Panel discussion on CIHR Project Grant proposals and peer review

July 26, 2017

Invitation extended by Schulich:  Please join us for an informal panel discussion about the upcoming CIHR Project Grant Peer Review.

DATE: Thursday August 10th

TIME: 1:00 PM-2:30PM

LOCATION: Medical Sciences Building, Room 148

Dr. Jane Rylett will share her perspective as Executive Vice Chair of the College of Reviewers regarding CIHR Project Grant Peer Review. The panel will also include Faculty who served as reviewers/scientific officers in the last CIHR Project Grant competition to share their “tips” from a reviewer perspective on writing the Project Grant.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please feel free to contact:

Mary Ann Pollmann-Mudryj,

Mady Hymowitz,

Research Ethics – Tips to Speed up the Approval Process

October 6, 2015
Tips for a Successful Ethics Application
Thursday, October 15, 2015
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Faculty of Education Building, Community Room 1139

The session will begin with greetings from Mark Daley, Acting AVP of Research. Panel members will present, and there will be time for questions/discussion. Steve Bird, Faculty of Education’s Associate Dean of Research, will MC and act as Moderator.

Panel members:
Riley Hinson, Chair, Non-Medical Research Ethics Board
Erika Basile, Director, Research Ethics
Grace Kelly, Ethics Officer
Faculty of Education Research Ethics Board Members

Although organized by the Faculty of Education, it is open to, and will be of interest to all Western University Researchers submitting ethics applications to the Non-Medical Research Ethics Board.

Feel free to bring your lunch; we will provide coffee and cookies. Please RSVP to

Your Research and the Media

September 24, 2015

“Academics: leave your ivory towers and pitch your work to the media
Publishing in academic journals is prestigious, but sharing your ideas with a wider audience is exciting and full of unexpected rewards.” See the full article in the Guardian.

Cory Habermehl,,  Senior Communications Officer at the Faculty of Education is available to assist you with media-related concerns and opportunities.

Reviewing Journal Articles

September 2, 2015

This article, “Twelve Tips for Reviewers” from The Academic Observer, provides some advice for  reviewing journal articles.

“Many critical skills needed for becoming a successful academic are typically not taught in graduate school, at least not in any formal way. One of these is how to review journal articles.” Reviewing is a skill that is critical to academic careers. See the rest of the article...

Feedback on the Draft Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management

July 20, 2015

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (“the Agencies”) are federal granting agencies that promote and support research, research training, knowledge mobilization and innovation within Canada.

The Agencies are committed to fostering a robust environment for data stewardship in Canada and internationally, and to helping ensure that Canada is well positioned to contribute to and capitalize on data-intensive science and scholarship. To achieve this, and while recognizing the diversity of data practices and needs within the Canadian research community, SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR are in the process of reviewing and enhancing their data management requirements for Agency-supported researchers.

As a step in this process, the Agencies have developed a draft Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management. This builds on the 2013 consultation document, Toward a Policy Framework for Advancing Digital Scholarship in Canada, information provided by a Comprehensive Brief on Research Data Management Policies, and advice received through stakeholder engagement.

The draft Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management (the Statement) outlines the Agencies’ overarching expectations with regard to digital research data management, and the responsibilities of researchers, research communities, institutions and funders in meeting these expectations. It complements and builds upon existing Agency policies, and will serve as a guide to assist the research community in preparing for, and contributing to the development of, Tri-Agency data management requirements.


SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR invite institutions, associations, organizations and individuals to comment on the draft Statement, its comprehensiveness and balance, as well as its usefulness in advancing data stewardship in general and data management practices in particular. The Statement is available at the following link:

Please note that the Agencies will be accepting feedback on the draft Statement until September 4, 2015. Feedback can be sent electronically to any of the following email addresses:

Please indicate the section(s) of the draft being referred to in your feedback.

Next Steps

By the end of 2015, SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR will revise the Statement as appropriate and formally adopt it. In 2016, they plan to engage the research community to seek advice on realizing the principles expressed in the draft Statement, particularly with a view to developing new data management requirements.

CIHR – CCV Updates

July 8, 2015

Please note that effective June 29, 2015, the following changes to the Canadian Common CV (CCV) have been implemented:

Record selection management capability
Users who submit a Canadian Common CV to different organizations or to different competitions within the same organization are now able to manage their record selection for each individual Funding CV template. This enhancement allows users to:

  • Create, edit and save versions of each Funding CV template, each with its own customized record selection. This feature is particularly useful to users who need to submit the same type of Funding CV to multiple competitions;
  • Preserve the record selection made in each individual Funding CV template version;
  • View the number of records selected for submission while updating the record selection in each section of CV template versions.

Please note that when loading a template for the first time after June 29, 2015, or when creating a new template version, the record selection will be based on the Generic CV. Any changes in record selection thereafter will be version specific and will not impact any other templates or versions in the CCV. It is important to note that modifications to the CCV dataset (e.g. creating or deleting records, entering or deleting data in individual fields) will still be reflected across all templates and versions created by a user.

Re-organization of Student/Postdoctoral Supervision records
To enhance the clarity of the Student/Postdoctoral Supervision section in the PDF output of the CCV, all records are now grouped based on the Study Level, followed by descending chronological order.

Searching for Funding? Try PIVOT

July 8, 2015

Western’s subscription to PIVOT has been renewed, and is available to the full Western research community as a resource for finding research funding opportunities for faculty and students.

PIVOT can be accessed from any computer on campus. If you wish to use PIVOT off campus, please register for access at: under the “sign up” option.

Please let Karen Kueneman,, know if you do apply to certain funding sources because you found it on Pivot as Research Western is monitoring the benefits of paying for this resource.

Pivot is a tool that:

  • Provides access to the most comprehensive source of funding opportunities globally
  • Sends weekly updates on saved searches
  • Create groups for sharing funding opportunities on an ongoing basis

With a personalized experience through your own profile, Pivot pinpoints funding opportunities with searches that are:

  • Accurate: Updated daily to add new information drawn from sources linked to profiles in publications from vetted sources and web content associated with a scholar’s profile, and to drop out expired opportunities.
  • Automated: Users can receive alerts whenever new matching opportunities are posted that match their saved searches.
  • Focused: Search just one database for funding in any discipline and country, rather than multiple sources or scattershot across the internet.