CREDO Program

ORIS Deadline January 15, 2021
Application Materials
PAGE LAST UPDATED December 10, 2020


Program Aims

The Community of Research Excellence Development Opportunities (CREDO) program at the University of Lethbridge was launched in 2008 with the aim to build success in SSHRC funding competitions. CREDO provides generous development grants to launch promising new projects in the social sciences (including Education and Management areas), humanities, fine arts, and health sciences disciplines. The CREDO program supports faculty in (1) building a competitive capability profile that helps them gain a strategic edge in external funding competitions. Since launching, it has supported more than 50 projects with a cumulative investment of over $1.3 million, and more than $2.1 million awarded by SSHRC to CREDO recipients.

*Due to budgetary constraints and low uptake of the program, as of Fall 2019, the CREDO award has been reduced to $15,000 over two years.

Subject Matter Eligibility

CREDO aims to support research broadly within the scope of SSHRC’s subject matter mandate as well as health research under CIHR’s mandate excluding bio-medical areas. Successful CREDO applicants in the areas of clinical, health services, or social, cultural, environmental and population health research are expected to identify suitable and attainable health research funding opportunities.


Value and Duration

Up to $15,000 is normally available over two instalments. The first instalment will be released by April 1 of the academic year (July 1 to June 30) in which the funding is awarded, provided that all required certifications are in place. Applicants are advised that the demand for funds normally exceeds the funds available. Extension requests of up to one year will be considered only in exceptional circumstances.


Tenured and tenure-track faculty with research duties are eligible to apply for CREDO. Applicants at the rank of Assistant Professor or within the first six years of the appointment will normally be considered as emerging researchers in line with SSHRC’s definition. Co-applicants would normally also be tenured or tenure-track faculty at the University of Lethbridge, but other individuals are welcome to participate in such roles where appropriate. ULFA members on term appointments are not eligible to apply. 

Applicants may neither hold nor apply for a CREDO award simultaneously with a ULRF or SSHRC Explore Grant. Final progress reports on active ULRF or SSHRC Explore Grants must be received to be eligible for CREDO.

CREDO holders whose rank or affiliation status changes during the term of the award may become ineligible to continue holding the award. Past CREDO holders who seek additional CREDO funding are normally expected to show evidence of successful external funding since the previous award.

How to Apply

Applications are submitted via the Internal Grants Application Form (CREDO) on the Bridge. Please follow the checklist and application instructions attached here.

Merit Review

Applications are subject to competitive adjudication and will be reviewed for merit by a cross-disciplinary panel convened on the authority of the Vice-President (Research).

The CREDO program broadly emulates the merit review criteria SSHRC uses for Insight Development Grants with select additional subcriteria reserved for health research projects as applicable, as well as an additional sub-criterion that pertains to plans for future funding. The three main criteria are weighted as follows:

1) Challenge - The Aim and Importance of the Endeavour
40% weighting for Established Scholars
50% weighting for Emerging Scholars
a)    Originality, significance and expected contribution to knowledge
b)    Appropriateness of the literature review
c)    Appropriateness of the theoretical approach or framework
d)    Appropriateness of the methods/approach 
e)    Quality of training and mentoring to be provided to students, emerging scholars and other highly qualified personnel, and opportunities for them to contribute
f)    Potential for the project results to have influence and impact within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities community
g)    Health: Research proposal addresses a significant need or gap in health research and/or the health care system


2) Feasibility - The Plan to Achieve Excellence
20% weighting for Established and Emerging Scholars
a)    Probability that the objectives will be met within the timeline proposed
b)    Appropriateness of the requested budget and justification of proposed costs
c)    Indications of financial and in-kind contributions from other sources, where appropriate
d)    Quality and appropriateness of knowledge mobilization plans, including for effective dissemination, exchange and engagement with stakeholders within and/or beyond the research community where applicable
e)    Appropriateness of the strategies for conducting the activity/activities proposed
f)    Quality of development plans


3) Capability – The expertise to succeed 
40% weighting for Established Scholars
30% weighting for Emerging Scholars
a)    Quality, quantity and significance of past experience and published and/or creative outputs of the applicant and any co-applicants, relative to their roles in the project and their respective stages of career
b)    Evidence of other knowledge mobilization activities (e.g., films, performances, commissioned reports, knowledge syntheses, experience in collaboration / other interactions with stakeholders, contribution to public debate and media), and of impacts on professional practice, social services and policies, etc.
c)    Evidence of contributions to the development of talent
d)    Potential of the applicant/co-applicant to make future contributions

e)    Health: Experience of the applicant(s) in the proposed area of research and with the proposed methodology

An ORIS merit review panel assesses all eligible applications and makes recommendations to the Vice-President (Research) on whose authority funding decisions are made. The range of outcomes available typically depends on the consensus of the panel (e.g. conditional recommendations). All decisions in a given competition are considered final and no formal appeals mechanism is available. Research & Innovation Services will provide feedback to all applicants in a notice of decision in March.

Award Conditions

An interim progress report, submitted online, is also a condition for release of the second instalment of CREDO funding. A final progress report should be completed online within on month of the project’s end date. This report is used for tracking purposes and will include information on training activities, travel, and external funding prospects. It should also address any other conditions specified in the notice of decision. Outstanding progress reports may jeopardize eligibility for other ORIS funding opportunities, such as ULRF or Explore.


Additional Information

For further information and assistance, please contact Emma Dering, SSHRC Grants Facilitator.


Agency Name: 
University of Lethbridge
Contact Name: 
Emma Dering
Grant Amount: 
$15,000 over two years. This amount may be divided at the researcher's discretion, though a maximum of $10,000 may be requested for any one year of the project.
Grant Location: 
Internal Deadline: 
Friday, January 15, 2021
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Social Science
Fine Arts
Grant Eligibility: