CHEC Seed Grant Competition supports collaborative research

Friday, November 25, 2016

Funding Innovation and Research

Two men and two women hold award giving 'thumbs up'Left to right: Dr. Paul Heidebrecht, Dr. Mark Groulx on Skype, Matt Quick, Stephanie Rozek, and Dr. Karla Boluk

The Community, Health, Environment, Communications (CHEC) Initiative recently held its inaugural Seed Grant Pitch Competition. On the line for the winning research team: funding to hire a co-op student for one term to help them with their research objectives.

“The research proposals being pitched relate directly to CHEC’s themes of collaborative university-community research projects,” said Tanya Markvart, CHEC’s Director of Research & Programming. “They generate practical knowledge that communities can use to problem solve in innovative and creative ways”.

In total, nine teams from four different faculties had three minutes each to pitch their research. Topics ranged from amphibious housing in Vietnam to exploring the power of music in health and wellbeing.

In the end, the 2016 CHEC Seed Grant was awarded to “Collaborative Solutions to Inequitable Urban Change in Canadian Cities”, a team lead by Dr. Karla Boluk from Applied Health Sciences, and pitched by Stephanie Rozek, Executive Director of Hive Waterloo Region.

While there was only one winner, CHEC offers services to all research teams to assist in achieving research goals.

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