April 18, 2013

Important Announcements

SSHRC Impact Awards – Call for Nominations

SSHRC has recently unveiled a new suite of Impact Awards “designed to build on and sustain Canada’s research-based knowledge culture in the social sciences and humanities”.  For more details, click HERE.

The deadline for nominations to be received by SSHRC is June 10, 2013, and each institution may submit one nomination per award category. There are five categories of awards, and not all are being handled in the same way:

  • Gold Medal: a candidate had been identified for the previously named SSHRC Gold Medal for Achievement in Research and a nomination is underway; therefore, no new nominations will be solicited for the Gold Medal this year.
  • Talent Award: for current SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship award holders; nominations for this award will be handled by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, and FGSR will be contacting the eligible doctoral students and PDFs.

The Vice-President (Research) Office is seeking nominations in the following categories:

  • Insight Award ($50,000): recognizes outstanding achievement arising from a research project funded partially or completely by SSHRC given to an individual or team.
  • Connection Award ($50,000): recognizes an outstanding SSHRC-funded initiative to facilitate the flow and exchange of research knowledge within and/or beyond the academic community given to an individual or team.
  • Partnership Award ($50,000): recognizes a SSHRC-funded formal partnership for its outstanding achievement in advancing research, research training or knowledge mobilization, or developing a new partnership approach to research and/or related activities.

SSHRC has offered the following elaboration on who is eligible for these awards:

“SSHRC funding need not have been awarded since SSHRC redesigned its program architecture into the “Insight, Connections, Partnerships, Talent” categories. In regard to ‘how far back this award could have been made’, it is up to the discretion of the nominating institution to determine the level of impact its nominee(s) still yield.”

Interested candidates should submit an electronic “mini-package” to Kate Ballash (contact information below) at the office of the VPR, by Friday, May 3, composed of two parts required for the final nomination:

  1. Attachment of up to four pages demonstrating the rationale supporting the nomination (details available on the SSHRC website)

as well as the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of four referees whom the VPR would contact for letters of support if the candidate is selected to go forward as the nominee in that category.

Should there be more than one candidate nominated for an award, the “mini-package” documents will be assessed by an internal adjudication committee to determine the final candidate to be submitted for each award (internal adjudication to take place May 3-10). The committee will be composed of AD(R)s or designates from all faculties with a nomination for that award.

The VPR Office will then work with the candidate to develop and finalize the nomination package by the first week of June, and will submit the final nomination in hard copy. The office will also assist in formulating a promotion plan that is required for a nomination in each award category.  Please contact Kate Ballash, Research Awards Coordinator, Office of the VPR, with any questions.

Contact Information:
2-51 South Academic Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G7
Ph: 780.492.6877

Programs and Events

The Canadian Common CV (CCV): Navigating and Troubleshooting

  • Friday, April 26 9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. Central Academic Building (CAB) 345 (PC lab): Click HERE for details. 
  • Tuesday, April 30 1:00 – 4:00p.m. CAB 331: Click HERE for details. 
  • Tuesday, May 7 1:00 – 4:00p.m. Education 155A (Mac, 26 max): Click HERE for details. 
  • Wednesday, May 15 12:00 – 3:00p.m. Arts 1-12 (Mac, 20 max): Click HERE for details. 
  • Thursday, May 23 9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. Cameron 1-30 (PC, 36 max): Click HERE for details.

SSHRC Insight Grant and Insight Development Grant: Advice from an Adjudicator and Successful Applicant

  • Thursday, May 2 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. ED N 2-101: Click HERE for details.

Tips for Preparing a CIHR/NSERC Collaborative Health Research Project (CHRP) Application

Speaker: Dr. Janet Elliott, Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering; Canada Research Chair in Thermodynamics; Adjunct Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology

At this workshop, Dr. Janet Elliott will give a brief overview of the CHRP program and her own personal advice about writing for an interdisciplinary review process. There will be significant time allowed for questions and answers.

Dr. Elliott served on the CHRP Selection Committee (including LOIs and full proposals) from 2007 until 2010. Since then she has served on the CHRP LOI Review Committee. Janet Elliott is a PI on current NSERC Discovery and CIHR Operating grants and has previously held a CHRP grant.

For more details and to register, click HERE.

CIHR Grants 101

Presenter: Gregory Huyer, PhD, Deputy Director, Open Programs, Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

This session will provide an introductory/intermediate overview of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) as an organization as well as important policies in relation to the Open Operating Grant Program. The session will seek to ‘de-mystify’ the peer review process as well as provide useful ‘tips and tricks’ to consider when applying for a grant. Finally, participants will be given an overview of Open Program reforms.

Staff at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Centre for Learning in Practice (CLIP) have developed a free Seminar Series focused on developing foundational competencies within research and scholarship to support, enable and promote broad understanding of and engagement in scholarship and research for Fellows and students.

For more details and to register, click HERE.

Statistics Coffee Time

Hundreds of statisticians will be travelling to Edmonton this May! With funding received from a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Dissemination Events grant, a Statistics Coffee Time has been created as part of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Statistical Society of Canada held at the University of Alberta from May 26 to 29, 2013. In an informal setting, participating health researchers and statistics and probability experts will socialize and discuss potential collaborations for health research projects. The emphasis is on fostering collaborations and not statistical consultations. To date, we have 8 statisticians registered from multiple institutions with the following areas of expertise/interest: adaptive designs of clinical trials, applied statistics, biostatistics, classification models, cluster randomized trials, data visualization, generalized linear models, inter-observer agreement, longitudinal data analysis, meta-analysis, mixed models, multivariate analysis, robust statistics, survey methodology, and survival analyses.

The Statistics Coffee Time will take place from 9:30a.m. – 10:00a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 (location to be confirmed based on registration numbers). Advanced registration is required by 8:00a.m. April 30, 2013 (click HERE). For more information about the annual meeting, please click HERE.

Sign up and you may forge a new collaboration that could advance your research!

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