Research Office Hosts Grant Writing Workshops and Information Sessions

Poster for IDG infosessions
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 12:00pm

The Office of Research & Innovation is hosting information sessions and grant writing workshops in advance of the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant submission deadline in February 2020. The SSHRC IDG provides up to $75,000 over two years to support research in its initial stages. 

This funding is especially applicable to emerging scholars and supports the development of new research questions and/or approaches.

Three identical sessions will be held for the SSHRC IDG. More sessions may be available, depending on demand.

  • IDG Information Session 1 (in-person): October 17, 11:30am - 12:30pm
  • IDG Information Session 2 (in-person): October 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • IDG Information Session 3 (online): October 30, 11:00am - 12:00pm
    • Registration is required for the online session. The meeting ID is 315-174-308

Four interactive workshops will be held, each covering a different component of a standard research grant application. While the sessions will be applicable to any research grant application, they will be modeled closest to typical SSHRC grants. If you are unable to attend all the workshops, select the ones that are most applicable to you. Please reach out if you have further questions about the focus of any of the workshops.

  • Workshop 1: The Core Proposal: October 17, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Workshop 2: Online Forms and Additional Information: October 22, 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Workshop 3: Budget: October 30, 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Workshop 4: Summary and Pulling it All Together: November 6, 1:00pm-2:00pm

All infosessions and workshops will take place in Rm. RHA 701K, 205 Richmond St. West. 

Please RSVP to if you would like to attend. 

Poster for IDG infosessions

Research Funding Panel Discussion

Photograph of a hand pulling back a red curtain.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

The panelists will be Dr. Dori Tunstall, Dean, Faculty of Design; Dr. Ashok Mathur, Dean, Graduate Studies; and Ryan Rice, Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and SIS. The panel moderator will be our Vice President of Research and Innovation, Dr. Robert Luke.

The topics covered will include:

  • Keys to a successful funding application
  • Navigating reviewers’ expectations
  • Arts funding and Canada Council
  • Experiences with SSHRC 
  • So much more

The event is free and light refreshments will be served.

Venue & Address: 
RHA 120 (205 Richmond St. W., Rm. 120)

Initiative co-led by IDRC and The New School receives $1M Google grant

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Platform Co-op team at work
Platform Co-op staff at work
Friday, June 1, 2018

OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Center (IDRC) and New York’s The New School's Platform Cooperativism Consortium (PCC) have received a grant of $1,000,000 for their joint project supporting platform co-ops.  

The grant supports the economic development of cooperatives in the digital economy. It focuses specifically on creating a critical analysis of the digital economy and designing open source tools that will support platform co-ops working in sectors such as child care, elder care, home services, and recycling​ in the United States, Brazil, Australia, Germany, and India. Platform co-ops are web and app supported organizations that are owned and democratically governed by workers and/or users. The initiative is jointly led by PCC founder Trebor Scholz at The New School with Jutta Treviranus, who leads OCAD U’s IDRC. 

The partnership is centered around developing the Platform Co-op Development Kit, a platform to help interested people start platform co-ops. The Kit will include a map of the ecosystem, a resource library about platform co-operativism, as well as tools that can ease the legal process for these startups, help democratic decision-making, and a customizable labor platform. By making these tools freely available and open source, The Platform Cooperative Consortium aims to lower the barriers to entry for co-ops.

“Platform co-ops offer a powerful way to counter economic exclusion and corrosive disparity — a global challenge the Inclusive Design Research Centre has been tackling for 25 years,” said Dr. Treviranus. “This inspired partnership between the Platform Cooperative Consortium at The New School and the IDRC at OCAD U will empower individuals and groups that are currently economically marginalized to co-design a more inclusively prosperous future.”

“This grant is a big win for the cooperative movement and for platform co-op pioneers all over the world," said Scholz. "This kit will make it easier to start and run platform co-ops. It will also provide an interactive map of the co-op ecosystem and essential community-edited resources.”

“ has provided funding to develop the kit, which will combine the research of the PCC and the practical knowledge of the thriving platform co-op community with the inclusive design and development strengths of the IDRC,” explained Scholz. “But to build out this critically important and timely project into further territories and sectors, additional funding will be needed.”

The grant will also allow the PCC to engage other leading organizations committed to creating jobs with fair pay and good working conditions for diverse populations working in the digital economy. By applying the cooperative model to digital labor, the Platform Co-op Development Kit offers a compelling alternative to the otherwise extractive and on-demand digital economy.


OSAP is Changing, Part 2: Net estimates

July 2017’s OCAD U Insider e-newsletter contained information about the structure and delivery changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). These changes are aimed at increasing access to post-secondary education for students from low- and middle-income families, by making average tuition for the majority of eligible students (whose parents make a combined household income of less than $50,000 per year), free.

SSHRC Application Deadline of Standard Research Grants

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 9:00pm

SSHRC application deadline for Standard Research Grant.
Final signatures: VP, Research & Graduate Studies and President


SSHRC Application Deadline of Research/Creation Grants in Fine Arts

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 12:00pm to Monday, September 15, 2008 - 9:00pm

SSHRC application deadline for Research/ Creation Grants in Fine Arts.
Final signatures: VP, Research & Graduate Studies and President


SSHRC Application Deadline of ITST Research Grants

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 12:00pm to Monday, September 15, 2008 - 9:00pm

SSHRC application deadline for Image, Text, Sound and Technology: Research Grants
Final signatures: VP, Research & Graduate Studies and President


SSHRC Standard Research Grant Internal Declaration of Support

Friday, June 27, 2008 - 9:00pm

Candidates who submitted a statement of intent to the Office of Research & Graduate Studies regarding SSHRC Standard Research Grants will be informed whether they will receive OCAD funding support to develop their application.