 2017, the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) was created to improve the coordination efforts of Canada’s granting agencies—SSHRC, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)—as well as the Canada Foundation for Innovation. As one of its five priorities, the CRCC has reaffirmed the agencies’ commitment to responding to the TRC’s calls for action and has prioritized the need for a national dialogue to co-develop, with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, an interdisciplinary, Indigenous research and research training model that contributes to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

In Budget 2018, the federal government committed $3.8 million to support this CRCC priority and develop a strategic research plan that identifies new ways of doing research with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, including strategies to grow the capacity of Indigenous communities to conduct research and partner with the broader research community. SSHRC is administering this initiative in collaboration with the other granting agencies.

An engagement plan with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples is being developed to meet the objectives of the Budget 2018 allocation and the CRCC’s priority. The engagement process will have two streams:

1. Granting agency engagement with Indigenous organizations and researchers, featuring roundtables, workshops, online engagement and a national dialogue; and

2. This special call for proposals to award grants to Indigenous organizations and researchers (or equivalent) to support their leadership in organizing their respective engagement activities and to develop position papers.

This special call for proposals invites applications from applicants affiliated with First Nations, Métis and Inuit not-for-profit organizations, as well as from other not-for-profit organizations or Canadian postsecondary institutions in any discipline that may inform and contribute to the development of a strategic plan. A minimum of 51 per cent of the grants will be reserved for Indigenous not-for-profit organizations, with the amount depending on the volume of applications received from these organizations.

Description:

Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants support interdisciplinary events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives to contribute to the CRCC-prioritized national dialogue. These events and activities represent opportunities to engage and exchange knowledge on successful ways of conducting Indigenous research that are transformative and contribute to reconciliation, including holistic, interdisciplinary and distinctions-based approaches.

Note: The leadership and governance of proposed projects must involve the participation of First Nations, Métis or Inuit communities.

This call for proposals affirms the important, holistic and interdisciplinary contributions to human knowledge that Indigenous knowledge systems make. Furthermore, the call respects Indigenous knowledge systems, including ontologies, epistemologies and methodologies, as important avenues for exploring the contours of Indigenous knowledge, supporting Indigenous research paradigms, contributing to interdisciplinary collaboration and extending the boundaries of knowledge in western research paradigms. As such, applicants are encouraged to submit projects that are holistic and interdisciplinary, and that reflect the full range of collaboration across disciplines and subject areas pertaining to the social sciences and humanities; natural sciences and engineering; and health and wellness.

The participation of Indigenous Elders and Indigenous knowledge-holders and recognition of their contributions and the observance of knowledge-specific protocols is encouraged.

This funding will support community gatherings, workshops, or other events or outreach activities that will mobilize existing knowledge, facilitate dialogue and knowledge sharing, and result in the preparation of a position paper. The position papers will be shared at a national dialogue event scheduled for March 2019 to develop, in partnership with Indigenous communities, a strategic plan for an interdisciplinary Indigenous research and research training model that contributes to reconciliation with First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

Strategic themes for interdisciplinary events and outreach activities:

This funding opportunity is guided by themes that have emerged from ongoing engagement with First Nations, Métis and Inuit partners and the federal research funding agencies (SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR), and will help to frame the strategic plan. These themes focus on areas where the granting agencies can contribute to strengthening the capacity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to conduct research and partner with the broader research community, and the capacity of the broader research community to engage respectfully with Indigenous knowledge.

Applicants are encouraged to organize events and outreach activities that address one or more of the following interrelated themes:

1. Supporting Indigenous Talent and Research Careers
-Support Indigenous graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, researchers and research chairs;
-Involve Indigenous Elders and Indigenous knowledge-holders in research;
-Remove barriers for participation and success, including nation- and gender-specific barriers;
-Foster an inclusive research and research training environment; and
-Foster a science and engineering culture.

2. Engaging Indigenous Knowledge
-Support research into Indigenous knowledge systems;
-Support Indigenous science and holistic approaches;
-Enhance the understanding of reconciliation;
-Build knowledge of Indigenous languages; and
-Take into consideration intersectionality (gender, age, sexuality and other markers of difference).

3. Mobilize Knowledge and Partnerships for Reconciliation
-Translate research results into evidence for policy-making;
-Share best practices and lessons learned; and
-Ensure that research results, when appropriate, help close the gaps in social, health, environmental and economic outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals.

4. Foster Mutually Respectful Relationships
-Address or acknowledge an understanding of past research practices with Indigenous communities;
-Support community-led research;
-Ensure Indigenous ownership and control of data;
-Enforce ethical and responsible conduct of Indigenous research; and
-Support rights-based approaches.

Additional themes relevant to Indigenous research that may inform the development of the strategic plan are welcome.

Expected Outcomes:

The goal, through this funding opportunity, is to support interdisciplinary events, outreach activities and the development of position papers to help guide a strategic plan that will identify new ways for First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to conduct research and partner with the broader research community.

Successful applicants must submit a position paper by mid-February 2019. Furthermore, applicants or their delegates are required to attend a national dialogue event scheduled to be held in Ottawa in March 2019 and share their position papers to support the development of the strategic plan. (Travel costs for this national dialogue event should be included in the budget submitted as part of the application.)

More details about the national dialogue event, as well as guidelines for the position paper, will be provided to successful applicants.

Applicants that are awarded an Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grant give their consent to SSHRC sharing their position paper with other interested organizations and individuals as well as integrating aspects of it into a national strategic plan.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183955

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,800,000

Number of Grants:

At least 50 grants are available and a minimum of 51 per cent of those grants are reserved for Indigenous not-for-profit organizations, depending on the volume of applications received from these organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Connection Grants are valued at up to $50,000 for six months.

Term of Contract:

These grants support outreach events and activities that should be organized during the grant’s six-month duration including the submission of a position paper by February 2019. An extension of six months for the use of funds is available upon request to share and finalize engagement reporting from the national dialogue with communities.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Subject Matter Eligibility:

Proposals may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR funding outlined above in Strategic themes for interdisciplinary events and outreach activities.

Applicant Eligibility:

Researchers, project directors or the equivalent at eligible Canadian institutions (Indigenous not-for-profit organizations, other not-for-profit organizations and postsecondary institutions) are eligible to apply for grants, in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.

Applicants must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian institution that holds or has applied for institutional eligibility by the time of application. See Institutions below for more information on the institutional eligibility requirements and processes for Connection Grants.

Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to be applicants if, at the time of application, they have formally established an affiliation with an organization that meets institutional eligibility requirements, and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.

Note:
-Applicants who have received a SSHRC grant of any type but have failed to submit an end of grant report by the deadline specified in their Notice of Award are not eligible to apply for another SSHRC grant until they have submitted the report.
-Researchers who maintain an affiliation with a Canadian postsecondary institution, but whose primary affiliation is with a non-Canadian postsecondary institution, are not eligible for applicant status.

Co-applicants:

Co-applicants may be individuals from any of the following:
-Canadian postsecondary institutions; not-for-profit organizations; philanthropic foundations; think tanks; and municipal, territorial or provincial governments; and
-Postdoctoral researchers who are affiliated with an eligible institution.

Collaborators:

Any individual who may make a significant contribution to the project is eligible to be a collaborator. Collaborators do not need to be affiliated with an eligible institution.

Individuals from the private sector or federal government may participate only as collaborators.

Indigenous Elders:

Indigenous Elders are recognized and respected in terms of their contribution of knowledge assets to the project and may participate as co-applicants or collaborators depending on their institution or organization affiliation.

Partner Organizations:

Canadian or international organizations from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sector may be involved as a partner organization. Partner organizations are expected to support the activities of the partnership.

Institutions:

Only an eligible Canadian institution can administer grant funds. Institutions proposing to administer a grant awarded under this funding opportunity must hold or obtain institutional eligibility. Please see the list of SSHRC eligible institutions.

Indigenous not-for-profit organizations wanting to administer the grant funds for this Connection Grant should apply for institutional eligibility. For this call only, SSHRC highly recommends that such applicants begin the institutional eligibility application process as soon as possible so that SSHRC can expedite the application.

Other not-for-profit organizations that require institutional eligibility must begin the institutional eligibility application process at least five business days prior to the grant application deadline.

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations that require institutions eligibility must begin the institutional eligibility application process at least five business days prior to the grant application deadline.

Key Dates:
-Application deadline: September 6, 2018 (8:00 p.m. eastern)
-Results announced: October 2018

*All application materials must be included in one email (size cannot exceed 10 MB), submitted in .pdf format, and be received by 8:00 p.m. (eastern), September 6, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Lina Crompton, Program Officer
Research Grants and Partnerships Division
613-943-1423
Indigenousresearch@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

Institutions may email institutional.eligibility@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca to begin the institutional eligibility application process, or if they have questions about institutional eligibility.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon