CIGI CRA Research Project
Instructions for Applicants
The CIGI CRA Research Project provides support to activities led by tenure-track University of Waterloo (UW) or Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier) faculty that advance policy-oriented research on issues of international governance. Funding may be directed to support workshops, seminars or field research within larger projects that lead to research publications or external grant applications. Successful applicants will present clearly defined project activities that address global challenges related to CIGI’s programs through innovative and interdisciplinary approaches. Individual awards may be granted to a maximum of CDN$30,000 in total over no more than two years.
Due February 23, 2013
The CIGI CRA Research Project is intended to provide funding for scholarly activities that explore policy-related issues of international governance, within one of CIGI’s four thematic research areas: the global economy; global security; environment and energy;and global development. This category of awardsenables CIGI programs to respond in a flexible and informed way to innovative scholarly work.
Funding is available for initiatives of two years or less, and may be attributed to the costs of organizing workshops or seminars, research papers or field research, public events or policy briefings, or other approved costs within larger projects that lead to the production of research publications or external grant applications. Successful proposals, and subsequent activities, must demonstrate a clear advancement of some aspect of CIGI’s mandate on international governance, within one of its program areas, through interdisciplinary research.
It is strongly recommended that UW or Laurier faculty who are considering applying consult with relevant CIGI research personnel prior to submission. CIGI researchers may also develop proposals in cooperation with UW or Laurier faculty for consideration under this competition.
If the initiative includes workshops or public events, applicants are encouraged — but not required — to organize such events at the CIGI Campus in Waterloo, Ontario. Preference may be given to applications that present an engagement strategy beyond the academic community, including other stakeholders such as the business community, policy-making audiences andnon-governmental organizations, and that involve scholars from multiple disciplines.
This funding competition is available exclusively to tenure-track UW or Laurier faculty. Applicants must demonstrate fulfillment of the following requirements in their application:
- Description of research workplan: As the central component of the award proposal, the workplan should provide a detailed overview of the content explored and methods chosen to deliver the project. It should identify the main deliverables, how the research will bridge two or more academic disciplines and an actionable strategy for completion.
- Clear link with CIGI programs: Applicants must demonstrate how the proposed activities will contribute to advanced research on international governance within one of CIGI’s four research programs.
- Detailed project budget: A working budget is required, listing all sources of revenue and anticipated costs, and identifying how the CIGI CRA Research Project award will be used. Potential or confirmed partners and sponsors must be included.
- Identification of project team: The core research contributors to the work should be identified, and short CVs — maximum two pages each — should be included for each. The size of the project team should be appropriate to the tasks involved, with at least one CIGI researcher.
- Outline of communications strategy: The proposal should identify the primary audience of the research and what strategies can be employed to create the desired impact. CIGI is especially interested in ensuring that supported research results are broadly and accessibly disseminated to relevant audiences, including through (but not limited to) CIGI’s own publications series, website, communications and events. To strengthen this component of their submissions, applicants are encourage to consult CIGI Public Affairs to learn more about the think tank’s publication processes and types.
Individual awards under the CIGI CRA Research Project will be available to a maximum of $30,000 in total over no more than two years. Competition for the CIGI CRA Research Project will be held once annually and the number of such awards will be determined by the academic quality, research promise, budget and variety of topics submitted in each round.
If successful, any awarded funds will be managed internally by CIGI and will be ascribed to costs directly. CIGI will develop conditions of funding including expected results, and activities will be monitored by a project manager of the related CIGI program.
Principal investigators must submit their completed applications to [email protected] before February 23, 2013.
All applications will be subject to a peer review process administered by the CIGI Research Advisory Committee and decisions will be made by CIGI management. Applicants may be required to provide additional details through the adjudication process. Decisions for this competition are expected in the spring of 2013.