July 20, 2017


FEATURE


You’re invited!  Undergraduate Student Summer Series: Launchpad to Research
Student Poster Presentations

Please join us next Wednesday, July 26 as this year’s Launchpad to Research students present their summer work.

What is Launchpad to Research?

The Faculty of Nursing seeks to create and sustain a culture of undergraduate research through the Undergraduate Student Summer Series: Launchpad to Research, a two-hour seminar series held weekly over eight weeks. The FoN opens this program to all undergraduate students engaged in research across all health-related disciplines. The program raises students’ awareness of and interest in research through a rich breadth of speakers who engage in a broad range of research and methods. Students are supported in developing the tools for research by ensuring ongoing opportunity for open discussion and increased awareness of essential research components and opportunities. Student engagement in research is fostered through networking, learning necessary research skills, and participation in the student poster presentation. The poster presentation is open to the FoN and its ECHA neighbours. This powerful exercise provides students with a valuable learning experience and expert, thoughtful, practical feedback from a small panel.

Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Time: 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: ECHA 3rd floor atrium


Funding Opportunities


2017 GRH Clinical Research Grant

Please be advised that the Call for Applications to the 2017 GRH Clinical Research Grant is now open! Please refer to the GRH Research website  where you will find the Call for Applications, Application Form, and Grant Scoring Guidelines under the Grant Toolkit.

Deadline: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 12:00 noon.


Programs & Events


“Ask Me Anything” webinar with Adrian Mota, Acting VP, Competition Management, CIHR

CIHR recently announced changes to its Project Grant and Foundation Grant competitions. To discuss these changes and to provide clarification, Adrian Mota is inviting the research community to join a live discussion on Thursday, July 27 from 1:30-2:30pm (EDT). The full hour will be dedicated to answering questions from participants (in French or English), and Adrian will respond to as many questions as possible during the time allotted. The session will also be recorded and posted on CIHR’s website at a later date.

Registration is required to participate in this webinar. Please register online. Space is limited to 300 participants.


Invitation to 2017 GameSense Symposium (Responsible and Problem Gambling)

The aim of the symposium is to provide a provincial platform to explore, examine, and discuss topics related to responsible and problem gambling.  This year’s theme is, Multiculturalism – Bridging Gaps.  The symposium is free of cost and meals will be provided.

Date: September 26, 2017
Time: 7:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Radisson Hotel Edmonton South

For more information, click HERE.  For the agenda, click HERE.


Call for Abstracts: STTI 30th Annual Research Conference
Closing the Gap: Research and Scholarship in the Clinical World

Date: November 10, 2017
Location: Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre, London, ON
Abstract Deadline: September 10, 2017

Complete the Google Form HERE.


Important Announcements


Update from CIHR on the Foundation Grant Program (July 17, 2017)

The CIHR president released a statement regarding changes to the fall Foundation competition.

The following changes have been made to the 2017-18 Foundation Competition:

  1. The total funding envelope for the Foundation Grant program will be reduced from $200M to $125M, and the $75M reduction will be redirected to the Project grant program.
    • Based on the average size of grants in previous Foundation competitions, CIHR expects to fund 40 Foundation Grant recipients in the 2017-18 competition.
  2. Early Career Investigators (ECIs) will not be eligible to apply to the Foundation Grant program, starting with the 2017-18 competition, but CIHR will ensure that the success rate of the ECIs is equalized in the Project Grant program.

Important Foundation 2017 Dates
Aug 8, 2017: Registration Deadline
NOTE: Sept 1, 2017: Internal (Faculty of Nursing) Deadline
Sept 5, 2017 at noon: Institutional (RSO) Deadline
Sept 12, 2017: Stage 1 Deadline

GAP(HS) Workshops for Foundation Applications

Preparing a Stage 1 Foundation Application
Join us to hear Dr. Patrick MacDonald  (Foundation awardee & CIHR Review Chair) share his insights into the CIHR Stage 1 Foundation review process and preparing an applications that will be invited to move forward to Stage 2.

The session will take place at 1 pm on Friday, August 4 in 6-52 Heritage Medical Research Centre. Please click here to register.

GAP(HS) Feedback Processes for Foundation Applications

Stage 1 Internal Review
The internal review meeting will provide applicants the opportunity to obtain feedback on their Stage 1 Foundation application by two reviewesr.

  • Deadline for Intent to Participate: July 31 for new applications, August 7, 2017if resubmitting.
  • Internal Review Meetings: August 2017

Email cihrgrants@ualberta.ca with the title of your program of research, list of any program Co-leaders, a 1 page summary of your research program, and names of 6 senior colleagues that could serve as reviewers. Note that the list of past UofA Foundation reviewers may be found here.

Feedback Debrief
Applicants who will be resubmitting can meet with reviewers to discuss the feedback received from a previous Foundation competition.

  • Deadline for Intent to Participate: August 7, 2017
  • Feedback Debrief Meetings: August 2017

Email cihrgrants@ualberta.ca with the title of the program of research, list of any program Co-leaders, a 1 page summary of your research program, and names of 6 senior colleagues that could serve as reviewers.Note that the list of past UofA Foundation reviewers may be found here.

Foundation Resources

Requesting Nominations for the College of Reviewers
The College of Reviewers is a member-focused resource designed to professionalize peer review, enhance review quality and provide a more stable base of experienced reviewers for all CIHR funding competitions.

CIHR is requesting nominations of individuals who meet the membership selection criteria. If you are interested in being nominated, please email Joanne Simala-Grantjls24@ualberta.ca by Thursday, July 27.

Research Services Office: Reduction in Signatures Required for Amendments
To better serve our research community and reduce everyone’s workload, Research Services Office (RSO) has made significant changes to reduce signature requirements for amendments. Please click here for details.

Celebrating Health Research – Sharing your Story
To celebrate Canada 150, CIHR invites you to share 150 words about your research or how your life has been touched by research. Please click here for more information.

Search for Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism, and Diabetes (INMD)
CIHR is looking to hire a Scientific Director for the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes. This is a 4 year mandate, with the possibility of an additional 4 year extension. The application deadline is July 31, 2017. Please click here for more information including how to apply.

Public Comments on the Proposed Changes to the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2)
In October 2016, the Panel on Research Ethics released proposed changes to TCPS 2 (2014) to the public for comment. Written comments were accepted until January 31, 2017. All comments received have been posted to the Panel’s website unless the contributor requested that they remain confidential.


Further Update on the Foundation Grant Program

Message from Roderick R. McInnes, C.M., O.Ont., MD, PhD, FRSC
Acting President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The following changes have been made:

  1. The total funding envelope for the Foundation Grant program will be reduced from $200M to $125M, and the $75M reduction will be redirected to the Project Grant program.
    • This shift will result in approximately 78% of CIHR’s investigator-initiated research budget being allocated to the Project Grant program and 22% to the Foundation Grant program. The shifting of the ratio between the two programs aligns with the recommendation of the International Peer Review Expert Panel.
    • As a result, we expect to fund approximately 40 Foundation Grant recipients in the 2017-18 competition, a number based on the average grant size of Foundation grants awarded to established investigators in previous competitions.
  2. Early career investigators (ECIs) will not be eligible to apply to the Foundation Grant program, starting with the 2017-18 competition, but CIHR will ensure that the success rate of ECIs is equalized in the Project Grant program.
    • A significant majority of key stakeholders, including ECIs to whom we have spoken and who have a Foundation Grant, agree that the eligibility for the Foundation Grant program should not include ECIs. This issue was raised repeatedly during my tour of 10 universities.
    • Again, the objectives of the Foundation Grant program do not align with ECIs, who are trying to establish their careers, and who do not have a track-record to provide a baseline level of funding for a Foundation Grant. Moreover, a Foundation Grant limits the ability of ECIs to grow their research programs, since they are not allowed to apply for Project Grants. Thus their funding remains locked in at their career-starting (and generally low) level.
    • To ensure that ECIs are not disadvantaged by this new restriction, CIHR will continue its policy of equalizing the success rates of ECIs in the Project Grant program (i.e., the success rate of ECIs will be equal to the proportion of ECIs who applied). This equalization should ensure that a comparable number of ECIs still receive funding. We will continue to monitor the ECI success rates closely and may intervene if necessary.

Click HERE to read more.