CIHR Foundation Scheme Information Session

June 17, 2015

CIHR 2015 Foundation Scheme Live Pilot

Tuesday, June 23, 2015: 1pm to 3pm

  1. In Person – MSB 282 (Medical Sciences Building)  OR
  2. Simultaneous WEBINAR*

*Those planning on attending the webinar will need to ensure that the computer they are using has working speakers.   Questions can be asked through the chat window function.

YOUR HOSTS: Research Development & Services and Western Research Officers

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Faculty who plan to submit applications to the CIHR 2015 Foundation Scheme Live Pilot competition (Registration deadline: July 27th).


  • An overview of competition specifics, including Registration and Application stage requirements
  • “Themes” derived from CIHR reviewer feedback from the 2014 Live Pilot
  • Application “tips & tricks” drawn from prior reviewers and applicants who participated in the 2014 Live Pilot
  • Discussion on managing current and future research collaborations ‘strategically’ in light of a)Foundation and Project Scheme eligibility requirements, and b) Individual longer-term research development plans
  • An outline of Western’s internal plan and process to support applicants with 2015 proposal development

Natalie Szudy (Western),, x 85301
Louise Kilianski (Western),, x86098

Research OnLine Administration (ROLA) Changes

June 17, 2015

Changes have been made to the ROLA Proposal forms:

The key change is regarding the questions on the details tab of the ROLA Proposal. These questions are no longer required to be able to SAVE a ROLA proposal, but must be answered by the PI in order to SUBMIT a ROLA proposal. For any administrative person or grad student entering proposal information on behalf of the Principal Investigator, these questions will be visible, but greyed out and not accessible.

When the PI logs in to review and submit the proposal these questions must be answered at that time.

These changes are to assist in compliance, and to ensure the PIs themselves are aware of the responses they are giving regarding their research.

More information on the changes


The Faculty of Education Research Office will continue to complete the data entry on all ROLAs for Faculty of Education researchers but you, as the researcher, will need to ensure that you check the entries that are done and complete the additional details as per the information below and attached before you submit the ROLA. Remember when you hit the submit button in ROLA, this is your signature stating that all of the details in the application are accurate.

Open Access Information Session

June 17, 2015

Information session on the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) invite the Canadian research community to an information session on their recently announced Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications. The session will be an opportunity for the research community to learn more about the policy and its impacts on agency-funded research publications.

The information session will be delivered by webinar.

To join the session

  1. English session: Friday June 26, 2015 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
  2. French session: Monday June 22, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST

About the policy

  1. The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications was released by NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR on February 27, 2015.

Instructions to connect

  1. Test your connection and get a quick overview
  2. For better sound quality, you can also connect by teleconference
    1. Local Dial-in: 613-960-7513
    2. Toll free Dial-in: 1-877-413-4788
    3. Enter the Conference ID: 5248493

For more information about the session

  1. NSERC:
  2. SSHRC:
  3. CIHR:

Statistics Workshops: Introductory Inferential Statistics and the R Computing Language

June 17, 2015

*WORKSHOP: Crash Course in Introductory Inferential Statistics*

Crash Course in Introductory Inferential Statistics- 12:30-4:30pm, Jun 23, Room 121 Teaching Support Centre in The D.B. Weldon Library

This workshop is open to anyone (students, faculty, staff) who would like a refresher on introductory statistics. Emphasis will be on hypothesis testing procedures typically covered in introductory statistics courses.

For more information on the workshop or to register, please visit the workshop website:

Note: A non-refundable fee of $25 is required to hold your spot in the workshop.


*WORKSHOP: An Introduction to R*

R is a popular open source statistical package for data analytics and graphics that is widely used in both academia and industry. According to a recent survey, it is the most used statistical programming language and the 13th overall for all programming languages. It is available for free download from for use on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (there’s even a version on Android).

This workshop is a half day introduction to R led by PhD Candidates in the Department of Statistical & Actuarial Sciences. It will be offered twice (9am-12pm on Jun 25 and 26) in the Weldon Instruction Room (ground floor, The D.B. Weldon Library). This workshop is open to anyone (faculty, students, staff) who is interested in learning more about R. Advanced statistics knowledge is not required to participate.

For more information on the workshop or to register, please visit the workshop website:

Note: A non-refundable fee of $25 is required to hold your spot in the workshop.

SSHRC Connection Grant – Next Competition

June 8, 2015

SSHRC’s Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and outreach activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating.

Matching Funds: SSHRC will not fund the full cost of any connection event or outreach activity. Additional support in the form of cash and/or in-kind contributions (excluding registration fees), equivalent to a minimum of 50 per cent of the amount requested from SSHRC, must come from sponsoring organizations.

Description: Connection Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes or other events or outreach activities that facilitate:

  • disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary exchanges in the humanities and social sciences;
  • scholarly exchanges between those working in the social sciences and humanities and those working in other research fields;
  • intersectoral exchanges between academic researchers in the humanities and social sciences and researchers and practitioners from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors; and/or
  • international research collaboration and scholarly exchanges between researchers, students and non-academic partners from other countries.

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

Amount: The maximum value for a SSHRC Connection Grant is now dependent on whether it is an “event” Connection Grant OR if it is a Connection Grant with “outreach activities”.

  • “Event” Connection grants are a maximum of $25,000 over one year. (Minimum $7,000 and maximum $25,000). This would require $12,500 in-kind and/or cash contribution.
  • Connection grants with “outreach activities” are a maximum of $50,000. (Minimum $7,000 and maximum $50,000). This would require $25,000 in-kind and/or cash contribution.
  • SSHRC is willing to consider amounts higher than $50,000, although such applications must satisfactorily justify the need for the higher amount, as well as provide evidence that the entire award can be managed within the one-year time frame.


Faculty of Education Research Office: 2 days prior to Research Western deadline. (If you wish to have feedback on your application allow at least one week.)
Research Western: Friday July 31st, 2015 at 2PM ET

**For the August 2015 deadline: All applications must be “submitted” in the SSHRC web-based forms by Friday July 31st at 2PM ET. Western is closed on Monday August 3rd, and therefore any applications submitted after Friday July 31st will NOT be transmitted to SSHRC.

Western ROLA Deadline SSHRC Deadline Decision Date
Thursday July 23rd, 2015 at 5PM (ET) July 31st, 2015 at 2PM (ET)

(Aug 3rd is a holiday in ON, therefore Western RD&S is closed)

Wednesday September 30th, 2015

A ROLA is required for all SSHRC Connection Grants and applications cannot be forwarded to SSHRC without a completed ROLA including chair and dean approvals. Your faculty and/or department may have additional deadlines – please consult your faculty research officer for further information.

Submission process in the SSHRC web-based forms:

  1. When you hit “submit”, the application is sent to Western first and then RD&S is required to “forward” your application with institutional approvali.e. the application does not go directly to SSHRC.
  2. When you “submit”, RD&S will email you to tell you that we’ve received your application as well as what date/time it will be forwarded to SSHRC. If you are going to be away on the day of the deadline or be unavailable by email, please contact
  3. Once you receive the email from RD&S you can ask to have the application returned to you (if you need to make changes). Please note: Returning an application will be based on whether there is enough time provided prior to the sponsor deadline to make changes and submit again before the system closes. i.e. RD&S does not usually return applications on the day of the SSHRC deadline.


1. Applicants can have whatever combination of cash or in-kind they can confirm from sponsoring organizations.   i.e. support from the sponsoring organization can now be entirely in-kind, provided it is justified and calculated appropriately. For information regarding the value of in-kind contributions as per SSHRC, please visit the SSHRC Guidelines for cash and in-kind contributions.

2. There is a restriction on the number of applications per year. As of June 18, 2014, An applicant may apply for one Connection Grant per calendar year. An applicant may not apply for or hold more than one Connection Grant for the same event or outreach activity.” Please refer to SSHRC’s regulations regarding multiple applications for more information.

3. Applicants may draw on complementary funding from SSHRC research grants and/or other research funding agencies, but must make it clear in their budget proposal that there is no duplication of financial support for the same budget expenses. While SSHRC funds may be used in this complementary way, these funds cannot be counted towards the 50 per cent requirement for matching funds. 

More Information and link to Applications

Early Researcher Awards Information Session

June 8, 2015

In anticipation of the launch of the next round of the Early Researcher Awards (ERA) program, we will be holding a workshop for interested ERA applicants on Wednesday, June 10th. All faculty who intend to apply or who are considering applying are encouraged to attend.

This workshop will include:

  • A discussion of our past successes in the program, including timing your application within your career path
  • Strategies for developing a strong application and how you can position yourself and your research for a successful application
  • Perspectives and advice from a member of an ERA review committee
  • An opportunity to connect with RD&S staff and faculty research officers who will be assisting you in your application

Workshop details
Date: Wednesday, June 10th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Social Science Centre 3024

Please RSVP to or x84620.

In addition to this workshop, the Ministry of Research and Innovation will be visiting on Wednesday, June 24th to provide an information session on the ERA program. This session will focus on the program guidelines and application submission. It will be held at 10:00 a.m. in Somerville House 3315 (no RSVP required). All interested faculty are welcome to attend.

If you have any questions regarding the ERA program or eligibility, please feel free to contact Carolyn Paterson (or ext.82262) or your Faculty research officer, Karen Kueneman,

Western’s CCV Workshops Still Running This Summer 2015

June 4, 2015

Even though SSHRC has announced that most of its earlier plans for changes to the Insight Grant for the Fall 2015 competition will not be followed – RD&S will still be running a series of CCV workshops once a month throughout the summer for any SSHRC and NSERC researchers at Western who require assistance with the Common CV. SSHRC will likely move the Insight Grant into the Research Portal for the Fall of 2016. Therefore, now is an excellent time to get a head start on the large amount of manual data entry required for the CCV.


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