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The Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (Fedoruk Centre) invites eligible Project Leaders to submit proposals for research projects, which have the potential to advance the Fedoruk Centre's purpose and to achieve a positive societal and economic impact in one or more of the Centre's key impact areas.  Project proposals are accepted on a regular basis, with deadlines of March 1 and
October 1.  In advance of each submission deadline, the available funding and targeted themes, if any, will be announced here:

Next Deadline:  Fall 2014 Competition

Submission deadline:

October 1, 2014 12:00 NOON CST.  See Critical Dates.

Available funding:

$500,000 in total to be divided among the highest-ranked proposals.  See Competition Budget.

Targeted themes:

There are no targeted themes for this competition.  Projects which have the potential to advance the Fedoruk Centre’s purpose in the four impact areas will be considered.
See Projects.

At a Glance

Competition Description
Obligations of Funded Project Leaders
Assessment Process
How to Apply
Forms
Questions
Project Description - Addressing the Review Criteria

About the Fedoruk Centre

The Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation was established in December 2011 as a separately incorporated, not-for-profit subsidiary of the University of Saskatchewan.  The founding stakeholders are the Province of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan.

Purpose

The purpose of the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation is to place Saskatchewan among global leaders in nuclear research, development and training through investment in partnerships with academia and industry, for maximum societal and economic benefit.      

Impact Areas

  1. Advancing nuclear medicine, instruments and methods;
  2. Advancing knowledge of materials through nuclear techniques for applications in energy, health, environment, transportation, and communication;
  3. Improving safety and engineering of nuclear energy systems, including small reactors; and
  4. Managing the risks and benefits of nuclear technology for society and our environment.

Competition Description

Critical Dates*

Spring competition

Fall competition

 Announcement:

 November

 June

 Submission deadline:

 March 1, 12:00 Noon CST

 October 1, 12:00 Noon CST

 Funding Decision:

 April 17

 November 21

 Funds Available:

 May 15

 December 14

 nuclearFACTS:

 November 20

 November 20

*Note:  When the date falls on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or a statutory holiday, the date will be the next following working day.


Projects

The Fedoruk Centre will consider a wide range of research projects which have the potential to advance the Fedoruk Centre’s Vision in one or more of the four impact areas (see the Strategic Plan for more information) or targeted theme(s), if any.  Any targeted themes will be announced in advance of the submission deadline.  Projects may focus on knowledge generation, technology advancement, or societal engagement in the nuclear domain. Project Leaders are encouraged to include opportunities for the training of highly qualified personnel in the Project proposal.  Projects selected for funding will have a designated Project Leader, a fixed term of up to three years in duration, and will include one or more clearly defined commitments to achieve measurable outcomes and impacts. 

Partners

The Project Leader is expected to identify one or more partners whose monetary or in-kind contributions will add value to the contribution requested from the Fedoruk Centre.  Partner contributions are expected to:

a)       increase research capacity (e.g. researcher access to resources), and

b)       advance the development of networks which will place Saskatchewan
          among global leaders in nuclear research, development and training.

Partners may come from any knowledge sector (e.g. research institutions, industry, or government agencies) within or outside of Saskatchewan.

The expected contributions of partners will be a key consideration when ranking proposals for funding.  The final record of partner contributions will be a factor for evaluating the track record of the Project Leader in any subsequent proposals for Fedoruk Centre Project funding. 

Partner contributions may include cash or in-kind contributions of equipment or materials, personnel time, or facilities access.  Contributions must be expressed in dollar values and be verifiable through accounting records.  Refer to the Fedoruk Centre Awards Guide (February 2013) sections on Partners and Partner Contributions and Obligations for details.  

Eligibility

The Project must be led by an eligible Project Leader from an eligible institution – a Saskatchewan-based, publicly-funded, research and training institution.  Eligible expenditures are primarily direct research costs.  Up to $25,000 of Fedoruk-Centre funding can be spent on equipment purchases, if essential to a project.  Refer to the Fedoruk Centre Awards Guide (February 2013) for complete information on eligible institutions, Project Leaders, Partners, Co-applicants, costs and Partner contributions. 

Competition Budget

The available funding for a competition will be announced in advance of the submission deadline. The Fedoruk Centre will award a maximum of the available funding divided among the highest ranking Projects as assessed by an external Project Advisory Committee, supported by subject-matter expert reviewers.  There is no set minimum or maximum funding per project. 

Obligations of Funded Project Leaders

nuclearFACTS

nuclearFACTS is a Forum for Accountability and Communities Talking nuclear Science, where open reporting and proactive communication are intended to strengthen the understanding and effectiveness of Saskatchewan’s role in the nuclear domain, reflecting the character of Saskatchewan in its commitment to public service. 

Project Leaders are expected to participate in nuclearFACTS.  Participants in nuclearFACTS will include Project Leaders, peers, and other participants in the nuclear domain (e.g. industry, government, interested observers).   Project Leaders will present the status of their research and progress towards target impacts, engaging their peers and other participants in a respectful dialogue about challenges, successes, and opportunities for economic and societal benefit to the people of Saskatchewan.   Project progress and impacts will become part of the Project Leader’s track record which will be considered in review of subsequent proposals submitted to the Fedoruk Centre.                                              

It is anticipated that project leaders will be able to present their research in such a way that does not conflict with any intellectual property rights, as defined by their institution’s policies.

Public Announcement of Award

The Fedoruk Centre will make a public announcement of the funding decisions within six weeks of the decision date, when possible.  Lead Institutions and Partners must not make these decisions public until the Fedoruk Centre announcement is made.  The Fedoruk Centre seeks opportunities to work with Lead Institutions and Partners on the public announcement. 

Assessment Process

  • The Project Advisory Committee, whose members are persons of stature from outside of Saskatchewan, recruits at least two subject-matter experts for each application.
  • The expert reviewers evaluate the degree to which the proposed project meets the review criteria. 
  • The Project Advisory Committee, supported by input from the expert reviewers, ranks the applications and makes recommendations for funding.
  • The Fedoruk Centre Executive Director funds the projects in order of rank and within the constraints of the budget available for the competition.

Review Criteria

Alignment

  • The Project will place Saskatchewan among global leaders in nuclear research, development, and training. 
  • The Project will lead to demonstrable impacts in one or more of the Fedoruk Centre’s Impact Areas. 

Feasibility

  • The Project has a clearly defined plan including milestones that address demonstrable target outcomes.
  • The Project Team has the necessary expertise to deliver on the target outcomes. 
  • The Project Budget and overall resource plan is necessary and appropriate for achieving the target outcomes.

Partnerships

  • The Partners make a significant commitment towards achieving the goals of the project.  

Impacts

  • Target outcomes are described and linked to increased capacity for nuclear research, development and training, leading to economic and social benefit for Saskatchewan.
  • Plans for impact include commitments to engage users of the research in knowledge exchange and translation to realize social and economic benefits to Saskatchewan.

How to Apply

Getting ready:

Submitting your application:

  • Follow the instructions contained in FCOnline for completing and submitting your application.
  • Information to prepare for entry into the online forms:
    • Contact information for the Project Leader and any Co-applicants;
    • Project title;
    • Plain language abstract to assist with expert reviewer selection, suitable for inclusion in a media release (up to 200 words); and
    • Contact information for six suggested reviewers.
  • Documents to prepare for uploading to FCOnline:
  • Obtain the signatures of those authorized by the Lead Institution to sign applications for research funding.  It is the Project Leader’s responsibility to comply with institutional policy for obtaining signatures.
  • Submit the complete application by the deadline.  Late or incomplete applications will be disqualified.  Missing signatures, incomplete sections, and missing information all constitute an incomplete application.

Document Standards

Font:  Calibri 11 or equivalent size and legibility, minimum 1 inch margins.  The full application is not to exceed 8 pages (Optional:  one page, maximum, for references may be attached at the end); page lengths for each section are suggested.  Include a page header (in the top margin):  Project Leader’s name, Project Title, submission deadline, page number.  Use the Review Criteria headings/sub-headings in your document.

Questions

Project Description - Addressing the Review Criteria

Alignment (up to 1 page)

  • The Project will place Saskatchewan among global leaders in nuclear research, development, and training. 
  • The Project will lead to demonstrable impacts in one or more of the Fedoruk Centre’s Impact Areas. 

Provide a broad overview of the Project addressing the quality, originality and innovative potential that will place Saskatchewan among global leaders in nuclear research, development and training, leading to demonstrable impacts in one or more of the Fedoruk Centre’s Impact Areas.  


Feasibility (up to 5 pages)

Project Plan and Milestones

  • The Project has a clearly defined plan including milestones that address demonstrable target outcomes.

Briefly discuss the Project in terms of the scientific and technical feasibility, including supporting background (e.g. literature review). Define the Project plan as a series of practical steps*, towards achieving the target outcomes within a specified timeframe, that will serve as a gauge for assessing progress in annual reports.

*For example: recruit and train personnel, acquire equipment and/or supplies, meet special requirements (ethics, biohazards etc.), access facilities, engage collaborators, extend networks of expertise, develop skills, implement (high-level) procedures, disseminate, engage the community etc.

Project Team

  • The Project Team has the necessary expertise to deliver on the target outcomes. 

Describe the expertise, roles and responsibilities of each team member in relationship to the feasibility of the Project.

Budget Justification

  • The Project Budget and overall resource plan is necessary and appropriate for achieving the target outcomes.

Describe how the requested Fedoruk Centre funding and Partner contributions will contribute to the feasibility of the targeted outcomes.  Reference the Budget Item #’s in the Fedoruk Centre Budget spreadsheet which you will complete as part of this application.


Partnerships (up to 1 page)

  • The Partners make a significant commitment towards achieving the goals of the project.  

Describe the partners, their interest in the project, and how the partnership will advance the development of networks which will place Saskatchewan among global leaders in nuclear research, development and training.  Describe the commitment of resources (cash, equipment, expertise) in terms of the Partners’ roles and responsibilities in relationship to the feasibility of the Project.


Impacts (up to 1 page)

  • Target outcomes are described and linked to increased capacity for nuclear research, development and training, leading to economic and social benefit for Saskatchewan. 
  • Plans for impact include commitments to engage users of the research in knowledge exchange and translation to realize social and economic benefits to Saskatchewan.

Describe the target outcomes in terms of how Saskatchewan’s capacity* for nuclear research, development and training will increase as a result of this project, commenting on the scale and probability of the outcome.  Describe how the users of the research will participate in linking the target outcomes to the impact.

*For example, new or increased networks of expertise; increased number of highly qualified personnel; new technical expertise; extension of fundamental knowledge; progress on technology development; social and economic benefits; health or environmental benefits; increased public understanding and engagement.

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