The application deadline for the 2012 Legal Research Fund has passed. A funding notice for the 2013 Legal Research Fund will appear on this website in the summer of 2013. In the meantime, this year’s Funding Notice is set out below and provides general information on the Legal Research Fund.
The Law Foundation of British Columbia has established a fund of $100,000 per year to support legal research in British Columbia.
Purpose of the Initiative: The purpose of the Initiative is to support legal research projects that “advance the knowledge of law, social policy, and the administration of justice.”
Who can apply? The Fund is open to:
(a) members of the Law Faculties at Thompson Rivers University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, as long as the application is submitted through their Dean,
(b) members of other faculties in British Columbia, as long as the research is law-related and the application is submitted by their faculty,
(c) members of the legal profession in British Columbia who can demonstrate that they have the background, interests and capacity to carry out a project which will meet the stated purpose of this Initiative, and
(d) non-profit organizations with expertise in carrying out legal research.
The Foundation seeks Letters of Intent for proposals for one-time projects.
To be eligible for funding, a project must fall within the Law Foundation’s legal research fund objectives of advancing the knowledge of law, social policy and the administration of justice, through the identification of areas and issues needing study, and the encouragement and support of projects to address those needs.
The Law Foundation encourages applicants and projects that reflect the diversity of British Columbia. The Law Foundation’s working definition of diversity is: Diversity includes age, different abilities, socio-economic level, education, ethnicity, language, family, gender, marital/relationship status, race, religion, work experience, geographic size and location, and sexual orientation.
Length of project: The Foundation will consider one-year and multi-year projects.
Grant size: The maximum amount available for each project is $20,000.
Application process: To be considered, please submit a Letter of Intent by September 21, 2012 for consideration at the November Law Foundation meeting, by mail, courier, or fax. Please do not e-mail Letters of Intent.
The Letter of Intent, which should be no more than 3 pages long, should contain the following information:
(a) Name of project
(b) Start and end dates for the project
(c) Name of the principal researcher
(d) Amount of request
(e) Description of the proposed research
(f) Need for the proposed research
(g) Detailed budget, including rates of pay for students
(h) If the grant is to be part of a larger research budget, the total amount of the research budget and the other funding sources
(i) Plan for distribution of research
Please attach to the Letter of Intent the CV of the principal researcher, together with a list of publications, limited to major publications and/or presentations relevant to the application within the last five years.
Materials should be sent to:
Fellowships and Research Committee
Law Foundation of British Columbia
1340 – 605 Robson Street,
Vancouver BC V6B 5J3
Please contact Michael Seaborn, Program Director, at 1-(604) 689-2048 to discuss your project prior to submitting a Letter of Intent.