Life and Climate Award (LC Award)

University of Lethbridge Life and Climate Award (LC Award)

*** This opportunity was update on May 16, 2019 ***



Up to approximately $8,500 is available for the entire competition.


24 months

Application Deadline

September 30, 2019

Notice of Decision

November/December 2019

Start date

January 1, 2020

ORIS Contact

Penny D’Agnone (403-382-7198 or


The Life and Climate Award (LC Award) is the result of the creation of an endowment given to the University of Lethbridge. The terms of the endowment are:

  1. The LC Award will support the presentation of science-based information on the relation between Life and Climate to the academic community and the general public.
  2. An application will not ordinarily not exceed one page. 

The annual allocation of funds is based upon the value of the endowment and will fluctuate based on these values.  For 2018-2019, a total of approximately $8,500 is available for the entire competition.  It is expected that the funds requested in each competition will exceed the funds available. 


The LC Award is available to any member of the University of Lethbridge academic community including academic assistants, post-doctoral fellows and students.   


  • May-June: Launch of current competition.
  • September 30, 2019: Next application deadline.
  • October: Applications are reviewed.
  • November-December: Funding decisions are communicated to the applicants.

How to Apply:

General Guidelines:

The ORIS normally issues a call for proposals in May/June of each year. Submissions for the current round are due by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted and incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible.  An application consists of a webform found on the Research Services webpage and a one-page application attachment. 

Application Attachment Instructions:

The application attachment must describe, in one page or less, the following:

  1. A proposal consistent with the terms of the endowment.
  2. A brief budget and budget justification including the total amount requested as well as other funds being contributed to the activities; and
  3. A list of potential audience members (ie. conference attendees, readers of reports, etc).

For the attachment, use font size of 12 point, black type.  Maximum of six lines per inch. No condensed/narrow fonts, type, or spacing. Insert a margin of 2 cm (3/4 inch) - minimum - around the page.

The application should be clear and concise and justify the use of all funding.  It is the responsibility of the applicant(s) to adequately justify the expenditures included in the application.  Funds can be requested to support lectures, travel and hospitality related to the dissemination of research findings in the areas of life and climate. 

Conditions of the Award:

  1. Use of Funds: Expenditures may be made only for those cost elements identified in the application or as limited in the Request for New Fund form.
  2. Term: The term of an award is for 24 months, in accordance with the applicant's request. 
  3. Reports: A final report of no more than one page on the work funded by the LC Award must be submitted within 30 days of the termination date. 

    Evaluation Process and Criteria:

    The following priorities apply to all applicants:

  • Grants are awarded on the basis of merit.  Final funding decisions are made by the GFC Research Committee. Due to limits on funding availability, appeals will not be considered.

    The applications will be funded based on the ranking provided by the review committee.  It is expected that the number of fundable applications will exceed the amount of available funds for each competition.