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FAQs: David Hopper Prizes for Leadership in Research for Development

1. Does a nominee have to be currently employed?

2. a) What do we mean by “IDRC support has been foundational to their careers”? b) How can one “demonstrate that the nominee is still actively working for the public good”?

3. Can an individual be nominated and offered a prize if they are currently in receipt of an IDRC grant?

4. Can an individual who is not attached to an institution submit a nomination in their personal capacity?

5. At the time of nomination, is there a requirement to provide a budget or an indication of how the prize funds will be spent?

6. What are eligible expenses that a prizewinner may cover using the prize funds?

7. How will the prizewinner receive the funds?

8. How can the prizewinner disburse the funds?

9. Will the nominating institution receive any recognition for nominating an individual?

10. Where do I find the online application form for nomination?

11. Which web browsers are recommended for the online nomination?

12. Do I have to complete the entire nomination at once or can I complete some sections, upload some documents, save them, and continue later?

13. I have a technical problem with my online application; whom should I contact?

14. Will you accept nominations or supporting documentation by email?

15. Will you accept my late nomination?

16. How does the nominee prove their citizenship eligibility?

 

1. Does a nominee have to be currently employed?

No. The nominee may be officially retired, but see FAQ 2 below.

2. a) What do we mean by “IDRC support has been foundational to their careers”? b) How can one “demonstrate that the nominee is still actively working for the public good”?

a) IDRC is looking for researchers who have a distinguished career during which time a relationship with IDRC (defined by receipt of IDRC funds in support of research) has been significant. We do not expressly define what “significant” means, but we suggest that researchers who received (or were part of a team that received) funding support for a one-off award or one project are less likely to be able to compete for this prize.

b) By providing documents, photos, links, etc. that show how the nominee is active, even if officially retired. Examples could include proof of employment or close association with a relevant institution; current publications; involvement in education/training/mentoring programs (paid or not); policy action in relation to research interests, etc.

3. Can an individual be nominated and offered a prize if they are currently in receipt of an IDRC grant?

Yes. If offered a prize, they will be asked to demonstrate how the prize funds will be used either for a different purpose or to complement and add value to the active IDRC grant.

4. Can an individual who is not attached to an institution submit a nomination in their personal capacity?

No, nominations submitted by individuals on their own behalf will not be accepted.

5. At the time of nomination, is there a requirement to provide a budget or an indication of how the prize funds will be spent?

No. At the time of nomination, IDRC requires only the signed consent form indicating the nominee’s willingness to use the funds towards relevant activities. Only at the point of offering a prize will IDRC request a statement and an overview of how the funds will be spent.

6. What are eligible expenses that a prizewinner may cover using the prize funds?

Costs related to carrying out research, knowledge mobilization, and/or training/mentoring will be eligible. Examples include remuneration, certain fees, benefits (as applicable), travel, and training expenses for researchers, advisors, and students working on a research project and/or on dissemination/knowledge mobilization activities; similar costs associated with training/mentoring activities; some equipment costs; conference/seminar/workshop costs; open access publishing fees, etc.

7. How will the prizewinner receive the funds?

A letter of agreement will be drawn up between the prizewinner and IDRC. Funds will be sent to the prizewinner’s personal account.

8. How can the prizewinner disburse the funds?

The prizewinner may directly manage the funds, make arrangements with a partner institution to manage the funds, or even donate the funds. In all cases, the funds must be directed to the purpose of the prize as described in the call page.

9. Will the nominating institution receive any recognition for nominating an individual?

The nominating institutions of the successful prizewinners will be recognized and thanked in all news announcements and presentations. A brief description of their institution and its work, with a link to their website, will be included. They will also be encouraged to make their own announcements.

10. Where do I find the online application form for nomination?

Nominations must be submitted online through this link also available on the David Hopper call page.

The link will take you to the SurveyMonkey Apply site where you must create an account. Once the sign-up process is complete, you will need to answer the eligibility questionnaire. If the nominee is eligible, the system will grant access to the full nomination process and application form.

11. Which web browsers are recommended for the online nomination?

We recommend that you use Google Chrome or Firefox for the online nomination via SurveyMonkey Apply. Internet Explorer is not recommended for SurveyMonkey Apply.

12. Do I have to complete the entire nomination at once or can I complete some sections, upload some documents, save them, and continue later?

The online nomination takes time to complete and the system allows you to work at your own pace. You may upload one document at a time, save, and continue later. The nomination form contains several pages and may be completed gradually.

Please make sure to complete and submit your nomination by clicking the “Mark as Complete” button at the bottom of each task, followed by the “Review and Submit” button at least one or two days before the deadline. Past experience has shown that applications submitted on the day of the deadline often encounter delays or technical difficulties because of the volume of submissions.

13. I have a technical problem with my online application; whom should I contact?

Contact awards@idrc.ca to alert us of the problem. We want to be aware of the technical issues that candidates encounter and we will try to address them. Support is available during EDT working hours. No support is available at IDRC on weekends or Canadian statutory holidays. Please note that we cannot guarantee a response to technical issues that arise during the last two days before the deadline.

14. Will you accept nominations or supporting documentation by email?

No, we do not accept nominations or supporting documentation by email. All materials must be completed and uploaded on SurveyMonkey Apply. Register for a SurveyMonkey Apply account by following this link. Once your account has been created, you may sign in to complete the nomination.

15. Will you accept my late nomination?

No, we are unable to accept any late documentation by email or to accept a late nomination. It is the nominating institution’s responsibility to begin and complete the process in a timely manner and to submit before the deadline. The system shuts down at the exact deadline indicated in the call page, therefore there is no grace period and the system will not save what is written after the deadline. 

16. How does the nominee prove their citizenship eligibility?

Once a nomination has been submitted and is deemed complete (i.e. after the deadline), the nominee will receive an email requesting a copy of their citizenship documentation. IDRC will receive, validate, and then delete this documentation from all systems.