Research Digest, February 2019 Issue



Internal Notices
Internal Grants
External Grants and Fellowships

Internal Notices

Message from Sandra Whitworth, Associate Dean Graduate Studies & Research

2018 - Another inspiring year!

As we did around this time last year, we have organized a Gallery of LA&PS Research Stories over the last year. Pulled together on a single page like this helps convey the breadth and depth of the research being conducted within our Faculty. Please visit the new 2018 Research Year in Review gallery. I’m sure you will be as inspired as I have been.

I also want to make sure everyone knows we are interested in news about your research endeavours in 2019. As impressive as this second annual gallery is, we know there were other research stories we may not have heard about and we are keen to profile as many projects and announcements as we can. Please be in touch with either myself or Katherine Skene when you have a story you want to share. We also have a form for the submission of stories which provides pointers on the information we need. If you do some of the preliminary work on an article, we will likely have more success in getting it published.

Again, please take time to look through the  2018 Research Year in Review gallery — I think these 100+ research articles make a loud and compelling case for the extent, quality and impact of the exciting and important research being conducted by the LA&PS community.

All the best,

Sandra Whitworth
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies & Research

Mobilize YU

The Knowledge Mobilization Unit is pleased to announce a new 8-week course focused on knowledge mobilization called Mobilize YU.

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 Partnership. See attached for the full topic list. Participants will also have the opportunity to work on a knowledge mobilization project.

The free inaugural pilot will take place March 5-April 23 from 5:30-8:30 on campus. It is open to all York faculty, graduate students and staff, as well as community partners.


In anticipation of the NSERC deadline for Letters of Intent (LOI) for the Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) competition, the English session of the NSERC webinar will be held on February 6, 2019 at Kaneff Tower Room 510 from 1:30-3:30pm.

The dates of both English and French webinar sessions are as follow:

English session:  February 6th 2019, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET)

French session:   February 7th 2019, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Registration is not necessary – anyone can connect using the link provided below.

Linux users must install the add-in for Adobe Connect.

To join the session now, click here:

  • Or copy and paste the link into your internet browser
  • Choose the “Enter as a Guest” option and enter your name and/or university
  • Press “Enter Room”.

First time attending an Adobe Connect meeting?

IMPORTANT: We have updated our virtual meetings with VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). If you are experiencing technical difficulties with the videoconference, join through teleconference using the information below. Do not join the teleconference unless you are instructed to do so.

  • Local dial-in:  613-960-7511
  • Toll-free dial-in: 1 877-413-4782
  • Enter the conference ID: 4240700

The webinar will be recorded. Following the presentation, a link to that recording will be emailed so that those who are unable to attend may watch the recorded webinar later at their convenience.

Please send any questions regarding the CREATE program and/or the application process in advance to so that we may address them in the presentation.

If you wish to attend the session hosted at Kaneff Tower, please RSVP by sending a reply to

Access to Unspent Funds in NSERC and SSHRC Cost Centres – Important Changes

Please see the End Date Extension Memo on yulink that provides details on the revised process for access to unspent funds in NSERC and SSHRC cost centres at the end of the grants

End Date Extension Memo (PDF)

Internal Grants

For a full listing of internal research funding opportunities, including ones with rolling deadlines like the Research Events and Book Subvention funds, see here.

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.

Value: Up to $1,000

Mariano A. Elia Research Fund (ORS)

Deadline: March 1

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.

Contract Faculty Conference Travel Fund (CUPE)

Deadlines: March 1

Value: Up to $2,000

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. Contact Charles Bisram in Faculty Relations for a current application form.

Contract Faculty Research Grants Fund (CUPE)

Deadlines: March 1 (March 1st deadline is for both research grants and release time).

Value: Up to $8,000 for research grants; salary equivalent to one full-course directorship for release time course directorship grants

This fund is intended to encourage individual research and study by defraying research costs. Duration: One year. Contact Charles Bisram in Faculty Relations for a current application form.

Explore Grant Program (ORS)

Deadlines: March 31

Value: Up to $7,000

The objective of this program is 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.

SSHRC Exchange – KMb Grant Program (ORS)

Deadlines: March 31

Value: Up to $7,000

The objective of this program is to provide support to full time faculty, professional librarians, and current Postdoctoral Fellows for small-scale knowledge mobilization activities such as stakeholder consultations, policy briefs, publication subventions, workshops, etc.

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

Deadline: March 31

Value: Up to $3,000

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 1

Value: Up to $5,000

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. Eligibility: An individual is eligible to receive one research grant every 2 fiscal years.

SSHRC Exchange – Conference Grant Program

Deadline: May 1

Objective: 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.

Value: Up to a minimum APEX or Charter Class airfare

External Grants and Fellowships

Trudeau Fellowships

Submission to Agency: February 22, 2019

Being a Fellow

Each year, the Foundation selects up to five (5) Fellows who are: 

  • Top-level researchers and professors in the social sciences and humanities. Early-career researchers and professors are encouraged to put forward their candidacy as much as candidates with extensive experience
  • Intellectuals rooted in their communities, with experience in community-based projects, and with an interest in experiential learning
  • Gifted and original teachers
  • Catalysts for change
  • Bold, inspired thinkers

We actively encourage applications from: Canadians and foreign professors from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds; persons with disabilities; from all gender identifications and sexual orientations; as well as from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

Program Changes: Please be advised that the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation has recently relaunched a revised Trudeau Fellowship program. The Fellowship is being transformed from a program focused on individual research projects to one where its Fellows become agents of change, charged with developing the leadership capacities of its Scholars. In practice, this means that:

  • Fellows will be agents of change.
  • The nature of Fellows’ work is changing. In a spirit of collective endeavour, their aim will now be to help Scholars achieve their full potential as engaged leaders, rather than realizing their own research projects.
  • They will organize training around the theme of "Knowledge and Power", sharing their own theoretical and practical understanding of leadership, and will also construct knowledge dissemination activities.
  • They will work closely with Foundation Mentors, who will also have a new mission centered on training.
  • Interested Candidates will now apply directly rather than being nominated by their universities.

To apply, please send all documentation in PDF format to:

CIHR Project Grant: Spring 2019 Competition

Registration Deadline: February 6th, 2019
Application Deadline: March 6th, 2019


The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential for important advances in fundamental or applied health-related knowledge, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes by supporting projects with a specific purpose and a defined endpoint.

The project Grant Program is expected to:

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


With the investment allocated to each Project Grant competition, there will be a funding envelope of $23.25M dedicated to large grants. Large grants are defined as those within the top 2% largest total grant amount requested by all applicants within the competition and will vary with each competition. Individual grant applications requesting a total of more than $13.25M from CIHR will be withdrawn.

For further details on the registration procedure please consult the following website:

York Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies (PIMS)

Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019

The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Canada’s oldest research institute in the Humanities is an independent, degree offering, post-doctoral institution located at 59 Queen’s Park Crescent East. It is made up of Senior Fellows and Associate Fellows, and each year there is also a group of five post-doctoral ‘Mellon’ Fellows. A five-minute walk from the Robarts Library in the University of Toronto, the Institute has its own impressive library, internationally known, of materials relating to the medieval period. The Institute has close links with the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto as well as the Medieval and Celtic Studies Programmes at St Michael’s College.

Interested individuals are asked to submit a letter outlining their plans for the year and providing their detailed reasons for wishing to be at the Pontifical Institute, as well as an up to date curriculum vitae. PIMS will choose one York Fellow for a period of 8 months for the ensuing academic year, and potentially one Visiting Scholar.

The Fellowship is open to full-time YUFA faculty members planning to go on sabbatical or other leave, as well as those taking a reduced teaching load, during 2019-2020. Likewise, members of CUPE 3903 Unit 2 are invited to apply but must hold at least one course directorship appointment at York during 2019-20.

York Fellow of PIMS – Privileges: The Fellowship provides the selected faculty member with office space at the Pontifical Institute for the academic year, access to all public rooms, library privileges at both PIMS and Robarts for the period of the award, membership in the Mellon Fellows seminar group, as well as dining privileges in the St. Michael’s faculty dining room. During the period of Fellowship, the selected faculty member will hold the title of York Fellow of Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies and following the award they will hold the title of Past York Fellow of PIMS.

Visiting Scholars of PIMS – Privileges: Visiting Scholars receive access to a carrel in the PIMS library, access to all public rooms, dining privileges in the St. Michael’s faculty dining room, and Membership in the PIMS Alumni group.

The letter and curriculum vitae should be sent via email to Janet Friskney at by Friday, February 22, 2019.

Questions about the PIMS Fellowship should be addressed to James P. Carley at

SSHRC Partnership Engage

Submission to ORS: March 1
Submission to agency: March 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

NSERC – Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program

CREATE initiatives provide a value-added experience to the university training environment that includes the development of professional skills among students and postdoctoral fellows that complement their qualifications and technical skills, with a focus on providing an enriched training experience for graduate students

CREATE programs are recognized for:

  • their innovative nature to create a rich research training environment;
  • the excellence of the researchers, and their success in training highly skilled and educated personnel for future employment in all sectors, including industry, government and academia;
  • their capacity to raise the standard for best practices in research training and development of professional skills of new researchers;
  • encouraging student mobility, as appropriate, either between different Canadian universities, or between the universities and potential workplaces or among participating Canadian and international institutions, thus promoting international awareness; and
  • strengthening equity, diversity and inclusion in research communities.

Stage 1: Letter of intent

  • iNOI Submission to ORS: March 11, 2019
  • SPORT Committee Feedback: Late March 2019
  • ORS Deadline for Draft of Completed Letter of Intent: April 15, 2019
  • ORS Deadline for Completed Letter of Intent and ORS Checklist: April 25, 2019
  • NSERC Letter of Intent Deadline: May 1, 2019
  • NSERC Invitation to Apply: June 2019

Stage 2: Full Application (to be confirmed)

  • ORS Deadline for Complete Application for SPORT Review: Mid August, 2019
  • SPORT Committee Feedback: Mid to Late August, 2019
  • ORS Deadline for Draft 2 of Completed Application: September 9, 2019
  • ORS Deadline for Final Application and ORS Checklist: September 19, 2019
  • NSERC Application Deadline: September 23, 2019
  • NSERC Results: March 2020

Please follow the NSERC CREATE Guidelines

$1.65M over 6 years

Applicants must notify their Faculty and the Office of Research Services (Maheen Hasan – as soon as possible about their intention to apply.  Doing so will both streamline the process of securing Faculty-level support for the partnership, and ensure that researchers receive adequate support in application preparation.

The iNOIs are due no later than March 11, 2019 by email to Maheen Hasan (, and include the following components:

  1. York iNOI form (attached PDF form)
  2. Outline of Training Program (2 pages) – attach as PDF document[1]
  3. Excellence of Proposed Team of Researchers (2 pages) – attach as PDF document1
  4. NSERC Form 100 – only required for the lead applicant
  5. Industry Partner Letters/Emails – required for Industry Stream applications
  6. Copy of NSERC Review Comments for Resubmissions
  7. Faculty letter of support (1 page) – attach as PDF document

An information session on the NSERC CREATE program will be held in early 2019 (details to be confirmed later). For more information and to schedule a consultation, please contact Maheen Hasan, Strategic and Institutional Research Specialist, in the Office of Research Services at 

Please see the NSERC website for more details on the CREATE program. For examples of successful CREATE programs, please review the list of competition results.

SSHRC Connection Grants

Submission to ORS: April 15
Submission to agency: May 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

Mitacs Globalink Research Award

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.

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

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.

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, Inria Research Centres are eligible as host institutions), India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Kingdom, and United States.

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.

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