Research Digest, July 2018 Issue



Internal Notices
Internal Grants
External Notices
External Grants and Fellowships

Internal Notices

A Great Reason to Apply for SSHRC, CIHR, or NSERC Funding!

Now is a really great time to be putting your hat in the ring with the Federal Tri-council Granting agencies, as the Tri-Agencies (SSHRC, CIHR, and NSERC) recently announced plans to inject an additional $925M over five years into investigator-initiated research. For SSHRC alone, the projection is that this will represent an additional $54.8M/YR for the next five years.

Likewise, the recent SSHRC Insight Grant competition success rates were at a six year high:

LA&PS’s success rate was 63%
York’s overall success rate was 50%, and
nationally the success rate was 47.3%

This broke down in the following ways:

Stream A (2-5 YR projects, $7 - $100K): 51.58% success rate
Stream B (2- 5 YR projects, $100 - $400K): 43.49% success rate

For comparison, here is some additional information on the national success rates for the past six SSHRC Insight Grant competition cycles:

SSHRC Insight Grants 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Applications 2183 2144 1991 1703 1514 1536
Awards 461 494 466 529 605 727
Success Rate (%) 21 23 23 31 40 47
Requested Amount $ $419M $435M $416M $335M $295M $261M
Awarded Amount $ $88M $98M $82M $80M $93M $102M
Average Request $ $191,899 $202,840 $208,971 $196,613 $194,805 $169,845
Average Grant $ $191,129 $198,644 $175,741 $151,343 $153,366 $139,839

Are you applying for a grant this Fall?

If so, the LA&PS Research Officers want to hear from you!

Please also consult the following helpful resources on the LA&PS Research website:

CIHR Project Scheme: What You Need to Know

Time: 10:00am – 12pm, July 17

Location: 280A York Lanes

The Office of Research Services (ORS) and the Faculty of Health are hosting a CIHR Information Session for those faculty members who are in the process of or considering preparing an application to the upcoming CIHR Project Scheme competition.  This session is intended to provide potential applicants with a general overview of the Project Scheme, the peer review process, and tips and techniques on how to write a successful application.

This session includes the following speakers:

  • Lauren Sergio, School of Kinesiology & Health Science, Faculty of Health
    Former CIHR Delegate for York University
  • Jonathan Weiss, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health
  • Shayna Rosenbaum, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health


Refreshments will be served.

An Overview of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Time: 10am-12pm, July 17

Location: DB 1014

This workshop discusses the nature of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and highlights a framework for a more systematic inquiry into teaching and learning.

Designing an Ethical SoTL Study

Time:  10am-12pm, August 8

Location: DB 1014

In this workshop, we will consider the ethical requirements of a SoTL study and discuss how study design can alleviate ethical concerns in situations where one’s students are also their subjects of research. We will explore different research designs in light of what can realistically and ethically be studied within the confines of one’s classroom.

External Notices

SSHRC: Some Changes to Fall Deadlines

Please be advised that SSHRC has announced changes to some fall deadlines:

  • Partnership Grants – Stage 2 (Deadline moved up to October 29, 2018)
  • Partnership Development Grants (Deadline moved up to November 15, 2018).

Royal Society of Canada Updates

The RSC has issued the following updates:

  • The nomination guide for Fellowship has been revised by the RSC Task Force on Nominating and Selecting Fellows, and it can be found here. A nomination guide for the College should be available next year.
  • The nomination period for the College will be moved forward to align with the nomination period for Fellowship. This will allow the entire RSC nomination process to be co-ordinated on the same schedule.
  • The nomination period for the 2019 competitions (FRSC and College) will open September 4 and close December 1, 2018.

Message from Tri-Agencies on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR will now ask all applicants to grant, scholarship, and fellowship programs to provide information on their age, gender, Indigenous identity, and/or status as a member of a visible minority group, and/or as a person with a disability.

Canada is at its best when we welcome all talented people to be part of the science and research community. The federal granting agencies are committed to strengthening equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) to make Canada a world leader in research and development in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

In accordance with the direction set out by the Canada Research Coordinating Committee, one of our top priorities is to engage the research community in program changes and initiatives that remove barriers faced by under‑represented and disadvantaged groups.

All federal granting agencies are working closely to harmonize, coordinate and integrate data collection so that each agency is equipped to report back to Canadians on the progress of our programs in fostering EDI and how we design new measures to further that progress.

This is a collaborative effort that includes all members of the research community. We look forward to working with you to ensure that the future of Canadian research is equitable, diverse and inclusive.

More information is available on the Self-Identification Data Collection in Support of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion page. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We encourage you to share this message with all your faculty members, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as administrative staff involved in the grant application process.

Changes to the Aid to Scholarly Journals Program

SSHRC has implemented new parameters for the Aid to Scholarly Journals (ASJ) funding opportunity in 2018 that demonstrate SSHRC’s commitment to the government’s Open Science agenda; including the adoption of an open access model (full or 12-month embargo period); providing funding for innovation as well as an incentive for journals to switch to Canadian not-for-profit content and distribution platforms in order to assist in the maintenance and development of this sector in Canada.

Key changes:

  • requirement that journals be fully Open Access (OA) or have an embargo period no greater than 12 months
  • transition period of 2 years available to comply with OA requirement
  • higher per-article funding rate for journals that do not charge fees to publish OA ($1,050 vs. $850)
  • $5K per annum  available for both journal innovation and to contribute to costs associated with Canadian content and distribution platforms*
  • SSHRC will open eligibility to journals of which at least 1/3 of the core editorial board is affiliated with a Canadian institution and/or to journals that can demonstrate that their titles are owned by Canadian not-for-profit organizations.
  • Streamlined application form

See competition details in below External Funding section.

SSHRC contact:

CIHR- “Ask me Anything” Webinar with Adrian Mota

Time: 1:30-2:30pm, August 2nd

The full hour will be dedicated to answering questions from participants (in French or English) regarding recent changes to CIHR’s Project Grant and Foundation Grant competitions. Adrian will respond to as many questions as possible during the time allotted.


CIHR Contact Centre:

CIHR – Foundation Grant Program Update

CIHR has released an update regarding the Foundation Grant Program.

Mitacs Accelerate

Applicants working with Canadian businesses and/or eligible not-for-profit organizations are invited to apply for internship co-funding through the Mitacs Accelerate internships program as a component of their project’s training of graduate students and/or postdoctoral researchers. Grant holders in the following funding opportunities are automatically preapproved for Mitacs Accelerate internships: Insight Grants, Partnership Development Grants, Partnership Engage Grants, and Partnership Grants (Stage 2).

SSHRC Seeking Feedback on Research Data Management Policy

Following engagement with the research community over the past year, the agencies invite institutions, associations, organizations and individuals to comment on the draft policy and its usefulness in advancing data management practices in Canada. While all feedback is welcome, the agencies are specifically interested in comments on:

  • the impact of the suggested requirements (in section 3) for researchers, research communities and research institutions;
  • the ability of institutions and researchers to comply with those requirements;
  • the extent to which researchers and disciplinary communities are adopting data management best practices, including the use of data management plans;
  • the extent to which institutions are developing data management strategies, and what they have learned in doing so; and
  • the ideal timeline for implementing the policy.

Internal Grants

For a full listing of internal funding opportunities, including those with rolling deadlines, see here.

LA&PS Travel Grant for Dissemination

Deadline: August 1, Nov 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.

SSHRC Conference Opportunity Grants Program (ORS, Passport York Login)  

Deadlines: August 1, Nov 1

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 Seed Grant for Collaborative Research Initiatives

Deadlines: September 15

Description: LA&PS full-time faculty members are invited to apply for seed funding to build new research collaborations with scholarly and/or community partners by supporting the specific costs associated with bringing key partners together to explore and develop new research and research funding opportunities. These initiatives must involve at least one LA&PS faculty member working with collaborators, who can be faculty or external community members (locally or globally). The funding is designed to offset costs associated with bringing the collaborators together for a preliminary planning meeting or small-scale workshop.

Value: Up to $5,000

Contract Faculty Research Grants Fund (CUPE)

Deadline: October 1 (research grants only)

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.

Contract Faculty Conference Travel Fund (CUPE)

Deadline: October 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. Duration: No more than one grant per year.

Value: Up to $2,000

External Grants

WSIB Open Call for Long-Term Study on Work-Related Injuries/Illnesses

Submission to ORS for review – August 17, 2018
Submission to agency – August 31, 2018 by 4:00pm EST

The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is accepting research proposals for a longitudinal study on long-term outcomes for people with workplace injuries and illnesses as part of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s 2018 Grants Program.  A summary is provided below.

To understand the long-term outcomes affecting people with work related injuries or illnesses after they are no longer engaged with the workers’ compensation system.

Up to $200,000/year

Up to 3 years

SSHRC Connection Grants

Submission to ORS: July 15 or October 15
Submission to agency: August 1 or November 1

The Office of Research Services would like to remind you of the upcoming deadline for the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Grants competition.

These Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes, or other events or outreach activities that facilitate:

  • disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary exchanges in the humanities and social sciences;
  • scholarly exchanges between those working in the social sciences and humanities and those working in other research fields;
  • intersectoral exchanges between academic researchers in the humanities and social sciences and researchers and practitioners from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors; and/or
  • international research collaboration and scholarly exchanges with researchers, students and non-academic partners from other countries.

$7000 to $25,000 for events, and up to $50,000 for other outreach activities; higher amounts for outreach activities may be considered if well justified

1 year

SSHRC Connection Grants – Special Call: Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation


ORS deadline for full review – August 23, 2018

ORS deadline for obtaining required institutional signature page – by 9:00am, Friday, August 31, 2018

Submission to agency – September 6, 2018 

The Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), recently launched the Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation – Connection Grants, a special call which invites proposals from applicants affiliated with First Nations, Métis and Inuit not-for-profit organizations, as well as with other not-for-profit organizations or Canadian postsecondary institutions in any discipline.  A summary is provided below.


To support interdisciplinary events and outreach activities to engage and exchange knowledge on successful ways of conducting Indigenous research that are transformative and contribute to reconciliation, including holistic, interdisciplinary and distinction-based approaches

Applicants are encouraged to submit projects that are holistic and interdisciplinary, and that reflects the full range of collaboration across disciplines and subject areas pertaining to the social sciences and humanities; natural sciences and engineering; and health and wellness.

Applicants are encouraged to organize events and outreach activities that address one or more of the following interrelated themes:

  1. Supporting Indigenous Talent and Research Careers
  2. Engaging Indigenous Knowledge
  3. Mobilize Knowledge and Partnerships for Reconciliation
  4. Foster Mutually Respectful Relationships


Up to $50K


6 months

Note: Applicants are required to submit a completed and signed ORS Checklist and a hardcopy of the application to ORS, no later than Friday, August 31, 2018, by 9:00am in order for ORS to provide the required signature page. ORS will send the signature page with the institutional signature for the applicant to sign and include in the application to SSHRC.

In addition, all applicants must email the final and complete application in PDF format (one file, cannot exceed 10 MB) to, no later than September 5, 2018, by 10:00am so that ORS can submit the application to SSHRC by the deadline date.

SSHRC Aid to Scholarly Journals


Submission to ORS: August 24

Submission to agency: September 10

To support Canadian scholarly dissemination by offering a contribution to enable journals to explore innovative activities as well as to help them to defray the costs associated with publishing scholarly articles, digital publishing and journal distribution on Canadian not-for-profit platforms.

Aid to Scholarly Journals grants are meant to:

  • increase dissemination, discoverability and readership of original research results in the social sciences and humanities through Canadian scholarly journals;
  • leverage significant federal investments in digital scholarly publishing infrastructure;
  • assist journals as they seek to take advantage of developments in digital technologies and innovative practices; and
  • encourage the transition to open access models of publishing.

The applicant must be the editor-in-chief of the journal or, in the case of an editorial collective, one of the editors. The applicant must be a faculty member of an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution. The applicant assumes responsibility for the grant.


Up to $30,000 per year (base grant)
Up to $5,000 per year (supplementary funding)


3 Years

SSHRC Partnership Engage

Submission to ORS: September 1, December 1
Submission to agency: September 15, December 15

The Office of Research Services would like to remind you of the upcoming deadline for the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (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.   A summary is provided below.


  • 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.

$7K - $25K

1 year

SSHRC Insight Grants

Internal Notice of Intent Deadline: August 23, 2018

The (very simple) Notice of Intent form can be found here.

Detailed Review Deadline: September 6, 2018

LA&PS Application Deadline (for ORS Checklist signature): 9AM, Thursday, October 11, 2018

Agency Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2018

Description: Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for research initiatives of two to five years. Stable support for long-term research initiatives is central to advancing knowledge. It enables scholars to address complex issues pertaining to individuals and societies, and to further our collective understanding. The Insight Grants funding opportunity supports research proposed by scholars and judged worthy of funding by their peers and/or other experts. Insight Grant research initiatives may be undertaken by an individual researcher or a team of researchers working in collaboration.


Stream A: $7,000 to $100,000
Stream B: $100,001 to $400,000

Materials due on October 11 include: (1) Completed ORS Checklist, (2) hard copy of completed application, and (3) finalized budget.

Google Faculty Research Award Program


ORS deadline – September 14, 2018

Agency deadlines – September 30, 2018

The Office of Research Services (ORS) would like to notify faculty members of the Google Faculty Research Award Program.  A summary is provided below.


  • To recognize and support world-class, permanent faculty pursuing cutting-edge research in areas of mutual interest; and
  • To support world-class technical research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields.

Applicants are asked to categorize their proposals into one of the following areas of interest:

  • Algorithms and optimization
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Cooling and power
  • Digital media processing
  • Geo/maps
  • Human-AI interaction
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Information retrieval and real time content
  • Machine learning and data mining
  • Machine perception
  • Machine translation
  • Mobile
  • Natural language processing
  • Networking
  • Physical interfaces
  • Privacy
  • Recommendation systems
  • Security
  • Social signal processing
  • Software engineering and programming languages
  • Speech
  • Structured data, extraction, semantic graph, and database management
  • Systems (hardware and software)
  • Virtual/Augmented reality


Up to $150K US


1 year

Canada-US Fulbright Program: Awards for Canadian Scholars


Submission to ORS: November 1

Submission to agency: November 15

Traditional Awards are open to Canadian scholars in all fields and are designed to enable emerging and established scholars, post-doctoral researchers and experienced professionals to conduct research, teach, or undertake a combination of both activities for one semester or a full academic year at any university or research center of their choice in the United States.

Visiting Chairs Program The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program provides the opportunity for outstanding Canadian scholars to lecture and/or conduct research in the United States.

ICLR and MEOPAR Call for Proposals – 2018 Spring Flooding


Submission to ORS – 10 working days before submission to agency

Submission to agency – rolling deadline

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) recently launched a Call for Proposals (CFP) – 2018 Spring Flooding.  Social scientists are invited to deploy to a disaster-affected area in the aftermath of an extreme event to collect perishable data.  This joint funding opportunity is being made available under the ICLR Quick Response Program (QRP) and MEOPAR’s Prompt Data Collection Program (PDC.


To support research that will learn from disaster events in order to better prevent disasters and protect communities in the future.

Potential research topics that may receive funding through the program include:

  • Identification of opportunities during recovery to increase resilience to future events;
  • Evacuation recommendations vs. residents’ perceived danger;
  • Evaluation of the influence of prior events on stakeholder behaviour;
  • Analysis of stakeholder perception of risk relative to the actual risk;
  • Study of the risks associated with simplification bias;
  • Identification of the specific authorities that had the greatest influence over behaviour;
  • Household-level recovery issues;
  • Communication between emergency management officials and residents;
  • Communication of information about property damage;
  • Communication between insurance companies and policyholders;
  • Effectiveness of local emergency management networks;
  • Networks and partnerships formed between various groups as part of the disaster relief process;
  • Social media use during disasters;
  • Understanding the spatial planning and reconstruction of affected households/neighbourhoods;
  • Adoption of climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in the built environment;
  • Health issues of residents and relief personnel;
  • Community recovery and household recovery capacity;
  • Options for reducing the risk of future events;
  • Other topics as proposed by the researcher(s).


Up to $5K for a QRP

Up to $$10K for a PDC application


1 year

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