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Proposals welcome

Vice-Presidents Council funds accepting applications

Campus and Community

By Jeff Green

Applications are now being accepted for two separate funding opportunities.

The deadline for the Vice-Presidents Council Cross-campus Initiatives Fund and Conference Fund is Oct. 15.

Normally a call for proposals is issued three times per academic year for both funds (October, February and June). However, earlier this year Memorial cancelled the June competition for both opportunities due to COVID-19.

As a result, there are only two calls for proposals for fiscal year 2020-21 and the total annual funding will be allocated accordingly.

In light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, applications to both funds will be considered for events or initiatives that are to be hosted virtually. Any events or initiatives supported will need to be in line with public health guidelines and provincial regulations during the pandemic.

Cross-campus Initiatives Fund

The Cross-campus Initiatives Fund builds on existing strategic relationships between Memorial’s campuses.

The fund annually allocates a total of $40,000 over the calls as one-time support for travel for new initiatives that are clearly and demonstrably strategic for the units, falling outside the scope of regular business. Travel must be in accordance with Memorial’s travel policy. The terms of reference for this fund can be found here.

More details on the fund, including guidelines for proposals are available here. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at 709-864-8246 or via email.

Conference Fund

The Conference Fund provides funding for conferences, workshops or seminars that are hosted or co-hosted by Memorial University. Please note, the fund does not provide financial support for employees to travel to such events.

The fund allocates a total of $50,000 annually over the calls, providing one-time support of regular conferences, as opposed to large-scale events.

Terms of reference and a template for submissions are available here. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of the Vice-President (Research) at 709-864-3650 or via email.

October deadline

The deadline for applications for both funds is Thursday, Oct. 15.

Please contact your unit’s grants facilitator (or, if the unit has no grants facilitator, the person with signing authority for your unit) to confirm if there are earlier, internal deadlines. These internal deadlines must be factored into the timing of the development and submission of these applications.

The portfolios of the Vice-President (Research), Vice-President (Academic), Vice-President (Marine Institute) and Vice-President (Grenfell Campus) support both funds.


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