Collaborative Catalyst Grants
UBC School of Kinesiology and UBC School of Health and Exercise Sciences Collaborative Catalyst Grant Opportunity in Kinesiology, Health, and Exercise Sciences
ABOUT THE GRANTS
As part of the UBC Kinesiology and UBC School of Health and Exercise Partnership, the Collaborative Catalyst Grants were co-designed to support innovative and original dual-campus research initiatives.
The funding is intended to stimulate new and meaningful collaborations between investigators with the aim to support research that will lead to novel, impactful scientific advancements and successful external funding. Interested investigators are asked to think strategically and creatively about how to maximize the impact of this stimulus funding to optimize success in future project and team grant applications. Early stage, scalable research projects including feasibility studies, pilot studies, and novel approaches that demonstrate strong potential for future external funding are welcomed.
A Call for Applications
Letter of Intent Due Date = September 10th, 2021 (noon)
Full Applications Due = October 15th, 2021 (noon)
Early stage, scalable research projects including feasibility studies, pilot studies, and novel approaches that demonstrate strong potential for future external funding are welcomed. All faculty members (who have a research requirement to their employment) in the Schools of Kinesiology and Health and Exercise Sciences on the two UBC campuses are encouraged to apply. Applications must include a minimum of at least one investigator from each of these two Schools. Post-doctoral fellows (PDFs) are allowed (and encouraged) to be the PI on the project but the application must include their supervisor and a faculty member from the other campus who will add additional expertise and mentorship on the project. If a PDF is the named PI, they must clearly articulate how they would see the project through to completion within the time frame of the grant. As these grants are designed to produce novel data on innovative and original research ideas within the investigators’ research specialties, ongoing studies and studies closely aligned with those already funded will not be considered. Teams will be required to provide a detailed explanation of how the proposed research delineates from previous or ongoing research, clearly describe the novelty of the work in the context of their research program, and provide a rationale for why the data generated from the project have significant potential to result in impactful future research opportunities and funding.
While the long-term goals for projects may extend beyond the duration of these grants, within two years, projects should enable the development of funding proposals that are eligible for submission to national or international peer-reviewed competitions. Successful applicants will be expected to provide brief one-year and end-of-grant reports. Failure to demonstrate sufficient progress in the interim report may lead to discontinuation of the project. Inappropriate utilization of funds or a failure to address proposed deliverables may affect the research team’s ability to apply for, or access, future internal funding. The end-of-grant report must include details on the project’s outcomes/deliverables (including the extent to which the award led to external grant applications). Both reports must be submitted and failure to submit an end-of-grant report may also prevent eligibility for future internal funding.
A major guiding principle of the award is to support meaningful ‘new’ collaborations (or substantively new lines of enquiry among existing collaborators). As such, teams are encouraged to use the next five months to undertake meaningful discussions with potential collaborators (across campuses) to explore what the nature of these new initiatives might look like. Principal investigators are asked to submit a brief letter of intent (by 12 noon on September 10th 2021). Letters of intent are requested to avoid duplication/overlap across projects (in the final applications). In instances where there appears to be substantive overlap/redundancy across applications the PIs of the respective teams will be contacted to discuss the potential for a unified application or to take steps to distinguish between the proposed projects. Final applications are due by 12 noon on October 15th 2021.
Letter of Intent
Please submit the letter of intent form including:
a) The investigators that will comprise the team.
b) The title of the project.
c) 1-2 paragraphs on the broad nature of the project and the overall aim.
Please submit the grant application package including:
a) 5-page project application.
b) 1-page detailed explanation of how the proposed research delineates from previously or currently funded research, as well as other submitted funding applications. Please clearly describe the novelty of the work in the context of the team’s research program(s),
c) ½-page rationale for why the data generated from the proposed research have the potential to result in impactful future research opportunities and describe specific future goals for external funding applications that will derive from this catalyst grant.
d) Detailed budget justification.
e) Brief CVs for all applicants – Please include all papers, grants (currently held and submitted), and trainees supervised (including research foci) for the last 5 years.
f) Completed UBC Research Project Information Form (RPIF).