2020 - Call for Proposals


Small Research Grants

(Up to $15,000 for 1 year)

Deadline for applications is 4:00pm, ET, January 10, 2020.

New Researchers we ask that you apply for TSAS affiliation by Dec 20, 2019. 

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Current Call for Proposals

2020 'Small Research Grants'


This is the eighth Call for Proposals (CFP) for Research Grants offered by the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society (TSAS). This round is for our Small Research Grants, involving up to $15,000 per grant for one year. This year we are making available up to $120,000 for such projects.

Projects must target some aspect of the three primary research clusters of TSAS:

(a) terrorism and radicalization,

(b) security responses to terrorism and violent extremism, or

(c) the societal impact and context of terrorism, violent extremism or securitization. Priority is given to proposals that address the stated research needs of TSAS’s partner organizations. Applicants are invited to review the following documents to become better informed of these needs:

2018 Public Report On The Terrorist Threat To Canada

National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence (2018)

 Applicants who wish to demonstrate the utility of their projects for policy are invited to submit a letter of support from a relevant government department or agency, along with their application.

The principal investigator (and any co-investigators) identified in the application must hold a faculty position (inside or outside Canada) and be a Senior Research Affiliate of TSAS, in good standing. Those not yet affiliated may apply for affiliation prior to submitting a proposal (see below). Research Assistants may include graduate students, and Partners are generally either governmental or non-governmental institutions.

To become an affiliate, TSAS requires the completion of an online application, submission of a recent CV and, and a brief (1/2 page) statement of how one's research agenda is related to the activities of TSAS. To be eligible for applying to this Call, the deadline for submitting a request for affiliation is December 20, 2019.

Funding Details

The period of funding for this CFP will be April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020. We will only consider proposals than can be realistically completed within this time.

Our "standard" grant is for $15,000, though we will accept proposals for less than this amount.

Adjudication system and expectations

Our adjudication committee is comprised of two teams: one team, of academics, evaluates scholarly merits of the proposals, and the other team, of policy officials, evaluates the policy and operational relevance the proposed project. TSAS will only provide funds for projects that are judged positively by both of the adjudicating teams on the committee. In the end, the academic merit of the project is a priority, but serious consideration will be given to its relevance to policy and practice as well. Academic researchers who have not had experience working with policy analysts in government are encouraged to review the priorities of our partner organizations and, if possible, to contact a policy official from one of these organizations and discuss their proposal.

To be considered for funding, applications must be made on our form and must include one signed electronic copy. The application must be received at the office of the TSAS Project Manager by 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, January 10, 2020. In addition, all principal and co-investigators must submit an electronic copy of a 2-page abbreviated CV as an attachment to their application. CV's longer than 2 pages will not be considered.

It is TSAS's practice to consider only one application from any of our research affiliates, as Principal Investigator, for any grant competition.

Proposals should be written in plain language and must clearly speak to both the scholarly merit and the usefulness of the proposed research for policy officials and/or practitioners.  Applicants cannot apply on behalf of other researchers (with one exception: Principal Investigators may submit a proposal that will provide research funding for a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow under their supervision). Applicants must be candid about the division of labour in a project. In accordance with SSHRC guidelines, we expect a minimum of 50 percent of the funds for a research project to be dedicated to supporting undergraduate or graduate students through research assistantships.

Additional information

The transfer of funds and TSAS spending rules are explained in our grant guidelines.

All funded researchers working with NGO's must comply with the principles set forth in our Charter of Community Research Principles.

Other obligations of funded researchers:

Each project must generate at least one TSAS Publication. The grant recipient may choose to submit either a TSAS Research Brief or a TSAS Research Report. The submission must be sent to the Managing Editor of our series in a timely fashion (i.e., deadline is August 30, 2020 for this Call).

For submission guidelines please see TSAS Research Briefs or Research Reports. For examples of both formats see the recent publications on the website.

Each funded project should have at least one associated non-university dissemination activity. These may include: participation in TSAS-sponsored policy workshops and roundtables, participation in a public forum, a presentation for a stakeholder group such as a governmental or non-governmental organization. Researchers are encouraged to use their imagination to improve our reach outside the university setting.

All TSAS affiliated researchers are required to submit an annual report of activities to remain in good standing. Only affiliates in good standing will be eligible to apply for funding.

It is vital for TSAS to demonstrate that our resources are used to build capacity for graduate training. Therefore, we require Principal and Co-Investigators of TSAS grants to provide us with the names of students conducting TSAS-related research under their supervision, and the titles of their research projects. Titles of all theses produced by students emanating from TSAS-funded research should be forwarded to TSAS.

Download the application form.

Where to send your proposal

Send all  submissions to the following address by January 10, 2020:

Elizabeth Ford, Project Manager, TSAS

67 Erb St., W Waterloo, CIGI Campus, University of Waterloo


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