Call for Nominations: Senate Research Committee Research Support Award

This new award recognizes the support provided for research and innovation by employees of the university as well as individuals working for external research partners. Two awards will be given annually under the following categories: 1) Research Support Employee Award; 2) Research Support External Award.  Recipients of the Research Support Award will be publicly recognized during Research and Innovation Week and will also receive a monetary award of $250.00.
Nominations for the above award are due January 17, 2022.  For award guidelines, including eligibility,  and nomination procedures, please click here.

Open Call for Presentations: R&I Week Research Showcase 2022 - - deadline February 1, 2022

Lakehead University declared the 2021-2022 school year the Year of Climate Action (YOCA). In support of the YOCA, we are excited to announce the theme for this year’s Research and Innovation Week is Planetary Stewardship, which will showcase Lakehead’s contributions to climate change and climate action research.

Lakehead University faculty, along with their students and community partners, from all disciplines are invited to organize panel discussions, workshops, and creative presentations that showcase how Lakehead University research projects, innovative collaborations and initiatives are playing a role in the achievement of planetary stewardship. This day-long event will take place Tuesday, March 8 from 9 am - 4:00 pm. Additional time in the schedule may be available depending on interest.

For more information, please consult the full call document.

Internal Call for Applications: Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) – Workforce Development Stream/Indigenous Workforce Development Stream


  • Workforce Development Stream:  The intent of the Workforce Development Stream is to strengthen and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce through business partnerships by offering internships.  
  • Indigenous Workforce Development Stream:  The intent of the Indigenous Workforce Development Stream is to strengthen and develop Northern Ontario’s Indigenous workforce through business partnerships by offering internships to Indigenous persons.
Under this program, covering both streams, Lakehead University has a quota of five research-related placements.  Of these five, one is currently available.  The internal deadline for the submission of internship applications to the Office of Research Services is January 7, 2022. Please email a copy of your application to Andrew Hacquoil, Research Facilitator (Institutional Programs), Office of Research Services, at  Do not submit your application to the NOHFC.   If more than one internship application is received, an internal competition will need to be held (applications will be reviewed by the Senate Research Committee).  Please note that you will need to create an account on the NOHFC website in order to create an application.

Eligible Candidates/Costs

Salaries/wages and employer’s portion of Mandatory Employment Related Costs (MERCs) (e.g.: Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance, mandatory minimum vacation pay, as per Employment Standards Act) for a limited-term internship position of 52 weeks (with at least 35 hours of work per week) for candidates that:
  • Are new entrants into the workforce, are transitioning to a new career, or the unemployed or underemployed who are entering a new field;
  • Have not previously participated in a NOHFC-funded internship;
  • Are at least 18 years of age; and
  • Reside, and be legally entitled to work, in Canada.
  • For the  Indigenous Workforce Development Stream:  Identify as an Indigenous person, including First Nation, Metis, or Inuit 

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

For eligible municipalities, Indigenous communities and not-for-profit organizations, funding is in the form of a conditional contribution of up to 90% of an intern’s salary and employer’s portion of MERCs to a maximum of $35,000 per year. 
It is important to note that the applicant must provide the remaining 10% of the costs for the intern.  Therefore, when submitting your internship application to the Office of Research Services, a Research Proposal Approval Form (RAPF) must be included in the package.    A statement of where the required matching funds (plus benefits) will come from must be included in, or  attached to the signed and completed RPAF as well.  Applications submitted by the January 7, 2022 internal deadline without an RPAF will be considered ineligible in the internal competition
An Important Note on Research Internships
Please note that for a proposal to be considered as being a research internship, the application must be written so as to meet the NOHFC's definition of research:  

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

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


Pure (scientific) research internships must contribute to the development of documents that are generated for public consumption and peer review.


Applied research internships involve conducting studies and research that seeks to solve practical problems and find solutions to everyday problems. This often involves original investigation into the development of new technology, products, and services.


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

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

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

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

Call for Proposals: SSHRC SIG Community-Engaged Research Grant (CERG) Program Deadline: December 6, 2021

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 tenure-track and tenured Lakehead faculty members who are eligible to apply to the disciplines supported by SSHRC to submit applications to the 2021 Community-Engaged Research Grant (CERG) Program.

Community-Engaged Research
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 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.  
Application packages are due December 6, 2021.  For the complete program guidelines, please see attached or click here.

Building Research Capacity at Lakehead University Award Applications Due December 1, 2021

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation is currently accepting applications for the Building Research Capacity at Lakehead University Award. Each year, this award is presented to an individual researcher or a group of researchers who have gone above and beyond their individual program(s) of research and positively impacted Lakehead University’s research community (e.g., colleagues, students, the broader community, etc.). These individuals’ contributions benefit Lakehead University’s research community.

Tenure-track and tenured Lakehead University faculty members are eligible to apply for this award. Applications must be submitted through the Romeo Research Portal. To access the portal, please log into MyInfo and select “Romeo Research Portal” under the web utilities icon.

Applications must contain the following documentation:

·         A description highlighting how the researcher(s)’ capacity-building initiative has gone above and beyond their individual program(s) of research and positively impacted Lakehead University’s research community (e.g., colleagues, students, the broader community, etc.);

·         An explanation of how the applicant(s) contributions are aligned with the following areas (no more than 3 if applicable):

1.    Contributing to significant Lakehead University research initiatives or projects resulting in benefits to the broader university community;

2.    Demonstrating significant leadership in the development of major funding research proposals and/or initiatives;

3.    Creating successful interdisciplinary research centres or groups that have increased research capacity and external funding at the University;

4.    Demonstrating research leadership and mentorship of junior researchers and highly qualified personnel resulting in increased research capacity;

5.    Creating a legacy for researchers to utilize and/or build upon (i.e., research infrastructure, research tools, new graduate programs, etc.) to ensure continued research productivity and success at Lakehead University; and/or

6.    Creating or facilitating significant events that promote research and innovation at Lakehead University.

·         Letter(s) of support (minimum 1; maximum 3);

·         Any additional evidence of the relevant research-capacity building that the applicant wishes to submit (e.g., conference/symposia programs, photographs, videos, etc.).

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.

Additional details about the Building Research Capacity at Lakehead University Award can be found here.

The application deadline is Wednesday, December 1 at 11:59 p.m.

CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund (Unaffiliated) - Internal Deadline: November 8, 2021


We are pleased to announce Lakehead University’s internal call for Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) applications.  The deadline for the internal competition will be November 8, 2021.

 All tenured or tenure-track Lakehead University faculty members are eligible to submit applications to the internal CFI JELF competition.  Faculty members with limited term appointments are not eligible to apply unless they have a three-year LTA and have secured an externally peer reviewed tri-agency grant.  At least one application will potentially support an early career researcher who has been able to secure external research funding and has submitted a meritorious CFI JELF application.  Candidates who have previously been supported with the CFI JELF, Leaders Opportunities Fund, New Opportunities Fund or Canada Research Chairs Infrastructure Fund are eligible for funding under the CFI JELF; however, a justification of the value-added of a subsequent award is required if a previous CFI grant was awarded less than 5 years prior to the internal competition deadline; this includes researchers who currently hold CFI grants that have not been finalized by the internal deadline.

Please note that we have allocated $350,000 (40% CFI JELF portion) to this competition to support a total investment in new research infrastructure of up to $875,000.  We anticipate that three successful applications will be supported for submission to the national CFI JELF competition. 

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  by an internal CFI JELF peer review committee of research experts who have had experience securing infrastructure funding as well as serving as CFI reviewers.  The Committee will rank proposals in accordance with the following CFI JELF criteria and then make their recommendations to the Vice-President Research and Innovation for final approval.



The CFI JELF enables a select number of an institution’s excellent researchers to undertake innovative research by providing them with the foundational research infrastructure required to be or to become leaders in their field. In turn, this enables institutions to remain internationally competitive in areas of research and technology development that are aligned with their strategic priorities. Proposals are assessed based on the following criteria (please consult the CFI JELF Guide for a more detailed description of the criteria):

 • Research or technology development *

 • Researchers *

 • Infrastructure *

 • Sustainability

 • Benefits to Canadians.

Note * criteria that applies to CFI requests under $75,000 only.

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.

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

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

Required Components for a Complete Internal Application

Application forms and guidelines are available by referring to the CFI's website.

Complete CFI JELF applications for the internal competition must be submitted to the Office of Research Services via email ( as one complete PDF file by the internal deadline and must consist of:

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

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

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

4.     Letter from the relevant dean confirming support for application and confirming space. Space must be confirmed by the internal application deadline of November 8, 2021.** 

5.  Projects requiring renovations*** must include:

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

6. Completed Internal Research Proposal Approval Form

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

8.  CFI JELF internal checklist.

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

The letter must specify:

  1. The organization's agreement to host the CFI-funded infrastructure (with Lakehead maintaining de facto control).
  2. Agreement to allow the Project Leader full access to the space and if there were renovations involved in making the space ready to house the equipment, the receiving organization is required to agree to the renovations to their space.

***Note:  Please note that if renovations are not required as part of acquiring and installing the requested infrastructure, the applicant(s) must clearly indicate in the CFI application why renovations are not required.  It is the researcher’s responsibility to secure appropriate research space and matching funds for renovations for the infrastructure prior to applying internally.


CFI Funding Formula and Matching Funds

Please note that the CFI JELF program will contribute up to 40% towards infrastructure costs.

Researchers must secure the required 20% matching funds as cash or in-kind (equipment discounts beyond the best educational price) in order to be eligible to apply.  Matching funds have to be secured in writing as part of the internal application.  Successful applicants will also need to apply to the Ontario Research Fund Infrastructure Fund for the remaining 40% funding. 

Projects with external partners and equipment vendors are encouraged as long as the in-kind contribution meets CFI guidelines.  Equipment installations off-site are eligible as long as the partner institution is willing to sign an inter-institutional agreement that complies with CFI's requirements for the University to retain ownership, control and access to the equipment and facilities.

If the required 20% matching fund is provided in the form of a "discount beyond best educational price" by a supplier, a copy of the quotation must be included showing:

  1. List Price
  2. Best Educational Price
  3. Discount Beyond Best Educational Price (the in-kind or CFI contribution)
  4. Net CFI Price

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

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

Please note that LU start-up grants may be used towards the matching fund requirement whether it has been spent during the six months prior to the CFI JELF external deadline (February 15, 2022) 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.

Space and Renovation Requirements

Requests for new space (not currently allocated to the applicant) must be approved by the Lakehead University’s Space Committee prior to the internal deadline upon the recommendation of the Dean. Should renovations be required to the space, 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 November 8, 2021 internal deadline to arrange for a cost estimate. Applications that do not accurately reflect costs may be deemed ineligible for consideration. Additional information is available on-line at the Lakehead University Physical Plant website.  



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

Year of Climate Action (YOCA): Research Awards – Applications Due Friday, October 29

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation is pleased to announce the launch of the Year of Climate Action (YOCA) Research Awards.

To support YOCA, the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation is providing funding of up to $5,000 each for six research projects that generate knowledge about and/or support climate action. Proposals from all disciplines are encouraged.

When applying for this grant, key things to consider are:

-       The interdisciplinary approach to the research project;

-       The relationship of the project to the broad themes of climate change and climate action; and

-       Community involvement or the impact of the project on communities.

Eligibility: Faculty members with tenure-track, tenured, and 3-year limited term appointments are eligible to apply. A student or team of students may apply; however, an eligible faculty member must agree to supervise the project as the principal investigator.

Specific guidelines and evaluation criteria for this funding opportunity are available here. Applications are only available through the Romeo Research Portal. To access the portal, please log into MyInfo and select “Romeo Research Portal” under the web utilities icon. 

Applications are due on Friday, October 29 at 11:59 pm.

For additional information regarding the application process, please contact

Call for Applications: Community-Engaged Research Award (Deadline: November 15, 2021)

Community-engaged research is a collaborative process between universities and diverse communities. The goal of such research is to improve community well-being and to describe, through participatory knowledge creation and creative expression, how this is accomplished. Community-engaged research respects the capacity of all stakeholders to contribute to the development of new knowledge and incorporates them in the design, conduct and dissemination of the different phases of the research process. Community-engaged research is founded upon the principles of social responsibility, respect, reciprocity, democratization of knowledge creation, and social and/or ecological justice.
Lakehead University has a long history and reputation of excellence in community engagement, regionally, nationally and internationally. Lakehead University’s commitment to social justice is a stated priority in the University’s Strategic Plan. We believe that by working together we can make a positive difference and contribute to a more sustainable, just and healthy society.
Through this prestigious award, Lakehead University aims to recognize community-engaged research projects, along with the researchers, students and community partners who have made those projects possible. The Community-Engaged Research Award will be given annually to individuals/teams of Lakehead University faculty members, students and community organizations in recognition of a community-engaged research project they have conducted that has had a positive and/or transformative impact. Although this award recognizes both the project and the researcher(s) who conducted it, evaluation is based on the impact of one specific project, rather than on a researcher’s overall research program. The project should be at a point (ie. completed or near completion) where evidence of impact can be demonstrated.
Applications for this award should be submitted by Friday, November 15, 2021 by 11:59 pm through the ROMEO research portal.  The award will be presented during the Research and Innovation Week 2022 Awards Ceremony.
For the full guidelines, including how to apply, please click here.
Please contact Anne Klymenko, Director, Office of Research Services, at  807-343-8010 Ext. 8223 or for additional information.

CFI 2023 Innovation Fund (IF): Internal Call for Expressions of Interest - Deadline: September 24, 2021


  • Deadline:  September 24, 2021

The Office of Research Services would like to encourage all full-time tenure-track and tenured faculty members and research centres to start planning for the next CFI IF call for proposals.   At this time, faculty submissions will not be evaluated but will be used to seek opportunities for collaboration among researchers, other academic institutions and partners. Once the CFI issues a formal call for proposals (Notice of Intent (NOI) to apply), the Vice-President Research and Innovation will then formally issue an internal call for NOIs for evaluation. 

When preparing their internal EOI's, applicants should be aware that Lakehead University’s institutional envelope under this competition will be $2,900,000 (representing CFI’s 40% of project costs).  CFI awards will be available to fund the acquisition or development of research infrastructure to increase research capacity (including construction or renovation costs) and the CFI will provide up to 40% of the total project cost.  We are also continuing to assume that the Ministry of Colleges and Universities' Ontario Research Fund (ORF) will fund an additional 40% with the remaining 20% of the funding to be provided by eligible funding partners (for example, in-kind contributions in the form of special discounts from equipment suppliers on infrastructure items beyond the best educational price).

When preparing their EOIs, researchers are encouraged to review the following CFI document:   2023 Innovation Fund Competition:  A Guide to Getting Started. Researchers who are looking to improve chances of success with this program are strongly encouraged to seek partnerships for the CFI Innovation Fund.  Those CFI IF applications funded in previous competitions have been from institutions with strong partnerships with other academic partners as well as partners in the private sector.


The Official CFI IF call is expected in October 2021.


Submission Requirements

(includes proposals in which Lakehead is the lead institution or has been asked to contribute part of its CFI allocation to another institution's submission)

Expressions of Interest submitted should be no more than two (2) pages, including the budget estimate, and must include the following information:

1. Name of Principal Applicant, Co-applicants (and their academic institutions) and potential external partners.

2. Project Title.

3. General Objectives – Describe how your proposed project meets the requirements and vision of the IF program.

4.  A brief description of the proposed research project.

5.  A budget estimate and list of potential equipment.       

6.  How the proposed research project fits with the research priority areas outlined in the Lakehead University Research Plan.


Should you have any questions regarding the CFI IF competition or internal CFI planning process, please contact Anne Klymenko at 807-343-8010 Ext. 8223 or via email:

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

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

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

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