Concerted Actions program (AC)
Deadline (application) :
Variable, depending on the component
Announcement of results :
Variable, depending on the component
1. CONCERTED ACTIONS PROGRAM – PRESENTATION
|The objective of the Concerted Actions program is to foster research development and knowledge transfer in the social sciences, humanities, arts and literature so as to better understand social issues and phenomena and develop new approaches and innovative solutions.
Through this program, the Fonds aims specifically to:
The attainment of these objectives is conditional upon the participation of partners in different phases in the process, from the definition of knowledge needs to the appropriation of the research results, and also upon the participation of researchers in various fields with diverse approaches and methodologies.
The program hinges on partnerships: Concerted Action partners who determine the needs and fund the research and research partners who collaborate with investigators on a daily basis to carry out the research program or project and implement the knowledge transfer strategy.
|TYPES OF CONCERTED ACTIONS
|The concerted actions may be thematic or targeted based on the needs determined by the concerted action partner(s). The guidelines for each competition are outlined in the call for proposals available online on the Web site of the Fonds.
Different funding components are available to the scientific community for each type of concerted action.
The objective of the Master’s scholarship is to contribute to the training of new researchers and generate interest in the theme specified in the call for proposals. Note that the rules governing the management and use of Concerted Actions Master’s scholarship are the same as those for the regular master’s scholarship program of the FRQSC .
Doctoral research fellowship
The objective of the Doctoral research fellowship is to contribute to the training of new researchers and generate interest in the theme specified in the call for proposals. Note that the rules governing the management and use of Concerted Actions doctoral research fellowships are the same as those for the regular doctoral research fellowship program of the FRQSC .
The objective of the Postdoctoral fellowship is to provide support to new researchers interested in helping advance knowledge related to the theme specified in the call for proposals. Note that the rules governing the management and use of Concerted Actions postdoctoral fellowships are the same as those for the regular postdoctoral fellowship program .
The objective of the Career Award is to stimulate and facilitate the recruitment of qualified individuals seeking to begin or continue a career in research on the theme specified in the call for proposals. It is also aimed at developing and consolidating hubs of expertise on this theme by attracting new recruits with an interest in the theme and, ultimately, at promoting stronger networking on the theme. Through the addition of new faculty members, this component also aims to eventually enhance the capacity for the teaching and training of new researchers in the field.
The thrusts of the research program and projects to be carried out by the holder of a career award must contribute to the advancement of knowledge related to the theme of the competition. All activities carried out by the holder of a career award must include the sharing of knowledge on the research theme, in the form of dissemination, partnership, transfer and knowledge mobilization activities.
The Career Award is aimed at facilitating the integration of the award holder in his/her host organization. The level of funding offered, the proportion of time devoted to research and the commitment of the host organization are all necessary conditions for achieving the targeted objectives.
The objective of this component is to provide support for individual or team research projects that are likely to meet the needs and priorities set out in the call for proposals. All projects funded through this component must demonstrate potential for breakthroughs in knowledge, for instance by exploring new approaches, outlooks or hypotheses. All proposals must also strive for innovation and the transfer of knowledge to shed light on the issues for decision-makers and stakeholders.
An action-research project is predicated on the need to understand, explain and transform practices in a given field. Action-research is aimed at helping the community concerned identify and problematize its challenges, establish a critical summary of its problems and develop, implement or improve tools for solving these problems.
Transformation is at the heart of action-research projects; the process leading to this transformation as well as the transformation itself must generate new knowledge. The projects submitted as part of this component must therefore contribute to the advancement of knowledge and the development, testing and transformation of practices.
Action-research projects require the participation of all the stakeholders involved, be they from a university or a practice setting. They require a commitment on the part of the participating researchers and representatives from the practice setting to the planning and operationalization of the research, and the resulting steps or methods of intervention.
To reflect the characteristics of this type of research, the co-researchers must enlist at least one representative from the practice setting. This is an eligibility requirement for obtaining a grant under this component.
The objective of this component is to provide support for longitudinal study projects carried out by individuals or teams that are likely to meet the needs and priorities set out in the call for proposals. All projects funded through this component must demonstrate potential for improving the understanding of the trajectories of a given population and for identifying explanatory factors and trends related to the population under study. All proposals must also strive for innovation and the transfer of knowledge to shed light on the issues for decision-makers and stakeholders.
Research support for new academics
This component aims to:
- Enable the completion of an individual research project;
- Help support a new generation of researchers and university instructors by assisting individuals embarking upon research careers in establishing themselves in an independent and competitive manner at the national and international levels;
- Foster collaborations between new academics and established research environments;
- Consolidate the research system by supporting new academics in the humanities, social sciences, arts and letters;
- Incite new academics to develop original avenues of research.
The objective of the critical summary is to provide an inventory and critical analysis of existing scientific knowledge for the research needs identified in this call for proposals. Furthermore, when data from practice settings is available, the funded critical summary may also include a practice review accompanied by comparative analyses. The critical summary therefore serves to take stock of available knowledge, but also creates a critical analysis framework in order to identify avenues for further study and action that are pertinent for researchers, decision-makers and stakeholders alike.
This component aims to:
Help Québec stakeholders and decision-makers to become better informed and to make decisions based on scientifically validated data, while ensuring a new generation of quality researchers in the theme targeted by the call for proposals.
This component aims to:
Provide significant added value to research on the theme of the call for proposals, in order to enhance its relevance, improve its quality and maximize its impact on practices by assembling leading researchers in this theme. Its objectives are (a) to bring together researchers who have developed different analysis perspectives and (b) to get them working in synergy on both research and the transfer of knowledge.
To do this, the Network must build on collaboration between the different actors. This collaboration must be supported by the creation of an interface between university, government and college researchers, decision-makers and practitioners and, more broadly, users of research results. This will encourage the development of new initiatives, access to cutting-edge expertise and its benefits and the training of new researchers in the field.
Research Team Support
This program aims to make Québec’s research community more dynamic and secure a prominent place for its researchers on the international level by:
- Fostering the emergence of new research themes, approaches and topics;
- Consolidating research infrastructures.
More specifically, it aims to:
- Provide research teams and their partners in practice settings, where applicable, with access to joint infrastructures;
- Maximize theoretical and methodological benefits (teaching and research) and encourage knowledge mobilization activities in accordance with the knowledge mobilization strategy adopted by the Fonds;
- Encourage the integration of postdoctoral research fellows and new researchers in research teams;
- Optimize graduate and postgraduate student training and mentoring;
- Help train undergraduate students by involving them in research activities.
Teams who wish to apply for funding under this program must meet these objectives by deploying a series of structuring activities based on a concerted scientific program.
A scientific program is different from a research project and must be based on a research theme developed through specific thrusts driven by research projects funded through other sources. The scientific program must be designed to evolve over time and foster the significant and collective contribution of members to the team’s work and activities.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Teams that present a research project rather than a scientific program will be deemed ineligible.
|FOLLOW-UP AND TRANSFER PROCESS
|In an effort to inform Concerted Action partners of the progress of the research, foster the broad dissemination of findings to stakeholders and support the appropriation of the research results, each funded project will include follow-up meetings and a knowledge-transfer activity.
|Obligations of scholarship and grant recipients
|Expenses related to participation in follow-up meetings and the transfer activity:
Details: section 5.6 of the Common General Rules
|The Fonds adheres to the ”Plan d’action sur la gestion de la propriété intellectuelle” implemented by the government of Québec and complies with the practices in effect in the research sector. Concerted Action partners must also comply.
|The Fonds and its partners:
|Research report and research findings
|Delay of disclosure
|Obligations of funding recipients
|Research report copyright
2. CONCERTED ACTIONS –PROCESS OVERVIEW
|COMPETITION AND EVALUATION