FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR RESEARCHERS

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

 Financial support for scientific meeting organization
Québec-Océan may fund full members who wish to organize a scientific meeting or a workshop. The activity must:
  • bring together at least 2 regular members from different institutions, and possibly other participants
  • support the scientific program of Québec-Océan
  • provide Québec-Océan visibility in the ads of the meeting and during activity.

Before the activity, the applicant must provide Brigitte Robineau with:
  • co-applicants names
  • meeting’s title
  • dates and location
  • the expected total budget, including sources of income and the amount requested from Québec-Océan
  • the justification (½ page maximum) indicating the purpose of the meeting and the reason why Québec’s Océan support is necessary.
 Support for car rentals
Québec-Océan will support researchers that have to rent a car outside the city home of their university, for a collaborative research project.

The project must :
  • gather 2 regular members and eventually other participants
  • support the scientific program of Québec-Océan.
Before renting the car, the applicant will have to provide Brigitte Robineau (U. Laval) or Astrid Tempestini (UQAR/ISMER) with:
  • co-applicants names
  • the title of the research project
  • dates of renting and itinerary
  • the expected rental budget, including the amount requested from Québec-Océan
  • the justification (½ page maximum) indicating the purpose of the rental and the reason why Québec’s Océan support is necessary.
 Financial aid for collaborative research project
Québec-Ocean can provide support to members who wish to organize a collaborative research project. In kind and/or in cash, the support granted will depend on the categories of the requesting members (see table below) and the decision of the evaluation committee:

Project leader Co-investigators from the same institution Co-investigators from different institutions
Co-Investigator In-Kind Maximum $10,000 in cash
Government Collaborator or Allied In-Kind Maximum $5,000 cash to co-investigators


In-kind support can take many forms:
  • Time of the person in charge and operator of the oceanographic equipment, captain of a small boat
  • Time of the person in charge of processing the physico-chemical data
  • Travel and stay of these employees
  • Financial aids for students: Bonuses for publications, conference support and short training courses.

Cash support can be given to members for:
  • Remuneration of staff assigned to the project
  • Travel and stays.

Supporting conditions
  • To be integrated into the scientific program of Québec-Océan
  • Have a co-investigator or collaborator from the government or an Ally as a leader
  • Bring together at least 2 co-investigators, as far as possible from different institutions
  • Ensure the visibility of Québec-Ocean, during project activities and in the deliverables, particularly in the acknowledgements of subsequent publications.

Prior to the activity, the applicant must provide the executive director with a document of 2 pages maximum including:
  • the names and affiliations of the co-applicants
  • the project title
  • dates and location
  • the total budget planned, with the sources of revenue and the amounts requested from Quebec-Ocean in kind and in cash
  • details of in-kind (time and type of support) and cash contributions
  • the project summary
  • the relevance and impact of the project 
  • why the support of Québec-Ocean is necessary.

Evaluation of applications

Applications may be submitted at any time. An evaluation committee will evaluate them twice a year, in mid-March and mid-September.
The committee will be composed of the scientific director, the axis leaders and the theme leaders concerned. The evaluation criteria and their weightings will be as follows:

Quality and complementarity of the team 25%
Relevance of the project 20%
Project Impact 20%
Visibility of Quebec-Ocean 20%
Adequacy of the budget 15%


The amounts granted are at the discretion of the Committee, in accordance with the amounts set forth above and the funds available for Québec-Océan.
 Financial support for purchase of research equipment
Given the budget cuts, there will be no 2015-2016 competition.