SRCR Education and Training Support (SETS) Grant - Application Criteria and Procedures
The Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research (SRCR) is mandated to promote:
- high ethical standards in the responsible conduct of research;
- educational activities related to the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2);
- educational activities related to the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research (the RCR Framework).
The purpose of the SRCR Education and Training Support (SETS) grant is to provide funding to help with the costs of developing and delivering an education and/or training activity (e.g. workshops, webinars, online education, conferences, etc.) that does one or more of the following:
- Engages researchers in the application of TCPS 2 guidance to research design and/or conduct;
- Engages research ethics board members and/or research ethics staff in the application of TCPS 2 guidance to research ethics review;
- Engages the administration of eligible institutions in the application of TCPS 2 guidance to the fulfillment of the institution’s obligations under the Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions (the Agreement) (e.g. establishing research ethics boards, ensuring research ethics policies are in accordance with TCPS 2, delivering research ethics education);
- Raises public awareness of TCPS 2 guidance (e.g. participant engagement activities);
- Engages communities and groups who are involved in research and/or research ethics review in the application of TCPS 2 to their activities;
- Produces a re-usable research education and/or training tool that promotes the application of the guidance in TCPS 2;
- Engages researchers in understanding how the RCR Framework applies to the conduct of research;
- Engages responsible conduct of research (RCR) officers/administrators in the application of the RCR Framework to the assessment and investigation of RCR allegations;
- Engages the administration of eligible institutions in the application of the RCR Framework to the fulfillment of the institution’s obligations under the Agreement (e.g. training RCR staff, ensuring RCR policies are in accordance with the RCR Framework, delivering RCR education);
- Raises public awareness of guidance in the RCR Framework (e.g. responsible conduct of research best practices);
- Engages communities and groups who are involved in research and/or research ethics review in the application of the RCR Framework to their activities;
- Produces a re-usable RCR education and/or training tool that promotes the application of guidance in the RCR Framework.
- Applicants affiliated with institutions that are eligible for research funding from one of the three Agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) or the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and/or;
- Canadian non-governmental or not-for-profit organizations (including community or charitable organizations) with a research ethics education mandate consistent with the mandate of SRCR.
- All budget items must be eligible following Agencies guidelines on the use of grant funds.
- In the context of this grant, the term Principal Applicant is defined as any individual who plays a primary role in the organization or administration of the proposed activity / event
- A Principal Applicant, who assumes administrative responsibilities for the grant, must be named for each SETS application.
- The Principal Applicant’s institution must be eligible to administer Agency funds.
- The name of the institution or person to whom the grant payment(s) is to be made may be different than the business office of the institution of the Principal Applicant.
- Applications will be accepted twice a year. The deadlines to submit an application are March 1st and October 1st. Applicants will be notified of the results within two months of the deadline date.
Successful applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Ability of applicant(s) or coordinating group(s) to meet stated objectives
- Appropriate budget and justification for the requested amount
- Activity goals and objectives:
- Clarity of the stated goals and objectives
- Potential reach and impact of the proposed activity (i.e. how many participants, communities, and institutions may benefit)
- Justification for funding:
- Alignment with SRCR mandate and priorities
- Appropriate application of TCPS 2 and/or the RCR Framework
- Experience/expertise and knowledge of applicants relevant to the proposed activity
- Previous experience organizing similar activities
- Contributions of applicants; involvement of other experts
- Inclusion of relevant stakeholders (research community, participant communities, decision-makers, health care providers, etc.)
- Clearly defined evaluation plan(s) of the proposed training/education activity
- A plan to share education/training materials, tools and/or knowledge generated through the grant funds to the extent possible and appropriate
- Indication of whether tools, materials or knowledge generated through the grant would be considered open-access or whether their distribution would be restricted in some way.
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