Metropolis BC

Metropolis British Columbia: Call for Proposals

November 2010 Call For Proposals for Dissemination Grants
Deadline: January 28, 2011

Introduction

This is the third Call for Proposals (CFP) for Dissemination Grants for Metropolis British Columbia (MBC), previously known as Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis (RIIM). In this round, we will provide up to $50k in funding for dissemination projects, up to $10k each. The purpose of this call is primarily to disseminate the knowledge generated by research projects funded by MBC (and RIIM) in the last fourteen years. Proposals including knowledge generated by studies in other Metropolis centres in Canada or the international Metropolis project may also be considered. For detailed information on MBC's previous projects and findings, please check the Working Papers on our website: mbc.metropolis.net/research/working. Only proposals for disseminating information of completed research projects will be considered. Successful applicants will have their output posted on our website under Dissemination Projects - Output.

The target audience of proposed projects must be the governments, NGOs, social and health service professionals, and the general public. Over the past two years, we have funded nine innovative, creative projects. For details please refer to our 2009-2010 Dissemination Funded Proposals or our 2010-2011 Dissemination Funded Proposals.

Unlike our calls for proposals for research grants, the PA need not be a faculty member at a Canadian university. However, the PA must a) reside in British Columbia and b) be affiliated with an incorporated organization - either a private company, an NGO or an academic institute. Due to financial arrangements, individuals without an incorporated organization will not be eligible.

 

Where to send your proposal

All submissions, both electronic and hard copy, should be sent to Linda Sheldon, Project Coordinator, Metropolis BC, Simon Fraser University, Department of Economics, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6. Email: Linda_Sheldon@sfu.ca

Application Form in word format
Application Form in pdf format

Detailed Information for this CFP

What are Dissemination Projects?
Dissemination Projects are activities which facilitate the (possibly two-way) communication between the Metropolis knowledge base and our community of stakeholders. Here, the Metropolis knowledge base is taken to include the body of research generated by Metropolis British Columbia (and, of course, by RIIM) over its 14 year existence, embodied in the main by our archive of more than 200 working papers. In addition, we take the broad view of Metropolis research that also includes research produced by the 4 other Canadian Metropolis Centers (see http://mbc.metropolis.net/index.html and http://canada.metropolis.net/index_e.html), and research produced by the international Metropolis project (see http://international.metropolis.net/index_e.html). We are careful to note also that Metropolis knowledge base includes both formal working papers as well as the many informal types of knowledge supported by Metropolis such as roundtables, discussions and workshops. Of course, since the primary mandate of MBC is to support research relevant to British Columbia, we are primarily though not exclusively interested in supporting dissemination projects with a local geographic focus. This being said, we are most interested in communicating the knowledge embodied by the MBC working paper series. Projects can cover a set of metropolis papers in a theme, or even just a single paper. We are especially interested in connecting our research with researchers and users in Welcome BC - Welcoming and Inclusive Communities and Workplaces Program.

The stakeholders of Metropolis British Columbia include:

  • government policy-makers, including our federal and provincial funders and our federal, provincial and municipal non-funding partners (see http://www.mbc.metropolis.net/partners/ for a list);
  • NGOs, including immigrant-services organizations;
  • People who work in areas where immigration and ethnic diversity are important dynamic factors, including teachers, social workers, physicians, etc.
  • The general public

We are committed to the multilateral transfer of knowledge among researchers and other stakeholders. Thus, while proposals can be submitted by non-academic Principal Investigators, all funded activities should involve completed Metropolis research.

We are interested in supporting creative activities to facilitate knowledge transfer. We are interested in pursuing creative knowledge transfer activities that are outside those traditional dissemination methods pursued by academics. That is, this funding is not directed at generating more technical research papers. The following list reflects potential dissemination formats and activities, although any proposals that meet the dissemination objectives are encouraged:

  • written documents, such as handbooks or other documents written at a greater level of generality than that typically struck by academics; fact sheets
  • videos, DVDs, e-symposia, podcasts and other online content, which might be accessible more easily than our traditional written methods
  • non-academic meetings, workshops, seminars, roundtables, forums, etc.;
  • guidebook(s) to using the existing MBC knowledge base;
  • media links, including connecting MBC researchers or stakeholders with radio, print and television media;
  • development of links with potential stakeholders, including for example libraries and librarians, hospitals, physicians and nurses, business leaders, unions, etc.

Funding Details

All projects will be funded for 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012. Transfer of funds and MBC spending rules are explained in our grant guidelines.

Since different projects will have budgets of different sizes, MBC will evaluate them relative to their budgets. Consequently, a project with a total budget of $10,000 will only be funded if the 'value' of its output is expected to be significantly greater than any $5,000 project. Thus applicants should be careful to propose projects with higher budgets only if they also have greater expected outputs. Please also note we are willing to fund subventions for academic book publishing where the audience is largely non-academic.

Adjudication system and expectations

An important difference between this and other Metropolis CFPs is that we will not lean on publication output as an indicator of quality or potential success. Instead, Principal Applicants will be obliged to provide supporting evidence in the application form to prove that they are able to carry out the project that they have proposed. This material should be provided, along with the budget rationale, in the section entitled 'Ability to Complete and Budget Rationale'. Such supporting evidence may include: previous history of undertaking similar projects; letters of support from institutions, NGOs, and/or academics; educational qualifications relevant to the project; and any other relevant evidence.

Our adjudication committee will be comprised of a team tailored to evaluate the potential importance of proposals for policy and practice. The team will consist of: both Co-Directors of MBC, our Domain Leader for Settlement, Integration and Welcoming Communities, representatives from both Federal and Provincial governments, and representatives from the NGO community. Our intent is to judge proposals on their potential to effectively disseminate knowledge between our academic researchers and our community of stakeholders.

To be considered for funding, applications must be made on the form provided, and must include one signed hard-copy and one unsigned electronic copy. The application must be received at the office of the SFU Project Coordinator by 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on 28 January 2011. In addition, all principal and co-applicants must submit an electronic copy of a 2-page abbreviated CV as an attachment to their application. CV's longer than 2 pages will not be considered. It is MBC's practice to consider only one application from any applicant during any given grant competition. However, a researcher may apply to both the Research Call for Proposals and the Dissemination Call for Proposals.

Proposals must be written in plain language. Applicants are not permitted to apply on behalf of others. Applicants must be candid about the division of labour in a project.

Other obligations of funded Principal Applicants

All funded applicants working with NGOs or private firms must comply with the principles set forth in our Charter of Community Research Principles.

Principal applicants of funded projects will be required to include a report on the progress of their project along with their general report at the end of the fiscal year for MBC's annual report. All projects MUST generate a maximum 10-page evaluation report which details both the activities, feedback from targeted audience and financial expenditures. The final evaluation report must be submitted within three months after the project is completed.

Some MBC projects involve the training of graduate students. Copies of all theses produced by students emanating from MBC-funded research should be forwarded to MBC (electronic or unbound copies are preferred, in order to duplicate and forward them to the Metropolis Project Team in Ottawa). Distribution will be subject to embargos arising from university thesis regulations and copyrights.

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