CHEC Seed Grant Pitch Competition

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The CHEC Seed Grant Pitch Competition awards funding (to pay for a co-op student for one term) for one collaborative research project that embodies CHEC’s purpose to support interdisciplinary university-community research undertakings. 

The 2016 CHEC Seed Grant was awarded to the "Collaborative Solutions to Inequitable Urban Change in Canadian Cities" research team: Dr. Karla Boluk (AHS), Dr. Paul Heidebrecht (Centre for Peace Advancement), Dr. Sara Edge (Ryerson), Dr. Mark Groulx (UNBC), Stephanie Rozek (Hive Waterloo Region), and Matt Quick (PhD Candidate, Planning).

Click here to view the winning pitch, given by Stephanie Rozek, Executive Director of Hive Waterloo Region.

Smiling winning team members.
(Dr. Paul Heidebrecht, Dr. Mark Groulx on Skype, Matt Quick, Stephanie Rozek, and Dr. Karla Boluk)


List of Competitors: 2016 CHEC Seed Grant Pitch Competition 

In alphabetical order according to (preliminary) research project title:

Amphibious Housing in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam: Dr. Brent Doberstein (ENV), Dr. Carrie Mitchell (ENV), Dr. Elizabeth English (ENG)

Collaboration and Non-Hierarchical Creative Processes at MT Space: Dr. Rania Al-Hammoud (ENG), Dr. Derek Wright (ENG), Pam Patel (MT Space), Majdi Bou-Matar (Occupy Spring Project), Andrew Moro (ARTICLE 11 Project)

Collaborative Solutions to Inequitable Urban Change in Canadian Cities: Dr. Karla Boluk (AHS), Dr. Paul Heidebrecht (Centre for Peace Advancement), Dr. Sara Edge (Ryerson), Dr. Mark Groulx (UNBC), Stephanie Rozek (Hive Waterloo Region), Matt Quick (PhD Candidate, Planning)

Exploring Management Pathways to Improve Agricultural Land Use:        Dr. Derek Robinson (ENV), Dr. Wanhong Yang (UGuelph), Peter Glenday (UW Mapping, Analysis and Design)

Exploring the Power of Music to Affect Health and Wellbeing: Dr. Maisie Sum (ARTS)

Five Ways to Wellbeing Framework: Dr. Colleen McMillan (Renison), Dr. Kevin Harrigan (ARTS), Stephanie Watson (Region of Waterloo), and members of the Waterloo Region Mental Health Work Group

Learning Social Innovation Skills at the University of Waterloo: Dr. Sean Geobey (ENV) and Naima Raza (ENV student)

Network Facilitation: Dr. Sherry Dupuis (AHS), Diane Peacock (Facile Perth)

Safe Cycling: A Nudge Social Media Campaign: Dr. Colleen McMillan (Renison), Geoff Love (Stratford Energy and Environment Advisory Committee), Don Farwell (Stratford Active Transportation Advisory Committee), Trena Hough (Cycle Stratford), Kerry McManus (City of Stratford Counsellor)


CHEC Seed Grant Pitch Competition Objectives

  • Promote collaborative, inter-faculty, university-community research projects.
  • Increase the success of new research teams in applications for external funding.
  • ​Generate practical knowledge that communities can use in problem solving.

How to Participate in the CHEC Seed Grant Pitch Competition

The deadline for applications to the 2016 CHEC Seed Grant Pitch Competition has passed. Below are the steps in the application and pitch competition process.

1. Submit an Application to Tanya Markvart, CHEC Director of Research & Programming.

2. The Applications will be reviewed and the top 10 rated Applicants will be invited to participate in the CHEC Seed Grant Pitch Competition. 

3. Prepare your pitch presentation (see Pitch Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria). 

4. Present your pitch. CHEC will coordinate pitch time slots and post an agenda in advance.
 


Decision Process

CHEC staff evaluate the applications and invite up to 10 Applicants (or research teams) to participate in the CHEC Seed Grant Pitch Competition.

A CHEC-appointed panel comprised of two representatives of community organizations and two UW faculty evaluate the pitches. The respective scores from the presentations are combined with the respective application scores for a grand total score.

The winning pitch is announced at the end of the competition event.


CHEC Seed Grant Pitch Competition Guidelines

  • Pitches must be a maximum of three minutes.
  • Research teams may be any size.
  • Research teams must be comprised of a least one researcher who is UW faculty.
  • Preference will be given to research projects that involve inter-faculty teams.
  • Preference will be given to research projects that involve at least one community organization in a collaborative way.
  • Preference will be given to research projects that offer a meaningful training opportunity for a co-op student.
  • The three-minute pitch must be given by a member of the research team. 
  • Pitch presentations must address the evaluation criteria provided below. The first three criteria will be most important in the evaluation of the pitch presentations.
  • Pitch presentations may include up to 3 PowerPoint slides.
  • Researchers may submit multiple pitch applications provided that the research teams are different for each project.

CHEC Seed Grant Pitch Evaluation Criteria

1. The research addresses a significant knowledge gap related to CHEC themes of community, health, environment, and communications.

2. The research objectives meet one or more of the following CHEC goals:

  • Work with communities to understand, interconnect and sustainably manage their core operational systems such as public health and well-being, transport, communication, food, water, and energy.
  • Promote collaborative community partner research.
  • Build human capacity within communities to create innovative solutions that address community issues.

3. The research establishes meaningful collaboration across disciplines at UW and beyond.

4. The research offers a meaningful training opportunity for a co-op student.

5. The research demonstrates strong potential to support subsequent funding applications to Tri-Council and other grantors.


For inquiries, contact Tanya Markvart, CHEC Director of Research & Programming.