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SSHRC’s 2014 Impact Awards finalists

he Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is pleased to announce the 2014 Impact Awards finalists. Please feel free to share this in your networks.

Best regards,
Ursula Gobel
Associate Vice-President, Future Challenges | Vice-présidente adjointe, Défis de demain
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada

350 Albert Street | 350, rue Albert, Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4
E | C ursula.gobel@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca
T 613 947-6939 FAX | TÉLÉC. 613.944-4077
www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca
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Nominations Now Open for SSHRC’s Prestigious 2014 Impact Awards

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) welcomes nominations of top researchers, students and research partnerships for the 2014 Impact Awards. The Impact Awards include the distinguished Gold Medal for achievement in research, as well as the Talent, Insight, Connection and Partnerships awards, each reflecting guiding principles of SSHRC’s programs and activities.

“The prestigious Impact Awards mark an opportunity to highlight significant impact resulting from the work of Canada’s top social science and humanities students and scholars,” said Chad Gaffield, president of SSHRC. “SSHRC is very proud to recognize individuals whose excellence in research and leadership are contributing to a better future Canada and the world.

Impact Award funds are to be used for activities that promote and extend the work being honoured. Postsecondary institutions have until May 9, 2014, to submit their nominations. Winners will be announced in fall 2014.

Media contact:
Gurprasad Green
Communications Advisor
Tel.: 613‑944‑1759
Email: gurprasad.green@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca
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CIHR Reforms: Addressing the Funding Gap – An Update on the funding start date for the 2014 Foundation Scheme “live pilot” and Transitional OOGP competitions

An important message from CIHR’s Chief Scientific Officer

As part of our commitment to keeping the research community informed throughout the implementation of the new Open Suite of Programs and peer review processes, I would like to let the community know about a recent development related to the 2014 Foundation Scheme and Transitional OOGP competitions.

Early in the design process for the new Open Suite of Programs, we acknowledged that there would be an impact on the cycle of funding start dates during the transition period and therefore have worked both to minimize the impact and provide information to the research community as early as possible. In this vein, we provided the community with the relevant funding opportunities and associated timelines well in advance of the transition period to allow current grant holders to plan for potential gaps in CIHR funding. We have heard concerns from many in the community, both from individual researchers and from research institutions, regarding the impact of a six month gap in funding for successful applicants. After having considered various options, and weighing the risks and benefits of any adjustments (including the impact on the predicted number of grants CIHR will be able to support through these competitions) we have taken the decision to reduce the gap by moving forward the funding start date for both competitions. This will have the effect of allowing new grantees to ramp up their research faster and will reduce the funding gap that may exist for some current grantees from 6 months to 3 months.

As a result, the funding start date for the 2014 Foundation Scheme live pilot and Transitional OOGP has changed from October 1, 2015 to July 1, 2015.

Questions regarding the Open Suite of Programs and peer review reforms can be sent to CIHR by email: Roadmap-Plan.Strategique@cihr-irsc.gc.ca
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
160 Elgin Street, 9th Floor
Address locator 4809A
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0W9
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Research Administration Management Survey

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We greatly appreciate your participation.
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Chris Carlson
Director of Operations, Process Pathways Inc.,
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242, 3553-31st St. NW Calgary AB T2L 2K7 CANADA
www.processpathways.com

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The CAURA Connection is attached here. We would like to thank all our contributors and encourage everyone to submit contributions to future newsletters. The deadline is January 31st.

Enjoy The CAURA Connection and please share it with your colleagues and encourage them to join CAURA.

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What We Learned from Our Consultations and What’s Next – A Note from the Canadian Council on Animal Care

In the fall of 2013, the CCAC launched a collaborative national stakeholder engagement process to inform the development and implementation of a sustainable CCAC Program. Given impending CIHR and NSERC funding reductions, CCAC sought broad and targeted input from its stakeholders with a goal to collectively develop a financial solution that was both equitable and acceptable to all of CCAC’s stakeholders, while maintaining the overall effectiveness and integrity of the Program.

After several months of intense activity we are pleased to share with you the results of our consultation initiatives as well as the next steps of our transition.

Results of CCAC Consultation Initiatives

Stakeholder Engagement Process

This iterative approach involved three distinct but interconnected phases: an online Choicebook™, four web conferences and a consensus workshop. Each phase of the engagement process was designed purposefully, to move from broad engagement on high level issues and options to more focused input on ways of addressing the sustainability challenges facing CCAC. Individuals from all of CCAC’s key stakeholder groups actively participated in the process.

We encourage you to read the detailed report on our three phase stakeholder engagement process. In this report you will find the results of the consultation process as well as the rationale behind it and the selection criteria that were used to determine which organizations and individuals would participate.

National Survey

Another significant initiative undertaken by CCAC has been to poll members of the Canadian public to gain a better understanding of their views on the importance of animal welfare in science. The results of this national representative survey are now accessible to the whole CCAC community as well as anyone involved and/or interested in the ethical use of animals in Canadian science.

Moving Forward

On April 1, 2014, the CCAC will be entering a funding-reduction phase of our CIHR-NSERC funding which will particularly impact the Assessment and Certification Program. CCAC has carefully considered the results of the stakeholder engagement and will submit a report to CIHR and NSERC before January 31, 2014 that puts forward a strategic approach. CCAC Council met over several days last week to discuss the results of the consultations and the main aspects of this approach.

We will provide you with an update when we receive the response from CIHR and NSERC and then determine as an organization how to go forward. In the meantime, the schedule of assessment visits will proceed as usual.

In addition, several Program streamlining and cost saving initiatives are being investigated and undertaken. For example, on April 1, 2014, the CCAC Secretariat will be relocating (190 O’Connor Street, Ottawa) to significantly reduce costs associated with office space. Other initiatives will be announced at a later date and as they are approved by Council and integrated into the Program.

Thank You!

We wish to sincerely thank all individuals who participated in one or more phases of this consultation process. Your input and willingness to contribute to and participate in this process were astounding and much appreciated. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all stakeholders for your patience during the last months of intense activity and transition for the CCAC.

We greatly appreciate your continuing support of the CCAC and its mandate and invite you to contact us if you have questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mark Torchia
Chair, CCAC Board of Directors

Dr. Norman Willis
CCAC Executive Director

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CIHR Funding Opportunities: 2014 Foundation Scheme “live pilot” competition and Transitional OOGP competition

To support the transition to the new Open Suite of Programs and peer review processes, a measured, multi-year approach is being implemented. A component of this approach includes the introduction of the Foundation Scheme through two “live pilot” competitions and the phasing out of the Open Operating Grant Program. We expect that this transition will take place between 2014 and 2016. However ˆ as we have noted in other communications – course corrections and adjustments may be required along the way as we learn from the results of the pilots; the community will be kept informed should change be made.

To support this transition, CIHR is publishing two key funding opportunities:

These funding opportunities are being supported by a set of questions and answers as well as application requirements for the 2014 Foundation Scheme “live pilot” competition available through the funding opportunity on ResearchNet. Please note, however, that the actual Foundation Scheme application will not be available on ResearchNet until June 2014. The application requirements and processes for the Transitional OOGP remain the same as in the existing OOGP.

If you have any questions regarding these two funding opportunities, please visit the CIHR website or contact the CIHR Reforms team at:  Roadmap-Plan.Strategique@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research
160 Elgin Street, 9th Floor
Address locator 4809A
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0W9
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SSHRC Insight Development Grants

The Insight Development Grants (IDG) form is now ready on the Research Portal. Applicants can begin working on their applications for the 2014 IDG competition. Following feedback received from applicants and university Research Offices, SSHRC has made some significant improvements to the SSHRC CCV and the IDG application form in the Research Portal. Some of the more visible changes include:

In the SSHRC CCV:

In the IDG Application form:

  • Applicants, co-applicants, and collaborators now attach their CCVs to an application by using a confirmation number;
  • Emerging scholars are limited to choosing one of the eligibility criteria, and the form will verify their eligibility status by asking for specific dates (e.g. date of PhD);
  • The instructions for the “Timelines” attachment have been improved, providing more guidance to applicants. Applicants are encouraged to use charts and graphs when providing the timelines of their research projects.

Applicants and university Research Offices are advised to review the SSHRC website for recent updates to the IDG description.  SSHRC will be holding three webinars on the IDG on December 5 (English and French) and 6 (English).  Information on how to connect will be sent later.

For administrators and Research Officers who are completing test or practice applications, we have created a “Test Organization”, which will help prevent these applications from congesting the portal. We ask administrators to select the organization called ZZZ-INTERNAL TESTING ENVIRONMENT.

Finally, please note that the application submission deadline is February 3 at 8 pm Eastern Time.  We encourage applicants to complete their SSHRC CCV as soon as possible. Applicants should expect that creating a SSHRC CCV for the first time will require a significant time investment.

For technical questions please contact:
Helpdesk
Tel.: 613-995-4273
Email: webgrant@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

For Programs-related questions please contact:
Research Portfolio
Tel.: 613-996-6976
Email: insightdevelopment@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

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CIHR – Communications Evaluation Survey

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is interested in receiving your feedback, as well as feedback from your research community. The survey should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete. The deadline to respond is November 29th, 2013.

Your results will be kept completely confidential. Your personal information will not be shared without your consent, and you will be assigned a random study number. Information collected will only be reported for the entire population and will not contain any information corresponding to individual organizations or respondents. It will not be possible to identify you in any reports, and your individual responses will NOT be shared with CIHR or any third parties.

To participate in the survey, please go to the following website:  http://ipsospasurveys.com/s/CIHR-IRSC

If you know of someone who did not receive an invitation from CIHR but would like to participate, please forward them the link. If you have any technical questions or issues with answering this survey, you may contact:

Will Daley
Will.Daley@ipsos.com
613-688-8979

Ruth Davy
Ruth.Davy@ipsos.com
613-688-8981

For any other questions regarding the survey, please feel free to contact Karen Spierkel, Director, Communications and Public Outreach by phone at 613-954-1812 or by email.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this study.

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Capitalizing on Big Data: Agencies launch consultation on digital scholarship

Canada’s federal research granting agencies—the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), as well as the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and in collaboration with Genome Canada—have joined forces to help address digital infrastructure challenges through the consultation document Toward a Policy Framework for Advancing Digital Scholarship in Canada.

Institutions, associations, organizations and individuals may provide input on the consultation document between now and December 16, 2013. Email responses should be sent to:
digitalscholarship@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

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Upcoming Consultations on Draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy

In keeping with global trends on open access, 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 (SSHRC) are developing a harmonized policy on access to research publications. Making research results as widely available and accessible as possible is an essential part of advancing knowledge and maximizing the benefits of publicly-funded research for Canadians.

The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy (the “draft policy”) builds on the endorsement of Open Access principles by all three agencies in 2010 and outlines the responsibilities of the researchers and agencies in facilitating greater access to peer-reviewed journal publications.

The draft policy is modeled after CIHR’s Open Access Policy, which remains unchanged and continues to be mandatory.  SSHRC has had a non-mandatory educational policy since 2006 and this harmonized approach will go one step further.

An online consultation process on the draft policy will take place from October 15 to December 13, 2013, inclusively. During this time, NSERC and SSHRC will be inviting post-secondary institutions, associations and organizations, as well as individuals to provide feedback on the draft policy. Representatives of institutions and organizations will be asked to consult their researchers and their membership and to report on the collective perspective. Additionally, individuals will also be able to respond independently.

NSERC and SSHRC will distribute a message including a web link to the document upon the start of the consultation period on October 15. Your support of and involvement in this process would be greatly appreciated.

For more information please contact openaccess@nserc-crsng.gc.ca.

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SSHRC Partnership Grants – Letter of Intent

The Partnership Grants – Letter of Intent description and application form are now updated for the 2014 competition and available on the SSHRC website at the following link: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/partnership_grants_loi-subventions_partenariat_li-eng.aspx

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. Please note that the value of awards at the second stage is now up to $500,000 per year over four to seven years, for a maximum total of up to $2.5 million over seven years.

Deadline:  February 17, 2014 (8 p.m. Eastern time) since the annual deadline of February 15 falls on a weekend

Partnership Grant applicants requiring funding to support research and research-related tools should consult SSHRC’s new Guidelines for Support of Tools for Research and Related Activities.

On October 2 and 3, SSHRC will be hosting a series of webinars to provide information and answer questions about this funding opportunity. More details will follow on the SSHRC website and in a separate announcement.

For more information, please contact SSHRC by telephone at 613-943-1007 or email at: partnershipgrants@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca.

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Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s: Application and Common CV Now Available

The application for the Canada Graduate Scholarship Program at the Master’s level is now live. The newly harmonized application system on the Research Portal and customized Common CV template are available here.

Along with the newly harmonized application system, Roles and Responsibilities for Universities and the Agencies Managing the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program is also now available.

The program description as well as other resources and information are available on the CGS Harmonization webpage. This page will be updated regularly to include further resources, included a series of frequently asked questions for students that you may find useful. We also invite you to contact us with any questions or comments at any time via harmonization@cgs-besc.gc.ca.

Your feedback, advice and support have been instrumental in reaching this milestone and will continue to be as we work together to ensure a smooth transition for the Master’s competition.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact:

Gordana Krcevinac
Director, Tri-Council Harmonization Project
350 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON  K1P 6G4
Email: Gordana.Krcevinac@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca
Telephone: 613.996-3248

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SSHRC unveils the six future challenge areas

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are pleased to inform you about the public release of the future challenge areas resulting from Imagining Canada’s Future initiative. Please have a look at the video and the web page. The new web page devoted to this initiative also includes a description of each future challenge area and associated sub-questions, in addition to the technical report submitted to Council last June.

We are organizing regional sessions during the fall, including the Munk School of Global Affairs (September 26), the World Social Sciences Forum (October 15), Montreal (date to be confirmed), the Centre for International Governance Innovation (November 6), and the University of Regina (November 7). Events on the West Coast and the Atlantic regions are also being discussed with SSHRC Leaders in the regions.
SSHRC is excited about taking a leadership role in helping make a better future for Canada and the world. We look forward to engaging with you and the research community as we move forward with this initiative.

For further information, please contact:
Thérèse De Groote
Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Vice-President, Research
ifca-sica@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

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TCPS 2 – Proposed Changes for Public Consultation

The Panel on Research Ethics announces the release of proposed changes to the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) for public comment.

Written comments on the proposed changes will be accepted until January 15, 2014. The proposed changes, companion documents and information on the consultation are now available online.

Please see the communiqué for additional information.

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SSHRC – Partnership Development Grants

Deadline: November 30, 2013

The Partnership Development Grants description is now updated for the 2013 competition and available on the SSHRC website at the following link:

http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/partnership_development_grants-subventions_partenariat_developpement-eng.aspx

Following feedback received from members of CAURA earlier this year, we have proceeded with implementing some of the recommended changes to lighten the application requirements. Therefore the application form and instructions will be available by the end of August. We remain committed to the continuous improvement of our processes and policies and, as always, value input from our community.

For more information, please contact us by telephone at 613-943-1007 or email at: partnershipgrants@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

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CIHR Reforms: Foundation Scheme “live pilot” competition eligibility criteria

CIHR is pleased to share with you the eligibility criteria for the Foundation Scheme “live pilot” competitions, which were approved by CIHR Science Council on July 17, 2013. This information will be available on the Reforms website.

The eligibility criteria present the parameters in which researchers will be allowed to apply to the two Foundation Scheme “live pilot” competitions scheduled for fall 2014 and fall 2015. These criteria were developed to manage application pressure in a competition environment where new program criteria, processes and the supporting systems are being piloted. The eligibility criteria aim to minimize gaps in funding among the CIHR Open-funded research community and ensure that eligible applicants are representative of CIHR’s wide-ranging community.

CIHR anticipates that some researchers will contact Grant Administration Offices to request information on their eligibility. To help support you during this time, we are providing you with a frequently asked questions document. In addition, a list of all current Nominated Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators with an Open grant that ends within the eligible timeframe will be sent to each institution next week. Note that this list will not include new/early career investigators or those who are new to CIHR. CIHR will also be hosting WebEx sessions for CAURA members to answer questions regarding the eligibility criteria. These sessions will take place on:

* Thursday, August 8, 2013 – 13:00-14:00 Eastern Time (bilingual)
* Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – 13:00-14:00 Eastern Time (bilingual)

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact the CIHR Reforms team at Roadmap-Plan.Strategique@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

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Summary of changes to the NSERC Research Tools and Instrument Grants Program

The NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants Program provides the primary avenue to obtain up to $150,000 in support for research tools and instruments with a total net cost between $7,001 and $250,000. Based on the outcome of our consultations with stakeholders, NSERC will continue to conduct a national competition for RTI but will be providing universities with a quota of the number of RTI applications that they can submit to NSERC annually. This quota is based on the number of NSERC-funded researchers in the natural sciences and engineering at each university. In order to assist universities in selecting and submitting RTI applications to NSERC, the changes to the program starting this year are summarized below.

  • Universities can submit applications up to the number of their quota. Each university’s quota can be found on the NSERC Secure Site. The quota and the changes to the RTI Grants Program do not apply to the Subatomic Physics Research Tools and Instruments applications.
  • A researcher can be an applicant or a co-applicant on any number of applications.
  • In the Proposal page of the RTI application, the attachment is now limited to three pages.
  • An application including applicants from more than one university would normally count against the quota of the university where the tools and instruments would be located. However, for cases in which the tools and instruments would be located in a multi-institutional facility, please contact NSERC so that we can determine whether the application should be considered outside of the quota.
  • NSERC will accept applications that include various tools and instruments that form a comprehensive system intended to support a single or multiple research programs. However, bundling of unrelated tools and instruments, or of duplicate tools and instruments intended for different uses, will not be accepted.
  • Multiple-year requests will not be accepted.

Many elements of the RTI Program and the application submission will remain the same.

  • The NSERC deadline remains October 25 at 8 p.m. (ET). Each university will have its own internal deadline.
  • The selection criteria remain the same:
  1. excellence of the applicant(s);
  2. merit of the proposed research program(s);
  3. need for and urgency of the equipment, including availability of and access to similar equipment;
  4. suitability of the proposed equipment for the proposed research program(s); and
  5. importance of the equipment for the training of highly qualified personnel.
  • As well, the forms remain the same and should be completed using the online system.NSERC encourages universities to inform their faculties of their internal selection process and to share their best practices with other universities.

For any inquiries, please contact RTI-OIR@nserc-crsng.gc.ca.

The NSERC RTI Team

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News about CIHR’s Planning and Dissemination Programs

Please note that the Planning Grant and Dissemination Events programs will no longer be offered after the Fall 2013 competition. CIHR recognizes the importance of planning and dissemination activities and will continue to support these activities through the Institute Community Support (ICS) Program going forward.

The ICS Program is designed to allow Institutes and Initiatives the flexibility to tailor programs to meet the needs of their communities and to foster community development. The new planning and dissemination program under the ICS model is proposed to launch twice per year with application intakes in February and August. The first launch is planned for December 2013 with an application deadline in February, 2014 and funding start date in June, 2014. Please visit ResearchNet in December 2013 for more details on this funding opportunity.

If you have any questions about the ICS Program, please contact Adrian Puga, Assistant Director, Institute Affairs at adrian.puga@cihr-irsc.gc.ca or 613-941-8596.

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CIHR Fellowship Program – Deadline change

This serves as a reminder that beginning in the Fall 2013, CIHR will only be offering one Fellowship competition per year. Despite this change, the number of fellowships awarded will be maintained at approximately 170 per year and the overall budget allocated to this program will remain unchanged at $21M over five years.

To ensure the successful implementation of this change, the CIHR Fellowship awards competition deadline will be moving to November 15, 2013 (rather than October 1) and the anticipated notice of decision will be on April 30, 2014. Although the deadline date is delayed for this competition, eligibility of candidates will not be impacted for this year as, exceptionally for this competition, applicants’ eligibility will be calculated as of October 1, 2013.

Should you have questions, we encourage you to consult the CIHR website for details regarding the program and how to apply:
http://www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca/rnr16/viewOpportunityDetails.do?prog=1907&language=E&fodAgency=CIHR&view=browseArchive&browseArc=true

or to contact the program delivery team at fellowships@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

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New Investigator Salary Award – Deadline change

The CIHR New Investigator Salary Award competition deadline will be changing effective for the Fall 2013 competition. This change will allow CIHR to gain operational efficiencies. The new application deadline will be December 2, 2013 (rather than September 15). The anticipated notice of decision remains the same as in previous competitions – June 30.

Although the deadline date is delayed for the upcoming competition, the eligibility of candidates will not be impacted for this year. Please note that exceptionally for this competition, applicants’ eligibility will be calculated as of September 15, 2013.

Should you have questions, we encourage you to consult the CIHR website for details regarding the program and how to apply:

http://www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca/rnr16/viewOpportunityDetails.do?prog=1908&language=E&fodAgency=CIHR&view=browseArchive&browseArc=true

or contact the program delivery team at new.investigators@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

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ResearchNet site redesign – July 2013 launch

CIHR is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the redesigned ResearchNet site the week of July 15, 2013. The revised site will include:

* A new home page to better serve the research communities.
* A new design and navigation structure based on user feedback.

This launch is based on the results of a usability study and user testing with members of CIHR’s research community. We thank you for your feedback and continued support.

This is the first step to improving the usability of the site. Over the coming months additional changes will be implemented incrementally.

We welcome your feedback at RNOpinion@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

Thank you for your support.

Kerry Cavanagh
Deputy CIO, IM/IT and Business Solutions

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The Insight Grants full application is now available online.

Please note the following:

·An Insight Grant application will be created for all applicants who have submitted the IG NOI in their Portfolio.
·IG full application instructions are available upon request by writing to: insightgrants@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca .
·A blank Insight Grant application form will be created for all Research Administrators who currently have RGO access, and will appear in their “Applicant Portfolio” as of July 30.
·Any others requiring access to a blank form should contact the Helpdesk by email (webgrant@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca) or by phone (613-995-4273). These forms will be available after July 30.
·The deadline for submission is October 15th, 8:00 PM ET. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.
·Applications must be submitted by RGOs.

Reminder:
·Each applicant must submit an NOI directly to SSHRC via the online system by August 15th, 2013.
·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 2013 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.

Please address any technical questions to the Helpdesk by email (webgrant@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca). For any questions regarding the funding opportunity itself please email insightgrants@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca or telephone 613-996-6976.

Sincerely,

Jean-Francois Fortin, Ph.D.
Director
Research Portfolio

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Update on SSHRC’s Research Portal and Canadian Common CV

SSHRC, in collaboration with NSERC, has been working to modernize its technology infrastructure and improve services in the delivery of its programs.  In November 2012, the Council launched the new Research Portal, along with the SSHRC template for the Canadian Common CV (CCV), as part of the February 2013 Insight Development Grants competition. This spring, NSERC implemented the Research Portal and CCV for its Discovery Grants and Subatomic Physics Grants competition.

The next SSHRC Insight Development Grants competition will be launched in fall 2013 and will continue to use the new Research Portal and CCV. For those who did not apply last year and plan to submit an application, we encourage you to begin filling out the SSHRC template for the CCV well in advance of the February deadline. Apart from Insight Development Grants, all other grant competitions this year will be on the previous IT platform and will be using the former SSHRC CV. The Tri-Council Canada Graduate Scholarships-Masters, will launch on the new research portal, along with the new CCV, in September 2013.

In response to feedback from the research community, we continue to work with our Information Technology team to improve the new Research Portal and CCV experience for applicants, partners and institutions. We are assessing the on-boarding schedule for future funding opportunities with deadlines in fall 2014 and will keep the community informed of plans as they emerge.

For the latest news and information regarding SSHRC and its programs, including the Research Portal and CCV, please subscribe to our RSS feed, newsletter (Dialogue), and follow us onFacebook and Twitter.

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Preview of Application Requirement for NSERC Discovery Grants

As you may know, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is phasing in the Research Portal and the Common CV (CCV) starting with the Discovery Grants Program. The Notification of Intent submission period (May 8 to August 1, 2013) is currently underway using the new Research Portal and NSERC CCV.

In response to feedback received from the research community, a preview of high-level requirements is now available to help institutions and researchers prepare their individual and team Discovery Grants applications due November 1, 2013. The attached table highlights the application elements to be included in the Research Portal, and the allowed space associated with each.

These requirements are subject to change and are provided for planning purposes only. As in previous years, NSERC will provide final requirements and instructions in early August—once the application function is available within the Research Portal.

Note: The requirements attached do not apply to the program elements for the Subatomic Physics Grants suite, which are also migrating to the Research Portal and NSERC CCV in 2013.

All questions should be directed to COORD@NSERC-CRSNG.GC.CA

Thank you for your collaboration.

Catherine Podeszfinski
Chief, Program Operations | Chef, Opération des programmes
Research Grants & Scholarships | Subventions de recherche et bourses
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada | Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada

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[Caura-net] Mitacs Funding Available

Dear CAURA members,

Mitacs is pleased to announce national funding and training opportunities to faculty members, students and postdoctoral fellows.
We would appreciate your help in distributing the call for proposals below to your faculty. Please note the deadline for submissions in each call.

Mitacs-Accelerate PhD Fellowships
·Deadline: September 19, 2013
·Mitacs-Accelerate PhD Fellowships fund PhDs conducting research with industrial partners.
·Fellowships consist of a 3 year peer-reviewed research project supported with $30,000 annually.
·This program is open to all PhDs regardless of nationality, enrolled at a Mitacs full or associate partner university. For a list of eligible full and associate partner universities, please visit our website (http://www.mitacs.ca/about/academic-partners).

For more information, please visit http://www.mitacs.ca/funding-opportunities  or contact your local Mitacs Representative.

REMINDER OF OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Mitacs-Accelerate Program
·Funding available through Mitacs Accelerate to collaborate with industry on research or development-focused projects
·Projects undertaken by grad students and post-docs from ALL disciplines
·Applications accepted throughout the year

For more information, please visit http://www.mitacs.ca/accelerate or contact your local Mitacs Representative.

Best wishes,

Rebeca
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Launch of SSHRC’s Connection Funding Opportunity

I am pleased to inform you that the Connection Grants funding opportunity has been launched and the description is now available on the SSHRC website: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/connection_grants-subventions_connexion-eng.aspx.  Please note that the application form and instructions will be made available by June 28, 2013, at the latest.

While SSHRC is pleased by the success of the first year of the Connection funding opportunity, it led to an unprecedented demand for this type of grant. Given available financial resources, and to avoid a temporarily suspension of the competition, the following adjustments were introduced:

Individuals may only be applicant / project director and co-applicant on one (1) active Connection Grant (individual or institutional) at a time.  Furthermore, an applicant / project director may apply for only one Connection Grant per calendar year.
The maximum value of a Connection grant for an event is now $25,000.  The value of a Connection grant for other outreach activity will remain at $50,000 (with higher amounts considered on an exceptional basis).
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 other sources, such as sponsors.
Results will normally be announced to candidates within 16 weeks from confirmed receipt of the application.
Funding decisions will be announced four times per year, i.e., in June, September, December and March.  For the current fiscal year, which is ending on March 31, 2014, approximately $1,000,000 will be awarded in grants for each of the three remaining announcements.

For more information, please contact SSHRC by telephone at 613-943-1007 or email at: connection@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

Sincerely, Éric

Éric Bastien
Acting Director
Partnerships Portfolio
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

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Guidelines for Support of Tools for Research and Related Activities
 
I am writing to inform you of the launch of new guidelines for support of tools for research and research related activities.

The new guidelines apply to grant type funding opportunities.  For the moment, they apply to the following upcoming competitions:

·Insight Grants (IG) competition (deadline October 2013), and;
·Partnership Grants (PG-LOI) competition (deadline February 2014).

The guidelines may be consulted for applications to the Partnership Grants (PG-Formal) competition (deadline Fall 2013) but are not mandatory for this competition.

For more information, please consult the guidelines at the following link:

http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/policies-politiques/support_tools_soutien_outils-eng.aspx

Acting Director | Directrice intérimaire
Knowledge Integration| Intégration des connaissances
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
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E | C : adele.savoie@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca
T : 613.995.6898
www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

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Notification of Intent – Insight Grant

The Notification of Intent (NOI) to apply for an Insight Grant has been available online since June 19th. Please note the following:

·NOIs must be submitted directly by the applicants to SSHRC via the online system by August 15th, 2013.
·NOIs will not be accepted after the deadline.
·An applicant who has not submitted an NOI by this date will be ineligible to submit the full application in the October 2013 competition.
·An Insight Grant application will be created for all applicants who have submitted the IG NOI beginning mid-July in the applicant’s Portfolio.
·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.
·A blank Insight Grant application form will be created for all Research Administrators who currently have RGO access, and will appear in their “Applicant Portfolio” as of July 30.
·Any others requiring access to a blank form should contact the Helpdesk by email (webgrant@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca) or by phone (613-995-4273). These forms will be available after July 30.
·IG application instructions will also be available upon request once the form has been released by writing to: insightgrants@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca.

Jean-Francois Fortin, Ph.D.
Director| Directeur
Research Portfolio | Portefeuille de la recherche
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

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Renewed Canadian Common CV (CCV) for CIHR

Dear colleagues,

As part of CIHR’s ongoing commitment to providing updates on the Canadian Common CV (CCV), I would like to inform you of the following changes that have been implemented effective May 19, 2013.

On behalf of CIHR, I thank you for your continued patience. I assure you that CIHR remains committed to working with Canada’s research community and with the CCV to shape future improvements.

Sincerely,
Jane E. Aubin, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer and Vice-President, Research and Knowledge Translation

Canadian Common CV (CCV) enhancements effective May 19, 2013

1. Enhancements to the search function
* Smart search has been introduced and users will no longer be directed to a separate page to select their information. For example, typing “University of Ottawa” in the Organization field in the section Degrees, automatically selects the Organization Type (Academic), Country (Canada) and Subdivision (Ontario).

2. Removal of subdivision requirement
* CCV users will no longer be required to select a Subdivision for countries other than Canada and USA.  For example, if the organization is “University of Paris XII” then the Subdivision will be auto-populated with “not required.”

* In all user accounts, all Subdivisions other than those for Canada and USA have now been updated to “not required.”

3. Ability to sort PubMed entries
* PubMed date values have been converted to the CCV date format. These enhancements have been made to allow PubMed entries to be sorted by their publication dates. As a result, all PubMed publication dates currently entered in the CCV using any of the formats listed below have been automatically converted to the format YYYY-MM-DD.

YYYY
YYYY MMM
YYYY MMM DD
YYYY MMM-MMM
YYYY MMM-MMM DD
YYYY MMM-MMM DD-DD
YYYY-YYYY MMM-MMM DD-DD
YYYY Season [Spring, Fall, Summer, Winter]

* Please note that if your PubMed publication dates were not entered using any of the above formats, the publication date field was cleared when this enhancement was implemented.  Therefore, if you have modified the publication date of a PubMed record in your CV and have not used one of the above formats, you will need to re-enter the date in your CV.

If you have any questions, please contact CIHR at ccv-cvc@cihr-irsc.gc.ca or 1-888-603-4178. CIHR remains committed to working with Canada’s research community and with the CCV. Additional improvements will continue to be made and updates will be provided as soon as they are implemented.

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Release of SSHRC’s 2013-2016 strategic plan

We are pleased to let you know that SSHRC has released its next strategic plan entitled Strengthening Canada’s Cultures of Innovation: SSHRC’s strategic plan, 2013-16. The electronic version is available on the SSHRC website.

Since 2008, SSHRC has been guided by the strategic priorities noted in Framing our Direction and Framing Our Direction 2010-12. The 2013-16 strategic plan reflects a consolidation of our achievements, and a continuation of our efforts towards making Canada a world leader in social sciences and humanities research and research training. This is an ambitious goal and not one that SSHRC can achieve on its own.  We value the ongoing engagement of the SSHRC Leaders in helping us move forward.

Through the 2013-16 plan, SSHRC will continue to build on its accomplishments related to our new program architecture, the Imagining Canada’s Future project, the strengthening of engagement activities and the new grants management system. With the collaboration of post-secondary institutions, faculty, students and organizations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, SSHRC-funded research and training will continue to take their place at the heart of the Canadian research and innovation system.

Our key strategic priorities for 2013- 16 are to:

  • promote and support Canadian excellence in social sciences and humanities research and talent development;
  • work with Canadian postsecondary institutions and other organizations to build a 21st-century research and training environment in the humanities and social sciences; and
  • position knowledge and expertise about human thought and behaviour to bring maximal benefits to Canada and the world.

To achieve these goals, SSHRC will focus its efforts in three types of activities:

  • what we can achieve through programs and policies within our direct control;
  • what we can achieve in collaboration with other players in the research system; and
  • where we can exert influence in the evolution of Canada’s research and innovation system.

To position Canada as a world leader in social sciences and humanities research and research training, SSHRC must collaborate closely with partner institutions in academia, as well as communities and organizations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, all of whom benefit from success in Canada’s higher education and research systems. We appreciate your continued support and collaboration as we move forward.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Ted Hewitt, PhD
Executive Vice-President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

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Council of Canadian Academies Releases a New Report on
the State of Science and Technology in Canada, 2012

On behalf of the Council of Canadian Academies, I am pleased to inform you about the release of a new science-based assessment, The State of Science and Technology in Canada, 2012.

The report represents the work of an 18-member panel of experts, chaired by Dr. Eliot A. Phillipson, Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Toronto and Former President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

The State of Science and Technology in Canada, 2012 is an in-depth analysis of the scientific disciplines and technological applications where Canada excels in a global context. It identifies Canada’s S&T research strengths, highlights emerging areas of S&T, and provides insights on regional areas of specialization. The collective findings are comprehensive and represent one of the most in-depth examinations of Canadian S&T ever undertaken.

The Council of Canadian Academies offers science-based insights and evidence to enrich Canadian policy development and decision-making. This is achieved by harnessing the collective wisdom of the finest minds to develop independent, authoritative, and evidence-based expert assessments on the issues that matter most to Canadians.

The full report is available for download, free of charge, on the Council’s website (www.scienceadvice.ca). If you have any questions please contact Cate Meechan, Director, Communications, Council of Canadian Academies, at 613-567-5000 x228 or cathleen.meechan@scienceadvice.ca.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Dowdeswell, O.C.
President and CEO
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NEW! Guide to Knowledge Translation Planning at CIHR: Integrated and End-of-Grant Approaches

CIHR has developed a new KT Guide to assist with the writing and reviewing of grants.  Integrated and end-of-grant approaches are described in detail with case studies that bring the concepts to life and worksheets that will help guide your thinking and planning. The KT Guide is available on the CIHR website or in hard copy by writing to kt-ac@cihr.gc.ca.

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SSHRC Insight Grants – updates to evaluation process for priority areas, small committees and budgets

The following updates and new processes were provided by SSHRC Program Officer Terry McPherson, email: terrylee.mcpherson@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca, Tel: 613-947-2089.

Priority Area
The evaluation process for proposals that are aligned with a SSRHC priority area is different than what we originally understood.  This has not been widely communicated by SSHRC. Previously, proposals were first reviewed by their regular review committees, then those judged fundable would also be considered for any ‘priority area’ funding.

For the 2012 competition, if the applicant checked the priority area box and filled out the extra “statement of alignment” page, the proposal will only go to the multi-disciplinary, priority specific, review committee.  It will be read by 2 readers on the committee and be sent out to 2 external assessors.  If there are no specialists / experts on the committee, they would rely on the external assessment.  This attests to the ever-so-important statement of writing to a multi-disciplinary audience and ensuring the proposal is fully justified within the priority area.

If the applicant did NOT check the box… it would go to an Evaluation Committee created within the applicant-selected Research Group and follow the same pattern of 2 readers plus 2 external assessors. Any requests to change your evaluation committee, such as a request to remove your application from a priority area evaluation group, will not be accommodated this year.

Total Submissions and Virtual Evaluations
The total number of submissions to the inaugural Insight Grant competition was ~1800.  Last year’s SRG was ~2800.  The 35% decrease in applications has resulted in quite a few committees that have less than 50 proposals. Any committee with fewer than 50 applications will be meeting virtually. The virtual committee discussion will happen via a live webinar (real time) using standardized comment sheets to maintain consistency between evaluation committees. One example is the Linguistics committee.

Budgets
The entire IG competition has been assigned a budget rather than each committee.  SSHRC are attempting to streamline the evaluation by removing the time and personal bias of the “line item by line item” budgetary evaluation.  Previously, committee members were able to cut single items (i.e. one less grad student).  SSHRC also recognizes a researcher will spend their assigned budget however they wish.

For the 2012 competition, the assigned budget is proportional to the proposal’s final score.  The score is, of course, proportional to the challenge, capability, and feasibility of the project; of which the budget has a large influence.

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Introducing the new Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research

Canada’s research granting agencies—the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada—are committed to fostering and maintaining an environment that supports and promotes the responsible conduct of research.

On December 5, 2011, they officially launched the new Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research. This new framework is an umbrella document that describes agency policies and requirements related to applying for and managing agency funds, performing research and disseminating results. It also outlines the process that institutions and the agencies follow in the event of an allegation of a breach of agency policy.

This new framework replaces the previous integrity policy and related documents, including the Tri-Agency Policy Statement: Integrity in Research and Scholarship (TCPS-I, 1994), the Framework for Tri-Council Review of Institutional Policies Dealing with Integrity in Research (1996) and the Tri-Agency Process for Addressing Allegations of Non-compliance with Tri-Agency Policies (2010).

It is important to note that:

1.       Effective December 5, applicants, grantees and awards holders are required to comply with the new Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research and all the policies contained within it.

2.       To ensure full accountability and transparency for the proper use of public funds in supporting research, the agencies now require all researchers applying for funding to provide a Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information, allowing the agencies (subject to applicable laws, including the Privacy Act, and in cases of a serious breach of agency policy) to publicly disclose:

o   the name of the researcher;
o   the nature of the breach;
o   the name of the institution where the researcher was employed at the time of the breach; and
o   the name of the institution where the researcher is currently employed.

3.       The new Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research will be responsible for ensuring a coherent and uniform approach to promoting the responsible conduct of research and addressing allegations of breaches of agency policies.  The panel will be responsible for governing and implementing the new framework, with support from the new Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research (previously the Secretariat on Research Ethics).

For more information about the new framework, including a message from the tri-agency presidents and some highlights of the new framework, please visit the panel website or contact the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research at secretariat@rcr.ethics.gc.ca.

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