General Call for Project Proposals

Project proposals are being accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, February 4, 2022. Please read the Timeline and the Application process for more information.  

This SFU-Mitacs Globalink Research Award - General call invites proposal that demonstrate alignment with SFU's research priorities as articulated in the SFU Research Strategic Plan. Priority is given to proposals that demonstrate potential to lead to long-term and multifaceted research collaborations that advance strategic interests. Participating students must already be affiliated with the research teams at SFU or at the collaborating partner(s) to be eligible. Projects are required to contribute $2000 towards each $6000 award per participating students. Projects may request up to 5 awards per proposal.
 

Award Amount

$6,000 CAD per student dedicated fully to student stipend. Research cost should be covered by the host supervisor.

Contribution required from SFU supervisor

$2,000 CAD (part of the $6,000 award) cannot be tri-agency funds

PI must confirm the eligibility of the matching funds.

Length of Placement

12-24 weeks

Student Eligibility

Senior undergraduate, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. Preference will be given to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows

Earliest possible start date

September 2022

Latest possible start date

Within 12 months of application result*

*Mitacs allows placements to start up within 12 months of issuing the application results. If flexibility is required due to travel restrictions in response to the pandemic, SFU International will work with Mitacs to negotiate an extension.

 
Eligible countries:
 
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
 
Requirements:
1. Projects must demonstrate:
  • alignment with SFU’s research priorities as articulated in the 2016-2022 SFU Research Strategic Plan
  • potential to support strategic and multifaceted research collaborations. To this end, proposals must clearly articulate:
    • Objectives, significance, research plan and proposed interaction with the student. 
    • Likelihood of advancing SFU’s international collaboration and research priorities, including but not limited to:
      • establishment and/or continuation of a long-term research network
      • cross-institutional publications in highly ranked research outlets
      • joint applications to other international collaboration funding tools with the international partner
    • Deliverables, in addition to the final report required by Mitacs.
  • Benefits to Canada, such as:
    • missing skills, techniques or expertise that will be brought back or brought in;
    • original data that will be collected (by accessing specific sites or populations);
    • innovative ways of thinking that will provide another perspective to solve Canada’s challenges;
    • enhance impact of Canadian science.

2. Proposals that connect research teams and/or labs will be evaluated more favorably.

3. Participating students must already be affiliated with the research teams at SFU or the collaborating partner(s) to be eligible. 

4. SFU supervisor, international collaborator(s) and participating student(s) or postdoctoral fellow(s) must meet the Mitacs eligibility requirements

Timeline

The earlist a student can plan to travel is May 2022. Mitacs allows placements to start up within 12 months of issuing the application results. If flexibility is required due to travel restrictions in response to the pandemic, SFU International will work with Mitacs to negotiate an extension.

Proposals are being accepted on a rolling basis. The table below provides a few example timelines:

Start date of project Deadline to submit a project proposal
May 2022 Friday, November 12, 2021
September 2022 or later  Friday, February 4, 2022

Considerations:

1. If revisions to the application are required, it may take longer than 12 weeks to receive the application result.

2. Immigration document requirement varies depending on the student’s citizenship and the length of the research stay. Immigration document processing time varies depending on where the applicant is applying from. Check Work Permit processing submitted in your country: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/check-processing-times.html

3. If you are coming for a visit of less than 120 days, you might be eligible for a work permit exemption. This exemption is currently not available due to travel restrictions.

Application Process

1. A SFU faculty member can submit multiple proposals. Only one proposal is required for each project. Each project can include one or multiple students up to 5 students. The proposal should specify the number of inbound and/or outbound awards requested. Project proposals can be submitted online

2. Once the project proposal has been approved, eligible students will be provided instructions to submit a separate application package, which includes an application form, a research proposal, a CV, letters of support from both supervisors, and a copy of the host supervisor CV, to SFU.

 

If you have any questions about the award or the application process, please feel free to contact Zhaoying Hu (Manager, International Research Mobility) at research_mobility@sfu.ca.