October 2014 Research Newsletter

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 hose 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.

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 .          

Save the Date – Writing Retreat

Our next writing retreat will be held at Willistead Manor on April 21 and 22, 2015.  Workshops scheduled so far include Writing Policy Briefs with Suzanne McMurphy and Adam Vasey, and Mentoring Students to Do Research with Jessica Raffoul.

More details forthcoming. Save a spot with Natasha Wiebe, 519-253-3000 ext 3953.

CCV Labs for Faculty & Grad Students

Computer Centre Classroom

  • Come work on your CCV
  • Required for all CIHR, and some NSERC and SSHRC grants (including Insight Development)
  • Bring your co-applicants and collaborators
  • Immediate on-site support
  • Choose from 2 labs—come and leave when you wish

Tuesday November 25, 9:00 to noon

Wednesday, November 26, 1:00 to 4:00

Register with Natasha Wiebe, 519-253-3000 x 3953.

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

I have recently been reminded that some members of our community view the REB as providing "Approval" for research projects. This view is certainly understandable, as even the TCPS2 makes reference to "approval" as the outcome that follows the ethical review of research.

However, this is not the best term to describe what the REB does. The word conveys a number of meanings, one of which is inconsistent with the purpose of ethical review. Per Merriam-Webster (2014), the verb approve can mean "to have or express a favourable opinion of," and the noun approval can mean "a good opinion of someone or something." The TCPS2 does not require that the board or its reviewers admire, hold in esteem, commend or otherwise view research projects favourably. This is not to imply that there is not a great deal of research conducted at our institution that is worthy of admiration. What I suggest is that the formation of broad opinions about the value of research projects tends to be outside of the scope of the ethical review process. Because ethical review occurs prior to conducting research, the actual value of the research and the degree to which the work should eventually be admired is unknown and unknowable. The value of the work will eventually be determined in more appropriate contexts – in discussions and debates amongst individuals, within classrooms, within disciplines, and within society.

The board does have a mandate to consider the potential value of research, but this is for a more narrow purpose. The TCPS2 instructs REBs to consider whether the anticipated value of research outweighs the anticipated risks. Research participants also have the right to expect that their contributions of time and information have the potential to lead to some form of beneficial outcome. Thus there is a standard of minimal value that must be considered during the ethical review, and the TCPS2 instructs boards to conduct a scholarly review of projects when required.

If the REB does not "approve" the applications that it receives, what exactly does the board do? The University of Windsor REB provides Clearance for research projects. Receipt of a clearance letter indicates that the board agrees that the various dimensions outlined in the TCPS2 have been adequately addressed in relation to that specific project. Clearance indicates that the board finds the researcher’s analysis of the ethical dimensions of the research to be sufficient, and the plan for managing said dimensions reasonable. This is closer to a second meaning that the word approve can convey (again from Merriam Webster) – "to accept as satisfactory; to give formal or official sanction." The term Clearance, "an official decision saying that someone has permission to do something," conveys this meaning that a threshold has been met but without the overtone of general valuation of the work.

Hence one of the primary mandates for the board is to review and provide clearance for the ethical reasoning that is formulated by researchers. The onus for developing and communicating this reasoning lies with researchers. The review process reflects a discussion between the board and the researcher about the scope and particular details of this ethical plan. This discussion progresses in the most timely manner when the initial application provides a complete description of the research and when the reasoning provided is thorough.

In closing, I remind that the board is pleased to provide consultation to aid in the development of applications. Those interested can contact the board at ethics@uwindsor.ca.

Dr. Alan Scoboria

Chair, University of Windsor Research Ethics Board

Application Deadlines for Major Agencies

NSERC Research Tools and Instruments
As you are aware NSERC will continue a national competition for the Research Tools and Instruments (RTI), however, universities have been provided with a quota of the number of RTI applications that can be submitted to NSERC. Our University of Windsor quota is 9 applications. As a result of this new quota, we have requested the Deans to review and rank all RTI applications for the Fall 2014 competition. Upon completion of the Dean's review and ranking, all applications will be submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation Services with the final review being undertaken by the Vice-President Research and Innovation who will confirm the 9 applications that will be submitted for the Fall 2014 RTI competition. 

  • Proposals submitted to Deans for review and ranking - By October 6, 2014
  • Proposals submitted to ORIS - By October 13, 2014
  • VPRI:  selection and approval of 9 proposals for submission to NSERC - By October  20, 2014
  • NSERC submission deadline October 25, 2014 (actual deadline is Oct 27, 2014)

NSERC Discovery grants

  • ORIS internal deadline (administrative review) - By October 17, 2014
  • ORIS Signature/On-line Submission Deadline - By October 30, 2014
  • NSERC submission deadline - November 1, 2014 (actual deadline is November 3, 2014)

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.)

Mitacs Globalink Research Awards-graduate and undergraduate students (Travel from Canada to partner countries)

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.
The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides funding to support senior undergraduate and graduate student research projects abroad.

  • Up to $5,000 in research award to the Canadian supervisor for student travel expenses
  • Open to all disciplines
  • For joint projects with academic collaborators over 12-24 weeks
  • Partner countries: Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey and Vietnam
  • Applications accepted any time

For more information, please contact Dr. Jillian Hatnean, Business Development Specialist, Windsor, at jhatnean@mitacs.ca.