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Research at CUE and Covid-19. Important information on research grants

Posted on: Apr 2, 2020
I hope this message finds you well and in good health. These are trying times, but we will overcome them and emerge stronger on the other end. Below you will find relevant information on research at CUE, including upcoming competitions for funding.
The Office of Research Services continues to work towards strengthening our culture of research at CUE. However, we have had to make changes and difficult decisions related to research activities at CUE. As you know, CUE is not closed, but research activities on campus are not allowed for now. Research that can be done remotely from home continues. Once the emergency response is phased out, regular activities will resume.
Due to the restrictions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the difficult decision was made to recall existing research funding for travel to conferences under the Impact and SSHRC (SIG) Exchange programs, and to cancel the adjudication of Student Research Grants in March, 2020. However, to assist faculty members who have seen their projects delayed by Covid-19, we offered them six-month, no cost extensions to their existing project grants in the Seed and SSHRC (SIG) Explore streams.
Some good news for you. While we made the decision not to offer dissemination awards in the upcoming months, we will still hold competitions for the SSHRC (SIG) Explore and Seed streams, due April 30th and May 15th, respectively. Information on the upcoming competitions is being released via Inside CUE. In addition, we are glad to announce the launch of the Natural Sciences and Engineering (CUE-NSE) grant.
We have been monitoring the updates from the sponsors and contacting those holding external research grants from the Tri-Agency (SSHRC, NSERC) that may be eligible for extensions to their deadlines. The Tri-Agency has extended the deadlines for several competitions, while others remain unchanged. Some results from previous competitions may be delayed.
If you are interested in applying for an external grant, please contact the ORS as soon as possible to obtain relevant information. Submissions of applications for external funding are allowed, with the only difference that the External Grant Institutional Signature Page requirement is now processed electronically, instead of hard copy.
As usual, should you have any questions, please contact the Office of Research Services (research@concordia.ab.ca).
Stay safe and healthy.
Best regards,

Ramses Ilarraza, PhD

Asst. Vice-President Research