Main Content

The Centre for International Governance Innovation’s Collaborative Research Awards offer different levels of support for boundary-spanning research activities on international governance. 

Successful applications are required to demonstrate a strong thematic link to CIGI’s mandate, an original and innovative contribution to policy-oriented research relevant to global governance, and they were to be led by tenure-track faculty at either the University of Waterloo (UW) or Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier).

Since the launch of the Collaborative Research Awards in 2011-12, initiatives that incorporated expertise from across disciplines as well as non-academic experts from business, policy or NGO communities have been encouraged.   A key requirement of all proposals, and a significant part of the CIGI Research Advisory Committee’s (RAC) adjudication criteria, has been for projects to address one or more of CIGI’s program areas as noted on our website.

While no formal call for proposals is issued, CIGI will continue actively to consider proposals where interest and initiative is shown from faculty. Categories for consideration will follow, in general, the Collaborative Research Awards structure which included the following three categories listed below. New unsolicited applications are subject to a peer review process, conducted by the RAC, and may also now entail an external peer review process. The RAC comprises experts drawn from CIGI's network of distinguished scholars and policy practitioners, and includes representatives from CIGI, UW, Laurier and the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA).

CIGI CRA Research Project
This category has supported activities — including workshops, seminars and/or field research within larger projects — that advance policy-oriented research on issues of international governance. Funding for projects in this category has been a maximum of $30,000 in total over a period not to exceed two years.

CIGI CRA Advanced Research Seminar
This category was intended to support networking activities to develop innovative and collaborative research on issues of international governance that leads to an external funding proposal. Funding for projects in this category has been a maximum of $15,000 over 12 months, and would be directed to a minimum of eight meetings over one year, which expand academic discussion within an area of CIGI’s programs.

CIGI CRA Strategic Research Initiative
This category was intended to support larger-scale projects that advance policy-oriented research on specific issues of international governance. Funding for projects in this category has been a maximum of $450,000 in total over a period not to exceed three years.