Western Strategic Support for SSHRC Success

October 12, 2016

Western Strategic Support for SSHRC Success

Research Development and Services is pleased announce the 2016 Western Strategic Support for SSHRC Success Suite of awards. There have been key changes to the program for this year, most notably the Bridge and Accelerator have been replaced by the Open research grant that does not have any current or prior SSHRC funding requirements.

Program  Overview:

Funded by the Office of the Vice-President (Research), the Western Strategic Support (WSS) for SSHRC Success program offers two funding opportunities identified as the Seed and Open grants. These grants are targeted at all researchers who are pursuing SSHRC-related research. The intent of these grants is to offer critical, one-time funding to support an individual investigator’s research activities for the subsequent development of strong, competitive submissions to external, peer-reviewed research sponsors.

  • The WSS-SSHRC Seed Research Grant is targeted to eligible early career researchers, who are within three years of the start date of their first eligible academic research appointment at Western (typically a probationary appointment) and who typically have little prior academic or non-academic independent research experience as a Principal Investigator. (Maximum value $25,000 for one year)
  • The WSS-SSHRC Open Research Grant is targeted to established researchers pursuing SSHRC-related research. (Maximum value $25,000 for one year)

Important Dates:

FOE Deadline:              November 23, 2016

RDS Deadline:               December 1st, 2016

Presentations:                  January 2017

Results available by:       January 2017

Contact Information:

For more information, or questions relating to the Western Strategic Support for SSHRC success please contact:  Ryan Salewski (ryan.salewski@uwo.ca  or x86801) or consult the internal awards webpage http://www.uwo.ca/research/funding/internal/Western_Strategic_Support_for_SSHRC_Success.html

France-Canada Research Fund 2017 competition

September 28, 2016

Please see the following document detailing the France-Canada Research Fund 2017 competition to “support developing new expert partnerships between France and Canada” and to fund students: fcrf2017_competition_-memo_28_sep_2016

Deadline: November 3, 2016

Funding: Up to $15,000

See also the “New Collaborations Program Guidelines” document from the FCRF website: frcf_2017_new_collaborations_program_guidelines-1
It details funding opportunities for Francophone students, for Women in Science, for students working with French universities, for postdocs and, by extension, for professors who plan to work with collaborators in France. Faculty of Education Research Officer Justin Patton has been in touch with the Embassy to confirm that Education research is eligible for all of these competitions. Note “Additional Funding” at pages 4-6 of the “FCRF New Collaborations Program Guidelines.” Funding is between $5,000 and $150,000.

Stephen Downie Talk

September 22, 2016

Unlocking the Secrets of 4.5 Billion Pages: An HathiTrust Research Center Update

 September 30, 1:30-3:30

Middlesex College Room 320

J. Stephen Downie is the Associate Dean for Research and a Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This seminar provides an update on the recent developments and activities of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC). The HTRC is the research arm of the HathiTrust, an online repository dedicated to the provision of access to a comprehensive body of published works for scholarship and education.

The HathiTrust is a partnership of over 100 major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. Membership is open to institutions worldwide.

More information about the talk: downie_talk_sept30_2016

Faculty of Education Internal Conference Travel Grant

September 13, 2016

Faculty of Education

Internal Conference Travel Grant


To support tenured or probationary faculty members in their research by providing the opportunity to attend conferences to present their research work and to benefit from interactions with other researchers. For this competition the conference must begin on or before April 30, 2017.


Maximum $3,700 per faculty member per fiscal year (May 1-April 30) to attend one or more conferences during the fiscal year.


October 3, 2016, 4:00 p.m.


Via email to edu-internalgrants@uwo.ca , or paper copy to Research Office, Room 1161

Application & More Information:

Online at http://www.edu.uwo.ca/research/internal-funding.html

(Research Handbook)

Supporting MA Students as Researchers

September 6, 2016

The following was sent to faculty members via email by Dr. Perry Klein on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.

This week, we are welcoming a new cohort of students to the Research Intensive MA program. Recently, Pam Bishop and I have been discussing ways of increasing research and leadership opportunities for students in the Research-Intensive Master’s program. This would provide them with valuable learning, and increase the success of Western students in competing for external awards.

In the message that I gave to students at orientation, I encouraged them to think of themselves as researchers from the time that they enter the program. Particularly for students who are planning to proceed to the doctorate and academic or research careers, it will be important to become involved in publishing during the MA years. This will allow them to compete for scholarships, gain admission to doctoral programs, and launch academic or professional careers.

We are asking your help in supporting the growth of research and leadership opportunities for MA students. Here are some practices that are already normal in doctoral education, and many supervisors already also follow these practices with MA students.

What students can do:

  • Talk with your supervisor early in the year about your initial research ideas. This will help you to prepare for the OGS application.
  • Let your supervisor know if you are interested in research assistantships or volunteer opportunities in her or his research projects.
  • If you are interested in being a co-author on publications in your RA ship, talk with your supervisor about this early in the year.
  • Consider writing a review of a recently published book.
  • Watch for announcements about the upcoming Graduate Research and Professional Careers Series,  including the session on Strategies for Planning Publishable Masters Research (Feb 1).

What faculty members can do:    

  • To help students prepare for the OGS application, talk with them about their research ideas early in the year. Once they have a near final draft of the proposal, if you wish, send it to Justin or Perry in the Research Office for feedback.
  • Consider hiring an MA student as a Research Assistant.
  • Consider including Research Assistants or volunteers as co-authors on conference presentations and publications.
  • If a student is interested in becoming involved in your research, and you do not have funds to pay them, consider taking them on as a volunteer research intern for a limited number of hours, and recognizing their contribution by adding them as a co-author on conference presentations and publications.
  • When writing grant applications, consider budgeting to hire MA students as research assistants. Also, consider budgeting so that research assistants can travel to conferences as co-presenters.  This will help students, and demonstrate that you are providing training.
  • Publicize MA student successes, such as conference presentations, journal publications, and awards; these can be forwarded to Cory Habermehl for eCast.
  • As an ARC, consider providing funding to MA students in the form of 0.5 Research Assistantship.  This would be an ARC decision that would be implemented in the following year.
  • Support adding MA and PhD student representatives to the Research Committee, providing them with learning experiences in academic governance and leadership.

Thanks  to the Research Committee and the Program Chairs for their feedback on these ideas.

Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Awards (ERA)

June 3, 2016

The Early Researcher Awards is a provincial programme that provides up to $100,000 in funding over five years, primarily for students. It is available to faculty members who have received a PhD no earlier than July 1, 2006 and a first academic appointment no earlier than July 1, 2011. Health-related, parental and other leaves extend the window in some cases.

This is a programme that must be matched with a 50% contribution from the host institution. It is therefore essential that applicants contact Justin Patton (jpatton8@uwo.ca, 519-661-2111 ext. 88561) in the Research Office before submitting an NOI, to discuss the possibility of a match.

Here is the link to the ERA programme: https://www.ontario.ca/page/early-researcher-awards


-June 13 from 3 to 4pm: Early Researcher Award presentation with tips at Somerville House, room 2316

-June 14th: A Notice of intent (NOI) is due to Western Research Services and to Justin Patton (jpatton8@uwo.ca, 519-661-2111 ext. 88561)

-July 15th: Internal Education deadline for full applications – a review of your application will be provided along with details of the match

SSHRC Connection Grant Initiative – Connecting for Canada’s 150th

May 12, 2016

We are pleased to announce the launch of Connecting for Canada’s 150th, a unique series of Connection Grants to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. This historic anniversary is an opportunity to highlight scholarly activities that mobilize research about Canada at 150: its past, its present and its future.  This initiative also provides support for connection activities that exemplify the contributions of Canadian institutions and researchers in the social sciences and humanities, either to a discipline or to global fields of study.

SSHRC invites interested applicants and their partner organizations to apply for support through the Connection Grants funding opportunity. Applications are subject to the evaluation criteria and scoring scheme common to all Connection Grants. However, all applicants must demonstrate how their project addresses this historic anniversary. Applicants applying under Connecting for Canada’s 150th should consult the full description of the initiative.

For more information, please contact Paula Popovici, Program Officer, Research Grants and Partnerships Division by telephone at 613-992-0498 or email at: Paula.Popovici@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca.