Internal Grants

The International Research Seed Grant (IRSG) is an internal funding program that supports Carleton University faculty members in starting new international research collaborations.  The Office of the Vice-President (Research and International) (OVPRI) awards up to $10,000 in seed funding for projects with one or more new international partners.

The purpose of this two-year grant is to initiate new projects and international collaborations (rather than support ongoing ones) that will lead to larger international collaboration funding proposals and joint publications within two years.  Projects are expected be innovative, globally focused, and lay the foundation for long-term international partnerships.

Value and Duration

The award provides up to CAD$10,000 to cover travel and accommodations or research expenses.  Depending on the number of applications received and availability of funds, projects may be partially funded.  Typically, the duration of the funding is for a maximum of one year from receipt of award, with a one-year no cost extension.  Due to the COVID pandemic, the funding will be awarded for a two-year period.

Eligible expenses

Eligible expenses include travel and accommodations; research, meeting, and communications costs; and expenses associated with the development of funding proposals in collaboration with the international partner(s).  The IRSG does not cover ongoing operations, capital equipment, administration of personnel costs of existing projects or initiatives; costs for initiatives that have alternative sources of funding; teaching releases; and expenses on behalf of other Canadian universities.


All full-time faculty of professional rank (Assistant, Associate, Full) at Carleton.  Applications from Adjunct Research Professors will be considered in exceptional cases.


  • Clearly constructed motivation for new collaboration
  • Strategic alignment with the Strategic Integrated Plan and the International Strategic Plan
  • Feasible budget with notes on where funds might leverage other funding
  • Matching funds and/or in-kind contribution from the international partner(s)
  • Potential to sustain partnership and lead to future funding proposals, shared research activities, and research outputs such as joint publications within two years


Expression of intent Please email Sylvie Jasen as soon as you intend to apply.
Approval Form in cuResearch portal: February 18, 2022
Final Submission to Sylvie Jasen February 25, 2022 (4:00 pm)

How to Apply

  1. Download the International Research Seed Grant Application Form. It is recommended that the form be filled out in Acrobat.

  1. Create a new project entry on cuResearch, login using your My Carleton credentials:
  • Choose “APPLY NEW” from top menu and then “Approval Form” from the OVPRI Awards sub-menu
  • Complete the information under the “Project Info” tab with the title and dates of your project
  • Under “Project Sponsor Info” tab choose “Add New”, then click on “Agency” and enter CORIS under “Agency Name” and click “Search” then click “Select” beside Carleton University, CORIS.
  • Use the “Program” drop down menu to select “International Research Seed Grant” and Save
  • Under “Approval Form” tab, complete all required fields (notify your Chair/Director and ADR of the submission to prompt their approval)

  1. Upload the following onto your newly created cuResearch entry (in the “Attachments” tab) and click “Submit”:
    • Draft of International Research Seed Grant Application form
    • Your CV
  • Once you “Submit” your entry on the CU Research Portal, your application will be routed for electronic approval by the Department Chair/School Director, and Associate Dean, Research (ADR) then forwarded on to CORIS to complete your submission.
  • You may view the signing authority routing for your file under the “Approvals tab”.

  1. Complete the IRSG Application Form and save as a single pdf file, using the naming convention:
    lastname _firstname_InternationalResearch_year.pdf. Applications that do not conform to the template will not be considered.

  1. To submit your completed IRSG application form, please email it to Sylvie Jasen, International Projects Coordinator ( by the final deadline. The final version will be added to your project file in cuResearch.

Please note:

  • Upload a draft of your application and CV in cuResearch in advance of the deadline, allowing sufficient time for your Department Chair/School Director and ADR to provide their approval.
  • Your submission will not be complete until this approval has been provided by your Department Chair/School Director and ADR.
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  • Once your cuResearch entry arrives at Carleton International, it may not be changed or added to. To submit your completed application, please email it to Sylvie Jasen, International Projects Coordinator, by the final deadline.


Sylvie Jasen
International Projects Coordinator
Carleton International