September 2015 Research Newsletter

Collaborating with a Community Organization in Ontario?

Are you collaborating with a community organization in Ontario?  Will your work improve the lives 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 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. You can submit several different applications simultaneously and hold concurrent grants.

For more information:

Internal Grant: Academic Development Travel Grant

Deadline: November 15, 2015
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 -

Upcoming ORIS Workshops

To see a complete list of upcoming workshops or to register online, visit: ORIS website.

SOSCIP Orientation Session

Monday, September 14, 2015, 10:00AM–12:00 PM, EPICentre Workshop room on the 2nd floor of the Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre

The University of Windsor is one of the most recent members of the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP), a research and development consortium established in April, 2012.  SOSCIP’s mandate is to fuel innovation leadership in Canada within the areas of advanced manufacturing, digital media, cybersecurity, mining, agile computing, health, water, energy, and cities.

SOSCIP fosters partnerships between academic and industry researchers on projects that require advanced computing and big data analytics tools and that have a strong potential for commercialization.  SOSCIP helps researchers from a wide array of disciplines to get access to advanced computing resources and expertise not available anywhere else in Canada.

This information session will introduce you to the SOSCIP collaborative research project model and will describe the computing, technical and funding resources available through the program.  The SOSCIP team will be available after the presentation to answer questions and consult on project ideas. For more information contact Gaya at To register: visit: ORIS workshops.

Application Deadlines for Major Agencies

SSHRC Insight Grant – October 2015 competition

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

  • FAHSS deadline for review (c/o E. Maticka-Tyndale) – September 24, 2015
  • ORIS deadline for review – October 1, 2015.
  • Deadline for submission to SSHRC – By 4 pm on October 15, 2015

NSERC Research Tools and Instruments

  • Proposals submitted to Deans for review and ranking: October 7, 2015
  • Proposals submitted to ORIS: October 14, 2015
  • VPRI:  selection and approval of 8 proposals for submission to NSERC: October 21, 2015
  • NSERC submission deadline  October 25, 2015 (actual deadline is Oct 26, 2015)

NSERC Discovery Grants

  • Proposals submitted to ORIS: October 14, 2015
  • NSERC submission deadline  November 1, 2015 (actual deadline is November 2, 2015)

SSHRC Connection Grant – November 2015 competition

For dissemination or community outreach activities.

  • Recommended deadline to request letter of support from VP-Research & Innovation (c/o N. Wiebe) – September 15, 2015 
  • FAHSS deadline for review (c/o E. Maticka-Tyndale) – October 1, 2015
  • ORIS deadline for review – October 15, 2015.
  • Deadline for submission to SSHRC – By 4 pm on November 2, 2015 (Subsequent Connection Grant competitions have deadlines of February 1, 2016, May 1, 2016, and August 1, 2016.)

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant

To develop research or knowledge-mobilization partnerships that bring together several organizations.

  • Schedule meeting to plan proposal (c/oN. Wiebe, ORIS) – Asap (recommended at least 6 months in advance of SSHRC deadline)
  • Recommended deadline to request letter of support from VP-Research & Innovation (c/o N. Wiebe) – October 1, 2015 
  • FAHSS deadline for review (c/o E. Maticka-Tyndale) – October 30, 2015
  • ORIS deadline for final review – November 16, 2015
  • Deadline for submission to SSHRC – By 4 pm on November 30, 2015 

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 E. Maticka-Tyndale) – 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.
  • FAHSS deadline for review (c/o E. Maticka-Tyndale) – January 5, 2016
  • ORIS deadline for review –  January 19, 2016
  • Deadline for submission to SSHRC  – February 1, 2016, 4 pm

New Research Safety Committee Chair

Dr. Mike Boffa, the Research Safety Committee Chair, is on a 6 month sabbatical and the RSC wishes him a restful and productive sabbatical.  Dr. John Hudson has graciously agreed to be acting Chair in the meantime.

Notes from the Desk of the Chair of the Research Ethics Board

At the start of the new academic year, I provide some reminders about requirements for ethical review of research at the University.

The REB provides oversight for all research involving human participants. This applies to: research conducted by any person affiliated with the University of Windsor (in any location); research that seeks to study individuals affiliated with the University; research that occurs on University property (physically or virtually); or that uses any University resource, must be submitted to the REB for review. This applies equally to all faculty, staff, students and administrators.

Research on teaching activities. Course instructors are frequently interested in assessing the effectiveness of teaching activities. When this is done for the instructor’s own purposes, REB review is not required. When the instructor wishes to conduct research on a teaching approach or systematically gather information about a course, REB clearance is required. The board asks that instructors who plan to conduct research within their courses contact the board to discuss the nature of the activities. When a program is interested in conducting research on courses, REB review is typically required.

Research from outside the University. The REB has oversight over all research that is conducted on campus and with individuals who are affiliated with the University. You may be approached to take part in a research study that originates from another institution. If you are asked to forward information about a study within the University, the request should indicate that it has been cleared by the REB. If it does not, please send the request to the REB. If you are invited to take part in a study and are uncertain if the REB has cleared the project, please contact the REB. All research that has been cleared by the REB will have a clear statement, “This research has been cleared by the University of Windsor Research Ethics Board.”

Mandatory ethics training. All individuals who conduct research with human participants must complete the online TCPS2:CORE(2014) training. Primary investigators are responsible for ensuring that all members of their research teams (including co-investigators, collaboratiors, research assistants, etc.) have completed this training and have a current certificate.

On behalf of the board, I wish everyone a productive academic year.

Dr. Alan Scoboria

Chair, University of Windsor Research Ethics Board