Digital Research Alliance of Canada – Data Champions Pilot Project

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The Alliance’s Data Champions Pilot Project Call aims to promote a shift in data culture within the Canadian digital research infrastructure (DRI) ecosystem by promoting sound research data management (RDM) practices. Data Champions will develop activities at the local, regional and/or national level that advance awareness, understanding, development, and adoption of RDM tools, best practices, and resources in Canada.  

Amount: up to $50,000

Faculty Research Office: 1 week prior to agency deadline. (If you wish to have feedback on your application allow at least two weeks – contact Karen Kueneman)
Western Research: 1 week prior to agency deadline
Alliance: Thursday, February 3, 2022, at 5 pm EST.  

Eligibility: Applicants must hold an eligible academic research appointment at Western.

Information sessions will be held in both official languages on January 13, 2022, at 11 am EST (English) and 12 pm EST (French) and will be recorded for those unable to attend.  

More information and applications… here. Full Applications are to be processed through Western Research and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA.

Questions: If you have any questions about the Alliance’s Data Champions Pilot Project call, please contact funding-subventions@​  

Assistance: Western Libraries’ Research and Scholarly Communications Group,, is available to assist with data management plans.

Call for Merit Reviewers: The Alliance is recruiting volunteer experts to its Merit Review Committee for the Data Champions Pilot Project as well as for other upcoming funding opportunities. The success of funding calls depends on the participation of experts from the Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) ecosystem to review funding applications.  

The Alliance is seeking experts to participate as soon as February 2022 (exact dates to be confirmed soon; participation includes providing feedback on applications and adjudication meeting(s)).  

They encourage applications from subject matter experts in all fields, disciplines, and areas of interest, who speak French and/or English, from across Canada and internationally, who can contribute their expertise in RDM to the Data Champion Merit Review Committee.  

Sign up for the Merit Review Committee here.  If you have questions or would like more information, please contact

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