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Call for Proposals
BC Regional Innovation Chairs

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Overview - Call for Proposals

Attachments

Leading Edge Endowment Fund Board of Directors
Criteria for Qualifying Funds
Letter of Intent - Eligible Institutions
Letter of Intent - Application Requirements
Regional Innovation Chair (RIC) Review Committee Terms of Reference
Letter of Intent - Evaluation Criteria (General RICs)
Letter of Intent - Evaluation Criteria (AECD RICs)
Full Proposal - Application Requirements
Full Proposal - Evaluation Criteria, General RICs
Full Proposal - Evaluation Criteria, AECD Chairs
Timelines
Contact Information
Applicants' Checklist

OVERVIEW- CALL FOR PROPOSALS

CALL FOR LETTERS OF INTENT

The Board of the Leading Edge Endowment Fund invites eligible public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia to submit Letters of Intent (LOIs) for BC Regional Innovation Chairs.

  • Please refer to Attachment 1 for a list of LEEF Board of Directors.

REGIONAL INNOVATION CHAIRS - OVERVIEW

In February 2003, the provincial government announced a new initiative to support BC Regional Innovation Chairs (RIC) to create new social and economic development opportunities at BC's colleges, university colleges and institutes. The Provincial Government has committed $7.5 million, which will provide for creation of six innovation chairs, at $1.25 million each. Cost-shared between the public and private sectors, each chair will receive a total endowment of up to $2.5 million, with institutions responsible for securing non-provincial government contributions.

BC Regional Innovation Chairs are designed to support research, development and innovation that will bolster regional economic and social development in all areas of the province; create closer and more effective links between institutions and their regional economies; foster the development of highly qualified people in areas relevant to regional social and economic development; and foster collaboration between post-secondary institutions.

ELIGIBLE FIELDS OF RESEARCH

The chairs should focus on areas that have been identified in the institution's region to be of significant importance to its social and economic development. Chairs should be developed in close partnership with community and/or industry representatives in the region. Where possible, chairs should foster collaboration with other public sector institutions and should be established in areas where the institution already has a demonstrable level of expertise and strength.

Two of the six BC Regional Innovation Chairs will be established in the area of Aboriginal Early Childhood Development to support research into culturally appropriate services and increase awareness of the importance of children's early years in aboriginal communities and among aboriginal leaders.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

Eligible institutions include British Columbia university colleges, colleges and institutes that have not applied for a BC Leadership Chair during Competition 1. Universities may not apply for these chairs, but may be a partner with a university college, college or institute as the lead applicant.

ELIGIBLE COSTS

Funding for BC Regional Innovation Chairs will be designated for the salary and benefits of the chair as well as operating costs, which may include equipment, research assistance and associated minor renovations.

CRITERIA FOR QUALIFYING (MATCHING) FUNDS

Eligible post-secondary institutions must obtain qualifying funds sufficient to provide 50 percent ($1.25 million) of the endowment funding for each BC Regional Innovation Chair. LEEF will match qualifying funds up to $1.25 million to establish chairs with total endowments of $2.5 million.

  • Please refer to Attachment 2 for detailed information on qualifying funds.

APPLICATION AND REVIEW PROCESS

The application and review process will consist of two stages: the letter of intent (LOI) stage and the full proposal stage.

STAGE 1: LETTER OF INTENT

Each eligible institution is invited to submit two general and one Aboriginal Early Childhood Development (AECD) LOIs as the lead applicant. Eligible institutions include British Columbia university colleges, colleges and institutes that have not applied for a BC Leadership Chair during Competition 1. Universities may not apply for these chairs although they may partner with a university college, college or institute as the lead applicant. There is no limit on the number of BC Regional Innovation Chair partnerships universities, university colleges, colleges and institutes may participate in.

An institution's LOI and full proposal should clearly identify how the chair would involve community and industry representatives on an ongoing basis and provide economic and/or social benefits to the region.

  • Please refer to Attachment 3 for additional information on eligible institutions.
  • Please refer to Attachment 4 for LOI application requirements.

The Board will appoint a nine-member Regional Innovation Chairs (RIC) Review Committee chaired by a prominent post-secondary administrator. Reviewers will represent faculty from innovative institutions, researchers and accomplished private sector professionals. The RIC Review Committee chair and members will be recruited from outside British Columbia.

  • Please refer to Attachment 5 for the RIC Review Committee terms of reference.

LOIs will be evaluated in a competitive process against established criteria. Following a thorough review of LOIs, the RIC Review Committee will recommend to the LEEF Board of Directors which LOIs should receive conditional approval and proceed to the full proposal stage. The Board will make final decisions on conditional approval of LOIs.

  • Please refer to Attachment 6 for the Evaluation Criteria for LOIs (General RICs)
  • Please refer to Attachment 7 for the Evaluation Criteria for LOIs (AECD RICs).


The Board will invite institutions with approved LOIs to proceed to the full proposal stage. Note that an approval at the LOI stage is an agreement in principle to award a BC Regional Innovation Chair subject to the submission of a full proposal that satisfies RIC objectives, identifies a high calibre candidate, secures qualifying funds from approved sources and fulfills any additional requirements as outlined in this Call for Proposals or in the letter of notification.

STAGE 2: FULL PROPOSAL

Upon receiving conditional approval based on the LOI, institutions will be invited to submit a full proposal.

  • Please refer to Attachment 8 for the Full Proposal Application Requirements.

The full proposal review will be conducted by peer reviewers external to BC, with the appropriate academic or professional background and expertise for the proposal and the goals of the RIC program.

Assessments from the peer review process will be forwarded to the RIC Review Committee, which will then:

(1) Review each proposal to confirm that it adheres to the original intent which led to the conditional approval of the LOI; and

(2) Confirm that the candidate recommended for the BC Regional Innovation Chair meets the benchmark criteria established in the LOI.

The Board will receive the RIC Review Committee's recommendations, make decisions on establishment of BC Regional Innovation Chairs and finalize all related funding decisions based on:

(1) An assessment of the proposal's capacity to meet LEEF's provincial research and regional economic development objectives;

(2) The applicant institution having secured qualifying funds, or commitment(s) to provide qualifying funds; and

(3) If applicable, the applicant institution successfully addressing any outstanding issues raised by the RIC Review Committee or Board following the LOI evaluation process.

  • Please refer to Attachment 9 for the Full Proposal Evaluation Criteria (General)
  • Please refer to Attachment 10 for the Full Proposal Evaluation Criteria (AECD)

TIMELINES

CONTACT INFORMATION


APPLICANT CHECKLIST

  • Please refer to Attachment 13 for a checklist of application requirements for LOIs and full proposals.

ATTACHMENTS


ATTACHMENT 1
Leading Edge Endowment Fund Board of Directors


CHAIR
MARTHA SALCUDEAN
Martha Salcudean is a professor and Weyerhaeuser chair emerita at the University of British Columbia.

SECRETARY
R. HECTOR MACKAY-DUNN, Q.C.
R. Hector MacKay-Dunn, Q.C., is a senior partner at Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy law firm in Vancouver.

MEMBERS

JACK BLANEY
Jack Blaney is chair of the Fraser Basin Council and president emeritus of Simon Fraser University. In April 2003, he was appointed Chair of the B.C. Citizens' Assembly.

PAUL HASTINGS
Paul Hastings is president and CEO of QLT Inc.

CHAVIVA HOSEK
Chaviva Hosek is president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

JUDITH ISAAC-RENTON
Judy Isaac-Renton is director of laboratory services at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control and a professor of medical microbiology at the University of British Columbia.

HASSAN KHOSROWSHAHI
Hassan Khosrowshahi is the chairman of Inwest Investments Ltd.

GOVERNMENT MEMBERS

HONOURABLE GORDON CAMPBELL, PREMIER
Gordon Campbell was sworn in as British Columbia's 34th Premier on June 5, 2001
and is the MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey.

HONOURABLE SHIRLEY BOND, MINISTER OF ADVANCED EDUCATION
Shirley Bond was appointed Minister of Advanced Education on June 5, 2001. Ms. Bond represents the riding of Prince George-Mount Robson.

HONOURABLE RICK THORPE, MINISTER OF PROVINCIAL REVENUE
Rick Thorpe was appointed Minister of Provincial Revenue on Jan. 26, 2004. He previously served as Minister of Competition, Science and Enterprise. Mr. Thorpe represents Okanagan-Westside.

ATTACHMENT 2
Criteria for Qualifying Funds

LEEF stipulates that qualifying funds must meet the following criteria:

  • Funding must be in cash since the intent is to fund BC Regional Innovation Chairs in perpetuity. Under exceptional circumstances, the Board may consider in-kind donations of land or other capital property that can be readily sold and converted to cash.

  • Funding must come from the following sources:


    1. non-government sources, such as individuals, private sector corporations, industry, labour organizations, community organizations, independent not-for-profit organizations and foundations; and/or

    2. any federal or municipal government or public body, provided that such funds are specifically and solely provided to the institution by such government or public body for the purposes of endowment in respect of a specified Regional Innovation Chair; and/or

    3. institutional funds, including endowments and revenue generated by the institution, such as revenue generated from patent and licensing fees and royalties, but excluding funds received as tuition fees or any special purpose or restricted funding. Institutional funds can account for a maximum of 50 percent of the qualifying funds (up to $625,000).

  • Any funds received from provincial government sources, whether general operating grants, special purpose or restricted funding, or otherwise, cannot be included in qualifying funding.

  • Qualifying funding, including the institutional funds noted above, must have been received by the institution after June 5, 2001.

  • Institutions are required to demonstrate that qualifying funding has been secured at the full proposal stage. However, donors may forward the funding to the institution in instalments over a maximum period of five years, commencing from the time the chair is awarded, with the exception of institutional revenue which must be irrevocably allocated to the endowment at the time the chair is awarded.

  • Institutions can combine contributions from several sources to establish one chair.

  • Qualifying funds will be forwarded directly to post secondary institutions.

  • The naming of the chair allows for the inclusion of the name of the major donor, as per the donor's wishes, provided that the phrase "BC Regional Innovation Chair" is included in the name.

ATTACHMENT 3
Letter of Intent - Eligible Institutions

Each eligible institution is invited to submit two LOIs for the general Regional Innovation Chairs as the lead applicant. Institutions are encouraged to consider the possibility of creating collaborative chairs. A LOI for a collaborative chair counts as a single submission. The applicant institutions must indicate which institution is the lead partner, counting the submission as their LOI.

Each institution is also eligible to submit one LOI for an Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Chair. (This will not count towards the institution's limit.)

The following institutions are eligible to apply for Regional Innovation Chairs (provided they have not already applied for a BC Leadership Chair):

INSTITUTIONS COVERED BY THE COLLEGE AND INSTITUTE ACT

Camosun College
Capilano College
College of New Caledonia
College of the Rockies
Douglas College
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design
Institute of Indigenous Government
Justice Institute of British Columbia
Kwantlen University College
Langara College
Malaspina University-College
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
North Island College
Northern Lights College
Northwest Community College
Okanagan University College
Selkirk College
University College of the Cariboo
University College of the Fraser Valley
Vancouver Community College


INSTITUTIONS COVERED BY THE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ACT

British Columbia Institute of Technology

ATTACHMENT 4
Letter of Intent - Application Requirements

Application requirements for the LOI will consist of 3 parts. Completed LOIs will be evaluated by the Regional Innovation Chairs Review Committee and will be subject to conditional approval by the LEEF Board of Directors.

FORMATTING

To ensure fairness to other applicants and the review committees, all Letters of Intent (LOIs) must be type written or word-processed on letter-sized [8.5x11 inch (21.6x27.9cm)] paper with a one-inch (2.54 cm) margin on all sides. Lines should be single-spaced using NO LESS than 12-point font. The LOI should not exceed 7 pages.

One original paper copy of the application is required by 5 pm on Friday March 29, 2004, bearing an original signature from the institution's president or designate. All applications must also be submitted electronically as a single Microsoft Word document by the deadline.

TO BE COMPLETED BY THE INSTITUTION

PART 1 - BASIC INFORMATION

Please ensure that the LOI has:

  • The intended title of the BC Regional Innovation Chair (subject to donor naming request);
  • The research area under which the application is to be considered;
  • The applicant institution(s) name(s);
  • Partnering institutions (where applicable)
  • The school/department/faculty that will house the BC Regional Innovation Chair;
  • The institution's primary contact person and contact information including full name, title/position, mailing address, department or faculty, telephone number and extension, fax number and email address;
  • A short (200 word maximum) description of the proposed program of research or innovation in language suitable for general public release; and
  • A signature from the institution's president (or designate) indicating institutional support for the LOI.
  • AECD proposals must be accompanied by 3 letters of support

PART 2 - DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED PROGRAM OF RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

Please provide a brief and clear description of the proposed program of the BC Regional Innovation Chair and the role that it will play in promoting the following objectives:

1. Support research, development and innovation that will bolster regional economic and social development in the province;
2. Create closer and more effective links between institutions and their regional economies;
3. Foster the development of highly qualified people in areas relevant to regional social and economic development; and
4. Foster collaboration between post-secondary institutions.

In addition, the proposal should:

  • Highlight existing institutional strengths in the targeted area and elaborate on how the proposed chair will build on these strengths;
  • show to what extent the chair will enable research and/or innovation in an area that has been identified in the institution's region to be of significant importance to its social and economic development;
  • Show innovation and originality;
  • Describe how the proposed chair will interact with the community and/or industry representatives in the region;
  • Describe collaboration and interaction with other public sector institutions;

PART 3 - REGIONAL INNOVATION CHAIRHOLDER BENCHMARK

Please provide the names of three to five individuals who represent the calibre of researchers the institution intends to recruit for a Regional Innovation Chair. Note that the chairholder must be an appropriate full-time faculty member. Alternatively, if the chairholder is expected to come from outside the academic sector, nominees must possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed at this level.

While the chairholder identified at the full proposal stage is not expected to come from this pool of individuals, he or she will be evaluated against the benchmark established here.

For each individual listed, please provide a brief, one-paragraph description of his or her expertise that includes:

  • The individual's current title and institutional affiliation;
  • The individual's strengths as they relate to the proposed research program; and
  • The primary reason(s) why the individual is determined to be an appropriate benchmark.

ATTACHMENT 5
Regional Innovation Chair (RIC) Review Committee Terms of Reference

STAGE 1: LETTER OF INTENT

(1) Each LOI will be evaluated against RIC evaluation criteria. At any time, the RIC Review Committee may make recommendations to the Board regarding LOI and full proposal evaluation criteria and methods.

(2) Following comprehensive evaluations of each LOI, the RIC Review Committee will recommend to the Board those LOIs, which should receive conditional approval. Institutions that have submitted a successful LOI will be invited to prepare a full proposal.

(3) The RIC Review Committee will provide to the Board its assessments of each LOI on a confidential basis. The Board may provide these assessments to successful and unsuccessful applicants, at its discretion. Successful applicants may be asked to address outstanding concerns or issues identified by the Review Committee or Board as a requirement for approval of a full proposal.

(4) Although the Board may share the Review Committee's LOI assessment with an applicant institution on request from that institution, it will not disclose the LOI assessment with other institutions.

(5) Upon completion of the LOI review, the RIC Review Committee may choose to provide to the Board a general commentary on the program's progress and whether it is meeting LEEF objectives.

FULL PROPOSAL

(6) The RIC Review Committee will review the assessments provided by peer reviewers and confirm that each proposal adheres to the original intent and chairholder criteria outlined in the LOI.

(7) The Review Committee will forward its final recommendations on full proposals to the LEEF Board. Prior to the awarding of each BC Regional Innovation Chair, the Board will review successful proposals to confirm that the applicant institution meets LEEF's research, innovation and economic development objectives for the region and have secured the qualifying funds, or commitments to provide qualifying funds, for the BC Regional Innovation Chair.

ATTACHMENT 6
Letter of Intent - Evaluation Criteria (General RICs)

LOIs will be evaluated on the ability of the proposal to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Enhance regional economic development within British Columbia;
  • Highlight existing institutional research or innovation strengths in the targeted area and explain how the proposed chair will build on these strengths;
  • Show innovation and originality;
  • Describe interaction of the proposed chair with other public sector institutions;
  • Describe interaction and collaboration with community and/or industry representatives in the region; and
  • Show the impact of the proposed chair on the economy, health, environment and/or society of the region.
  • Attract recognized faculty with a record of research and/or innovation
  • Strengthen the region's and province's capacity for innovation and research
  • Promote British Columbia as a centre for regional innovation
  • Show the extent to which the chair will enable research and innovation that would not otherwise be done at the institution or in the region
  • Describe the interaction of the chair with other faculty and groups at the institution

ATTACHMENT 7
Letter of Intent - Evaluation Criteria (AECD RICs)


LOIs will be evaluated on the extent to which they meet all of the following:

  • Support research into healthy growth and development in Aboriginal children aged 0 to 6 years.

  • Show the impact of the proposed chair on one or more of the following: healthy pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood; parenting and family supports; care for children with special needs, awareness of the importance of the early years of a child's life.

  • Highlight existing institutional research or innovation strengths in Aboriginal studies and explain how the proposed chair will build on these strengths;

  • Describe how the proposed chair will reflect the traditions, values, practices and needs of the Aboriginal communities within the region.

  • Demonstrate community and regional support through 3 letters of support, at least one of which is from an Aboriginal community organization or representative

  • Show innovation and originality;

  • Describe interaction of the proposed chair with other public sector institutions;

  • Attract recognized faculty with a record of research and/or innovation

  • Strengthen the region's and province's capacity for innovation and research

  • Promote British Columbia as a centre for regional innovation

  • Show the extent to which the chair will enable research and innovation that would not otherwise be done at the institution or in the region

  • Describe the interaction of the chair with other faculty and groups at the institution

ATTACHMENT 8
Full Proposal - Application Requirements

Full proposals will be evaluated by a minimum of 3 external peer reviewers, the RIC Review Committee and the Leading Edge Endowment Fund Board of Directors.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FULL PROPOSAL WILL CONSIST OF THREE PARTS:

PART 1 will address:

  • Quality of the nominee (proposed chairholder)
  • Quality of the proposed research or innovation program
  • Institutional environment, fit and commitment

PART 2 will address:

  • Consistency between the LOI and the full proposal
  • The nominated chairholder against standards set by BC Regional Innovation Chairholder benchmarks

PART 3 will address:

  • The ability of the institution to fulfill research and regional economic development objectives over the long term
  • The successful attainment of, or donor commitment to provide, qualifying funds to the institution in support of the BC Regional Innovation Chair
  • If applicable, the successful fulfillment of other requirements as identified by the RIC Review Committee and LEEF Board following the LOI review process

FORMATTING

To ensure fairness to other applicants and the review committees, all full proposals must be type written or word-processed on letter-sized [8.5x11 inch (21.6x27.9cm)] paper with a one-inch (2.54 cm) margin on all sides. Lines should be single-spaced using NO LESS than 12-point font.

One original paper copy of the application is required by the deadline, bearing an original signature from the institution's president or designate. All applications must also be submitted electronically as a single Microsoft Word document

Please note the page limits for specific sections of the full proposal outlined below.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

The submission deadline is no later than one year after the date the LEEF Board invites an institution to submit a full proposal. Although LEEF will accept proposals at any time before the deadline, no extensions will be granted.

The LEEF Secretariat will acknowledge receipt of full proposals via email. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact the Secretariat at the above email address or telephone number.

After the receipt of a full proposal, the LEEF Secretariat will forward it to peer reviewers, chosen for their academic or professional background and expertise commensurate with the goals of RIC program, to conduct the first stage of the review.

PART 1 - LEEF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

(A) TO BE COMPLETED BY THE INSTITUTION:

Basic Information

Please ensure that this section has:

  • The intended title of the BC Regional Innovation Chair;
  • The applicant institution(s) name(s);
  • The school/department/faculty that will house the BC Regional Innovation Chair;
  • The institution's primary contact person and contact information including full name, title/position, mailing address, department or faculty, telephone number and extension, fax number and email address;
  • The nominee for the BC Regional Innovation Chair and contact information including full name, title/position, department or faculty, organization, country, telephone number and extension, fax number and email address;
  • The expected start date of the appointment of the Chair; and
  • A signature of the institution's president (or designate) indicating institutional support for the full proposal.

Description of the Institutional Environment

Please do not exceed two pages.

  • Describe the institutional environment (existing or planned) that will be provided to the proposed Chair. Please comment on the opportunities for interaction with others at the institution, regionally and elsewhere.

Description of the Institutional Commitment

Please do not exceed two pages.

  • Demonstrate how the institution will provide the chairholder with the necessary support to develop and maintain the proposed chair.

Letters of Reference for the Proposed Chairholder - To be solicited by the institution

  • Indicate the names and institution of affiliation of the three referees from whom you have requested letters. Referees should not be suggested as reviewers.

Please note: The institution will be responsible for soliciting letters of reference. The letters must be sent directly to the LEEF Secretariat by the referees. Three reference letters are required from established authorities in the field who have not been the nominee's collaborators within the last five years, who are not affiliated with the nominee's current institution and who are not involved in the proposed research or innovation program. Letters will not be accepted from individuals who have a personal relationship with the nominee.

Suggested Reviewers

The institution is invited to suggest three potential reviewers from outside B.C. for this nomination. Provide the name, complete mailing address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address and the areas of expertise of potential reviewers. Suggested reviewers may be from Canada or abroad but should not be in conflict of interest with the nominee.

The following individuals cannot be used as possible reviewers:

  • Individuals who are being nominated for a Chair at the same time as the nominee;
  • Individuals who are collaborating or have collaborated with the nominee within the past five years;
  • Individuals who are located at the same institutions or affiliated institutions; or
  • Individuals who have a personal relationship with the nominee.

Please note: The LEEF Secretariat reserves the right to make the final selection of reviewers for any full proposal for a BC Regional Innovation Chair. Individuals who have supplied letters of reference may not review the nomination.

(B) TO BE COMPLETED BY THE NOMINATED CHAIRHOLDER

Description of the Proposed Research or Innovation Program

Please do not exceed six pages including references:

  • A short (100 word maximum) summary, written in language suitable for general public release, describing the uniqueness and importance of the proposed program of research or innovation;
  • A full description of the proposed program, with a focus on key objectives and the potential impact (not on the details of the specific projects). Explicitly relate the proposed program to the priorities set out in the LEEF Call for Proposals; and
  • Describe the training and supervision activities envisaged (e.g., expectations in terms of involving students in research and innovation activities.).

Nominated Chairholder Information:

Please note: Eligible chairholder candidates would include exceptional junior faculty or senior academics or professionals recognized as leaders who have made significant contributions to the proposed area and who would be appointed at the highest academic level in the institution. Proposed candidates may be nominated from British Columbia, other regions of Canada, or abroad.

Please provide:

  • Identification information including full name, title and position, name of institution, telephone number and extension, fax number and email address and citizenship status
  • A curriculum vitae that outlines academic, research, professional and/or industrial experience and primary areas of expertise.
  • Research and Innovation Achievements which includes:
    • A list of the five most significant contributions to research and innovation you have made during your career (explain the significance to the field);
    • A list of all research and innovation contributions in the last five years, explaining any significant periods of interruption. Please note contributions may include articles, monographs, books, patents, copyrights, products, services, technology transfer, and other forms of research and innovation output.
    • A description of other activities that show the impact of your work, such as awards, consulting, contributions to professional practice or public policy, and memberships on committees, boards or policy-making bodies.
  • Research and Innovation Support which includes:
    • A list of sources of support over the last five years held or currently applied for, either as an applicant or co-applicant.
    • A list of grants and contracts from all sources, including industry, community bodies and academic research agencies.

Please list this information under the following headings:

  • Support applied for
  • Support currently held
  • Support held in the last five years

and include project titles, funding source and program, amount per year and years of tenure.

PART 2 - CONSISTENCY WITH THE LOI
TO BE COMPLETED BY THE INSTITUTION

Summary of the consistency between the Full Proposal and the LOI's Original Intent

Demonstration of the nominated chairholder fulfilment of LOI Benchmark Criteria

Please attach to the full proposal:

A letter, not exceeding one page, summarizing how the full proposal is:

  • Consistent with the LOI's original intent; and
  • Demonstrates that the proposed chairholder meets the benchmarks established by the LOI.

PART 3 - FULFILMENT OF PROVINCIAL RESEARCH AND REGIONAL ECONOMIC OBJECTIVES; ATTAINMENT OF QUALIFYING FUNDS
TO BE COMPLETED BY THE INSTITUTION

Summary of how the proposed chair will fulfil long-term regional economic development objectives

Please attach to the full proposal:

A letter, not exceeding one page, summarizing how the chair will:

  • Enhance regional economic development within British Columbia
  • Strengthen the region's and province's capacity for research and innovation
  • Promote British Columbia as a centre for regional innovation
  • Encourage collaboration with community and/or industry representatives in the region.

Evidence of Qualifying Funds

Please attach to the full proposal:

  • Letters of commitment from all organizations and/or individuals that have agreed to provide qualifying funds to support a BC Regional Innovation Chair as per the requirements outlined in Attachment 2 of the Call for Proposals. All letters must include the organization's complete contact information such as full name, title/position, mailing address, telephone number and extension, fax number and email address.
  • If applicable, a plan outlining how the institution will allocate internal funds (as per qualifying funds requirements specified in Attachment 2 of the Call for Proposals) towards a BC Regional Innovation Chair.

Summary of the Institution's Action on Issues Identified by the RIC Review Committee and/or LEEF Board

  • If applicable, please summarize how the proposal addresses supplementary information requested by the LEEF Board and/or RIC Review Committee following the LOI review process. The summary should not exceed one page.

Notification

Following completion of the full proposal review process, the LEEF Secretariat will notify each applicant institution's president or designate of the Board's recommendation.

Funds will be disbursed to successful institutions after completion of a formal funding agreement. The agreement would address issues such as eligible use of funds, joint communications protocols and reporting requirements deemed necessary by the Board.

ATTACHMENT 9
Full Proposal - Evaluation Criteria, General RICs

PART 1 of the full proposal will be evaluated based on the ability of the application to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Identify an outstanding innovator or researcher who has a record of significant accomplishments in their field;
  • Demonstrate that the proposed chairholder is recognized as a leader in his/her field. This standing must be established through three independent letters of recommendation.
  • Demonstrate that the proposed chairholder is able to attract excellent trainees and students;
  • Demonstrate the proposed chairholder's record in implementing research and/or innovation initiatives;
  • Explain how the proposed research program is innovative, original and of high quality;
  • Explain how an appropriate institutional environment (existing or planned) will be provided to the proposed chair;
  • Show institutional commitment to the chair; and
  • Demonstrate how the chair will fit with the institution's existing expertise and strengths;

PART 2 of the full proposal will be evaluated on the ability of the application to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Show that the full proposal is consistent with the original intent of the LOI; and
  • Show that the nominated chairholder meets the BC Regional Innovation Chair benchmark established in the LOI.

PART 3 of the full proposal will be evaluated on the ability of the application to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Show that the proposed chair will fulfill long-term LEEF research and regional social and economic development objectives.
  • Explain how the proposed program will encourage collaboration with industry and/or community representatives
  • Explain the chair's impact on the region's economic and social development
  • Demonstrate that qualifying funds have been secured for the chair from non-provincial government sources as per rules established by the LEEF Board; and
  • If applicable, address additional requirements as identified by the RIC Review Committee and LEEF Board following the LOI review process.

ATTACHMENT 10
Full Proposal - Evaluation Criteria, AECD Chairs

PART 1 of the full proposal will be evaluated based on the ability of the application to satisfy all of the following:

  • Identify an outstanding innovator or researcher who has a record of significant accomplishments in the field of Aboriginal early childhood development;

  • Demonstrate that the proposed chairholder is recognized as a leader in his/her field. This standing must be established through three independent letters of recommendation.

  • Demonstrate that the proposed chairholder is able to attract excellent trainees and students;

  • Demonstrate the proposed chairholder's record in implementing research and/or innovation initiatives;

  • Explain how the proposed research program is innovative, original and of high quality;

  • Explain how an appropriate institutional environment (existing or planned) will be provided to the proposed chair;

  • Show institutional commitment to the chair; and

  • Demonstrate how the chair will fit with the institution's existing expertise and strengths;

PART 2 of the full proposal will be evaluated on the ability of the application to satisfy all of the following:

  • Show that the full proposal is consistent with the original intent of the LOI; and

  • Show that the nominated chairholder meets the BC Regional Innovation Chair benchmark criteria established in the LOI.

PART 3 of the full proposal will be evaluated on the ability of the application to satisfy all of the following:

  • Show that the proposed chair will fulfill long-term LEEF research and regional development objectives

  • Explain how the proposed program will collaborate with community representatives and promote community-based research

  • Explain the chair's impact on the health and well-being of Aboriginal children and communities in the region

  • Demonstrate that qualifying funds have been secured for the chair from non-provincial government sources as per rules established by the LEEF Board; and

  • If applicable, address additional requirements as identified by the RIC Review Committee and LEEF Board following the LOI review process.

ATTACHMENT 11
Timelines


Action

Timeline
Projected Start Date Projected Due
Date
1. Call for LOIs Sept. 29, 2003
2. LOI Submissions 6 months to submit March 29, 2004
3. International Review Committee Review of LOIs and Board conditional approval 2 months to review and approve April, 2004 late May, 2004
4. Invitation for Full Proposals June, 2004
5. Full Proposal Submissions 12 months to submit June, 2004 *June, 2005
6. Peer Review 3 months to review As proposals are submitted *Sept., 2005
7. RIC Review Committee review of Full Proposals 1 month to review *Oct., 2005
8. Board Approval and Notice of Awards 1 month for approval and notice *Nov., 2005

*LEEF will review proposals submitted before the deadline in order of receipt, to allow for earlier approval.

The projected dates above represent maximum timelines. The Board will award chairs sooner if institutions submit proposals prior to the stated deadline.

Please note: An approval at the Letter of Intent stage is an agreement in principle to award a leadership chair subject to the submission of a full proposal that satisfies the standards of excellence required, the identification of a high calibre candidate, the securing of qualifying funding from other sectors and additional requirements as outlined in the Call for Proposals.

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The LEEF Secretariat will acknowledge receipt of all proposals by email. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact LEEF at the above telephone number or email address.

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Applicants' Checklist

LETTER OF INTENT

Has the applicant institution:

  • Ensured the LOI meets LEEF's formatting requirements?
  • Included all basic information under PART 1 and a signature from the institution's president or designate indicating support for the LOI?
  • Included all information under PART 2?
  • Included all information on the BC Regional Innovation Chairholder Benchmark under PART 3?
    Attached 3 letters of support (for AECD Chair proposals)?

FULL PROPOSAL

PART 1

Has the applicant institution:

  • Ensured the full proposal meets LEEF's formatting requirements?
  • Included all basic information and a signature from the institution's president or designate indicating support for the full proposal?
  • Included a description of the institutional environment provided to the proposed Chair?
  • Included a description of the institution's commitment to the proposed Chair?
  • Ensured that three letters of reference will be forwarded directly to the LEEF Secretariat in support of the proposed chairholder? Are the referees listed under Part 1?
  • Listed three potential reviewers for consideration by the LEEF Secretariat? (Optional)

Has the nominated chairholder:

  • Provided a full description of the proposed research and/or innovation program for the BC Regional Innovation Chair?
  • Provided all required personal information including identification, curriculum vitae, research and innovation accomplishments and support information?

PART 2

Has the applicant institution

  • Attached a one-page letter summarizing how the full proposal is consistent with the LOI's original intent and meets the chairholder benchmark criteria established in the LOI?

PART 3

Has the applicant institution:

  • Attached a one-page letter summarizing how the proposed BC Regional Innovation Chair will fulfill the province's research and regional economic development priorities?
  • Demonstrated the availability of qualifying funds through donor or institutional letters of commitment?
  • Addressed issues identified by the RIC Committee or LEEF Board following the LOI review process (if applicable)?

 

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