Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Canada Council for the Arts – College and Community Innovation program – CCSIF/Canada Council for the Arts joint funding opportunity

Description:

This new initiative provides opportunities for arts organizations, groups or collectives to collaborate with other sectors to foster community innovation that supports more effective, fair and/or durable solutions to complex social problems, such as integrating vulnerable populations, community development, social justice, decolonization, climate change, environmental degradation as well as fostering health and well-being.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $75,000 per year for each partner arts organization, group or collective for up to three years.

Eligibility:

Applicants must:

  • be Canadian colleges that have been declared eligible to administer grants by at least one of the three federal granting agencies (NSERC, CIHR and/or SSHRC). If the proposed research and knowledge or technology transfer activities lie entirely within the mandate of a single agency (NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC), the college must be declared eligible to receive funding from that granting agency.
  • offer programs in the humanities and social sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and/or health sciences, in line with the applied research areas proposed;
  • have its faculty members that are involved in CCSIF grants engaged in applied research in the humanities and social sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and/or health sciences;
  • provide the space, facilities and services to enable its faculty members in humanities and social sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and/or health sciences to conduct applied research;
  • propose a project that addresses challenges in community innovation in the social sciences, humanities, health sciences, natural sciences and engineering research fields;
  • have partners from the public, private or not-for-profit sectors;
  • have strong relationships with community partners that have the capability and willingness to implement research results within a Canadian setting.

Groups, organizations and/or collectives with a valid Canada Council for the Arts applicant profile may request additional funding from the Canada Council by completing a Canada Council for the Arts budget form and submitting it with the CCSIF application in the Convergence Portal (see CCSIF application instructions).

Community innovation:

  • efers to the development of new ideas or the use of existing ideas to find solutions to community challenges.
  • involves an initiative, product, process or program that creates positive social and/or health outcomes for societies.
  • can result in more effective, fairer and more durable solutions to complex social problems.
  • aims to produce benefits for the community, not only for some individuals.
  • increases the ability of communities to act collectively and promotes solutions to accelerate technological innovation.

Applications Steps:

NSERC will conduct the peer review of the joint applications. Up to five CCSIF/Canada Council for the Arts applications recommended for funding will be awarded. Funding decisions will be communicated to the applicants jointly.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. F103CV (form-fillable) – CCI Personal Data Form and instructions,
  2. the completed Canada Council budget form as a PDF attachment in the Supporting documents section, under Canada Council joint application form.

Other Things to Note:

  1. For questions specifically related to the Canada Council of the Arts and eligibility for Canada Council grants, SupportingArtisticPractice@canadacouncil.ca.
  2. NSERC and Canada Council for the Arts have developed a joint application submission and review process for colleges partnering with arts organizations, groups or collectives eligible for Canada Council grants.

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