Research Digest, January 23, 2018 Issue


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Internal Notices
Internal Grants
External Grants and Fellowships

Internal Notices

BRACING FOR IMPACT: THE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CHALLENGE (A ROADMAP FOR AI GOVERNANCE IN CANADA) CONFERENCE

Friday, February 2, 2018

Conference: 8:45 AM to 4:45 PM
Cocktail Reception: 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

The Donald Lamont Learning Centre
Law Society of Ontario
130 Queen St. W., Toronto, Canada

Visit the event website or watch the video for more information.

Canada has positioned itself as a world leader and destination of choice for companies looking to invest in artificial intelligence and innovation. The “Bracing for Impact: The Artificial Intelligence Challenge” conference is a recognition that advancements in AI will have a huge impact on our social, moral and legal norms. It is therefore important to not only fund AI innovation, but we must also move quickly to ensure that robust and effective governance structures are in place.

The conference will feature internationally renowned AI experts who will discuss some of the fundamental questions that arise when machines start to think for themselves.

Topics include:
The impact and implications of AI for Industry;
Concerns about Intellectual Property and Commercialization;
Cybersecurity and Algorithmic Accountability;
Social Good.

Information Session Hosted by the Office of Research Services

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is holding a series of Question & Answer webinars on the Project Grant: Spring 2018 application.

The Office of Research Services (ORS) invites researchers and research support staff to attend the English webinar that is scheduled for Monday, January 29th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. The session will be held in room 956 Kaneff Tower. Please RSVP at research@yorku.ca.

Individuals can also take part in the other French and English webinars individually from their own computer. To register, click the link of the session you would like to attend.

English Sessions:

French Sessions:

Internal Grants

SSHRC Conference Opportunity Grants Program (ORS) (passport York Login)

Deadline: February 1

Description: To provide assistance for attendance at national and international scholarly conferences for which the applicant is giving a paper, making a poster presentation, or featured at a solo or 2 person opening of an exhibition, a principal screening, premier performance of dance, theatre or musical production.

LA&PS Travel Grant for Dissemination

Deadline: March 1

Description: LA&PS offers this grant to offset costs associated with the public dissemination of research, scholarship, or creativity. Eligibility: Full-time YUFA faculty members and senior scholars in LA&PS. In the case of CLAs and SRCs, travel must also occur within the term of the appointment. Applications must be submitted in advance of the presentation.

Contract Faculty Conference Travel Fund (CUPE)

Deadline: March 1

Description: To support contract faculty members who are giving papers; have been asked to give commentaries or to chair sessions; or are attending conferences. Eligible expenses include travel, registration, accommodation and subsistence. Value: Up to $2,000. Duration: No more than one grant per year.

Contract Faculty Research Grants Fund (CUPE)

Deadline: March 1

Description: To encourage individual research and study by defraying research costs. Value: Research grants – up to $8,000. Release time course directorship grants – salary equivalent to one full-course directorship. Duration: One year.

Mariano A. Elia Research Fund (ORS) (passport York Login)

Deadline: March 1

Description: To support small-scale research projects where a significant contribution to Italian-Canadian studies will be made. Eligible expenses include research costs and travel to conferences.

SSHRC Research Opportunity Grants Program (ORS) (passport York Login)

Deadline: March 31

Description: To provide support to full-time faculty, professional librarians and current Postdoctoral Fellows for stand-alone, small-scale projects and for projects that will lead to the development of larger SSHRC applications or other external funding.

LA&PS Support for Scholarly Journals (5-year pilot)

Deadline: March 31

The objective of this fund, at present a 5-year pilot initiative, is to offset costs related to the successful operations of scholarly journals for which LA&PS faculty members hold substantial, on-going senior editorial roles.

Minor Research Grant (LA&PS Faculty Council)

Deadline: April 15

Description: The adjudicated vehicle through which LA&PS dispenses the YUFA Faculty/Library Research Grant Funding and the YUFA Junior Faculty/Librarian Fund. Funding for research projects, eligible expenses include personnel, research travel, subsistence costs. Amount: Up to $5,000. Eligibility: An individual is eligible to receive one research grant every 2 fiscal years.

External Grants

The Mitacs-Accelerate Fellowship

Deadlines
Submission to ORS: 10 working days before submission to the agency
Submission to agency: Anytime

This Fellowship provides long-term funding for a significant part of graduate degree programs.

Value
Master’s students – minimum $30K stipend
PhD students – minimum $72K stipend

The Fellowship also offers national professional development training that helps interns gain in-demand career skills and ensure the success of their projects.

Duration
Master’s students – 18-month project
PhD students – three-year project

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Azrieli Global Scholars Program

Deadlines
Submission to ORS – February 8, 2018
Submission to agency – February 22, 2018

Objectives: This program provides funding and support to help early career researchers build networks and essential skills to position them as leaders and agents of change within academia and beyond.

Applicants must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and be within the first five years of a full-time academic appointment.

Scholars’ research interest must be aligned with the themes of an eligible CIFAR research program. Eligible programs are:

  • Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Humans & the Microbiome
  • Molecular Architecture of Life

Value
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars receive:

  • $100,000 CDN in undesignated research support;
  • A two-year appointment in a CIFAR research program, a global network of top-tier research leaders;
  • Opportunities to network, collaborate and form a community with colleagues from a range of disciplines;
  • Mentorship from a senior researcher within a CIFAR research program; and
  • Specialized leadership and communication skills training, a support to put skills into action

Duration
2 years

CIHR Project Grant Program

Deadlines
Registration due at agency – February 6, 2018
Application due at ORS for full review – February 20, 2018.
Application due at agency – by 12noon on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 on-line submission of the application in ResearchNet and submission to ORS of completed and fully signed ORS Checklist and complete hard copy of the application

The Office of Research Services (ORS) would like to remind health researchers of the upcoming competition for the CIHR Project Grant Program. This program was designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related fundamental or applied knowledge, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. A summary of the program is provided below.

Objectives

  • To support a diverse portfolio of health-related research and knowledge translation projects at any stage, from discovery to application, including commercialization;
  • To promote relevant collaborations across disciplines, professions, and sectors; and
  • To contribute to the creation and use of health-related knowledge.

Value
Project grant funding levels are proportionate to the requirements of the research proposed.

Duration
Up to 5 years

The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), Grants Program

Deadlines
Submission of initial proposal to ORS for review – February 6, 2018
Submission of initial proposal to agency – February 20, 2018
Submission of detailed proposal to ORS for review – May 14, 2018
Submission of detailed proposal to agency (by invitation only) – May 28, 2018

Objectives

  • To support highly practical research studies and training initiatives from leading experts.
  • To enhance workers’ compensation system outcomes by supporting innovative proposals that are aligned to the WSIB’s mandate and strategic objectives.
  • The central areas of focus are Return to work and Recovery and Innovations in Service.

Aligned to these categories, the WSIB has identified the following priority areas:

Return to Work & Recovery

  • Vulnerable Workers
  • Mental Health
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Emerging Opportunities

Innovations in Service

  • Technology
  • Partnerships

Two types of proposal will be accepted by the WSIB Grants Program:

1) Research Proposals

  • Expert research proposals that deliver practical results for the workers’ compensation system; and
  • Workplace-based projects that establish partnerships between the workplace, researchers and organizations.

2) Training Proposals

  • Initiatives that help workers, employers and the compensation system resolve long-standing barriers; and
  • Innovative opportunities that build capacity in the community and offer significant potential to improve compensation system results

Value
Up to $200,000/year

Duration
Up to 2 years

Health System Research Fund (HSRF): The Targeted Call for Patient-Oriented Research in Mental Health and Addictions

Deadlines
Submission of mandatory NOI to agency – Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Submission of full application to ORS for review – Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Submission of full application to agency – Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) recently announced the launch of a new funding opportunity through the Health System Research Fund (HSRF): The Targeted Call for Patient-Oriented Research in Mental Health and Addictions. A summary is provided below.

Objectives
To solicit and fund focused research applications within MOHLTC priority areas. This new call will focus on Patient-Oriented Research in Mental Health and Addictions.

Priority areas are as follows:

  • Community-and Home-Based Care
  • Health Promotion
  • Health System Performance and Sustainability
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Quality Improvement and Safety
  • Long-Term Care

Please consult the following link for definitions and examples of each priority area:
http://health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/ministry/research/hsrf_guidelines.aspx

Value
Up to $250K/year

Duration
24 months

SSHRC Partnership Engage

Deadlines
Submission to ORS: March 1, June 1, September 1, December 1
Submission to agency: March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15,

The Office of Research Services would like to remind you of the upcoming deadline for the SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants competition. These grants were introduced to better address the short-term research needs, challenges and opportunities facing organizations in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors.

Objectives

  • To provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector;
  • To respond to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non-academic sectors; and
  • To allow non-academic organizations and postsecondary researchers to access each other’s unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities on topics of mutual interest.

SSHRC welcomes applications involving Aboriginal research, as well as those involving research-creation.

SSHRC invites all applicants to review Imagining Canada’s Future’s six future challenge areas and subquestions, and to consider addressing one or more of these areas in their research proposal.

Value
$7K - $25K

Duration
1 year

Research on the Responsible Conduct of Research

Deadlines
Submission to ORS – March 9, 2018
Submission to agency – March 23, 2018, by 5:00 PM

GrantsSolutions.gov recently announced that the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) and the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) are soliciting applications under the following program: Research on the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).

Objectives

  • To solicit applications for projects to conduct innovative research related to the prevention of research misconduct, protection of whistleblowers, and the furtherance of research integrity in the country and internationally.
  • To further develop the evidence base for ORI and others to create or modify educational programs to encourage the responsible conduct of research.

Specifically, the ORI seeks to:

  • Identify risk factors that make misconduct more likely;
  • Create an evidence base for proactive interventions;
  • Build on lessons learned through previous research and the experiences of those who have been involved in guiding research misconduct proceedings; and
  • Support the development of tools that can be used to more easily identify research misconduct in images and statistical results.

Value
Up to US$150K

Required Overhead
10%

Duration
1 year

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants are advised to register as early as possible in Grants.gov since the registration process can take up to one month. For information on registering for Grants.gov refer to http://www.grants.gov or contact the Grants.gov Contact Center at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov.

Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Deadlines
Submission to ORS – 10 working days before submission to the agency
Submission to agency – Applications are accepted at anytime
Note: Mitacs recommend that students apply by May 2018 for travel planned in Fall 2018

Mitacs is accepting applications for its competitive international research funding opportunity for student travel from Canada. The Mitacs Globalink Research Award funds collaborations between senior undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members at a university overseas. A summary is provided below.

Objectives

  • To offer senior undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 12-to-24-week research projects supervised by professors at accredited universities in the following Mitacs partner countries: Australia, Brazil, China, EU member countries (In France, both universities and Inria Research Centres are eligible host institutions), Israel, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Kingdom and United States.

Value
$6K

Duration
12 to 24 weeks

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