SSHRC Insight Development Grant Competition, Winter 2017

December 2, 2016

The SSHRC has announced its Insight Development Grant competition. This grant is for researchers within six years of receiving their PhD or for established researchers planning on doing work in an area in which they have little or no track record. Total funding is $75,000 over one or two years. 50% of the funding is set aside for “Emerging Scholars” and new researchers should apply to this competition, not the fall Insight Grant competition.

Imp0rtant deadlines:

  1. The SSHRC deadline is February 3rd
  2. Western’s institutional final deadline with ROLA approved – January 27th.
  3. Please send application drafts to Justin Patton for review no later than Wednesday, January 18th.

From Justin Patton, Research Officer: I would suggest that all those planning to apply meet with me at some point before December 14th to discuss application strategy – before putting pen to paper. I can give you application tips and we can discuss your methods and anticipated outcomes. 75% of the applications I have reviewed in each of the last two years were successful. The national success rate was 23% in 2015 and 40% in 2016. Hopefully, together we can find you success. It is a good year to apply because the programme was comparatively undersubscribed last year and it is my hope that there will be more funding to go around again this year.

Justin contact details:; ext. 88561

SSHRC application materials:

Summary document: sshrc-insight-grant-development-competition-winter-20

Application instructions: sshrc-instructions-for-idg-applications-2016

Justin Patton grant writing presentation: 160914-grant-writing-education_rev_161125

C. Kingsley Allison Research Grant

October 19, 2016

The C. Kingsley Allison Research Grant/Award offered annually by the Developmental Disabilities Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is open to any student (undergraduate or graduate), faculty member or employee of the Western University community. Applications from all departments of the University will be accepted, without preference to any department, school or faculty.

Applications are also invited from non-Western University persons working with agencies in the London region providing services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. In this case, a member of the Western University faculty must be listed as a co-investigator.

The deadline for application is October 30, 2016.

The value of the award may range up to $9000 (with the actual value of each being determined by the number of funded proposals and the quality of each proposal).

This grant is not limited in scope, rather it is for any and all research projects which are of relevance to the understanding of the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of ID/DD.

Application instructions: ckingsley-allison-application-instructions

Application package:  allison-award-package

This is a peer-reviewed application process. The instructions and package can also be found on our website:

Contact for more information/questions:

Sarah O’Flanagan, Program Coordinator
Developmental Disabilities Program
Department of Psychiatry
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Western University
Parkwood Institute, Mental Health Care Building,  Room F4-432-12
519-685-8500  x 47694

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 (  or x86801) or consult the internal awards webpage

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 , or paper copy to Research Office, Room 1161

Application & More Information:

Online at

(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.