March 3, 2016

Programs & Events

Research Excellence Series Poster -March

2015 Engaging With Ideas Series LTR March

Killam Research Fellowships & Prizes Information Session

The competitions for the Killam Research Fellowships and Killam Prizes are now open.  Click HERE and HERE for more information.

Ms. Luiza Pereira, Program Officer, Prizes Section, Canada Council for the Arts, will be visiting the University of Alberta on March 31, 2016 to present information about these awards, which are open to candidates from all disciplines and are among the most prestigious available in Canada (please see attached).

This is a valuable opportunity for potential candidates, nominators, and administrators to ask questions and get more details about how to create the strongest possible Fellowship application or Prize nomination.  After the presentation, individuals may meet with Ms. Pereira privately for 10 minutes to discuss specific questions.  Please RSVP to by Wednesday, March 23, if you will be attending the general session.

Please also indicate if you would like to schedule a private meeting between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – space is limited for individual meetings.

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (presentation)
Location: 2-31 South Academic Building (SAB)

SPOR has a new visual identity!

The Alberta SPOR Support Unit has a new visual identity as you can see in this SPOR Update. Created to help communicate the Unit’s shared vision, mission and goals with key audiences, the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit logo has a unique visual look and feel. The flower with one petal leaving represents a researcher’s project germinating or taking flight. The logo incorporates the seven SPOR platforms in the petals of the flowers and embraces the theme of connectivity as well as movement with a person (or patient) at the center. You’ll be seeing a lot more of the visual identity as the AbSPORU Platforms engage with the research community.

Upcoming Events

Knowledge Translation Platform
Research to Practice Research
March 9, 2016 – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
“Using diverse knowledge translation methods to improve pain treatment during painful procedures for infants and children.”
No cost to register.
Learn more and register HERE.

Career Development Platform
Patient-Oriented Research Summer Institute 2016
May 2-4, 2016 – Westin Hotel, Calgary, Alberta
“Connecting, Engaging & Capacity-Building”
Learn more and register HERE.

Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions
“Training Course on Health Research Impact Assessment (HRIA)”
June 12-16, 2016
Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta
To build local capacity and expertise in health research impact assessment (HRIA) and provide a common language, approach and tools for the planning and implementation of HRIA
Learn more and register HERE.

Important Announcements

Call for Nominations – Killam Prizes

The 2017 Killam Prize Competition is now open.  Click HERE for more information.

Value: $100,000 each
Prizes: One each in Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences, Engineering
Canada Council for the Arts Deadline: June 15, 2016


  • Intended for active (not retired) Canadian scholars who have made a substantial and distinguished contribution, over a significant period, to scholarly research.
  • Not intended as an “end of service” reward, as recognition for one great accomplishment, or in expectation of future distinguished contributions.
  • Scholars must be nominated by an expert in their field.
  • Candidates must be Canadian citizens

Assessment Criteria

  • The exceptional quality of the candidate’s research achievements.
  • Evidence of the candidate’s outstanding commitment, creativity and efforts to share research knowledge beyond the academic community.
  • The enduring contribution of the candidate’s ideas and research results to Canadian society, including the nation’s intellectual and/or cultural life.
  • The scope of the candidate’s research contributions, taking into account the norms of the field of study.
  • Where appropriate, the international stature of the candidate.

To view successful nominations for reference purposes only, please contact

Internal U of A Timeline for Nominations

Thursday, March 31: Killam Program Information Session at U of A with a representative from the Canada Council for the Arts (details forthcoming)

Monday, April 4: Nominators to let VP (Research) Office ( know about nominations being prepared and to request review by members of the University’s College of Reviewers if desired (review is recommended but not mandatory)

Monday, May 16: Nominators to submit draft nominations to VPR Office for internal review (if previously requested)

Monday, May 30: VPR Office to send reviewer comments/feedback to nominators

Thursday, June 9: Deadline for VPR to receive complete nominations to be couriered to Ottawa; if nominators prefer to submit directly to Canada Council, please send me a copy of the nomination for my records

Please contact Kate Ballash ( with any questions, to let her know about nominations that are being prepared, and if you require any assistance.

Peer Review Opportunity for AHS Launch in Support of Novice Researchers

AHS has launched the Research Challenge to support novice researchers to engage in research with support from academic mentors.  We are establishing a peer review panel to promote and select relevant research and to adhere to best practices in reviewing and selecting the successful research projects.

We would like to include multiple disciplines on the panel and therefore would you be able to provide the names of several researchers from your Faculty who would be able to commit the time to this panel.  They would be required to review 4-6 letters of intent and then participate in an all-day meeting via video-conference on March 24, 2016.

Contact L. Kit Johnson, Executive Director, Research Priorities and Implementation, at 403.944.4343 should you have any questions.


For more information, click HERE.

In this issue:

  • Bibliometric Research Impact Workshop
  • Research Administration Day (RAD)
  • NACTRC Presentation: Budgeting for Clinical Research
  • NSERC Common CV and Research Portal Workshops
  • Recruitment of College Chairs for the College of Reviewers
  • New Investigator Research Grants in Child and Youth Health
  • CIHR-IHSPR Barer-Flood Prize 2016
  • Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit Consultation and Research Services Platform Launched
  • REDCap – a Tool for Managing Research Data
  • Support for CIHR Competitions
  • CIHR University Delegate News
  • Subscribe to CIHR’s Funding News
  • Subscribe to the Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences) E-bulletin
  • About the Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences

Click HERE for more information on the above items.

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