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NRCan: SCIENCE OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT GRANT

Application Deadline:  September 30, 2018

The Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) plays a leadership role in developing and promoting the department’s overarching Science and Technology (S&T) priorities, as aligned with the Government of Canada’s Science and Innovation agenda, and with a goal of ensuring that science informs public policy development and contributes to societal benefits. To this end, OCS works with the department’s S&T community to highlight the benefits of R&D projects in geosciences, geomatics, forestry, mining, petroleum research, and advanced materials and technological developments for energy efficiency. 

OCS supports external outreach activities of various stakeholders where the activities are aligned with the mandate of the Department, aiding Canada to keep its competitive edge, promote the sustainable use of our natural resources and remain a leader in the use of clean, efficient technologies while preserving and protecting its natural resources. 

Through the Science Outreach and Engagement Grant from Natural Resources Canada, we aim to:

  • Encourage innovation via the dissemination of information (e.g. success stories); 
  • Maintain a dialogue on the sustainable and responsible development of Canada’s natural resources; 
  • Share best practices on clean, sustainable, efficient technologies and best practices related to natural resources; and, 
  • Promote the safety of Canadians and Canada’s natural resources against pests, fire, and other hazards. 


Introduction

In 2017/18, NRCan and CASC conducted a pilot project to connect NRCan’s science and technology activities with communication to Canadians through Science Centres.  Three programs were successfully initiated through the program at sites suggested by NRCan staff.  This call for proposals expands the scope of the program and invites proposals from CASC Full Members to obtain a small grant to create new programming or support existing programming that is in line with NRCan objectives (below).  


Objectives

Objective 1: To provide the public with a better understanding of important science being done on issues affecting Canada such as:

  • Environmental sustainability;
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation;
  • Competitiveness of natural resources sectors; and,
  • Public safety and national security

Objective 2: Benefit from a mutual opportunity to expand reach when disseminating science knowledge (to reach new audiences)

Objective 3: To increase public understanding of evidence-based decision-making


How much funding is available?

  • Full Members of the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) may apply for up to $8,000 per event or program. Expenses must be justified in the budget.
  • CASC Full members can only apply for one (1) event or program per fiscal year (April 1 to March 30). Previous recipients of the 2017/18 NRCan and CASC pilot project are not eligible for the 2018/19 grant.
  • CASC, through the NRCan Science Outreach and Engagement Grant, has funding available to support up to four (4) events and/or programs in 2018-2019.


Eligibility

This funding is available to all Full Members of the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC).

Note: CASC members cannot apply for funding through the Natural Resources Canada Science Outreach and Engagement Grant two years in a row.


Q & A

If we predict that the event will cost more than $8K, can the grant applicant invite other corporate or non-corporate sponsor(s) to provide extra funding or is this an exclusive funding opportunity?

Yes. You may leverage support from other funding sources in support of this program.

How will the grant be evaluated?

An evaluation committee will evaluate applications based on six primary criteria:

1. Alignment with grant Objectives:

Objective 1: To provide the public with a better understanding of important science being done on issues affecting Canada such as Environmental sustainability; Climate change mitigation and adaptation; Competitiveness of natural resources sectors; and, Public safety and national security.

Objective 2: Benefit from a mutual opportunity to expand reach when disseminating science knowledge (to reach new audiences).

Objective 3: To increase public understanding of evidence-based decision-making.

2. Alignment with grant Goals to:

  • Encourage innovation via the dissemination of information (e.g. success stories);  

  • Maintain a dialogue on the sustainable and responsible development of Canada’s natural resources;  

  • Share best practices on clean, sustainable, efficient technologies and best practices related to natural resources; and,  

  • Promote the safety of Canadians and Canada’s natural resources against pests, fire, and other hazards.

3. Description of the capacity-building element of this event(s) for your organization and how it will strengthen your relationship with your partner scientists and institutions.

4. Clear Summary Description for event.

5. Clear budget.

6. Effective plan for promoting event. (e.g. who is your audience, how will you reach them, what is your expected reach, etc.)

How specific do we need to be when it comes to the date and the topic for the event?

An evaluation criteria for the grant is a clear description of the event details (i.e. Summary Description). Thus, a grant with more specific details regarding date, topic, chosen speakers, etc., would receive a higher evaluation score for this criteria.


For further information, please contact CASC Executive Director, Marianne Mader at mader@casc-accs.com.

The CASC office is situated in Robinson Huron Treaty territory and the land on which we learn and live is the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.

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