Tips for Using ROMEO (Ethics Applications)

August 21, 2014

In the previous ethics system a supervisor reviewed a student’s ethics protocol, but the student was responsible for submitting and dealing with administration. With Romeo the supervisor is responsible for submitting and all correspondence regarding the ethics goes to the supervisor (not the student). To alleviate the issue that the student does not receive correspondence from ROMEO the faculty member can add the student as “research support staff” so that he/she will be copied on ethics correspondence, but it is still the faculty member who has to submit, add the staff, and deal with correspondence.

Shastri Institute

August 14, 2014

The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute is a binational organization that promotes understanding between India and Canada through academic activities and exchanges.

Shastri Research Grant (SRG)

The objective of SRG is to support collaborative research projects entailing academic mobility as well as capacity building between Indian and Canadian institutions.The research theme will build on issues concerning Social Sciences and Humanities subjects (i.e., anthropology, communications studies, economics, education, human geography, law, linguistics, languages and literature, philosophy, history and religion, political science, public administration, psychology, sociology and cultural studies), STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) including food security and sustainable development; water resource management; gender and health, bi-lateral trade and investment; energy and environment; securing future of children and youth and higher education mobility.

Value: Up to CAD$ 10,000/per project. (Contributions from the applicants’ institutions are encouraged).

More information…

Shastri Partnership Seed Grant

The Shastri Institute will provide grants to Canadian and Indian institutions for activities which contribute to (1) institutional agreements and (2) other long-term partnerships. Funds may be used to support a bi-national seminar, conference, workshop, meeting, scholarly discussions and planning meetings which are expected to lead to significant research collaborations with institutions from the other country.

Value: Up to CAD$5,000/per project (Contributions from the applicants’ institutions are encouraged). 

More Information…

Shastri Scholar Travel Subsidy Grant (SSTSG) More Information

SSTSG assist faculty members and graduate students with travel subsidies to participate in conferences, workshops, seminars and academic meetings within and between India and Canada with a view to establishing institutional and scholarly linkages.

Value: The Shastri Institute will provide 50% of the scholar’s total travel costs up to CAD$ 1,250. Associated costs related to visas, meals, per diem and accommodation are not eligible under this grant.

More Information…

Deadline (for all above):

Faculty of Education Research Office: 1 week prior to agency deadline (2-3 weeks if you wish feedback on your application – submit to Karen Kueneman)
Research Development & Services: no less than 5 days prior to agency deadline.
Shastri: August 31,  2014.

Full Applications are to be processed through Research Development Services for institutional signatures, and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA application.

Ontario Mental Health Foundation

August 14, 2014

The Ontario Mental Health Foundation (OMHF) aims to promote the mental health of people living in Ontario, to prevent mental illness and to improve diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

Faculty of Education Research Office: 1 week prior to agency deadline (2-3 weeks if you wish feedback on your application – submit to Karen Kueneman)
Research Development & Services: no less than 5 days prior to agency deadline.
OMHF: September 12, 2014

Value: Up to $75,000 per year for up to 2 years for Type A Research Project Grants

Description: The Foundation will support research which deals with any of the biological, psychological or social factors which either foster mental health or lead to mental disorder. The Foundation aims to improve knowledge about the prevention of mental disorder, and the rational and efficient diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the mentally ill. The Foundation will accept applications for projects dealing with any period of the life-span, any of the factors thought to promote mental health or to cause mental disorder, and from any of the relevant scientific specialties. The Foundation has a particular interest in studies which address mental health problems of importance in Ontario.

Note: Fellowships and Studentships are also available from the Foundation with a deadline of Oct 31/14.

Full Applications are to be processed through Research Development Services for institutional signatures, and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA application.

Applications and guidelines…

SSHRC – Partnership Development Grants

August 12, 2014

The Partnership Development Grants application form and instructions are now available on the SSHRC website through the following link.

Value: $75,000 to $200,000 for 1-3 years

Faculty of Education Research Office: 1 week before SSHRC deadline (2-3 weeks before if you wish to have feedback on your application)
Research Development & Services: at least 5 days before SSHRC deadline
SSHRC:  December 1, 2014 (the deadline date of November 30 falls on a weekend).

Description: Partnership Development Grants provide support over one to three years to teams/partnerships, led by a project director, to:  1)  develop research and related activities in the social sciences and humanities, including knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and new scholars, by fostering new partnerships for research and related activities involving existing and/or potential partners; or 2) design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities that may result in best practices or models that either can be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level.

NOTE: While SSHRC CVs will be required for the project director and co-applicants they are not required for collaborators.

More Information: In October, SSHRC will be hosting a series of webinars to provide information and answer questions about this funding opportunity.

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 Development Grant and a Partnership 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.



Altmetrics / Bibliometrics? – Measuring Research Output

July 29, 2014

Altmetrics may prove to be a more flexible and versatile tool to inform research assessment, if academics get behind it.. Read more …

CIHR- Planning and Dissemination Grants

July 28, 2014

As a result of changes to CIHR’s core programming, the CIHR program previously known as the ‘Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant’ has been moved to CIHR’s strategic portfolio and is now known as ‘Other: Planning and Dissemination Grants – Institute Community Support.’

Planning and Dissemination Grants are intended to provide support for planning and/or dissemination activities consistent with the mandate of CIHR, but now must fit within the research interests of one of CIHR’s Institutes or Initiatives. Those interested are strongly encouraged to view the program guidelines and summary/relevance description of their target institute.

Amount: The maximum amount per grant varies by Institute/Initiative but will not exceed $25,000 for up to one (1) year

Faculty of Education Research Office: 5 days prior to CIHR deadline.
Research Western: 5 days prior to CIHR deadline
CIHR: August 18

Description: Events/activities may focus on, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Activities that assist potential teams of researchers, knowledge-users and/or partners in working together to identify research questions or emerging issues and priorities that could form the basis of a grant application;
  • Stakeholder consultations, including citizen engagement activities, regarding needs, gaps and opportunities in the health research landscape, priority policy issues and/or priority research questions, where such common understanding is currently lacking or requires further development;
  • Initial planning and discussion of a research project among potential team members including researchers, knowledge-users and/or partners to assess the viability of the research project and the partnership;
  • Conducting an environmental scan or preliminary synthesis of relevant literature, activities or programs;
  • Early-stage planning to determine possible commercial viability of a discovery;
  • Opportunities for knowledge exchange involving stakeholder linkages (to inform practice, care, and/or policy) that could potentially lead to an application to a funding opportunity;
  • Gatherings of partners, health researchers, and/or knowledge users where the main objective is to facilitate regional/national and/or international collaboration among individuals or groups from a variety of backgrounds (for example, building new and existing multi-sectored partnerships that include a significant number of participants from outside the conventional scientific community, consensus meetings, networking and partnership development events) interested in applying to a funding opportunity.


  • Education of groups such as patients, health professionals, community organizations, policy-makers, the general public;
  • Knowledge dissemination that will inform practice, clinical care, partnership best practices, policy and decision making;
  • Dissemination and/or discussion of research findings at scientific meetings, workshops, conferences, congresses or symposia;
  • Development and dissemination of KT products and tools (e.g., written materials in various formats, plain language summaries, decision support tools, educational materials, web sites).

Eligibility: Applicants  must hold an eligible academic research appointment at Western.

Full Applications are to be processed through Research Western  and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA.

More information on the program and how to apply…

Note: Planning/Dissemination grants should not be confused with the ‘Other: Institute Community Support Grants and Awards,’ which is a separate program.

Using Social Media for Knowledge Mobilization

July 23, 2014

An interesting blog posting by an epigeneticist about using Social Media to get the message out about your research…

“While most in the STEM fields don’t like having the word social attached to their work, sometimes social media can be just the right way to make a scientific impact, especially in today’s interconnected world.  Now not every project or paper will warrant the use of Web 2.0 techniques but in the right case they will help you accomplish the scientific impact you’ve dreamed of.”  Read more…


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