The Collaborative Research Grant Program covers work that may include studies, analyses, design or development carried out according to a scientific process and likely to contribute to the advancement of knowledge. This work is defined in collaboration with the IRSST and falls within the priority themes.
Proposals for collaborative research studies are developed by researchers in collaboration with the research field leader, knowledge transfer advisor and research management advisor. First, the researchers are asked to send a brief summary of their proposed study, using the Summary page of the Letter of Intent form, to the research management advisor for the field concerned. This person coordinates the collaborative process. Once the process has been completed, the researcher may officially file his or her grant application by one of the periodically announced deadlines.
An applicant who files an application as a principal investigator must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, hold a doctorate or the equivalent, and hold a position as a professor or teacher in 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.
Application for funding is a two-step process.
- Submission of the Letter of Intent, for a prior recommendation on relevance and priority.
- Submission of a Research Protocol Form, which is the basis for the evaluation of the project's scientific merit and the decision to award funding.
- Submission of the “Letter of Intent” form. Letters of intent 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 Letter of Intent 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 Letter of Intent 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 research grants contact the leader of the research field in question during preparation of their application.
- Decision on relevance and priority. The Letter of Intent is forwarded to the IRSST's governing bodies, which evaluate the project's relevance and priority based on conformity to the IRSST's mandate and guiding principles.
- Submission of the “Research Protocol” form on invitation. Based on a positive recommendation regarding relevance and priority, the IRSST invites the researchers to prepare and submit a detailed research protocol. The relevance and priority recommendation is communicated by e-mail. The researchers have 2 (two) months from this date to submit the protocol.
- Evaluation of the protocol. The protocol’s scientific merit is evaluated through peer review (see Evaluation Criteria for Research Protocols).
- Decision on project funding. The Scientific Advisory Board then issues an implementation notice of the project, taking into account the evaluations done in the previous steps.
- Announcement of the decision. An award letter, accompanied by the Timetable and Instalment Procedures form, is sent to all grant recipients.