The Collaborative Activity Grant Program is generally applicable to work defined in collaboration with the IRSST, and whose cost and duration are more limited than for a research project. For the most part, a collaborative activity is work that falls within the IRSST’s priority themes and that is preliminary to or follows a research project. This work takes the form mainly of literature reviews; preliminary, exploratory or feasibility studies; statistical analyses; or expertise activities applying a proven methodology or promoting a technique, approach or product resulting from an IRSST-funded project.
Collaborative activity grant proposals are drafted by researchers in consultation with the leader of the research field in question.
Any researcher capable of making a scientific contribution to Québec workers' occupational health and safety may submit an application for funding. In particular, the IRSST hopes to receive applications from scientists with a doctorate or the equivalent and who are affiliated with a Québec post-secondary educational or research establishment.
The principal investigator is responsible for the intellectual direction of the proposed research, performs the administrative duties related to the grant, and acts as the contact person with the IRSST. Only one person may play this role.
Applications must be prepared using the Activity Estimate Form.
- Submission of the “Activity Estimate” form. Activity estimates must be submitted by the deadlines announced periodically by the IRSST. Send the form by e-mail to the research management advisor for the research field concerned.
- Verification of compliance. The activity estimate is first checked to establish its compliance with the eligibility conditions and the form’s guidelines. A preliminary analysis is then done.
- Verification of correspondence to the Institute’s research fields and orientations. The activity estimate is submitted to the Institute’ Scientific Division in order to determine whether the proposed subject corresponds to one of its fields of research and to its orientations. It is strongly recommended that researchers who wish to apply for collaborative activity grants contact the leader of the research field in question or the scientific director when preparing their application.
- Decision on the relevance and priority of the proposed subject, and on funding. Depending on the amounts requested, the activity estimate is forwarded to the IRSST’s administrative committee or the Scientific Advisory Board, which evaluates its relevance and priority, and makes a recommendation regarding its acceptance or not for funding, based on its compliance with the IRSST’s mandate and guiding principles.
- Announcement of the decision. An award letter, accompanied by the Timetable and Instalment Procedures form, is sent to all grant recipients.