Research Group Program


The Research Groups Program supports collaborations among Faculty researchers to facilitate the acquisition of external grants, work collaboratively on a shared problem or challenge, or toward a particular objective such as a publication.


The main objectives of Research Groups program are:

  • Support researchers to work collaboratively toward some identified product or outcome
  • Facilitate the acquisition of external grants
  • Promote the integration of new professors in established or developing research programs
  • Support the supervision and training of graduate students.

About the Program

  • Research Groups are funded for 2 years.
  • A maximum amount of $20,000 is reserved for new Research Groups per year.
  • Individual funding requests may not exceed $10,000 per year.
  • Priority is given to Research Groups that
    • Include at least one new professor (within 8 years of their first academic appointment)
    • Include substantial participation for graduate students



  • The Director must hold a tenured or tenured-track position at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • The members must include at least three (3) professors.
  • If the Director is a member of a Research Center, an Institute or holds a Research Chair, he or she must explain how the proposed activities will be distinct from those of the Research Center, Institute or Research Chair.
  • The Director has not received funding from this program within the last two (2) years.


Application Deadline

April 15th

Application Requirements

  • Proposed name for the Research Group
  • Description of the research questions (1-2 pages)
  • Description of team members and their contributions to the Research Group (1 -2 pages)
  • Student involvement (1/2 page)
  • Description of proposed outputs or outcomes from the Research Group and the timeline for their achievement (1 page)
  • Budget justification* (1 page)
  • CV of all participating professors


*The budget can be used for professional networking costs, the purchase of databases and of licenses for software, as well as for hardware. The budget cannot include funding for teaching releases or travel to conferences.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Quality of the collaborative research program and activities
  • Quality of the research record of the members
  • Supervision of graduate students
  • Integration of new professors
  • Justification of the proposed budget
  • Feasibility and Quality of  the proposed outputs or outcomes

The Research Committee is responsible for reviewing all applications, including the annual reports.

Reporting Requirements

The recipient is asked to submit an annual report to the Office of the Vice-Dean, Research before June 30. This report should describe the activities of the group, as well as the participation of colleagues and graduate students. The recipient is also expected to acknowledge the Faculty’s financial support in their activity programs and all promotional material.

Proposal Submission

One PDF document including all elements of the proposal is sent by e-mail to If the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline will be extended to the next working day. Incomplete and late applications will not be retained.

For more information, please contact Sophie LeTouzé.

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