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Call for Applications for Lakehead University Research Chairs (LURC) - Deadline: January 31, 2023

The Lakehead University Research Chairs Program recognizes high quality research, scholarly and creative achievement, by providing a two‐year research grant to support an individual’s program of research. The LURCs program is a key initiative in retaining outstanding research talent at our institution, a goal consistent with Lakehead’s Research Plan. Lakehead University is strongly committed to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of the University. Lakehead recognizes the value in all types of research, including but not limited to non-traditional research areas, both traditional and non-traditional research outputs, and community-based research, in addition to the value in mentoring, professional service, the formation of partnerships, and outreach activities.

Lakehead University is seeking applications for two (2) new 2023-2025 Lakehead University Research Chairs, one (1) in the disciplines supported by SSHRC/CIHR and one (1) in the disciplines supported by NSERC/CIHR.

Eligibility: All faculty who are full‐time tenure‐track or tenured members of LUFA and have been employed by Lakehead University for at least three years are eligible (please note that applicants applying to the LURC program must have been employed by Lakehead University for at least three years as of March 1, 2023, the start of the LURC chair). Please note that a past limited-term appointment (LTA) at Lakehead University would count towards the three years.  Current or past research chair holders such as CRCs, Industry Research Chairs, LU/TBRHRI Research Chairs, LURCs, Ontario Research Chairs, SHARCNET Chairs, etc., are not eligible to receive this award.  Criteria will be weighted differently for Early Career Researchers as described in the Criteria Section below. Early career researchers (ECR) are applicants who have held their first independent academic position as an LTA, tenure-track or tenured professor within the last five years). Note that the five-year window for being considered an ECR will be adjusted to take into account situations where a researcher has had an eligible delay in their research activities as a result of a leave. All eligible leaves (such as parental, medical, etc.), are credited at twice the amount of leave time taken.  Therefore, the five-year window for being considered as an ECR will be adjusted to take into account situations where a researcher has had an eligible leave of absence which had an impact on their research productivity.  Individuals representing equity-deserving groups, including but not limited to women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression are strongly encouraged to apply for these positions. The University recognizes that alternative career paths and/or interruptions (ex. maternity leave, leave due to illness, etc.) can impact research achievements and progress. If these alternative paths or interruptions have impacted an applicant’s research activities, please outline this in the EDI section of your application. The University is committed to ensuring that career interruptions are taken into careful consideration in the assessment of LURC applications.

Value of Award: Up to $45,000 as a research grant (up to $22,500/year) tenable over two years beginning March 1, 2023. The Chair’s research grant may be used to support the following eligible expenditures: teaching release (Chairs are required to teach a minimum of 1.0 FCE per year), stipends for students, post‐doctoral fellows and research associates, research and conference travel, equipment and grant‐writing support. Chairs must receive the necessary approvals for teaching release using Lakehead University’s Release Time Request Form. Salary payments to Research Chairs in lieu of teaching release are not an eligible expense.

Application Process: Applications must be submitted via the Romeo Research Portal no later than 4:30 pm on January 31, 2023. The following information will be required as part of the application package:

  1. Lakehead University Research Chair application form (available in the Romeo Research Portal);
  2. Release Time Stipend Request Form (if requesting release time from teaching);
  3. Canadian Common CV (do not use generic CCV, use appropriate Tri‐Council CCV);
  4. Three external letters of reference addressing the selection criteria.  At least one of the three letters must be from an individual who is at arm’s length from the applicant.  Referees must not have a conflict of interest (please note that only one letter of reference must be from an arm’s length referee that does not have a COI.  The Conflict of Interest guidelines do not apply to the other two letters of reference):
  • A conflict of interest is a conflict between a person’s duties and responsibilities with regard to the review process, and that person’s private, professional, business or public interests. There may be a real, perceived or potential conflict of interest when the review committee member, external reviewer, referee or observer:
    • would receive professional or personal benefit resulting from the nomination being reviewed;
    • have a professional or personal relationship with the nominee or the nominee’s institution; or
    • have a direct or indirect financial interest in the nomination being reviewed.

       A conflict of interest may be deemed to exist or perceived as such when referees:

  • are a relative or close friend, or have a personal relationship with the nominee;
  • are in a position to gain or lose financially/materially from the funding of the nomination;
  • have had long-standing scientific or personal differences with the nominee;
  • are currently affiliated with the nominee’s institution, organization or company —including research hospitals and research institutes;
  • are closely professionally affiliated with the nominee, as a result of having in the last six years:
    • frequent and regular interactions with the nominee in the course of their duties at their department, institution, organization or company;
    • been a supervisor or a trainee of the nominee;
    • collaborated, published or shared funding with the nominee, or have plans to do so in the immediate future; or,
    • been employed by the nominating institution; and/or
    • feel for any reason unable to provide an impartial review of the nomination.

The VPRI reserves the right to resolve areas of uncertainty and to determine if a conflict exists.

  1. Supporting letter from the Faculty Dean:  The 3 letters of reference and the Dean's  letter of support should be addressed to Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Lakehead University and be emailed directly to vpresearch@lakeheadu.ca.

Selection Process and Criteria: The Vice‐President (Research and Innovation) shall appoint a Lakehead University Research Chair Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will review all submitted nominations and make its recommendations to the Vice‐President, Research and Innovation. The Lakehead University Research Chairs Selection Committee will review all eligible Lakehead University Research Chair applications using the following evaluation criteria:

Research Track Record (Weighting:  40%; 20% ECRs)

  • be outstanding and innovative researchers whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their fields. The Committee will recognize and value all types of research and their outputs, including but not limited to non-traditional research areas, both traditional and non-traditional research outputs, and community-based research;
  • be recognized nationally and/or internationally as leaders in their fields;
  • have a track‐record of attracting external research funding and fostering external partnerships;
  • have an excellent record of mentoring undergraduate students, supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (taking into account circumstances in the Academic Unit  or practices in the relevant field or discipline) and as Chairs have the potential to attract excellent trainees and future researchers;
  • have a record of participating in collaborative interdisciplinary research and contributing to research capacity building (e.g., development of new graduate programs or outreach activities).

Research Proposal (Weighting 40%; 60% ECRs)

  • have proposed an original, innovative research program of high quality that fits the priority research areas outlined in Lakehead University’s Research Plan.

Letters of Reference and Dean's Letter (Weighting 20%; 20% ECRs)

Each Chair will also be required to submit to the Vice‐President, Research and Innovation, and their Faculty Dean a report highlighting their activities and accomplishments during their term as a Lakehead University Research Chair at the end of their award period.

 

For additional information regarding the application process, please contact Anne Klymenko, Director, Research Services at director.research@lakeheadu.ca

NSERC CREATE Internal Call for Expressions of Interest (due February 1, 2023)

NSERC's Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program supports the training and mentoring of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that:

  • encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, and address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities, and 
  • facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce
Please note that as in the past, it is anticipated that Lakehead University will have a quota of two letters of intent that it can submit to this competition.  If you intend to submit a LOI to this program, you are asked to notify the Office of Research Services (ahacquo1@lakeheadu.ca) by February 1, 2023 of your intention to apply to this opportunity.  If more than two teams indicate that they are submitting an LOI to the CREATE program, an internal competition will need to be held to determine which two LOIs will be submitted to NSERC.
 
Given the highly competitive nature of the NSERC Create program and the requirement for institutional support, Principal Investigators will need to work closely with assigned research facilitators from the conceptualization of the project proposal to final submission.
 
Please note that the NSERC CREATE guidelines have not yet been updated or any CREATE webinars scheduled by NSERC.  Once the dates and times of the webinars are known, they will be communicated to faculty members.

NOHFC Administrative Internship Call

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) – Workforce Development Stream / Indigenous Workforce Development Stream Regular (administrative) Internships:  
  • One Position Available

Overview

Workforce Development Stream:  The intent of the Workforce Development Stream is to strengthen and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce through business partnerships by offering internships.  

Indigenous Workforce Development Stream:  The intent of the Indigenous Workforce Development Stream is to strengthen and develop Northern Ontario’s Indigenous workforce through business partnerships by offering internships to Indigenous persons.

Lakehead University will have one NOHFC administrative-related internship (out of its quota of two administrative-related placements) become available after the end of May 2023 through the NOHFC Workforce Development Stream/Indigenous Workforce Development Streams.  The internal deadline for the submission of regular internship applications to the Office of Research is February 17, 2023Please email a copy of your NOHFC application to Andrew Hacquoil, Research Facilitator (Institutional Programs), Office of Research, at ahacquo1@lakeheadu.ca.  Do not submit your application to the NOHFC. Note that you will need to create an account on the NOHFC website in order to create an application. If more than one application is received, an internal competition will need to be held to determine which application will be submitted to the NOHFC.  Final decisions will be made by the Executive Team Working Group.

  • Important Note:  Under this NOHFC administrative internship call, priority will be given to applications from Lakehead University administrative units.

 

Eligible Candidates/Costs

Salaries/wages and employer’s portion of Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs) (e.g.: Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance, mandatory minimum vacation pay, as per Employment Standards Act) for a limited-term internship position of 52 weeks (with at least 35 hours of work per week) for candidates that:

  • Are new entrants into the workforce, are transitioning to a new career, or the unemployed or underemployed who are entering a new field;
  • Have not previously participated in a NOHFC-funded internship;
  • Are at least 18 years of age; and
  • Reside, and be legally entitled to work, in Canada.
  • For the  Indigenous Workforce Development Stream:  Identify as an Indigenous person, including First Nation, Metis, or Inuit.  

 

Review Criteria

Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the position addresses a labour shortage or supports the development of a skilled trade or profession in Northern Ontario;
  • The opportunity for the placement to result in a full-time, permanent job with the applicant or another Northern Ontario business;*
  • The quality of the skill development opportunity and the potential for the position to provide specific and recognizable transferable skills, and 
  • The quality of the position’s work/training plan and direct onsite supervision methods   

*Please note that applicants, in order to demonstrate the possibility of the internship resulting in permanent employment, must outline in their application:

  • How the internship could result in a permanent job with the applicant, or
  • How the skills and training acquired by the intern by working with the faculty member on the proposed project will make them more employable in a certain field or industry (please give specific examples from your project that will show what skills and training will be acquired by the intern).

Applications that indicate No employment opportunities will result, will be declared ineligible and removed from the internal competition.

Funding

For eligible municipalities, Indigenous communities and not-for-profit organizations, funding is in the form of a conditional contribution of up to 90% of an intern’s salary and employer’s portion of MERCs to a maximum of $35,000 per year. It is important to note that the applicant must provide the remaining 10% of the cost of the intern.  Therefore, when submitting your internship application to the Office of Research Services, A separate statement of where the required matching funds (plus benefits) will come from must be provided as well.  Applications submitted by the February 17, 2023 internal deadline without information on matching funds will be considered ineligible in the internal competition

 
For more information about the NOHFC program, please click here. 
 
Please note that for purposes of the NOHFC, "The NOHFC provides economic development funding toward approved projects in the territorial districts of Northern Ontario, namely Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora, Manitoulin, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Rainy River, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Timiskaming."

Community-College-University Exposition

Call for Proposals
 

Lakehead University is pleased to be hosting the international Community-College-University Exposition (C2UExpo). C2UExpo is Canada’s leading conference that focuses on community-based research (CBR) and community-campus engagement.  Under the framework of our theme of Connected Communities. Collective Change, C2UExpo will showcase innovative approaches, research findings, and best practices of community-campus initiatives.   These initiatives are exploring the ways in which community-based research (including place-based CBR), community-engaged learning and action can contribute to more vital communities. We are inviting proposals for presentations and interactive sessions that relate to the overall conference theme. Presentation proposals are due no later than Monday, January 23, 2023.  For more information, including how to submit a proposal, please click here.

Internal Call for Applications - NOHFC Research Internships – People & Talent Program - January 17, 2023 Internal Deadline

Research Internships:  Two Positions Available 

Overview

  • Workforce Development Stream:  The intent of the Workforce Development Stream is to strengthen and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce through business partnerships by offering internships.  
  • Indigenous Workforce Development Stream:  The intent of the Indigenous Workforce Development Stream is to strengthen and develop Northern Ontario’s Indigenous workforce through business partnerships by offering internships to Indigenous persons.

Under this program, covering both streams, Lakehead University has a quota of five research-related placements.  Of these five, two are currently, or will be available (one internship spot is open now, while the second one will open up at the end of April 2023). The internal deadline for the submission of internship applications to the Office of Research Services is January 17, 2023.   Please note that you will need to create an account on the NOHFC website in order to create an application, however please do not submit your application to the NOHFC.   Instead,  please email a copy of your application to Andrew Hacquoil, Research Facilitator (Institutional Programs), Office of Research Services, at ahacquo1@lakeheadu.ca

If more than two internship applications are received, an internal competition will need to be held.   Applications will be reviewed and ranked by the Senate Research Committee (SRC).  The SRC will then make a recommendation to the Vice-President, Research and Innovation regarding which two applications should be submitted to the NOHFC.

 

Eligible Candidates/Costs

Salaries/wages and employer’s portion of Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs) (e.g.: Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance, mandatory minimum vacation pay, as per Employment Standards Act) for a limited-term internship position of 52 weeks (with at least 35 hours of work per week) for candidates that:

  • Are new entrants into the workforce, are transitioning to a new career, or the unemployed or underemployed who are entering a new field;
  • Have not previously participated in a NOHFC-funded internship;
  • Are at least 18 years of age; and
  • Reside, and be legally entitled to work, in Canada.
  • For the  Indigenous Workforce Development Stream:  Identify as an Indigenous person, including First Nation, Metis, or Inuit.  

 

Review Criteria

Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the position addresses a labour shortage or supports the development of a skilled trade or profession in Northern Ontario;
  • The opportunity for the placement to result in a full-time, permanent job with the applicant or another Northern Ontario business;*
  • The quality of the skill development opportunity and the potential for the position to provide specific and recognizable transferable skills, and 
  • The quality of the position’s work/training plan and direct onsite supervision methods   

 

*Please note that applicants, in order to demonstrate the possibility of the internship resulting in permanent employment, must outline in their application:

  • How the internship could result in a permanent job with the applicant, or
  • How the skills and training acquired by the intern by working with the faculty member on the proposed project will make them more employable in a certain field or industry (please give specific examples from your project that will show what skills and training will be acquired by the intern).

Applications that indicate No employment opportunities will result, will be declared ineligible and removed from the internal competition.

 

Funding

For eligible municipalities, Indigenous communities and not-for-profit organizations, funding is in the form of a conditional contribution of up to 90% of an intern’s salary and employer’s portion of MERCs to a maximum of $35,000 per year. 

It is important to note that the applicant must provide the remaining 10% of the costs for the intern.  Therefore, when submitting your internship application to the Office of Research Services, a Research Proposal Approval Form (RAPF) must be included in the package.  A statement of where the required matching funds (including MERCs) will come from must be included in, or attached to the signed and completed RPAF as well.  Applications submitted by the January 17, 2023 internal deadline without an RPAF will be considered ineligible in the internal competition. 

 

An Important Note on Research Internships

Please note that for a proposal to be considered as being a research internship, the application must be written so as to meet the NOHFC's definition of research:  

Q:  What is a research intern under the Internship Program?

A:   An employer applying for a research intern must engage in research activities as part of their mandate. NOHFC considers both pure (scientific) and applied research positions.

  • Pure (scientific) research internships must contribute to the development of documents that are generated for public consumption and peer review.
  • Applied research internships involve conducting studies and research that seeks to solve practical problems and find solutions to everyday problems. This often involves original investigation into the development of new technology, products, and services.

 

For the purpose of defining an applied research internship the following criteria must be met:

a)   The applicant must be involved in research aimed at developing a new technology and or products (i.e. a solution to everyday problem)

b)  The internship duties will focus on assisting the applicant organization in development and research of a new technology, products, or service.

 Applicants are required to state in their submissions how they meet the NOHFC's criteria for a research internship.  Applications that are not deemed to be research-related (i.e., the duties of the intern will be more administrative in nature instead of involving a research activity) will be considered ineligible in the internal competition. 

 

For More Information

 For more information about the NOHFC internship program, please click here.

Internal Call for Expressions of Interest: OVIN Regional Future Workforce Program - November 25 Internal Deadline for EOIs

The Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) has issued a call for expressions of interest under its Regional Future Workforce Program (RFW).  The purpose of the RFW pilot program is to encourage students of all ages, from all regions of Ontario, to pursue careers in the automotive and mobility sector.  
 
The specific goals of the program are as follows:
  •     To increase exposure to automotive and mobility sector opportunities and learning programs among students across Ontario regions and grade levels (kindergarten to post-secondary)  
  •     To increase the number of equity-deserving and underrepresented groups exploring careers, learning and development opportunities in the automotive and mobility sector
  •     To identify opportunities to build sustainable programs based on pilot programming  
  •     To facilitate collaboration across Ontario between non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and the automotive and mobility industry to build a strong talent pipeline
Applicants to this program can apply for up to $500,000 to develop and run initiatives as part of the RFW Program. Applicants are expected to create programs that engage a minimum of at least 500 students. The engagement programs must be of no cost for the student to participate. As well,  applicants must demonstrate experience in developing and also implementing education programs for audiences ranging from kindergarten to post-secondary.
 
Although postsecondary institutions can submit more than one application to this program, the maximum funding an applicant can receive is $500,000 in total, regardless of how many audience segments their program will serve. It is recommended that an institution submits one coordinated application. Therefore, if an applicant is interested in this program, they are asked to submit to Andrew Hacquoil, Research Facilitator, Institutional Programs (ahacquo1@lakeheadu.ca), the information required for an RFW expression of interest by 10:00 AM on November 25 (please do not submit the expression of interest to OVIN, but please provide answers to the questions on the EOI).
 
If more than one EOI is received then an internal committee will determine which EOI is submitted to the OVIN program by November 30.
 
For more information about this program, please click here.

Research Matters - Episode 4 - Dr. Vicki Kristman, Audrey Gilbeau and Kara Polson

Departmental Competition for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Initiatives

To promote a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive (EDI) research environment at Lakehead University, the Offices of Research Services and Human Rights and Equity are launching an internal competition under the NSERC EDI Institutional Capacity-Building Grant. This initiative aims to facilitate programs/events that increase EDI knowledge within the university community. All academic departments are invited to apply for a monetary award of up to $1,500 to implement an EDI initiative within their academic unit. These initiatives should promote discussion within the department and propel it forward with innovative strategies for incorporating EDI in their area of research. With many Tri-Agency grants now requiring concrete EDI plans in each application, these departmental initiatives can also aid researchers with submitting more robust funding applications.

Each academic department is invited to complete the proposal outlined in the Google Form linked in this notce by October 17th, 2022. If successful, the proposed initiative must be completed before March 31, 2023. Any further questions can be directed to Jocelyn Bel (edi.research@lakeheadu.ca) or Anne Klymenko (anne.klymenko@lakeheadu.ca)

For more information, please click here.

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