Guidelines for Partnered Research Training Initiatives

Eligibility
Purpose
Types of Approaches to Partnered Research Training Initiatives
Funding Information
Addressing Partnership Grants Evaluation Criteria


Eligibility

Eligible institutions (such as universities, colleges and some not-for-profit organizations) are invited to submit proposals in collaboration with partners to establish partnered research training initiatives that are aligned with the Partnership Grants funding opportunity description.

Partnered research training initiatives proposals are expected to target Canadian and international trainees registered in diploma, undergraduate, graduate or professional programs, or undertaking postdoctoral studies, in social sciences and/or humanities disciplines.

The host institution (applicant) will be responsible for managing the funds and for overall partnership arrangements.

Applicants submitting partnered research training initiatives proposals must select the Talent program when completing their application form. While these proposals should focus primarily on research training and respond directly to the objectives of the Talent program, they may also involve elements related to the Insight and Connection programs.



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Purpose

Bringing together institutions from the academic, public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors, partnered research training initiatives seek to support the creation of innovative approaches that enrich the research training experience for students and postdoctoral researchers in the social sciences and humanities, while facilitating their transition to academic or non-academic workplace settings.

Proposed initiatives should:

  • support the development of well-rounded social sciences and humanities trainees through innovative research training programs that promote:
    • the acquisition of research, professional and career-readiness skills related to, for example, communication, teamwork, leadership, project management, peer review and/or knowledge translation;
    • students and/or postdoctoral researchers’ transition to the workplace, whether in the academic, public, private or not-for-profit sectors; and
    • the creation of a mentoring and research training environment in which students and/or postdoctoral researchers can thrive;
  • foster a climate conducive to networking between trainees and potential employers;
  • facilitate the development of collaborative research training programs that bring together accomplished researchers, potential employers, students and postdoctoral researchers to address major research challenges in the social sciences and humanities; and
  • create sustainable partnered research training initiatives.


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Types of Approaches to Partnered Research Training Initiatives

Applicants can propose partnered research training initiatives that build on existing collaborations, or new collaborations and innovative models that promote research and professional training at the diploma, undergraduate, graduate and/or postdoctoral levels. Institutions are encouraged to explore interuniversity consortiums and multipartner approaches with the private, public and/or not-for-profit sectors.

Specific activities designed as part of partnered research training initiatives may include, but are not limited to, innovative internships with a mentoring component, co-op programs, professional skills workshops and related web tools, or outreach programs that bring together trainees and prospective employers, or involve linkages to community services learning. Initiatives may also involve any combination of the above, and/or other creative, collaborative research training activities.



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Funding Information

It is expected that the majority of the partnered research training initiatives funding requested in a proposal will be dedicated to research training activities for students and postdoctoral researchers. A small portion of the Partnerships Grant (approximately 25 per cent) may be earmarked for costs associated with the development and co-ordination of the research training program.

For more information regarding eligible and non-eligible expenses, please see the Regulations Governing Grant Applications and the regulations set out in the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide.



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Addressing Partnership Grants Evaluation Criteria

Partnered research training initiatives are subject to the Partnership Grants evaluation criteria and scoring scheme.

In light of the particular nature of the partnered research training initiatives, special consideration will be given to the merit of the proposed research training program. In addressing the Partnership Grants evaluation criteria, partnered research training initiatives proposals should:

  • demonstrate the extent to which the proposed partnership uses innovative approaches to research training to provide an enriched experience for participants;
  • demonstrate the benefits that trainees will gain through their participation in the initiative, including:
    • the extent to which the initiative will facilitate trainees’ transition to the Canadian workforce, and promote their interaction with the academic, public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors; and
    • the extent to which the initiative will provide opportunities for trainees to develop research and/or professional skills;
  • include a recruitment strategy and selection process for attracting a diverse, high-quality group of trainees, and demonstrate the appropriateness of the types of trainees involved (e.g., diploma, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral); and
  • include a qualitative assessment of the contribution the initiative will make to improving job prospects for the trainees involved.