Guelph Institute for Environmental Research (GIER)
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More information on GIER and the Small Grants Program.
GIER’s Small Grants Program seeks to promote interdisciplinary research and scholarship relating to any aspect of the environment among investigators from all seven Colleges at the University of Guelph. Environmental research and scholarship is construed broadly, and refers to work that examines: environmental processes, functions, services, and values; environmental technologies and technological impacts on the environment; environmental policy formation and analysis; environmental health; human relationships with, and cultural understandings of the environment; and artistic engagement with the environment, among others. While all areas of environmental research are eligible for this program, for 2021-22, GIER is particularly interested in proposals that address one or more of the following strategic areas:
- Human-Environment Systems: Humans can both positively and negatively affect environmental systems. GIER is committed to better understanding the two-way interactions between humans and the environment, including—but not restricted to—problems around invasive species, climate change mitigation, land-use management, and pollution control.
- Indigenous Environmental Research and Engagement: GIER acknowledges the importance of Indigenous knowledge, perspectives, and values on environmental stewardship and hence looks forward to cultivating stronger relationships with Indigenous scholars and communities to advance reconciliation and decolonization initiatives at the University of Guelph.
- Environmental Arts meets Environmental Sciences: Society is confronting unprecedented environmental challenges, but practitioners have come to an agreement that most environmental challenges are at their core human issues. Artistic invention can empower individuals and societies to understand the past, to imagine futures, and to create empathy and resilience. GIER is interested in projects, both scholarly and artistic, that address these areas.
- Environmental Communication & Knowledge Translation: We are faced with many ‘wicked’ environmental problems which are interrelated and go beyond traditional scientific fields. To tackle these challenges, scientists need to engage with those outside their field or profession. GIER is interested in research projects that engage in new ways across these disciplinary boundaries and/or with the public or policy-makers.
Full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty (including Emeritus) at the University of Guelph may apply for the program. Faculty at Guelph can be Principal Investigators or Co-Investigators. Postdoctoral fellows at Guelph can be listed as Co-Investigators, but students may not be listed as Co-Investigators. The Principal Investigator can only submit one proposal (as Principal Investigator).
A total budget of $110,000 is available for 2021-2022
Maximum Project Value
Applicants can request up to $15,000 per application
Projects will start no later than April 1, 2022 (funds can be applied retroactively to as early as January 1, 2022). Projects will end no later than April 1, 2023.
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.
Please complete the Application Template and Budget Template provided. No other application or budget files will be accepted. Please also submit the CV/resume for Principal Investigator and Co-Investigators (2 pages maximum). Submissions should consist of only two files 1) a single PDF file of the Application Template with CVs included and 2) the Budget Template. Submit all documents to firstname.lastname@example.org before December 15, 2021, 5:00 pm EST with the subject heading: “Small Grants Program.” Late applications or those that do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be evaluated. Successful applicants will be required to complete an OR-5 form and agree to the terms of the award (including reporting requirements).