UBC Farm Seed Funding for Research Competition 2020
1. Rationale & Eligibility
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) UBC Farm Seed Funding for Research (UBC Farm SFR) provides short-term support (up to $6,000/one year) for the development of innovative research at the UBC Farm that will eventually form the basis of a larger research proposal linked to the CSFS (CSFS as the designated Research Centre) and funded independently. This research competition aims to support early-stage research and enable preliminary data gathering on any theme.
Eligibility & Dates:
- Applicants must be UBC students, postdocs, research associates or professors NEW to research at the UBC Farm.
- The research proposal should be in any theme with the only limitation that the research must be carried out at the UBC Farm.
- Only one proposal will be selected for funding in 2020.
- Deadline for applications: February 1, 2020.
- Grant Adjudication: March 15, 2020.
2. Award process & Funding details
Support will only be provided for the direct costs of research carried out at the UBC Farm as described in the proposal, including:
- Material supplies or consumables
- Land use fees
- Field labor and other field experimental maintenance costs
* Please note that equipment purchases will not be supported.
All items must be critical for the successful completion of the proposed research and must be defended in a detailed budget justification to be submitted as an attachment to the main application. Expenses incurred prior to the start date of the proposed work will be ineligible to receive funding.
It is expected that applicants will take advantage of opportunities to leverage UBC Farm SFR funds with funds from other sources.
- Applicant information (name, email, UBC affiliation and current position)
- Project title
- Proposed start date
- A Rationale in which the central problem or question addressed by the applicant’s research project is explained, with particular attention paid to how the project connects to larger questions. The applicant should make clear how the UBC Farm SFR grant could lead to the success of the future external application.
- A Methodology section that details:
- the theoretical/conceptual framework guiding the research and any research hypotheses if applicable, supported by references to the existing literature
- the methods and procedures to be used and the considerations taken to ensure the work is carried out successfully
- the project space and the experimental requirements at the UBC Farm
- A Significance section that explores the broader impacts of the proposed research including a consideration of the project expected outcomes including planned knowledge mobilization plans, manuscripts or reports and the relevance of the work to the Green Academic designation of the UBC Farm, and the CSFS Strategic Plan.
- Budget justification including site land-use fees and other expenses (one page)
Funding will be released to successful applicants as a single payment and must be spent within one year of award receipt. This funding competition is one-time and cannot be renewed. Successful applicants will be required to submit a final report on the research activities undertaken within 3 months of the project conclusion. They are also expected to submit the data generated from their research to the CSFS data manager within 6 months of the project conclusion, for CSFS to release that data in a public-facing repository (Scholars Portal Dataverse) 3 years after the experiment’s completion. During this 3-year period, the applicant will have the exclusive opportunity to interpret and publish data collected as part of their research.
3. Submission & Selection
Applications for this funding call should be submitted online by 5 pm, February 1, 2020.
Decisions will be returned on March 15, 2020, with the funding start date of April 1, 2020.
- All proposal requirements have been provided in full;
- The quality and potential for impact of the proposed project;
- The innovative, original, and relevant nature of the project;
- Feasibility of completing project within the one-year timeframe;
- Appropriateness of budget allocation and justification;
- Evidence of a clear research plan that links the proposed work to future work planned on a larger research proposal linked to the CSFS.