Research Resources for Faculty

SSHRC Proposals: 41 Ways To Annoy the Committee

(with permission from Doug Peers — University of Calgary and SSHRC committee member)

The following list is taken from various submitted SSHRC applications:

  • Insist on flying business class.
  • Tell the committee that last year’s committee members were complete idiots
  • Claim that nobody has ever done anything vaguely related to your topic before.
  • Invent your own format for providing bibliographical information.
  • Elicit the committees sympathy with tales of how badly treated you are by your home institution.
  • Apply for money to work in an archive that burned down thirty years ago
  • Ask for an $8000 notebook when all you need is a simple word processor
  • Use the section on extenuating circumstances to bemoan your heavy teaching load.
  • Talk about how badly under funded you have been.
  • Tell the committee all kinds of things about yourself which were not requested and which are not relevant to the application.
  • Do not include anything in your bibliography that has been published in the last ten years.
  • Misspell the names of your referees.
  • Ignore the rules on page length, margins and spacing.
  • Rely exclusively on your spell checker—there is considerable difference between public affairs and pubic affairs.
  • Show up before the same committee on three different applications (as principal investigator on one and co-investigator on two others).
  • Spread white-out liberally in the application.
  • Ignore grammar rules.
  • Avoid punctuation.
  • Identify the leading figure in the field as an “idiot”.
  • Double count publications in your CV.
  • List publications more than six years old in the CV section of the application.
  • Include a big name on your team but do not define her/his role.
  • Avoid paragraphs.
  • Fail to explain the reasons for your trips to various places or what you are looking for.
  • Handwrite part of the application.
  • Under publications, type “too many to list”.
  • Add up your budget incorrectly.
  • List Wikipedia as a publication.
  • Tell the committee that ethics reviews are a waste of time and irrelevant.
  • Use the application to carry on a polemical fight with your colleagues in other institutions.
  • Ask for $250,000 in total support.
  • Insist that you are waiting for the science to catch up with you.
  • Insist that there is a conspiracy (feminist, Marxist, right-wing, vegetarian, or all four) out there trying to get you—and then arrange for your external referees to back you up.
  • Justify your application to interdisciplinary studies on the basis that your colleagues in your discipline are hopelessly out of date.
  • Invent some new acronyms.
  • Keep submitting the same application without taking any notice of the previous committee’s comments.
  • Employ a graduate student to help cart books back and forth from the library.
  • Insist that you have nothing to learn from recent scholarship.
  • Use as many acronyms as you can but then change their spelling part way through the application.
  • Dare the committee to reject you and thereby prove that they are a bunch of hide-bound bureaucrats doing Ottawa’s dirty work.
  • Put office furniture into your budget.

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To apply, send one PDF file with a description of the conference, how participation will support career development and research capacity, a paper proposal (and acceptance, if confirmed), a budget, and a copy of your c.v. to

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Faculty may apply to the AD Research for small awards to be used as matching funds for bridging and other small grants, or other research-related activities, in the $2500-$5000 range.

To apply: send a short description and budget to

Approximately $25,000 of funding is available each year.

NB: Starting April 1st, the Fund takes applications through the fiscal year until funding is depleted, at which point the Fund is closed for the year.

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