January 2016 Research Newsletter

New Interim Director, Research and Innovation: Dr. Trevor Pitcher

Dr. KW Michael Siu, Vice President, Research and Innovation, is pleased to announce that Dr. Trevor Pitcher has accepted the position of Interim Director, Research and Innovation effective January 5, 2016. Dr. Pitcher will be in this role for the next two years.

The Interim Director, Research and Innovation reports directly to the Vice-President (Research and Innovation), and works to forward the mission of the University of Windsor's Strategic Research Plan by providing operational management and leadership in the development and promotion of research, creative activities, and innovation. 

“Taking on this role represents an exciting new direction for me," says Pitcher. "I welcome the opportunity to contribute to providing excellent service to the UWindsor research community. In addition, I look forward to bringing my experience and perspective as a researcher to the Office.”

Dr. Pitcher has a PhD from the University of Toronto. He joined the Department of Biological Sciences and the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor in 2006. He conducts both basic and applied research on salmon reproduction and genetics in the Great Lakes and British Columbia and he led a team of researchers that was recognized in 2013 with a prestigious NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation.

Heather Pratt has accepted a two-year secondment to the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority in the role of Director Project Delivery. She will continue to available to the Office of Research and Innovation Services on a part-time basis in the next two years; however, her involvement will be restricted to specific projects assigned by the Vice President, Research and Innovation and which require her institutional knowledge and expertise.

Internal Grant: Academic Development Travel Grant

Deadline: February 10, 2016

Travel grants are available to faculty and librarian members holding probationary and tenured appointments. As well, those holding limited term appointments will be considered providing they are under contract for the year in which the travel will occur. Funds are awarded for presenting an academic paper, poster, or artistic exhibition at a conference. A maximum of $1,000 is allowed for each award. For further information, the ADTF guidelines and criteria for the award, as well as the application form and process for submission please visit the ORIS website. Any further inquiries can be sent to Diane Awram in ORIS at ext. 3919, e-mail - dawram@uwindsor.ca.

Updates to NSERC Engage Grants

Engage Grants are popular with both industry and postsecondary institutions. To ensure the quality and impact of these projects, the following changes will be implemented to preserve the program’s effectiveness while managing its budget:

Starting January 15, 2016:

  • Eligible Engage Grants applicants must have received recent peer-reviewed support through NSERC. The rigorous peer review practices provided to NSERC by Canada’s science and engineering braintrust will ensure that high quality university-based Engage projects are selected.
  • Companies participating in Engage must have at least two full-time employees and have been in operation for at least two years when applying. This change will support projects with industrial partners that are positioned to exploit research results beyond the completion of the grant and to sustain the collaboration created through Engage.

Starting April 1, 2016:

  • Engage Grants applicants at universities will be limited to one new award per fiscal year so applicants can focus on choosing the right company partners. This will not apply to college-based Engage Grants applicants because it’s the institution that applies rather than the researcher.
  • Industrial partners will be limited to two Engage grants per year. However, partners providing cash contributions to ongoing NSERC-funded projects outside of Engage will be allowed up to two additional Engage applications per year. This change will allow companies that demonstrate a commitment to industrial-academic research greater opportunity to make use of Engage to expand their collaborative network.

Application Deadlines for Major Agencies

SSHRC Connection Grant – February 2016 competition

For dissemination or community outreach activities.

  • ORIS deadline for review – January 18, 2016.
  • Deadline for submission to SSHRC – By 4 pm on February 1, 2016 (Subsequent Connection Grant competitions have deadlines of May 1, 2016, and August 1, 2016.)

CIHR Project Scheme: 2016 1st Live Pilot

For health research or knowledge translation projects at any stage. Replacing Open Operating, Knowledge Synthesis, Knowledge to Action, New Investigator Salary, and Proof of Principle programs.

  • Register through ResearchNET -- January 18, 2016, 8 pm. Requires CIHR’s new Registration CCV. 
  • FAHSS deadline for review (c/o Brent Lee) – February 9, 2016
  • ORIS deadline for final review – February 16, 2016
  • Deadline for submission to CIHR –March 1, 2016, 4 pm

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

To support research in its initial stages, and to help researchers develop new research questions and experimentation with new approaches.

  • Canadian Common CV required – May take 2 days to create. 
  • ORIS deadline for review –  January 19, 2016
  • Deadline for submission to SSHRC  – February 3, 2016, 4 pm

NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants: Updated Target Areas and Research Topics

NSERC has posted the updated target areas and research topics for the 2016 competition of the Strategic Partnership Grants. These grants allow researchers to work with partners on projects and networks that have the potential to strengthen Canada’s industrial base and public policy, generate wealth, and create employment opportunities in areas of importance to Canadians. NSERC will continue to refine the research topics and challenges over the course of the next five years to ensure they stay relevant in the context of Canada’s important research challenges.

To learn more, please visit the NSERC web site and review the target area descriptions.  Please note that applications are due April 1, 2016.

SSHRC Aid to Scholarly Journals

  • FAHSS deadline for review – May 5, 2016
  • ORS deadline for review – May 19, 2016
  • SSHRC deadline – June 2, 2016, 4 pm (anticipated)

Seeds4Hope (Seed grants for local cancer researchers. For other cancer research funding opportunities, visit the Windsor Cancer Research Group.)

  • Funding agency posts guidelines for application – March 21, 2016
  • ORIS deadline for Notification of Intent – May 20, 2016
  • Seeds4Hope deadline for Notification of Intent – May 26, 2016, 4 pm
  • FAHSS deadline for draft application – June 9, 2016
  • ORIS deadline for draft application – June 16, 2016
  • Seeds4Hope deadline for application – June 30, 2016, 4 pm

SSHRC Insight Grant – October 2016 competition

For mature, ongoing programs of research in which the individual or team has established a publication record.

  • Notify N. Wiebe, ORIS, of your intent to apply – August 17, 2016
  • FAHSS deadline for review – September 19, 2016
  • ORIS deadline for review – October 3, 2016
  • Deadline for submission to SSHRC – October 15, 2016, 4 pm

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant

  • Schedule meeting to plan proposal (c/o N. Wiebe, ORIS) – April 1, 2016
  • FAHSS deadline for review – November 2, 2016
  • ORIS deadline for final review – November 16, 2016
  • Deadline for submission to SSHRC – November 30, 2016, 4 pm

Collaborating with a community organization in Ontario?

Are you collaborating with a community organization in Ontario? Will your work improve the life of people living in Ontario? If so, then the Ontario Trillium Foundation may have funding for you.

What you need to know:

  1. The lead applicant must be a non-profit Ontario organization. The University of Windsor can be a co-applicant.
  2. The proposed project must fall into 1 of the Foundation’s 6 action areas. The project must also match 1 priority outcome, 1 grant result, and 1 metric associated with the relevant action area.
  3. The Foundation offers 4 types of grants.
  4. You can submit several different applications simultaneously and hold concurrent grants.

For more information:

Writing Retreats - Registration to open soon!

We expect that our 2016 writing retreats will be held at Willistead Manor in late April and late August. More information to follow via email and our workshop registration website.

Research Ethics Board and Animal Care Committee news and event

The Research Ethics Board and Animal Care Committee have relocated to the second floor, north-east corner of Chrysler Hall North. The administrative office for the Research Ethics Board (REB) can now be found in 2146 CHN and the administrative office for the Animal Care Committee can now be found in 2138 CHN. If you require assistance for the Research Ethics Board please contact ethics@uwindsor.ca or ext. 3948. The contact information for the Animal Care Committee remains acc@uwindsor.ca or ext. 3741.

Research Planning and the REB

Faculty are invited to attend an information session about the Research Ethics guidelines and parameters while conducting human based research on Friday, January 22, 2016. The information session will be held from 1:00-4:00 pm in the Alumni Hall-McPherson Lounge. Please RSVP to ethics@uwindsor.ca as seating is limited.

Light refreshments and snacks will be served.