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SIG at StFX

SSHRC Institutional Grants (SIG)

Small research grants funded through the SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG) program are used to assist faculty members, who are preparing their research projects for grant applications as follows, in order of eligibility:

  1. Members of Faculty who are intending to submit applications to SSHRC in the upcoming academic year are invited to apply for support funds to assist them in preparing their applications.  Support is available for such expenses as travel to relevant libraries or archives, for data collection, and other relevant activities such as pilot studies. Funding for student research assistance is also eligible (UCR guidelines are applicable). Anyone in a probationary tenure-track or tenured position, who will be applying to SSHRC in the upcoming academic year is eligible.  Given the limited funding made available to StFX (currently approximately $14,000/year for 3 years), the maximum which will be awarded to any one application will normally be $3000.
  2. Scholars who are on a limited-term contract will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Normally, only applicants intending to apply to SSHRC in the upcoming academic year will be considered. Such applicants must be on contract for a period sufficiently long to make feasible the accomplishment of the proposed SIG research project while under contract with StFX.
  3. Seed funding may also be available for launching or strengthening new research initiatives that would be viable for application in the SSHRC competitions in the upcoming academic year or future years. Accordingly, research activities related to building or strengthening research (for example, literature reviews or the holding of small seminars) may be considered.

It is expected that any funds awarded will be spent within one year of the date of award. All funds not spent within twelve (12) months of the date of award will be recalled. A final report is due twelve months from the date of award, which helps contribute to the institutional report that must be prepared for SSHRC on the use of SIG funds. 

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