Department of National Defence Research Initiative

2019-20 competitions

A joint initiative of SSHRC and the Department of National Defence

Application deadline Value and duration Results announced Apply

Insight Grants

October 15, 2019, for full application

$20,000 per year for 3 years ($60,000 total) will be awarded to successful Insight Grant recipients Spring 2020 See details under Description below

Insight Development Grants

February 2, 2020

$10,000 will be awarded to successful Insight Development Grant recipients Spring 2020 See details under Description below

Note: If a deadline falls on a weekend or a Canadian public holiday, the online application system will remain open until 8 p.m. (eastern) on the next business day.


Context
Objectives
Description
Value and duration
Eligibility
Evaluation and adjudication
Regulations, policies and related information
Contact information



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Context

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), an agency of the Department of National Defence (DND), and SSHRC signed a joint initiative agreement to support a range of social sciences and humanities research in areas of relevance to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and DND.


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Objectives

The Department of National Defence Research Initiative (DNDRI) supports social sciences and humanities research aligned with areas of interest to the CAF and DND. The initiative fosters effective, evidence-based strategies, policies and programs in research areas identified by DRDC.

Funds from the initiative may be used to expand the recipient’s research group (e.g., students, postdoctoral researchers and highly qualified personnel); purchase or access specialized equipment; or support other initiatives or resources that would advance the recipient’s research program.


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Description

The DNDRI supports research in areas of relevance to the CAF and DND by increasing the funding available through the Insight Grant and Insight Development Grant funding opportunities.

Research areas

DNDRI partners invite proposals in a range of areas that focus on one or more of the following themes:

  1. Personnel—Recruitment and Selection
  2. Readiness—Training and Development
  3. Social Processes in the Workplace
  4. Operational Effectiveness

Research areas that could be considered for DNDRI funding include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Diversity, Gender and Armed Forces
  • Military Institutions, Cultures and Interventions
  • Veterans and Military Families
  • Social and Cultural Demands of Military Operations
  • Transition to Civilian Life: The Role of Identity in the Transition Process
  • Sexual Harassment in Organizations (Including Militaries)
  • Testing for Selection and Hiring Purposes
  • Succession/Talent Management
  • Recruitment for Organizations
  • Military Organizational Culture Change
  • Developing Trust in Diverse Organizational Teams and in Cross-Cultural Settings
  • Trust in Autonomous Systems
  • Community-Engaged Research on War and Conflict
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • National and International Security
  • Human Dimensions of Cyber Security
  • Social and Cultural Demands of Military Operations
  • Persuasion and Deterrence for Defence
  • Social Media as a Tool and an Environment for Influence
  • Effective Collaboration in Cross-Cultural Settings
  • Social Engineering
  • Individual, Social and Cultural Factors that Drive Radicalization
  • Moral and Ethical Decision-Making
  • Gender Perspectives on Operations
  • Women, Peace and Security

Please consult the DRDC objectives for this joint initiative for more details.


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Value and duration

DNDRI supplements are available through Insight Grant and Insight Development Grant applications.

  • DNDRI supplements worth up to $20,000 per year for three years ($60,000 maximum) will be awarded to successful Insight Grant recipients in addition to the annual value of the SSHRC Insight Grant.
  • A one-time DNDRI supplement of up to $10,000 will be awarded to successful Insight Development Grant applicants in addition to the value of the SSHRC Insight Development Grant.
  • DRDC may consider funding applications that propose programs of research relevant to its policies and priorities ranked above the fifth and sixth sextiles by SSHRC adjudication committees, but that, due to budgetary constraints, do not receive funding.

Note: The initiative is designed to complement, not replace, existing SSHRC support offered through the Insight program.



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Eligibility

To be eligible for and maintain DNDRI funding, all grant holders are expected to meet and follow program funding conditions determined by DND, in addition to the eligibility requirements outlined below.

To determine whether your research falls within SSHRC’s mandate, see Subject Matter Eligibility. Applications submitted to SSHRC that would be more appropriately evaluated by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research will not be accepted.

Applicants and participants

The DNDRI partners invite proposals from individual researchers and research teams affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution who are working in Canada in one or more of the research areas of interest.

All applicants must comply with SSHRC eligibility criteria for the Insight Grants or Insight Development Grants funding opportunities, respectively.

Teams may consist of an applicant (principal investigator / project director) and/or one or more co-applicants (co-investigators) or collaborators.

Institutions

Institutions proposing to administer a grant awarded under this funding opportunity must meet the requirements for managing SSHRC funds, and must hold or obtain institutional eligibility.


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Evaluation and adjudication

Each application for a DNDRI supplement is adjudicated first by the relevant SSHRC adjudication committee. SSHRC will then provide DND with those Insight Grant and Insight Development Grant applications that have been judged meritorious through SSHRC’s existing merit review processes and that were marked explicitly for consideration under the DNDRI.

In June, DND reviews the Insight Development Grant and Insight Grant applications forwarded by SSHRC. Applications are ranked by a DND selection committee based on alignment with DND priorities. DND will then select the applications to be awarded a supplement in that year’s competition. Applications must clearly and specifically indicate how the proposed research applies to the DNDRI objectives.

Only applications judged by DND as pertinent to its research priorities will receive supplements under this initiative, to the limit of the available funds.

The DND selection committee’s decisions cannot be appealed.

DNDRI adjudication timelines

Funding opportunity Review by SSHRC adjudication committees Review by DND Results announced DNDRI supplement start date
Insight Grants March 2020 June 2020 July 2020 January 2021
Insight Development Grants May 2020

Conditions of funding

To receive and maintain eligibility for a DNDRI award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The proposed research must meet the DNDRI objectives and have a focus on the areas of research targeted by DRDC.
  • DNDRI award recipients will be required to provide written notification to SSHRC of any changes in research, as continued funding under DNDRI is contingent on the research remaining in a DND-relevant research area. DND will then determine whether the research is still eligible for funding under the DNDRI.
  • Recipients are required to submit annual reports at 12 and 24 months from the start of the award, and a final report at the conclusion of the award period, for review by DND. Recipients must use reporting templates in accordance with SSHRC’s awards administration practices.

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Regulations, policies and related information

SSHRC reserves the right to determine the eligibility of applications, based on the information therein. SSHRC also reserves the right to interpret the regulations and policies governing its funding opportunities.

All applicants and grant holders must comply with the Regulations Governing Grant Applications and with the regulations set out in the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide.

For descriptions of SSHRC terms, see Definitions of Terms.


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Contact information

For more information, contact:

Chantal Meda
Senior Program Officer
Research Grants and Partnerships Division
SSHRC
350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON  K1P 6G4
Tel.: 613-947-2094
Email: chantal.meda@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

Apie Ekissi
Program Officer
Research Grants and Partnerships Division
SSHRC
350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON  K1P 6G4
Tel.: 613-947-2095
Email: apie.ekissi@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca