It is the policy of Seneca, consistent with resources available and the funding criteria below, to support research initiated by full time Seneca employees from all employee groups (Support Staff, Administration and Faculty) that will enable them to complete the research component of graduate studies, to conduct research for publication or conference presentations, and/or to explore best practices.
The purpose of this policy is to build organizational capacity, to contribute to its national status and to support the applied degree programs by assisting current employees to achieve the required degree program academic qualifications, to develop the skills needed to conduct applied research, and to conduct, publish and present original research.
Seneca is making a significant commitment of resources to develop baccalaureate degree programs in applied studies and to foster applied research – this includes developing an infrastructure and capacity for sustaining applied research and attracting and developing highly qualified personnel who have the knowledge and skills needed to conduct and foster worthwhile applied research.
3. Funding Criteria
The Office of Research & Innovation will issue the call for proposals to the college community as appropriate.
The required application forms, progress reports and final reports must be submitted to the Associate Vice President Research & Innovation.
The Research & Ethics Review Council will review all applications and make recommendations to the Associate Vice President Research & Innovation based on the funding criteria identified above.
Applicants and their immediate supervisor will be notified simultaneously of the outcome and funding available for their proposals.
Application approval will include formative assessment and intervention from various research bodies as appropriate and as described in the application process below (see Chart 1).
Seneca Research Flowchart
July 20, 2005
Applications will not be accepted unless they meet all the criteria. Preference will be given to those who have not previously received funding from the Office of Research and Innovation. Where applicants have received previous funding, only those who have demonstrated achievement in their approved deliverables will be considered. In circumstances when the number of proposals exceeds the amount of funds available, projects will be selected based on the following priorities:
A sub-committee of the ORI will re-assess the selection priorities each year to ensure they are in keeping with the College's needs and direction.
Applicants are asked to suggest three persons (two of whom must be external) in their field who can evaluate the project, excluding persons on their research committee.
Applications seeking funding to complete research for degree completion:
must complete the application form and where applicable, the research proposal will be reviewed by the Research Ethics Board. (see guidelines)
Applications seeking funding for "Publication and/or Conference presentation of research based material" and for "Other Applied Research":
must complete the application form. The proposed research will be assessed by the Research Proposal Review Panel which will rate each submission in the following areas:
Each area will be graded according to the following marking scheme to achieve a total grade:
0 – not acceptable
1 – needs major revision
2 – acceptable with minor changes
3 – acceptable
4 – excellent
Decision will be based on the scoring. Advice for researcher(s) will be provided. Proposals that receive a rating of "not acceptable" (0) or "needs major revision" (1) for criteria 2 ("clarity of research questions") and/or for criteria 3 ("the methodology is appropriate and sound") will not be considered for funding.
Where applicable, the research proposal will be reviewed by the Research Ethics Board (see guidelines).
The results will be forwarded to the Research and Ethics Review Committee.
Will be prioritized for funding according to the priorities of the College (the weight of each will be published annually in advance of the application process) and based on the following set of criteria:
Each area will be ranked on a five point scale with one indicating weak and five indicating strong.
A list of recommended applications will be developed according to the scores and forwarded to the Office of Research & Innovation for final approval.
Terms of Funding:
Maintained by: Office of Research & Innovation