NEW! Exciting opportunity to pitch a research project for funding from NAADSN

Pitch a Research Project

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NAADSN Nanook (Polar Bear) Den

This is an invitation to pitch a project to the Nanook Den – think Dragon’s Den, but with a network focused on North American and Arctic defence and security. Virtually pitch a discrete research project, related to one of the Department  of National Defence MINDS Policy Challenges for the 2020-2021 on North American and/or Arctic defence and security (broadly defined), on Friday November 6 or Friday November 13 for funding of up to $2,500 from the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN). The deadline to schedule your time in the Den is Tuesday November 3. Here’s what else you need to know:

What is NAADSN?

  • The objective of the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN) is to provide timely, relevant, and reliable expert advice on North American and Arctic defence and security topics
  • NAADSN, which is funded by the Department  of National Defence Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program, is designed to test core assumptions, support policy innovation, and enrich academic debate on topics of interest to the Canadian Defence Team
  • More information on the network is available on our website

Who is eligible to pitch in the den?

  • This opportunity primarily geared towards students and scholars studying at Canadian universities
  • In our continued support for emerging scholars and practitioners, we encourage undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral, and post-graduate students from a variety of disciplines to apply
  • Full-time university faculty cannot request pay, but can request funding for Research Assistant support or eligible expenses
  • Since NAADSN is funded by the Department of National Defence Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program (federal grant money), full-time employees of the Government of Canada and Class-B and C Reservists are ineligible for this funding. Class-A reservists are eligible for this funding.
  • NAADSN is committed to promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion in our membership. Indigenous, Black, people of colour, women, and LGBTQ voices are underrepresented in security and defence dialogues. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities

How do I pitch my research?

  • Come and give us a succinct, punchy, elevator talk on your proposed research project
  • Pitches will be conducted over Zoom
  • Up to 15 minutes will be allotted for each research presentation (this includes time for a Q and A with a panel of NAADSN mentors)
  • Participants are encouraged to focus on how their research will address specific MINDS policy challenge questions centred on North American and Arctic defence and security
  • Pitches can be made in French or English
  • Have an understanding of the background literature (but don’t be too intimated by this!) and explain how your work is bringing value
  • Mentors will pose questions and provide critical feedback on the research proposal
  • If you find synergies between this research and course work, please embrace this
  • You can provide the mentors research products (no more than one page) in advance of your pitch, but this is not required

When can I pitch?

  • We will schedule 15 minute sessions for pitches on Friday November 6 starting at 11am EST and Friday November 13 starting at 11am EST – first come, first served for timeslots

I’m interested! What do I do next?

  • Reach out to NAADSN Network Manager Dr. Shannon Nash: shannonnash@trentu.ca with any questions and to schedule your time in NAADSN’s Polar Den
  • The deadline to schedule your time in the Den is Tuesday November 3
  • We welcome you to have fun with this opportunity and we look forward to hearing about your research ideas!