University of Alberta Kule Research Cluster Grants, 2018

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Kule Institute of Advance Study Grants

KIAS supports research in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of Alberta. Our regular funding programme features Dialogue Grants, Research Team Grants, and Research Cluster Grants focusing on research with the potential for national or international recognition. Preference is given to full-time continuing faculty members and to academic librarians who are eligible to hold Tri-Council funding. Our other grants such as CRAfT (Create Research Archives for Tomorrow) and the Alberta-Saskatchewan Research Collaboration grant are listed in the side column. Please do not hesitate to get in touch for more information and check out our funding map to search for other opportunities as well.

Deadline for Letter of Intent: November 1st, 2017


The Principal Investigator (primary applicant) must be a full-time faculty member at UAlberta. Team members can be from university (Canada and international), community organizations, government, and industry/business. The core team must include at least 4 full-time faculty members from UAlberta.

Special note: In light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, we particularly encourage the development of proposals related to Aboriginal research as defined by SSHRC, but with the less restricted understanding that projects can also be on or for Aboriginal people. We also encourage comparative indigenous research projects, especially those rooted in the Canadian experience. All proposals related to Aboriginal research will be adjudicated by an expanded Research Committee involving both indigenous and non-indigenous scholars.

How to apply: 

Submit a short Letter of Intent to The LOI should be max. 5 pages using Times New Roman or Calibri 12 point fonts, single spacing and 1″ margins. Please self-identify if your proposal should be considered under Aboriginal research.
In the LOI we would like to know what the focus of the research cluster will be, what the cluster expects to achieve, who will be involved, what activities you will engage in, and what you need KIAS support for. If your project is shortlisted by the Research Committee, then you will be invited to develop a full proposal with the support of the Director and Program Coordinator. Full proposals will go to the Administrative Board for final approval.

Criteria: Potential of research cluster to achieve national or international recognition; interdisciplinarity and appropriateness of the team; suitability of the activities proposed; matching support; and commitment to developing a longer term research agenda through other research funding opportunities.
Funding: Up to $100,000 over three years. Budget items should be eligible expenses under SSHRC guidelines, but please note that Research Cluster Grants cannot be used for publication subventions. Post-award, similar to SSHRC’s policy, you may make changes in your budget without seeking sponsor approval as long as you use your grant for the broad purpose for which it was originally awarded.

Budget allocation to be negotiated with the Director. Proposals are adjudicated by the Research Committee and approved by the Administrative Board. Successful projects are expected to start in March 2018.


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