November 4, 2014

FEATURE: Applying for Funding

Applying for Research Funding?

Make certain that you follow these important steps to ensure your application is received and processed on time:

  1. When you become aware of an opportunity that you intend to apply for, please email the Coordinator, Research & Funding Support (Heather Boyco: as early as possible with the details (funding agency and program, URL, agency deadline).  Once this message is received, the Coordinator will forward you any necessary information and some important deadlines that you should be aware of.
  2. Before submitting an application, applicants must:
    1. Follow the application instructions that are provided by the funding agency. Applicants are responsible for reviewing and understanding the agency submission process and the University of Alberta’s policies and procedures.
    2. Obtain all required signatures including:
      1. Agency required signatures
      2. U of A required signatures
  3. Submit the final, signed electronic version (PDF) of the application to the Coordinator a minimum of seven business days before the sponsor deadline to ensure that the application is reviewed and returned to you by the Research Facilitation Office (RFO) in a timely manner.  Applications must be submitted as one complete document; separate files will not be accepted*.
  4. Submit a signed copy of the funding agency’s signature page(s).
  5. Complete the “Create Application/Proposal/Project” form in Researcher Home Page.
  6. Submit a signed copy of the U of A Supplementary Signature Page, if needed.
    1. This signature page is required if there is insufficient space on the sponsor’s application form for all required signatures, or if there will be any University of Alberta co-investigators who are not from the FoN.
    2. Please ensure that all boxes are checked as required.

NOTE: The Coordinator will facilitate obtaining signatures on behalf of the Faculty of Nursing (Dean) only. Principal Investigators are responsible for obtaining all other required signatures before submitting their completed applications to the Coordinator.  Scanned and faxed copies of the signature pages are acceptable unless the funding agency requires hard copies.  Digital signatures will not be accepted.

Please remember the following points when completing your budget:

  1. Researchers must apply for 20% indirect costs relative to the total cost of the research agreement with the exception of Tri-Council grants and those others that do not allow this line item (contact funding agency for confirmation).  See RSO‘s website for more information.
  2. If librarian services are required, researchers should include this in their budget (contact for details).
  3. If the use of the Health Research Data Repository (HRDR) is required, researchers should include this in their budget (contact for details).

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Heather Boyco, Coordinator, Research & Funding Support at

*Accessing Citrix and Adobe Acrobat

As mentioned, researchers will be responsible for submitting applications electronically to the Coordinator (  Applications must be submitted as one complete document; separate files will not be accepted.  The best way to do this by using Adobe Acrobat, accessible via Citrix.

Not sure how to access Acrobat through Citrix?  It’s easy!  Get the how-to HERE.

Once you’ve opened Adobe Acrobat, you can insert other documents to an existing pdf anywhere you’d like using the button below (circled in red):

Acrobat Navigation View (Insert Page Button)

Once you’ve clicked that button, you can browse through your computer to choose which file you’d like to attach (files must already be saved as pdf).  You will see the following option screen, allowing you to place the file wherever you’d like within the document:

Acrobat Navigation View (Insert Page)

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Heather Boyco at

RSO Reorganization 6NOV2014

Programs & Events

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

You are cordially invited to attend the upcoming SSHRC Stories and Successes event co-hosted by the Office of the V​ice​-P​resident​ (Research) and the ​Kule Institute for Advanced Studies.  The event takes place on Wednesday, November 5 from 4:30​-6:30 p.m. with a reception to follow.  ​​​To RSVP, please click HERE.  The University’s latest successes will be celebrated, along with themed presentations and short research talks.

SSHRC Stories – Emerging Technologies: Competing Needs and Challenges:

  • Technologies of Nature: Surveillance at the Limits of the Human – Kevin Haggerty (Arts)
  • Stewarding Technology for Inclusive Innovation – Gordon Gow (Extension)
  • The Third Dimension: Immersive Virtual Environments in Educational Research and Practice – Patricia Boechler (Education)

SSHRC Successes – The second half of this event will celebrate UAlberta’s 2014 SSHRC grant recipients through poster displays and the following invited 3 minute presentations:

  • Sadok Ghoul – Campus Saint-Jean (faculty member)
  • Julie Rak – English and Film Studies (faculty member)
  • Sean Robertson – Faculty of Native Studies (faculty member)
  • Ali Shiri – School of Library and Information Studies (faculty member)
  • Evelyne Gagnon – Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (post doctoral fellow)
  • Tsugumi (Mimi) Okabe – Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (doctoral student)

It will also be an opportunity to meet SSHRC’s new Associate Vice-President, Future Challenges, Ursula Gobel.

Rounds Poster for 5Nov14

RN Staffing (Jane Ball) 17NOV2014

SPOR Networks in Chronic Disease – Webinars

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), as a partner in the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), is pleased to announce the funding opportunity for SPOR Networks in Chronic Disease.

CIHR is holding a series of webinars to provide information on the funding opportunity and answer any questions in advance of the registration deadline.

Webinars will be delivered in the language indicated beside the date; however, please note that questions in French and English are welcome at any session.

November 17, 2014 at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST – English
To register for the online meeting, click HERE.

November 18, 2014 at 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. EST – French
To register for the online meeting, click HERE.

November 19, 2014 at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST – English
To register for the online meeting, click HERE.

 Important Announcements

Undergraduate Research Initiative

URI News

It’s FURCA time! The 2nd Annual Festival of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities kicks off November 3rd! Read on for your field guide to our favourite FURCA’n fall festival!

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