April 20, 2017

This weeks’ bulletin lists the Internal funding opportunities: Partnership Letter of Intent Preparation Grant ; External funding opportunities: Grand Challenges Explorations; Research, Measurement, Evaluation and Knowledge Transfer; Kids Brain Health Network Team Development Grants; ONS Foundation- Research Career Development Award; Student funding opportunities: IDRC Doctoral Research Awards 2017 . Please see below for the detailed information on any of these and also for the important announcements and program and events !


Funding Opportunities- Internal


Partnership Letter of Intent Preparation Grant New!

Information: The grant will provide financial support for expenses related to the preparation of a SSHRC Partnership Letter of Intent (LOI) to be submitted in February of 2018. Note: Applications to support the Partnership Development Grant and the Partnership Grant Full Application are NOT eligible. For more information, click here

Application Deadline: May 10, 2017


Funding Opportunities- External


Grand Challenges Explorations

Information: This opportunity fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges.

Application Deadline: May 03, 2017


Research, Measurement, Evaluation and Knowledge Transfer New!

Information: The Government of Canada, through Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, is investing $1.5 million annually in new Research, Measurement, Evaluation and Knowledge Transfer activities under the New Paths for Education program. This new investment aims to increase awareness and knowledge of best practices in Indigenous education among educators, policy-makers and First Nation leaders across Canada. For more information, click here

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017


Kids Brain Health Network Team Development Grants New!

Information: Eligible projects for this two-year funding mechanism will emphasize innovation, have national scope, and possess potential for cross-disciplinary networking and synergy with past Kids Brain Health Network efforts. For more information, click here

Registration Deadline: May 31, 2017


ONS Foundation- Research Career Development Award New!

Information: Funding is for a one year term and includes an award of up to $18,000 to the fellow to cover research-related expenses. Another $2,000 is awarded to the mentor or mentor’s institution in the form of an unrestricted honorarium to cover either the mentor’s consultative or research-related expenses or other institutional costs. For more information, click here

LOI  Deadline: June 01, 2017


Student Opportunities


IDRC Doctoral Research Awards 2017 New!

Information: This call is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university. For information, click here

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017


Important Announcements!


WISEST Summer Research Program (July 5 to August 16, 2017) – Supervisor Project Proposal

Please see the following message from Fervone Goings, WISEST Coordinator:

For 35 years, WISEST has been offering its Summer Research Program to grade 11 students interested in pursuing non-traditional careers.  In that time, we have placed almost 1500 students in scientific research teams.  Of that group, 6% (89) have been young men curious about pursuing careers in nursing, nutrition or human ecology.

Each year, we place between 2 – 4 males from 10-12 applicants, however for 2017, we have seen a spike in male applications (23) and these students are generally interested in exploring non-traditional careers.  We would love to place 1 or 2 students in the Faculty of Nursing this year, but we have tended to have a difficulty in attracting Principal Investigators/Supervisors from the Faculty of Nursing.  Can I invite you to consider this opportunity?

Do you have a research project that you could invite an eager young mind to participate in this summer?  See attached a copy of our 2016 SRP final report or read our 2016 Journal of Student Research (link) and see the impact and results of our program, for yourself.  WISEST has a strong reputation for bringing high caliber students to campus and we have had numerous PIs participate year after year.

Are you unfamiliar with our program? See detailed information here.  In summary, the students work for six continuous weeks as paid research assistants, supervised by a principal investigator or by a member of a research team, on a research project in the lab or in the field. We ask you to provide the students with a positive and supportive learning environment in which they can gain practical insight into scientific research and build their enthusiasm for diverse fields of study. The students’ hands-on, research experiences are broadened by weekly professional seminars. Meaningful exposure at this particular stage of high-school students’ education can have a critical, positive impact for upcoming academic choices and their long-term career goals.  The WISEST students are not equivalent to graduate students or technicians, but they can contribute to on-going research in the lab, be a positive presence in the research group, and in turn be encouraged to pursue their interests in fields where they may have had little exposure to role models.

Through our fundraising efforts, WISEST is able to pay the student researcher wages, so the only financial commitment expected from you is the printing of research poster at the end of the summer.

Please let WISEST know if you, or if a technician, postdoctoral fellow, research associate and/or graduate student in your team, would be interested in supervising a WISEST student. You can do so by completing the WISEST Research Project Proposal (available here) by April 24, 2017.

I would be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.  Dr. Alex Clark, has been a participant in our program as a Role Model in our Networking Fair and the young men have always appreciated his perspective and involvement.

If interested, please contact Fervone at holowenk@ualberta.ca; Phone no: 780-492-1842

Program & Events


UA Research Data Management Week: “Tomorrow’s Data Today!”

Information: For more information and registration, click here
Dates: May 1-5

SSHRC Boot Camp- IG 2017 (Register by April 24th!)

Information: The series of 7, half-day, guided writing sessions will give you a regular date with your writing, demystify the application and better position you for success with the Insight Grant competition. For more information and registration, click here
Dates & Time: May 2, 5, 10, 12, 16, 19 & 23; 8:30-13:30

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