January 18, 2019

Funding Opportunities & Awards

Observer Program for Early Career Researchers

CIHR is pleased to continue to offer an Observer program for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to participate as an observer in the peer review process of the Project Grant: Spring 2019 competition. This program is designed as an opportunity for ECRs to observe face-to-face peer review committee meetings and gain valuable insights on the review process.

Deadline: February 20, 2019

For more information, click HERE.

CIRA Community Investment Program Grants

CIRA’s Community Investment Program will be providing over $1 million to projects doing good things for and through the Canadian internet.

Funding areas:

  • Infrastructure: Developing connectivity services for regional, rural, remote and/or underserved communities
  • Access: Providing individuals and communities with the ability to connect to the internet
  • Digital Literacy: Enhancing Canadians’ knowledge and skills to use the internet effectively and safely
  • Engagement: Research and knowledge-sharing activities that broaden public understanding and participation in internet policy development, governance and cybersecurity
  • Services: Building online apps and platforms that address social, economic and/or environmental needs

Deadline: February 28, 2019

For more information, click HERE.

Royal Society of Canada Awards: Call for Nominations

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Pierre Chauveau Medal – Awarded for a distinguished contribution to knowledge in the Humanities
  • Jason A. Hannah Medal – Awarded for an important publication in the history of medicine
  • Yvan Allaire Medal + $5,000 – For outstanding contribution in governance (Social Sciences)


  • Henry Marshall Tory Medal – Awarded for outstanding research in any branch of astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, physics, or an allied science
  • McLaughlin Medal – For important research of sustained excellence in any branch of medical sciences
  • Miroslaw Romanowski Medal + $3,000 – Awarded for contributions towards the resolution of scientific aspects of environmental problems or for important improvements to the quality of an ecosystem in all aspects—terrestrial, atmospheric and aqueous—brought about by scientific means
  • Rutherford Memorial Medals (one in Chemistry and one in Physics) – For research in chemistry or physics—preference will be given to candidates under 40 years old


  • Sir John William Dawson Medal – For important contribution of knowledge in multiple domains


  • To be eligible, candidates must be Canadian citizens or have had the status of Canadian Permanent Resident for at least three years.
  • Candidates do NOT need to be RSC Fellows or College Members.
  • All nominations are valid for one competition only.

Nomination Components

In addition to the specific information to be included in the nomination form, a complete nomination comprises the following:

  1. Letter from the Primary Nominator
  2. Two letters from co-nominators attesting to their support of the nomination
  3. Short citation (max 70 words)
  4. Detailed appraisal of the nominee’s scholarship or artistic achievements (max 1200 words)
  5. Three letters of reference from independent referees and their biographies
  6. Curriculum Vitae (maximum 20 pages)

All items listed above must follow the examples provided by the RSC.

Internal UAlberta Deadlines & Admin Support

  • January 25, 2019: Please advise Kate Ballash (kate.ballash@ualberta.ca) about nominations being prepared and whether VPR Office support (proofreading, internal reviewing, and submitting nominations) is requested.
  • February 8: Please send Kate the Short Citation, Detailed Appraisal, and CV for proofreading/internal reviewing, if previously requested.
  • February 20: Review period ends; feedback will be sent to the nominator.
  • February 27, 12:00 (noon): Please send Kate complete nomination packages if nominators would like the VPR Office to submit nominations to the RSC on their behalf.


Kate Ballash
Research Awards Officer
Office of the Vice-President (Research)
2-51 South Academic Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB  T6G 2G7
Phone 780-492-6877
Email kate.ballash@ualberta.ca

Programs & Events

Information Sessions on the New Tri-Agency Financial Administration Renewal Guide

Do you have a Tri-Agency research grant?  Are you planning to apply for one?  Do you manage research grants?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then Research Services Office (RSO) invites you to upcoming sessions on how the new pilot Guide, already in effect, will impact the financial administration of your Tri-Agency research grant(s).
You are welcome to attend any one of these sessions.  More than half of each session will be left for Q&As.

Prior to the session, please review the Guide.

Session #1 Session #2 Session #3
Date January 23 January 25 January 29
Time 12:30 – 13:30 11:30 – 12:30 12:30 – 13:30
Building Humanities Centre Li Ka Shing Institute Donadeo ICE
Room 2 – 29 1 – 040 8 – 207

Important Announcements & News


Launch of Project Grant: Spring 2019 Competition

The Project Grant: Spring 2019 Competition is now live on ResearchNet.

Looking for support? CIHR has updated the Learning for Applicants tools and is offering a number of webinars in French and English.

CIHR is also pleased to support a number of Priority Announcements as part of the Project Grant: Spring 2019 competition. The complete listing of Priority Announcements is now available.

Registration Deadline: February 6, 2019

For more information, click HERE.

Article: Researchers scramble to meet deadline for New Frontiers research fund

While many Canadian academics were enjoying a bit of time off over the holidays, some early-career researchers were scrambling to put together applications for the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF), the new funding program designed to support risky interdisciplinary research…

Dr. Hewitt [(president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and chairman of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee)] said some of the vagueness of the call for proposals is intentional. “The first call is meant to be pretty exploratory. It’s hard to describe what we’re looking for when we’re not too sure ourselves,” he said. But, he added that the call for applications will be repeated regularly, and applicants will have a better idea of what kinds of proposals will be successful in future rounds.

Click HERE to read the full article.