September 15, 2016

Hello everyone!

My name is Navi Sandhu and I am appointed as the Nursing Research Portfolio’s Research & Funding Support Coordinator until Heather Purchase returns from maternity leave. I will be writing this blog for that period of time. Should you have any questions regarding intent to apply emails and grant applications for signatures, feel free to come by my office at ECHA 5-168 or e-mail me at

Program and Events

SSHRC UofA IDG Boot Camp Registration open!

Registration Deadline: September 30, 2016

Information: The Grant Assist Program is again facilitating a ‘Boot Camp’ for faculty members writing a SSHRC  Insight Development Grant application for the Feb 2017 competition. If you are planning to apply for a SSHRC Insight Development Grant and would like support for the process, the IDG Boot Camp is for you. This facilitated writing group will get you started early, help you work through the IDG proposal in step-by-step fashion, and keep you writing at a steady pace. You should have a good rough draft of your proposal by the time you need to submit your Request for Peer Review

The Boot Camp will run from 1:30 to 4:30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 and Nov 4 (Yes, Friday afternoons was the most popular choice in polling).

Commitment to participation in all five sessions is required.  To request registration, please complete the form here:

Registration closes Sept 30.  If you have already received confirmation of enrollment (notice of receipt of deposit), you do not need to re-register.

Webinar on the “Work Stress and Wellbeing Hackathon” Catalyst Grant

Date: September 23, 2016

Time: 12:30 pm (EDT)Access English webinar; French: 2:00 pm (EDT)Access French webinar

Information: The goal of the Catalyst Grant: Work Stress and Wellbeing Hackathon is to develop innovative, evidence-informed, gender-responsive and culturally-appropriate e-Mental health solutions that foster the labour force participation of women, men and gender-diverse people at risk of or struggling with workplace stress or mental health injuries. At the end of the granting period, teams of collaborators will ideally have produced workplace e-Mental health solutions that meet the above criteria in addition to being bilingual and having an integrated API (Application Programming Interface), allowing these solutions to feed into future e-Mental health ecosystems and workplace mental health research opportunities.
If you have any questions, contact

Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) Webinar

Date: September 29, 2016

Time: 1:30pm (EDT)

Information: The objective of this thesis was to evaluate the frailty of participants in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). A Frailty Index (FI) was constructed for CLSA participants based on the cumulative deficit model of frailty. Exploratory factor analysis and structural equation modelling were conducted to study the underlying constructs of frailty and identify key factors. A new frailty measurement tool was created and its construct validity evaluated.

Click here for more details and to register

Ottawa Conference on Medical Assistance in Dying

Date: October 14 & 15, 2016

Location: University of Ottawa Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics

Information: This event brings together experts to address a broad range of issues relating to MAiD for health care providers, including medical perspectives on legal definitions, liability and regulatory issues, conscientious objections by providers and institutions, and MAiD requests by vulnerable groups such as persons with mental illnesses and minors.

For details and to register please click here

Funding Opportunities

Endowment Fund for the Future: Support for the Advancement of Scholarship (EFF-SAS) Research Fund

The EFF for the Advancement of Scholarship is intended to enhance student experiences through engagement in research, facilitate the integration of teaching and research, and promote research and scholarly activity. Funds are intended to be utilized in a strategic and transformative manner that aligns with the Faculty of Nursing Strategic Plan 2013-2015 (pdf).

For more information on the EFF-SAS Research Fund guidelines and instructions click here to fill out the application click here

Application Deadline: November 04, 2016

Please note the application deadline to send to the nursing research office for signatures is Nov 2, 2016


Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) Strategic Research Projects Initiative

The 2016/17 Alberta Innovates Strategic Research Projects Initiative has been developed as an interim funding program to support research aligned with Alberta Strategic Priority Areas at Campus Alberta Post-secondary Institutions. In so doing, this program will contribute to Alberta innovation system outcomes: a strong economy, environmental stewardship, effective resource management, and health and wellness for Albertans. For more information about the eligibility, application procedure and guidelines click here

Application Deadline: October 11, 2016

Please note the application deadline to send the application to nursing research office is  September 29, 2016 

Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) Competition

ASRP/FRQS Training Awards

The purpose of this program is to support a new generation of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias who wish to pursue their fellowship training in Quebec.

ASRP/Brain Canada New Investigator and Career Change Grants

The purpose of this program is to provide:

New investigator Grants: to support individuals within the initial two years of their first faculty position who are pursuing careers in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research.

Career Change Grants: to support established investigators, who are new to the field of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and are interested in changing their research focus to this field.

Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) Training Award for Nursing Students

This program is designed to support a nursing trainee enrolled in a Masters or PhD program in Nursing, working on a project that is a component of a Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) associated team research plan.

Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) Training Awards

This program is designed to support trainees through the Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration in Aging.

New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF)/ ASRP Grants and Awards

The purpose of this program is to support a greater number of doctoral awards, postdoctoral fellowships, young investigator grants and research grants in New Brunswick who wish to continue their research training in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.

ASRP/Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation(PARF) Research Grants

The purpose of this program is to foster research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, carried out by new or established investigators in British Columbia.

ASRP/AGE-WELL Postdoctoral Award

This program is designed to support trainees through the AGE-WELL (Aging Gracefully Across Environments Using Technology to support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life) Network of Centres of Excellence Training Program in partnership with the Alzheimer society of Canada.

Application Deadline for all the above ASRP and CCNA grants : November 7, 2016

CIHR Institute of Cancer Research Operating Grant: PHSI for Cancer Control

The intent of the Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI) for Cancer Control program is to strengthen Canada’s healthcare system through collaborative, applied, and policy-relevant research. This research competition has a strong emphasis on partnerships and knowledge translation, and will be a major resource for managers and policy makers who want relevant research to inform their decision-making.

Letter of Intent (LOI) : October 18, 2016: ResearchNet LINK


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