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.For program information, click here.
Special Call as part of VPRI Strategic Fund: Research Facilitation Fund: Sustainability Studies Research Grant - Five awards of up to $5,000 each.
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 STARS assessment for the University will provide a framework for developing the action plan. For more information on this assessment, please see click here.
In order to assist this initiative, the Office of Vice-President Research and Innovation is again providing funding for a 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.
Deadline: May 25, 2017. For more information, please see "Sustainability Studies Research Grant (Pilot)" guidelines under the Research Facilitation Fund, Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) Strategic Fund
Requests for the VPRI Strategic Fund must be made through the Romeo Research Portal.
Projects Involving Campus Infrastructure or Physical Facilities
Proposed projects that involve on campus infrastructure or physical facilities must have written approval from the Director of Physical Plant at time of applying.
Subject: CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund (Unaffiliated) - Internal Deadline: November 30, 2016
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 2016 competition. The deadline for the internal competition will be November 30, 2016. Please note that $300,000 (CFI portion only) from Lakehead's JELF allocation has been allocated to this competition to support a total investment of up to $750,000 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
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 LOF; 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.
Components Required 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 will consist of:
- CFI LOF Application Forms (CFI Award Management System)- Please use John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) – Unaffiliated version of the form.
- CFI Request for Quotations Form
- CFI Internal Budget Worksheet and one quotation in CFI format for all equipment/renovation items
- Letter from the relevant dean confirming support for application and confirming space. Space must be confirmed by the internal application deadline. Projects requiring renovations must include a cost estimate prior to the internal application deadline, as well as the required cash contributions to offset the 20% matching fund requirements.
- Completed Internal Research Proposal Approval Form
CFI Funding Formula and Matching Funds
Please note that the CFI JELF will contribute up to 40% towards infrastructure costs, the Ministry of Research and Innovation's (MRI) 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 use Lakehead University's CFI Request for Quotations Form to ensure quotations meet CFI eligibility requirements. A CFI Internal budget worksheet must be completed and submitted along with copies of the equipment quotations used to complete the CFI form. Note that only "discounts beyond best educational price" are eligible. If you have any doubts regarding the eligibility of your matching funds, please call Anne Klymenko 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, 2017) 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 LOF 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.
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). For this year's competition, 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 20, 2016 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, and Innovation, the FOUR applications receiving the highest ranking will be submitted to NSERC by the October 25, 2016 deadline.
Just a reminder that for successful Research Tools and Instrument Grants, Lakehead University will provide matching funds of 10% (up to $7,500) of the total cost of the equipment. This University contribution is to be included in a researcher’s budget calculations.
As well, please see http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/ResearchPortal-PortailDeRecherche/RP-CCV-Webinar_eng.asp for a list of upcoming webinars (June 14, July 7, and September 14) on how to submit an RTI grant.
- Research Internships: Five Positions Available
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.
Lakehead University will host five NOHFC research-related internships. Out of its quota of five research-related placements available, two become available later in the fall, two after February 2017, and the final one after May 2017.
The internal deadline for the submission of internship applications to the Office of Research Services is September 16, 2016. If more than five internship applications are received an internal competition will need to be held (applications will be reviewed by the Senate Research Committee).
- 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.
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.
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 per cent of eligible costs for public sector employers.
Please note that for a proposal to be considered as being a research internship, the application must be written so as to meet the definition of research shown below:
Research involves a critical or scientific inquiry aimed at the discovery of new facts, new knowledge, or the development of new interpretations or applications.
For more information about the NOHFC program, please go to: http://nohfc.ca/en/programs/northern-ontario-internship-program
Canada's three federal research granting agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)—have adopted the Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management as an important step towards strengthening research data management in Canada and maintaining Canada's research excellence.
The Statement outlines the agencies' overarching expectations for research data management and the roles of researchers, research institutions, research communities, and research funders in supporting data management. Read more
Chair in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Solutions at Lakehead University US $25,000Description
Solutions to sustainability issues are needed around the world and across many disciplines. This Chair illustrates Lakehead’s determination to more fully understand and respond to our world’s social and ecological challenges.
Lakehead University is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. More than 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead is the proud host to 9 Canada Research Chairs and revolutionary facilities such as our world-renowned Paleo-DNA Laboratory and our Biorefining Research Institute. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs.
Sustainability sciences, biological sciences, environmental sciences, sociology.
- American Citizenship.
- A Ph.D. or equivalent professional degree, or significant professional experience.
- Proficiency in English.
- Grant length: 1 semester (4 months)
- Awards are taken up September 2017 or January 2018
- Deadline to apply: August 1, 2016
- Grantees on 4 month exchanges may seek an unfunded extension for up to 8 months.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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 email@example.com or phone 807-343-8290.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the deadline date), and
- Supporting letter from the faculty dean (submit directly to the VP RI at email@example.com)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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].)