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Partnership for Change: The RBC Immigrant, Diversity and Inclusion Project at Ryerson University is a seven-year initiative supporting faculty research and student projects focusing on four thematic areas:

  • Immigrant Employment and Entrepreneurship
  • Social Engagement of Immigrants
  • Immigrants and Mental Health
  • Immigrant Preferences and Consumer Behaviour

The project places a particular focus on outreach and knowledge mobilization to ensure it shapes policy and practice relating to immigration, diversity and inclusion. It aims to produce real world impact on immigrants and their families, boost economic growth and innovation, and build healthy and inclusive communities.

 

Applications for Winter 2017 Research Proposals Now Open

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017 AT 5:00 P.M.

 

Applications for Winter 2017 Student Proposals Now Open

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017 AT 5:00 P.M.

News & Events

March 1, 2017

The applications for the Winter 2017 Student Proposals are now open. The application deadline is Monday March 27, 2017.
 

February 7, 2017

The applications for the Winter 2017 Research Proposals are now open. The application deadline is Friday March 3, 2017.
 

Contact

RBC IDI Project Team
RBCpartnership@ryerson.ca

Call for Research Proposals - Winter 2017 Guidelines

We are now accepting research proposals from Ryerson faculty members as part of the Winter 2017 call for proposals. The RBC Immigrant, Diversity and Inclusion Project emphasizes primary research as well as outreach and knowledge mobilization to ensure real-world impacts on policy and practice.

1. Funding Amounts

Grants up to $10,000 each will be awarded for a one-year period. An extension of up to six months may be granted upon written request to the Project Coordinator before the expiration of the Term. Eligible expenses will follow Tri-council guidelines.

2. Submission Deadline

The application deadline is  FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  Applications arriving after this time will not be considered.

3. Eligibility

All Ryerson University full-time tenured, tenure-track and limited-term faculty members are eligible for funding. The RBC Immigrant, Diversity and Inclusion Project encourages applications from emerging scholars and projects that involve industry or community collaborations, although all faculty are eligible to apply.

4. How to Apply

Completing Your Application Package

Completed application packages must include the following documents:

1) RBC Immigrant, Diversity and Inclusion (RBC IDI) Project Proposal. This document includes four sections:

  • Project Description – maximum 4 pages
    • Objectives
    • Context (literature review)
    • Methodology
    • Timeline
  • Knowledge Mobilization and Outcomes – maximum 1 page
  • List of References – maximum 2 pages
  • Budget and budget justification – maximum 1 page
     

2) SSHRC Canadian Common CV (SSHRC CCV) for all applicants. Complete the SSHRC CCV as specified in the Canadian Common CV instructions (https://ccv-cvc.ca). Once complete, save your SSHRC CCV to your computer and upload as part of your RBC IDI application. Note that a SSHRC CCV must be included for any Ryerson Co-Applicant.
 

Submitting Your Application

Applications are submitted through Ryerson's Research Information System (RIS). To ensure that your application is received, it is important to follow the instructions below:

  1. Login to the Ryerson Research Information System (RIS)
  2. Select “New GAF Application”
  3. Select "External Sponsor"
  4. Under the Project Details, select "Lookup Sponsor" and using the drop down menus select the following:
    • Sponsor: "Ryerson University"
    • Division: "The RBC Immigrant, Diversity and Inclusion Project"
    • Program: "Winter 2017 RBC Faculty Stream"
  5. Complete the fields in the Grant Authorization Form (GAF) 
  6. Upload your (i) RBC IDI Proposal Proposal and (ii) SSHRC Canadian Common CV
  7. Click “Submit for Approval”

Two-factor authentication will be required to access RIS. Please go to my.ryerson.ca to set up your two-factor authentication. If you require assistance with the set-up of two-factor authentication, please contact the CCS help desk at extension 6806.

5. Application Review

Applications meeting the eligibility criteria outlined above will be considered by an adjudication committee composed of selected faculty. The Committee’s recommendations on the awarding of all grants are not subject to appeal. Committee members may not apply for grants themselves during their tenure on the Committee. See the RBC IDI project evaluation criteria for more information.

6. Expectations and Reporting Requirements

Research award recipients and their research teams are required to:

  • Sign a Funding Agreement before any research funded, in whole or in part, is carried out;
  • Throughout the duration of the research project, submit all expenses, along with supporting documents, as they are incurred;
  • Six months into the project, submit a midterm report using the template provided by the project team;
  • Upon completion of the project, submit a short final report using a template provided by the project team and present research findings in a community forum;
  • Upon completion of the research project, or up to sixty (60) days after the expiration of the Term, return unused research project funds to the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation;
  • Throughout the duration of the research project and upon completion of the research project, advise the Project Coordinator of any conference, materials and publications, and/or applications for funding (e.g., to any of the Tri-Council Funding Agencies) resulting from research project findings; and
  • Throughout the duration of the research project and upon completion of the research project, acknowledge the “Partnership for Change: The RBC Immigrant, Diversity and Inclusion Project at Ryerson University” in any conference or congress materials and publications resulting from research project findings.
7. Eligible Expenses

Grants can be used only for research related costs that are acceptable under SSHRC guidelines. See the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide for a complete list of eligible and ineligible expenses.

Examples of eligible expenses include:

  • Research assistant;
  • Technical services such as computer services;
  • Manuscript preparation;
  • Purchase of rental or software and equipment not available through the University;
  • Disposable supplies such as stationary, postage, long distance phone/fax charges;
  • Photocopying charges, and;
  • Books, documents and duplicated material not available through Ryerson Library;
  • Travel: related to data collection


Ineligible expenses include expenses not incurred for research activities directly relevant to the approved project and expenses excluded by SSHRC guidelines.

Examples of ineligible expenses include:

  • Purchase or rental of software and equipment available through Ryerson University;
  • Membership in professional societies;
  • Child care expenses;
  • Costs related to the preparation of teaching materials or a text book;
  • Publications or other activities of a commercial nature, including costs associated with contract researcher consultancies;
  • Research leading to a degree or professional certification;
  • Stand-alone conference travel;
  • Release time
8. Ethics Approval

Research activities that involve humans or animals undertaken by Ryerson University researchers, regardless of location, will be expected to adhere to Ryerson's Policy and Ethics Review of Research Involving Humans or Animals. Approval by the Research Ethics Board will be required for all research awards prior to the disbursement of any funding.

9. Acknowledgement

Recipients of RBC IDI funds must acknowledge the RBC Immigrant, Diversity and Inclusion Project at Ryerson University in the dissemination of research results. The following wording is suggested:

This research has been supported by Partnership for Change: The RBC Immigrant, Diversity and Inclusion Project at Ryerson University.

If you have any questions, please contact the RBC Immigrant, Diversity and Inclusion Project team at rbcpartnership@ryerson.ca.

Student Proposals

We are now accepting proposals from Ryerson students as part of the Winter 2017 call for proposals. Students may undertake their projects on-campus or work with an external industry or community partner. Projects should include a strong focus on outreach and knowledge mobilization to ensure real-world impacts on policy and practice.

1. Funding Amount & Duration

Funding awards of up to $10,000 each will be offered to 10-20 students or student-led ventures through this call for proposals. Projects are intended to be short-term (four months), but longer periods of up to one year will also be considered for funding. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate additional funding or matching opportunities that could be leveraged for the proposed activities.

2. Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is March 27, 2017 by 5pm. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

3. Eligibility

Current Ryerson students and recent Ryerson graduates (within two years) are eligible for funding under the Student Stream. Preference will be given to individuals from designated groups (see note below), individuals who immigrated to Canada from other countries and their children and first-time applicants. Foreign students and permanent residents are eligible to apply.

Note: Designated groups include three groups specified in the Employment Equity Act (women, visible minorities and persons with disabilities) and the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ  is an umbrella term for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, Two-Spirit, intersex, gender independent, queer, questioning, or who otherwise express gender or sexual diversity.

4. How to Apply

Completed application packages must include the following

5. Expectations and Reporting Requirements

Student award recipients must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Sign a Funding Agreement before any activity funded, in whole or in part, is carried out;
  • Upon completion of the project, present research findings in a community forum;
  • Upon completion of the project, submit a two-page single spaced project summary demonstrating outcomes to be posted on the project website;
  • Upon completion of the research project, or up to sixty (60) days after the expiration of the Term, return unused research project funds to the Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation;
  • Throughout the duration of the project and upon completion of the project, advise the Project Coordinator of any conference, materials and publications resulting from the project;
  • Throughout the duration of the project and upon completion of the project, acknowledge the “Partnership for Change: The RBC Immigrant, Diversity and Inclusion Project at Ryerson University” in any materials and publications resulting from project activities.
    Provide project updates upon request.
6. Selection Criteria and Process

Applications meeting the eligibility criteria outlined above will be considered by an adjudication committee composed of selected faculty and staff.

Proposals will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated potential of the proposed activity to have a real-world impact on the selected project theme
  • A clear, detailed and realistic work plan and budget for the proposed activity
  • Demonstrated capacity of the Applicant to excel in proposed activity
    Potential to leverage additional funding to support the proposed activity
  • An interview or further information may be required from the short-listed applicants.

For further information please contact:  RBCpartnership@ryerson.ca.

Employers and Community Organizations

The RBC Immigrant, Diversity and Inclusion Project at Ryerson University is currently looking for organizations to collaborate with current Ryerson students, recent graduates, and/or faculty members on projects that make a valuable contribution towards advancing knowledge and/or practice in at least one of the thematic areas.

Key information:

  • Awards are for up to $10,000 each
  • Student projects are intended to be short-term (4 months), but longer periods will be considered
  • Faculty-led research projects are for a period of one year
  • Preference is given to research projects and internships with partners providing matching funding or other cash contributions towards the proposed activities
  • Applications must be submitted by a Ryerson student, graduate, or faculty member. If you would like more information or would like assistance connecting with someone from the Ryerson community, please contact RBCpartnership@ryerson.ca.