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Internal Opportunities

NEW! Undergraduate Research Cluster Grants

Notice of Intent to Apply: Feb. 22
Full application: March 11, 2019
Award value: Up to $10,000 per cluster, 3 awards available

This program is designed to strengthen TRU's national profile in undergraduate research training by supporting scholarly inquiry in undergraduate research. The funding is intended to build institutional research capacity, facilitate partnerships, provide student research opportunities, and help Undergraduate Research Clusters become competitive for external funding. Each cluster will be a multi/interdisciplinary group of three or more TRU faculty focused on the study of undergraduate research.

> Program guidelines

NEW! Research Accelerate Grants

Deadline to apply: March 15
Award value: Up to $4,000

These grants are designed to accelerate and enhance Tri-Agency grant applications. Faculty who are actively engaged in developing an application for Tri-Agency funding competitions in fiscal year 2019-20 are encouraged to apply. The Tri-Agency programs eligible for this funding are: NSERC Discovery and Partnership programs; SSHRC Insight and Partnership programs; CIHR Project, Foundation and other operating grants. Funding from this grant may be used toward activities that will enhance proposals, including completion of any preliminary/pilot work, literature review, student training, research travel, and any other appropriate activity for success in these national competitions. 

> Program guidelines

Health Research Cluster Grants

Notice of Intent to Apply: Feb. 15
Full application: March 1

The aim of the Health Research Cluster Grant is to collaborate and co-develop research programs on one of the five Areas of Focus identified collectively in the first Heath Planning Meeting held in April 2018 at Royal Inland Hospital. The award is intended to build regional research capacity, facilitate partnerships, provide student research opportunities, and help Health Research Clusters become more competitive for external funding. Areas of shared focus are: 

  1. Indigenous Health
  2. Practice-based Nursing Research
  3. Clinical Infectious Diseases
  4. Trauma Care, in particular, Neurotrauma and Neurocritical Care
  5. Tertiary Care in Psychology/Psychiatry

Award value: A grant of up to $15,000 per research cluster is available, and a minimum of three awards are available. Successful teams will be eligible to request additional supplemental funding to hire an interdisciplinary cohort of up to three undergraduate research assistants, valued at $3,000 per student. 

> Application guidelines

Research Coach

Competition opens Nov. 5, 2018; continuous intake
Successful student Research Coaches awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

Research Coaches are awarded Research-Informed Learning Scholarships, giving them the opportunity to help instructors design a research project for a first- or second-year class and then provide guidance to students as they plan, research, and then present their research projects via participation in the Undergraduate Research Conference. There are 30 scholarships available.

> About the program
> Research Coach application

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Fund

Phase II intake open. Applications due Nov. 30, 4 pm

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies offers this program for faculty members who are engaged in research, scholarship and creative inquiry, allowing them to hire an Undergraduate Research Apprentice to assist them in accelerating their research endeavors and provide an apprentice with a meaningful training opportunity.  The application form will be available when the competition is open. All applications are initiated by the faculty member when they have identified a qualified student.

Award amount: $3,000/student. Up to 30 awards available.

Application for Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship

Research Training Recognition Fund

Application Deadline for Fall release: May 15
Application Deadline for Winter release: Oct. 15

The Research Training Recognition Fund (RTRF) reflects TRU’s ongoing commitment to student research training. Those regular faculty receiving or currently holding multi-year Tri-Agency research grants are eligible to receive a reallocation of workload (e.g., from 5 courses to 4 courses) to facilitate their direct involvement in the enhanced research training of undergraduate and graduate students. Those faculty applying for Tri-Agency grants are encouraged to consult with the Research Office about citing this fund as possible institutional support on their applications.

The Research Office will ensure that the request is consistent with the research training objectives outlined in the Tri-Agency recommendations for Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP); eligible applications will be peer reviewed by an adjudication sub-committee of the Senate Research Committee.  Up to $7,313 may be made available to the division to cover sessional replacement expenses; divisions able to contribute matching funds for research training recognition will increase the total annual fund available, with the understanding that the number of awards available each year is subject to available funding.

The RTRF is an ongoing fund with a minimum of $140,000 annually available.

Eligibility Criteria: Must hold a multi-year Tri-Agency research grant (as Principal Investigator); must make a commitment to significant student research training.

Application for Research Training Recognition Fund 

The Thompson Rivers University Internal Research Fund 

Application deadline: Jan. 15 annually

A joint initiative of the Research and Graduate Studies office and the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic, this fund provides a maximum of $100,000 annually to support research with the principal aim of scaffolding faculty development, especially in terms of tenure and promotion. Completion of an IRF project should significantly widen the applicant’s sphere of influence in terms of his or her research and/or teaching. The IRF is a small seed fund that is not intended to provide funding for major projects.
Please find the complete terms of reference in the Internal Research Fund application form in Romeo.

Award amount: A minimum of $3,000 and a maximum of $5,000.  

Use the Romeo portal to fill out and submit applications.

2017 Recipients of the IRF

Community-Driven Research Fund (CRF)

Continuous intake until October 2019

The Community-Driven Research Fund is designed to support research that:

  1. Responds directly to community needs; 
  2. Builds research partnerships with community organizations in the Thompson Nicola Cariboo region;
  3. Provides opportunities for students to become involved in community-based research; and
  4. Helps faculty and their community partners become more competitive for external funding.

Projects are expected to be community-driven, with the research outcomes primarily benefiting the community organization. 

Award amount: $2,500. Matching contributions of up to $2,500 in cash or in-kind support is required from the community organization. A minimum of 10 awards are available per year.

> Terms of reference
> Application checklist

CRF applications must be developed in collaboration with Ann McCarthy, Knowledge Mobilization Officer.

Tri-University Major Project Collaboration Grant

Competition closed
Award Value: $10,000 (four awards available)

Thompson Rivers University has launched an exciting grant opportunity designed to develop research collaborations and capacity between BC's three Interior research universities. TRU, the University of Northern British Columbia and the University of British Columbia – Okanagan, collectively form a core of research and innovation talent and infrastructure in the BC Interior. Four Tri-University, Tri-Agency Major Project Collaboration Grants are available in 2017-18, valued at $10,000 each. Funds are awarded on the basis of research excellence that can be supported by external funders.  

Full application details 

Northcote and Brink Professorship — Call for Applications

Application deadline: Jan. 30, 2020 *This is a three-year appointment 

The Northcote and Brink Professorship is funded by the Dr. Tom Northcote and Dr. Bert Brink Endowment, established in March 2005. The Professorship honours the contributions of Northcote and Brink to ecology in British Columbia. The purpose of the Professorship is to "expand Thompson Rivers University's knowledge of the connection between restoration of ecosystems and the social benefits to communities." The Professorship is a prestigious internal award that may be held for up to three years. The Professorship holder will be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member.

Award amount: $10,000 per year for up to three years

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