SSHRC – Major Collaborative Research Inititatives (MCRI)

The Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI) program supports leading edge research with true potential for intellectual breakthrough that addresses broad and critical issues of intellectual, social, economic and cultural significance through the effective coordination and integration of diverse research activities and research results.

Faculty of Education – Assoc. Dean Research: no less than one week prior to agency deadline (2-3 weeks prior if you want feedback on your application – consult with Karen Kueneman)
UWO Internal – Research Development Services: no less than 3 days prior to agency deadline.
SSHRC: Stage 1 (Letter of Intent) – February 21, 2010 (for a decision end of April)
Stage 2 (Formal application – by invitation only) – September 1, 2010 (decision Dec 31)

Stage 1: Up to $20,000 over 8 months
Stage 2: Minimum $100,000 per year and up to 2.5 million over 7 years.

Description: The MCRI program seeks to support research with a strong analytical component, research of such significance and quality that it brings international recognition to the team, involves appropriate partners and stakeholders and produces results that will have a major impact on Canadian scholarship and society.
Objectives are to:

  • support leading edge, collaborative research that meets high standards of excellence, promises a significant contribution to the advancement and transfer of knowledge in the humanities and social sciences, and encourages discussion and debate from a broad perspective on critical issues of intellectual, social, economic and cultural significance for Canadian scholarship and society;
  • promote broadly based collaborative research as the central mode of research activity—both within and among disciplines, departments, and faculties as well as with other sciences at universities across the country and abroad;
  • promote the development of active partnerships with private or public sector groups to ensure their participation in the design and conduct of the research project and in the dissemination of research results;
  • promote the development of links with appropriate stakeholders;
  • provide unique opportunities for training students and postdoctoral fellows in a collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment;
  • support research that achieves integrated and comprehensive syntheses of the issues under study;
  • encourage dynamic and innovative approaches to disseminating research findings that will have a major impact on Canadian scholarship and society by reaching both traditional and new audiences, including Canadian and international scholars, policy makers, stakeholders and the general public;
  • involve postsecondary institutions in long-term commitments to the development of unique, large-scale inter-postsecondary institution research initiatives.

Eligibility: The program is intended for leading scholars with solid track records and past experience in collaborative research, student training and grant management, and who demonstrate the leadership and other skills necessary for managing a complex, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional project. The project director must be eligible to hold a research account at UWO.

• The research team must represent a minimum of two Canadian postsecondary institutions (including the Canadian host institution), and must include sufficient members to cover the diverse perspectives and expertise required by the breadth of the research questions outlined in the proposal. The team may include co-applicants (co-investigators) and collaborators in accordance with SSHRC definitions.

Applications and more information…

Full Applications are to be processed through Research Development Services for institutional signatures, and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA Proposal.

NEW: Applicants for MCRIs may also be able to secure infrastructure funding to support their research from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Leaders Opportunity Fund at the formal application stage (see Funding for Infrastructure and Research Support).


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