Research Support Program


The Research Support Program provides funding for new high quality, and high impact research, initiatives in the Faculty of Social Sciences.


The objective of this competition is to provide one-year funding for developing or conducting high impact research projects that cannot be accomplished with funding currently available to the applicant or through other research funding opportunities available through the Faculty of Social Sciences or the University of Ottawa. High impact research is broadly defined as research that not only addresses significant theoretical, research, or practical challenges, but that also has the potential transform how we think about, study, or confront these challenges. Funding may be directly used to launch new research initiatives. Funding may also be used to develop research projects such as through the collection of pilot data or by assembling research teams or partnerships to develop innovative and complex research initiatives. Applicants must clearly demonstrate the expected products of their proposed projects and how these will translate into impact.

About the Program

  • A maximum amount of $160,000 is reserved for this competition.
  • Individual funding requests may not exceed $20,000.
  • The duration of the grants is 12 months.
  • Two (2) grants will be reserved for new investigators.
  • One (1) grant will be reserved for investigators who have experienced significant career interruptions.
  • One (1) grant will be reserved for a research project in French.
  • Should funds reserved for new investigators, investigators with significant career interruptions or a research project in French not be awarded (due to lack of demand or applications having been evaluated as lacking scientific merit), they will be made available to applicants in the general competition.

Eligibility Criteria

All Applicants

  • The applicant holds a full-time tenured or a tenure track position at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa.
  • The applicant has not held funding from this competition in the previous 3 years.
  • The applicant is in good standing with respect to their prior financial management of research funds with the Office of the Vice-Dean, Research.

New Investigators

  • Applicants applying as new investigators must be within 8 years of receiving their PhD.

Investigators who have experienced Career Interruptions

  • Applicants are within 12 months of their return to active research following a career interruption. Examples of career interruptions include parental leave, illness, family care responsibilities, or academic service or administrative appointments.

Application Deadline

October 15

Application Requirements

  1. Research proposal consisting of:
    • Summary of project suitable for a multi-disciplinary review committee (1/2 page)
    • Objectives, context (including literature review and theoretical approach) and methods (3 to 5 pages)
    • Description of expected outputs and impact (1/2 page)
    • References
    • Description of relevant expertise of principal investigator and other team members (if applicable) (1/2 page)
    • Budget justification (max. 1 page)
    • Timeline for execution of proposed project (approx. 1/2 page)
  2. CV of the principal applicant

    For applicants with Career Interruptions, identification of the type of interruption (applicants are not expected to share private information), description of impact of the interruption on research, and need for funding to relaunch research career (approx. 1 paragraph).

    Proposals will be reviewed by the Faculty’s Research Committee.

Budget Justification and Eligible Expenses

  • The total amount requested cannot exceed $20,000.
  • All budget items must be justified in terms of their need for the success of the project objectives. The funds must be used effectively and economically, and the expenses must be essential for the research supported by the grant.
  • Where applicable, the justification must demonstrate the need for funds relative to other funding available to the applicant.

Examples of non-eligible expenses

  • Professional fees for the applicant
  • Administrative fees/standard monthly connection or rental costs of telephones/ connection or installation of lines/voice mail
  • Passport and/or immigration fees
  • Costs associated to education: thesis preparation, tuition and courses fees, thesis examination/defense fees
  • Cellphones and/or personal digital assistant devices
  • Library acquisition, computer and other services already provided by the University
  • Cost of alcohol, entertainment, or gifts

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria Including, without limitation
Scientific merit of the proposal
  • Originality and innovation
  • Clarity and scope of objectives
  • Feasibility and adequacy of methodological approach
Equity, diversity and inclusion in the project and the team
  • Research methods that take into account equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Strategies for ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion within the research team (including students).
  • Impact of the research on under-represented groups, if applicable.
Record of research achievement
  • Quality and significance of past contributions
  • Level of research activity relative to the stage of the applicant's career
  • Capacity of proposed team to complete the research
Need for funds
  • Justification of the budget relative to the requirements of the proposed project
  • Need for funds and justification of the request relative to other currently-held and/or available funding. (Other currently-held funds must be clearly stated in the CV)
Outputs and Impact
  • Significance of outputs from the research
  • Potential for impact from the research in terms of addressing significant theoretical, methodological, or practical challenges

Reporting Requirements

Awardees are requested to submit a final report to the Office of the Vice-Dean, Research (1 to 2 pages). The report should describe progress in light of the project’s objectives.

Other Requirements

Once an award has been granted, any and all certification requirements (ethics of research with human subjects and/or stem cells, animal care, radiation safety, etc.) must be met before funds can be released.

Any funds remaining at the end of the project are to be reverted to the Faculty. However, the Faculty is prepared to consider requests for a single extension of six months, with no additional funds, on submission and acceptance of an appropriate justification of the need for the extension in terms of the original project’s objectives. If the extension is granted, any unexpended funds at the end of the extension period will be returned to the Faculty.

Proposal Submission

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

We encourage members of groups that are underrepresented in research to apply and to self-identify according to their group or groups (women, Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons living with a disability, members of the LGBTQi2S+ community) if you are comfortable doing so. As measure of equity in research, in the event of a tie between multiple applications, priority will be given to members of a group that is under-represented.

For more information, please contact Sophie LeTouzé.

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