Research-creation support program, fall 2016


Summary

Competition year :

2017-2018

 

Deadline (application) :

October 21st, 2016, 4 PM

 

Amount :

Up to $60,000/year, maximum $150,000 for 36 months

 

Duration :

3 years

 

Announcement of results :

April 2017

 

This version was updated on June 30th, 2016, subject to the approval of the Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation.

Note: In the event of a discrepancy between the English and French versions of this program, the French version prevails. This program refers to the Common General Rules (CGR), which are applicable to all programs of the FRQSC. Only the special terms and conditions applicable to the Research-Creation support program are indicated in this document, and these prevail over the CGR (p. 1).

IMPORTANT NOTE
The Fonds uses the Canadian Common CV and requires a PDF file of detailed contributions (in "My Account"). Refer to "Preparing a CV for the Fonds" and "Detailed Contributions attachment to the Common Canadian CV"



1.

Program objectives

The Research-creation support program has the following objectives:

• Support quality research-creation within the context of projects carried out by a researcher-creator (CRU, CRUN or CRUT status: CGR Appendix 1) (Individual Project component) or a group led by a researcher-creator (Team Project component);

• Support research-creators in the development and advancement of their careers;

• Contribute to and enhance student training in research-creation at every level, and improve the quality of supervision while encouraging students to develop their own practices;

• Facilitate the transmission, presentation and dissemination of the experimentation and/or results of research-creation projects of all types to students, peers and the general public;

• Promote the integration of researcher-creators into institutional research and training missions, research-creation networks and relevant practice settings, on national and international levels;

• Contribute to the visibility and recognition of Québec research-creation and the people who are conducting it.

The Fonds defines research/creation as research processes or approaches that foster creation as a continuous process. Depending on the practices and temporalities specific to each project, these may combine design, experimentation, production, and/or critical and theoretical analysis of the creative process. As there can be no research-creation without give and take between the work of art and the creation process by which it exists,  a problematization of the artistic practice with the aim of producing new esthetic, theoretical, methodological, epistemological or technical knowledge is required by the Fonds.

For the purposes of the Fonds, a research-creation approach is based on:

• a sustained artistic or creative practice;

• the development of a narrative within the production of new or unpublished artworks or the implementation of new creation processes;

•the transmission, presentation and dissemination of these works or creation processes to students, peers and the general public.

A research-creation approach must contribute to the development of the field in question through the renewal of knowledge or practices, or through innovation of some kind.

Specifically, the research-creation activities carried out under this program must contribute to:

• The development of productions or works resulting from an artistic or creative practice, provided that the approach, process, technology, materials, form of presentation or experimentation, repertory or interpretative style is innovative and/or renewing;

• Student training;

• Greater recognition of individuals working on research-creation within their institutions and in national and international artistic and cultural environments and communities;

• The enrichment of the cultural heritage of Québec, Canada and/or the international community.

For the purposes of this program, performance in the context of a theatrical, choreographic or musical presentation is considered to be creation provided that it is part of the research question. However, performance for the purpose of the interpretation or analysis of artistic works or productions does not qualify for this funding program.


2.

COMPONENTS

2.1 Team Project component

The purpose of the team component is to promote and consolidate collaboration between individuals working on research-creation, research, creation or as professional artists in order to foster new research-creation initiatives.

This component's specific objectives are to:

• Facilitate the networking of individuals with complementary expertise or training likely to lead to new research-creation perspectives;

• Increase Québec's research-creation capacity by facilitating interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration.

 

2.2 Individual Project component

The purpose of the individual component is to support researcher-creators (CRU, CRUN or CRUT status) working individually, while encouraging them to train a new generation in their field.


3.

Eligibility requirements

3.1 Applicant eligibility

Applicants for the Individual Project or Team Project component must have CRU, CRUN or CRUT status (CGR Appendix 1) and must meet the general eligibility conditions set out in the CGR.

 

3.2 Team configuration

In order to be eligible, a team must include a CRU, CRUN or CRUT project leader and  one or more team members with CRU, CRUN, CHU, CHUN, CHC, CRUT, CHUT, CHB or ARQ status (CGR Appendix 1). At least half of the team's members (50%) must work in a university institution.

Teams that do not meet these criteria are ineligible.

Teams may also include members with CHA, ARH, CHH or VIS status. The research-creation group's activities must include undergraduate, master's and/or PhD student training.

 

3.3 Participation in more than one research-creation project

No individual can be responsible for more than one funding application or grant awarded under this program, either as an individual applicant (Individual component) or project leader (Team component). However, it is possible to be part of more than one funding applications as follows:

  • A researcher-creator who applies for the Individual Project component of the program may also be a member of one or more teams working on a research-creation project,

OR

  • The project leader of a research-creation team applying for the Team Project component may also be a member of one or more other teams working on a research-creation project.

However, since the provisions for concurrent funding are essentially intended to enable teams to access all of the expertise required to carry out their research-creation projects, the individuals in question must clearly explain and justify their contribution to each project. 


4.

Application

4.1 E-forms

Applicants must obtain a personal identification number (PIN) on the Fonds website before applying. E-forms are available on the Fonds website at least one month before the competition closing date.

As indicated in the CGR, forms may be filled out in English or French. However, the project title and summary must be written in French. This information may be used for promotion and dissemination purposes. 

Only forms completed and transmitted electronically will be accepted.

The following e-forms are required:

  • the Research-creation support program e-form application and the Project Description attachment;
  • the Canadian Common CV and Detailed Contributions attachment.

Only the official Research-creation support program and the 2017-2018 Common Canadian CV e-forms, and other required documents, will be accepted.

Applications that do not contain the information necessary to establish eligibility or which cannot be evaluated will be deemed invalid by the Fonds.

Any documents that are not required and which are included with the application will not be submitted to the evaluation committee. Applicants will not be notified of any information or documents missing from the application. Any documents received after the deadline for application will not be considered and applications cannot be updated.

Applications must be transmitted to the Fonds Société et culture no later than October 21, 2016, at 4 p.m.

 

4.2 Required documents

A) Proofs and attestations

Proofs and attestations, where required, must be scanned after the Detailed Contributions Attachment section of the Canadian Common CV in the order requested below. No reminder will be made and no supporting documents may be added after the competition closing date and time.

Applicants or team members who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents must include:

  • an official document attesting to the submission of a permanent residence application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

If this step has not been taken, one of the following documents must be provided:   

  • an official document attesting to the submission of a Québec Selection Certificate (QSC) application to Immigration Québec

OR

  • a copy of his/her work permit (CGR, Section 2.1).

Where applicable, the following can also be included:

  • proof of registration or invitation to participate in a workshop, lecture, colloquium, meeting, biennial arts festival, festival, symposium or any other event of this type;
  • appropriate certification indicating that leave is sought for health or family reasons (if applying for an extension of the eligibility period).

B. Portfolio

The applicant must send the following documents by mail:

  • Three copies of a portfolio that illustrates the applicants' artistic accomplishments as they pertain to the proposed project (may include a press kit). The copies must be submitted in digital formats that can be read by standard software and include a table of contents for quick reference.

The portfolio must be sent to the following address no later than October 21, 2016:

Programme Appui à la Recherche-création

Fonds de recherche - Société et culture

140 Grande Allée Est, Suite 470

Québec (Québec) G1R 5M8

The Canada Post postmark or the dated stamp of a messenger service will be considered proof of delivery before the deadline.

The Fonds is not responsible for any loss or damage of any nature to the portfolio. It will only be returned to the applicant if it was sent along with a preaddressed stamped envelope or box. Otherwise, the portfolio will be kept by the Fonds for 90 days after the date on the letter announcing the results, after which the Fonds will dispose of it.

Any missing documents will render the application ineligible.

Applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt via email.


5.

Evaluation

5.1 Evaluation criteria for team component

The grant applications are evaluated according to the following criteria and weighting:

Research-creation project (50 points)

  • Originality and impact on the development or renewal of the field (15 points)
  • Clarity of the problematization and appropriateness of the methodology for the stated objectives (15 points)
  • Soundness of the time frame and budget estimates and feasibility (10 points)
  • Relevance of the dissemination plan (10 points)

Expertise of team members and relevance of the grouping (30 points)

  • Quality of achievements and research-creation or research activities of team members, peer recognition and renown (communications, exhibitions, individual or group works,  meetings, grants, organization of conferences or similar events, networking activities, performances,  publications, residencies or exchanges, scholarships, shows, student supervision*, symposia, etc.) (10 points),
  • Relevance to the project of group member's expertise; complementarity and balance of expertise (10 points)
  • Efficacy of planned coordination and collaboration methods and leadership ability of the project lead (10 points)

* Depending on the potential for supervision offered by the institution.

Research-creation training (20 points)

  • Diversity of the activities proposed for the research-creation training** of students and of the tasks and responsibilities planned for that purpose during the project (biennials, concerts, conferences, exchanges, exhibitions, festivals, meetings, performances, radio broadcasts, seminars, workshops, etc.) (10 points)
  • Measures proposed during the project to allow students to develop their own research-creation practices (10 points)

** Beyond what is normally provided by the study program

Applicants are invited to consult the Scores and ratings grid for evaluation committees  used by the evaluation committees.

An overall passing grade of 70% is required. A passing grade of 70% is also required for the "Research-creation Project" criterion.

In the event that researchers with CHU, CHUN or CHUT status (CGR Appendix 1) are part of the team, their achievements are evaluated from a scientific standpoint rather than an artistic one.

 

5.2 Evaluation criteria for individual component

Research-creation project - 50 points

  • Originality and impact on the development or renewal of the field (15 points)
  • Clarity of the problematization and appropriateness of the methodology for the stated objectives (15 points)
  • Soundness of the time frame and budget estimates and feasibility (10 points)
  • Relevance of the dissemination plan (10 points)

Expertise - 30 points

  • Quality of achievements and research-creation activities, peer recognition and renown (communications, exhibitions, individual or group works, meetings, grants, organization of conferences or similar events, networking activities, performances, , publications, residencies or exchanges, scholarships, shows, student supervision*, symposia, etc.) (20 points)
  • Relevance to the project of the applicant's achievements, research-creation activities, experience and training (10 points)

* Depending on the potential for supervision offered by the institution.

Research-creation training - 20 points

  • Diversity of the activities proposed for the research-creation training** of students and of the tasks and responsibilities planned for that purpose during the project (biennials, concerts, conferences, exchanges, exhibitions, festivals, meetings, performances, radio broadcasts, seminars, workshops, etc.) (10 points)
  • Measures proposed during the project to allow students to develop their own research-creation practices (10 points)

** Beyond what is normally provided by the study program

Applicants are invited to consult the Scores and ratings grid for evaluation committees  used by the evaluation committees.

An overall passing grade of 70% is required. A passing grade of 70% is also required for the "Research-creation Project" criterion.

 

5.3 Evaluation process

As indicated in Section 4 of the CGR, the Fonds receives applications for financial assistance, checks their eligibility and submits them for scientific evaluation by multidisciplinary committees whose members are recognized for their expertise in the artistic disciplines and practices in question. The committee is primarily composed of researcher-creators working in a university setting but in different disciplines. The research-creation proposal must therefore be written in such a way as to be easily understandable. The committee may also include resource persons, university researchers or professional artists known for their expertise, skills and specific knowledge in the field. These committees may need to consult outside experts directly related to the application. Evaluation committee members and experts may be from Québec, Canada or elsewhere. 

The conditions governing funding decisions are described in Section 4.4 of the CGR.


6.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RESULTS

As indicated in Section 5 of the CGR, the Fonds informs every applicant of the results of the evaluation of his/her application and the funding decision made by the Fonds. This may be done via email or a notice in the applicant's electronic file. The decisions of the Board of Directors of the Fonds are sent to the concerned applicants and institutions. 

A copy of the certificate of ethics for the use of human subjects, human biological materials or animals as part of the project is required on the issuance of any grant, if applicable. Payment of the grant is contingent on the submission of the certificate and related documents. 


7.

DESCRIPTION AND NATURE OF THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

7.1 Operating grant

The financial support is an operating grant of up to $60,000 per year, for a maximum of $150,000 for 36 months. The grant is complementary to other sources of research funding (e.g. grants, contracts, sponsorships and other funds available for research).

The grant must be used to cover the expenses directly incurred through research and results dissemination activities as part of the research-creation program.

All budget items listed in the CGR (Section 8) are covered. However, the following restrictions apply:

  • Release from teaching duties for college researchers;
  • The awarding of scholarships or scholarship supplements;
  • Expenses arising from the promotion or marketing of artistic works;
  • Self-publishing costs.

7.2 Supplements

  • College researchers*: $7,000 per year for each member of a funded team with college researcher status. This supplement is intended to cover part of their research expenses. It is paid out to the researcher's institution on the condition that he/she take part in the team's research activities, regardless of whether he/she obtains a release from his/her teaching duties.

Because it is related only to college researcher status (CHC), this supplement is not subject to evaluation by the peer committee.

*Subject to budget availability for the Program to release college researchers from their teaching duties. College researchers are invited to contact the program officer to verify funding availability before submitting their application.

  • Interregional teams: $3,000 to $10,000 per year per interregional team. This supplement is intended to defray distance-related expenses (travel and living expenses, videoconferencing, etc.) between regular team members including students involved in the team's work. To qualify as interregional, a team must include members working in different universities than that of the project leader and located in distinct administrative regions, as defined by the Government of Québec. Applications for the supplement for interregional teams are evaluated according to the justification for interregional team support in relation to expressed needs.
  • Supplement for transfer support: additional funding of up to $7,000 per year may be granted under the Individual Project or Team Project component to support transfer initiatives (e.g. dissemination activities, exchanges and knowledge-sharing between researchers and users, etc.). Applications for the supplement for transfer support are evaluated according to the justification for transfer support in relation to expressed needs.
  • Equipment supplement: A supplement of up to $30,000 to be paid out in the first year of funding may be awarded under the Individual or Team component for the acquisition (purchase or rental) of equipment. Other expenses related to equipment acquired through this supplement may also be eligible; these are listed in Sections 8.6 and 8.8 of the CGR.

Applications for the equipment supplement are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The relevance of the equipment to the research-creation activities;
  • The availability of similar equipment at the university or in other institutions in the area;
  • The importance of the equipment to the researcher-creator's institution;
  • Equipment use time.

With the exception of the supplement for college researchers, supplement requests are assessed qualitatively by the peer committee during the application evaluation process. The committee makes a positive or negative recommendation for supplemental funding and, if positive, also recommends the amount to be awarded, which may be less than that requested. 


9.

EFFECTIVE DATE

These rules apply to the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Technical assistance

Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Phone: 418 646-3669

Toll free: 1 866 621-7084

centre.assistance.sc@frq.gouv.qc.ca

Priority will be given to e-mail enquiries.

Updated June 30, 2016

Program Rules (for print)