Building Research Capacity at Lakehead University Award
Dedicated researchers at Lakehead University continue to actively collaborate in university-wide initiatives such as preparation of significant research proposals and engaging in other unique research capacity building strategies. Lakehead University values the drive and dedication of its researchers and applauds all such initiatives. To formally recognize the contributions of these
dedicated individuals or groups to the University’s research capacity and productivity as a whole, Lakehead University invites nominations for the annual Building Research Capacity at Lakehead University Award.
Each year, the Building Research Capacity at Lakehead University 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.
Examples of such activities are:
● Contributing to major Lakehead University research initiatives or projects resulting in benefits to the broader university community;
● Creating successful interdisciplinary research centres or groups that have increased research capacity and external funding at the University;
● Demonstrated research leadership and mentorship of junior researchers and highly qualified personnel resulting in increased research capacity;
● Creating a legacy for researchers to utilize and/or build upon (i.e., research infrastructure, research tools, etc.) to ensure continued research productivity and success at Lakehead University; and/or
● Creating or facilitating significant events that promote research and innovation at Lakehead University.
Only full-time tenure-track and tenured Lakehead University faculty members are eligible for this award.
Applications are due January 31, 2020. All applications must be submitted through the Romeo Research Portal, and must contain the following documentation:
● Letter of nomination highlighting how the individual researcher or group of researchers have enhanced Lakehead University’s research capacity beyond their individual program(s) of research. Eligible nominators must be full-time tenure-track or tenured faculty members. Self-nominations will also be accepted. In such cases, self- nominators are not required to submit a separate letter of nomination.
● Any other evidence of the relevant research capacity building that the nominator wishes to submit in support of the nomination, including letters of support.
The Vice-President (Research and Innovation) shall appoint a Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will review all submitted nominations and make its recommendations to the Vice-President (Research and Innovation). The Selection Committee may recommend that the award not be presented if applications received do not meet the award criteria.
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.
A total of $150,000 over three years is available from the Quetico Foundation to support a maximum of two projects (up to $75,000 per project). The QF is seeking to support research projects that leverage other research funding opportunities which may include but are not limited to programs such as the MITACs Accelerate program, Early Researcher Awards, and NSERC Discovery grants.
Deadline: Extended to December 15, 2019
The Distinguished Researcher Awards are the highest honour conferred by Lakehead University for research and scholarly activity. Each year, if there are qualified candidates who are nominated, the award may be given to three full-time Lakehead University professors, one in the social sciences and humanities, one in the natural sciences and engineering, and one in health research.
Nominations for the 2019 Distinguished Researcher Awards are due on Friday, December 20, 2019 no later than 4:30 pm.
Nominations are to be submitted to Dr. Kunle Akingbola, Chair of the 2019-2020 Senate Research Committee, c/o the Senate Research Committee’s Administrative Officer, Allison Whately-Doucet at email@example.com. Specific guidelines and application requirements for this award may be found here.
All faculty members with tenured or tenure-track positions at Lakehead University are invited to submit applications to Lakehead University’s internal 2020 Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) competition. The deadline for the internal competition will be January 31, 2020. Please note that up to $350,000 (CFI portion only) from Lakehead's JELF allocation has been allocated to this competition to support a total investment of up to $875,000 in research infrastructure. Researchers are required to secure the required 20% matching funds in order to be eligible to apply.
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 who 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 on 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 to the CFI.
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 in both digital and paper format and must consist of:
- CFI JELF Application Forms (CFI Award Management System)- Please use John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) – Unaffiliated version of the form.
- CFI Request for Quotations Form plus one quote for each major equipment item.
- CFI Internal Budget Worksheet and one quotation in CFI format for all equipment/renovation items.
- Letter from the relevant dean confirming support for application and confirming space. Space must be confirmed by the internal application deadline.
- Projects requiring renovations* must include:
- a cost estimate obtained 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
*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 Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade's 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 20% 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. 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 20% matching fund requirement whether it has been spent during the 6 months prior to the CFI JELF external deadline (June 15, 2020) 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 31, 2020 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 ext. 8223. Additional information regarding the CFI program can be obtained by referring to the following website: CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund.
Regular (administrative) Internships: One Position Available
Lakehead University will have one NOHFC administrative-related internship (out of its quota of two administrative-related placements) becoming available in late fall through the NOHFC Northern Ontario Internship Program. The internal deadline for the submission of regular internship applications to the Office of Research (firstname.lastname@example.org) is November 29, 2019. 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. Applications on are completed on the NOHFC site. Once complete, please either submit a paper or an electronic copy to Andrew Hacquoil, Research Grants Officer, at email@example.com. Do not submit your application on the NOHFC site.
Under the administrative call, preference will be given to applications from Lakehead University administrative units.
General Information on NOHFC Youth Internship Program
Under the internship program, Funding is available for organizations located in Northern Ontario to provide first time full-time employment in a related field to recent university and college graduates. The program will support innovation, economic/community development and capacity building within communities. Through this program, 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. Please note that the NOHFC contribution does not include benefits costs. Benefits costs (an additional 14%) are the responsibility of the grantee (in addition to the remaining 10% of the intern's salary).
It is important to note that NOHFC funding under this program, when combined with other provincial and federal government sources, will generally not exceed 90 per cent of eligible costs for public sector employers. Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
- The opportunity for the internship to result in a full-time permanent job
- The quality of the skill development opportunity
- The type of training being proposed by the employer, and
- The work plan/supervision method. Direct supervision must be provided daily by an onsite supervisor.
Beginning in April each year and spanning a five week period, applicants will participate in a series of four workshops devoted to the drafting of specific elements of a SSHRC application, common across disciplinary boundaries. Workshop topics may include participating in a mock SSHRC peer review exercise, organizing a comprehensive description of the proposed research project, preparing an engaging summary, crafting a project budget, and creating a feasible knowledge mobilization plan. The topics and schedule of these workshops will be finalized in consultation with participants who are accepted in this program. At the conclusion of the workshops, participants’ feedback will be sought to assist in the evaluation of the program.
Participants in the program will be eligible for a research grant of up to $1500, distributed in two installments to aid in the development of their SSHRC applications. Researchers may use this grant for costs associated with research, including but not limited to hiring research assistants and grant writers/editors, collecting preliminary data, meeting with research partners, and gathering materials for the literature review. 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 from the completion of the workshops must be submitted to the next immediately available Insight Grant, Insight Development Grant competition.
All researchers engaged in research in the area of social sciences and humanities 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 financial incentive.
If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Wolframe-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the past, Lakehead University has been successful in securing awards through the previous rounds of the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade’s 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.
Lakehead University invites early career researchers who meet the ERA program criteria, to apply to the 2019 internal ERA competition. You are eligible to apply for this award if you:
- are full-time faculty or a principal investigator who, at the application deadline, are based at an eligible institution;
- have started your academic career on or after January 1, 2014;
- have completed your first Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Medical Doctor or terminal degree on or after January 1, 2009;
- have not already held an Early Researcher Award, and
- not a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair.
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 two applications. If researchers, however, are able to access funds from other sources to meet the matching requirement, Lakehead will consider submitting more than two meritorious ERA applications. Please note that awards administered by the federal granting councils (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) are not eligible partner contributions.
- 1 of the reference letters must be from a former supervisor, mentor, collaborator or corporate sponsor familiar with the researcher
- At least 2 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
3. August 27, 2019: Full Applications,using the ERA form, are due in the Office of Research Services no later than August 27, 2019 and will be reviewed by the Lakehead University Senate Research Committee (SRC) to determine which application(s) will be submitted to the ERA program.
The official call for this program can be found on the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade website. The information includes a complete list of ineligible partner contributions, eligible expenses, evaluation criteria, application forms and letter of reference requirements, etc.
Internal Planning Process for Upcoming CFI IF Call for Proposals
- Notices of Intent (NOIs) to apply are due to the ORS by May 31, 2019
- To access the draft CFI call (which includes the CFI's timelines), click here.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has issued a call for large research infrastructure projects under the 2019 Innovation Fund. The objectives of the 2019 Innovation Fund (IF) are to:
- Enable global leadership by supporting world–class research or technology development.
- Enhance and optimize the capacity of institutions and research communities to conduct the proposed research or technology development program(s).
- Lead to social, health, environmental and/or economic benefits for Canadians.
The Office of Research Services would like to invite all full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members and research centres to submit CFI IF NOIs with infrastructure project proposals that would be competitive under the IF.
The CFI’s Challenge to Institutions
It is important to note that for this competition (to access the draft CFI call, click here), the CFI has stated that the proposed research infrastructure projects should:
•Be of appropriate maturity and offer the best potential for transformative impact.
•Allow teams and institutions to build on established capacity to accelerate current research and technology development or to enhance emerging strategic priority areas
.•Enable teams to fully exploit research infrastructure and drive world–class research.
- An eligible project involves acquiring or developing research infrastructure to both increase research capacity and support world–class research.
- Construction costs to build new space or to renovate existing space (including fitting out existing space) are eligible but a plan to secure the 20% matching funds must be presented.
It is important to note that for this competition, the CFI will only consider proposals whose total project costs are greater than $1 million.
The NOI forms are not yet available in the CFI Awards Management System (CAMS). However, for purposes of this internal call, researchers are asked to still compile and submit the information required to complete their NOIs following the instructions/requirements found for the NOI in the draft call. For more information, please click here (and see "Part 2 How to Apply").
Researchers should create free form NOIs covering the following content (again, please see the draft IF call for the required content/space limits for each of these sections):
*Project information (project title, lead applicant, total project costs, amount requested from the CFI).
In addition, researchers are required to attach the following to their NOIs:
- Equipment quotations from vendors (showing, list, educational and CFI discounts and prices ) plus copies of the CFI Request for Quotations Form
- CFI Internal Budget Worksheet and one quotation in CFI format for all equipment/renovation items
- Letter from the relevant dean confirming support for application and confirming space. Space must be confirmed by the internal application deadline. Projects requiring renovations must include a cost estimate prior to the internal application deadline, as well as the required cash contributions to offset the 20% matching fund requirements.
- Completed Internal Research Proposal Approval Form
Researchers are reminded that the proposed CFI IF project should meet the following CFI criteria:
• Research or technology development — The research or technology development program(s) are innovative, feasible and internationally competitive.
• Team — The diverse team comprises the breadth of expertise needed to conduct the proposed program(s).
• Research capacity — The institutions and their partners have the necessary research capacity on which this proposal will build.
• Infrastructure — The requested infrastructure is necessary and appropriate to conduct the proposed program(s). •Sustainability — The infrastructure will be optimally used, operated and sustained over its useful life through tangible commitments.
• Benefits — The team and its partners have a well–defined plan to transfer the results of the research or technology development program(s). The results are likely to lead to social, health, environmental, and/or economic benefits for Canadians.
Should you have any questions regarding the CFI IF competition or internal CFI planning process, please contact Anne Klymenko at ext. 8223 or via email: Anne.Klymenko@lakeheadu.ca.