The following priorities apply to all applicants:
- Proposals involving student participation are given priority. If student participation is not possible, it is strongly suggested that a brief justification be provided.
- Grants are awarded on the basis of merit. The ULRF applications will be vetted by the Teaching Centre Advisory Council. Due to limits on funding availability, appeals will not be considered.
The ULRF awards will be allocated between Emerging and Established Scholars, according to tri-agency definitions. The number of each type of applicant to be funded will be considered annually based upon the number of applications, budget allocation to the competition, and the quality of submitted applications.
Emerging Scholar: An emerging scholar is someone who has not yet had the opportunity to establish an extensive record of research achievement, but is in the process of building one. Applicants identifying themselves as an Emerging Scholar must demonstrate that they have not applied successfully as the Principal Investigator or Project Director for a research grant offered through Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
In addition, Emerging Scholars must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Have completed their highest degree no more than six years before the competition deadline (the Committee will consider only the date of completion of the first doctorate).
- Have held a tenured or tenure-track university appointment for less than six years.
- Have held a university appointment, but never a tenure-track position (in the case of institutions that offer tenure-track positions).
- Have had their careers significantly interrupted or delayed for health or family reasons within the past six years.
Established scholar: Someone who has established—or who, since the completion of his or her highest degree, has had the opportunity to establish—a record of research achievement.
Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Assessment of the Application (pass/fail): This is an overall rating for the proposal package.
- Quality and Originality of Proposal (40%) including the clarity of purpose/objectives; potential significance of proposed research; suitability of research methods/strategies; relationship/importance to research program; and suitability of proposed timetable.
- Research/Scholarly/Creative Achievements of Applicant (40%) including significance of previous work and level of research activity, taking into account the scholar's stage of career.
- Justification of Proposed Budget (20%). It is the responsibility of the applicant(s) to provide adequate information and justification for activities and expenditures included in the application package.
Please refer to the ULRF SoTL Fund 2022-2023 scoring sheet for the criteria used to evaluate applications.
The applications will be funded based on the ranking and the budget allotment for that funding year. It is expected that the number of fundable applications will exceed the amount of available funds for each competition.