September 2014 Research Newsletter

Nominations Open for Research Excellence Awards

Nominations are invited for the Awards for Excellence in Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity. The Vice-President, Research and Innovation will announce the awards at or before the Celebration of Excellence in Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity event to be held on February 26, 2015. The deadline for receiving nominations is Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Nominations can be submitted to Amy Davie in the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation via email at acdavie@uwindsor.ca or by mail to Chrysler Hall Tower, Office 322.

Divisions for awards are as follows:

1. Outstanding Faculty Research Award

  • Category A: Emerging Scholars/Researchers
  • Category B: Mid-Career Scholars/Researchers
  • Category C: Established Scholars/Researchers

2. Outstanding Student Research Awards (Graduate and Undergraduate)

3. Outstanding Staff Research Award

For more information please see the Call for Nominations.
 

Academic Development Travel Grants

Deadline: October 20, 2014
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 .          

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

Dr. Alan Scoboria

I would like to begin my first note to Plugging in to Research by thanking Dr. Pierre Boulos for his years of dedicated service to the University. Those who have interacted with him in his role as chair of the REB know that he has made many substantial contributions to the quality of our local research culture. On behalf of the board, I thank him for this leadership.

 

As this implies, there are some changes in the management at the board. As the newly appointed chair, my goal is to retain the strengths of the University of Windsor board while overseeing an expansion. The volume of research conducted at the University has grown steadily over recent years. In particular, the profile of health, biomedical, and basic science research involving human subjects has expanded. In response to the need for increasingly specialized review, the REB is developing review processes to handle the challenges that these exciting changes bring.

 

The REB will now be managed by a chair and two vice-chairs. Dr. Suzanne McMurphy (Social Work) has been appointed vice-chair for a delegated social science review sub-committee. Dr. Scott Martyn (Kinesiology) has been appointed vice-chair for a delegated health and biomedical review sub- committee. Each will oversee the development of expertise and review capacity for within these areas. Dr. Boulos has taking on a new role with the board: special advisor responsible for educational initiatives and internationalization. Within the institution, he will continue to develop educational materials, provide training to new members of the board, give seminars, and provide consultation regarding ethical review. Beyond the institution, he will be heading the development of a number of collaborative projects which I look forward to telling you about in future notes.

 

I would also like thank Sarah Braganza, the board’s compliance officer and office manager, for her unflagging dedication. She is the main point of contact for the board with our community. Now that I am sitting in the neighboring office I often overhear her going above and beyond in providing support for students and faculty.

Finally, I would like to extend my appreciation to the members of the board, past and present, for their support. It is only through the service that these faculty, community members, and students provide that the board is able to provide quality and timely review of applications.

 

There are a number of refinements to the application and review process that have been implemented at different points in 2014. I would like to take this opportunity to gather the steps of the review process together in one place. Attending to these steps will help applications to progress through the review process in a timely manner.

The current review process for new delegated and full board applications is as follows:

  • The researcher/team may choose to consult with their disciplinary representative to the board, or with the REB office, prior to or while preparing the application.
  • The ethics application is prepared by the researcher/team.
  • The researcher/team submits the application for consideration for review.
  • The application is reviewed for completeness, and returned to the researcher/team if incomplete.
  • When an application is judged to be complete by the board, it is accepted for review.
  • Based on the information provided, the board determines level of review required, which is to be proportional to the risks associated with the research.
  •  Applications that are sent to full review will be reviewed on the appropriate date published on the REB website. Deadlines for acceptance for each full review date are published on the REB website.
  •  Applications that are sent to delegated expedited review will be reviewed approximately one to two weeks following acceptance for review.
  • The application is distributed to reviewers.
  • The review is conducted.
  • The comments resulting from the review are prepared and sent to the researcher/team. Comments will typically be sent one week following the completion of the review.
  • The researcher/team prepares responses to the comments, and updates the application form using track changes.
  • The board reviews the responses and revisions. Additional questions and comments are prepared and sent to the researcher/team, as required.
  • Once the series of exchanges between the research/team and the board is complete, the file is cleared.
  • A clearance letter is emailed, and a physical letter is issued. Data collection cannot start until the emailed clearance is received.

The first point above emphasizes consultation with the board. The REB has a history of working with researchers at all points in the research process. I plan for the board to continue in this vein, and I invite interested researchers/teams to approach the board to discuss projects prior to the submission of applications. I emphasize that this is not intended to serve as a pre-review of the application, but instead is an opportunity to have questions about the application process answered and to engage in dialogue about the ethical dimensions of the project.

 

I look forward to working with all members of our community in facilitating the rights of research participants and the profile of scholarship at the University of Windsor.

 

Dr. Alan Scoboria,
Chair, University of Windsor Research Ethics Board

 

New Seeds4Hope Speaker Series at Willistead Manor

 

The Board of Directors of the Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation  established “Seeds4Hope,” an annual grant program which provides seed (start-up) funding for locally-based, new and innovative cancer research. This research brings together Windsor Essex scientists and physicians to find better ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat cancer.

 

This fall, the Cancer Centre Foundation, the University of Windsor, and the Windsor Cancer Research Group will host the inaugural Seeds4Hope Speaker Series. The Speaker Series is expected to launch at Willistead Manor in late October, on the same day that the Cancer Centre Foundation announces the recipients of its 2014 Seeds4Hope grants. ORIS will email more information as it becomes available.

 

Application Deadlines for Major Agencies

CIHR Planning & Dissemination Grant: Summer 2014 Competition

  • FAHSS deadline for review (c/o E. Maticka-Tyndale) – July 29, 2014
  • ORIS deadline for review – August 5, 2014
  • CIHR deadline – August 18, 2014, 4 pm (Try to submit 2 days early to avoid last-minute technical issues on ResearchNET)

SSHRC Connection Grant

  • FAHSS deadline for review (c/o E. Maticka-Tyndale) – At least 1 week before you submit to ORIS
  • ORIS deadline for review – At least 1 week before you submit to SSHRC
  • Deadline for submission to SSHRC – By 4 pm on November 3, 2014; February 3, 2015; May 1, 2015; or August 1, 2015.

SSHRC Insight Grant

  • SSHRC Notification of Intent  – August 15, 2014. NOI is mandatory, but all details except applicant/principal investigator name can be modified in full application.
  • FAHSS deadline for review (c/o E. Maticka-Tyndale) – September 24, 2014
  • ORIS deadline for review of draft application – October 1, 2014
  • SSHRC deadline for full application – October 15, 2014, 4 pm. (Try to submit at least 2 days early to avoid last-minute technical difficulties with SSHRC’s online system.)

CIHR Operating Grant: Knowledge to Action (2014-15)

  • FAHSS deadline for review (c/o E. Maticka-Tyndale) – September 10, 2014
  • ORIS deadline for review –  September 17, 2014
  • CIHR deadline –October 1, 2014, 4 pm. (Try to submit 2 days early to avoid last-minute technical problems on ResearchNET.)

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant

  • FAHSS deadline for review  (c/o E. Maticka-Tyndale) – November 10, 2014
  • ORIS deadline for review – November 17, 2014. Recommended: Make appointment with Natasha Wiebe at least 6 months in advance to plan application.
  • SSHRC deadline – December 1, 2014, 4 pm since annual deadline of November 30 falls on a weekend.

CIHR New Investigator Salary Award: 2014-15

  • FAHSS deadline for review (c/o E. Maticka-Tyndale) – November 11, 2014
  • ORIS deadline for review – November 18,  2014
  • Deadline for submission to CIHR – December 1, 2014, 4 pm. (Try to submit 2 days early to avoid last-minute technical problems on ResearchNET.)

CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Grant: Fall 2014

  • FAHSS deadline for review (c/o E. Maticka-Tyndale) – November 3, 2014
  • ORIS deadline for review – November 10,  2014
  • CIHR deadline – November 17, 2014, 4 pm. (Try to submit 2 days early to avoid last-minute technical problems on ResearchNET.)

CIHR “Transitional” Operating Grant (formerly “Open” ): 2014-15 Competition

  • Registration on ResearchNET – January 9, 2015, 8 pm
  • FAHSS deadline for review (c/o E. Maticka-Tyndale) – February 9, 2015
  • ORIS deadline for review –  February 16, 2015
  • CIHR deadline – March 2, 2015, 4 pm. (Try to submit 2 days early to avoid last-minute technical problems on ResearchNET.)

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

  • Canadian Common CV required – SSHRC’s recommendation: Set aside 1 full day to complete.
  • FAHSS deadline for review (c/o E. Maticka-Tyndale) – January 12, 2015
  • ORIS deadline for review –  January 19, 2015
  • SSHRC deadline – February 2, 2014, 4 pm, since the annual deadline of February 1 falls on a weekend.  (Try to submit 2 days early to avoid last-minute technical problems on SSHRC’s online system.)