July 12, 2018

Programs & Events

Falling Walls Lab UAlberta 2018

Are you a graduate student, post doc, academic, researcher or innovator under 35 with a breakthrough idea or social innovation with the potential to improve society? If so, apply for Falling Walls Lab UAlberta. Share your research and you could win a trip to Berlin!

The target audience for this opportunity include:

  • Potential lab participants: graduate students, post docs, and young researchers/academics. Undergraduate applications are accepted, but the level of Berlin participants are primarily graduate and post doc level.
  • PI’s/researchers: with graduate students and post docs
  • Research administrators: who also have contacts/connections within the research community
  • Any others who would be well placed to encourage graduate students and post doc application.

Falling Walls Lab UAlberta is seeking 15 of the University of Alberta’s outstanding next generation researchers and/or innovators to showcase. Share your idea or research in 3 minutes to a distinguished jury from academia, government, business and the media. The top 2 ideas win a trip to Berlin to compete in the international Falling Walls Lab finale. All semi-finalists will receive specialised training to hone their presentation skills through special coaching, group training and practice. Finalists will receive additional coaching to prepare for the UAlberta Lab on September 19th. The UAlberta Lab is a qualifying event for the international finale. The Berlin Lab follows the same format but will involve 100 competitors from around the world.

Applications are confidential and pitches should be high-level and not contain any “confidential details”. Presentations should be simple, explaining the problem being addressed and the vision or potential solution. Breakthrough ideas, research, social innovations or business concepts are defined as original and new, breaking through old ideas/concepts and are relevant to the world’s current issues/needs. Your project could be a one that is already realized or an idea, topic or business initiative currently under development.

The application deadline for this opportunity is August 15, 2018. The two-part application process is easy: complete the short online application which can be accessed by clicking HERE, and submit a two minute video to fwlab@ualberta.ca. The video does not have to be slick or formal, smart phone videos are fine. In the video please explain your work/idea. You must appear on camera for the majority of the video.

For more information, visit the Falling Walls UAlberta or the Falling Walls Lab website. Falling Walls Lab UAlberta is organized by the Office of the Vice-President (Research). Questions can be directed to fwlab@ualberta.ca.


Dates for this years Insight Development competition are Monday, October 22, October 29, November 5, November 19, and November 26. This targeted writing group will get you started early, help you work through the IDG proposal in a step-by-step fashion, and keep you writing at a steady pace. Each meeting will focus on a specific section of the application. Strategies and advice will be shared throughout the program.

Why start in October for a competition with a deadline in January? Simply, good proposals take time. The SSHRC deadline is February 2, 2019. The RSO deadline will be around January 21, 2019. 

Even if you do not intend on applying to SSHRC in February 2019, the boot camp is excellent preparation for subsequent years application. In the 2018 IDG competition, the UAlberta success rate was 43.2% and the national success rate was an extraordinary 59.4%. Boot camp and half-day intensive participants demonstrated a 63% chance of success vs non-boot camp/intensive participants who demonstrated a 29% chance of success.

Request for admission will open mid-August. This is not a drop in program and space is limited. Monitor the GAP SSH announcements page and subscribe to the <sshrcUofA> listserv, so you know exactly when the portal will be open. For more information regarding the boot camp sessions, click HERE.

Funding Opportunities

The Faculty Mobility Program 

The Faculty Mobility Program aims to increase the number of institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements between Canadian and foreign institutions eligible under the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) (CARICOM countries, Central America, Latin America, Mexico). It provides canadian faculty with short-term opportunities to teach or conduct research in Latin Americas and the Caribbean, at the college, undergraduate or graduate level. The deadline for the application for this opportunity is October 18, 2018. 

For more information about this opportunity, visit the website by clicking HERE

The university must apply on behalf of the candidate(s).  If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact your Associate Dean of Research and Research Facilitator in the RSO.

SSHRC Funding Opportunity: Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Connection Grants

The new tri-agency Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation – Connection Grants invites proposals from applicants affiliated with First Nations, Métis and Inuit not-for-profit organizations, as well as with other not-for-profit organizations or Canadian postsecondary institutions in any discipline.

The initiative will support short-term targeted interdisciplinary events, outreach activities and position papers to help guide new ways of engaging in research by and with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. This will include holistic, interdisciplinary and distinctions-based approaches that are transformative and contribute to reconciliation.

Grants are valued at up to $50,000 for six months, with the possibility of a six month extension. The deadline for proposals is September 6, 2018. Click HERE for more information regarding this opportunity.

Pre-launch Announcement Catalyst Grant: Cannabis Research in Urgent Priority Areas

The Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA), the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA), the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), and the Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) in partnership with the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy (CDSS), the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addition (CCSA) are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of a new funding opportunity for Cannabis Research in Urgent Priority Areas.

Anticipated Timeline:

  • Program Launch July 2018
  • Registration Date September 2018
  • Application Deadline October 2018
  • Notice of Decision March 2019
  • Funding Start Date March 2019

Canada has committed to legalizing and regulating the use of cannabis for non-medical purposes with legislation coming into force on October 17, 2018.

In response, several CIHR Institutes and partner agencies have led focused consultations aimed at identifying the most urgent priority areas for cannabis research. This included a multi-institute Research Needs and Priorities Workshop that brought cannabis researchers together with stakeholders from federal departments, regulatory bodies and other relevant organizations. As a result, several health research gaps were identified in order to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach to future research on the potential benefits and/or risks of cannabis use in different populations.

The purpose of this current funding opportunity is to strengthen the evidence base and expand cannabis research in these identified areas, to build research capacity and/pr to inform the development of future larger scale research projects. This funding opportunity will support projects relevant to the following research areas:

  • Neurodevelopment: Neurodevelopmental outcomes associated with cannabis use (e.g., resulting from use and/or exposure during. preconception, pregnancy and breastfeeding on the fetus, child and youth)
  • Prevention, harm reduction and treatment of problematic cannabis use: Research into effective interventions to prevent problematic use, to reduce the harms of use and to treat the full spectrum of problematic cannabis use.
  • Potency and product safety: toxicity/potency, product standards and the balance of cannabinoids to minimize harms and maximize benefits.
  • Social determinants of health and key populations: Research into how use and related health and psychosocial effects vary by sex, social determinants of health (e.g., gender, income, housing, social support, etc.) and/or sub-population (e.g., youth, older adults, Indigenous peoples, pregnant people, workplace users, those with co-morbid conditions, those using prescribed cannabis, etc.).
  • Mental health: Relationship between cannabis use and mental health (e.g. post-traumatic stress, psychosis, anxiety, depression, addiction, co-morbid conditions, etc.), including both potential harms, and/or benefits.
  • Cannabis and other drug/substance use: Research into the health outcomes of cannabis use and other drug/substance use (i.e., polysubstance use), including the use of recreational and/or prescribed cannabis in the context of illicit and/or prescribed opioids.
  • Cannabis and pain management: Research into the potential therapeutic use of cannabis (recreational or prescribed) for pain management.

The total amount of funds available for this opportunity is $3,000,000, enough to fund approximately 24 grants. CIHR’s contribution is $2,000,000, and MHCC and CCSA will each contribute $500,000. The maximum amount per grant is $125,000 per year for up to 1 year. Of this $3,000,000:

  • $750,000 is available to fund applications relevant to cannabis and mental health
  • $500,000 is available to fund applications relevant to cannabis use and other drug/substance use
  • $250,000 is available to fund applications relevant to cannabis in the context of pain management
  • The remainder is available to fund applications in any of the indicated research areas

To learn more, the complete funding opportunity will be posted on ResearchNet by July 2018

Any questions can be directed to the CHIR Contact centre by calling 613-954-1968 or emailing support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

Anti-Racism Community Grant Program

The Anti-Racism Community Grant (ARCG) program supports initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impact on all Albertans. The program will foster cultural awareness and cross-cultural understanding in communities across the province.

ARCG outcomes are to:

  • address the causes and consequences of racism in communities across Alberta
  • increase an organization’s capacity in supporting individuals who are impacted by racism
  • increase access to services, information, and advice concerning racism
  • increase opportunities for people to learn, discuss and address the impacts of racism in their community
  • encourage participation of individuals, businesses, institutions, and governments to collaboratively support anti-racism in their community
  • increase an organization’s ability to address the systemic causes and consequences of racism

Submission deadlines for 2018-2019:

  • Intake 1 – August 1, 2018
  • Intake 2 – November 1, 2018
  • Intake 3 – January 1, 2019

Funding streams include: Community Anti-Racism, and Indigenous Anti-Racism. By providing a stream specific to initiatives that impact Indigenous communities and organizations, those groups will be able to access funding to determine how best to address racism in their communities.

For more information regarding this opportunity click HERE to view the program guidelines.

Important Announcements

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Starting this summer, the granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC) are asking all applicants for funding competitions (grants, scholarships and fellowships) to self-identify with information on age, gender, Indigenous identity, and status as a member of a visible minority group or person with a disability. A harmonized self-identification data collection process allows the granting agencies to monitor the equity performance of its programs and design new measures that achieve greater equity, diversity and inclusion in the research enterprise. Completing the self-identification form will be mandatory, but for each category there is an option for “I prefer not to answer”.

For more information regarding this update, click HERE.

NACTRC: Announcement

AHS Provincial Research administration (PRA) and the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre (NACTRC) are pleased to announce that PRA research approval documents will be included with the NACTRC Administrative/Final Approval effective July 1, 2018.

NACTRC’s Administrative/Final Approval is required for clinical research conducted by University of Alberta affiliated investigators in the Edmonton Zone.

PRA will send the following documents, as required, to NACTRC for distribution to University of Alberta Affiliated research teams:

  • Data Disclosure Agreement
  • Data & Systems Approval
  • PRA Approval documents directly to University of Alberta affiliated research teams

If you have any questions, please contact NACTRC at nactrc@nactrc.ca or PRA at Research.Administration@ahs.ca.

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