2022 Horizon Global Platform: Registration guide

Note: Applicants and research administrators are encouraged to attend one of the webinars to learn how to complete the notice of intent to apply (NOI), and to learn more about the competition process. Webinars are recorded, and the presentations made available to research grants offices after the session.

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This guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the information in the 2022 Horizon Global Platform Competition overview.

Your registration must be received by the deadline date. Your institution may have earlier internal deadlines. Check with your research administrator regarding internal deadlines for your institution. The research administrator at your institution is responsible for submitting your registration.

All team members, including nominated principal investigators (NPIs) and co-principal investigators (co-PIs), if applicable, should inform the research administrator at their institution of their involvement in the application.

Before completing the registration

Read the 2022 Horizon Global Platform Competition overview to ensure your project fits this funding opportunity.

Ensure you are eligible to apply as an NPI or co-PI. If an NPI is considered ineligible, the application will be withdrawn from the competition. Participants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will be removed from the application.

If you are the NPI, consult the research administrator at your institution’s research grants office (RGO) regarding internal deadlines. The research administrator is responsible for submitting your registration by the deadline date. Late registrations will not be accepted. A registration cannot be changed after the research administrator has submitted it.

Completing the registration

You must complete your registration using the Convergence Portal. The Portal is only supported on the latest versions of Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox. If you do not yet have a profile in the Convergence Portal, you will be prompted to create one the first time you access the Portal.

If you have a Research Portal account, you can use the same username and password to log into the Convergence Portal. If you are unsure whether you already created a Convergence Portal account, contact New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) staff.

Follow the instructions in the Convergence Portal to complete your registration. The information you will need to register is outlined below.

The NPI must complete all sections of the registration within the Convergence Portal (no attachments are accepted at this stage) and submit the registration via their institution’s research administrator.

Co-PIs, if applicable, must each complete their own profile before the NPI submits the registration to the research administrator. Co-PIs will be able to see all sections of the registration, but will not have edit access.

Required information

You must include the following content to complete a registration.

Completed profiles for the research team

An NPI can submit a registration for or application to this call on their own, or add team members (co-PIs) at this registration stage or the full application stage. Each team member must include the following in their profile:

  1. Eligibility profile

    Include information about participation in any other 2022 Horizon Global Platform applications or awards, as well as your affiliations, early career researcher (ECR) status, and the eligibility of the institution.

  2. Equity, diversity and inclusion

    In setting up their profile, each participant must complete the equity, diversity and inclusion questionnaire once.

  3. Fields of research

    The fields of research here are your areas of expertise. These do not need to be directly related to the project. Select a minimum of two fields (maximum of five), of which at least one must be a primary area of research.

  4. Keywords

    List between five and 10 keywords that best describe your main areas of research.

    Note: Once the research administrator has submitted the registration, the NPI and co-PIs cannot remove themselves from the project to join a different project within the 2022 Horizon Global Platform Competition.

Registration content

Note: None of the following information can be updated at the full application stage.

Application details

  1. Application title

    Provide a short, descriptive title that can be used for publication purposes. You can use common abbreviations (e.g., DNA). But, avoid uncommon or discipline-specific abbreviations, as well as company and trade names.

  2. Language of the application

    Indicate which official language will be used for the registration and full application.

  3. Indigenous research

    Indicate whether the project involves Indigenous research.

  4. International call details
    1. Horizon Europe call ID

      Provide the Horizon Europe call number.

    2. Horizon Europe call name

      Provide the title of the Horizon Europe call.

    3. Horizon Europe call deadline

      Provide the call deadline. If the call has a two-stage application process, provide the deadline for the second (last) stage.

    4. Horizon Europe lead applicant

      Provide the name of the researcher who is the main contact for the Horizon Europe application.

    5. Proposed role of Canadian participants in the Horizon Europe funded research (maximum 2,500 characters)

      Describe your role (NPI) and the roles of the other Canadian participants (co-PIs), if applicable, in the proposed research.

  5. Fields of research

    From the Canadian Research and Development Classification codes, select up to five fields of research that relate to the research project. Include at least one discipline as a primary field of research.

  6. Keywords

    List between five and 10 keywords that best describe the proposed research.

  7. Summary of the proposal (maximum 2,500 characters)

    The summary should include the objectives of the proposed research project, and a summary of the research approach. Highlight the novelty and expected significance of the work.

    If your application is successful, this summary will be used for promotional purposes outside the research community to inform the government, media and members of the public who request information about research funded by the NFRF program.

  8. Proposed budget

    Enter the planned amount of funds to be spent in each category (direct and indirect costs) for each year of the project. Contact your research administrator for direction on how much to request for indirect costs.

Submitting the registration

Review your registration to ensure it is complete.

From the Finalize Application section in the Convergence Portal, follow the prompts to submit your registration.

After you accept the terms and conditions, the status of your submission will change to “Received by Administrator.” If you want to make any changes at this point, you may ask your research administrator to return the registration to you.

Once your research administrator has approved and submitted your application, the application status will change to “Received by Agency.” No changes can be made from this point on.

Submitting the registration as the research administrator

When you receive a registration submitted by an NPI at your institution, you will be asked to approve the application and submit it. Before being able to forward the application, the research administrator, on behalf of the institution, must confirm that:

  • the NPI meets the definition of ECR, if applicable (see FAQs for more details);
  • the co-PIs meet the definition of ECR, if applicable (see FAQs for more details);
  • the participants meet the eligibility requirements; and
  • the proposed research project meets the eligibility requirements.

By forwarding the application, the research administrator, on behalf of the institution, will also be certifying that the NPI:

  • is affiliated with the institution or organization;
  • has the necessary time and resources to carry out the activity; and
  • will email NFRF-FNFR@chairs-chaires.gc.ca if there are any changes during the tenure of the grant, including changes in the composition of the partnership, such as the addition of new co-PIs, etc.

Note: If the NPI’s primary affiliation is not on SSHRC’s list of eligible institutions, the institution may be required to sign the Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions with SSHRC, for this program only, before receiving agency funds. Agency staff will contact the institutions of successful applicants after the notices of decision have been released, to initiate this process, as appropriate.

Contact information

If you have questions:

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