Data Champions Pilot Project


Digital Research Alliance of Canada


The objective of this Pilot Project is to advance awareness, understanding, development, and adoption of research data management (RDM) tools, best practices, and resources in Canada.

Broadly speaking, this Pilot will further the Alliance’s research data management mandate by promoting sound RDM practices and contributing to a broader culture change in the conduct of digital research, and ultimately fostering excellence in Canadian research. As a tangential benefit, the inaugural Data Champions cohort will provide valuable feedback on how the Alliance can sustain, improve, and grow the Data Champions model, and associated Community of Practice initiated by this Pilot, into a potential Data Champions Program. Any resources and/or funding needed to scale this Pilot into a fully-fledged Data Champions Program will hence be informed by the Pilot experience and articulated in future funding requests and corporate plans.


This is an open competition and involves Applicants in RDM, such as, researchers, librarians and data professionals. Individuals applying for a grant must be affiliated with an eligible institution and must maintain such affiliation for the duration of the grant period.

Under any activity, consideration during adjudication will be given to the integration of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility principles at all relevant stages (e.g., team formation, recruitment of graduate students, if applicable), and to the participation of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis researchers. 

Funding Availability

Total budget for the Funding Call is $916,000 with each project being funded up to $50,000 CAD.

The awarded funds, disbursed in two installments, is to provide funds towards salaries/stipends of the data champion(s) to allow the awardee to focus on data champion activities at their organization

Project Duration

Awardees will be announced early March 2022 for the project period April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023.

Special Notes

Information sessions will be held in both official languages on January 13, 2022, at 11 am EST (English) and 12 pm EST (French) and will be recorded for those unable to attend.  

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Submit your application directly to the sponsor using their electronic application form. Send a copy of the application and an OR-5 to

If you have any questions about the Program, please submit them directly to by January 27, 2022.

How to Apply

The Principal Applicant must complete the electronic application form.

Send an OR-5 and a copy of the application form to by the external deadline.


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For Questions, please contact

If you have any questions about the Alliance’s Data Champions Pilot Project call, please contact

Office of Research

Patricia Van Asten, Awards & Agreements Officer, Strategic Research Programs
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56927

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