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The David & Sharon Johnston Centre for Corporate Governance Innovation is pleased to announce the launch of the Governance Innovation Grant to support research on organizational governance - here’s how to apply:

The Johnston Centre’s Governance Innovation Grant offers support to Rotman faculty or PhD students conducting academic research in the area of organizational (e.g. corporations, cooperatives, government agencies) governance. Proposals for the upcoming funding cycle are due on January 30, 2020 and decisions will be made soon thereafter. The selection committee includes Rotman faculty members Craig Doidge, Walid Hejazi, Aida Sijamic Wahid and Glen Whyte. 

Eligible projects include:

  • research leading to publication in recognized academic journals, chapters in books or full books
  • research leading to presentation(s) at conferences, working papers, or precursors for further grants

Projects must make a theoretical contribution or further applied knowledge in the field of organizational governance. Preference will be given to proposals focusing on boards of directors and one or more of the following under-served sectors: family business, privately-owned companies, co-operatives and government agencies. Theoretical and applied research are both acceptable.

Grants can be used to cover direct expenses such as research assistant time, purchasing data, materials, conference costs, and travel expenses as applicable. Small grant requests are as welcome as larger ones. The total amount requested can be a maximum of $25,000. The committee reserves the right to partially fund requests.

The grant recipient(s) will be expected to hold at least one event to share research findings with the academic community, business community and/or general public, to be hosted by the Johnston Centre. They will also be expected to craft or allow the crafting of materials that translate their research findings into a form intended for consumption by boards, managers and investors. Please note that these grants cannot cover the salary of the principal investigator.

 Interested applicants should send a research proposal (ca. 1,000 words) and current cv to 

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