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The key objective of the ARB is to cultivate a strong research base among the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Business. Specifically, the ARB supports:

  • research programs of new faculty;
  • new and/or collaborative, interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary research initiatives;
  • ongoing research that has a budget less than the minimum required for SSHRC applications;
  • research-related conference travel; and
  • publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts

It is expected that funding will lead to increased individual and group participation and success in external grant competitions. Seed funding is the Board Members’ priority. The following categories of grants (renamed following guidance from SSHRC in 2017) are supported by the ARB:

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for ARB funding an applicant must be affiliated with McMaster University and must be eligible for SSHRC funding under the SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG) Program. The following will be considered affiliated with McMaster University:

  • Faculty members of McMaster University with a tenured or tenure-stream academic appointment.
  • Former faculty members of McMaster University who have retired while holding a tenured academic appointment.
  • Persons holding at least a one-year appointment at McMaster University. In the event the grantee’s appointment at McMaster ends, unspent funds remaining at that time will be returned to the Arts Research Board.
  • Postdoctoral fellows who are conducting scholarly activity in the Humanities or Social Sciences and who are supervised by a faculty member of McMaster University who holds a tenured or tenure-stream appointment.
  • Individuals who hold teaching track or non-tenure track positions are eligible to apply for ARB funding for research, provided they obtain explicit permission from their Faculty Deans.
  • Other persons, including Adjunct Professors and Professional Librarians, who hold permanent appointments at McMaster University and who meet SSHRC eligibility criteria for SIG funding.

Students and visiting fellows or scholars are NOT eligible to apply for ARB funding. However, SSHRC encourages the employment of students in SIG-funded research.

New Scholars

Applicants may request consideration as new scholars. Applications from new scholars will be adjudicated separately from all other applications. To have their applications adjudicated as new scholars, applicants must demonstrate that they have not been the principal investigator on a previous successful research grant from the Tri-Agency (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) and that one or more of the following applies:

      • They completed their highest university degree within five years of the competition deadline;
      • They have held a tenure-track university appointment at any university for five years or less;
      • They have held an appointment at a university where tenure-track positions are offered, but never a tenure-track position; or
      • They have had their career interrupted or delayed for family reasons.

As Postdoctoral fellows satisfy the eligibility criteria, they may be considered new scholars.

For the ARB Policy Guide, complete guidelines and application forms for each of the four categories above, please see the Forms & Templates page

Final Report Requirement

To be eligible for future ARB funding, researchers who have been awarded ARB SSHRC Explore or Exchange funds previously must submit a final report to ROADS within six months of completing the project.

If you have any questions about the ARB, please contact Muriel Gervais, Research Administration Analyst.