November 2014 Research Newsletter

Grant Writing Group for faculty in social sciences, humanities, & health*

Prepare an outstanding grant proposal through 9 monthly workshops
Work with experts and other researchers
Tentative workshop topics:

  • Writing research objectives
  • Significance & outcomes
  • Choosing the right grant
  • Research team & environment
  • Writing theory & methods for non-experts
  • Plans for dissemination & outreach
  • Mentoring student researchers
  • Budgets 101

Schedule: One Friday morning each month until July 2015
First workshop: Friday, Nov 21, 2014, 10 am to noon, Location: TBA
To register contact: Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale
Associate Dean, Research
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences
519-253-3000 x 2034
maticka@uwindsor.ca
*Priority given to those on tenure track for ≤ 5 years, & who commit to all workshops
Sponsored by FAHSS & ORIS

Save the Date – Writing Retreat

Our next writing retreat will be held at Willistead Manor on April 21 and 22, 2014. 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.

Application Deadlines for Major Agencies

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 “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
  • Deadline for submission to CIHR – 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 – Update or complete your CCV during one of ORIS’ CCV labs on November 24 or 25, 2014. More information above.
  • Early-bird internal deadline (recommended) –December 15, 2014. Want to avoid the January crunch? Send some or all of your draft application to Natasha Wiebe before the winter holidays.
  • FAHSS deadline for review (c/o E. Maticka-Tyndale) – January 5, 2015
  • ORIS deadline for review (required) –  January 19, 2015
  • Deadline for submission to SSHRC  – February 2, 2015, 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.)

SSHRC Connection Grant

  • FAHSS deadline for review (c/o E. Maticka-Tyndale) – At least 2 weeks before you submit to ORIS
  • ORIS deadline for review – At least 2 weeks before you submit to SSHRC
  • Deadline for submission to SSHRC – By 4 pm on February 3, 2015; May 1, 2015; August 1, 2015; or November 1, 2015.

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.

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

This month, I describe when ethical review is required, and describe changes to the application process.

Single source for determining requirement for REB review

The REB often receives questions about who decides when ethical review is required.

The TCPS2 is unambiguous on this point: “The REB makes the final decision on exemption for research ethics review.” (Article 2.1)

All persons affiliated with the University of Windsor who plan to gather information from or about humans; who plan to gather information from or about humans on campus; or who plan to gather information from or about humans due to their affiliation with the University of Windsor, must either obtain a Clearance for the project, or a Notice of Exemption before the activity commences. This includes the gathering of information in the context of teaching, and the teaching of research methods.

The TCPS2 provides guidance about the definition of research, scope of review, and the categories of information gathering that are exempt from review. The REB welcomes arguments about the relevance of ethical review to any information gathering exercise, and asks that such arguments be based in the guidelines set out in this policy statement. The board is directed by the policy to consider the unique characteristics of each case. The board also strives to keep the general requirements for ethical review and oversight consistent across the community.

Updates to New Protocol Application Form

A new version of the new protocol application form was made available on the REB website on November 1, 2014.

Many smaller changes address areas in which the board frequently makes comments that could be addressed by improving the clarity of the application. There are more substantial changes to the brief justification (cover page), the sections on risks, and the section on confidentiality/use of information.

In order to better differentiate between minimal risk (per the definition of minimal risk in the TCPS2) and higher levels of risk, the application now distinguishes between ‘minimal’ and ‘low’ levels of method risk. This change is intended to encourage researchers to evaluate the actual level of risk associated with the project, rather than to focus on seeking a minimal risk designation.

Due to increases in archiving of data, sharing of data with others beyond those named in the project, and publication of datasets, new fields have been added to the section on confidentiality. Here researchers are asked to describe outputs that will result from the project, as well as to consider if and how the information might be used in the future. The ethical conduct of research does not end with the completion of data collection from participants, and extends for the entire lifecycle of the information that results.

The board is moving toward an electronic submission process. The board no longer requires multiple paper copies. The board now requires that researchers submit one complete paper copy with signatures. The board continues to require that a single electronic file that includes all components (including appendices and attachments) is submitted for review, by emailing the file to ethics@uwindsor.ca.

The board requires that all new applications be submitted on the latest version of the application. As of January 1, 2015, applications submitted on older versions of the application will not be accepted for review.

Best wishes in all of your scholarly endeavors.

Dr. Alan Scoboria

Chair, University of Windsor Research Ethics Board