December 2015 Research Newsletter

UWindsor Connecting Researchers and Industry

On November 17th, 2015, the UWindsor CHARGE Lab and D &V Electronics hosted a research showcase that brought together researchers and members of the automotive industry. Over 100 individuals attended the NSERC-funded connector event held in the Industrial Courtyard of the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation (CEI). Guests had the opportunity to tour the CEI facilities and learn about the electric vehicle motor research being conducted in Dr. Kar’s lab. Graduate students also presented posters which showcased the broad range of research by other members of the engineering faculty.   

Application Deadlines for Major Agencies

SSHRC Connection Grant – February 2016 competition

For dissemination or community outreach activities.

  • FAHSS deadline for review (c/o Brent Lee) – January 5, 2016
  • 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’snew 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. 
  • Notice of Intent: Monday, December 7, 2015.  Please notify Natasha Wiebe, ORIS, of your intent to apply so that she can better support you with the latest updates. A formal NOI is not required by SSHRC.
  • Want detailed feedback on your draft application before the January crunch?  Email some or all of your application to Natasha Wiebe by Monday, December 14, 2015.
  • FAHSS deadline for review (c/o Brent Lee) – January 5, 2016
  • ORIS deadline for review –  January 19, 2016
  • Deadline for submission to SSHRC  – February 1, 2016, 4 pm

Mitacs Internship Opportunities

The Mitacs-JSPS Internship provides opportunities for graduate students in Canada to pursue collaborative research in Japan, allowing them to advance their own research while promoting scientific progress in both Japan and Canada.

The call for applications will open on November 18, 2015, and will close on January 29, 2016, at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). This is a competitive call and a limited number of awards are available. Successful applicants will travel to Japan for a period of 10 weeks, from June 14 to August 24, 2016.

Mitacs Globalink Research Award

The Globalink Research Award provides an opportunity for faculty at Canadian universities to strengthen existing international research collaborations and connect with colleagues around the world through the mobility of senior undergraduate and graduate students.

  • A $5,000 research award to the Canadian supervisor to support student travel and accommodation expenses, research related expenses, and student stipend.
  • Open to all disciplines
  • For joint research projects with academic collaborators for a minimum of 12 weeks to a maximum of 24 weeks abroad
  • Partner countries: Brazil, mainland China, India, Mexico, and Vietnam
  • Applications accepted any time

For more information, please follow this link:

For more information about all Mitacs Awards please visit the Mitacs web page or contact the UWindsor Mitacs Business Development Officer at

Research Safety Committee News

Plant Protection Act Changes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has updated the regulations attached to the Plant Protection Act. As of October 18, 2015, the movement of imported and domestically acquired plants, soils, and pests will require researchers to notify and obtain written permission from the CFIA. More information can be found on the CFIA website (link). Failure to notify and obtain written permission may result in fines and penalties listed under the act (link). 

The Research Safety Committee is committed to assisting affected researchers abide by these new regulations. Any questions or comments can be sent to Francis Arnaldo at the Chemical Control Centre:

Committee Chair Change

The Research Safety Committee would like to thank Dr. John Hudson for serving as the Acting Research Safety Committee Chair for the past 6 months.  Dr. Michael Boffa will transition back as Research Safety Committee Chair beginning January 2016.