July 11, 2013

Important Announcements

The Notification of Intent (NOI) to apply for an Insight Grant has been available online since June 19, 2013. Please note the following:

  • NOIs must be submitted directly by the applicants to SSHRC via the online system by August 15, 2013.
  • NOIs will not be accepted after the deadline.
  • An applicant who has not submitted an NOI by this date will be ineligible to submit the full application in the October 2013 competition.
  • An Insight Grant application will be created for all applicants who have submitted the IG NOI beginning mid-July in the applicant’s Portfolio.
  • Postsecondary institutions will be provided with a list of their faculty who have submitted an NOI after the August 15thdeadline via SSHRC’s secure site.
  • A blank Insight Grant application form will be created for all Research Administrators who currently have RGO access, and will appear in their “Applicant Portfolio” as of July 30.
  • Any others requiring access to a blank form should contact the Helpdesk by email (webgrant@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca) or by phone (613-995-4273). These forms will be available after July 30.
  • IG application instructions will also be available upon request once the form has been released by writing to: insightgrants@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca.

Update on SSHRC’s Research Portal and Canadian Common CV

SSHRC, in collaboration with NSERC, has been working to modernize its technology infrastructure and improve services in the delivery of its programs.  In November 2012, the Council launched the new Research Portal, along with the SSHRC template for the Canadian Common CV (CCV), as part of the February 2013 Insight Development Grants competition. This spring, NSERC implemented the Research Portal and CCV for its Discovery Grants and Subatomic Physics Grants competition.

The next SSHRC Insight Development Grants competition will be launched in fall 2013 and will continue to use the new Research Portal and CCV. Those who did not apply last year and plan to submit an application are encouraged to to begin filling out the SSHRC template for the CCV well in advance of the February deadline. Apart from Insight Development Grants, all other grant competitions this year will be on the previous IT platform and will be using the former SSHRC CV. The Tri-Council Canada Graduate Scholarships-Masters, will launch on the new research portal, along with the new CCV, in September 2013.


The website for the Grant Assist Program (SSHRC) is live!

Information regarding supports such as peer review, professional editing, casual RA support, grant writing clubs, and resources are available and will continue to be developed – please feel free to send feedback and suggestions to Bonnie Stelmach, Senior Social Sciences and Application Support Coordinator at bonnies@ualberta.ca.

Support is available now from the project for:

  • Peer review of Insight, Partnership, and Insight Development Grants
  • Research Assistant support for data input and preparation related to the Canadian Common CV (CCV);
    • conducting literature searches;
    • proofreading, checking references, and other tasks related to manuscript preparation;
    • assisting with research e.g. data collection, data analysis, lab work;
    • research related to preparing a budget (e.g. finding quotes for air fare, accommodations, research equipment, etc.); and,
    • assisting with preparation of materials required by research partners outside of the University.
  • Proposal Editing
  • Learning and Mentorship
  • Resources
  • Useful links


SSHRC In Sight Club (July – September, 2013)

Offered for a second time, this opportunity affords those interested in applying for a SSHRC Insight Grant an opportunity to work in step-by-step fashion through key parts of the grant. A key component of the In Sight Club is the value of receiving feedback from peers. This is a great way to draft your SSHRC proposal, and is intended only for those committed to completing weekly writing assignments. A brief pre-writing assignment is expected for the meeting on July 16, 2013.


Register through The Learning Shop.


SSHRC IDG Writing Club

If you are planning to apply for a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (deadline: February 1, 2014) and would like an early start, the SSHRC IDG Writing Club is for you. Participants will be paired with a colleague who will serve as a “Critical Friend” to provide valuable feedback. Each meeting will focus on sections of the application. Strategies and advice will be shared, and time to develop one’s writing will be provided. The writing club will get you started early, help you work through the proposal in step-by-step fashion, and keep you writing at a steady pace so that you have a draft of your proposal to avoid last-minute preparation.

Meeting dates: October 2, 11, 22, November 1, 12 and 19.

Participation is limited to 12 to maximize interaction and discussion.

Register through The Learning Shop.


Launch of New Guidelines for Support of Tools for Research and Research Related Activities

The new guidelines apply to grant type funding opportunities. For the moment, they apply to the following upcoming competitions:

  • Insight Grants (IG) competition (deadline October, 2013), and;
  • Partnership Grants (PG-LOI) competition (deadline February, 2014).

The guidelines may be consulted for applications to the Partnership Grants (PG-Formal) competition (deadline Fall 2013) but are not mandatory for this competition.


Programs and Events

Is SSHRC for Me? A Session for Health Science Researchers

This session is designed for researchers in Health Science faculties whose research has social science/humanities outcomes. If you are wondering about the eligibility of your research for SSHRC grants, and what is required when applying for a SSHRC, this session is for you. The objectives of the session will be to:

  1. clarify subject matter eligibility of health-related research based on SSHRC’s guidelines;
  2. provide an overview of SSHRC grants and competition deadlines;
  3. review the application process;
  4. offer advice and strategies for framing your research for a SSHRC grant; and,
  5. field questions of any nature to support health-based researchers in their pursuit of SSHRC funding.

Date: July 12, 2013
Instructor: Dr. Bonnie L Stelmach
Time: 09:30a.m. – 10:45a.m.
Location: ECHA 5-140


Developing Budgets for Grant Applications in the Health Sciences

While budgets and their justifications are often not to be considered by reviewers when they score a grant application, these sections are important in obtaining the maximum amount of funding. In addition, if these sections are poorly written, the sections may negatively influence the reviewer’s opinion of the applicant. Discussion will include the mechanics of and important considerations when developing a budget.

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Presenter: Joanne Simala-Grant
Time: 9:30a.m. – 11:00a.m.
Location: ECHA 1-190


Meet our Undergraduate Summer Researchers!

You are invited to the Launchpad to Research Poster Presentation. The posters will be presented by some of the 2013 Faculty of Nursing’s undergraduate summer students, which will provide you with a chance to learn about their work and meet with the students themselves.  We hope to see you there!

Date: July 24, 2013
Time: 1:00p.m. – 2:30p.m.
Location: ECHA North Atrium

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