New CV for CIHR’s Transitional OOGP Competition

November 26, 2014

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has created a new Biosketch CV template, which is shorter than the current Academic CV and streamlines the information provided to peer reviewers for the review process.  Together with other improvements that address a number of issues raised by the research community, the Biosketch template will be an important component of the 2016 Project Scheme.

CIHR has been engaging with University Delegates and peer review committee Chairs and Scientific Officers regarding the benefits of using a new CV template for the Transitional OOGP competition.  Based on the generally positive feedback received, CIHR will proceed with piloting a modified version of the Biosketch CV in the Transitional OOGP competition.  The version of the Biosketch CV being used in this competition has been modified to ensure peer reviewers have the necessary information to review OOGP applications based on the specific criteria of this program.  As part of the transition, CIHR will continue to allow the use of attachments that contain information on the publication record and most significant contributions for the Transitional OOGP competition.

Please note that applicants will not be required to re-enter all of their CV information into the Transitional OOGP Biosketch. Their CV information will automatically be populated into the template and applicants will only be required to update their information.

CIHR is in the process of making the necessary changes to the Canadian Common CV.  Therefore, please be advised that the Transitional OOGP Biosketch CV is not yet available.  An announcement will be made to the research community through CIHR Funding News e-newsletter later this week. Supporting materials, including CV instructions and contact information will also be available at that time.


Western unveils Canada’s first national survey on impact of domestic violence at workplace

November 26, 2014

Source – Western Media Release, November 25, 2014

“Initial findings of the first ever Canada-wide study on domestic violence in the workplace will be released at Western University on Thursday, November 27.

Peter Jaffe, a professor at Western’s Faculty of Education and the academic director at the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children, will be joined at the historic announcement by a survivor of domestic violence and a representative from Canada’s largest private sector union.

Date: Thursday, November 27, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Room 1139, John George Althouse Faculty of Education Building, 1137 Western Road, London, Ont.

This event will be live-streamed at http://www.livestream.com/westernu, beginning at 10 a.m.

The study was conducted in partnership with the Canadian Labour Congress and Western’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies.”


Strengthening the Evidence Base on Social Determinants of Health: Advancing Health Equality through Scientific Research and Policy

November 24, 2014

Sociology Colloquium Series

“Strengthening the Evidence Base on Social Determinants of Health:
Advancing Health Equality through Scientific Research and Policy”

Beth Jackson, PhD
Manager, Equity Analysis and Policy Research
Social Determinants and Science Integration Directorate
Public Health Agency of Canada

Fri. Nov. 28 12:00 pm
Social Science Centre 5220

Achieving health equity remains a public health challenge in Canada. While Canadians generally enjoy good health, inequalities in a range of health outcomes and determinants of health persist. In 2012, Canada and other World Health Organization (WHO) Member States endorsed the Rio Declaration on Social Determinants of Health, which reflects a global commitment to addressing health inequities.

Join us Fri. Nov. 28 12:00 pm in SSC 5220 to hear Dr. Beth Jackson, Manager in the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Social Determinants and Science Integration Directorate, describe the Agency’s multidisciplinary approach to advancing health equity. She will situate the Agency’s approach within the context of the Rio Declaration, which has drawn attention to gaps in the monitoring systems that are essential for tracking health inequalities and for documenting the impact of interventions. Dr. Jackson will highlight how the Agency is addressing these gaps, specifically through pan-Canadian baseline reporting on health inequalities and the production of new survey data on experiences of discrimination. Both of these initiatives are building evidence on social determinants of health and health inequities, advancing the integration of evidence into programs, policy, and research. Finally, Dr. Jackson will offer some insights from her career thus far, including reflections on the value of Sociology in the field of public health.

Everyone welcome. No RSVP required.


SSHRC Insight Development Grant 2015

November 20, 2014

The application and  instructions for the SSHRC Insight Development Grant (IDG) are now available.

Value: $7,000 up to $75,000 over 1-2 years

Deadlines:
January 12, 2015: Draft of proposal due – the Faculty of Education Research Office will facilitate an internal peer review if you meet this deadline
January 19, 2015
: Research Development & Services Review (Optional)
January 23, 2015: Faculty of Education – full proposal
January 26, 2015 – 5 pm: Research Development & Services Internal Deadline
February 2, 2015 – 2 pm: SSHRC Deadline

Description:Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages.The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas. Funding is provided for short-term research development projects, of up to two years, proposed by individuals or teams.

Eligibility: Both emerging and regular scholars who are affiliated with an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution are eligible to apply. A Principal Investigator (PI) must be eligible to hold a research account.

NOTE Regarding Applications: For the 2015 competition all applications will be submitted using the Research Portal. The Canadian Common CV (CCV) will also be used in place of the former SSHRC CV. If you have not previously used the CCV you are strongly advised to allow plenty of time for completion of the CCV for yourself and your co-applicants/ collaborators. Instructions for SSHRC CCV

Insight Development Grants and Insight Grants: Researchers may not apply, as applicant, for an Insight Development Grant and an Insight Grant within the same calendar year. For instance, a researcher who applies for an Insight Development Grant in February 2014 may not apply for an Insight Grant in October 2014, whether successful in the competition or not. However, a researcher who applied for an Insight Grant in October 2014 may apply for an Insight Development Grant in February 2015, provided that the objectives of the research are different.

Full Applications are to be processed through Research Development & Services  and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA.

To access the Application and the CCV

SSHRC will be holding webinars concerning the IDG in January. Information concerning these will be shared as soon as it is available.

Western’s SSHRC IDG_Application Guide


Upcoming launch of SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grants competition

November 20, 2014

SSHRC has announced an upcoming Knowledge Synthesis Grants competition.  This competition will be launched in support of the objectives of the Imagining Canada’s Future initiative, with a focus on one of the six future challenge areas.  The knowledge synthesis will address the challenge area of: What new ways of learning, particularly in higher education, will Canadians need to thrive in an evolving society and labour market?

These grants are not intended to support original research, rather they are intended to support the synthesis of existing research knowledge on the topic and the identification of knowledge gaps. The call for proposals is scheduled to be released on SSHRC’s website in early January 2015, with an application deadline in late February 2015.  Results will be announced in March 2015.

Up to 15 awards valued at up to $25,000 each will be awarded.  The synthesis reports will be due no later than end September 2015 and award holders will be requested to participate in two workshop meetings in Ottawa. These will be scheduled in early Spring and late Fall.

For further information, contact Jacques Critchley,  Senior Program Officer, Future Challenges, at 613 992 5145  or  IFCA-SICA@SSHRC-CRSH.GC.CA


SSHRC Partnership Grants – Letter of Intent

November 18, 2014

The Partnership Grants – Letter of Intent description and application form for the 2015 competition are now available on the SSHRC website.

Deadline (Letter of Intent):
Faculty of Education Research Office: To be announced
Research Development & Services: To be announced
SSHRC: February 16, 2015 since the annual deadline of February 15 falls on a weekend

Amount: Partnership Grants involve a two-stage application process. The Letter of Intent stage awards grants valued up to $20,000 to applicants invited to prepare a Formal Application.  The value of awards at the second stage is up to $500,000 per year over four to seven years, for a maximum total of up to $2.5 million over seven years.

Description: Partnership Grants provide support to new or existing formal partnerships for initiatives that advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities.

Eligibility: A Principal Investigator (PI) must be eligible to hold a research account.  An individual may not, in a calendar year, submit, as applicant (principal investigator/project director), an application for both an Partnership Grant and a Partnership Development Grant.

Applications: Full Applications are to be processed through Research Development & Services  and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA. Applications and instructions are available through the SSHRC website.


Research Study on the Work of Ontario Principals

November 17, 2014

Western study finds majority of Ontario school principals feel they don’t have necessary support

A recent Western University-led study of the work of principals in Ontario’s school system has found that while 90 per cent of principals find their positions rewarding and fulfilling, only one third of them feel they have the support and training necessary to do the job to the best of their ability.

The study, led by Katina Pollock from Western’s Faculty of Education, examined the daily lives of principals in relation to all elements of their work duties, and involved feedback from more than 1,400 principals. According to Pollock, the results reflect the ways in which the daily work of school principals has evolved to include a number of additional tasks and responsibilities.

“We’ve found principals are now responsible for taking a greater role in areas such as engagement with increasingly diverse cultural communities, parental engagement, mental health support for teachers and students, and student health and well-being,” explains Pollock. “Some of the best instructional specialists in schools are being put into the role of principal, but they need support in these other areas in order to have the greatest likelihood for experiencing success.”

Principals identified four main areas of support and skill development in which they feel additional professional learning opportunities would be beneficial: relationship building, instructional leadership, communications skills and mental health and wellness.

Pollock hopes her findings will help provide a clearer understanding of the realities of the role of Ontario’s principals and lead to constructive discussions in the province about additional supports that may be implemented to help principals succeed.

“Increased supports for principals will help them to better fulfill their roles as leaders and ultimately lead to an improved education system in Ontario, benefiting the province now and in the future,” says Pollock.

The study, The Changing Nature of Principals’ Work, was funded by the Ontario Principals’ Council and is available in full here: http://www.edu.uwo.ca/faculty_profiles/cpels/pollock_katina/OPC-Principals-Work-Report.pdf’

Source – Western University News Release – November 17, 2014


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