Competition year : 

Deadline (pre-request) : 
August 1st, 2018 at 16:00 (EST)

Deadline (application) : 
September 27th, 2018 at 16:00 (EST)

Announcement of results : 
April 2019

Amount : 
15 000$ per year including equipment

Duration : 
Maximum 3 years (not renewable)

IMPORTANT NOTICES: The link to the FRQ electronic Portfolio (forms) is available under “Portal access ” on the website. More details are available in the “About FRQnet ” section.

To access the funding application form, a prior notice of intent must be submitted before 4 p.m. on August 1st, 2018.

This program refers to the Common General Rules (CGR), which are applicable to all programs of the FRQSC. Only the special conditions applicable to the Research support for new academics program 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 requires a PDF file of detailed contributions. Refer to  “Preparing a CV for the Fonds” and “Detailed Contributions the Common Canadian CV”, available in the E-Portfolio.

Updates to contact information can be made directly in the FRQnet E-Portfolio.


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


The aim of the Research support for new academics program is to:

  • Enable the completion of an individual research project;
  • Help support a new generation of researchers and university instructors by assisting new academics embarking upon their careers in establishing themselves as independent researchers and becoming competitive at the national and international levels;
  • Foster collaborations between new and established researchers;
  • Consolidate the research system by supporting up-and-coming research academics in humanities and social sciences, arts and literature fields;
  • Incite new research academics who are beginning their careers to develop original research avenues.

Moreover, in keeping with its Knowledge mobilization strategy, the Fonds encourages grant recipients to conduct knowledge mobilization activities (transfer, sharing, valorization, promotion and dissemination) for the general public, whenever such activities are relevant in the context of their research.

In light of these objectives, universities are encouraged to support the application by releasing the applicant from at least 25% of his/her teaching duties.


Applicants must have the status of university researcher on June 1st, 2019, (CGR), Definitions – Status and Roles), meet all eligibility requirements set out in the CGR, and have held a regular full-time position at a university in Québec, elsewhere in Canada or abroad for less than five 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 1st, 2019 at the latest, notwithstanding Sec. 2.1 of the CGR, AND successfully defend their doctoral dissertation before June 1st, 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 for this program three times; ;
  • 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.


The application process is comprised of two distinct and mandatory steps:

  1. Submission of a notice of intent
  2. Submission of the funding application

Before completing a notice of intent or a grant application, applicants must create a user account on the Fonds website, if this has not already been done. Individuals who already have a personal identification number (PIN) have direct access to a FRQnet account and must update their profile in the E-Portfolio.

3.1 Notice of intent

The main purpose of the notice of intent is to provide the information required to assemble the peer committee that will assess the grant application. To that end, applicants are invited to select from the list of committees the one that corresponds the best to their research topic. At this stage, the notice of intent will not be used to assess the eligibility of the applicant or the scientific merit of the project.

The notice of intent form, available under “concours disponibles” in the E-Portfolio, must be submitted before 4 p.m. on August 1st, 2018.

The applicant must ensure that the notice of intent is submitted within the prescribed time, and that it is complete and in compliance with program specifications. A notice of intent that does not satisfy these requirements will not be considered.

3.2 Grant application

The funding application may be completed in English or French. However, the title and project summary must imperatively be in French. These may be used by the Fonds for promotional and dissemination purposes (see the CGR, Sec. 3.6 – Language of Application and Attachments).

All required forms and documents  must be transmitted before the competition deadline, which is 4:00 p.m. on September 27th, 2018.

The latter must be scanned individually in PDF format, identified with the name of the researcher and attached to the form at the place indicated:

  • A description of the research project;
  • A bibliography;
  • 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 and the position held, as well as previous positions held at other universities, where applicable. No other document will be accepted;
  • Applicants who have not obtained their doctorate by the competition deadline must attach a letter from the appropriate authorities of their university stating that their dissertation defense will take place before June 1st, 2019;
  • If applicable, the necessary authorizations providing access to data or letters from partners attesting to partnership agreements, etc.;

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.

The Canadian Common CV and the “Detailed Contributions” attachment available in the E-Portfolio.

Any part of the application, including the annexes, that exceeds the maximum number of authorized pages will be removed from the application.

Any missing documents will render the application ineligible.

An incomplete application that do not contain  the  information necessary to establish eligibility or which cannot be evaluated will be deemed invalid by the Fonds. Any documents that are not required and which are included with the application will not be submitted to the evaluation committee. Applicants will not be notified of any information or documents missing from the application. Any documents received after the deadline for application will not be considered and applications cannot be updated.

The signing applicants attest that the information provided is accurate and complete and agree to respect the rules and principles set out in the Policy for the Responsible Conduct of Research of the Fonds Société et culture. The researchers therefore authorize the institution to transmit any personal information in accordance with this policy, if applicable.


At any time, applicants may verify in their E-portfolio that their application has been successfully transmitted. The application file in “My forms” must be flagged as “Transmis au Fonds” no later than the competition closing date and time.


4.1 Evaluation criteria, indicators and weighting

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

Research project – 60 points

  • Originality and contribution to the advancement of knowledge (10 points);
  • Clarity of the research problem, relevance of the theoretical approach and precision of the stated objectives (20 points);
  • Relevance, rigour and rationale of the methodological approach (20 points);
  • Soundness of the time frame and relevance of planned dissemination activities (10 points).

Expertise – 30 points

  • Quality of scientific achievements and research activities, peer recognition and renown (communications, grants,  mobilization activities, publications, scholarships, seminars, student supervision*, etc.) (15 points);
  • Relevance of scientific achievements, research activities, experience and training to the project (15 points).

Research training – 10 points

Diversity of the activities proposed for the research training** of students and of the tasks and responsibilities planned for that purpose during the project (10 points).

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

** Beyond what is normally provided by the study program.

Applicants are invited to consult the Scores and ratings grid for evaluation committees used by the evaluation committees.

An overall passing grade of 70% is required for the application to be recommended for funding. A passing grade of 70% is also required for the ‘Research project’ criterion.

As indicated in section 4 of the CGR, the Fonds receives applications for financial assistance, checks their eligibility and submits them for evaluation by specially formed committees. These committees may need to consult outside experts.

The evaluation committee members and experts may be from Québec, Canada or abroad. As they come from a wide variety of backgrounds, applicants are encouraged, in the documents submitted for evaluation, to present their project in such a way as to be easily understandable in a multidisciplinary context.

The role of the evaluation committees and the conditions governing funding decisions are defined in articles 4.4 and 4.5 of the CGR.


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 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 exceeding $800 per year.

Indirect costs of research (known by the French acronym FIR) (article 8.2 of CGR) are transferred to the managing institution by the Fonds. They are funded in addition to the amout of 15 000 $ awarded for research projets.


The grant is awarded annually for the period from April 1st to March 31th for up to three years and is not renewable.


These rules apply to the 2019-2020 fiscal year.