NSERC 2018 Discovery Grant Enhancement Program

The Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation at Lakehead University is pleased to announce the launch of the NSERC Discovery Grant (DG) Enhancement Program. The NSERC DG is the staple funding source for many researchers, but can be a challenging grant both to write and to secure. This program is designed to encourage researchers at Lakehead University to begin preparing NSERC DG applications in collaboration with the Office of Research Services well ahead of the 2018 deadline (anticipated: November 1st, 2017).

For more information: click here.

For the form, click here.

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:  Two Positions Available


Overview
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,  two will be open after April 2019

The internal deadline for the submission of internship applications to the Office of Research Services is January 16, 2019. If more than two 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.    
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. 

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 (RAPF) must be included in the package.    A statement of where the required matching funds (plus benefits) will come from must be included in, or  attached to the signed and completed RPAF as well.  Applications submitted by the January 16, 2019 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: https://nohfc.ca/en/pages/programs/northern-ontario-internship-progra

Call for Applications for Lakehead University Research Chairs (LURC) 2018

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 Academic/Research Plan.

Lakehead University is seeking applications for two (2) new LURCs, 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 January 1, 2019. 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 will not be considered as an eligible expense.

Application Process: Applications must be submitted via the Romeo Research Portal no later than 4:30 pm November 16, 2018. Appendix A of the call for applications provides a description of the information that will be required in the LURC Romeo application.

For more information, please see the call for applications.

CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund (Unaffiliated) - Internal Deadline: November 23, 2018

Subject: CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund  (Unaffiliated) - Internal Deadline: November 23, 2018

Introduction

All full-time faculty members of Lakehead University are invited to submit applications to Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) for Lakehead University’s internal 2018 competition. 

The deadline for the internal competition will be November 23, 2018.   Please note that up to $120,000 (CFI portion only) from Lakehead's JELF allocation has been allocated to this competition to support a total investment of up to $300,000 in research infrastructure. 

Researchers have 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 a special internal ad-hoc committee of CFI experts who will then make recommendations to the Lakehead University Senate Research Committee (SRC).  The recommendation from the Senate Research Committee will be considered by the Vice-President Research, and Innovation.

 

Eligibility and Application Process
The JELF offers institutions the opportunity to:

  • Acquire infrastructure for their leading research faculty to undertake cutting-edge research; and
  • Create competitive research support packages in the form of infrastructure and a portion of the operating and maintenance costs from the CFI, coupled with direct research costs from partner organizations.

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. The JELF is not intended to serve the infrastructure needs of larger groups, centres, departments, or institutions. 

Priority will be given to new faculty, small group applications, and faculty members who have not previously received CFI funding. 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 Strategic Research Plan (SRP) as part of the 2012-2017 Academic/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 in both digital and paper format and must consist of:

  1. CFI LOF Application Forms (CFI Award Management System)- Please use John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) – Unaffiliated version of the form.
  2. CFI Request for Quotations Form
  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.  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.
  5.  Completed Internal Research Proposal Approval Form

 

CFI Funding Formula and Matching Funds

Please note that the CFI JELF will contribute up to 40% towards infrastructure costs, the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science'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

4. Net Price

Researchers must useLakehead 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 in the Office of Research Services @ ext. 8223 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 (February 15, 2019) 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 are asked to contact Anne Klymenko in the Office of Research Services immediately 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 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.

NOHFC Regular (administrative) Internships: One Position Available

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 the fall through the NOHFC Northern Ontario Internship Program.  The internal deadline for the submission of regular internship applications to the Office of Research (ahacquo1@lakeheadu.ca) is August 6, 2018. If more than one application is received, an internal competition will need to be held to determine which one application will be submitted to the NOHFC.  Final decisions will be made by the Executive Team Working Group.

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

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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.

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

Mentor an emerging international researcher! - Mitacs Globalink Research Internship program now accepting Faculty Project Submissions


Mitacs Globalink Research Internship program now accepting Faculty Project Submissions
Dear Lakehead University Faculty Member:
 
1.  About the Program

The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative for international undergraduates from Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Germany, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Ukraine. From May to October of each year, top-ranked applicants participate in a 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences. Mitacs covers intern expenses (travel costs, health insurance, stipend, fees).

 
At this time, the Mitacs GRI is accepting faculty submissions for the Summer of 2019. 
  • All disciplines are eligible
  • Faculty can submit multiple projects and re-submit projects from previous years
  • Students apply to projects through Mitacs, where they select their preferred projects, and Mitacs manages the competition and matching process.

2.  Internal Deadline for Submitting Research Projects for Internal Review

The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative for international undergraduates from Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Germany, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Ukraine. From May to October of each year, top-ranked applicants participate in a 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.   The Mitacs deadline for submitting project proposals is June 13, 2018, at 4 p.m. PDT.  However, since this is a very competitive program, Lakehead University faculty members are strongly encouraged to write their project summaries in lay terms and to highlight the unique advantages to participating in an internship at Lakehead.  The Office of Research Services invites Faculty to submit projects to the Office of Research Services (intl.research@lakeheadu.ca) for internal review no later than June 6, 2018.

3.  Suggested Lakehead University Promotional Wording
In addition, in order to promote the University to potential international graduate students, faculty are also strongly encouraged to use the following wording to begin their research project submissions:

Dynamic, modern, and highly learner-centred, we acknowledge all of our students as valued leaders of tomorrow, whose education and success are most paramount to our institution. At Lakehead University (https://www.lakeheadu.ca/), we offer you an extraordinary education experience that gives you the highest potential for success. Our supportive and student centered philosophy means you are our #1 priority.  Both campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia promise the total university experience: a blend of academic excellence and opportunity with a rich variety of social and recreational activities.  Athletics and recreation is an integral part of the university experience that is vital to your educational growth and advancement. Lakehead promotes a healthy and active campus lifestyle while providing you with the opportunity to foster friendships, goodwill and overall fitness at both of our campuses.  

To learn more about our communities, please visit the City of Thunder Bay (http://www.thunderbay.ca/) and the Orillia (https://www.orillia.ca/en/index.aspx)

CIHR Project Grant Application Enhancement Program 2018

The Office of the Vice President (Research and Innovation) at Lakehead University is pleased to announce the new 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 gain an understanding of the adjudicator perspective from a panel of senior faculty who have adjudication experience. They will apply this knowledge by participating in a peer
review exercise where they give feedback on and evaluate other participants’ drafts.

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 Project Grant 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. Participants may only receive this grant once but may audit future Project Grant Enhancement programs if desired.

Four in-person modules will be primarily led and facilitated by Dr. PhebeAnn Wolframe-Smith, SSHRC/CIHR Research and Knowledge Mobilization Facilitator, and Dr. Lexi Haslehurst, NSERC/CIHR Research Facilitator, with active participation from faculty members experienced in CIHR grant-writing and adjudication. The program will be held beginning the week of April 16 through the week of May 14, 2018. The topics and schedule of workshops will be finalized in consultation with participants who are accepted in this program.

All researchers engaged in research that falls under CIHR’s mandate are welcome to participate.  The number of applicants selected to participate in this program will be capped depending on financial resources available and will total no more than 10 participants. Evaluation will be based on originality, relevance to CIHR’s mandate, project description cohesiveness, and background of the researcher.

In order to apply for the program, researchers should send to Dr. PhebeAnn Wolframe-Smith (sshrc.research@lakeheadu.ca) and Dr. Lexi Haslehurst (nserc.research@lakeheadu.ca) by April 9, 2018:
a) a brief 1-page description of their proposed research project, including title and abstract (250-500 words),
b) a short bio about the researcher (100-200 words), and
c) a budget for the $1500 research grant
The $1500 grant will be distributed in two allotments: 1) $750 following completion of the four modules; and 2) $750 after they have applied to a CIHR project grant competition within one year.

At the commencement and conclusion of the workshops, participants’ feedback will be sought to assist in the development and evaluation of the program. For more information contact Dr. Wolframe-Smith (sshrc.research@lakeheadu.ca) or Dr. Haslehurst (nserc.research@lakeheadu.ca).

NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program: 2018 Competition - Internal Call for Proposals

NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program:  2018 Competition - Internal Call for Proposals

Goals of the CREATE Program
NSERC's CREATE Program supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that:
  • encourages collaborative and integrative approaches, and address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities; and
  • facilitates the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce.

These innovative programs must include the acquisition and development of important professional skills among students and postdoctoral fellows that complement their qualifications and technical skills.

Internal Process/Quota
A yearly quota has been established for each university and only those researchers selected at their university can submit Letters of Intent.  Under its assigned quota, Lakehead University can submit up to two letters of intent to the CREATE  program.  Therefore, researchers are asked  to indicate to the Office of Research Services (e-mail to ahacquo1@lakeheadu.ca) by March 14  if they plan to submit a letter of intent to NSERC. If more than two applicants indicate that they intend to submit a letter of intent, an internal competition will need to be held to determine which two LOIs are submitted by the NSERC deadline of May 1.

Although the CREATE program information on NSERC's website has not yet been updated, more background information on the CREATE program can be found  here.

Early Researcher Award Round 14: Internal Call for Proposals

Dear Faculty, Chairs and Deans:   

 

Background

In the past, Lakehead University has been successful in securing awards through the previous rounds of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science’s (MRIS) Early Researcher Award (ERA) program.  The funds are to be used over a period of 5 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 2018 internal ERA competition.  You are eligible to apply for this award if you:

  • are full-time faculty or principal investigator who, at the application deadline, is based at an eligible institution
  • have started your academic career on or after July 1, 2013
  • have completed your first Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Medical Doctor or terminal degree on or after July 1, 2008
  • have not already held an Early Researcher Award
  • are not a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair.

Researchers may receive only one ERA during their career.  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.

 

Available Amount/Number of Lakehead University Applications

Under this program, an 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 three applications. If researchers, however, are able to access funds from other sources to meet the matching requirement, Lakehead will consider submitting more than three 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.

 

Step One: Notice of Intent

Notices of intent (NOI),using the MRIS form, are due in the Office of Research Services no later than May 18, 2018 (this is required in order for the applicant to be registered with MRI). Full ERA applications are then due internally in the Office of Research Services no later than July 5, 2018 and will be reviewed by the Lakehead University Senate Research Committee (SRC) to determine which application(s) will be submitted to the ERA program.

 

Strong Letters of Reference Are Critical to Success

In addition to the required ERA application form and attachments, the application package must include three original signed letters of reference. Letters of reference need to be sent to the Office of Research directly (e-mail or mail).  The letters should address all the Round 14 ERA Evaluation Criteria: Excellence of the Researcher, Quality of the Research, Development of Research Talent, and Strategic Value for Ontario.  Strong reference letters are critical to the success of an ERA application.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the referee letter requirements found in the program guidelines and to communicate this information with the individuals who are writing their letters of reference.  A weak letter or a letter that is too brief (or lacking in detail) will weaken an application.


For More Information
The official call for this program can be found on the MRIS website.  The information includes a complete list of ineligible partner contributions, eligible expenses, evaluation criteria, application forms and letter of reference requirements, etc.

Andrew P. Dean, PhD
Vice-President Research and Innovation

Building Research Capacity Award Nominations Accepted until February 9, 2018

Each year, the Building Research Capacity Award honours a Lakehead faculty researcher or group of researchers who have contributed to major research initiatives and/or furthered our University’s research capacity and productivity as a whole. 

If you would like to nominate such a faculty researcher, please see the attached document for information about eligibility requirements, the nomination process and selection committee. 

A 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.

Nomination deadline is Friday, February 9, 2018.

Andrew P. Dean, Ph.D.

Vice-President, Research and Innovation
Lakehead University

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