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

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:’

Source – Western University News Release – November 17, 2014

CIHR Operating Grant – Transitional Operating Grant 2015

November 6, 2014
The application form for the CIHR Operating Grant Program (OGP) is not yet available but if you are planning to apply you may wish to start considering your application since the Registration deadline has been moved up considerably from past competitions.
The OGP provides operating funds to support research proposals in all areas of health research. If your program of research is in the health area, you may be eligible for funding from CIHR.  SSHRC no longer funds health-related research that is eligible for funding under CIHR.
**This is the last Open Operating Grant competition before the transition to the new Foundation and Project Schemes.

CIHR – Letter of Intent / Registration: January 9, 2015  (Letters of Intent are Mandatory)
Faculty of Education Research Office:
One week prior to the Research Services deadline. (2-3 weeks prior if you wish to have extensive feedback on your application. Contact Karen Kueneman.)
Research Development & Services: February 23, 2015
CIHR Full Application: March 2, 2015, 2:00 p.m. (for a notice of decision July 2015)
Amount: up to 12.5M

The Operating Grant is flexible, in that there are:

  • No specific requirements in relation to team size or team composition;
  • No specific requirements or restrictions on the specific research activities to be undertaken

Applications: All registrations (Letters of Intent) and applications for the Operating Grant Program must be submitted electronically using ResearchNET.

A ROLA proposal must accompany the Full Application.

NOTE: You must use the Canadian Common CV (CCV).  Applicants are advised to plan for additional time to enter information and review their CV data.

For more details, please see the CIHR website or consult with Karen Kueneman,

SSHRC Insight Development Grant Writing Workshop

November 4, 2014

You are invited to a SSHRC Insight Development Grant workshop hosted by Erin Huner, Faculty of Social Science, along with Natalie Szudy from RDS.

Some broad areas of focus for this workshop will be:

1) SSHRC CHANGES— we will focus on the new “Future Challenges” that have replaced the priority areas at SSHRC. We will discuss how researchers should approach this change and what impact this change might have on proposals and grant       writing for SSHRC Insight grants.

2) Grant writing for a multidisciplinary committee

3) SSHRC committee scoring and how this relates to effective grant writing

4) Application process and procedures: dates and deadlines to remember!

5)If you are thinking about applying to either SSHRC Insight Grant, Partnership Development or Partnership Grants, we will discuss how your Insight Development grant should be positioned in relation to these larger grants

The workshop will be held on NOVEMBER 27, 2014 from 10-11:30, in rm 9420 in the Dean’s office, Social Science Centre.

Please RSVP by November 20, 2014 to

Working together for child and youth mental health: teachers, schools and families

November 3, 2014

The Faculty of Education’s “Let’s Talk About Education” Speaker Series:

 Working together for child and youth mental health: teachers, schools and families

Dr. Susan Rodger
Associate Professor & Psychologist
Faculty of Education

7:00 pm
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Althouse Building (1137 Western Road)
Room 1139 (Community Room)

 * Free Parking Will be Available *

RSVPs not required, but appreciated:

The statistics indicate that 1 in 5 Canadian children will experience a mental health disorder, and many more will experience mental health distress. One of the greatest challenges is access to care: only 1 in 5 children who need mental health care will receive it through the health care system. Having good mental health is important for good outcomes at home and at school, and schools and teachers are now on the ‘front lines’ of mental health. In this session we will talk about some of the challenges and opportunities for schools, teachers and families to work together to support child and youth mental health, and explore the ways in which we can all participate in creating powerful and positive relationships that can help make a difference.

Please pass along to anyone you feel would be interested; this is open to the Western and broader local community.



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