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Call for Proposals
Competition 2

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Overview - Call for Proposals

Attachments

Leading Edge Endowment Fund Board of Directors
Criteria for Qualifying Funds
Letter of Intent - Institutional Allocations
Letter of Intent - Application Requirements
International Review Committee (IRC) Terms of Referecne
Letter of Intent - Evaluation Criteria
Full Proposal - Application Requirements
Full Proposal - Evaluation Criteria
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 Competition 2 - BC Leadership Chairs.

*Important: Please contact Secretariat for delivery instructions before sending

BACKGROUND

As one of its New Era commitments, the Government of British Columbia established a Leading Edge Endowment Fund to support 20 permanent BC Leadership Chairs based on a cost-sharing partnership with private and other non-provincial government sectors. To meet this commitment, government has committed $45 million towards these Chairs, which will be established at public post-secondary institutions across the province. An independent society, also named the Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF), administers the Fund.

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

BC Leadership Chairs are designed to attract world-class faculty, strengthen the province's capacity for innovative research, promote British Columbia as a centre for cutting-edge research, enhance economic development and position the province as a leader in the knowledge-based economy.

BC LEADERSHIP CHAIRS - OVERVIEW

Each BC Leadership Chair will be endowed with $4.5 million, cost-shared between LEEF and other sectors. Institutions will be responsible for securing private sector and/or non-provincial government contributions.

ELIGIBLE FIELDS OF RESEARCH

At least three BC Leadership Chairs will be established in each of the following fields:

1. Environmental research;
2. Medical research
3. Social research; and
4. Technological research

The chairs in social research include one chair in the field of early childhood education (ECE).

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

British Columbia public post-secondary institutions created under the following statutes are eligible to apply for a BC Leadership Chair:

  • University Act;
  • Royal Roads University Act;
  • Institute of Technology Act;
  • College and Institute Act.

ELIGIBLE COSTS

Funding for BC Leadership 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 ($2.25 million) of the endowment funding for each BC Leadership Chair. LEEF will match qualifying funds up to $2.25 million to establish chairs with total endowments of $4.5 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

Eligible institutions are invited to submit LOIs to the Board for proposed chairs. The number of LOIs and subsequent full proposals accepted from any one institution will be limited in the interest of receiving applications of the highest calibre and of balancing the allocation of chairs among fields.

  • Please refer to Attachment 3 for each institution's LOI allocation.
  • Please refer to Attachment 4 for LOI application requirements.

The Board will appoint a thirteen-member International Review Committee (IRC) consisting of experts from each of the four LEEF research fields (environmental, medical, social, and technological). Each IRC member is selected for his or her expertise in academic research.

  • Please refer to Attachment 5 for the IRC terms of reference.

LOIs will be evaluated in a highly competitive process against established criteria. Following a thorough review of LOIs, the IRC will recommend to the Board which letters should receive conditional approval. The Board will make final decisions on conditional approval of LOIs. Up to 8 LOIs could receive conditional approval during Competition 2.

  • Please refer to Attachment 6 for the Evaluation Criteria for LOIs.

The Board will invite institutions with approved LOIs to proceed to the full proposal stage. Please note that an approval at the LOI stage is an agreement in principle to award a BC Leadership Chair subject to the submission of a full proposal that satisfies established standards of excellence, identifies a high calibre candidate, secures qualifying funds from approved sources and fulfills any additional requirements as outlined in this Call for Proposals.

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 7 for the Full Proposal Application Requirements.

The Canada Research Chairs program will conduct a thorough assessment of full proposals according to its established procedures for Tier I Chairs. Three members of the Canada Research Chairs Program College of Reviewers, selected for their scientific expertise in the proposed research area, will review each proposal and present recommendations to the IRC. The applicant institution may also recommend three reviewers for consideration by the Canada Research Chairs Program.

If no clear consensus for approval emerges from the College of Reviewers, the full proposal will be forwarded to the Canada Research Chair's Interdisciplinary Adjudication Committee (IAC), which after careful consideration, will propose its recommendations to the IRC.

Should the Canada Research Chairs Program recommend approval of a full proposal, the IRC 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 Leadership Chair meets benchmark criteria established in the LOI.

The Board will receive the IRC's final recommendations, approve the establishment of the BC Leadership Chair and finalize all related funding decisions based on:

(1) An assessment of the proposal's capacity to meet LEEF's provincial research and 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 IRC or Board following the LOI evaluation process.

  • Please refer to Attachment 8 for the Full Proposal Evaluation Criteria.

TIMELINES

  • Please refer to Attachment 9 for a summary of key deadlines.

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Please refer to Attachment 10 for contact information.

APPLICANT CHECKLIST

  • Please refer to Attachment 11 for a checklist of application requirements for LOIs and full proposals.

ATTACHMENTS


ATTACHMENT 1
Leading Edge Endowment Fund Board of Directors

Competition 2

CHAIR

MARTHA SALCUDEAN
Martha Salcudean is a professor emerita of Mechanical Engineering and Weyerhaeuser Industrial Research Chair at the University of British Columbia.

SECRETARY

R. HECTOR MACKAY-DUNN, Q.C.
Hector MacKay-Dunn 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.

DARREN ENTWISTLE
Darren Entwistle is president and CEO of TELUS Corporation.

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
Competition 2

LEEF stipulates that qualifying funds must meet the following criteria:

  • Funding must be in cash since the intent is to fund BC Leadership 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, 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 BC Leadership 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 $1.125 million).

  • 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 Leadership Chair" is included in the name.

Note that criteria for qualifying funds may be revised for subsequent calls for proposals.

ATTACHMENT 3
Letter of Intent - Institutional Allocations
Competition 2

The number of LOIs accepted from any one institution in Competition 2 will be limited in the interest of receiving applications of the highest calibre and of balancing the allocation of chairs between fields. This approach is in keeping with the stated objectives of promoting excellence in research by attracting and retaining high-quality researchers and enhancing British Columbia's economic development.

Up to 8 chairs could be awarded in Competition 2. This competition is expected to be highly competitive as LEEF expects a significant number of LOIs to be submitted.

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA (UBC)

UBC may submit NO MORE than a total of nine (9) LOIs, with no more than two (2) LOIs in each of the fields of environmental, medical or social research. There is no limit on technological LOIs.

UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA (UVIC); SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY (SFU)

UVic and SFU may each submit NO MORE than a total of three (3) LOIs, with NO MORE than one (1) in each of the fields of environmental, medical or social research. There is no limit on technological LOIs.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA (UNBC)

UNBC may submit NO MORE than a total of two (2) LOIs, with NO MORE than one (1) in each of the fields of environmental, medical or social research. There is no limit on technological LOIs.

OTHER ELIGIBLE PUBLIC POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS

Other institutions wishing to express interest in creating chairs may submit NO MORE than a total of one (1) LOI in the field of their choice.

Note: Institutions which have submitted proposals for consideration in the competition for a Regional Innovation Chair (RIC) are not eligible to apply for a BC Leadership Chair in Competition 2.

COLLABORATIVE CHAIRS

Smaller institutions, in particular, are encouraged to consider the possibility of creating collaborative chairs with each other or with larger institutions. A LOI for a collaborative chair counts as a single submission. The applicant institutions must indicate which institution is counting the submission against its total number of allowable LOIs.

The following institutions are eligible to apply for BC Leadership Chairs:

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

INSTITUTIONS COVERED BY THE ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY ACT

Royal Roads University

INSTITUTIONS COVERED BY THE UNIVERSITY ACT

Simon Fraser University
University of British Columbia
University of Northern British Columbia
University of Victoria

ATTACHMENT 4
Letter of Intent - Application Requirements
Competition 2


Application requirements for the LOI will consist of 3 parts. Completed LOIs will be evaluated by the International Review Committee (IRC) and 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.

Please submit one original paper copy of the application, bearing an original signature from the institution's president or designate. All LOIs must also be submitted electronically as a single Microsoft Word file and must be received by the LEEF Secretariat by 5 pm on September 30, 2004.

TO BE COMPLETED BY THE INSTITUTION

PART 1 - BASIC INFORMATION

Please use the attached form (Attachment 4a) to provide the following information:

  • The intended title of the BC Leadership Chair (subject to donor request);
  • The research area under which the application is to be considered;
  • The applicant institution(s) name(s);
  • The school/department/faculty that will house the BC Leadership 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 in language suitable for general public release; and
  • A signature from the institution's president (or designate) indicating institutional support for the LOI.

PART 2 - DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED PROGRAM OF RESEARCH

Please provide a brief and clear description of the proposed program of research of the BC Leadership Chair and the role that it will play in promoting the following objectives of the Leading Edge Endowment Fund:
1. Attract world-class faculty in one of the areas eligible for funding (environmental, medical, social and technological research);
2. Strengthen the province's capacity for innovative research;
3. Promote British Columbia as a centre for cutting-edge research;
4. Enhance economic development within British Columbia; and
5. Position the province as a leader in the knowledge-based economy.

In addition, the proposal should:

  • Highlight existing institutional research strengths in the targeted area and elaborate on how the proposed chair will build on these strengths;
  • Explain how the proposal supports the institution's strategic research plan;
  • Show to what extent the chair will enable research that would otherwise not be done at the institution;
  • Show innovation and originality and explain what is novel;
  • Describe how the proposed chair will interact with other researchers in the institution;
  • Describe collaboration and interaction with other institutions and/or the private sector at the provincial, national and international levels;
  • Highlight how the research is interdisciplinary and impacts other disciplines; and
  • Show how the proposed research would impact the economy, health, environment and/or society of British Columbia.

PART 3 - BC LEADERSHIP CHAIRHOLDER BENCHMARK

Please provide the names and brief biographies of three to five individuals who represent the calibre of researchers the institution intends to recruit for a BC Leadership Chair. Note that the chairholder must be a full professor. 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.

BC Leadership Chair
Competition 2 Letter of Intent - Attachment 4a

Part 1 - Basic Information

Title of Chair:

Research Area Environmental Medical
Social Technological


Applicant Institution(s):

School/Department/Faculty:

Institution's Primary Contact (name, title, address, phone, fax, email)


Research Summary:


Institutional Support (President or Designate):

Signature: _____________________________

Name & Title: ___________________________ Date: ________________

ATTACHMENT 5
International Review Committee (IRC) Terms of Reference
Competition 2

STAGE 1: LETTER OF INTENT

(1) Each LOI will be evaluated against LEEF's Stage 1 evaluation criteria. At any time, the IRC may make recommendations to the Board regarding LOI and full proposal evaluation criteria and methods.

(2) Following comprehensive evaluations of each LOI, the IRC 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 at Stage 2. Up to 8 LOIs could receive conditional approval during Competition 2.

(3) The IRC 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. Successful applicants may be asked to address outstanding concerns or issues identified by the IRC or Board as a requirement for approval of a full proposal. Unsuccessful applicants may be asked to address outstanding concerns or issues if the institution chooses to re-submit the LOI in a future competition.

(4) Although the Board may share the IRC'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 IRC may choose to provide to the Board a general commentary on the program's progress and whether it is meeting LEEF objectives.

STAGE 2: FULL PROPOSAL

(6) The IRC will review full proposals approved by the Canada Research Chairs Program and confirm that each proposal adheres to the original intent and chairholder benchmark outlined in the LOI.

(7) The IRC will forward its final recommendations on full proposals to the LEEF Board. Prior to the awarding of each BC Leadership Chair, the Board will review successful proposals to confirm that the applicant institution meets LEEF's research and economic development objectives for British Columbia and has attained qualifying funds, or commitments to provide qualifying funds, for the BC Leadership Chair.

ATTACHMENT 6
Letter of Intent - Evaluation Criteria
Competition 2

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

  • Attract world-class faculty in one of the areas eligible for funding (environmental, medical, social, and technological research);
  • Strengthen the province's capacity for innovative research;
  • Promote British Columbia as a centre for cutting-edge research;
  • Enhance economic development within British Columbia;
  • Position the province as a leader in the knowledge-based economy;
  • Highlight existing institutional research strengths in the targeted area and how the proposed chair will build on these strengths;
  • Show the extent to which the chair will enable research that would otherwise not be done at the institution;
  • Show innovation and originality;
  • Describe interaction of the proposed chair with other researchers in the institution;
  • Describe interaction and collaboration with other institutions and/or the private sector at the provincial, national and international levels;
  • Highlight how the proposed chair will have an interdisciplinary impact on other fields; and
  • Show the impact of the proposed chair on the economy, health, environment and/or society of British Columbia.

ATTACHMENT 7
Full Proposal - Application Requirements
Competition 2


Full proposals will be evaluated by the Canada Research Chairs Program in Ottawa, the International Review Committee (IRC) 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 program
  • * Institutional environment, fit and commitment

*This is a modified version of the Canada Research Chair's assessment of an institution's Strategic Research Plan. Submission of a full Plan will not be required for BC Leadership Chairs competitions.

NOTE -The Canada Research Chairs Program will only review Part 1 of the Full Proposal.

PART 2 will address:

  • Consistency between the LOI and the full proposal
  • The nominated chairholder against standards set by BC Leadership Chairholder benchmark

PART 3 will address:

  • The ability of the institution to fulfill research and provincial economic development objectives of LEEF over the long term
  • The successful attainment of, or donor commitment to provide, qualifying funds to the institution in support of the BC Leadership Chair
  • If applicable, the successful fulfillment of other requirements as identified by the IRC 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.

Please submit one original paper copy of each full proposal, bearing an original signature from the institution's president or designate. Full proposals must also be submitted electronically as a single Microsoft Word file.

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.

*Important: Please contact Secretariat for delivery instructions before sending

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 the Canada Research Chairs Program in Ottawa to conduct Part 1 of the review. Please do not send full proposals or supplementary materials (i.e. reference letters) directly to the Canada Research Chairs Program Secretariat.

PART 1 - LEEF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

NOTE - Part 1 of LEEF's full proposal application and review procedure adopts the Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs process. An exception to this process is the requirement for institutions to submit a Strategic Research Plan. In lieu of this Plan, institutions are asked to document the institutional environment for, and commitment to, the proposed BC Leadership Chair. Please contact the LEEF Secretariat should you have questions about the distinction between LEEF's full proposal requirements and the complete Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs application and review process. Further information about the Canada Research Chairs program may be accessed at www.chairs.gc.ca .

(A) TO BE COMPLETED BY THE INSTITUTION:

Basic Information

Please ensure that this section has:

  • The intended title of the BC Leadership Chair;
  • The LEEF research area under which the application is to be considered;
  • The applicant institution(s) name(s);
  • The school/department/faculty that will house the BC Leadership 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 Leadership Chair and contact information including full name, title/position, department of faculty, university/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 other researchers at the institution, regionally and abroad.

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 a letter. 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 institution and who are not involved in the proposed research 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 for this nomination. These individuals may be named to the Canada Research Chairs Program College of Reviewers.

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 Canada Research Chairs Secretariat reserves the right to make the final selection of College members and reviewers for any LEEF full proposal nomination for a BC Leadership 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 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;
  • A full description of the proposed research program, with a focus on key objectives and the potential impact of the research (not on the details of the specific projects). Explicitly relate the proposed research 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 attracting graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other trainees).

Nominated Chairholder Information

Please note: The chairholder must be a full professor. 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.

Please provide:

  • Identification information including full name, title and position, name of institution, telephone number and extension, fax number and email address, citizenship status and preferred language of correspondence.
  • A curriculum vitae that outlines academic, research, professional and/or industrial experience and primary areas of expertise.
  • Research information which includes:
    • A list of the five most significant contributions to research you have made during your career (explain the significance to the field);
    • A list of all research 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 output. In multi-authored publications, please identify trainees under your supervision by underlining their names.
    • Evidence of international leadership in a relevant area of research
      focus or discipline;
    • A description of your track record in the training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (if relevant); and
    • 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 support information 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 and academic research institutions.

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 fulfillment 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 benchmark criteria established by the LOI.

PART 3 - FULLFILMENT OF PROVINCIAL RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC OBJECTIVES; ATTAINMENT OF QUALIFYING FUNDS

TO BE COMPLETED BY THE INSTITUTION

Summary of how the proposed chair will fulfill long-term LEEF research and provincial economic development objectives

Please attach to the full proposal:

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

  • Strengthen the province's capacity for innovative research;
  • Promote British Columbia as a centre for cutting-edge research;
  • Enhance economic development within British Columbia; and
  • Position the province as a leader in the knowledge-based economy.

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 Leadership 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 Leadership Chair.

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

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

Notification

Following completion of the full proposal review process, the LEEF Board of Directors 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 8
Full Proposal - Evaluation Criteria
Competition 2

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 and innovative researcher whose accomplishments have made a major impact on the field;
  • Demonstrate that the proposed chairholder and his/her program of research are recognized as a leader in the field through support by internationally recognized authorities. Support must be established through three letters of recommendation from these authorities;
  • Demonstrate that the proposed chairholder is able to attract excellent trainees, students and future researchers;
  • Demonstrate that the proposed chairholder's record in supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows is superior;
  • 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 research strengths;

*Should a full proposal not obtain unanimous approval from the College of Reviewers, the proposal will be forwarded to the Canada Research Chairs Program's Interdisciplinary Adjudication Committee (IAC) for final review and recommendation. For additional information on the IAC, please visit the Chairs Program website at www.chairs.gc.ca .


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 Leadership 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 provincial economic development objectives.
  • Demonstrate that qualifying funds have been secured for the chair from non-provincial government sectors as per rules established by the LEEF Board; and
  • If applicable, address additional requirements as identified by the IRC and LEEF Board following the LOI review process.

ATTACHMENT 9
Timelines
Competition 2


Action

Timeline
Projected Start Date Projected Due
Date
1. Call for LOIs March 31, 2004
2. LOI Submissions 6 months to submit September 30, 2004
3. International Review Committee Review of LOIs and Board conditional approval 2 months to review and approve November 30, 2004
4. Invitation for Full Proposals December 17, 2004
5. Full Proposal Submissions 12 months to submit *December 17, 2005
6. Canada Research Chairs College Members (and if applicable, Interdisciplinary Adjudication Committee) Review 3 months to review *March, 2006
7. International Review Committee Review of Full Proposals 1 month to review April, 2006
8. Board Approval and Notice of Awards 1 month for approval and notice May, 2006

*The CRC will review proposals submitted before the deadline in order of receipt,
and will forward proposals to the IRC and LEEF Board immediately following its review.

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.

ATTACHMENT 10
Contact Information

Competition 2

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

ATTACHMENT 11
Applicants' Checklist
Competition 2

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? (Use form provided, 4A)
  • Included all information under PART 2?
  • Included all information on the BC Leadership Chairholder Benchmark under PART 3?

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 Canada Research Chairs Program? (Optional)

Has the nominated chairholder:

  • Provided a full description of the proposed research program for the BC Leadership Chair?
  • Provided all required personal information including identification, curriculum vitae, research and research 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 Leadership Chair will fulfill the province's research and economic development priorities?
  • Demonstrated the availability of qualifying funds through donor or institutional letters of commitment?
  • Addressed issues identified by the IRC or LEEF Board following the LOI review process (if applicable)?

 

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