Research Team Support Program (SE)


Summary

Competition year :

2020-2021

 

Deadline (notice or letter of intent) :

August 22nd, 2019, 4 PM

 

Deadline (application) :

October 17th, 2019, 4 PM

 

Amount :

$50,000 to $80,000 / Optional funding and supplements: see Section 8.1.3

 

Duration :

4 years

 

Announcement of results :

End of April 2020

 

 

The link to the FRQnet E-portfolio is available under Portal access on the Fonds website. Further details are available in the About FRQnet section.

This program refers to the Common General Rules (CGR), which apply to all FRQSC programs. Only conditions specific to the Research Team Support program (SE) are indicated in this document and these prevail over the CGR.

In the event of a discrepancy between the English and French versions of this program, the French version prevails.

Personal contact information can be updated in the FRQnet E-portfolio.

AN APPLICATION THAT IS INCOMPLETE ON THE COMPETITION DEADLINE OF 4 P.M. ON OCTOBER 17, 2019 WILL BE DEEMED INELIGIBLE BY THE FONDS.

This version was updated on July 10th, 2019, subject to the approval of the Ministre de l'Économie et de l'Innovation.


1.

FOREWORD

 

This program is intended for teams working in fields of research covered by the FRQSC. It provides support for the implementation and deployment of scientific programs while respecting the diversity of research practices, configurations and stages of development that characterize Québec research teams.

The program is open to both New and Renewal university teams seeking to structure, advance and disseminate knowledge on a specific theme and partnership teams conducting research in collaboration with a practice setting.

In accordance with the Fonds de recherche du Québec open access policy for the dissemination of research, co-investigators within research teams funded by the Fonds must agree to provide open access to their scientific publications no later than 12 months after publication. To learn more about the FRQ's requirements on this subject, please visit our page on open science.

The Fonds de recherche du Québec also wish to contribute to supporting a research ecosystem based on equity, diversity and inclusion. Measures have been put in place to strengthen the integration of these principles. Funding recipients are also encouraged to consider them in the context of their research activities. For more information, please visit our website.


2.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

 

This program aims to make Québec's research community more dynamic and secure a prominent place for its researchers on the international level by:

  • Fostering the emergence of new research themes, approaches and topics;
  • Consolidating research infrastructures.

More specifically, it aims to:

  • Provide research teams and their partners in practice settings, where applicable, with access to joint infrastructures;
  • Maximize theoretical and methodological benefits (teaching and research) and encourage knowledge mobilization activities in accordance with the knowledge mobilization strategy adopted by the Fonds;
  • Encourage the integration of postdoctoral research fellows and new researchers in research teams;
  • Optimize graduate and postgraduate student training and mentoring;
  • Help train undergraduate students by involving them in research activities.

Teams must meet these objectives by deploying a series of structuring activities based on a concerted scientific program.

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM:

A scientific program is different from a research project and must be based on a research theme developed through specific thrusts driven by research projects funded through other sources. The scientific program must be designed to evolve over time and foster the significant and collective contribution of members to the team's work and activities.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Teams that present a research project rather than a scientific program will be deemed ineligible.

3.

TEAM CONFIGURATIONS

 

Teams applying to the competition must choose one of the following two configurations, based on the nature of their research and collaboration activities:

3.1 University team

The primary goal of a University team is to deploy a scientific program based on a broad scientific theme in an effort to make innovative contributions to knowledge structure and advancement.

3.2 Partnership team

Partnership teams foster collaboration between a practice setting and university or college settings, by offering a scientific program designed based on partners' needs and implementing an activity plan to meet those needs.

Practice settings may include public, community or private sector organizations and institutions engaged in various fields of activity or in the production of goods or services. The involvement of the practice setting must include, but is not limited to, participation in the execution of the scientific program, and does not necessarily require a financial contribution on its part.

A Partnership team must demonstrate that it has developed close collaborations between the university and college setting, where applicable, and the practice settings. This collaboration must be put in place from the conception of the scientific program and be maintained at all phases of its deployment.

The processes associated with the deployment of the Partnership scientific program must lead to enduring ties between stakeholders, beginning with the imperative inclusion of a co-investigator from the partner setting in the team's composition.

Organizations dedicated exclusively to scientific research do not constitute eligible practice settings. However, when partners whose work includes research (such as affiliated university centres and institutes) are chosen as practice settings, the Partnership team's program, as presented in the application, must clearly describe the partner's specific contribution as a research partner and practice setting.

Teams collaborating with practice settings on knowledge transfer activities, but that have not developed mechanisms to ensure the participation and integration of the practice setting at all phases of the scientific program, should consider applying as a University team.


4.

TEAM DEVELOPMENT STAGES

 

Teams must choose the development stage corresponding to their situation:

4.1 New team

This stage of development is intended for teams that have never been funded by the Fonds under this program or that received their final funding instalment no later than March 2017.

It is aimed at teams who have joined forces to establish a research team whose work will be focused on a specific theme. The 4-year grant should enable them to develop a consolidated scientific program by the end of the funding period, which must also have given rise to joint scientific activities.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In the case of a New team composed, in part, of a team already funded under this program, 50% of its members must be new co-investigators who were not members of the previous team, if funded after April 1, 2018.

4.2 Renewal team

This stage of development is intended for teams already funded by the Fonds under this program and who received their final instalment in March 2018 or March 2019, as well as those whose funding is underway and ends in March 2020.


5.

TEAM COMPOSITION AND MEMBER ELIGIBILITY

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Research statuses and roles are listed in the CGR on pages 5 and following.

5.1 Team composition

5.1.1 Principal investigator

Only researchers corresponding to definition i)* of Status 1 of the CGR (university researcher) qualify for the role of principal investigator of a team.

* Researchers employed according to definition ii) of Status 1 are not eligible to assume the role of principal investigator under this program (CGR, Section Status and Roles).

5.1.2 Co-investigators

Each team must include at least four (4) co-investigators (including the principal investigator) with one of the following statuses (see the CGR, Definitions – Status and roles):

  •   University researcher, i) and ii);
  •   Clinical university researcher;
  •   College researcher.

5.1.3 Other co-investigators

In addition to the minimum composition mentioned above, individuals with "Other research statuses", categories a), b), c) et d), as defined in the CGR, can also join a team in the role of co-investigator.

IMPORTANT NOTE: A team opting for "Partnership" configuration is also required to include at least one co-investigator from the partner setting(s), in addition to the minimum 4 co-investigators.

The Fonds recognizes that there are fields in which expertise is rare. In such cases, teams of three co-investigators with eligible statuses may be eligible, with appropriate justification. Teams in this situation must contact the program officer at the FRQSC before submitting a grant application.

5.1.4 Collaborators

In addition to its co-investigators, a team may include collaborators with any of the statuses applicable to grants (see the CGR, Definitions – Status and Roles). On the other hand, individuals with the training statuses defined in the CGR are not eligible for the role of collaborator.

5.2 Member eligibility

IMPORTANT NOTE: The principal investigator and all co-investigators must meet the general eligibility requirements set out in Section 2 of the CGR in addition to the specific program requirements.

5.2.1 Intersectorality and membership in different types of research groups

Principal investigators or co-investigators of major infrastructures funded by the FRQSC (university institute, affiliated university centre or strategic cluster), the FRQNT (strategic cluster) or the FRQS (research centre or group) may also join a team funded under the Research Team Support program as co-investigator or principal investigator, in the interest of fostering intersectoral initiatives.

5.2.2 Membership in two teams funded by the FRQSC

A researcher may not be principal investigator of more than one applicant or funded team under the FRQSC Research Team Support Program. However, a principal investigator may be a co-investigator in another applicant or funded team under the program.

Co-investigators may belong to up to two applicant or funded teams under this program. However, no more than 20% of the co-investigators of a given team may belong to more than one team. This implies that, in order for a researcher to belong to more than one team, the team must have at least five co-investigators including the principal investigator*.

IMPORTANT NOTE: principal investigators must check whether their co-investigators belong to any other applicant or funded research teams under this program. The eligibility verification carried out by the Fonds after submission of applications could affect the eligibility of the team and the grant amounts.

*Thus, a team must be made up of at least 10 co-investigators, including the principal investigator, in order to include 2 members with double membership.


6.

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION

 

There are two distinct and mandatory steps to submitting an application:

  1. Submission of a letter of intent;
  2. Submission of the grant application.

Before completing the Letter of intent and Grant application forms, the principal investigator must create a user account on the Fonds website (see informational video) if this has not already been done. Individuals who already have a personal identification number (PIN) have direct access to a FRQnet account and must update their profile in their E-portfolio.

Electronic forms are available in the FRQnet portal no later than one month before the competition deadline.

It is the applicant's responsibility to choose the correct application form. Should an error occur, the Fonds will not transfer the application from one program to another and the application will be deemed ineligible.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Throughout the application process, applicants are encouraged to check that no correspondence from the Fonds has ended up in the "junk" or "spam" folder of their email Inbox. 

6.1 Letter of intent

The main purpose of the letter of intent is to provide the FRQSC with the information required to assemble the scientific committees that will assess the grant applications. The letter of intent will not be used to assess the eligibility or merit of a team or its scientific program and does not require institutional approval.

The Letter of intent form, available in the E-portfolio under "Available competitions", must be submitted before 4 p.m. on August 22, 2019.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the letter of intent is submitted within the prescribed time, and that it is complete and in compliance with program specifications. A letter of intent that does not satisfy these requirements will not be considered.

Applicants may verify the successful transmission of this form in their E-portfolio at any time: the letter of intent file in "My forms" will be flagged as "Transmis au Fonds" once it has been sent to the Fonds.

6.2 Grant application

6.2.1 The application form and its 4 attachments

The application form, available in FRQnet, must be completed and submitted via the principal investigator's E-portfolio. The following documents must be attached in the appropriate sections of this form: 

  1. SATISFACTION OF EVALUATION CRITERIA FILE

In the "Description du projet ou de la programmation" section, the team must attach a file in which it explicitly addresses all evaluation criteria that apply to its stage of development and configuration. The information must be presented in separate sections, following the title and order of the evaluation criteria.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To assess the precision of the budgetary justifications (see Criteria and Indicators, Section 7.3), members of the evaluation committee will consult the attachment entitled "Budget justification".

The number of pages allowed is based on the type of team, as shown in the table below: 

TEAM CONFIGURATION

STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT

NUMBER OF PAGES

University

New team

8 pages

Partnership

New team

10 pages

University

Renewal team

10 pages

Partnership

Renewal team

12 pages

 
  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY FILE (maximum 10 pages)

In the "Bibliography" section, the team must include a bibliography listing the texts cited as references, including those pertaining to the state of the knowledge in the field.

  1. TABLEAUX DE SYNTHÈSE DE LA PROGRAMMATION SCIENTIFIQUE, DES COLLABORATIONS ET DES ACTIVITÉS SCIENTIFIQUES FILE (maximum 10 pages)

This file is available in the program Toolbox. It must be completed, saved in PDF format and attached to the application form, in the "Tableaux de synthèse" section. This file contains several summary tables and is intended to provide evaluators with an overview of the collaborations and activities of co-investigators as they pertain to the proposed scientific program. "Partnership" teams must also present the expected collaboration of the co-investigator from the partner setting.

  1. BUDGET JUSTIFICATION FILE (maximum 5 pages)

In the Budget section, the team must attach a file presenting:

  • Base grant (see 8.1.2) – Explain all planned expenditures for each category of  base funding only, indicating the amounts and types of expense (maximum 3 pages).
  • Optional funding and supplements, if applicable (see 8.1.3 and 8.1.4) – Justify the expenditures related to each optional amount or supplement requested. Be sure to clearly identify each type of funding in the text (maximum 2 pages).

6.2.2 Canadian Common CV (CCV) and Detailed Contributions attachment of the principal investigator and co-investigators

The Fonds requires the Common Canadian CV and the PDF Detailed Contributions file for each co-investigator to be included in the appropriate section of the E-portfolio. The co-investigator must complete the FRQSC version of the Common Canadian CV, update this document within 12 months prior to the competition deadline, and complete the Detailed Contributions file in due form. The documents Preparing a CV for the Fonds and Detailed Contributions attachment, available in the program's Toolbox, can be consulted as needed.

Exception 

Co-investigators with status 4 of the CGR do not need to submit a CCV. However, they must provide an abridged CV (maximum 2 pages) that provides an overview of the following as they pertain to the theme of the team's program (and in this order):

1) their training,

2) their experience,

3) their publications and scientific output where applicable. 

The abridged CV must be created using word processing software, converted to PDF format and sent to the principal investigator, who will attach it to the application form by clicking on the "Other documents" section, on the left of the application form page. All the abridged CVs should be grouped and scanned into a single PDF document.

6.2.3 Additional documents

Additional documents are required for Partnership teams, interregional teams and teams that include retired researchers, college researchers or contracted researchers. These documents should be sent to the principal investigator who will attach them to the application form. All documents to be attached to the electronic form should be grouped and scanned into a single PDF document for each category of additional documents.

A- PROOF(S) OF PARTNERSHIP (for Partnership teams)

Attach in the "Other documents" section (see 8.1.2 B)

The proof(s) of partnership are used in the evaluation of the Partnership component of the application. They may take different forms, from a letter of support from a partner to a formal partnership agreement between the team and its partners. These documents should be concise (no more than a few pages), and explicitly detail the nature of the partnership and the role of the parties involved.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Partnership teams must submit at least one proof of partnership document. Partnership team applications with no proofs of partnership will be deemed ineligible.

B- INTERREGIONAL INTEGRATION ACTION PLAN (maximum 1 page)

Attach in the "Other documents" section (see 8.1.2A).

This plan must explain how the principal investigator intends to ensure the full participation of all co-investigators, whatever their geographic distance from the managing institution*. Expenses related to this plan must be listed in the section of the BUDGET JUSTIFICATION file intended for optional funding. 

C- LETTER FOR RETIRED UNIVERSITY RESEARCHER

Attach in the "Other documents" section.

Retired co-investigators must provide a letter from their university indicating that prior to retirement the researcher was a regular professor, and that for the term of the grant, he/she will have access to the facilities and logistical support required to carry out research activities and will continue to train/supervise students, where applicable. An insufficiently documented letter could render the retired researcher ineligible.

D- LETTER FOR CONTRACTED RESEARCHER

Attach in the "Other documents" section.

Co-investigators with statuses 1 and 2 of the CGR (Section Status and Roles) who hold a non-tenure track university position must provide a letter from the university indicating that they will maintain this status throughout the duration of the grant. An insufficiently documented letter could render the contracted researcher ineligible.

E- SUMMARY FOR COLLEGE RESEARCHER (maximum 1 page)

Attach in the "Dégagement ou soutien salarial - collèges" section  (see 8.1.4).

The principal investigator must identify each college researcher who is requesting a release from teaching duties and/or statutory supplement, specifying his/her role in the consolidation or deployment of the team's scientific program and justifying the use of the funding allocated specifically for his/her involvement.

IMPORTANT NOTE: College researchers who wish to receive a statutory supplement or release from teaching duties must apply, in their own E-portfolio, for the Program to Release College Researchers from their Teaching Duties.

6.2.4 Presentation standards

The grant application may be filled out in French or English. However, the title and summary must imperatively be in French (see CGR, 3.6)**.

The Fonds recommends using the presentation standards set out in the Detailed Contributions file to format all text to be submitted.

Applications must be presented in a format that is clear and legible. Pages in excess of the number permitted in each section of the application will be removed from the application submitted for evaluation. PDF documents must not be read protected or have special double tab configuration. Any document that is not required by the rules will be removed from the application (see CGR, 3.2).

Internet references

Applicants may include links to web pages as bibliographic references, where relevant. These web addresses may also be listed in the bibliography. However, the application must not be based in whole or in part on online content available to members of the evaluation committee.

6.2.5 Submitting the application

All grant applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on October 17, 2019.

Any application that is incomplete or does not contain sufficient information to establish its eligibility or to evaluate its scientific quality will be declared ineligible by the Fonds. Elements missing from the application will not be requested and applications cannot be updated after the competition deadline.

The FRQSC reserves the right to verify the authenticity of all documents and information provided in the application with the organizations concerned.

As indicated in Section 3 of the CGR, applicants attest that the information provided is accurate and complete and agree to respect the rules and principles set out in the Fonds de recherche du Québec Policy for the responsible Conduct of Research. Applicants authorize their institution to transmit any personal information in accordance with this policy, if applicable.

THE APPLICANT MUST NOT FORGET TO TRANSMIT THE APPLICATION AFTER COMPLETING AND VALIDATING IT.

Applicants are advised to prepare their application well in advance to ensure that it is submitted before the deadline, given the large number of applications and requests received by the Fonds at the end of the competition.

IMPORTANT NOTE: At this stage of the application process, the Fonds requires the approval of the managing institution. It is the applicant's responsibility to find out the internal deadline for submitting applications set by his or her managing institution and to ensure that the application is transmitted to the Fonds before the competition deadline.

At any time, applicants may verify the transmission status of their application in the "My forms" section of their E-portfolio:

  • The form will be flagged "Transmis à l'établissement" once the applicant has transmitted the application to the managing institution;

The form will be flagged "Transmis au Fonds" once the managing institution has transmitted the application to the Fonds.

 

*The managing institution is the employing institution of the principal investigator.

**Any official document submitted in a language other than French or English must be accompanied by a certified translation of the original document. Any other document submitted in a language other than French or English must include a basic translation.


7.

APPLICATION EVALUATION

 

7.1 Peer evaluation process

As indicated in Section 4 of the CGR, the Fonds receives applications for financial support, checks the eligibility of those applications and submits them for scientific evaluation by committees whose members, who are from Québec, the rest of Canada or abroad and are recognized for their skills, expertise and achievements relating to the program objectives and the applications submitted. Nonetheless, as the evaluators for this type of program come from a wide variety of backgrounds, applicants are encouraged, in the documents submitted for evaluation, to present their project in such a way as to be easily understandable in a multidisciplinary context.

Once the applications have been evaluated, the Fonds produce an overall ranking of all applications recommended for funding and applies a weighting to their scores to ensure maximum comparability across the different committees operating under the program.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The evaluation committee may, while in session, deem an application to be ineligible with regard to the program rules and objectives, despite a prior positive assessment of eligibility by the FRQSC.

7.2 Special case: evaluation of Partnership teams

Partnership team applications are evaluated by a committee of experts in collaborative research in the Québec context. This committee only looks at the eliminatory "Partnership" criterion and its various indicators, for which a minimum score of 70% is required.

The other criteria are evaluated by the multidisciplinary evaluation committees. The Partnership score is added to establish an overall score. The evaluation of the Partnership criteria is independent of the assessment of the other criteria by the multidisciplinary committee. The two committees are separate, and their decisions do not influence each other.

7.3 Evaluation criteria, indicators and weighting

Applicants are invited to consult the FRQSC Scores and Ratings Grid used by the evaluation committees.

All eligible applications are assessed according to four criteria that constitute the basis of the evaluation process:

  • Scientific program (eliminatory criterion)
  • Team composition
  • Student integration
  • Budget

In addition, criteria and indicators with specific weighting have been set up to ensure that the evaluation process is adapted to the teams' configurations and stages of development. Applicants are advised to attach equal importance to both the evaluation criteria and their associated indicators.

Grant applications are evaluated solely on the basis of the information submitted in the application process. Applicants must therefore ensure that the documents submitted contain all necessary information to be taken into account when assessing the grant application.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to receive a recommendation for funding, a team must be awarded an overall score of 70% or more and obtain at least 70% for each eliminatory criterion.
  1. NEW UNIVERSITY TEAM

 

CRITERIA

 

INDICATORS

 

WEIGHTING

 

Scientific program (eliminatory criterion)

Scope of the research theme based on the current state of knowledge

50

 

Potential for the advancement of knowledge and innovation (social, economic, technological, cultural, aesthetic, etc.)

 

 

Relevance of the division of the scientific program into research thrusts and consistency, within thrusts, of the objectives with current and planned projects

 

 

Relevance and precision of the theoretical and conceptual tools and methodological approaches

 

 

Relevance and quality of the anticipated scientific and knowledge mobilization activities

 

Composition and coordination

Skills, leadership and experience of the principal investigator

30

 

Relevant experience and achievements of each co-investigator, and complementarity of their expertise in relation to the scientific program and knowledge mobilization

 

 

Role of each co-investigator in the deployment of the scientific program, and quality of the planned collaborative processes

 

Student integration

Quality of planned student integration methods aimed at enhancing research training programs for postdoctoral fellows and graduate and undergraduate students beyond standard study programs

 

10

 

Efforts to integrate new academics

Budget

Precision of budgetary justifications

 

10

 

Consistency with the deployment plan of the scientific program

 

 

 

  1. NEW PARTNERSHIP TEAM

 

CRITERIA

 

INDICATORS

 

WEIGHTING

Scientific program (eliminatory criterion)

Scope of the research theme based on the current state of knowledge

30

 

Potential for the advancement of knowledge and innovation (social, economic, technological, cultural, aesthetic, etc.)

 

 

Relevance of the division of the scientific program into research thrusts and consistency, within thrusts, of the objectives with current and planned projects

 

 

Relevance and precision of the theoretical and conceptual tools and methodological approaches

 

 

Relevance and quality of the anticipated scientific and knowledge mobilization activities

 

Partnership

(eliminatory criterion)

Relevance of the choice of partner setting(s) and collaboration terms; effective engagement of partner setting(s)

 

20

 

Relevance of the scientific program as it pertains to the partner's needs and objectives and quality of expected mutual benefits

 

Composition and coordination

Skills, leadership and experience of the principal investigator

30

 

Relevant experience and achievements of each co-investigator, and complementarity of their expertise in relation to the scientific program and knowledge mobilization

 

 

Role of each co-investigator in the deployment of the scientific program, and quality of the planned collaborative processes

 

Student integration

Quality of planned student integration methods aimed at enhancing research training programs for postdoctoral fellows and graduate and undergraduate students beyond standard study programs

 

10

 

Efforts to integrate new academics

Budget

Precision of budgetary justifications

 

10

 

Consistency with the deployment plan of the scientific program

 

       

 

  1. UNIVERSITY TEAM - RENEWAL

 

 

CRITERIA

 

INDICATORS

 

WEIGHTING

Team achievements in relation to previous funding

(eliminatory criterion)

In relation to the different thrusts of the previous scientific program, contribution of the team's activities and achievements to the advancement of knowledge in the field and to the structuring of the theme

20

 

Quality of collective activities and achievements attributable to the previous funding, in terms of training, outreach and mobilization

 

Scientific program (eliminatory criterion)

Justification of the evolution of 1) the theme based on the current state of knowledge, 2) the theoretical and conceptual tools and methodological approaches, 3) the division of the scientific program into thrusts

 

40

Potential for the advancement of knowledge and innovation (social, economic, technological, cultural, aesthetic, etc.)

 

Consistency, within thrusts, of the objectives with current and planned projects

 

 

Relevance and quality of the anticipated scientific and knowledge mobilization activities

 

Composition and coordination

Skills, leadership and experience of the principal investigator*

 

*In the case where the principal investigator has been leading the team for more than two funding cycles, this criterion must include a justification of the relevance or necessity of his/her continued leadership

 

20

 

Relevant experience and achievements of each co-investigator, and complementarity of their expertise in relation to the scientific program and knowledge mobilization

 

 

Role of each co-investigator in the deployment of the scientific program, and quality of the planned collaborative processes

 

Student integration

Quality of planned student integration methods aimed at enhancing research training programs for postdoctoral fellows and graduate and undergraduate students beyond standard study programs

 

10

 

Efforts to integrate new academics

Budget

Precision of budgetary justifications

 

10

 

Consistency with the deployment plan of the scientific program

 

       

 

 

  1. PARTNERSHIP TEAM - RENEWAL

 

 

CRITERIA

 

INDICATORS

 

WEIGHTING

Team achievements in relation to previous funding

(eliminatory criterion)

In relation to the different thrusts of the previous scientific program, contribution of the team's activities and achievements to the advancement of knowledge in the field and to the structuring of the theme

20

 

Quality of collective activities and achievements attributable to the previous funding, in terms of training, outreach and mobilization

 

Scientific program (eliminatory criterion)

Justification of the evolution of 1) the theme based on the current state of knowledge, 2) the theoretical and conceptual tools and methodological approaches, 3) the division of the scientific program into thrusts

 

20

 

Potential for the advancement of knowledge and innovation (social, economic, technological, cultural, aesthetic, etc.)

 

 

Consistency, within thrusts, of the objectives with current and planned projects

 

 

Relevance and quality of the anticipated scientific and knowledge mobilization activities

 

Partnership

(eliminatory criterion)

 

Relevance of the choice of partner setting(s) and collaboration terms; effective engagement of partner setting(s)

20

 

Relevance of the scientific program as it pertains to the partner's needs and objectives and quality of expected mutual benefits

Composition and coordination

Skills, leadership and experience of the principal investigator*

 

*In the case where the principal investigator has been leading the team for more than two funding cycles, this criterion must include a justification of the relevance or necessity of his/her continued leadership

 

20

 

Relevant experience and achievements of each co-investigator, and complementarity of their expertise in relation to the scientific program and knowledge mobilization

 

 

Role of each co-investigator in the deployment of the scientific program, and quality of the planned collaborative processes

 

Student integration

Quality of planned student integration methods aimed at enhancing research training programs for postdoctoral fellows and graduate and undergraduate students beyond standard study programs

10

Efforts to integrate new academics

Budget

Precision of budgetary justifications

 

10

Consistency with the deployment plan of the scientific program

 

       

 


8.

DESCRIPTION OF FUNDING

 

8.1 Nature of funding: base grant, optional funding and supplements

8.1.1 Nature of the funding

The grants awarded under this program are infrastructure-type allocations to cover operating costs.

Teams must receive external funding in order to carry out the research projects undertaken as part of their scientific program.  

The expenses incurred to complete the various phases of a research project, including salaries and travel for data collection/analysis, are not eligible. However, to enhance the leverage effect of the grant, up to 20% of the base grant may be used to reimburse expenditures related to:

  • launching a project (e.g. carrying out a preliminary study or pilot project)
  • finalizing a project (e.g. completing the final stages of a project whose funding is at an end)

Where applicable, such projects must be part of the team's program and be carried out on a collaborative basis between at least two co-investigators. 

8.1.2 Base grant 

The amount of the base grant is determined by the stage of development of the team, as follows:

  • New team: $50,000 per year for 4 years
  • Renewal team: $80,000 per year for 4 years

8.1.3 Optional funding available to all teams

Optional funding for interregional teams and partnerships may be granted in addition to the base amount according to a team's configuration and stage of development. The planned use of this optional funding must be explicitly justified in a document included in the "Budget" section. Without appropriate justification, the requested funding could be refused.

A) Interregional teams: $2,500 to $10,000 per year

This amount covers costs incurred due to the geographic distance between co-investigators (travel expenses, videoconferencing, etc.).

To qualify as interregional, a team must include co-investigators based at institutions other than that of the principal investigator and in different administrative regions, as defined by the Government of Québec*.

Up to $2,500 may be claimed for each administrative region represented on the team – excluding that of the principal investigator – up to a maximum of $10,000.

In justifying these costs, the team must specify how it intends to ensure the full participation of all co-investigators in the consolidation or deployment of the scientific program, whatever their distance from the principal investigator's host institution.

* The Fonds reserves the right to analyze the geographic distribution of the co-investigators before awarding this optional funding.

B) Partnership: $20,000 or $40,000 per year

This funding is exclusively for Partnership teams and is intended to make possible the coordination and realization of joint activities involving the practice setting. The amounts requested for partnership activities must facilitate full and enhanced collaborations between the university and college researchers, where applicable, and the partner practice setting, and be explicitly justified in the section of the application provided for that purpose.

8.1.4 Supplements

A) Supplement for college researcher

This supplement is offered to all teams. It is subject to budget availability under the Program to Release College Researchers from their Teaching Duties (CHC). Researchers interested in obtaining this additional funding are invited to contact the FRQSC to verify the availability of funding before submitting their application.

1) Release from teaching duties

This maximum amount of $40,000 per year is paid directly to the college, to cover the portion of the salary related to a release from teaching duties for a college researcher involved in an application funded by the FRQSC.

Under no circumstances can the funding represent more than 50% of the college researcher's gross salary*.

A college researcher may be awarded several teaching releases, but their total must never exceed the maximum amount of $40,000 per year.

All eligible college researchers involved in an application submitted to one of the five programs listed in Section 3 may apply for a release from teaching duties.

2) Statutory supplement

This supplement of $7,000 per year is awarded to a college researcher with the role of co-investigator in an application funded by the FRQSC.

A college researcher with or without a release from teaching duties is eligible for a statutory supplement, with no stacking limit**.

The statutory supplement is exclusively intended for the college researcher, to cover research-related expenses that are not funded by the college.

B) Supplement for Renewal team with 12 members or more

This funding is awarded to teams with 12 members or more, to allow them to function fully.

8.2 Eligible expenses

Eligible expenses under this program are those listed in Section 8 of the CGR, with the exception of expenses related to the realization of research projects. Teams that incur this type of expense will not be reimbursed.

A release from teaching duties is authorized for the principal investigator.

In addition, in the case of Partnership teams, a release from duties is also authorized for a team member representing the partner setting(s).

*For example, an applicant with a gross salary of $76,000 cannot ask for more than 50% of this amount, i.e. a maximum of $38,000 per year. For a salary of $90,000 $, maximum funding is capped at $40,000.

**Thus, a researcher acting as co-investigator in two teams funded by the FRQSC (or "parent" applications) could receive two statutory supplements of $7,000.


9.

FOLLOW-UP AND ACCOUNTABILITY

 

The conditions regarding the announcement of funding are set out in the CGR (Section 5).

Any significant changes made to the initial application during the funding period must be reported in the FRQnet E-portfolio and an email must be sent to the program officer, justifying the changes (CGR, Section 6.5).

The principal investigator is required to approve the annual financial reports produced by his or her managing institution within three months after the end of the Fonds fiscal year (March 31), i.e. by June 30 (CGR, Sections 6.2 and 7.1). 

The principal investigator must also update his or her file in the E-portfolio before the end of March each year, indicating any significant changes.

In addition, the principal investigator must complete and transmit a final report, available in his/her E-portfolio, within 12 months after the end date of the grant (CGR, Section 7.2). If a final research report is not submitted within the prescribed time, the funding recipient is not eligible to receive new funding from any of the three Fonds de recherche du Québec.