Grant Info

CIDER Small Grants in Innovative Data

2020-2021 Research Grants-Fall Competition
Application Deadline: September 11, 2020 (5 PM)

The Centre for Innovative Data in Economics Research (CIDER) established at the Vancouver School of Economics under the Canada Excellence Research Chair held by Prof. Erik Snowberg is now accepting applications for projects focused on innovative data. This is our sixth call for proposals.


The purpose of the CIDER Small Grants is:

  • to encourage research, projects and initiatives pushing forward the use of innovative data. This could include but is not limited to, ‘big data’ (administrative data sets, etc.), experimental data (lab or RCT field experiment), or innovative use of survey data
  • to act as ‘bridge’ funding for proposals that were prepared for SSHRC but were not funded; Please note on the cover page if your project is in this situation
  • to help and support pilot studies / new research to generate data for large scale funding application
  • to facilitate development of new curriculum/course in the field of machine learning/innovative data


  • All regular research faculty from the Vancouver School of Economics and the Sauder School of Business (a partner in the CERC) are eligible to apply, either individually or in teams
  • Graduate student projects (data-based research project) are also eligible, and they are highly encouraged to apply, but the principal applicant should be the faculty research supervisor for the accounting & authorization process

Project Funding

CIDER provides grant awards of up to $25,000 for a one-year research project. However, requests for larger amounts may be considered on case-by case basis. All the awards are subject to availability of funds. Funds can be used to cover following costs:

  • Research assistants
  • Stipends
  • Data Acquisition; Subscription fees
  • Software
  • Project-related travel
  • Required attendance & presentation of research results at conference
  • Equipment, if integral to the research (Please indicate with justification in the proposal)

Regular research expenses under this award should follow UBC and tri-council rules.

How to Apply

Full Applications should be emailed at:

Applications must include:

  1. Cover page (see attached).
  2. Maximum 2-page project description which must include headings:
    a. Brief description of the project
    b. Justification of project as ‘innovative data’
    c. Description of marginal impact of the funds
    d. Budget


Stages Date or indicative period
Publication of the Call Aug 2020
Deadline for submitting applications Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 (5 PM PST)
Evaluation period Sept. – Oct. 2020
Notification of Results Oct. 2020
Duration of Grant Oct. 2020 – Sept. 2021
Annual report submission 1st Dec. 2021
Duration of the action / Period of eligibility 12 months

Proposal Review Panel

Proposals are evaluated by a panel of peers from the VSE and Sauder.

The panel’s recommendations are forwarded to the CERC Chair for final review and funding decisions.

FAQ for Small Grants

FAQ for Small Grants