Competition year : 

Deadline (pre-request) : 
September 27th, 2018 at 16:00 (EST)

Announcement of results : 
End of April 2019

Amount : 
$15,000 per year including equipment

Duration : 
Maximum 3 years (not renewable)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The link to the FRQ electronic Portfolio (forms) is available  under  the Portals  Access.  More details are available in the About FRQnet section.

This program refers to the Common General Rules (CGR), which are applicable to all programs of the Fonds de recherch du Québec (FRQSC). Only the special terms and conditions applicable to the Research-creation support for new academics program (CCZ) are indicated in this document, and these prevail over the CGR.

In the event of a discrepancy between the English and French versions of this program, the French version prevails.

The Fonds uses the Canadian Common CV and also requires a PDF file of Detailed Contributions (available in the E-porfolio). Refer to  Preparing a CV for the Fonds and Detailed Contributions attachment the Canadian Commun  CV in the program Toolbox.


Version approved on June 29, 2018 subject to the approval of the Ministre de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation.


The Research-creation support for new academics has the following objectives:

  • Foster a new generation of academic researcher-creators within Québec universities and contribute to their visibility and recognition on national and international levels;
  • Promote the integration of new researcher-creators  into institutional research and training missions, research-creation networks and relevant practice settings, on national and international levels;
  • Encourage new academics to establish a diversity of collaborative ties with peers from different disciplines and professional artists within and outside Québec, to stimulate the development of original avenues of research-creation;
  • Facilitate the transmission, presentation and dissemination of the experimentation and results of research-creation projects of all types to students, peers and the general public.

The Fonds uses the term research-creation to designate any research process or approach that fosters creation and aims at producing new esthetic, theoretical, methodological, epistemological or technical knowledge. All of these processes and approaches must include, to varying degrees (depending on the practices and temporalities specific to each project):

  1. Artistic or creative activities (design, experimentation, production, etc.)


  1. The problematization of these activities (critical and theoretical analysis of the creative process, conceptualization, etc.).

As there can be no research-creation without give and take between the work of art and the creation process by which it exists, the Fonds requires that the artistic or creative activities and their problematization be carried out by the same person.

For the purposes of the Fonds, a research-creation approach is based on:

  • A sustained artistic or creative practice;
  • The problematization of this creative or artistic practice;
  • The transmission, presentation and dissemination of the experimentation and/or results of research-creation projects of all types to students, peers and the general public.

Specifically, the research-creation activities carried out under this program must contribute to:

  • The development of productions or works resulting from an artistic or creative practice, provided that they add an element of renewal or innovation in terms of approach, process, technology, materials, form of presentation or experimentation, repertory or interpretative style. These productions must lend themselves to problematization leading to the development of new aesthetic, theoretical, methodological, epistemological or technical knowledge;
  • The training of research-creation students;
  • Greater recognition of individuals working on research-creation within their institutions and in national and international artistic and cultural environments and communities;
  • The enrichment of the cultural heritage of Québec, Canada and/or the international community.

For the purposes of this program, performance in the context of a theatrical, choreographic or musical presentation is considered to be creation provided that it is problematized.

The following do not qualify for this program:

  • performance for the purpose of the interpretation or analysis of artistic works or productions;
  • the development of productions resulting from an artistic or creative practice that are not accompanied by problematization leading to the development of new aesthetic, theoretical, methodological, epistemological or technical knowledge.

In accordance with its Stratégie de mobilisation des connaissances the Fonds encourage students to lead and carry out knowledge mobilization activities (transfer, sharing, valorization, promotion and dissemination) with practice settings and with the general public, whenever relevant.


With this program, the Fonds is targeting creators and artists working as university research professors who are able to present both a portfolio of productions resulting from an artistic or creative practice and a body of  theoretical contributions.

Applicants must have the status of university researcher on June 1, 2019, (CGR, Definitions – Status and Roles), be recognized for their research-creation work, meet all eligibility requirements set out in the CGR, and have held a regular position at a university in Québec, elsewhere in Canada or abroad for less than 7 years at the competition closing date.

Applicants who do not meet the latter requirement are still eligible if:

  • they hold a full-time regular position leading to tenure in a Québec university by June 1, 2019 at the latest, notwithstanding Sec. 2.1 of the CGR;
  • they successfully defend their doctoral dissertation before June 1, 2019.

Applicants may request an extension of their eligibility period if they have interrupted or delayed their career for family or health reasons. Applicants on parental leave may request an extension of their eligibility period up to the maximum amount of time permitted under the Act respecting labour standards.

In all cases, the managing institution must attest that the researcher will be in its employment for the duration of the grant.

The following applicants are not eligible:

  • Researchers who have applied to this program three times (in a former version or in its current version).
  • Researchers who have submitted an application to another research start-up program of one of Québec’s three Fonds de recherche;
  • Researchers who are (or has been) already funded through a research start-up program of one of Québec’s three Fonds de recherche.


A complete application package consists of:

  • Required e-forms, available in the E-portfolio;
  • Required electronic attachments;
  • Upload the Artist’s portfolio on the FRQSC’s cloud.

Any application package that does not contain all of the required forms and documents at the competition closing date and time will be deemed ineligible by the Fonds. Documents that are not required and that are included with the application will be removed from the application before evaluation. Applicants will not be notified of any required information or documents missing from the application. Any documents received after the deadline for application will not be considered and applications cannot be updated.

3.1 E-forms

The e-forms will be available on the Web site of the Fonds at least one month before the competition deadline.

As indicated in the CGR (article 3.6), the e-forms may be filled out in French or English. However, the title and abstract included in the application must imperatively be written in French. This information could be used by the Fonds for promotional and dissemination purposes.

All sections of the application that exceed the maximum page limit will be removed from the application submitted for evaluation

The following e-forms and documents must be transmitted before the competition deadline of Septembre 27September 5, 4:00 pm.

  • the “Research-creation support for new academics” E-form (CCZ);
  • the Canadian Common CV and “Detailed Contributions” attachment, available in the Toolbox on the program web page or directly in the “Activity Details” box in the E-portfolio. To ensure that the attachment is properly transmitted to the Fonds, it must be saved in PDF format under “Canadian Common CV” in the FRQnet E-portfolio.

Only the official “Research-creation support for new academics” form, the Canadian Common CV and the other required documents will be accepted.

3.2 Required documents to be attached electronically

The following required documents must be scanned (.PDF) and included with the application e-form in the attachments intended for that purpose in the “Activity details” section, as described below.

The following documents are required and must be transmitted from the ”Autres documents” section :

  1. A letter from the university attesting that the applicant holds or will occupy a full time regular position leading to tenure by June 1, 2019. The letter must specify the date on which the applicant will be hired as well as the position held and attest that the applicant will remain in the employment of the university for the term of the grant. No other document will be accepted.
  2. If applicable, proof of registration or invitation to participate in a workshop, lecture, colloquium, meeting, biennial arts festival, festival, symposium or any other event of this type.
  3. If applicable, appropriate supporting documents attesting to the circumstances of any leave, in the case where an extension of the eligibility period is requested for family or health reasons.
  4. Description of the achievements presented in the artist’s portfolio linking each one to the research-creation project (mandatory).

3.3 Artist’s Portfolio (mandatory)

A portfolio of artistic achievements that illustrates the applicant’s artistic accomplishments as they pertain to the proposed project (may include a press kit). The portfolio should include a table of contents for quick reference.

The digitalized portfolio must be sent to the FRQSC’s cloud :

The digital file must be identified as follows : NAME OF APPLICANT – APPLICATION NUMBER.

Candidates are requested to send their enclosed documents only once in their final version. In case of duplicate transmission resulting from a manipulation error, the most recent version will be considered for the evaluation. The digital file must be smaller than 9,8 GB.

The portfolio will be kept by the Fonds for 90 days after the date on the letter announcing the results, after which the Fonds will dispose of it.

If the portfolio cannot be transmitted in digital form, it must be mailed in triplicate to the following address:

Programme Soutien à la recherche-création pour la relève professorale
Fonds de recherche – Société et culture
140, Grande Allée Est, suite 470
Québec (Québec) G1R 5M8

The Canada Post postmark or the dated stamp of a messenger service will be considered proof of delivery before the deadline, September 27, 2018, at the latest.

The Fonds is not responsible for any loss or damage of any nature to the portfolio. It will only be returned to the applicant if it was sent along with a preaddressed stamped envelope or box. Otherwise, the portfolio will be kept by the Fonds for 90 days after the date on the letter announcing the results, after which the Fonds will dispose of it.

Any missing documents will render the application ineligible.

All applications received by the Fonds are assessed for eligibility. A notice will be sent via e-mail no later than December following the competition deadline, informing the applicant of the status of his/her application and, where applicable, its transmission to the evaluation committee.


As indicated in section 4 of the CGR, the Fonds receives funding applications, checks their eligibility and submits them for evaluation by multidisciplinary committees whose members, who may be from Québec, the rest of Canada or abroad, are known for their expertise in the artistic disciplines and practices in question. If necessary, the evaluation committee may consult outside experts directly related to the applications.

The research-creation project description must be written in such a way as to be easily understandable in a multidisciplinary context. The conditions governing funding decisions are described in article 4.5 of the CGR.

4.1 Evaluation criteria, indicators and weighting

Applications for financial assistance are evaluated according to the following criteria, indicators and weighting:

Research-creation project – 60 points

  • Originality and impact on the development or renewal of the field (20 points)
  • Clarity of the problematization and appropriateness of the methodology for the stated objectives (20 points)
  • Soundness of the time frame and feasibility (10 points)
  • Relevance of the planned dissemination activities (10 points)

Expertise – 30 points

  • Quality of achievements and research-creation activities, peer recognition and renown (communications, exhibitions, individual or group works meetings, grants, networking activities, organization of conferences or similar events, performances, publications, residencies or exchanges, scholarships, shows, student supervision*, symposia, etc.) (20 points)
  • Relevance of scientific achievements, research-creation activities, experience and training to the project (10 points)

* Depending on the potential for supervision offered by the institution.

Research-creation training – 10 points

Diversity of the activities proposed for the research-creation training** of students and of the tasks and responsibilities planned for that purpose during the project (biennials, concerts, conferences, exchanges, exhibitions, festivals, meetings, performances, radio  broadcasts,  seminars, workshops, etc.) (10 points).

** Beyond what is normally provided by the study program

Applicants are invited to.

Applicants are advised to consult the Scores and Ratings Grid for Evaluation Committees and to attach equal importance to both the evaluation criteria and their associated indicators.

An overall passing grade of 70% is required. A passing grade of 70% is also required for the ‘Research project’ criterion.


For further information on awards and conditions, refer to section 5 of the CGR.


The financial support is an operating grant of up to $15,000/year and covers the equipment necessary to carry out the proposed research.

The grant must be used for current expenses to complete the research- creation program.

All expenses listed in the CGR are eligible with the following exceptions:

  • Professional fees for consultation or expert advice;
  • The cost of purchasing books and reference documents must not exceed $800 per year.
  • Expenses arising from the promotion or marketing of artistic works.
  • Self-publishing costs.

Indirect research costs (FIR – see Section 8.2 of the CGR) are transferred to the managing institution by the FRQSC. They are funded in addition to the $15,000 research grant.


Grants are awarded annually for the period from April 1 to March 31 for up to three years. The grants are not renewable.


These rules apply to the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Technical assistance

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Phone: 418 646-3669
Toll free: 1 866 621-7084

Priority will be given to e-mail enquiries.

UPDATED June 29, 2018