Research Funding

Research Funding

Bishop’s University researchers may apply for internal or external research funding, as well as for specific grants destined to cover travel and publication costs. This sections outlines the various funding opportunities and their application deadlines, and provides guidelines for applying for and administrating research funds.

Article 10.10 of the Faculty Collective Agreement remains in effect. Interested faculty members should contact Andrea Roberts for more information and/or to enact the clause during a sabbatical leave.

10.10 At the members request the Corporation shall provide a proportion of the members salary for the support of a research grant for travel and other expenses. Such an amount is to be deducted from the amount to which a member is entitled.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research

In terms of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Bishop’s University has always aimed to be an open, transparent, and supportive place of learning and employment. We welcome approximately 2,400 students each year and employ more than 350 people. Our work environment is bilingual and multicultural, and we are committed to fight all kinds of racism, discrimination and harassment. We have developed different tools to help us achieve our goals in terms of EDI, including: Policy on the Prevention of Harassment, Policy for the Prevention of Sexual Violence, Policy on the Use and Quality of the French Language, Article 4.03 (on Racism and Discrimination) of the Faculty Collective Agreement.

We acknowledge and honor the traditional Abenaki territory on which our Campus is located and are aware of our role in a post-Truth and Reconciliation Commission [TRC] Canada. We hold formal discussions around it frequently as our institution also hosts the Indigenous Cultural Alliance. Recently, and in the lights of the Black Lives Matter MovementPrincipal Goldbloom addressed the University’s aspirations to progress towards a more open, diverse and inclusive community.

Upon consultation with BU community, the Principal requested the creation of a new Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The latter will have as a mandate to make recommendations for actions related to hiring and retention, EDI training and inclusion in research programs and activities, and developing policies, procedures and guidelines.

The year 2020-21 will be marked by a more in-depth analysis of Bishop’s university’s environment, in part aided by an EDI stipend granted by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat. The EDI grant objective is to help participating institutions address systemic barriers in their policies, processes and structures in order to respond to the requirements that are tied to the 2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Agreement for the Canada Research Chairs Program.

Senate Research Committee Grants

The Senate Research Committee (SRC) provides funds for the presentation of posters and papers at internationally recognized conferences, for small-scale research projects, and for the publication of research results.

Allocation of all internal grants and institutional funding at Bishop’s University undergo a competitive, peer-reviewed process adjudicated by the Senate Research Committee (SRC). The mandate of the SRC is to support, encourage, and develop research within the Bishop’s University academic community. The SRC is composed of one faculty member from each division and school, the Vice-Principal Academic, one librarian and the Director of Research and Graduate Studies (ex officio). The Senate Nominating Committee is responsible for filling the vacant positions held by faculty members and the librarian. In September or October of each year, the names of the committee members are brought to Senate for approval, by the Chair of the Senate Nominating Committee.

For each competition, a call for proposals is sent by email to all faculty members, contract faculty, and professional librarians one month prior to a competition deadline, with a reminder one week before the deadline. The call is also published in the internal Research Newsletter. The Office of Research and Graduate Studies offers support and assistance to the SRC. A full time Research Grants Officer is dedicated to work with the SRC for the grant’s adjudication. The RGO’s tasks include verifying the candidates’ and the applications’ eligibility, preparing the assessment tools and ensuring the compliance of the evaluation process with the institutional and the programs’ instructions and policies. The RGO also compiles the recommendations of the committee prior to the adjudication and prepares the meeting.

In order to ensure an unbiased review process, all members of the Senate Research Committee are invited to complete an EDI training, including the CRC Unconscious Bias Training Module. The SRC is committed to promote Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research and ensures equitable access to funding opportunities for all researchers. Bishop’s University is a Dimensions Charter endorser.

SRC Guidelines and Forms

External Grants

Professors can apply for grants to a large number of organizations outside the university. The most important ones are the following:

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT)
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)
Fonds de recherche du Québec- Société et culture (FRQSC)

Main External Program Deadlines*

Canada Foundation for Innovation

John R. Evans Leaders Fund
Full Application*: October 15, 2019/ February 15, 2020/ June 15, 2020

Canada Research Chairs

Full Applications: October 21, 2019/ April 20, 2020

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et Technologies

Research Support for New Academics
Full Application: September 18, 2019

Team research projects
Full Application: September 11, 2019

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé

Research Scholars – Junior 1, Junior 2, Senior

Letter of Intent: August 22, 2019
Full Application: October 1, 2019

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et Culture

Research Support for New Academics
Notice of Intent: August 1, 2019
Full Application: September 26, 2019

Research Team Support Program
Notice of Intent: August 22, 2019
Full Application: October 17, 2019

Letter of Intent: September 18, 2019
Full Application: December 11, 2019

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Discovery Grants
Letter of Intent: August 1, 2019
Full Application: November 1, 2019

Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants
Letter of Intent: August 1, 2019
Full Application: November 1, 2019

Research Tools and Instruments Grants
Full Application: October 25, 2019

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Knowledge Synthesis Grant
Full application: July 10, 2019

Connection Grants
Full Application*: August 1, 2019/ November 1, 2019/ February 1, 2020/ May 1, 2020

Insight Development Grants
Full Application:  February 2, 2020

Insight Grants
Full Application: October 15, 2019

Partnership Engage Grants
Full Application*: September 15, 2019/ December 15, 2020/ March 15, 2020


* Or the following business day should the deadline fall on a weekend or holiday.