Internal Call for Proposals:  2021-2022 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition

The 2021-2022 Banting PDF competition has been officially launched. Please click here to access the Banting program launch information, and consult the Banting website at www.banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca for further details on the program.
 

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is designed to support world-class postdoctoral researchers. The fellowship provides $70,000 per year for two years. The program is open to both Canadian and international researchers who have recently completed a PhD, PhD- equivalent, or health professional degree. Applications must be completed in full collaboration with the proposed host institution.

 
Lakehead University Internal Guidelines and Procedure
Because of the fact that the Banting program expects universities to submit applications for the best candidates, in order to select the most meritorious applicants for endorsement, Lakehead University has outlined specific deadlines/procedures that will be followed for this year's competition. Two important dates are as follows:
  • June 14, 2021:  Candidate contacts and finalizes proposed Lakehead University supervisor.
  • July 12, 2021:  Deadline for submission of complete Banting application packages. As part of the internal review process, candidates will be required to complete the full online Banting application and submit supporting documents. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Please click here for more information. 
 
University Support
Please note that for the purposes of submission, Lakehead University is willing to make the following contributions to Bantings that are submitted through our internal process:
 
For Banting applications ultimately successful in the national competition,  the Vice President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) will contribute a minimum of $5,000.  In addition, the VPRI will contribute an additional $2,500 if matched by an additional $2,500 from the respective Faculty dean for a potential institutional contribution of $10,000.  The match from the Dean must be requested by the proposed postdoctoral fellow supervisors and confirmed in writing.

Call for Applications for Lakehead University Indigenous Research Chair - Deadline April 30, 2021

In order to develop increased capacity for research and to recognize excellence of research by Indigenous scholars, Lakehead University is introducing an Indigenous Research Chair position. The call for applications can be found here.  
 
Applications must be submitted via the Romeo Research Portal no later than 4:30 pm on April 30, 2021. 

 

For additional information regarding the application process, please contact Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice-President, Research and Innovation at vpresearch@lakeheadu.ca.

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) – Research Internship Program Internal Call for Applications: Two Research Internship Positions Available

Overview
NOHFC has recently introduced a new suite of programs.  We are therefore pleased to issue the following call for research internship applications under the NOHFC's People & Talent Program.  Two positions are available:  one will become available at the end of March and the other will become available at the end of May.  The internal deadline for the submission of internship applications to the Office of Research Services is April 14, 2021. Please email a copy of your application to Andrew Hacquoil, Research Grants Officer, Office of Research, at ahacquo1@lakeheadu.ca.  Do not submit your application to the NOHFC.   Applications will be reviewed by the Senate Research Committee.
 
  • 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.

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 
Please note that candidates do not need to be identified at the time of submitting the application and that a recruitment process will be initiated upon notice of award by the NOHFC.


Review Criteria
Applications for both streams will be reviewed according to the same criteria, and the strongest applications will be recommended to the Vice-President, Research and Innovation for submission to the NOHFC:
    • 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
    • The quality of the position’s work/training plan and direct onsite supervision methods
    •    

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 Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs) (e.g.: Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance, mandatory minimum vacation pay, as per Employment Standards Act) to a maximum of $35,000 per year. 
 
It is important to note that the applicant must provide the remaining 10% of the total payroll costs for the intern which include salary and MERCs.  MERCs should be calculated at 15% in addition to salary costs.  Therefore, when submitting your internship application to the Office of Research Services, a Research Proposal Approval Form (RPAF) must be included in the package.    A statement of where the required 10% matching funds will come from must be included in, or  attached to the signed and completed RPAF as well.  Applications submitted by the April 14, 2021 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 program and to access the application form, please click here.



Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) – Administrative Internship Program Internal Call for Applications - One Administrative Internship Position Available

NOHFC has recently introduced a new suite of programs.  We are therefore pleased to issue the following call for applications under the NOHFC's People & Talent Program.  One position is available. The internal deadline for the submission of administrative internship applications to the Office of Research (ahacquo1@lakeheadu.ca) is April 30, 2021Please email a copy of your application to Andrew Hacquoil, Research Grants Officer, Office of Research, at ahacquo1@lakeheadu.ca.  Do not submit your application to the NOHFC.  Final decisions will be made by the Executive Team Working Group.

  • Note:  Under the administrative call, preference will be given to applications from Lakehead University administrative units.

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General Program Information

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.
 
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.  
 
Please note that candidates do not need to be identified at the time of submitting the application and that a recruitment process will be initiated upon notice of award by the NOHFC.  
 
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 Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs) (e.g.: Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance, mandatory minimum vacation pay, as per Employment Standards Act) to a maximum of $35,000 per year. 
 
It is important to note that the applicant must provide the remaining 10% of the total payroll costs for the intern which include salary and MERCs.  MERCs should be calculated at 15% in addition to salary costs.  Therefore, when submitting your internship application to the Office of Research Services, a statement of where the required 10% matching funds will come must be attached to the application as well.  Applications submitted by the April 30, 2021 internal deadline without this confirmation will be considered ineligible in the internal competition
 
 
Review Criteria

Applications for both streams will be reviewed according to the same 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
  • The quality of the position’s work/training plan and direct onsite supervision methods
 
For more information about the NOHFC program and to access the application form, please click here.

Early Researcher Award Round 16: Internal Call for Proposals

Background
In the past, Lakehead University has been successful in securing awards through the previous rounds of the Ministry of Colleges and Universities’ Early Researcher Award (ERA) program.  The funds are to be used over a period of five years to fund eligible expenses for a research team of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians.

Eligible Applicants
Lakehead University invites early career researchers who meet the ERA program criteria, to apply to the 2021 internal ERA competition.  You are eligible to apply for this award if you:
  • are full-time faculty or principal investigator (PI) who, at the application deadline, is based at an eligible institution;
  • have started your independent academic research career on or after January 1, 2015; and
  • have completed your first Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Medical Doctor or terminal degree on or after January 1, 2010.
  • have not already held an Early Researcher Award, and 
  • not a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair.  
To be competitive, researchers are encouraged to be actively involved in conducting research that has been supported by peer-reviewed funding and to demonstrate academic independence from previous supervisors.

As well, please note that the ERA program has introduced new wording in its program guidelines (please see section titled "Other Project Requirements and Considerations"regarding Intellectual Property and its protection and exploitation.  Important information has also been added regarding Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.  Applicants should be aware of this information as they prepare their submissions.
 
Available Amount/Number of Lakehead University Applications
Under this program, an ERA award to a leading researcher is worth a maximum of $100,000 and must be matched by an additional $50,000. For this competition, Lakehead University will provide the required matching contribution of $50,000 ($10,000 per year over 5 years) towards four applications. 


Internal ERA Deadlines
1.  April 6, 2021:  Potential applicants are required to e-mail the Office of Research (ahacquo1@lakeheadu.ca) by April 6 to: a) indicate their intention to apply to the ERA program, and b) to provide our office with a list of five external individuals (who are not in a conflict of interest with the ERA applicant) who our office can approach to write a letter of reference for the applicant's ERA application.  
 
Please note the ERA program's guidelines for reference letters:
  • the letters should address all the ERA Evaluation Criteria: Excellence of the Researcher, Quality of the Research, Development of Research Talent, and Strategic Value for Ontario referees should have access to the applicant’s research proposal and full CV
  • one of the reference letters must be from a former supervisor, mentor, collaborator or corporate sponsor familiar with the researcher
  • two of the reference letters must be from arm’s length sources (i.e. arm’s length referees must not have a conflict of interest by having a personal link with the researcher, or by being a colleague, a research collaborator or a corporate sponsor of the researcher)
  • it is recommended that the arm’s length letters be from researchers of international stature familiar with the researcher’s work
2.  April 12, 2021:  ERA applicants are required to submit their ERA research proposals and CVs to the Office of Research by April 12 so that our office can forward the information to the external reference letter writers.

3.  May 10, 2021:  Full Applications,using the ERA form, are due in the Office of Research Services no later than May 10, 2021 and will be reviewed by the Lakehead University Senate Research Committee (SRC) to determine which application(s) will be submitted to the ERA program.
 
For More Information
The official call for this program can be found on the   Ministry of Colleges and Universities website. The information includes a complete list of ineligible partner contributions, eligible expenses, evaluation criteria, application forms and letter of reference requirements, etc.

Updated: CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund (Unaffiliated) - Internal Deadline: January 29, 2021

Introduction 

All faculty members with tenured or tenure-track positions at Lakehead University are invited to submit applications to Lakehead University’s internal 2021 Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) competition.  The deadline for the internal competition will be January 29, 2021.  

Please note that up to $205,000 (CFI portion only) from Lakehead's JELF allocation has been allocated to this competition to support a total investment of up to $512,500 in research infrastructure.  Researchers are required to secure the required 20% matching funds in order to be eligible to apply. Please note that this internal competition will expend Lakehead's remaining CFI JELF 2019-2022 allocation.

 

Internal Review of Applications

In order to support research excellence and ensure fairness and transparency in the distribution of these funds, applications will be reviewed internally by an internal CFI JELF peer review committee  which will rank the applications and then make recommendations to the Vice-President Research, and Innovation.

Eligibility and Application Process
The JELF "enables a select number of an institution’s excellent researchers to undertake leading-edge research by providing them with the foundational research infrastructure required to be or become leaders in their field. In turn, this enables institutions to remain internationally competitive in areas of research and technology development, aligned with their strategic priorities."

The candidate(s) listed in the proposal must be:

  • A recognized leader or have demonstrated the potential for excellence in the proposed research field(s);
  • Engaged in or embarking upon research/ technology development that is original, internationally competitive and of high quality; and
  • A current faculty member with a full-time academic appointment or a candidate that the institution is in the process of recruiting to a full-time academic position in an area of strategic importance.

The JELF is intended to serve the infrastructure needs of individual faculty, or groups of up to three faculty members where there is a need to share infrastructure.

Priority will be given to early career researchers, and infrastructure that will be shared (small group applications). Candidates who have previously been supported  through the JELF, Leaders Opportunities Fund, New Opportunities Fund or Canada Research Chairs Infrastructure Fund are eligible for funding under the JELF; however a justification of the value-added of a subsequent award is required. Application forms and guidelines are available by referring to the CFI's website.

Candidates must be recognized leaders in their field of research, or show promise of becoming research leaders. They must be engaged in, or embarking on, an innovative research program for which the infrastructure is essential and which will provide an enriched research training environment. CFI JELF  applications must also fit with the research priorities outlined in Lakehead University's Research Plan

In addition to meeting general CFI eligibility requirements, infrastructure items for JELF candidates must be essential for the research program of the candidate(s). If the requested items have been purchased or received, they must be obtained as an in-kind contribution no more than six months before the date of submission of the application.

 

Required Components for a Complete Application

Complete CFI JELF applications for the internal competition must be submitted to the Office of Research Services by the internal deadline and must consist of:

1.    CFI JELF Application Forms (CFI Award Management System)- Please use the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) – Unaffiliated version of the form.

2.    CFI Request for Quotations Form plus one quote for each major equipment item.

3.    CFI Internal Budget Worksheet and one quotation in CFI format for all equipment/renovation items.

4.     Letter from the relevant dean confirming support for application and confirming space. Space must be confirmed by the internal application deadline.* 

5.  Projects requiring renovations** must include:

  • a cost estimate (from Physical Plant) prior to the internal application deadline
  • Evidence of the required cash contributions to offset the 20% matching fund requirements.

6. Completed Internal Research Proposal Approval Form

7.  Regarding re-submissions: If your application is a re-submission of a previously unsuccessful application, you are required to include a maximum of one page addressing how the comments of the CFI reviewers have been addressed in your new application.

8.  CFI JELF internal checklist.

*Note: If any CFI infrastructure is to be located outside of Lakehead University, please note that  Lakehead must still  ". . . exercise de facto control over the research infrastructure, including assuming responsibility for its access and for the associated scientific programming" (CFI Policy and Program Guide).   In such cases, a letter of support from the organization that would be hosting the infrastructure must be attached to the internal CFI application.  

The letter must specify:

1.  The organization's agreement to host the CFI-funded infrastructure (with Lakehead maintaining de facto control).

2.  Agreement to allow the Project Leader full access to the space and if there were renovations involved in making the space ready to house the equipment, the receiving organization is required to agree to the renovations to their space.

If the CFI were subsequently awarded, an  inter-institutional agreement would need to be signed between Lakehead and the receiving organization outlining the above terms and conditions.

**Note:  Please note that if renovations are not required as part of acquiring and installing the requested infrastructure, the applicant(s) must indicate in the CFI application why renovations are not required.

 

CFI Funding Formula and Matching Funds

Please note that the CFI JELF program will contribute up to 40% towards infrastructure costs, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities' Ontario Research Fund will contribute 40% and the remaining 20% must be found from other sources by the researcher. Funds from CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, as well as Tri-Council programs (e.g. the Networks of Centres of Excellence and the Canada Research Chairs) are not considered to be acceptable funding partners. However, the CFI will allow the cost of eligible item(s) to be covered in part by the aforementioned funding sources, provided that this portion is not used to leverage CFI funds. Equipment discounts beyond the best educational price are eligible as in-kind contributions towards the 20% matching funds required.

CFI JELF applications must include confirmation of the required matching funds. If the matching funds are to be provided by the private sector or other external agency, a letter of support outlining their commitment must accompany the application. If the 20% matching fund is provided in the form of a "discount beyond best educational price" by a supplier, a copy of the quotation must be included showing:

1. List Price

2. Best Educational Price

3. Discount Beyond Best Educational Price (the in-kind or CFI contribution)

4. Net CFI Price

Researchers must use Lakehead University's CFI Request for Quotations Form to ensure quotations meet CFI eligibility requirements. A CFI Internal budget worksheet must be completed and submitted along with copies of the equipment quotations used to complete the CFI form. Note that only "discounts beyond best educational price" are eligible.  Please note that project leaders should be aware that once the relevant taxes (3.41% HST) are applied to the total cost of the requested infrastructure in the application budget, the contribution by a vendor may actually work out to slightly less than the required 20%. Additional matching funds may be required to make up the resulting short-fall.

If you have any doubts regarding the eligibility of your matching funds, please call Anne Klymenko or Andrew Hacquoil in the Office of Research Services for advice.

Please note that LU start-up grants may be used towards the matching fund requirement whether it has been spent during the six months prior to the CFI JELF external deadline (June 15, 2021) or will be spent on research infrastructure. Funds from start-up grants are to be shown as a cash contribution from the institution, not in-kind (as per CFI guidelines). It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all in-kind contributions are eligible in accordance with CFI's guidelines.

Renovations to Space

Requests for renovations to new space (not currently allocated to the applicant) must be approved by the Lakehead University’s Space Committee prior to the internal deadline. Researchers should be aware that renovation costs can also include such expenses as changes to a space in order to accommodate a piece of equipment that has special power requirements, or environmental cooling (for example). If an application is to include renovations in the budget, researchers must contact Kevin Schlyter in Physical Plant far in advance of the January 29, 2021 internal deadline to arrange for a cost estimate. Applications that do not accurately reflect costs may be deemed ineligible for consideration. Additional information is available on-line at the Lakehead University Physical Plant website.  

Should you have any questions regarding the CFI JELF program, please contact Anne Klymenko at aklymenk@lakeheadu.ca or Andrew Hacquoil at ahacquo1@lakeheadu.ca. Additional information regarding the CFI program can be obtained by referring to the following website: CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund.

Call for Applications: Community-Engaged Research Award (Deadline January 22, 2021)

Community-engaged research is a collaborative process between universities and diverse communities. The goal of such research is to improve community well-being and to describe, through participatory knowledge creation and creative expression, how this is accomplished. Community-engaged research respects the capacity of all stakeholders to contribute to the development of new knowledge and incorporates them in the design, conduct and dissemination of the different phases of the research process. 
Community-engaged research is founded upon the principles of social responsibility, respect, reciprocity, democratization of knowledge creation, and social and/or ecological justice.
 
Lakehead University has a long history and reputation of excellence in community engagement, regionally, nationally and internationally. Lakehead University’s commitment to social justice is a stated priority in the University’s Strategic Plan. We believe that by working together we can make a positive difference and contribute to a more sustainable, just and healthy society.
 
Through this prestigious award, Lakehead University aims to recognize community-engaged research projects, along with the researchers, students and community partners who have made those projects possible. The Community-Engaged Research Award will be given annually to individuals/teams of Lakehead University faculty members, students and community organizations in recognition of a community-engaged research project they have conducted that has had a positive and/or transformative impact. Although this award recognizes both the project and the researcher(s) who conducted it, evaluation is based on the impact of one specific project, rather than on a researcher’s overall research program. The project should be at a point (ie. completed or near completion) where evidence of impact can be demonstrated.
 
Applications for this award should be submitted by Friday January 22, 2020 by 11:59 pm through the ROMEO research portal.  The award will be presented during Research and Innovation Week 2021 Awards Ceremony.
 
For the full guidelines, including how to apply, please click here.

Call for Applications for Lakehead University Research Chairs (LURC) -Deadline Extended to January 8, 2021

These Chairs recognize 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 seeking applications for two (2) new 2021-2023 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 five years are eligible. Current or past research chair holders such as CRCs, LU/TBRHRI Research Chairs, LURCs, Ontario Research Chairs, SHARCNET Chairs, etc., are not eligible to receive this award.

Value of Award: Up to $45,000 as a research grant (up to $22,500/year) tenable over two years beginning February 1, 2021. 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 Friday, January 8, 2021. The following information will be required as part of the application:

  • Lakehead University Research Chair application form (available in the Romeo Research Portal);
  • Release Time Stipend Request Form (if requesting release time from teaching);
  • Canadian Common CV (do not use generic CCV, use appropriate Tri‐Council CCV);
  • Three external letters of reference addressing the selection criteria.  One of the three letters must be from an individual who is at arm’s length from the applicant and does not have a conflict of interest; and
  • 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 nominations/applications utilizing the following evaluation criteria:

  • be outstanding and innovative researchers whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their fields;
  • be recognized nationally and internationally as leaders in their fields;
  • have a track‐record of attracting external research funding;
  • have an excellent record of mentoring undergraduate students, supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (taking into account circumstances in the Department 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); and
  • have proposed an original, innovative research program of high quality that fits the priority research areas outlined in Lakehead University’s Research Plan.

Successful Lakehead University Research Chairs will be expected to give at least one public presentation as part of Lakehead’s annual Research and Innovation Week. 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.

Building Research Capacity at Lakehead University Award - Applications/Nominations Due January 29, 2021

Applications/Nominations are currently being accepted for the Building Research Capacity at Lakehead University Award. Each year, this award is presented to an individual researcher or a group of researchers who have enhanced Lakehead University’s research capacity beyond their individual program(s) of research.

 

Full-time tenure-track and tenured Lakehead University faculty members may apply for the award OR nominate another eligible faculty member or group. All applications/nominations must be submitted throughthe Romeo Research Portal, and must contain the following documentation:

●      A description OR a letter of nomination highlighting how the researcher(s) has/have enhanced Lakehead University’s research capacity beyond their individual program(s) of research. In the case of a nomination, eligible nominators must be full-time tenure-track or tenured faculty members.

●      Any evidence of the relevant research capacity building that the applicant/nominator(s) wishes/wish to submit, including letters of support.

One cash award of $1,000 and a framed certificate will be presented to the selected recipient(s) during Research and Innovation Week’s Awards Reception. Please click here for more details.

The deadline is Friday, January 29, 2021.

Mitacs: Special Thematic Call for the Globalink Research Award Program

Mitacs has announced a special Thematic Call for the Globalink Research Award Program.   The deadline to apply is December 7, 2020 (the internal submission deadline is November 23, 2020), for projects with start dates between March 15, 2021 and February 28, 2022.  Projects have one year from the approval date to start.  Themes and subthemes are:

1. Artificial Intelligence: 

i. Responsible AI
ii. Data governance
iii. Future of work
iv. Innovation and commercialization

2. Quantum Technologies:

i. Quantum computing and simulation
ii. Quantum networking and communication
iii. Quantum sensing and metrology

3. Green Economy:

i. Sustainable industry
ii. Clean technology and materials
iii. Clean energy transition
iv. Healthy environments (includes Arctic research, oceans, sustainable agriculture and smart cities)

4. Pandemic Preparedness:

i. Pandemic preparedness and AI
ii. Social impact policy making
iii. Societal response to Covid-19 pandemic
iv. One Health

 

General Guidelines. This call is separate from the Lakehead-specific GRA program, and there is no co-pay requirement. Unless otherwise noted, research stays are for 3-6 months, and the award amount is CAD 6,000.  Travel in both directions is eligible - Lakehead students/PDF can travel to the partner, or a Lakehead faculty member can host a student/PDF from a partner. Unless otherwise noted, all Lakehead students, including international students, are eligible.  Up to 5 students may participate on a project (single project application). A specific partner may have specific eligibility criteria/restrictions, and/or program enhancements.

General Eligibility. unless otherwise noted for a specific partner:

Students and postdoctoral fellows

  • Must be registered as full-time senior undergraduates, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows at a Canadian university or at an eligible university or institution outside Canada and remain as such throughout their GRA project period. Postdoctoral fellows may apply if their date of graduation from a PhD program is no more than five years prior to the proposed start date of the research project.
  • Cannot undertake a research project at an institution where they have previously completed a degree
  • For participants travelling from Canada: cannot undertake a research project in a country where they hold citizenship (unless they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada)
  • Must be the legal age of majority in Canada (18 years of age or older)
  • Must meet travel requirements for their intended destination, including visa and/or immigration requirements and associated documentation
  • Cannot hold more than one Globalink Research Award per academic lifetime
  • Cannot have previously held a Mitacs-JSPS Summer Program award

Undergraduate eligibility

Undergraduate applicants completing their first post-secondary degree must have completed their second year of studies prior to departure. All applicants enrolled in an undergraduate degree must have maintained a B average in their two most recent semesters prior to application. This average can be cumulative over the two semesters.

Home and host supervising professors

  • Must hold a faculty position at a Canadian university or must be recognized faculty members at their institutions outside Canada
  • Must be eligible to hold Tri-Agency funding and to supervise graduate students in Canada or must be eligible to host graduate students at their institution outside Canada

 

Partners for this special themed call are:

Brazil: Fundação Araucária Foundation
China: China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC)
France: Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies du numérique (Inria)
France: French Embassy in Canada
France: Université de Lorraine
Germany: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Helmholtz Association)
Germany: Jülich (Helmholtz Association)
India: Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
Japan: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science (AIST)
Korea: National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)
Singapore: AI Singapore (AISG)
Taiwan: National Cheng Kung University
Tunisia: Mediterranean Institute of Technology (MedTech)
United Kingdom: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

 * See the chart on the next page for specific institutions that are eligible, as well as partner-specific criteria.

To request an application: 

https://www.mitacs.ca/en/globalink-research-award-thematic-call-request-...

 

For more information:

                Lakehead University:

Jill Sherman, International Research Facilitator, Office of Research Services, Lakehead University, Tel: 807-343-8014, email: Intl.research@lakeheadu.ca

 

Mitacs – Business Development Representatives for Lakehead University

Wilson Luo | 226.787.4096 | wluo@mitacs.ca
Christine Macdonald | 647.221.5709 | cmacdonald@mitacs.ca

 

ELIGIBLE PARTNERS

Unless otherwise noted, undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are eligible, travel in both directions is eligible (Lakehead students and Post-doctoral Fellows (PDF) can travel to the partner, or a Lakehead faculty member can host a student/PDF from a partner), and all four themes are eligible. Unless otherwise noted, all Lakehead students including international students are eligible. Please check eligibility restrictions for any deviations from the general eligibility criteria.

Country

Eligibility Restrictions

Partner

Institutions

Brazil

Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows only (undergraduates not eligible)

Fundação Araucária Foundation  (State of Paraná, Brazil)

  • Centro Universitário de Maringá – UNICESUMAR
  • Instituto Federal do Paraná – IFPR
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná – PUC
  • Universidade Estadual de Londrina – UEL
  • Universidade Estadual de Maringá – UEM
  • Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa – UEPG
  • Universidade Estadual do Centro-Oeste – UNICENTRO
  • Universidade Estadual do Norte do Paraná – UENP
  • Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná – UNIOESTE
  • Universidade Estadual do Paraná – UNESPAR
  • Universidade Federal da Fronteira do Sul – UFFS
  • Universidade Federal da Integração Latino-Americana – UNILA
  • Universidade Federal do Paraná – UFPR
  • Universidade Positivo
  • Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná – UTFPR
  • Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná

 

China

PDF only

 

From Canada to China only

China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC)

All universities and research institutions in mainland China

France

To Canada:

PhD Students only.

 

From Canada:  Masters and PhD Students only

Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies du numérique (Inria)

Centres de recherche Inria

 

From Canada only

French Embassy in Canada

All universities in France

Green Economy Theme only

Université de Lorraine

 

Germany

PhD & PDF Only

 

Artificial intelligence, Quantum technologies, Green economy themes only

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Helmholtz Association)

KIT departments and KIT divisions

PhD or PDF only

Jülich (Helmholtz Association)

  • Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons (ER-C)
  • Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS)
  • Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)
  • Institute of Bio- and Geosciences (IBG)
  • Institute of Biological Information Processing (IBI)
  • Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK)
  • Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM)
  • Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS)
  • Nuclear Physics Institute (IKP)
  • Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI) Central Institute for Engineering, Electronics and Analytics (ZEA) 

 

India

Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows only (undergraduates not eligible)

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

List of SICI India Eligible Institutions:

 

https://www.shastriinstitute.org/indian-member-institutions

Japan

Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows only (undergraduates not eligible)

 

From Canada only

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science (AIST) 

(AIST will cover round trip airfare and accommodation)

Korea

Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows only (undergraduates not eligible)

 

Travel from Canada only; for Citizens/PR of Canada only

 

National Research Foundation (NRF) Korea

All universities in Korea

Singapore

Artificial Intelligence theme only

 

Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows only (undergraduates not eligible)

 

AI Singapore (AISG)

 

24 weeks in duration, award is CAD 12,000

AI Singapore

Taiwan

All Themes

Master’s students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows (undergraduates not eligible)

National Cheng Kung University

National Cheng Kung University

Tunisia

All Themes

 

PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows only (undergraduates not eligible)

Mediterranean Institute of Technology (MedTech)

South Mediterranean University (MedTech and Mediterranean School of Business )

UK

PhD Students only

 

Travel from Canada only (no travel to Canada) 

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

All universities in the UK (including Scotland)

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