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…

Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada – 2014 Competition

July 23, 2014

This is the first call for nominations for the 2014 competition for Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

Fellows are peer-elected as the best in their field, and thus represent the pinnacle of Canadian intellectual leadership. Their exceptional intellectual achievements are evidenced by a body of publications, intellectual endeavours, or creative activities exhibiting original contributions in the arts, humanities, or sciences, as well as activities in public life. At the time of their election, Fellows must be Canadian citizens or have had Canadian permanent resident status for at least three years.

It is recommended that work on nomination packages begin early (September/October) to avoid creating a rushed nomination of lesser quality. Nominations are due on Monday, December 1, 2014, and consist of the following:

  1. An introductory letter from the Primary Nominator (one page; not an appraisal)
  2. Two letters of co-nomination (one page each; not appraisals)
  3. A 70-word citation written for non-specialists
  4. A 1000-word detailed appraisal of achievements
  5. A list of 15 key scholarly/artistic contributions of the nominee, including links to the works, where possible
  6. The nominee’s CV (max. 50 pages)
  7. Depending on the nominee’s field, two to five referee assessments with 250-word referee biographies appended (max. three pages each)

Please also see the infosheet and nomination guide.

Please contact for assistance in creating and compiling materials, soliciting nomination/support letters, and answering any questions/concerns regarding the RSC and its Fellowship program.


NSERC Discovery Applications at Western

July 22, 2014

NSERC 2014 Discovery Grant (DG): Western application guide attached

Western’s Deadlines for NSERC DG at a Glance:
August 1st at 8PM = NSERC NOI Deadline
Monday October 20th, 2014 at 5PM = Western RD&S Deadline for Review (optional)
Tuesday October 28th, 2014 at 5PM = Western RD&S ROLA and application Deadline (mandatory)
Monday November 3rd, 2014 at 2PM = NSERC Deadline (mandatory)**Since the application day of Nov 1st falls on a Saturday – the deadline will automatically default to the next business day.

Please consult with Karen Kueneman in the Faculty of Education Research Office for internal deadlines at the faculty level.

NSERC application instructions can be accessed online here.

Please note:  The Common CV is required for the NSERC 2014 Discovery application.  Please see the attached instruction sheet for how to link your CCV to the Research Portal.  If you have not completed a CCV before now, please be aware that this will take a significant amount of time and you will need to plan accordingly.

internal deadlines.  Please consult your faculty research office for more information.

Update on CCV and Research Portal for SSHRC and NSERC

July 22, 2014

An update has been released on changes to the Common CV and Research Portal as of June 30, 2014.

The following changes to the CCV template have recently been made based on the valuable feedback received from the community:

  • Ability to import publication files in Bibtex format that is supported by Google Scholar, Web of Science and Scopus
  • Improvements to the PubMed interface to allow multiple records to be imported at once
  • Migration of existing PubMed records into the journal section of the CCV

Here are some of the enhancements to the systems that are planned for this summer:

  • Research Portal
    • Application review and assessments submitted through the Research Portal, including improved PDF documents
    • Improved filtering functionality on the Research Portal for Student Liaison and Grants Officers
    • Enhancements to Canada Graduate Scholarships Program — Master’s invitation and references process
  • Common CV
    • Improvements to the PDF preview

The Research Portal and CCV are mandatory for this Fall’s NSERC Discovery Grant.

Note, however, that this fall’s SSHRC Insight Grant Competition will ­NOT be using the Research Portal nor the CCV.  The system for Insight grants remains the same as it has been for several years.  (However, SSHRC Insight Development Grants have used this system for the past 2 competitions.)

SSHRC Insight Grants full application now available

July 21, 2014

The Insight Grants full application is now available online. Please note the following:

  • An Insight Grant (IG) application will be created for all applicants who have submitted the IG Notice of Intent (NOI) in their Portfolio.
  • IG full application instructions are attached.
  • The deadline for submission is October 15th, 2014 at 8:00 PM Eastern.  NOTE the Research Western deadline is 2:00 pm. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.  (Note that there will be earlier deadlines for the Faculty and Research Western in order to ensure your application is complete and ready to submit.)
  • Applications must be submitted by Research Western. (When you submit your application it goes to Laura Moxey at Research Western.  Once she has checked it over and ensured it is complete she will contact the researcher to check that it is OK to submit and then will submit it to SSHRC.)


  • Each applicant must submit an NOI directly to SSHRC via the online system by August 15th, 2014.
  • NOIs will not be accepted after the deadline.
  • An applicant who has not submitted an NOI by August 15th will be ineligible to submit a full application in the October 2014 competition.
  • Postsecondary institutions will be provided with a list of their faculty who have submitted an NOI after the August 15th deadline via SSHRC’s secure site.

Research Western – SSHRC Insight Application Guide 2014

Please address any technical questions to the Helpdesk by email ( For any questions regarding the funding opportunity itself please email or telephone 613-996-6976.


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