Research Grants Policy

Adopted by Faculty, 21 November 2017

Available Research Grants
Eligible Expenses
Application Procedure
Grant Administration


During any year in which s/he is not on sabbatical, each voting faculty member (including teaching fellows but not normally members of joint faculty) is eligible to apply for a research grant.

  • It is to be expected that Joint Faculty members eligible for Dalhousie RDF and other funding will apply first to Dalhousie, and will apply to King’s only for expenses (like research assistance, copyright fees etc.) that are not covered by (or given low priority by) Dalhousie.
  • Any faculty member who has received a research grant from King’s in the past must report on the progress and success of the project for which s/he received that grant (including publications in press or published) before receiving any grant for a new project.
  • Research conducted for the fulfilment of a degree requirement or for professional development (e.g., curricular development) will not be eligible for research funding.

Available Research Grants

There are three types of grants:

  1. 1-year grant (maximum: $1,000).
  2. 2-year grant (maximum: $2,000).
  3. 3-year grant (maximum: $3,500 ($4,000 if two or more King’s faculty members are involved in the project)).

Faculty cannot hold more than one grant in the same budget year(s).

No more than $3,500 in grants will be attributed to a single project ($4,000 if two or more King’s faculty members are involved).

Eligible Expenses

  • costs associated with the preparation of SSHRC grant proposals;
  • cost of photocopying, bibliographic searches, reproduction expenses (including imaging and copyright fees), etc.;
  • secretarial and/or research assistance;
  • research travel costs (to libraries or for consultations and interviews directly related to research project), including economy airfare, ground transportation, accommodation and meals, to a maximum of three weeks.
  • supplies (including hardware & software directly required for completion of project, as well as paper, cartridges, postage costs, etc.). Grants are not meant to replace hardware and software usually provided by the university. Demand for such supplies will have to be justified;
  • costs associated with preparation of manuscript (including typing, permission fees, index construction, preparation of camera-ready copy including artwork, photos, tables, maps, etc.).

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit their research grant application form as well as all relevant documentation to the King’s Human Resources and Compensation Officer.

There are normally four deadlines for application:

  1. 15 March,
  2. 15 June,
  3. 15 September,
  4. 15 January

If the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, the next business day will serve as the deadline. Late or retroactive applications will not normally be accepted.

Grant Administration

  • Funds given as research grants will be retained in the Bursar’s Office until drawn upon (with proper documentation). Unused funds will normally be returned to the Research and Travel fund at the end of the grant funding period.
  • Applicants must submit to the Human Resources and Compensation Officer and the Chair of CRTF a one-page final report on the results of the research project by the end of the grant term indicating if and how the results were disseminated and if it has led to an application to an external funding agency.