SSHRC Update

July 27, 2015

SSHRC’s website has been updated with new information regarding the Talent, Insight and Connection programs for the 2015 competitions.

Policies, Guidelines, Regulations and Related Information:

  • The new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications has been integrated into SSHRC’s website.  For information, consult the updated Open Access landing page.
  • See the Definition of Terms page for new definitions for “Aboriginal research” and “knowledge mobilization”, and for updated definitions of “emerging scholars” and “record of research achievement”.

Program Descriptions and Funding Opportunities:

  1. SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships Funding Opportunity and Resource Centre for Postdoctoral Fellowships ;
  2. Insight Grants Funding Opportunity and Resource Centre for Grants (with new resources regarding Research Creation), and
  3. Knowledge Synthesis Grants : What effects will the quest for energy and natural resources have on our society and our position on the world stage?
  4. Doctoral Awards Funding Opportunities and Resource Centre for Doctoral Awards (The form will be launched shortly).

Coming Soon:

  • The descriptions and application material for the Partnership Development Grants funding opportunity will be updated and launched soon

Learning Network Newsletter – Femicide

July 22, 2015

Many women’s advocates and researchers have called for the use of the term femicide to clearly name the killing of women and girls as a gender-based crime within the broader continuum of violence against women. Their voices inspired the newsletter on Femicide.
You are invited to read about the different forms of femicide, its broad ranging impacts, the roots of this global health and human rights concern, and some of the actions required to end femicide.  You may also access the informative online resources featured in the newsletter and visit the new Network Area on femicide containing over 40 additional resources.

Access the Newsletter here…

Ontario Mental Health Foundation

July 20, 2015

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: 4:00 pm, September 11, 2015

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 30/15.

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…

Feedback on the Draft Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management

July 20, 2015

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (“the Agencies”) are federal granting agencies that promote and support research, research training, knowledge mobilization and innovation within Canada.

The Agencies are committed to fostering a robust environment for data stewardship in Canada and internationally, and to helping ensure that Canada is well positioned to contribute to and capitalize on data-intensive science and scholarship. To achieve this, and while recognizing the diversity of data practices and needs within the Canadian research community, SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR are in the process of reviewing and enhancing their data management requirements for Agency-supported researchers.

As a step in this process, the Agencies have developed a draft Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management. This builds on the 2013 consultation document, Toward a Policy Framework for Advancing Digital Scholarship in Canada, information provided by a Comprehensive Brief on Research Data Management Policies, and advice received through stakeholder engagement.

The draft Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management (the Statement) outlines the Agencies’ overarching expectations with regard to digital research data management, and the responsibilities of researchers, research communities, institutions and funders in meeting these expectations. It complements and builds upon existing Agency policies, and will serve as a guide to assist the research community in preparing for, and contributing to the development of, Tri-Agency data management requirements.


SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR invite institutions, associations, organizations and individuals to comment on the draft Statement, its comprehensiveness and balance, as well as its usefulness in advancing data stewardship in general and data management practices in particular. The Statement is available at the following link:

Please note that the Agencies will be accepting feedback on the draft Statement until September 4, 2015. Feedback can be sent electronically to any of the following email addresses:

Please indicate the section(s) of the draft being referred to in your feedback.

Next Steps

By the end of 2015, SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR will revise the Statement as appropriate and formally adopt it. In 2016, they plan to engage the research community to seek advice on realizing the principles expressed in the draft Statement, particularly with a view to developing new data management requirements.

Potential Funding Opportunities 2015-16

July 20, 2015

Deadline dates are approximate – not an exhaustive list

Funding source Research Office Deadline Agency Deadline
Visiting University Scholar Program One week prior to agency Ongoing
Western Innovation Fund n/a Ongoing
Faculty of Education – Visiting Speaker Funding ( 1-2 day visits) n/a Ongoing
Early Researcher Award (Ontario) Jun 26 (NOI)

Aug 24

CIHR – Foundation Live Pilot At least 2 weeks prior to agency Jul 27-Registration

Sep 15-Stage 1 Application

Feb 5 -Stage 2 Application

Spencer Foundation – Small One week prior to agency Aug 20
SSHRC Connection grants One week prior to agency Jul 31
NSERC Discovery Grant Notice of Intent – MANDATORY n/a Aug 1
CIHR Planning & Dissemination One week prior to agency Aug 18
Ontario Mental Health Foundation One week prior to agency Sep TBA
Spencer Foundation – Mid Career One week prior to agency Sep 10
Faculty Research Development Fund n/a Fall (TBA)
Faculty of Education Internal Conference Travel n/a Oct 1
SSHRC Insight Grants Sept 14 (first draft)

Sept 28

Oct 15
Faculty of Education – Visiting Scholar Funding n/a Oct 31
SSHRC Connection grants One week prior to agency Nov 1
SSHRC Partnership Grants – Full application – by invitation At least one week prior to agency Nov 1
Spencer Foundation – Small One week prior to agency Nov 3
NSERC Discovery Grant One week prior to agency Nov 1
Western SSHRB / MHSRB /SERB One week prior to agency TBA (?Oct)
SSHRC Partnership Development Grant One week prior to agency Nov 30
CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Grant One week prior to Agency Jan 7
CIHR Project Scheme 1st Live pilot registration Jan 18
SSHRC Connection grants One week prior to agency Feb 1
SSHRC Insight Development Grants One week prior to agency Feb 1
SSHRC Partnership Grants-Letter of Intent Two weeks prior to agency Feb 15
CIHR Project Scheme 1st Live pilot At least 2 weeks prior to agency Mar 1 Full Application
Faculty of Education Internal Conference Travel n/a Mar 1
Faculty of Education Internal Research n/a Apr 1
SSHRC Connection grants One week prior to agency May 1
Faculty Research Development Fund n/a Spring (TBA – May?)
SSHRC Impact Awards One month prior to agency April 8

SSHRC – Insight Grant Applications – Fall 2015

July 20, 2015

The application form for SSHRC Insight Grants is now available.

Amount: $7,000 to $400,000 over 3 to 5 years (no more than $100,000 in one year)

Deadline Dates:
14 September – first draft – Faculty of Education Research Office (for peer review)
28 September – draft to Faculty of Education Research Office
5 October – RD&S Internal Deadline for submission of applications + ROLA Proposal
*2pm* 15 October – SSHRC deadline for submission of applications

Description: Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for long-term research initiatives. Applicants are invited to review the six future challenge areas and subquestions, and to consider addressing one or more of these areas in their research proposal. However, this will not be an evaluation criterion for merit review.

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

ROLA  must be completed at the time of the full application.

More information and link to application…

Spencer Foundation – Small Grants

July 13, 2015

The Spencer Foundation supports high-quality, innovative research with the potential to improve education. Small grant proposals covering any topic that falls within Spencer’s mission can be submitted through the general small grants program.

Amount: up to $50,000

Faculty of Education Research Office: At least 1 week before the Spencer Deadline (2-3 weeks earlier if you wish feedback on your application – submit to Karen Kueneman)
Research Development & Services: At least 5 days before the Spencer Deadline
Spencer: August 20, 2015;  November 3, 2015.

Eligibility: Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a research grant must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. Proposals are accepted from the U.S. and internationally, however all proposals must be submitted in English and budgets must be proposed in U.S. Dollars.

Proposals to the small grants program must be submitted through the foundation’s online application system.

A ROLA proposal must be completed with the application.

More information and applications…


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