Early Researcher Award Round 12

In the past Lakehead University has been successful in securing awards through the previous rounds of the Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI)’s Early Researcher Award (ERA) program.  The purpose of this program is to help promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams 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 2016 internal ERA competition.  You are eligible to apply for this award if you:

 

  • are a full-time faculty member or principal investigator at an eligible institution
  • started your independent academic research career no more than 5 years ago (as of July 1, 2016)
  • completed your first PhD, DVM or MD no more than 10 years ago (taking into account eligible interruptions - as of July 1, 2016)
  • 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.

 

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 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.

 

Notices of intent (NOI), using the MRI form, are due in the Office of Research Services no later than June 15, 2016 (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 22, 2016 and will be reviewed by the Lakehead University Senate Research Committee (SRC) to determine which application(s) will be submitted to the ERA program.

 

In addition to the required ERA application form and attachments, researchers are required to provide three original signed letters of reference in sealed and signed envelopes clearly marked with “ERA reference for (insert applicant’s name on envelope)”.  These sealed envelopes should be put inside another bigger envelope addressed to the Office of Research Services, Lakehead University (955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 5E1).  One additional copy of the reference letters should be sent by fax (807-346-7749) or e-mail (ahacquo1@lakeheadu.ca) to the Office of Research Services for the purpose of Lakehead’s internal review. The letters should address all the Round 12 ERA Evaluation Criteria: Excellence of the Researcher, Quality of the Research, Development of Research Talent, and Strategic Value for Ontario

 

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


SSHRC Grant Application Enhancement Program 2016

SSHRC Grant Application Enhancement Program 2016

The Office of the Vice President (Research and Innovation) at Lakehead University is pleased to announce the continuation of the SSHRC Grant Application Enhancement Program. This program is designed to encourage and support researchers at Lakehead University to begin preparation of their SSHRC applications well in advance of the internal deadline (two weeks before the SSHRC deadline), with the ultimate goal of increasing overall success rates. The workshops will be designed to develop skills to write each application type, with common and specific references made during the sessions.

Beginning in March 2016, applicants will participate in a series of 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, building effective research teams for successful grant applications, 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 $1000, 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, and gathering materials for the literature review. The $1000 grant will be distributed in two separate allotments: 1) $500 at the completion of the workshops in which the participant had full attendance and 2) $500 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, Partnership Letter of Intent Grant, or Partnership Development Grant competition.

Over the summer of 2016, participants will submit their draft applications for a formal review by a Lakehead University SSHRC Mentor, receiving valuable feedback to further strengthen their applications. Participants will be given the results of their review six weeks prior to the internal deadline in order to revise and submit their application to the external SSHRC 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.

In order to apply for the program, researchers should send to Dr. Lana Ozen (SSHRC Research Facilitator) by March 4, 2016:

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 $1000 research grant

Please note that only 12 applicants will be selected to participate in this program, so please ensure your application contains all required components and is submitted by the deadline. Evaluation will be based on originality, relevance to SSHRC’s mandate, methodology, project description cohesiveness and background of the researcher. Please allow 2 weeks for the results to be announced. If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Ozen by email at lozen@lakeheadu.ca or phone 807-343-8290.

SSHRC Enhancement Program

 

Call for Applications for Lakehead University Research Chairs (LURC)

 

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, 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 May 1, 2016. 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: As part of their submission, Candidates should include the following:

  • Research Proposal Approval Form;
  • Cover letter;
  • Research Project Summary (100 words, written in lay language describing the uniqueness and importance of the proposed research program);
  • Two-year research plan (maximum of 5 pages, plus one page of references – see Appendix A, below, for required content for this section);
  • Budget with a budget justification (maximum 1 page) (Release Time Request Form if applicable);
  • Canadian Common CV (do not use generic CCV, use appropriate Tri-Council CCV); and
  • Fit of the proposed chair with Lakehead’s Academic/Research Plan (maximum of 100 words) addressing:
    • the importance of the chair to Lakehead’s strategic research development, and, if applicable, to its affiliated institution(s), hospital(s), institute(s);
    • how the proposed chair will contribute to the attainment of Lakehead’s objectives, as outlined in its academic/research plan; and
    • how the nominee has helped build relationships with other research initiatives in Canada and abroad, if applicable.
  • Three external letters of reference (please note that scanned copies of the original letters of reference may be e-mailed directly by referees to Dr. Dean (ea.vpri@lakeheadu.ca) by the deadline date), and
  • Supporting letter from the faculty dean (submit directly to the VP RI at ea.vpri@lakeheadu.ca)

Applications must be submitted to Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice-President (Research and Innovation) no later than 4:30 pm April 1, 2016 (submit to ea.vpri@lakeheadu.ca).

Selection Process and Criteria: The Vice-President (Research and Innovation) shall appoint a Lakehead University Research Chair Selection Committee comprised of Lakehead University Tri-Council Representatives, the Chair of the Senate Research Committee, previous Lakehead University Research Chairs and/or Canada Research Chairs and other members as appropriate. The Selection Committee will review all submitted nominations and make its recommendations to the Vice-President (Research and Innovation). The Lakehead University Research Chairs Selection Committee will review all eligible Lakehead University Research Chair nominations/applications utilizing the following evaluation criteria:

  • be outstanding and innovative researchers whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their fields;
  • be recognized nationally and internationally as leaders in their fields;
  • have a track-record of attracting external research funding;
  • have an excellent record of mentoring undergraduate students, supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (taking into account circumstances in the Department or practices in the relevant field or discipline) and as Chairs have the potential to attract excellent trainees and future researchers;
  • have a record of participating in collaborative interdisciplinary research and contributing to research capacity building (e.g., development of new graduate programs); and
  • have proposed an original, innovative research program of high quality that fits the priority research areas outlined in Lakehead University’s Academic/Research Plan.

Successful Lakehead University Research Chairs will be expected to give at least one public presentation as part of Lakehead’s annual Research and Innovation Week. Each Chair will also be required to submit to the Vice-President (Research and Innovation) and their Faculty Dean a report highlighting their activities and accomplishments during their term as a Lakehead University Research Chair at the end of their award period.

For additional information regarding the application process, please contact Anne Klymenko, Director, Research Services at ext. 8223.

Appendix A:
Required Content for Two Year Research Plan

Using the following headings and in no more than five pages (plus one page of references), please address the following:

A) Context

  • Explain what makes the research program original, innovative and of the highest quality.
  • Explain the relationship and relevance of the proposed research to the nominee’s ongoing research.
  • Situate the proposed research within the context of the relevant scholarly literature and explain the anticipated contribution of the research program to the existing body of knowledge in the area of research.

B) Methodology

  • Describe the proposed research strategies and key activities, including methodological approaches.
  • Describe the procedures for data collection and analysis, that will be used to achieve the stated objectives.

C) Engagement with research users and communication of results

  • Describe, if applicable, how research users (e.g., media, academics, industry, government, not-for-profit and private sector organizations, practitioners, policy-makers, educators, artistic and cultural communities, etc.) will be engaged during the various stages of the research program (e.g., conception/design, implementation, communication of results, etc.).
  • Describe how the research results will be disseminated (e.g., conferences; peer-reviewed publications, monographs and books; copyrights, patents, products and services; technology transfer; creative or artistic works; etc.).

D) Description of proposed training strategies

  • Describe the training strategies that have been and will be used to attract excellent students (e.g., doctoral, masters, undergraduate) and trainees to the University or affiliated institution(s), hospital(s), institute(s).
  • Describe the specific roles and responsibilities of students and trainees and indicate the duties, especially with respect to research, that they will be undertaking and how these will complement their academic training and develop their research expertise.

E) List of References (maximum one page)

  • Attach a list of all references cited in the proposed research program. (This is in addition to the five pages allowed for the description of the proposed research program [A through D].)

NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program: 2017 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:

  • encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, and address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities; and
  • facilitate 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 February 16  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.

CFI 2017 Innovation Fund (IF): Internal Call for Expressions of Interest

Internal Planning Process for Upcoming CFI IF Call for Proposals

  • CFI IF Expressions of Interest are due to the ORS by February 29, 2016. 
  • To access the draft CFI call (which includes the CFI's timelines), click here.

For its tenth nation-wide research infrastructure competition, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) encourages eligible institutions and their researchers to craft proposals that focus on excellence, build on research strengths, and incorporate collaboration as a means to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Canadian research enterprise. These elements underpin the key directions of the CFI Strategic Roadmap 2012-17.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has issued a call for large research infrastructure projects under the 2017 Innovation Fund.  The objectives of the 2017 Innovation Fund (IF) are to enable institutions and their best researchers to:

 

  • Strive for global leadership by conducting world-class research or technology development activities in areas of strategic institutional priority;
  • Enhance research capacity by forging productive partnerships within and among institutions, sectors and disciplines for the effective and sustainable use of the research infrastructure and facilities;
  • Generate social, health, environmental and/or economic benefits for Canadians, including better training and improved skills for highly qualified personnel, through appropriate pathways.

The Office of Research Services would like to invite all faculty members and research centres to submit CFI IF Expressions of Interest with infrastructure project proposals that would be competitive under the IF.  At this time, the proposals 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 VP (RI) then will formally issue an internal call for NOIs. 

 

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 will be challenging institutions to:  "propose transformative infrastructure projects that will underpin cutting-edge, globally competitive research. Institutions should continue to be guided by their strategic research plans and establish priorities that build on their distinct advantages. Through the 2017 Innovation Fund, the CFI seeks to support promising and innovative research or technology development in areas where Canada currently is, or has the potential to be, competitive on the global stage. The CFI will support initiatives that allow institutions and their researchers to build on established capabilities to accelerate current research and technology development or to enhance emerging strategic priority areas." 

As well, "Institutions are challenged to increase the competitiveness of the proposed research activities through collaboration with appropriate partners to plan, acquire, develop, operate and maintain infrastructure. Collaborations may be integrated into all facets of the proposed activities; for example, for the conduct of world-class research, the optimal use and sustainability of infrastructure, and knowledge or technology transfer that will generate socioeconomic benefits."

 Under the 2017 IF competition, the CFI is encouraging institutions to submit proposals for which there is a proven record of, or a strong potential for, excellence and commitment.  The CFI expects ". . . that effective collaboration with partners, where appropriate, will strengthen every aspect of a proposal." 

For purposes of the 2017 IF competition, the CFI has placed a limit on the total value of funding that an eligible institution can request from this fund.  Lakehead University’s institutional envelope is $3,400,000 (representing CFI’s 40% of project costs). No application that exceeds Lakehead’s CFI institutional envelope will be considered. 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 also anticipate that the Ministry of Research and Innovation’s 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).

It is important to note that for the 2017 IF competition, the CFI will only consider proposals whose total project costs are greater than $750,000.

 

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 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 CFI 2017 IF call for proposals.

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 Academic/Research Plan.

Researchers are reminded that the proposed CFI IF project should meet the following CFI criteria:    

  • Objective 1: Strive for global leadership by conducting world-class research or technology development activities in areas of institutional strategic priority.

    • Institutional capacity and track record: The proposal builds on existing capacity and track record of key investments in people and infrastructure in the area of institutional strategic priority described in the proposal.

    • Research or technology development: The research or technology development activities are innovative, feasible, have the potential to lead to breakthroughs, and will enhance international competitiveness.

    • Team: The team is composed of established or emerging leaders and has the expertise and breadth, including relevant collaborations, to conduct the research or technology development activities. 

 

  • Objective 2: Enhance research capacity by forging productive partnerships within and among institutions, sectors and disciplines for the effective and sustainable use of the research infrastructure and facilities.

    • Infrastructure: The infrastructure is necessary and appropriate to conduct the research or technology development activities.

    • Sustainability: The infrastructure is optimally used within and among institutions, sectors and disciplines and is sustainable through tangible and appropriate commitments over its useful life. 

 

  • Objective 3: Generate social, health, environmental and/or economic benefits for Canadians, including better training and improved skills for highly qualified personnel, through appropriate pathways.
  • Benefits to Canadians: The research or technology development results will be transferred through appropriate pathways to potential end users and are likely to generate social, health, environmental and/or economic benefits for Canadians.

 

While we are soliciting proposals at this time, please note that the University may use this opportunity to apply for CFI IF funds for institutional strategic research infrastructure needs.

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.

Building Research Capacity Award Nominations Accepted until February 8, 2016

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 Monday February 8, 2016.

Andrew P. Dean, Ph.D.
Vice-President, (Research, and Innovation)
Lakehead University

Lakehead University research ranked first in Canada

Lakehead is ranked number one in Canada for research in the category of undergraduate universities by Re$earch Infosource.

“This ranking further establishes Lakehead as an exceptional University for research,” said Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson. “This is an achievement that students, staff, faculty and alumni can be proud of.”

Re$earch Infosource’s 2015 rankings show how research at Lakehead University has maintained an excellent status when compared to its peer institutions in Ontario and Canada.

“This recognition is a testament to the continuing growth of research at Lakehead,” said Dr. Andrew Dean, Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

“This designation demonstrates not only the quantity of funded research, but also the quality of research produced. Lakehead University’s publication impact and research intensity means that we are a true leader nationally and internationally.”

Lakehead is one of only 10 Ontario universities on the Re$earch Infosource Top 50 list that had an increase in research funding in 2014.

“This has been a great year for Lakehead,” said Ron Freedman, CEO of Re$earch Infosource Inc. 

“Not only is Lakehead the Research University of the Year in the Undergraduate category, it performed very well in terms of research partnerships with the non-profit sector. This means the university is combining high quality research with community impact. It reflects well on Lakehead's researchers and research administration,” Freedman said.

Re$earch Infosource’s ranking is based on a balanced scorecard of research inputs and outputs. Calculating the top ranked Undergraduate Research Universities of the Year involves examining several factors, such as the total amount of sponsored research funding received by Lakehead University, research intensity (total research income per full-time faculty member), research outputs based on total number of publications, publication intensity, and publication impact.

For more information about Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities, visit www.researchinfosource.com/top50_univ.php.   

Lakehead University Research Achievements in Recent Years

Lakehead University has been one of Canada’s fastest growing research-intensive universities in the undergraduate category in the last decade.  During this time, sponsored research income has grown by 133 per cent, and the number of students enrolled in graduate studies has increased by 90 per cent.   

In 2014, Maclean’s magazine included Lakehead among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, in addition to the top spot in numerous research-specific areas, including first in Ontario for total research dollars and total value of Social Sciences & Humanities grants. 

Lakehead also ranked number one in Canada in the Spotlight on University Non-Profit Research Partnerships for 2010-2014. Please click this link for more information: www.researchinfosource.com/pdf/Spotlight2015NonProfitUndergraduate.pdf.

Internal NSERC RTI Competition

Dear NSERC-Eligible Faculty Member:

NSERC has just announced this year's competition for the RTI Grants Program. The RTI application system will continue to have each institution being assigned a quota of applications that they can submit to NSERC's national competition (October 25 deadline). Under this system, Lakehead University has been assigned a quota of four applications. Therefore, in preparation for the fall RTI competition, Lakehead University faculty members are invited to submit complete RTI grant application packages (main application completed in the NSERC Research Portal, along with CCVs of the applicant and co-applicants) no later than September 14, 2015 to Research Services. Applicants and co-applicants must each currently hold or be applying for an NSERC research grant (Discovery, Strategic Partnerships, Collaborative Research and Development, Canada Research Chairs, Canada Excellence Research Chair) at the time of application.

If more than four applications are received, all of the submissions will be appraised and ranked according to NSERC's RTI evaluation criteria by an equipment and infrastructure sub-committee of the SRC. Subject to final approval by the Vice-President (Research, Economic Development and Innovation), the FOUR applications receiving the highest ranking will be submitted to NSERC by the October 25, 2015 deadline.

Andrew P. Dean

Vice-President (Research and Innovation)

Regular (administrative) Internships: Two Positions Available

Regular (administrative) Internships:  Two Positions Available

Lakehead University has two NOHFC administrative-related internships (out of its quota of two administrative-related placements) available 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 7, 2015. If more than two applications are received, an internal competition will need to be held to determine which two applications 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 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. As well, an internship period will not exceed one year.
 
For more information about the program, please click here.

Internal Competition for: Early Researcher Awards Round 11

In the past Lakehead University has been successful in securing awards through the previous rounds of the Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI)’s Early Researcher Award (ERA) program.  The purpose of this program is to help promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams 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 2015 internal ERA competition.  You are eligible to apply for this award if you:

 

  • are a full-time faculty member or principal investigator at an eligible research institution
  • started your independent academic research career no more than 5 years ago (as of July 1, 2015)
  • completed your first PhD, DVM or MD no more than 10 years ago (as of July 1, 2015)
  • 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.

 

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 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.

 

Notices of intent (NOI), using the MRI form, are due in the Office of Research Services no later than June 22, 2015 (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 24, 2015 and will be reviewed by the Lakehead University Senate Research Committee (SRC) to determine which application(s) will be submitted to the ERA program.

 

In addition to the required ERA application form and attachments, researchers are required to provide three original signed letters of reference in sealed and signed envelopes clearly marked with “ERA reference for (insert applicant’s name on envelope)”.  These sealed envelopes should be put inside another bigger envelope addressed to the Office of Research Services, Lakehead University (955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 5E1).  One additional copy of the reference letters should be sent by fax (807-346-7749) or e-mail (ahacquo1@lakeheadu.ca) to the Office of Research Services or included in the application package for the purpose of Lakehead’s internal review. 

 

The official call for this program will be posted on the Ministry website soon.  The information will include complete list of ineligible partner contributions, eligible expenses, evaluation criteria, application forms and letter of reference requirements, please see the ERA program guidelines. For now, please see the attached draft document.

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