Spencer Foundation

March 31, 2011

The  Spencer Foundation was established in 1962 by Lyle M. Spencer. The Foundation is intended to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. The Foundation has been dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement in education. The Foundation is thus committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.

Small Grants (under $40,000)
Faculty of Education Associate Dean’s Office: At least 1 week before the Agency Deadline (2-3 weeks earlier if you wish feedback on your application – submit to Karen Kueneman)
Research Development & Services: At least 3 days before the Agency Deadline
Spencer: for 2011 are April 29, 2011; July 8, 2011 (more to be announced).
Grants over $40,000
Investigators of projects with budgets over $40,000 are asked to submit a preliminary proposal following the guidelines. If the Foundation is interested in the project, the Principal Investigator will be invited to submit a full proposal. Normally, you will be informed about the status of the preliminary proposal within four to six weeks of receipt.

Description: The Foundation’s  research grants are organized under four areas of inquiry that identify broad topics they believe have fundamental and abiding importance for educational improvement.

The Relation Between Education and Social Opportunity
Organizational Learning in Schools, School Systems, and Higher Education Institutions
Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources
Purposes and Values of Education

Strategic Initiatives reflect the Foundation’s commitment to specific, measureable investigations that range from five to ten years.

Civic Learning and Civic Action
Data Use and Educational Improvement
Philosophy in Educational Policy and Practice

Eligibility: Principal Investigators applying for a Research Grant must be affiliated with a school district, a college or university, a research facility, or a cultural institution. The Foundation accepts proposals from institutions and/or researchers from the U.S. and internationally. Researchers must also have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field or appropriate experience in an education-related profession.

More information

Applications: Full Applications are to be processed through Research Development & Services  and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA.


Dr. Mary Hamilton – Visiting Scholar

March 29, 2011

Dr. Mary Hamilton will be our Visiting Scholar, visiting us for the month of June.  Dr. Hamilton, a social psychologist, is an internationally renowned scholar, based at the Centre for the Study of Education and Training (CSET) within the Department of Educational Research and is an Associate Director of the Lancaster Literacy Research Centre which is a partner in the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) in Lancaster, UK. She is a contributor to UNESCO and European Community initiatives on literacy and is a founder member of the national network, Research and Practice in Adult Literacy. She is a groundbreaking contributor to the social practice approach to literacy studies and continues to innovate such studies by her use of concepts from actor network theory, institutional ethnography, and linguistic ethnography.  She is also a major contributor to the production of knowledge related to innovative research methodology including qualitative and participatory models and on-line research with a special interest in Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis and the use of visual images and multimodal data sources in research.

A schedule of talks and times when Mary will be available to meet with individual students and faculty will be advertised in the coming weeks.

Research Day Posters – Invitation to Publish

March 29, 2011

Western Libraries has created a site for Research Day.  See: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/researchday/

If you would like to add your poster to this site, please send it to Adrian Ho.  He will upload it to the site.  Authors will receive download statistics if their poster has been downloaded.

For more information contact Adrian Ho, Scholarly Communication Librarian at adrian.ho@uwo.ca.

Publishing Opportunities Database Now Available Through Western Libraries

March 29, 2011

Western Libraries now offer access to the Publishing Opportunities Database, which helps Western researchers identify publishing and conference presentation opportunities.  The database is accessible via the link in this record:

Research Funding Alternatives

March 28, 2011

Please join us for a presentation regarding

Research Funding Alternatives

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Faculty of Education Building, Room 1010

Justin Patton,
Consultant, Research Development
will present on the new architecture at SSHRC and the SSHRC programs currently offered

Hana Bokshi
Consultant, International Research
will present on international sources of funding

Karen Kueneman
will present alternate sources of funding (non Tri-Council).

Bob Macmillan, Peter Jaffe and George Gadanidis
will talk about establishing research careers
and tips for success at obtaining funding from
non-traditional (non-Tri-Council) sources.

Refreshments will be served.

Research Day Invitation

March 21, 2011

Acting Dean Michael Milde
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Dean Thomas Carmichael
The Faculty of Information & Media Studies

Acting Dean Carol Beynon
The Faculty of Education

invite you to attend

Research Day


Wednesday, March 23, 2011
from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.
The Great Hall, Room 3326
Somerville House

Research Day is generously supported by Research Western

Digging into Data Challenge

March 17, 2011

The advent of what has been called “data-driven inquiry” or “cyberscholarship” has changed the nature of inquiry across many disciplines, revealing new opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration on problems of common interest. The creation of vast quantities of Internet-accessible digital data and the development of techniques for large-scale data analysis have led to remarkable new discoveries in genetics, astronomy, and other fields, and—importantly—connections between different academic disciplines. The Digging into Data Challenge seeks to discover how these new research techniques might also be applied to questions in the humanities and social sciences.

The Digging into Data Challenge is an international competition announced by eight sponsoring funding bodies include the Arts & Humanities Research Council (United Kingdom), the Economic & Social Research Council (United Kingdom), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (United States), the Joint Information Systems Committee (United Kingdom), the National Endowment for the Humanities (United States), the National Science Foundation (United States), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Netherlands), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada)..

NOTE: This competition is open only to international research projects. Each project represents a collaboration among 2-4 teams, each team representing one of the competition’s participating countries.

Specific objectives are:

  • to promote the development and deployment of innovative research techniques in large-scale data analysis that focus on applications for the humanities and social sciences;
  • to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers in the humanities, social sciences, computer sciences, library, archive, information sciences, and other fields, around questions of text and data analysis;
  • to promote international collaboration among both researchers and funders; and
  • to ensure efficient access to and sharing of the materials for research by working with data repositories that hold large digital collections.

Amount of Award Each project is a partnership among two or more national teams, from at least two of the four participating countries. When a project is selected for funding, each of the teams will receive a grant. Each project can be awarded up to a maximum of four grants.  For Canadian teams, the award amount will range between CAN $25,000 and $125,000.

Deadlines: Final applications due June 16, 2011

The full Request for Proposals is available at: http://www.diggingintodata.org/