Research Assistantships Initiative (RAI)
The RAI is a joint initiative between NBIF and the New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labor (PETL). It provides applied researchers funding to hire undergraduate and graduate student research assistants.
- NBIF will provide funding to a maximum of $60,000 per application. Funds must be used to pay student stipends/salaries and may be requested as follows: up to $7,500 for each undergraduate per year, and up to $15,000 for each graduate per year, for a maximum duration of two years (ex: $15,000 for graduate student A for one year, $30,000 for graduate student B for two years).
- The duration of the award is two years. Please indicate each student's anticipated length of employment (in hours) on the application form in the space provided.
- No matching funds are required for this fund. However, if the NBIF RAI award will not be the sole source of funding for the student stipend/salary, matching fund sources should be identified in the application. Projects with matching funds will not be scored any differently than ones without, as matching funds are not a requirement.
- Matching funds, if applicable, should include direct cash contributions to the student stipend only. No other project expenses should be included in the budget table.
- Researchers may submit only one application, but each application may include multiple students working on the same project.
Proposals will be evaluated by an external review committee based on the following criteria:
- The research project Is innovative and has scientific merit.
- Potential for socioeconomic impact (direct or indirect) on NB from this work.
- PI has the capacity to execute the project.
- Experiential learning opportunity for the research assistant.
- Proposal is well written and provides necessary information to be properly evaluated.
Sample application form available here.
Fund Manager: Hilary Lenihan (firstname.lastname@example.org)