2022 ARC-NL Research Grants Competition
In 2022-2023 the Aging Research Centre-Newfoundland and Labrador (ARC-NL) of Memorial University will fund
TWO ARC-NL Research Grants of up to $25,000 each. Additional funds may be awarded depending on agreements with co-funders.
For the 2022 awards, ARC-NL is adjusting its approach from previous years. In response to the interests of the provincial government (our grant funder), at least one of the projects funded this year will be in the area of social sciences/humanities/population health research.
ARC-NL has been pleased to support biomedical/clinical research projects and will continue to do so; however, to increase the amount of research that will help better understand and plan for demographic change and healthy aging across the lifespan one of the projects to be funded this year will be in the area of social sciences/population-based research. That research covers a variety of topics related to aging – those may include but are not limited to: transportation, aging in place, digital divide, social isolation, silver entrepreneurship, and those that fall under the topic of age-friendly communities.
For the 2022-2023 Research Grants, ARC-NL will fund:
- The top overall proposal from any discipline that meets the criteria
- The top proposal in the area of social sciences/humanities/population health
Proposals must focus on aging-related research that is relevant in the Newfoundland and Labrador context.
The Principal Applicant is the person who will take primary responsibility for the intellectual direction of the research and assume administrative responsibility for the funds. Researchers holding an ARC-NL Research Grant cannot apply for another until their current award is completed, and are not eligible to apply during the next cycle for the same project (i.e., cannot hold multiple ARC-NL awards across multiple years to fund a project for longer).
Principal Applicants must:
- Be employed by a post-secondary academic institution or by a health or community services institution in Newfoundland and Labrador and have dedicated time for research as part of their employment
- Have a PhD, or the terminal degree in their field, or a health professional degree
- Be a Research Member of ARC-NL (Apply here if you are not already a member)
*Note 1: Researchers employed at institutions outside of Newfoundland and Labrador may be ‘Co-Applicants’ or ‘Collaborators’ but not a Principal Applicant. ‘Co-Applicants’ do not need a doctorate but they should be trainees or independent researchers with Master’s qualifications in a field relevant to aging research. ‘Collaborators’ are individuals who make a contribution to the intellectual direction of the research and who play a role in its conduct. Collaborators do not need to be affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution. ARC-NL does not cover expenses that Collaborators incur in the conduct of research with the exception of certain travel and subsistence expenses related to research planning and meeting with the Principal Applicant.
Amount of Award
The maximum value of an ARC-NL Research Grant is $25,000.
Excluded Expenses for ARC-NL Research Grants:
- Expenditures considered as overhead, including space rental, renovation or construction, purchase of laboratory furniture or other permanent equipment normally supplied by the institution
- Costs of entertainment or hospitality except where necessary for recruiting study participants
- Academic fees for research trainees
- Salary payments to the Principal Applicant or any Co–Applicants or collaborators
- Travel expenses for dissemination at scholarly meetings/events greater than $2,000. (Note: Travel to disseminate back to the community where data was collected is an eligible expense and not limited to $2,000)
Letter of Intent (Due 11:59 p.m., Monday, January 17, 2022)
- Provide the name of the principal applicant and all co-applicants, project title, brief plain language description the project and suggested peer reviewers (if applicable). The LOIs will be used to create peer review committee. Anyone who submits a LOI by the deadline will be eligible to submit a full application. Please note, the LOI is not a part of the application that will be adjudicated, but is meant to assist ARC-NL in creating the peer review committee. It is strongly suggested that applicants provide names of potential peer reviewers that you do not have a conflict of interest with.
(Due 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2022):
- Complete and submit an ARC-NL Research Grant application form (electronic application forms)
Important! Please first download the form and save it to your desktop as “Last Name_ARC-NL RG2022”; make sure you open the saved file using Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat, then fill in the form and save it again.
You must also attach electronic (PDF) versions of:
- Research grant proposal excluding references and a maximum of two figures (2000 words maximum)
- CVs for Principal Applicant and all Co–Applicants
- Completed ARC-NL Research Member application (Principal Applicant and all Co-Applicants if not already a Member)
- You may include letters of support from partners and/or aging-related organizations
Formatting guidelines for attachments are listed on the application form.
Research proposals will be assessed on the basis of whether they have
indirect relevance to both aging in general and aging in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Direct relevance to Aging||The proposed research is specifically relevant to older adults. This includes, but is not limited to studying older adults (either in isolation or in comparison to another age group), the aging process, or political, social, geographic, and/or health issues that are critical for older adults.|
Indirect relevance to Aging||The proposed research could benefit older adults, but is not specific or uniquely beneficial to older adults.|
|Direct Relevance to Newfoundland and Labrador||The proposed research is focused on aging within Newfoundland and Labrador. The knowledge generated has the potential to specifically benefit the people or province of Newfoundland and Labrador.|
Indirect relevance to Newfoundland and Labrador||The proposed research could benefit the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, but is not specifically focused on issues that are specific to Newfoundland and Labrador.|
- Expertise and research experience of the applicant
- Quality of the proposal (methods, clarity)
- Originality of the proposed research
- Feasibility of the proposal
- Inclusion of older adults as members of the research team will be seen as an asset
- Leveraged funding and/or partnerships with teams and programs in other jurisdictions and/or programs that link researchers, government officials, and/or community stakeholders will be seen as assets
Proposals may be considered for co-funding with an ARC-NL funding partner if they are eligible. Applicants may indicate on the application form whether or not they consent ARC-NL to share their application with funding partners to be considered for co-funding.
Duration of Award and End of Award Reports
ARC-NL Research Grants
may be held for up to 15 months after receipt of the funding. Upon completion of the award, recipients must submit an End of Award Report within two months to
Award recipients will also be required to support and participate in ARC-NL’s knowledge mobilization activities.
Relevance of Research Impacting Indigenous Groups Policy
Memorial University is committed to ensuring that research that impacts Indigenous communities, cultures and lands must be grounded in ethical conduct and respectful, ongoing engagement with Indigenous groups. Should your research involve Indigenous peoples, please ensure you adhere to the requirements of the
Research Impact Indigenous Groups Policy
For more information on ARC-NL Research Grants, please contact the ARC-NL Coordinator at (709) 639-4872 or