Research Digest May 17, 2019 Issue



Internal Notices
Internal Grants
External Notices
External Grants and Fellowships


Internal Notices

NSERC Discovery Grant Information Session

May 24, 2019

1:00 – 3:00 pm

519 Kaneff Tower

This session is intended to provide tips and techniques on how to write a successful application, provide information on the Discovery Grant conference model peer review process and guidelines regarding the selection criteria, as well as highlighting new programs and developments at NSERC.


Dr. Thomas Baumgartner, Department of Chemistry

Dr. Katalin Hudak, Department of Biology

Representative from NSERC

To assist in planning this session, please confirm your attendance by sending an email to or by calling ext. 55055.

For anyone who would prefer to participate remotely using Zoom, please see below for the Zoom meeting details.

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NSERC Alliance Information Session

May 29, 2019

12:30 – 2:30 pm

Life Science Building, 105

Sylvain Langlois, Program Manager, Research Partnerships and Alejandra de Almeida, Deputy Director, Regional NSERC office will present details of the New Alliance program which is replacing a number of partnership programs such as NSERC CRD, Engage and IRC.

Post-award Information Sessions

LA&PS Faculty Research Administrators will be holding several more information sessions this academic year. These sessions provide faculty members with the opportunity to discuss post-award concerns, or to ask one-on-one questions about the financial management of their grants. The remaining dates for this academic year are:

May 23, 2019 at 2:00 – 2:45 pm

June 20, 2019 at 10:00 – 10:45 am

RSVP: Helen Papacharalambous ( or 33690)

MobilizeYU Course Offered in June

In June, the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University will run its new, 6-part course focused on knowledge mobilization called MobilizeYU. Participants will learn about knowledge mobilization planning, effective ways to share academic research with society and how to measure and communicate the impacts of their research.  Knowledge Mobilization Unit staff, along with guest speakers will be covering topics such as Knowledge Mobilization Planning; Impact and Evaluation; and Building Partnerships. This course is open to all York faculty, graduate students, staff and alumni, as well as community partners.  To learn more, please visit:

Banting Post-doctoral Fellowship: Information Session

June 11, 2019

2:00 – 3:30 pm

519 Kaneff Tower

The Faculty of Graduate Studies will be hosting an information session about how to nominate a Banting Post-doctoral Fellow.

York U Open Access Policy

York’s Open Access and Open Data Steering Committee has posted a draft Open Access Policy on its webpage.



Internal Grants

For a full listing of internal research funding opportunities, visit here.

LA&PS Travel Grant for Dissemination

Deadline: August 1, 2019

Value: Up to $1,000

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. Applications can be found in section 2 at this link.

SSHRC Exchange - Conference Grant Program (ORS)

Deadline: August 1, 2019

Value: Generally, up to a minimum APEX or Charter Class airfare.

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. The application form can be found here. (You’ll be prompted for your Passport York login.)


External Notices

NSERC Transition to Alliance Grants

NSERC recently announced the transition plans for its suite of Research Partnership programs. Budget 2018 directed NSERC to consolidate its Research Partnership grants into a single grant program in an effort to modernize, simplify and improve the grants. As such, Alliance grants will consolidate Engage grants, Industrial Research Chairs, Connect grants, Strategic Partnership grants for Networks and Projects, Experience Awards, and Collaborative Research and Development grants. Applications to the Collaborative Research and Development grants, as well as to the Engage and Engage Plus grants will be accepted by the agency until May 31, 2019.

All ongoing awards, as well as all new commitments made before the launch of Alliance grants will be honoured until their completion under the terms and conditions of the original award.

All applications for grants in the programs that have been consolidated that were received before the respective program’s application deadline will be evaluated and adjudicated according to the original rules and criteria.

Visit the Program Transitions webpage and the FAQ page for more details.

NSERC Webinar: Discovery Grant -- Notice of Intent

NSERC is hosting webinars to assist the research community with How to submit a Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) for Discovery Grant using the Research Portal and the NSERC Canadian Common CV (CCV).

English Webinars:

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Link for webinar.  Reference #: 1-877-413-4790; Conference ID: 7462843

French Webinars:

Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Link for webinar.   Reference #: 1-877-413-4790;  Conference ID: 7462843

In order to prepare, you are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the following documents:

Note - NSERC webinars have limited spaces. If you are unable to join, you can always connect to the teleconference and listen in while following the presentation which will be available on our website.

Considering the high attendance to this webinar, NSERC staff may not have time to respond to all individual questions during the session. Any additional questions should be directed to our support team at: RESGRANT@NSERC-CRSNG.GC.CA

SSHRC Webinar: Connection Grant

SSHRC will be holding a webinar to provide information and answer questions about Connection Grants. For any questions, please contact SSHRC by email at: or by telephone: 613-943-1007.

English Webinar: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Link for webinar.

French Webinar: Thursday, May 23, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Link for webinar.

To join via Adobe Connect:

  • Click on the Adobe Connect webinar link on the date and time specified
  • Enter your name, and press “Enter Room”
  • Adjust the volume on your computer



External Grants and Fellowships

CIHR Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research Services (ORS) recently updated the spreadsheet of funding opportunities available through CIHR. Due to the large volume of RFAs, ORS has created a simplified Excel spreadsheet that will make it easier for researchers to locate the funding call that is most appropriate to their research area.

View the spreadsheet. You will be required to enter your Passport York user ID and password for YU Link to gain access to the spreadsheet. If the link does not take you directly to Passport York, please copy and paste the link into your web browser.

Cancer Survivorship Team Grants

Registration due at agency: May 29, 2019
Application due at ORS: August 27, 2019
Application due at agency: September 10, 2019 by 5 pm EST

Value: Up to $500K/year to a maximum of $2.5M per grant

Duration: 5 years

The Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Cancer Research (CIHR-ICR) are accepting applications for the jointly funded Cancer Survivorship Team Grants program. Its objectives are:

  • To improve the health outcomes for cancer survivors of all ages (pediatric, adolescent, young adult and adult) from the time of their cancer diagnosis until the time of their death or entry into palliative care
  • To support new intervention research designed to mitigate the challenges experienced along the survivorship journey, as well as the evaluation and validation of existing interventions to assess their potential for implementation as best practices

The program goal will be achieved through the support of a network of multidisciplinary teams, each led by a nominated Principal Investigator and at least 2 co-Principal and/or co-Investigators, one of whom must be within their first five years as an independent researcher, drawn from at least 3 different regions of Canada (Atlantic Provinces, Central Canada, Prairie Provinces, West Coast, Northern Territories). Survivors and caregivers are expected to be engaged as full and active members of research teams.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships—Selection Process at York

Deadlines: See the calendar in FGS’s memo

Value and Duration: $70,000 per year for 2 years

The Faculty of Graduate Studies has released information about York’s internal processes for the annual Banting Post-doctoral Fellowship Competition.

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant

Submission to ORS: May 31, 2019
Submission to agency: June 17, 2019

Value:  $7,000 – 25,000

Duration: 1 year

This program provides 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. The Partnership Engage Grants are meant to respond to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non-academic sectors. In addressing an organization-specific need, challenge and/or opportunity, these partnerships let non-academic organizations and postsecondary researchers access each other’s unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities on topics of mutual interest.

SSHRC Connection Grants

Submission to ORS: July 17, 2019
Submission to agency: August 1, 2019

Value: $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

Duration: 1 year

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

Fulbright Canada

Submission to ORS: November 1, 2019
Submission to agency: November 15, 2019

The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program operates on the principle of reciprocal exchange and provides the opportunity for outstanding Canadian scholars to lecture and/or conduct research in the United States. Award recipients include prominent and promising scholars, as well as experienced professionals.

Traditional Awards are field open and can be taken up at any university, think tank, or government agency in the United States. (US $12,500 for one semester [4 months].)

Research Chairs are targeted opportunities at select universities/institutions designed to host exceptional scholars and experienced professionals who conduct research in a specific area. (From US $25,000 to US $50,000 for four to nine months.)

NSERC Research Alliance Grants: Option 1

Submission to ORS: 10 business days before submission to the agency
Submission to agency: Rolling deadline (from May 21, 2019)

Value: Requesting $150,000 or more annually from NSERC

Duration: 1 – 5 years

NSERC’s Alliance Grants will be launched in a phased approach. On May 21st, Option 1 will be open for applications requesting $150,000 or more annually from NSERC.

Alliance grants support projects of varying scale and complexity, from short-term smaller projects involving one researcher to long-term projects involving researchers across several universities, and from one-on-one collaborations with one partner organization directly involved in the research to projects involving many partner organizations across multiple sectors.

NSERC Discovery: Notice of Intent to Apply (Mandatory)

NOI to agency: August 1, 2019

The Office of Research Services (ORS) would like to remind researchers who are considering applying for a NSERC Discovery Grant (Deadline: November 1, 2019) to complete the Notification of Intent to Apply (Form 180) which is due at NSERC by August 1st, 2019 by 8:00 p.m. (ET).  Please note that Form 180 is mandatory.  Applicants who do not submit a NOI cannot submit a full application.  NSERC will not accept any NOI after the deadline.  In addition, Form 180s do not need to come through ORS but should be submitted directly to NSERC.

Researchers must submit the NOI and the NSERC version of the Canadian Common CV (CCV) using the Research Portal.  Refer to the instructions on how to complete the NOI and CCV. We encourage you to start completing your CCV early, as it can be time-consuming to populate the fields the first time.

Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium Collaborative Innovative Projects

Submission of LOI to ORS for review: 10 business days before agency submission
Submission of LOI to agency: Rolling deadline
Submission of full application to ORS: 10 business days before agency submission
Submission of full application to agency (by invitation only): Rolling deadline

Value: Funding formula varies depending on the Technology Readiness Level

The Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) is accepting Letters of Intent for its collaborative innovative projects.  Projects must have at least two industrial partners and two academic partners, and all partners are required to be a member of CUTRIC for the duration of the project.

Mitacs Elevate

Intent to apply to agency: June 19, 2019
Submission of draft application to agency for pre-review: July 3, 2019 by 5pm PST
Submission of application to ORS for review: July 3, 2019
Application to agency: July 17, 2019

Value & Duration: $60,000 per year ($55,000 minimum annual stipend/salary to the post-doc and max $5k towards research expenses) for 2 years

Mitacs Elevate is a postdoctoral fellowship with a customized research management training component. Over the two-year fellowship, Elevate fellows divide their time between their partner organization project and university-based research with their faculty supervisor.

For questions or more information, please contact:

Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Submission to ORS: 10 working days before submission to the agency
Submission to agency: anytime

Value & Duration: The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides $6,000 for senior undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in Canada to conduct 12–24-week research projects at universities overseas.

Mitacs is accepting applications for its competitive international research funding opportunity. The Mitacs Globalink Research Award funds collaborations between senior undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members at a university overseas. Accredited universities are located in the following Mitacs partner countries: Australia, Brazil, China, EU member countries (in France, both universities, Inria Research Centres are eligible as host institutions), India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Kingdom, and United States.

Submit you application in: For travel starting as early as:
January The following summer
May The following fall
September The following winter

Students wishing to travel in Fall 2019 with $6,000 in GRA support should submit their applications by May 31, 2019. Students can submit applications at any time, but are encouraged to apply at least 16 weeks prior to their planned departure.