Internal Call for Proposals: 2020-2021 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is a very prestigious fellowship program that provides funding to the very best of postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally.  The program expects that these postdocs will positively contribute to Canada's "economic, social and research-based growth."
The specific objectives of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program are to:
  • attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
  • develop their leadership potential
  • position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow
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, the following deadlines/procedure will be followed for this year's competition:
1.  Banting submissions from potential candidates are due in the Office of Research Services no later than July 31, 2020.  Banting applications received after this date will not be considered.
2.  Submissions received by the internal deadline will be reviewed by the Senate Research Committee and feedback provided to the candidate by August 21, 2020.
3.  Final Banting submissions will be due internally September 4.  
4.  The required University letter of support will be provided to candidates by September 25. 
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 VP 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.

Testing shines a light on effectiveness of UV lamps

Lakehead University professor Dr. Siamak Elyasi makes an adjustment to an instrument he has developed to test ultraviolet lamps.

A study being undertaken by Lakehead University to analyze the performance of ultraviolet lamps used to disinfect wastewater before being released into Lake Superior is moving to the next phase of testing. The aim is not just to determine which lamps perform better, but how to improve the process and optimize costs.

“The City of Thunder Bay is looking to gain a better understanding of the aging process of the ultraviolet lamps,” explains Lindsay Menard, process engineer at the City’s Water Pollution Control Plant. “The intended goal of this project is to optimize the UV system and decrease operating costs.”

The study is a collaboration with Dr. Siamak Elyasi, an associate professor in Chemical Engineering. Elyasi’s broad interest is drinking water and wastewater treatment.

“Having clean water for all human kind is my dream,” Elyasi says. “Clean water prevents many waterborne diseases, which reduces health costs and improves the economy of the people and the prosperity of the country where they live.”

About 70 million litres of wastewater flows to the City’s Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) each day. The wastewater is treated through various processes before being discharged into the Kaministiquia River.  Preliminary treatment, the first stage of treatment, is where large objects such as rags, paper and wood debris are removed in the bar screens and suspended solids are removed in the grit tanks. 

The next treatment process, primary treatment, involves the organic materials and dissolved contaminants settling in clarifiers.  Following primary treatment, the wastewater receives secondary treatment.  The WPCP uses a secondary treatment process referred to as the Biological Aerated Filter (BAF) process.  The BAF process removes carbonaceous biochemical oxygen demand, total suspended solids, phosphorus and ammonia. 

The treated wastewater is disinfected with ultraviolet (UV) light to destroy pathogenic bacteria.  This process adds UV light, and therefore has no impact on the chemical composition of the wastewater.

Disinfection is the primary method of destroying disease-causing bacteria, to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases, says the City’s Menard. There are various methods of disinfection used by wastewater plants. The best option for the City of Thunder Bay, says Elyasi, is to have the treated wastewater exposed to UV radiation. To that end, from mid-April to mid-October — the “disinfection season” as defined by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks — the treated wastewater flows through a channel where light from an array of UV lamps damage the cells of micro-organisms that might be in the water.  When bacteria, viruses and protozoa are exposed to the UV light, they are rendered incapable of reproducing and infecting.

The system is equipped with more than 700 UV lamps, some costing hundreds of dollars each. The lamps have an expected life of 12,000 hours, but how effective are they as they slowly lose intensity?

Elyasi has developed an instrument to test a variety of lamps, to compare their performance over their life expectancy.

“You have to be very careful the UV lamp has the exact same performance or better,” Elyasi explains. “If they are less expensive, it doesn’t mean they are better, it doesn’t mean they are worse. You have to test them. If they can meet the performance of the original UV lamp, and are less expensive, that’s definitely the best choice.

“That is the goal of every manufacturer and plant operator: to reduce the cost of the operation,” he adds.

The project involved research/thesis student Mrunmayee Ravindra Nikam. Along with reviewing the literature during the development phase, she also performed experimental analysis of UV lamp output and collected data and documented the research findings. Her two years on this project gave her valuable experience in engineering research and designs.

“Throughout this research project I acquired numerous project management skills and further developed my abilities to think analytically, critically and logically,” Nikam says.

She graduated with a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering and plans to pursue a doctoral degree. Her ultimate goal is to become an environmental entrepreneur and implement a sustainable approach to preserve the environment.

Elyasi is pleased with the performance of the equipment and hopes it can be deployed at the Water Pollution Control Plant when the technology is proven.

“The UV process is an important step in the treatment of wastewater,” says the City’s Menard. “We are always looking for ways to improve our operations and we believe the work Dr. Elyasi is doing is one way to help us get better.”

Story written by Julio Heleno Gomes

Originally published in The Chronicle Journal April 28, 2020

NEW - Mitacs Research Training Awards - Summer 2020

Dear Lakehead Students,

In collaboration with Mitacs, Lakehead is pleased to offer 30 Research Training Awards (RTA) to returning Lakehead students, for the summer of 2020.  Awards are in the amount of CAD 6,000 for student-driven research projects of 12-16 weeks in duration (projects must be completed within that time frame).  Projects may begin as soon as approved by Mitacs, but must begin no later than August 31, 2020. 

Application and selection guidelines

Student Eligibility.  Full-time undergraduate and graduate students are eligible (including international students), in any discipline.  Students must be registered during the award period (previous winter for undergraduates, spring/summer for graduate students) and Fall 2020. Undergraduates who have recently graduated but have committed to a graduate program in the fall at Lakehead are also eligible. Students who are actively working on another Mitacs-funded project are not eligible.

Faculty Supervisor. A Lakehead Faculty member (must be Tri-Council eligible) must agree to supervise the student research project, and is expected to meet with the student at least once a week – meetings can be virtual.

Projects.  Because of safety measures taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, students should propose projects that can be conducted remotely.  If the campus re-opens while the project is underway, the project can continue on campus, provided it can be safely conducted under the guidelines in place at that time.  Twelve weeks is the minimum project length, 16 weeks is the maximum.

Program Coordinator:  Jill Sherman, Office of Research Services,

If you would like to participate and have a research project idea:

  1. Download and review the Toolkit and the Application template.
  2. Contact a Faculty member who might be your supervisor, and discuss your project idea.
  3. Complete the application in Word (do not change any of the document settings) and submit it to the Dean of your Faculty by May 25, 2020.  If you have questions about completing the application, you can contact the Program Coordinator.
  4. Each Faculty will have a limited number of awards. Your Faculty Dean will oversee the selection process and make recommendations of selected candidates to the Vice President (Research and Innovation) by June 1.
  5. If selected, you will then work with the Program Coordinator to submit your application to Mitacs. Mitacs will give a decision on your application within 1-2 weeks.
  6. At the end of the project, you will be required to prepare and deliver a final report and a presentation to the supervisor during the last week of the award period.

To apply, you can download the following documents (use your Lakehead email address):


If you have any questions about the application requirements, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jill E. Sherman
International Research Facilitator

Tel: 807-343-8014

COVID19 Research Call for Proposals - Strategic Research Development Fund, Senate Research Committee - Deadline May 1

This targeted funding is for short-term projects. Successful applicants are expected to begin their projects within one month from the awarding of funding and complete them within 9 months. Proposals from all disciplines are encouraged. It is anticipated that this call will fund a maximum of 5 projects with a maximum budget of $10,000 each. Proposals which have received, or have been submitted for COVID-19 related funding from other sources are eligible. 

Eligibility: Faculty members with tenure-track, tenured and 3-year limited term appointments are eligible to apply; Faculty with limited term appointments must provide evidence to demonstrate that they can complete the project prior to the end date of their appointment. Eligible faculty members can apply once to this special competition as principal investigator. There are no restrictions on how many times an eligible faculty member can apply as co-investigator on a research team. 


Application Process:

Requests for funds must be made using the on-line Romeo Research Portal via MyInfo (

As part of the Romeo application, the following should be included:
  • A research plan (maximum 3 pages);
  • Detailed budget and budget justification (maximum 2 pages);
  • Curriculum Vitae—CCV (preferred)—for all faculty members; and
  • Letters of support from research partners (if applicable)


Selection Process and Criteria:

The Senate Research Committee will review all eligible applications based on their degree of innovation, feasibility, training of HQP and impact.
Compliance with Lakehead University’s COVID19 Directives
All projects must adhere to the Lakehead University’s COVID19 directives and relevant research guidelines which can be found at the following link: For example, projects involving human subjects must adhere to the directives for research involving human participants during the publicly declared emergency by the Research Ethics Board.


Required Reporting and Deliverables:

A final report must be submitted to the Senate Research Committee through the Romeo Research Portal within 30 days of completing the project.
Applicants should be aware that the Senate Research Committee operates under Senate approved guidelines. All funding for internal research competitions is limited and designated for specific uses. Due to the competitive nature of the internal competition for most funding opportunities, the Senate Research Committee does not provide applicants with feedback or justification for its decisions. All decisions are made internally through a peer review process and all decisions are final.

For additional information regarding the application process, please contact



Senate Research Committee

Special One-time Call for COVID19—Strategic Research Development Fund Proposals


Romeo Application Form Questions:

9 Month Research Plan

1.            Briefly state the objectives to be achieved within the project’s time frame (9 months)

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following:

2.            Criteria: Innovation

Situate the proposal in the existing literature, context, and clearly explain how the research proposed is original, innovative and of high quality.

3.            Criteria: Feasibility

Please describe the key milestones, including methodology you propose to use and the project’s feasibility to produce impactful results in a short-time frame. NOTE: All proposed research activities must firmly adhere to the government’s and the University’s directives to observe social distancing and safety protocols.

4.            Criteria: Training of HQP

Please describe how the proposed research has the potential to develop research capacity among HQP.

5.            Criteria: Impact on COVID19

Please describe how the proposed project addresses COVID19 research questions. Please describe the anticipated impacts and deliverables.

 Overlap with Other Funding

Please explain how this proposal builds upon current research grants or proposals (if applicable) or how it is unique.

Detailed Budget and Budget Justification

Please provide a detailed budget itemizing all eligible expenditures and a budget justification.

Research Track-Record

Attach a copy of a CCV for all faculty members involved in the proposed research.


Please attach letters of support from partners (if applicable)

Pediatric vaccine may offer hemodialysis patients better protection against infections

People undergoing treatment for kidney failure may be able to avoid further complications with doses of vaccines intended for children, suggests the findings of a project being conducted by Lakehead University and researchers at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

The five-year study involving patients with severe chronic kidney disease found that the risk of infections was decreased if they received vaccinations normally prescribed for infants.

“We see that a pediatric pneumococcal vaccine works nicely in these people,” says Dr. Marina Ulanova, the principal investigator. “It will be the best way to prevent infection, to use a pediatric vaccine rather than the one that is given to them routinely.”

Dr. William McCready says the purpose of these trials was to understand how best to protect patients with severe kidney disease from developing other serious health issues.

“Patients with kidney failure are more susceptible to infection because their immune systems are impaired by their kidney failure,” says McCready, who has worked as a nephrologist and internist across the Northwest for more than 30 years.

A Lakehead professor and researcher with NOSM, Ulanova’s background is in immunology and pediatrics. She is leading several projects related to infection and disease, particularly in Indigenous populations. Chronic kidney disease is a significant issue in Northern Ontario, which already suffers from high rates of diabetes.

“Chronic kidney disease is a huge issue in northern communities,” she says. “We know their immune system is weakened because of diabetes and kidney disease, and they need better protection against infection.”

The trials began in 2015 and include a mixed group of patients undergoing regular hemodialysis treatment at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. As a result of their compromised immune system, these patients are more likely to develop other problems such as pneumonia and blood stream infections, which can be fatal.

A total of 132 people were enrolled in the program. All received the second-generation pneumococcal vaccine, Prevnar13, and were followed for one year. One group was already immunized with the adult Pneumovax23 vaccine; the other was not. Assessment included immunological response, vaccine safety and longevity of protection.

“Pneumovax23 has some weaknesses,” Ulanova says. “It’s not very strong in inducing immune response. For this reason it was suggested to use the pediatric vaccine for immunization of adult people with weakened immune system. Indeed, we found Prevnar13 worked well in both groups and, moreover, people who have not been previously vaccinated with Pneumovax23 have even stronger immune response to Prevnar13.”

Gabrielle Gaultier, a PhD student, is assisting Ulanova on this project. Her role is to collect blood samples from patients, isolate cells from the blood, and quantify the results.

“We hope our research will contribute to determining an optimal pneumococcal immunization schedule to better protect patients with severe chronic kidney disease against serious pneumococcal infections,” she says.

Gaultier hopes to use this experience to pursue a post-doctoral position in the fields of immunology and microbiology.

The last participants were immunized in February 2019. Ulanova and her group are now into the laboratory phase of the work, analyzing this data. She hopes results can be published within the year.

McCready — who has held numerous positions with NOSM and the Regional hospital — was the physician supervisor for these trials.

“These studies are an example of the synergies that can be achieved when clinicians collaborate with scientists and we are both motivated by trying to help patients from Northern Ontario,” he says.

This study was supported by Pfizer and the Northern Ontario Academic Medicine Association’s Innovation fund.


Story and photo by Julio Heleno Gomes, originally published in The Chronicle Journal Research in Action Series, April 7, 2020.


Dr. Marina Ulanova and Lakehead University graduate student Gabrielle Gaultier have been studying the immune response of patients with severe chronic kidney disease to a certain type of vaccine.

Wabakimi partners with Lakehead for research and experiential learning

Students canoeing in Wabakimi - view of their backs

For over 20 years, Dr. Tom Potter, Professor in Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (ORPT) at Lakehead University, has maintained a working relationship with Wabakimi Provincial Park.
More recently, Alexa Haberer, a Technologist in the ORPT program, has also been involved.
Each year, Potter and Haberer facilitate two-week research journeys for about a dozen third year undergraduate students in the ORPT program.

The journeys are the culminating project for their field exploration course. The trips have three main learning goals: expedition planning and preparation, which they undertake throughout the year; gaining experience in remote back county travel in the northwest ecoregion; and fostering first-hand data collection.

“I am extremely grateful to the staff of Wabakimi Provincial Park who have been highly supportive of our work over the years,” said Potter.

Shannon Lawr, Park Superintendent, Wabakimi Provincial Park, along with Shannon Walshe, Park Biologist, work with Potter and Haberer to identify the types of data collection that students could do to benefit the park, as well as canoe routes through the park that need attention. For example, students might document evidence of caribou, conduct a population study of beaver, identify and document plant species, or evaluate the state of campsites and portage routes.

“The students’ research and recreation-based activities, linked to our canoe routes, fill information gaps in terms of park operations and resource management,” said Lawr.

“The partnership with Lakehead also ensures the next generation of paddlers contributes to Wabakimi’s future and builds understanding as to why it is such a treasure,” he added.

Hannah Terejko, a fourth year ORPT and Natural Sciences student from Brantford, Ont went on last year’s trip, and echoes this sentiment.

“It is one thing to hear about a park and how amazing it might be, but to get to know it and connect to it like it is home creates respect, and drives the motivation to maintain its health,” she said.

Following the journeys, students compile comprehensive research reports that they present to the park. Through the students' detailed investigations, they make meaningful and unique contributions to park planning and management. They also expand their own vision and knowledge of the cultural, recreational and biological aspects of the park.

“It's a joy for me to watch students organise and conduct their data collection, and revel in their research accomplishments as they travel through some very challenging areas and environmental conditions,” said Potter.

During the trip, students are accompanied by qualified guides, including Lakehead faculty or staff. When possible, park staff members join the expedition group, too, which gives the students a chance to learn from someone working in their field. The experts, however, encourage students to lead. Students plan out their roles for the trip, rotating between leader, navigator, chef, head researcher, and assistant researcher positions.

“Everyone gets a chance to do everything, so each gets a chance to let the leadership skills they’ve developed over the program shine,” explained Haberer.

When asked about what she will take from the experience, Terejko reflected on these leadership skills.

“Being able to work with others and take initiative where it is needed, even in small tasks, can be more help to the group than it might seem, and is a great skill to bring into future jobs and careers,” she said.

Potter also noted the unique opportunity for not only hands-on learning but personal growth.

“Their projects encourage them to struggle more, see more, learn more, and appreciate more. And, they get to learn how challenging, exciting, and useful research can be,” he said.

Photo description: Lakehead University Outdoor Recreation Students in Wabakimi Provicial Park summer 2019
Photo credit: Hannah Terejko
Story written by: PhebeAnn Wolframe-Smith
Story published in Chronicle Journal "Research in Action Series" April 4, 2020

Internal Call for Applications: Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) – Youth Internship Program

Internal Call for Applications: Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) – Youth Internship Program

  • Research Internships:  Three Positions Available

The intent of the Northern Ontario Internship Program is to strengthen Northern Ontario’s competitive advantage and build economic development capacity by attracting and retaining graduates in the North. The program provides recent graduates who are interested in launching and building their careers in Northern Ontario access to internships.

Under this program, Lakehead University has a quota of five research-related placements available.  Of these five, one is currently open, two will be open in the fall of 2020.

The internal deadline for the submission of internship applications to the Office of Research Services is April 30, 2020. If more than three internship applications are received, an internal competition will need to be held (applications will be reviewed by the Senate Research Committee).

Eligibility Criteria for the Intern Candidate
  • University and college graduates who have graduated within the last three years from an accredited college or university. Candidates must be graduates of post-secondary degree or diploma programs.
  • The position must provide the intern with first time employment in their field of study. 
  • Candidates are only eligible to participate in the internship program one time.   
  • Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada. 
Review Criteria
Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
  • The opportunity for the placement to result in a full time permanent job.
  • The quality of the skill development opportunity.
  • The type of training being proposed by the employer.
  • The work plan/supervision method. Direct supervision must be provided daily by an onsite supervisor.    
NOHFC Funding
Eligible not-for-profit and public sector organizations located in Northern Ontario are potentially eligible to receive a conditional contribution of up to 90 percent of a recent graduate’s salary to a maximum contribution of $31,500.  As well, NOHFC funding under this program, when combined with other provincial and federal government sources, will generally not exceed 90 percent of eligible costs for public sector employers. 

Required Funding Confirmation/RPAF
It is important to note that the applicant must provide the remaining 10% of an intern's salary plus 14% benefit 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 specific statement of where the required matching funds (plus benefit costs) will come from must be included in, or attached to the signed and completed RPAF.  
  • Applications submitted by the April 30, 2020 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.

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 about the NOHFC program, please go to:  

As well, researchers are reminded when working with the NOHFC online system to complete the application, but not submit it to NOHFC.  Upon completion, researchers would download a PDF copy of the application, and email it to the Office of Research ( for internal review.

2020 NSERC Enhancement Program

If you are planning to apply for an NSERC Discovery Grant this fall, you may be interested in participating in this years NSERC Enhancement Program. 

The program consists of four, two-hour workshops spread out over a four week period (specific date and times will be determined in collaboration with participants). In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Enhancement Program will be delivered via Zoom. 

Each workshop covers a specific element of the Discovery grant application and is aimed at familiarizing participants with how applications are reviewed, and how best to address the adjudication criteria. Within 30 days of program completion, participants will be required to submit a draft application to the Facilitator, who will provide feedback intended to assist with further grant development. 

Program Start: Week of May 11th - May 15th, 2020

Program End: Week of June 1st – June 5st, 2020
Draft of Discovery Grant due on or before July 6th, 2020    

Participants of the program will be eligible for a $1500 grant, distributed in two installments, which can be used to support activities related to grant development (hiring research assistants, grant writers/editors, collecting preliminary data, etc). The first half of the grant will be awarded following completion of the program, while the second will be awarded following submission of your Discovery Grant to NSERC in November 2020. 
To be considered for participation, researchers will need to submit an application through ROMEO (click on Apply New - Tri-Agency Grant Enhancement Programs). Applications will include a brief project summary, a summary of the applicant’s experience with tri-agency grants, and a budget for the $1,500 research grant.  
The deadline for applications to this program is April 24th, 2020.    
While the program is designed to support early career researchers or first time applicants in obtaining NSERC Discovery funding, application to the program is open to all faculty. 
Additional details can be found in this document.
For more information, please contact Lexi Haslehurst, Research Facilitator (Natural Sciences, Engineering and Health) at

CIHR Project Grant Application Enhancement Program 2020

CIHR Project Grant Application Enhancement Program 2020


The Office of the Vice President (Research and Innovation) at Lakehead University is pleased to announce the continuation of the CIHR Project Grant Application Enhancement Program. This program is designed to encourage and support researchers at Lakehead University to begin preparation of their CIHR Project Grant applications well in advance of the internal deadline (two weeks before the CIHR Project Grant deadlines in September and March), with the goal of increasing overall success rates.


Learning Objectives:

1)     Participants will learn how to frame their projects according to CIHR’s mandate and application structure and apply this knowledge by composing drafts of key sections in the CIHR project grant application

2)     Participants will gain an understanding of the history of Knowledge Translation (KT) and CIHR requirements for KT and will apply this knowledge by developing a detailed KT plan

3)     Participants will hear from faculty who have experience as successful applicants and/or adjudicators. They will apply knowledge of the adjudication process by participating in a peer review exercise where they give feedback on and evaluate other participants’ drafts.


A final list of topics for the program will be determined in consultation with participants.


Program Format & Schedule:

Four two hour sessions are held over a five week period with no more than one workshop per week, and a gap week after session three. The sessions are planned to begin in late July/early August 2020. Dr. PhebeAnn Wolframe-Smith, SSHRC/CIHR Research and Knowledge Mobilization Facilitator, and Dr. Lexi Haslehurst, NSERC/CIHR Research Facilitator will be the primary session leaders. You will be asked to do some preparatory work in advance of the first session as well as homework after each session; you should expect to dedicate time to the grant-writing process over these five weeks to get the most out of the program. At the conclusion of the workshops, participants’ feedback will be sought to assist in the evaluation of the program.


Program Completion & Research Grant

Participants in the program will be eligible for a research grant of up to $1500, distributed in two instalments to aid in the development of their SSHRC applications. Researchers may use this grant for tri agency-eligible costs associated with research, including but not limited to hiring research assistants and grant writers/editors, collecting preliminary data, meeting with research partners/co-applicants, and gathering materials for the literature review.  Equipment and conference travel are not eligible. The $1500 grant will be distributed in two separate allotments:

1) $750 at the completion of the workshops in which the participant had full attendance and

2) $750 after a SSHRC application has been submitted.


Applications developed during the workshops must be submitted either in one of the following cycles: Sept. 2020, March 2021, or Sept. 2021, in order to receive the second installment of the grant. Applicants must provide a budget for the $1500 as part of their application. Although participants may expend up to $1500 in advance of submitting their grant, and be reimbursed after their grant is submitted; however, note that if you incur expenses in excess of $750 prior to submitting the grant and then fail to submit the grant, forfeiting the remaining $750, you are responsible for covering any outstanding costs.



All tenure-track and tenured faculty members engaged in research that falls under CIHR’s mandate are welcome to participate in the program. Participants from previous programs are welcome to apply to re-enroll in the program on an “audit” basis, which means that they will not be eligible for the grant.  Faculty members with a three year LTA are eligible to apply in the first two years of their appointment only. Preference will be given to tenured and tenure-track faculty members.


The number of applicants selected to participate in this program will be capped depending on financial resources available and will total no more than 5 participants, and we require a minimum of 3 participants to run the program. Evaluation will be based on originality, relevance to CIHR’s mandate, project description cohesiveness, and background of the researcher.


How to apply

Researchers are asked to apply to the program through ROMEO (click on Apply New - Tri-Agency Grant Enhancement Programs). Applications to the CIHR Enhancement Program are due Monday, June 1, 2020. If you need help using the ROMEO system, please contact Bonnie Knott, ROMEO administrator at


For general questions about the program, please contact Dr. PhebeAnn Wolframe-Smith at or Dr. Lexi Haslehurst at

Call for Proposals SSHRC SIG Community-Engaged Research Grant (CERG) Program Deadline: March 9, 2020

Lakehead University is pleased to announce a program in support of community-engaged research with community organizations, and not-for-profit partners.  We invite all Lakehead faculty members in the social sciences, and humanities to submit applications to the 2020 Community-Engaged Research Grant (CERG) Program. 


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.


This initiative will support funding for two-year   collaborative   research   initiatives   that   are    aligned    with    Lakehead University’s commitment to Social Responsibility and Community Engagement with community partners as outlined in the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. 


The Office of Research Services anticipates supporting 2 – 3 projects and a maximum amount of $30,000 is available for the following types of research initiatives:

  1. Start-up funds associated with the establishment of a new Research Centre (up to $15,000 will be provided over a two-year period);
  2. Research funds to support community-engaged research where there is evidence of an existing partnership with a community organization (up to $15,000 will be provided over a two-year period); and
  3. Partnership development seed funds to support planning activities with community partners, including travel, meetings, workshops, etc. (up to $7,500 will be provided over a two-year period).


Please note that research grants must be completed and all funds spent by March 31, 2022; SSHRC has indicated that extensions are not possible past this date.  Successful applicants must commit to completion of a progress report in a format acceptable to SSHRC.


Proposals for the establishment of research centres must provide a detailed five-year plan to address sustainability and demonstrate a commitment to becoming a Senate approved research centre. Funds should be spent within two years of approval; approvals for extensions will only be considered in cases where an extension would support the program’s principles of equity, diversity and inclusiveness (i.e., additional time required to ensure genuine community engagement and participation with community partners).



Funding for this research initiative is made possible through the SSHRC Institutions Grant (SIG) Small Universities Supplement program; the objective of the SSHRC SIG is to enable small universities to develop and strengthen focused research capacity in the social sciences and humanities. Proposals must demonstrate how this funding will lead to a successful and competitive external SSHRC application within one year following the end of the grant.


Centres and researchers funded previously through the previous SSHRC Aid to Small Universities Grant or IRCD program are encouraged to apply as long as they have completed the previous project, continue to meet the eligibility criteria and provide a performance activity report outlining results and outcomes achieved with the previous grant.


Eligibility:  Full-time tenure-track, tenured or 3-year LTAs are eligible to apply for this program.  Lakehead University Research Centres and Institutes are also encouraged to apply.  Community partners may include, but not be limited to: Indigenous communities, not-for-profit organizations, grassroots organizations, municipal departments, and health agencies.  Government agencies and other postsecondary institutions are not eligible as partners.


Application Process: Applications must be submitted through the Romeo Research Portal no later than March 9, 2020. Appendix A provides a description of the information that will be required in the Romeo application.


Selection Process: An internal peer review committee will be established to evaluate and rank proposals; the Committee will include a community organization representative.   The Committee will rank and make a final recommendation of the projects to be supported through the program to the Vice-President, Research and Innovation.


Evaluation Criteria


ChallengeThe aim and importance of the project (60%):

  • strategic value of the chosen research development area to the partner, and clarity of alignment between the proposed research and Lakehead’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan;
  • evidence that communities/organizations are/will be genuine partners in the initiative;
  • expected contribution to knowledge;
  • appropriateness of the research methods/approach; and
  • potential influence and impact within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community.


Feasibility—the plan to achieve inclusive research excellence (20%):

  • probability of effective and timely attainment of an increase in research capacity at Lakehead University and within community organizations;
  • quality of the proposed community-engagement plan;
  • appropriateness of the requested budget and justification of proposed costs; and
  • an indication of financial and in-kind contributions from community partners and other sources, as appropriate.


Capability—Track record and the potential to succeed (20%):

  • the track-record of the proposed research team working with community organizations;
  • indication of human, financial and institutional resources available and to be committed;
  • where applicable, evidence of outputs and outcomes resulting from previous related funding.


Should you have any questions about the program, please contact Anne Klymenko, Director, Office of Research Services, at ext. 8223 or  If you need assistance with completing the Romeo application, please contact Bonnie Knott at 343-8934.

Appendix A:
Proposals should be no more than approximately 2,500 words (the equivalent of approximately five typed pages @ 500 words per page) and include the following information:

Research Project Summary (100 words), written in lay language describing the uniqueness and importance of the proposed research program.

Objectives (500 words) – Describe the short-term objectives of your project and how the project will contribute to your long-term research plan.

Context (600 words) – Describe the background of your proposed project/group including, relevant prior research and/or meetings or events that have occurred.

Methodology (800 words) – Describe specifically what will you do to meet the objectives of your project/group.

Community-Engagement Plan (500 words) - Indicate how your proposed project or the work of your proposed team engaged your community partner in the design of the project and research questions.

Budget and budget justification (template in Romeo)

Letters of support from partners (not included in five typed pages)

SSHRC Common CV (not included in five-page total)