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.

Internal Call for Applications: NOHFC – Northern Ontario Internship Program

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

Research Internships: Two Positions Available 

Lakehead University has two NOHFC research-related internships (out of its quota of five research-related placements) available through the NOHFC Northern Ontario Internship Program. The internal deadline for the submission of internship applications to the Office of Research Services is June 4, 2015. If more than two applications are received, an internal competition will need to be held.

Review Process for Research Internship Positions

As part of the internal review process, applications will be reviewed and ranked by the Senate Research Committee.  Following this internal review and ranking, applications will be sent to the local Ministry of Northern Development and Mines staff for review prior to submission to the NOHFC to ensure internships meet the definition of research as defined by the NOHFC.  Once MNDM has deemed internships meet their research criteria, internship applications will be submitted to the NOHFC by the University.

Please note that for a proposal to be considered as being a research internship, the application must be written so as to involve research-related activities instead of administrative ones.  Research internship applications that are deemed by the NOHFC to not be research-related in nature will be rejected by the NOHFC.

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 50 per cent of eligible costs for private sector employers and 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.

Lakehead University - 50th Anniversary Call for Nominations Celebrating 50 Years of Research Excellence

Deadline:  There is still an opportunity to submit your story ideas until January 26, 2015.

Please submit nomination form to:  The Office of the Vice-President Research, Economic Development, and Innovation, UC 2009, Lakehead University Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 5E1 (E:mail:vpresearch@lakeheadu.ca)

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Lakehead University is seeking story ideas featuring the positive legacy from research and innovation activities.  These research contributions may include significant innovations, research milestones, and research projects undertaken by faculty and/or students that have taken place throughout the past 50 years. The 50th Anniversary of Lakehead University provides an excellent opportunity to showcase Lakehead’s past and ongoing research contributions regionally, nationally and internationally.

The selection of the 50 Research Stories will be decided by a committee managed under the auspices of the 50th Anniversary Committee and the Office of the Vice-President, Research, Economic Development, and Innovation at Lakehead University.  This initiative is intended to celebrate the accomplishments of Lakehead researchers; as such, the selected 50 Research Stories will be recognized during the 10th Anniversary of Research and Innovation Week in 2015.  In addition, each nominee will be featured on Lakehead University’s 50th Anniversary webpage.  The mission of the 50th anniversary celebration is to recognize our alumni. As such, stories which highlight how alumni have been involved in a research project are especially encouraged.

Note:  Lakehead is accepting story ideas.  The actual writing of the story will be done through the Office of Research Services.

 

Eligibility

  • A research story (completed or currently underway) in which a researcher or research team, alumni, and/or a community(ies) or organization(s) have demonstrated a positive impact or improvement in the state of knowledge of the research community.
  • Nominee(s) must be a Lakehead University faculty member (past or present) or alumni.
  • We encourage you to look to the past as well as the present.
  • Nominations must be written in lay language.

 

Nomination Procedure

A signed nomination letter for the award, accompanying the following form, must be submitted stating why the researcher(s) and/or team has been nominated.  Self-nominations from Lakehead University faculty with accompanying documentation will be accepted.

 Signed letters and forms may be returned by e-mail to vpresearch@lakeheadu.ca

Selection Criteria

As noted above, this project is more about celebration rather than a competition. However, if more than 50 stories are submitted then the committee will determine which ones will be featured using the following criteria:

  • Evidence that the research advanced the field of knowledge and/or had a positive impact and produced societal/economic benefits;
  • Excellence of the researcher(s) and their team; and
  • Contribution to training of highly qualified personnel and/or involvement of alumni in the project.

 

Also please note that it is not guaranteed that every story idea submitted will be used.

 

Deadline & Award Dates

Nominations must be received no later than January 9, 2015. Announcement of the award will be made during the 2015 Research and Innovation week. Some award winners may be invited to make a public presentation about the project during Research and Innovation week.

 

Further Information

For further information about the award, please contact:

Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice-President, Research, Economic Development, and Innovation (Interim)

 

Please submit nomination form to:

The Office of the Vice-President Research, Economic Development, and Innovation, UC 2009, Lakehead University Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 5E1

E:mail:  vpresearch@lakeheadu.ca

+1 (807) 343-8201

Revised Vice-President Research, Economic Development and Innovation (VP REDI) Strategic Fund guidelines and procedures / Call for proposals - Sustainability Studies Research Grant (Pilot)

Revised Vice-President (REDI) Strategic Fund guidelines and procedures / Call for proposals - Sustainability Studies Research Grant (Pilot)

 
Dear Lakehead Universtiy Faculty Member:

A.  Please note that the Vice-President Research, Economic Development and Innovation (VP REDI) Strategic Fund guidelines and procedures have recently been updated and can be found by clicking here.

B.  Special Call as part of VP REDI Strategic Fund:  Research Facilitation Fund: Sustainability Studies Research Grant (Pilot) - Five awards of up to $5,000 each


Deadline:  May 25, 2015.  For more information, please click here.


Pre-amble: A key message in the current academic/research plan is that the university must recognize the important role it plays in sustainability stewardship. A senior level Sustainability Advisory Committee has been established to oversee the development and implementation of an Action Plan for increasing our awareness and commitment to sustainability at the university. The recent STARS assessment for the University (http://www.lakeheadsustainability.ca/uploads/1/7/4/7/17478645/sustainability_report_2014.pdf) will provide a framework for developing the action plan. In order to assist this initiative, the Office of Vice-President (Research, Economic Development and Innovation) is providing funding for a pilot program to increase research in Sustainability Studies. 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 sustainability as represented by the STARS assessment; and
  • Community involvement or the impact of the project on communities.
Purpose: To promote interdisciplinary research activity that leads to finding innovative solutions to sustainability challenges.

Deadline:  May 25, 2015.  For more information, please click here.

Internal Call for Proposals: Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition

Internal Call for Proposals:   Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition

 
The Council of Ontario Universities, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, is pleased to present the fourth annual Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition.

COU is seeking innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility-related barriers in the community, and is challenging Ontario’s university undergraduate students to use their creativity, working individually or in teams with industry, government and community partners, including members of the disability community, to identify an accessibility-related issue, develop a plan to address the issue, and create an innovative and unique solution to it.

The Competition is open to all individuals who:

a) reside in Ontario; and
b) are enrolled as an undergraduate student at an Ontario University
 
All submissions are to address one of the five barriers to accessibility that have been identified in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). These barriers are:


·         attitudinal;

·         information and communications;

·         technological;

·         organizational; and

·         architectural/structural.

 

Each institution can submit no more than four projects per category and a maximum of 10 submissions overall.  An internal committee will review submissions to determine which entries are sent to COU.  Submissions must be made no later than April 19, 2015.
 

For more information on how to submit your idea as well as competition rules and regulations, please visit the IDeA website.

Canada First Research Excellence Fund: Internal Call for Expressions of Interest

Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF)

Internal Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI)

The Government of Canada recently announced a major new funding opportunity known as the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. The purpose of this program is to enable Canadian postsecondary institutions to excel globally in strategic research areas that have the potential to create long-term economic advantages for Canada.  Under this program, researchers cannot apply to the Fund directly, but applications must be submitted by the Universities. Each university can only submit one application as the lead. 

The next deadline for the submission of letters of intent to the Fund is August 31, 2015.  Lakehead University research teams that are interested in being part of a Lakehead University submission to the Fund are invited to submit expressions of interest that will identify a research proposal that would help Lakehead ". . . to achieve global excellence and leadership in research, in areas of strategic relevance for Canada."

Please note proposed research strategy and areas must align with Lakehead's research strengths as outlined in our Academic/Research Plan as well as the Government of Canada’s science, technology and innovation priority research areas.

When preparing an expression of interest, researchers should consider the following information taken from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund guidelines: 

Each proposal may focus on one or more highly strategic research areas. Proposals for lower-value awards are expected to be for initiatives that will advance a single area of research excellence at an institution. Proposals for large awards could advance more than one area of research excellence at the institution. The institution must make the case for the choice of research area(s), and must describe how advancing this/these would serve the institution’s overall strategy for global excellence.

Finally, faculty members should also keep in mind the Fund's selection criteria when preparing their EOIs.

EOIs are due March 30, 2015 to Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Interim Vice-President Research, Economic Development and Innovation; EOIs must be no longer than three pages and must include the following:

  • A description of the research proposal and how the proposal would help Lakehead achieve research excellence on a global scale.
  • A list of Lakehead University researchers or researchers at other Universities (Canadian and international) who would be part of achieving the proposed research strategy.
  • A list of potential partners who would be a part of achieving the proposed research strategy.
  • A draft high-level budget.

While LU can be the lead institution on only one proposal, we may participate as partners on other Universities’ proposals.  Please identify by March 30 if you have been invited to be part of another University’s CFREF submission or if you know of Universities that Lakehead should approach to partner with.

Please do not hesitate to contact Anne Klymenko by e-mail:  Anne.Klymenko@lakeheadu.ca  or by phone (ext. 8223) if you have further questions about the CFREF.

 Dr. Andrew P. Dean

Interim Vice-President (Research, Economic Development and Innovation)

Building Research Capacity Award Nominations Accepted until Monday February 2, 2015

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.

An engraved plaque and a $1,000 cash award will be presented to the recipient.

Nomination deadline is Monday February 2, 2015.

 

Andrew P. Dean, Ph.D.
Vice-President, Research, Innovation and Economic Development (Interim)
Lakehead University
955 Oliver Road - UC 2003
Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, P7B 5E1
 

International Development Week

Engage and Make a Difference

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of International Development Week with the Resources, Economy and Society Research Group (RESRG) at Lakehead University. IDW runs from February 1 to 7 and this year RESRG will mark the occasion with a series of presentations on the Thunder Bay campus. RESRG at Lakehead University is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and was founded as a means of building research capacity by encouraging new research activities among faculty with diverse interests and experience. Focusing on issues related to local, regional, and global development, our research group brings together scholars working on issues pertaining to Canada and the world. Find out about research on Healthcare in Africa, Wildlife Conservation in Latin America, Development Challenges in Eastern Europe, Poverty Alleviation in Asia, Resource Economies in the Arctic, and find out about a new teaching tool for international development. All the events are free and open to the public.The event is support by the Office of Research, WUSC and LUSU. For more information contact resrg.research@lakeheadu.ca or please click here.

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