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- Fall 2020
- Announcing the winners of the Fall 2020 FCAT Photo Contest
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- The one and only: Jo-Anne Ray recognized for 25 years of service to SFU publishing program
- Stephen Collis receives $20,000 grant to host geopoetics symposium and residency
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- SFU’s Digital Democracies Institute led by Wendy Chun works to advance new technology and cultural democracy
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- Chantal Gibson's Senate artwork raises social awareness for Black Canadian voices
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- SIAT professor Carman Neustaedter shares what he has learned about online teaching during the pandemic
- Steve DiPaola of SIAT collaborates with an International team to develop VR training simulations
- Teaching in a digital world: Introducing FCAT’s new Teaching Fellow, Hannah McGregor
- SIAT alumnus partners with Mechatronic Systems Engineering professor to produce 3D-printed ventilators
- Untold internet histories: A research partnership between SFU and the London School of Economics
- Wendy Chun receives $200,000 research grant to combat fake news
- SIAT MA student Meta Vaughan receives the 2020 Terry Fox Gold Medal
- Summer 2020
- Graduating during a pandemic: words of wisdom from 7 FCAT students
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- 2020 Convocation Medal winners
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- Printing for good: SFU staff, students and alumni volunteer with the B.C. COVID-19 3D Printing Group
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- Going above and beyond to build community: Marion Walter wins Work Performance Award
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- Announcing the Greg Younging Undergraduate Award in Publishing
- FCAT faculty members awarded SSHRC Insight Development Grants for research and innovations in digital media
- Spring 2020
- New hands-on course has SFU students organizing second annual Skoden Indigenous Film Festival
- SFU alum Michael Cheng's venture Sniply acquired in multi-million dollar deal
- Inspired, magical, connected: How virtual reality can make you well
- #Fakenews is being used to discredit mainstream media coverage of the Canadian election
- Scant evidence of active Twitter bots as Canadian election kicks off
- Russian Twitter trolls stoke anti-immigrant lies ahead of Canadian election
- Medical crowdfunding supports the wealthy and endangers privacy – here’s how to make it more ethical
- How journalists can rebut Trump’s ‘fake news’ claims
- The counter-intuitive solution to getting people to care about climate change
- Drop the doom and gloom: Climate journalism is about empowerment
- Celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science
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- Social media during a crisis and how we stay connected
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- Amanda’s adventures in academia yield first PhD in publishing in North America
- Fall 2019
- Yuezhi Zhao, professor and Canada Research Chair, receives Canada's highest academic honour
- SFU students to create solutions for a more sustainable, local textile industry
- In Memoriam: Ker Wells
- Art as education: Kitty Walker shares her love of art with the next generation
- New perspectives and fresh angles: journalist gains international experience in Global Communication MA program
- Graduate takes New Media to new creative levels with Artificial Intelligence
- SFU researchers’ innovative software key to choreographer Merce Cunningham’s dance legacy
- Musical memories refreshed: Olo Radio gives Last FM users a new way to interact with their music-streaming history
- Research excellence celebrated at second annual FCAT Research Awards
- Summer 2019
- Denise Quesnel receives a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to support her PhD research
- Master of Digital Media grad founds augmented reality company
- SFU film students create new platform for B.C.’s Indigenous filmmakers
- SFU students develop interactive AI design concept that could help teach children empathy
- Five FCAT faculty members receive SSHRC Insight Development Grants
- SFU partners with Kwantlen Park Secondary for summer school film course
- University Highlands Elementary partners with SFU for "Short Filmmaking Adventures" summer course
- FCAT Undergraduate Research Fellow Rachel Wong makes the most of her time at SFU
- Four FCAT faculty members receive Dewey Fellowships to investigate innovative teaching and learning methods
- Spring 2019
- Lighthouse Labs Prize propels Master of Digital Media grad’s career
- Professor Robert Hackett receives Warren Gill Award for Community Impact
- FCAT welcomes Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media Wendy Chun
- Semester in Alternate Realities students teach people to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes
- CBC's Connie Walker discusses reporting Indigenous stories at SFU's Emerging Leaders in Publishing Summit [Video]
- First annual Demo Day at the Centre for Digital Media saw grad students mingle with alumni startups
- SIAT professors adjust teaching style for SFU’s ground-breaking Semester in Alternate Realities
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- SIAT wins big at the Vancouver UX awards for the second year in a row
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- Spring 2017
- SCA theatre professor Ker Wells and alumna create community pageant in New Glasgow PEI
- Peter Anderson Receives 2017 Chis Dagg Award for International Impact
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Research funding proposal
Preparing a research grant proposal is a large endeavor, involving several writing stages and stakeholders.
For step-by-step advice on how to develop or tailor a strong grant proposal, as well as review or editing services of draft proposals, please consult your Faculty Research Grants Facilitator who is an experienced professional in this field.
Although evaluation criteria for competitive grant programs vary from one program to another, weighted criteria generally includes:
- Merit of the proposal or challenge: originality, significance, aim and importance and impact
- Feasibility: budget (including partner contributions and matching funds when applicable), timelines, knowledge mobilization/translation/transfer plans
- Capability: quality, quantity and significance of past experience of applicant and, if applicable, the research team, expertise, ongoing research, collaborations, evidence of past or potential success, training and mentoring opportunities of students and Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP)
Other evaluation criteria or considerations and relevant links may include, among others:
- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) – see SFU EDI Resource Guide and EDI Website. Also, visit the secure FCAT Faculty Portal for additional resources and templates regarding EDI here (login with SFU ID and password).
- Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) – see Status of Women Canada GBA+ and CIHR Resources
- Data Management Plans – see SFU Library - Research Data Management
Writing the proposal
For templates, support, advice, review and editing services, please consult your Faculty Research Grants Facilitator.
A research proposal for any competitive granting SFU internal or external funding organization program will generally include the following or similar modules and approximate length requirements:
An overall summary of your project with a compelling introductory paragraph, a description of your project theme, team members/collaborations, research approach and methods, and expected impact or contributions
A more detailed description of your project, including overall project goal and specific objectives, context, literature review relevant to the project theme, challenges to be addressed, originality and significance of the research proposed, theoretical framework, methods proposed and (when not required separately), a timeline of project activities.
Training and Mentoring
A description of student and highly qualified personnel (HQP) training activities that will result from the inclusion of students or HQP on your project team and research activities, professional skills and development that they will gain, and other outcomes that will benefit students and emerging scholars/professionals from the research outcomes and knowledge transfer of your project.
Expected Outcomes or Impact
A statement or description of how your project will impact various stakeholders, sectors and audiences in academic, community, industry, non-profit sectors, law and policy, science, technology, artistic, national and/or international and other areas.
How will you share the knowledge and findings of the research proposed throughout the project and after its conclusion? This includes sharing knowledge with relevant stakeholders or sectors, at professional, academic or other knowledge-sharing venues, scholarly or other publications, artistic or scientific products, commercialization, collaborative networks or partnerships and other.
A detailed justification or explanation of project activities, personnel, equipment, hardware/software, facilities and other expenses that are requested from the granting organization and/or provided by project partners or host institutions as matching funds or contributions. These expenses must comply with the grant program and host institution eligibility requirements.
CV and Contributions
Please complete the required template according to the grant program guidelines (e.g., Canadian Common CV or other). This information is usually required from the Principal Applicant and Co-applicants, but may also be fully or partially required from of Collaborators, Knowledge Users, and/or Other Team Members. Researchers should provide the full list of their research achievements within the required timeframes, such as peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed publications, but also, other contributions such as conference proceedings and presentations, invited lectures, public presentations, performances, exhibits, artistic creations, inventions, student training and mentoring (incl. undergraduate students) and any other relevant information that informs evaluation committee members about their expertise and capability to lead the proposed project.
Letters of Support
From Partner Organizations, Host Institutions, Knowledge Users or Other Stakeholders if applicable, and particularly when such organizations are required to provide matching or other financial (cash and/or in-kind contributions)
Required Statements, Evidence of Partnership or Research Creation, or Other Document(s), if applicable. This could include information to support considerations such as Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+), Data Management Plans, Memoranda of Understanding, IP Agreements, Ethics Certification Plans or other.
Preparing a grant budget
The SFU Office of Research Services (ORS) provides comprehensive information on their website about how to develop a research budget with relevant tools, resources and guidelines pertaining to budget development, the differences between direct costs and indirect costs of research and a list of FAQs about overhead.
In addition, the following information applies to rates of pay and benefits for research personnel at the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT).
Rates of pay and benefits for research personnel
Undergraduate and graduate students completing Master's or Ph.D. programs can be hired through a research grant to support principal investigators and co-investigators in completing a funded research project. They are paid through a salary as Research Assistants (RA) or a research stipend. According to the federal Tri-Agency granting guidelines, these forms of remuneration are defined as follows:
Stipend: Financial support given to a recipient of a training award, or provided by a grantee to a trainee, to support them while they are working on their research thesis and/or gaining research experience.
Salary: Remuneration for work performed by research personnel that contributes toward the direct cost of research for which the funds were awarded, in accordance with institutional employment contracts or collective agreements, where applicable.
Ref.: NSERC Use of Grant Funds (last modified: September 11, 2019)
Currently, Simon Fraser University does not set pay rates for grant-funded personnel. On November 15, 2019, Simon Fraser University entered into an agreement with the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) to make eligible RAs employees of the University by May 2020. All news and updates about the next steps in the transition of eligible RAs to employees of the university will be posted to the Human Resources RA webpage of the "Research Personnel Initiative" as they are available.
In the meantime, FCAT recommends the following student rates based on comparative amounts recommended by other faculties within the University. These amounts are indicative and also take into account competitive rates with NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR annual scholarships, competitive rates with other Canadian post-secondary institutions and the cost of living in British Columbia.
Recommended FCAT Stipend Amounts:
- Masters students: $17,000 - $24,000/year
- Doctoral students: $19,000 - $26,500/year
Recommended FCAT hourly rates:
Benefits @ 14%
Benefits @ 14%
Note: “Benefits” includes statutory welfare benefits of 10% of salary and statutory holiday pay of 4%. Either percentage may be increased by law, or may vary by individual. For budgeting purposes, the 14% figure should be used.
A "Postdoctoral Fellow" or "PDF" is defined by SFU Research Policy R 50.03, section 4.1 as "a person who has completed a doctoral degree and who has been appointed by the University for a limited period of time to undertake advanced research and further professional development in association with one or more of the University’s faculty members".
Since the latest revisions to Policy R 50.30 June 27, 2019, most grant-funded PDFs have become employees of the University and thus qualify for benefits as described on the Human Resources PDF website of the Research Personnel Initiative. Human Resources is currently working to facilitate a timely transition to the new policy and more news and updates will soon be available soon.
FCAT recommends the following PDF fellowship amounts based on comparative amounts recommended by other faculties within the University. These amounts are indicative and also take into account competitive rates with NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR annual scholarships, competitive rates with other Canadian post-secondary institutions and the cost of living in British Columbia:
Travel and Accomodation Expenses
Research projects may require travel expenses to conduct empirical field, consultative or ethnographic research, to meet with team members or focus groups, organize knowledge creation or knowledge mobilization events and to disseminate research results at conferences.
Travel expenses included in a research project budget must comply with SFU's Business and Travel Expenses Policy AD 3.02. In particular:
- Travel and business expenses to be reimbursed "must be consistent with the mission of the University" (Policy AD 3.02, art. 3.1) and
- Travel must be the most direct and economic option, with due consideration to effective use of the traveler's time. Luxury modes of travel, such as first class airfare or luxury model car rentals, are not reimbursable expenses (Policy AD 3.02, art. 3.10).
The following recommended tips and guidelines usually apply to most Tri-Council granting agencies and other funders, however, these may vary according to specific agency or funder requirements.
- Economy airfare, supported by name of travel organization or onlines search fares (airline, bus, train)
- Mileage: According to funder's guidelines or SFU Policy AD 3.02, art. 3.11 (does not exceed the amount eligible under the Income Tax Act for tax-free reimbursement - see Allowable allowance rates)
Hotel or Other Accomodations:
- Hotels (average prices of 3-4 start hotels are generally acceptable) or other arrangements (e.g., university residence rates, hosted at a resident's home, etc.) for a reasonable and justified duration that is essential to complete the proposed research activity.
Software, Hardware, Supplies
Many applicants would like to include costs such as supplies or services (e.g., photocopies, phone calls, dissemination materials), a laptop for field research or specialized computers/printers or other hardware for specific research tasks or software that supports research.
In such cases, it is strongly advised to limit expenses to those that are justifiable as necessary and essential to the research in the proposed research project (e.g., usually only 1 laptop for field research is advised), with quotes and details for specialized hardware (e.g., brand, model, price, taxes).
Most granting organizations will also want to know if items are already provided by your host institution. It is important to note, in this respect, that SFU provides its researchers with Microsoft Office and various Research or other Software. Please consult the list of SFU Software Downloads and Licenses before including it as a cost item in your budget: https://www.sfu.ca/itservices/technical/software.html
As indicated on the Office of Research Services webpage on "Direct Costs", "Equipment refers to apparatus used primarily for research within the proposed project. Based on SFU Policy A 30.08, equipment purchased from external funds or with University funds (including internal research funds) belongs to SFU".
For large costs related to equipment, lab and facilities, researchers may wish to consider applying to a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Grant. More information is available on the Institutional Strategic Awards wepage on CFI.
As indicated on the Office of Research Services webpage on "Direct Costs", Services "includes laboratory analysis services, marketing and printing services, consultant services, publication and communication services, etc. Quotes or statements of work are usually required to justify services. Please note services over $50,000CAD require competitive bidding and at least three quotes."
As indicated on the Office of Research Services webpage on "Direct Costs", "In some cases, the funding sponsor allows payment to investigators in recognition of their time, efforts and expertise. The amount of such a payment, often referred to as an investigator fee, will be established at the proposal stage and must be indicated on the SFU Funding Application Signature Sheet and have the approval of the Chair and Dean.
In particular, Investigator Fees must comply with the provisions of Section 3.0 Payment to Employees in SFU Independent Contractor Policy AD 3.11. In order to initiate payment following project completion, the investigator should submit a completed Additional Pay Authorization Form (See "Payroll", then choose the form that corresponds with the individual's union or position at SFU.) to Research Accounting, signed by the Dean and Chair (or Associate Dean where there is no Chair or if the investigator is the Chair). The one-time payment or bi-weekly payment should be adjusted to account for approximately additional 8% statutory costs such as CPP and EI.
Please see the Office of Research Services brief, “What to I need to know about investigator fees?,” for further information.
Teaching buy-out or the "minimum costs of one regular course" that would provide researchers more time to conduct their proposed research project must be approved by the Department Chair/School or Program Director and Faculty Dean prior to their inclusion in a research project budget. Buy-outs often entail challenges for faculties to seek a qualified replacement and several formal hiring procedures. They are therefore approved only exceptionally and should not be considered as automatic even when an external grant to pay the cost of the buy-out is approved.
More specifically, according to SFU Policy A 30.03 on "Tenure Track Faculty Worload Policy":
"Under certain circumstances, faculty members may 'buy out' teaching responsibilities when the source of funds is an external research grant or contract, and where the benefits of the buy-out to the faculty member’s research program outweigh the effects on the unit’s teaching program and its students. A faculty member normally may not buy out more than one course in any academic year. Other limitations may apply (see Study Leave policy). The Dean and the Chair must approve buy-out applications. The minimum cost of one regular course buy-out is 12% of annual salary."
Applicants seeking to obtain approval of a teaching buy-out must also include this information in their SFU Funding Application Signature Sheet.
For larger, more complex research projects, some granting organizations will allow applicants to request support for a Research Project Manager. Applicants at SFU are strongly encouraged to build in a special budget line for this purpose when possible. They may consult with their FCAT Research Facilitator to know when such opportunities are available and/or desirable.
In some cases, the Research Project Management team in SFU’s Institutional Strategic Awards office can provide assistance. Please contact them at email@example.com at the very outset of your research project planning to discuss this possibility.