Research Ethics – New forms and procedures

December 19, 2014

Effective January 1, 2015 Western’s Office of Research Ethics will be rolling-out a new Non-Medical Research Ethics Board (NMREB) Continued Ethics Review (CER) Form  & NMREB Revision Form. Current forms will be de-activated as of December 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm. If you are currently completing a NMREB CER Form or NMREB Revision Form, please be sure to submit them via Romeo BEFORE December 31, 2014 to ensure  your information is not lost.

New Continued Ethics Review (CER) Process for Non-Medical Research Ethics Board (NMREB)

To mitigate confusion surrounding the procedures of completing the annual Continuing Ethics Review (CER) form and extending the study end date, effective January 1, 2015 Western’s Office of Research Ethics (ORE) approves studies on an annual basis. If your study is ongoing for more than one year, the ORE will issue approval for one year at a time.  When your study has ended you are required to submit an End-of-Study Form.

NOTE: This change results in the following:

  1. Investigators/study team members will no longer be required to submit amendments for study end date extensions as all studies will be approved on an annual basis.  Review and approval of the annual CER forms will result in REB re-approval for the following year; and
  2. The ORE will no longer be processing Updated Approval submissions as approval letters will be issued for CER submissions on an annual basis.

Max Bell Foundation

December 12, 2014

The Max Bell Foundation encourages the development of innovative ideas that impact public policies and practices with an emphasis on health and wellness, education, and the environment.

Their current strategic priority is to support projects which educate Canadians about public policy and practice alternatives.

Program Areas:
Health & Wellness: The Foundation is interested in supporting projects that promote good health in the broadest sense. They are particularly interested in identifying practical, alternative approaches to the creation and maintenance of the programs and policies which shape Canada’s health care practices.

Education:Max Bell Foundation believes education is a cornerstone of a flourishing, productive society. Canada’s education institutions face many challenges as changing needs, attitudes, economies, and technologies shift the ground in which they are rooted. The Foundation seeks to support projects that focus on innovative ways in which our education institutions meet those challenges. Of particular interest are projects that address the thoughtful use of technology and alternative institutional arrangements.

Project Grants support clearly defined activities designed to achieve a specific purpose that aligns with the Foundation’s mission, strategic priority, and granting guidelines. A typical project grant ranges from 1-3 years in duration and has a budget that ranges from $50,000 to $200,000.

Senior Fellow Grants support mid-career individuals who wish to undertake a well defined project that will add value to debates over critical public policy issues in health and wellness, education, and/or environment. The structure of the fellowship is flexible, but will include a)a meaningful time commitment from the incumbent, not to exceed one year; b) a budget including $80,000 in consideration of the incumbent’s time, and up to an additional $20,000 for related support (e.g., administration, research, travel)

Application Process: Carefully review the mission and granting guidelines of the Max Bell Foundation and, if your research aligns with them, submit a Letter of Intent. The Foundation carefully reviews every Letter of Intent that falls within their program areas and granting guidelines.  Those that qualify are invited to submit a full proposal.

Full Applications must be accompanied by a completed ROLA.

Conference – It Matters to Us! Transforming the Legacy of Residential Schools

December 9, 2014


A gathering for educators, administrative and support staff, parents and students

Date: Tuesday, March 10 – Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Location: Faculty of Education Building, Western University, 1137 Western Road, London, ON


  • An Evening with Susan Aglukark:Tuesday, March 10, 2015 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Wab Kinew, Keynote Speaker, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Early Bird Registration before February 1, 2015: $90.00
After February 1, 2015: $100.00
For groups of 5 or more: $85.00 per person
Students: $50.00

Full event details…

CIHR Foundation Scheme Reviewers’ Panel

December 8, 2014

Event: CIHR Foundation Scheme Reviewers’ Panel

Date: December 19, 2014

Time: 9 AM – 10:30 AM

Panelists: David Litchfield, Ravi Menon, Maria Drangova and Gregory Dekaban

Venue: CSB 2719 – inside the Research Office corridor

Western Faculty who reviewed the Foundations Step 1 will share their experiences with the review process and most importantly, to provide insights in what seemed to make or break an application. The goal is to facilitate those going on to step 2 and/or planning to apply to the 2015 Foundation Pilot to have this information as you embark on further development of your proposals.

2015 CERI Winter Colloquium- Tuesday, February 24

December 8, 2014

The Centre for Education Research & Innovation (CERI) , Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry – Winter Colloquium

Re-thinking admissions for professional programs: Are the students we admit the students we need?

Dr. Ruth Childs, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
University of Toronto

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Health Sciences Addition, Room 101

Lunch will be served.

Dr. Ruth Childs Biography

 Please register for this event by emailing

**This session can be video-conferenced with sufficient advance notice**

Learning Network Newsletter, Issue 11

December 2, 2014

The Violence Against Women (VAW) Learning Network at the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children released it’s Dec 6th newsletter, a Commemorative Issue honouring the 14 women who were killed because they were women and all other women who’ve been killed or hurt by gender-based violence. Access the newsletter here.

New CV Template Now Available for the Transitional Open Operating Grant

November 28, 2014

To address a number of issues raised by the research community regarding the CIHR Academic CV, CIHR has implemented a new CV template for the Transitional OOGP competition. This template, the Transitional OOGP Biosketch, is shorter than the current Academic CV and streamlines the information provided to peer reviewers for the review process. The version of the Biosketch that will be used for the Transitional OOGP competition will be refined and used in future competitions under the new Project Scheme. Piloting the Biosketch in the Transitional OOGP will be an important step in preparing for this transition. The Transitional OOGP Biosketch is now available through the Common CV.

Please note that applicants will not be required to re-enter all of their CV information into the Transitional OOGP Biosketch. Their existing CV information will automatically be populated into the new template. However, as there are some changes between the Transitional OOGP Biosketch and the traditional Academic CV, some updates will be required, and applicants will need to allow enough time to update their CV information. Only the Transitional OOGP Biosketch will be accepted by ResearchNet at the full application stage. Attempting to use any other template will result in an error, and applicants will be unable to submit their application.

CIHR has developed supporting materials to help applicants update their CVs for the March 2, 2015 application deadline. These materials can be accessed through the Transitional OOGP funding opportunity. Webinars have also been scheduled to help support research administrators and applicants. Registration information is available online. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will be contacted directly to discuss the next steps.

Transitional vs OOGP Biosketch CV_Summary of Changes

If you have any questions regarding the Transitional OOGP Biosketch, please contact

Earlier Registration Deadline

CIHR reminds the research community that the registration deadline for the Transitional OOGP competition is January 9, 2015. This earlier deadline will provide CIHR with additional time to prepare for peer review. If you have any questions about the Transitional OOGP competition, please contact


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