NBIF is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Research Professionals Initiative, formerly known as the Research Technicians Initiative (RTI). Applications can be made through the Research Services Portal http://research-services.nbif.ca/ and must be submitted by January 28, 2019 11:59PM AST.
The Research Professionals Initiative (RPI) is a joint initiative between NBIF and the New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labor (PETL). It provides applied researchers some of the funding they need to hire research professionals.
There are several key changes to the RPI program this year: 1) The name has changed from RTI, 2) the award amounts have increased in line with inflation, 3) the application form is shorter with word limits and 4) the evaluation criteria are publicly available on our website.
Funding is provided to a maximum of $90,000 per position created, primarily for salary and benefits. The funding will be evenly spread over three years ($30,000 per year). Matching funds can include direct contributions to the professional’s salary and benefits by the college or university, expenses related to the professional covered by other funding sources, grants obtained by the professional, and in kind contributions. The amount requested in the RPI proposal must be at least evenly matched, e.g. if $90,000 is requested then $90,000 in matching funds must be provided.
While applications from all disciplines of research are welcome, those research programs that demonstrate value-added relationships with either industry, NGOs, or other institutions and can demonstrate a potential for the commercialization of an innovation will have a competitive advantage. All applicants will need to articulate the economic impact of their project on the Province of New Brunswick. The full criteria for evaluation of proposals, as well as sample commercialisation plans, can be found on our website at http://www.nbif.ca.
Researchers are strongly encouraged to register on the Research Services Portal http://research-services.nbif.ca/ well in advance of the application due date.