The School of Medicine offers eligible new faculty members one-time research start-up funding of $30,000, referred to as a Research Initiation Grant (RIG). RIGs are available to new faculty who have a minimum 40% protected time for research with the following types of appointments:
- Tenure-track or renewable term appointments,
- Appointments with Tenure,
- Special Geographically Full-time appointments of three (3) years or longer,
- Special Appointments (as defined in the prevailing Collective Agreement; currently Article 18.104.22.168 Collective Agreement 2019-2022) of three (3) years or longer.
The RIG program is not intended to replace applications to internal or external research granting agencies but rather, is intended to provide funding at the start of an appointment when grant monies have typically not begun to flow.
Clinical Department heads make the request for a RIG on the Hospital Impact Form for new clinical appointees meeting the protected time criteria. Heads of basic science and health services departments make their request on the QUFA/Adjunct Appointment Routing Sheet. Individual departments within the School of Medicine may wish to increase the value of the RIG using their own departmental operating funds.
RIG eligibility and the amount available will be communicated in the offer of appointment from the Provost/Vice-Principal Academic. New faculty members who are eligible must apply for the funding within the first year of an appointment or the offer of the RIG will be withdrawn. The new faculty member will be provided with the guidelines and instructions for submitting a RIG proposal shortly after the appointment starts.
Once a RIG project is approved all expenditures must be in support of the proposed research project, and are subject to all relevant Queen's University policies, regulations and guidelines (Research Administration Policy; Queen’s Travel and Expense Reimbursement Policy; Hospitality Policy; Policy on Approval and Execution of Contracts and Invoices (Signing Authority); Procurement Policy).
Revenue transfers into the RIG project account will be limited to the funding contributions communicated in the employee’s letter of offer, or as negotiated and approved at the time of the project proposal.
RIG holders will be responsible for regularly monitoring the balance of their RIG project account to prevent any overspending. If circumstances require, RIG holders may apply in writing for an extension on the project end date to the Vice-Dean of Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences Research office. Extension requests must be submitted at least two months in advance of the project’s end date, and should include an explanation for why the RIG funds were not used within the specified time, what they have been used for, what the plans are for the use of the remaining funds, and the timelines for use of the remaining funds.
The RIG project will be closed on the earlier of one of the following three occasions unless an extension has been granted: four years after the date that the RIG project was approved;
change in employment status that would deem the faculty member ineligible according to the eligibility section above; or the faculty member leaves the employ of the University. Upon closure of the RIG project, any remaining fund balances will be returned to the original source of funding, in proportion to the original financial contributions.
(Policy updated 20 April 2021 by Gladys Smith, FHS Research Office)