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The Harris Centre Suite of Research Funds Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Who can apply?
Any Memorial faculty, staff or student can apply. Students, including part time and international students, and staff must have a faculty member with research privileges as a supervisor. Term teaching assignment faculty members are also eligible, but must have a faculty member with research privileges as a co-applicant.

2. How many references do I need?
We require three (3) individuals to provide academic referrals/references for your project. The referrals can be a brief recommendation that you undertake this project as part of your study or a longer recommendation of your capacity to do research in general. It is up to the referee what he/she wishes to communicate to us. You will be able to submit referees’ email address in the online application system and then the referees will be prompted by email to submit a referral through the system.

3. What if I don’t know what to write in terms of a Knowledge Mobilization plan?
We understand that it may be difficult to determine the best ways to mobilize your research and results prior to conducting the research. We do expect, however, that you briefly describe how you think you may mobilize the project. For example, the research and results may lend itself to an online project or website, or it might be more useful to mobilize findings through a meeting with specific community stakeholders. Also, if you have expertise in a specific medium such as websites or film you can indicate that. It may help if you try to answer questions such as: Who is the non-academic audience for my project? What is the best way to reach them? We can help you work out the details of how it will be mobilized once the work is completed. For help with this section, you can contact Bojan Fürst, Manager of Knowledge Mobilization: ph. 709-864-2120 or email bfurst@mun.ca

4. Who needs to sign the signature page?
We require signatures from: The Applicant; The Academic Supervisor (if applicable); The Head of the Department/Unit/Division (if applicable) and; The Dean of the Unit/Division. Please contact us if there are any questions or you require clarification.

5. What about the writing sample? How long should it be? Can I enter a co-authored sample?
We expect the writing sample to be an essay or short paper which can demonstrate your ability to communicate your work. Appropriate writing samples are essays, journal articles, non- academic articles, a chapter or a portion of a larger publication such as a book or a thesis. Please do not attach an entire book manuscript or a thesis as a part of your application. Microsoft Word or .pdf documents are the only acceptable formats.

6. What happens if I go over the page limit for the project proposal?
We allow for a 6-page proposal for most funds, and a 2-page proposal for the Strategic Partnership – Harris Centre Student Research Fund. If you go over the page limit, we will only submit the number of pages allotted to the evaluation committee (ie. The first six pages for most funds, or the first 2 pages for the Strategic Partnership – Harris Centre Student Research Fund). Please stay within the limit.

7. What criteria will the selection committee use to evaluate my application?
The evaluation criteria is available on the Harris Centre website.

8. Do I need to include a budget?
You need to include budget material in the appropriate section of the online application. The maximum total amount you may request is $15,000.

9. Does the project have to be one-year long?
We encourage funded projects to have a timeframe of one year. If you are able to complete your project in a shorter timeframe then it is acceptable to submit your final report prior to the one-year mark. Projects must begin within two (2) months of receiving award notification and end within one year.

10. When will I know if I was successful in receiving funding?
We aim to collect the applications, have the evaluation committee review them, and make awards within two weeks of the fund deadline. The Harris Centre will contact all applicants 4-6 weeks after the award decisions are made to let them know their status via mailed letter.
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