Document 12069642

Community Engagement and Outreach 334 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place Saskatoon SK S7N 5C9 Canada Telephone: 306-­‐966-­‐6690 Email: Web: COMMUNITY ENGAGED SCHOLARSHIP RESEARCH SEED FUNDING
Fund Guidelines
To foster collaborative and mutually beneficial community engaged activities that are designed
to lead to larger externally funded research and artistic programs.
The Office of Engagement and Outreach will provide as many as five (5) individual grants of up
to $6,000 each ($30,000 total per annum) to support the initial phase of innovative community
engaged research that falls within Tri-Council or other major federal, provincial, international
funding agency mandates, or within the mandates of significant industry partnerships.
Open to University of Saskatchewan faculty pursuing a program of research in collaboration with
a community partner and conducted in a manner reflecting best practices in Community
Engaged Scholarship. This is a one-time grant aimed at supporting research that will advance
knowledge in one of the university’s signature areas, is sustainable, and with pre-eminent
research impact benefit for the public.
Funding is intended to be flexible and amenable to the unique costs of undertaking initial
collaborative community research. The following are examples of eligible expenses:
Compensation for a community member’s time contributing to the research.
Travel costs incurred by faculty, students, or community members in attending collaborative
project design and implementation meetings.
Honouraria or gifts for community elders, knowledge keepers, and ceremonial leaders.
Hospitality costs for community gatherings.
Costs for producing and distributing knowledge translation products.
Audio or video recording equipment purchase or rental.
Contracted services that directly facilitate collaborative project design and implementation,
particularly if members of the participating community are contracted to undertake the
The following are expenses are generally ineligible under this award, as alternate university
internal funding is available:
Most funding directed to students. Casual student hours for specialized work directly related
to the community collaboration, for example, transcribing, mapping, sampling/analyzing,
audio/video editing, or other such activities are considered eligible expenses.
Expenses associated with tangential or other research work not directly connected to
community engaged outcomes.
Conference fees and associated travel costs for faculty and students. Travel costs for
community members taking part in a collaborative conference presentation are considered
eligible expenses.
Recipients will have 18 months from their desired award start date to use the funds. Residual
funds will be returned to the Office of Community Engagement.
Recipients will be required to submit a report detailing the results of the initiative (maximum
1,000 words). This report should be designed with a general audience in mind as it may be
used for internal and external communications and promotions purposes. The report must
include specific examples of community impact.
Recipients will be invited to share their findings and methodology at Engaged Scholar Day
or other such events organized by the Office of Community Engagement.
Recipients will be required to credit the Office of Community Engagement on all
promotional strategies and communications, and in any resulting publications.
Funding will be awarded through a peer review process by adjudicators appointed by the
Director, Community Engagement. The adjudicators will be guided by the following criteria:
Meaningfulness of the research partnership to community:
Community participation in planning, implementing, and evaluating the work.
The research addresses a community-identified issue or need in a way appreciated by
The work will lead to substantive and meaningful impact for community.
Meaningfulness of the partnership to scholarship:
The research is original and has clear objectives.
The research is informed by current and relevant literature.
The work will help position the faculty member for successful tri-council or other
prestigious peer-reviewed funding.
Knowledge will be co-generated through community-university collaboration.
Appropriateness of the methodological approach:
The approach reflects best practices and ethical considerations appropriate to
community engaged work.
Plans for dissemination:
Proposed dissemination forums will be appropriate to both the community partner and
the academic investigator.
Appropriateness of budget:
The budget is realistic, and adheres to the eligibility guidelines.
The application should include the following:
1. A cover letter from the applying academic researcher(s) outlining how the proposal
meets the adjudication criteria.
2. The principal investigator’s Canadian Common CV (as used in tri-council applications), or
3. A proposed budget outlining funds allocation, the total funds requested, and a timeline.
4. Letters of support from participating community partners.
5. Evidence of Research Ethics Board approval, as appropriate.
The application should be forwarded as a pdf file to the Director, Community Engagement.
Funds will be allocated beginning June 1 (or the closest following business day). After this date,
applications will continue to be considered until funds are exhausted.