Special Olympics Canada Research Grant


Application Deadline: July 5, 2013

Special Olympics Canada has put out a call for research grant applicants. UBC students and faculty are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity — particularly in light of UBC being the host venue of the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games on July 8-12, 2014.


Purpose of the Special Olympics Canada (SOC) Funding Project

The purpose of the research program of Special Olympics Canada is to promote and support research activities that enhance athlete development, athlete performance, coaching development and/or other areas of focus as identified in the 2012-2017 Special Olympics Canada Strategic Plan.


Applications are accepted from investigators who have a demonstrated record of research and are affiliated with an institution that offers support for researchers.

Maximum Award

Applicants may request up to $15,000.00. The number of grants awarded is dependent upon the recommendations of the committee. A total of $15,000.00 is available without a minimum or maximum number of required awards.

Application Timeline

Deadline for project submission July 5, 2013
Committee reviews submissions July 8 – July 11, 2013
Announcement of results July 2013

Where to Submit Your Grant Application

Special Olympics Canada
21 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 600 Toronto, Ontario M4T 1L9
Attention: Tom Davies
E-mail: tdavies@specialolympics.ca

Criteria for the Award

Applications are judged according to the following criteria. The applicant must address these explicitly in the proposal.

Quality and merit of proposal

  • The proposal shall demonstrate the applicant’s competence in the formulation and justification of the research and the corresponding work-plan.
  • A systematic, logical narrative will demonstrate the researcher’s familiarity with the subject matter.
  • Essential aspects of the proposal include: an outline of the theoretical framework, the methods and procedures to be used, data collection, the mode of analysis to be employed, a work-plan/timeline, budget and proposed communication of the results.
  • Description of the project plan will be in clear, direct terms that are free from technical jargon.


  • SOC funds will generally not be approved for the following:
  • Administrative staff salaries, office overhead and other recurring operating costs (office rent, office supplies and equipment, computer equipment purchase/repair).
  • Construction of permanent structures and/or capital investments.
  • Membership dues.

General Conditions

  • Research grant funds may be used only for the project and purposes described in the application, subject to any special conditions given in the Notice of Award or the SOC Research Committee’s correspondence.
  • Researcher must observe all policies and procedures relevant to the institution that hosts the research project including, but not limited to, Intellectual Property, Integrity in Scholarly Activity, Employment of Family/Relatives, Ethics for Human Study, Animal Care, Biosafety etc.
  • Evidence must be provided that the project has received or is in the review process for Ethics approval at the host institution.
  • Results of the research shall be communicated in an appropriate form: conference presentations, publications, and other media. SOC must be acknowledged on all documents, material and statements emanating from funded research.
  • A final report must be submitted to Special Olympics Canada upon completion of the project.
  • Awards may be terminated with or without notice if general conditions are not observed.
  • Preference will be given to students or research being conducted at Canadian Universities or work sites.
  • Preference will be given to projects that will be completed in the corresponding SOC fiscal year (July 1st, 2013 – June 30th, 2014)

Matching Funds

Any funds that are available to match with those awarded by SOC should be listed including the amount and the source of the funds.

Payment Timelines

Special Olympics Canada will release half of the available funds upon announcement of successful recipients and the remaining half upon completion of the project.

Download the full 2013-2014_SOC Research Grant Application