Research Digest May 18, 2017 Issue



Internal Notices
Internal Grants
External Notices
External Grants and Fellowships
Calls for Papers

Internal Notices

York U’s Policy on Postdoctoral Researchers

At its meeting of April 27, 2017, Senate approved a Policy on Postdoctoral Researchers at York University based on a recommendation of its Academic Policy, Planning and Research Committee. The new policy is now in effect.

5th Annual Robarts Lecture in Canadian Studies on YouTube

The Fifth Annual Robarts Lecture in Canadian Studies took place Thursday, April 20, 2017. Dr. Bonita Lawrence discussed “Canada at 150: Where is the 'Truth' in the Reconciliation Process?” Listen to Dr. Lawrence’s lecture.

External Notices

CIHR Announces Delay on Project Grants

Roderick McInnes, Acting President of CIHR, announced the following on May 5, 2017:

We have recently completed Stage 2 of peer review for the current Project Grant Competition. This experience has confirmed that the current reformed project grant competition process is unsustainable on many levels. As a consequence, it is clear that significant changes are required, and that these must be informed through an iterative consultation process with Scientific Directors, College Chairs, and other community leaders. Some elements of the new system may have advantages, and these too need to be considered. This process will take time.

Therefore, the Project Grant Competition registration that was to close on May 30, 2017 will be delayed until August 15, 2017, with an application deadline of September 15, 2017. To mitigate the impact of this delay on the research community, CIHR will financially extend all existing Open Operating and Project Grants scheduled to expire between September 30, 2017 and March 30, 2018 until March 31, 2018. Subsequent competition dates will be determined through the above-mentioned consultation process.

SSHRC to Introduce New Partnership Engage Grants

SSHRC has announced it will soon launch the “Partnership Engage Grants,” small-scale grants which are designed for a single partner organization from the not-for-profit, public or private sector. More details.

SSHRC Tweaks Insight Grant for Fall 2017 Competition

SSHRC has recently announced that in the fall 2017 competition, applicants to the SSHRC Insight Grant program will be able to choose from one of two streams, depending on the amount of funding required: 1) Stream A for requests between $7,000 and $100,000 over two to five years; or 2) Stream B for requests between $100,000 and $400,000 over two to five years. The possibility of a grant of only two years’ duration is also a change.

SSHRC Makes Adjustments in Relation to Health-related Research

At the recent meeting of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, SSHRC announced that it will extend its support of health-related research to include work concerned with: health policy and management; health ethics; and social construction of health and health behaviour. Other areas will remain ineligible: clinical education; clinical research and therapy; and kinesiology and epidemiology. While this change won’t be reflected on the SSHRC website until June, questions can be sent to Francois Simard (

SSHRC Adjusts Reporting Mechanism

SSHRC will be removing access to the Final Research Report and the Activity report from the SSHRC online system, as of May 23, 2017. All funding opportunities must now submit the new Achievement Report. If the end of grant report is not yet due and the grant holder wishes to wait until a later date to submit the report, no further action is required. When they are ready to submit the report, they can do so through the Achievement Report. Any grant holders who have started a Final Research Report are encouraged to submit it to SSHRC before the information and access is removed from the system. For any questions related to the Achievement Report, please contact

Vacancies on SSHRC’s Governing Council

The Privy Council Office has recently posted the notice of opportunity for vacancies on SSHRC’s governing council on its website, with a closing date of 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 5, 2017.

The Government of Canada has developed a new more transparent process for Governor in Council (GIC) appointments. Among the major changes to the process is the public posting of available positions, for which all interested and qualified candidates may apply. The members of SSHRC’s governing Council are distinguished representatives from the academic, not-for-profit, public and private sectors appointed by the Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister, following a formal selection process led by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. In order to reach the greatest number of potentially qualified candidates, SSHRC encourages you to share the notice with your network. For further information, please contact Tim Russwurm, Manager, Corporate Governance (

Vacancies on NSERC’s Governing Council

NSERC seeks members to sit on its governing council. This commitment is part-time. More details.

Minister Speaks Out about Canada Research Chairs

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan has publicly expressed dismay about the lack of diversity reflected in recent decisions around Canada Research Chairs. More details.


Internal Grants

SSHRC Conference Opportunity Grants Program

Aug. 1, 2017

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. More details.

External Grants

SSHRC Connection Grant

ORS Full Review Deadline: July 18, 2017

Agency Deadline: Aug. 1, 2017

Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge-mobilization initiatives. More details.

CIHR Project Grant (Revised)

CIHR Registration Deadline: Aug. 15, 2017

Agency Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017

The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. It supports projects with a specific purpose and a defined endpoint. The best ideas may stem from new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry or knowledge translation approaches. More details.

CIHR Foundation Grant

CIHR Registration Deadline: Aug. 8, 2017

ORS Full Review Deadline (Stage 1): Aug. 29, 2017

Agency Deadline (Stage 1): Sept. 12, 2017

CIHR has published the details for the next round of its Foundation Grant. The Foundation Grant program is designed to contribute to a sustainable foundation of new and established health research leaders, by providing long-term support for the pursuit of innovative and high-impact research programs. More details.

CIHR Catalyst Grant: Population Health Intervention Research on Legalization of Cannabis

ORS Full Review Deadline: Aug. 8, 2017

Agency Deadline: Aug. 22, 2017

With the legalization and regulation of cannabis in Canada as the intervention under study, this funding opportunity will support the planning or implementation of projects relevant to advancing our knowledge or capacity in certain priority areas. More details.

CIHR Catalyst Grant : HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research

ORS Full Review Deadline: Sept. 19, 2017

Agency Deadline: Oct. 3, 2017

The aim of the Catalyst Grant component of the CBR program is to provide seed money to support HIV/AIDS CBR research activities which represent a first step towards the pursuit of more comprehensive funding opportunities. More details.

All Current CIHR Funding Opportunities

Toronto Arts Council: Grants to Writers

Agency Deadline: June 15, 2017

Toronto Arts Council (TAC) Writers Program supports the creation of new literary works or works-in-progress in the genres of fiction (including novels, short stories, children’s literature, graphic novels, etc.), literary non-fiction, poetry and oral traditions such as storytelling, dub, rap and spoken-word. More details.

Paragon Testing Enterprises: Research Grants

ORS Full Review Deadline: June 26, 2017
Agency Deadline: July 10, 2017 by 23:59 PST

Grants are intended to nurture research relationships between Paragon’s Test Research and Development unit and experts in the field of measurement and language assessment. More details.

Calls for Papers

The Writer in Research: Perceptions and Approaches

CFP Deadline: July 1, 2017

Under the direction of Nadine Desrochers (U. de Montréal) and Marcello Vitali-Rosati (U. de Montréal), “The Writer in Research: Perceptions and Approaches” will be a special issue of Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture. More details.

American Journalism Historians Association National Convention

CFP Deadline: June 1, 2017

The American Journalism Historians Association invites paper entries, panel proposals, and abstracts of research in progress on any facet of media history for its 36th annual convention to be held Oct. 12-14, 2017, in Little Rock, Arkansas. More details.


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