Research-creation support program, fall 2015


Summary

Competition year :

2016-2017

 

Deadline (application) :

October 22nd, 2015, 4 PM

 

Amount :

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

 

Duration :

3 years

 

Announcement of results :

April 2016

 

DETAILED PROGRAM FOR FALL 2015

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.


1.

Program objectives

Through its Research-creation support program, the Fonds Société et culture aims to offer individual research grants to writers and artists in academia. The Fonds recognizes the specificities of research-creation activities in art and literature while respecting its main objectives to ensure the advancement of knowledge in art and literature and train new researcher-creators. The objectives of the grant program are as follows:

• Support quality research-creation within the context of projects carried out by a researcher-creator (individual component) or a group of researcher-creators (team component);

• Enable researcher-creators in all artistic disciplines to achieve excellence in their fields;

• Enhance the integration of new university researcher-creator professors into institutional research and training missions;

• Contribute to and enhance student training in research-creation, especially at the master's and PhD levels;

• Maximize the theoretical (teaching and research) and practical outcomes (applications and innovations) of the research-creation activities;

• Facilitate the dissemination and presentation of works that are regarded and recognized for their originality and quality.

The Fonds encourages researchers to lead and take part in knowledge transfer activities whenever relevant.

The Fonds Société et culture defines research/creation as research activities or approaches that foster the creation or interpretation/performance of literary or artistic works of all types. For the purposes of this program, interpretation is creation and is not meant to be understood as an intellectual process to analyze the work of a creator.

Research-creation in art and literature is based on a sustained creative practice—the reflective process that is central to the development and production of previously unpublished works and the dissemination of these works in various forms. Research-creation must contribute to the development of a field through the renewal of knowledge and expertise and aesthetic, technical, instrumental and other types of innovations. Peers must see these activities as contributing to:

• The development of each form of expression, provided that the work, process, style, form of expression or presentation, technology, material, repertory or interpretive style is progressive, original, innovative and/or renewing given the state of the art;

• Student training, especially at the postgraduate level;

• Greater stakeholder recognition in art and literature;

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

1.1 Individual component

The program recognizes the specificities of research-creation in art and literature and seeks to support university researcher-creators in their approaches. This component's specific objectives are to:

• Ensure tailored research-creation support that accounts for the diverse practices in the field;

• Enable the emergence of innovative research-creation;

• Provide adequate support to researcher-creators who possess rare expertise;

• Create opportunities to ensure that new generations of researcher-creators join and contribute to the field.

1.2 Team component

The purpose of the team component is to promote and consolidate researcher-creator groups through an artistic or literary approach in order to foster new research-creation initiatives and contribute to the development and outreach of the fields. This component's specific objectives are to:

• Foster cooperative ties between university and college researcher-creators and university and college researchers and professional artists within and outside Québec;

• Facilitate the networking of researcher-creators with complementary expertise or training;

• Increase the research-creation capacity by facilitating synergies among researcher-creators and professional artists;

• Create opportunities to ensure that new generations of researcher-creators join and contribute to the field.


2.

Eligibility requirements

2.1 Project leader eligibility

Applicants must have CRU status (CGR Appendix 1) and must meet the general eligibility conditions set out in the CGR.

2.2 Team configuration

In order to be eligible, a team must include at least one CRU project leader. In addition, at least one team member must have CRU, CRUN, CHU, CHUN, CRUT, CHUT, CHCT 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 and/or VIS status. The research-creation group's activities must include undergraduate, master's and/or PhD student training.

2.3 Eligible artistic fields

Applications in one of the following research-creation fields are eligible:

- Research-creation in architecture;

- Research-creation in electronic art and multidisciplinary arts;

- Research-creation in visual arts;

- Research-creation in film and video;

- Research-creation in dance, computerized choreography and video-dance;

- Research-creation in design;

- Research-creation in literature;

- Research-creation in music;

- Research-creation in theatre.

2.4 Membership to other teams

Researcher-creators may be part of more than one research team. However, since this measure is essentially intended to enable teams to access all of the expertise required to carry out their research projects, researcher-creators must clearly explain their contribution to each team. A researcher-creator who applies to the individual component of the program may also be part of an application to the team component but not as the group's project leader.

2.5 Research-creation activities

For an application to be eligible, the researcher-creator (individual component) or team must submit a research-creation program that includes one or more projects or elements based on general objectives that foster the advancement and renewal of knowledge in art and literature.

The research-creation program is aimed at any research, exploratory or experimental approach that provides an added-value to the artistic activities of each team member, leads to the development of the field or individuals and contributes to student training. The research-creation program must be focused on a theme, an object or a form of expression – a common premise that calls upon the artistic skills of each team member. The researcher-creator or the team must include a dissemination plan and an external funding plan, if required.


3.

Application

As indicated in section 3.2 of the CGR, grant applications must be filled out using the program's application e-form on the Web site of the Fonds. Attachments must be transmitted with the e-form in .pdf format only. The research office of the applicant's university must authorize the application by electronically submitting it to the Fonds. In the interest of fairness, any application that does not comply with these requirements will be deemed ineligible.

3.1 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 attachment;
  • the Canadian Common CV and Detailed Contributions attachment.

Only the official Research-creation support program and THE 2016-2017 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 22, 2015, at 4 p.m.

3.2 Required documents

Required documents 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 on October 22, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents must include one of the next document :

  • an official document attesting to the submission of a permanent residence application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. If this step has not yet been taken, the applicant may submit his/her application, but must provide the document within 24 months following the start of the grant (notwithstanding the CGR, section 2.1) and must provide one of the following documents at the competition closing date: 
  • an official document attesting to the submission of a Québec Selection Certificate (QSC) application to Immigration Québec
  • a copy of his/her work permit.  

Can also be included :

  • a 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;
  • an appropriate certification indicating that leave is sought for health or family reasons (if applying for an extension of the eligibility period).

By mail

The candidate must send the following documents:

  • Three copies of a portfolio that illustrates the applicant's 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 send at the following address no later than October 22, 2015:

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 Société et culture is not responsible for any losses or damages 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 Société et culture for 90 days after the date on the letter announcing the results, after which the Fonds Société et culture will dispose of it.

Any missing documents will render the application ineligible.

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.

Applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt via email.


4.

Evaluation

4.1 Evaluation criteria for individual component

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

Researcher-creator's expertise - 35 points

- Quality of the researcher-creator's artistic achievements, peer recognition and renown of the researcher-creator (exhibitions, performances, individual or group works, seminars, conferences, meetings, cooperative activities, residencies, exchanges, etc.) (20 points)

- Ability of the researcher-creator to carry out the planned research-creation activities (training, relevant experience, scholarships, grants, student supervision, publications, achievements, communications, etc.) (15 points)

Research-creation proposal - 40 points

- Quality, originality, coherence and interest of the research-creation proposal (10 points)

- Thoroughness of the objectives and clarity of the approach (10 points)

- Impact of the proposal on the development or renewal of the artistic field (10 points)

- Soundness and rigour of the schedule and budget estimates (5 points)

- Dissemination plan and quality and presentation of the application (5 points)

Research-creation training - 25 points

(The availability of master's and PhD study programs will be taken into account)

- Quality and diversity of the planned activities to enhance student research training beyond standard training programs and educational value of the tasks and responsibilities assigned to students (workshops, conferences, concerts, radio broadcasts, meetings, biennials, festivals, performances, exhibitions, exchanges, seminars, etc.) (15 points)

- Relevance of the research-creation proposal to students and student training

(5 points)

- Collaborative projects (students and researcher-creator) and relevance of the work to the proposal (5 points)

4.2 Evaluation criteria for team component

Team's expertise - 30 points

- Quality of the artistic achievements of team members (CRU, CRUN, CRUT, CHC, ARQ), peer recognition and renown of the researcher-creator (exhibitions, performances, individual or group works, seminars, conferences, meetings, cooperative activities, residencies, exchanges, etc.) (15 points)

- Ability of the team members to carry out the planned research-creation activities (training, relevant experience, scholarships, grants, student supervision, publications, achievements, communications, etc.) (15 points)

Research-creation proposal - 30 points

- Quality, originality, coherence and interest of the research-creation proposal (5 points)

- Thoroughness of the objectives and clarity of the approach (10 points)

- Impact of the proposal on the development or renewal of the artistic field (5 points)

- Soundness and rigour of the schedule and budget estimates (5 points)

- Dissemination plan and quality and presentation of the application (5 points)

Team – 15 points

- Relevance, balance, complementarity and integration of the skills of team members to the research-creation proposal (10 points)

- Collaborative links between members (5 points)

Research-creation training – 25 points

(The availability of master's and PhD study programs will be taken into account)

- Quality and diversity of the planned activities to enhance student research training beyond standard training programs and educational value of the tasks and responsibilities assigned to students (workshops, conferences, concerts, radio broadcasts, meetings, biennials, festivals, performances, exhibitions, exchanges, seminars, etc.) (15 points)

- Relevance of the research-creation proposal to students and student training (5 points)

- Collaborative projects (students and researcher-creator) and relevance of the work to the proposal (5 points)

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 Proposal' criterion.

NOTE: When university researchers (CHU, CHUN, CHUT or CHCT) are part of a research-creation team, the same indicators apply for each evaluation criteria from a scientific rather than an artistic perspective (e.g. scientific quality rather than artistic quality, quality of the scientific achievements rather than the artistic ones, etc.).

4.3 Requests for equipment

Request for equipment are assessed based on 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.

A qualitative assessment of the relevance of the request and the rationale for transfer support will be carried out whenever applicable.

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 Proposal' criterion.

As indicated in section 4 of the CGR, the Fonds receives applications for financial assistance, checks their eligibility and submits them for evaluation by specially formed multidisciplinary committees. Further to the indications in the CGR, 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 university researchers, professional artists or resource persons known for their expertise, skills and specific knowledge in the field of arts and letters. These committees may need to consult outside experts. The research proposal must therefore be written in such a way as to be easily understandable. The evaluation committee members and experts may be from Québec, Canada or elsewhere. The evaluation committees recommend funding for applications they judge to be scientifically and creatively sound.


5.

Announcement of the results

The Fonds informs every applicant of the results of the evaluation of his/her application and the funding decision made by the Fonds (CGR, section 5). This may be done via mail, 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.


6.

Descritption and nature of the financial assistance

6.1 Operating grant

The financial support is an operating grant of between $60,000 and $150,000/year 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.

Only the budget items listed below are covered:

  • Release from up to 50% of teaching duties (up to $40 000/year) for college researchers. The supplement is paid out to the college researcher's institution;
  • - Remuneration: research professionals, research technicians, postdoctoral students and research trainees;
  • - Professional fees: professional artists, consultants;
  • Compensation for study participants;
  • Travel and accommodation fees (for organization of workshops, conferences, meetings, competitions, seminars, etc.);
  • Research material and supplies*;
  • Material and equipment transport fees;
  • Premises and equipment rental fees;
  • Telecommunication fees;
  • Computer supplies and database expenses;
  • Production, publishing and reproduction fees (progress reports, final reports, experiments, Web site, etc.);
  • Translation fees;
  • Equipment expenses.

* Scholarships are not permitted. Students must be paid in accordance with the pay scale in effect at the host institution.

** Including the cost of purchasing books and reference documents to a maximum of $800 per year.

The Fonds does not fund self-published works.

Detailed explanations of the need for each item and piece of equipment are required.

Grant holders may receive an additional amount of up to $30 000 to purchase equipment when the need is clearly justified. This supplement will be paid out in the first year of funding.

No other expenses are eligible.

6.2 Statutory supplements for college researchers and inter-institutional teams 

Statutory supplements may be granted to teams in the following cases:

• $7 000/year for each college researcher or retired college researcher who receives a positive assessment from the evaluation committee. This supplement is intended for college researchers or retired college researchers to cover part of their research expenses. This supplement is paid out to the college researcher's or retired college 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;

• $3 000 to $10 000/year for each inter-institutional team that includes researchers in universities or colleges in outlying areas. This supplement covers the research-related travel expenses of team researchers and students.

Supplement for transfer support

Additional funding of up to $7 000 may be granted to support transfer initiatives (e.g. dissemination activities, exchanges and knowledge-sharing between researchers and users, etc.).


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