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Funding Opportunities
and Deadlines

Algoma U’s internal deadline for all funding applications is two weeks prior to the Agency funding deadline.

Please submit to researchoffice@algomau.ca.

The primary purpose of the Algoma University Research Fund is to help faculty at Algoma U initiate research projects. Only faculty who are members of AUFA (full-time) are eligible for this funding. Applicants who are starting new research projects, and who demonstrate they are applying or are planning to apply for external funding will be given priority in the competition.  Preference is also given to research projects providing students with employment or that do not duplicate previous grants already acquired (e.g. start-up grants). Applications are reviewed once a year in the spring.

The Collective Agreement sets aside $12,000 per year for this fund. All full-time faculty are eligible to apply, however please be advised that grants to individual faculty members will not exceed $5,000 (Article 20:03 (a)). The Research Advisory Committee will determine the award criteria and will select the AURF recipients.

The Office of Research and Innovation will send a call for applications annually in March. Applications are due April 20th.

This internal grant is meant to support undergraduate and graduate students who wish to attend a conference and present their research. Students must be supervised or co-supervised by faculty at Algoma University and present their research under Algoma University’s affiliation.

Process

Full-time faculty can apply at any time on behalf of their student by completing this form.
The total amount available in the fund for this grant is $2000 per year. Faculty can request up to $2000. The use of matching funds, although not mandatory, is encouraged. Turn around time will be 2 weeks. Faculty can apply at any time. The grant will only be awarded if at least >60% in each category.

CFI funding enables institutions to set their own research priorities in response to areas of importance to Canada. This allows researchers to compete internationally and helps solidify Canada’s position in the global knowledge-based economy. The CFI is well positioned to support the Government of Canada’s science and technology strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada’s Advantage.

The CFI’s national objectives are to enhance the capacity of institutions to:

  • support economic growth and job creation, as well as health and environmental quality, through innovation;
  • carry out important world-class scientific research and technology development;
  • expand research and job opportunities by providing support through research infrastructure for the development of highly qualified personnel;
  • promote productive networks and collaboration among Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, non-profit research institutions and the private sector.

CFI funding is awarded through a thorough merit-based review process that involves researchers, research administrators and private-sector administrators. These volunteers review proposals, typically in committees, and make funding recommendations to the CFI.

For further details and information relating to grant opportunities, visit the Canada Foundation for Innovation website.

Overview

The allocation of Chairs to individual universities is an integral part of the Canada Research Chairs program. The process provides an element of dynamism to the program because the allocation is responsive to changes in research success at individual institutions.

The national re-allocation process is conducted every two years, includes both regular and special Chairs, and is based on the research grant funding received by researchers from the three granting agencies – CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC – in the three years prior to the year of the allocation.

Method Used to Obtain Emergency Retention 

In order to successfully retain an exceptionally qualified faculty member who is being actively pursued by another university, it is imperative for us to nominate this individual from the School of Life Sciences and the Environment as a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) Chair via NSERC using the emergency retention mechanism.  The nominee has a research portfolio of international caliber in an area of key strategic development for the university (i.e., Health Sciences). Equity targets and EDI objectives have been taken into consideration in this decision. The Research Advisory Committee of Senate with representation from across all faculties was consulted September 23rd, 2019 and was in favour of using this nomination mechanism.

Program details can be obtained from the The Government of Canada website.

Dr. Donna Rogers, Provost and Academic Dean of Algoma University is our Senior Executive who approves this nomination.
Ph: (705) 949-2301, Ext. 4113
Email: dean@algomau.ca

Dr. Pedro M. Antunes, Executive Research Lead and Canada Research Chair is our contact person for CRC.
Ph: (705)949-2301, Ext. 4379
Email:pedro.antunes@algomau.ca

At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada’s health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.

CIHR was created in 2000 under the authority of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Act. It is an independent agency and is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Health.

CIHR’s mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system.

Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to health researchers and trainees across Canada.

For more information, view the following resources:

  • The CIHR website details funding overviews and funding support for researchers

The ResearchNet website provides a list of funding opportunities

Visit the FedNor website.

Visit the Ministry of Education website.

Visit the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science website.

Algoma U’s internal deadline for the Early Researcher Award is three weeks prior to the Agency funding deadline, to ensure budget reviews and contributions.

Please submit to researchoffice@algomau.ca.

Visit the Mitacs website.

There are 5 NOHFC Research Internships available through the Office of Research and Innovation. When a new internship allocation becomes available, the Office of Research and Innovation will send out a call to all faculty inviting applications, which will clearly specify the amount provided by NOHFC and the amount required from faculty.

Faculty with an eligible research project may submit applications for an internship to the Office of Research and Innovation using this form. All applications will be submitted to the Research Advisory Council (RAC) for review. Applications will remain open for one week after the announcement and/or until the Research Advisory Council (RAC) has had an opportunity to evaluate the applications, based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the training provided in its capacity to enhance career readiness,
  • Potential of the internship to result in publishable scholarly work,
  • Potential of the internship to benefit undergraduate student research, 
  • Potential of the internship to help maintain or contribute to attract external funding,
  • Evidence of the quality of the supervisor as a mentor.

The successful candidate(s) will complete a full application to nohfc.ca that will be submitted by the Office of Research and Innovation. The application will then be submitted by the Accounting & Grants Officer. 

Internal applications will include the following:

  • Title and details of the internship including key tasks (1 page)
  • Project rationale and relationship with other research support (1 page)
  • Benefit to the intern and to Algoma University (400 words)
  • Budget – Including confirmed funding sources available to support the portion NOT covered by NOHFC (1 page)
  • If applicable, provide the start and end dates

The intent of the NOHFC Internship Program is meant to strengthen Northern Ontario’s competitive advantage and build economic development capacity by attracting and retaining graduates in the North. The program provides recent graduates who are interested in launching and building their careers in Northern Ontario access to internships. For detailed information about the program guidelines, please visit the NOHFC website.

NOHFC offers internship grants up to a maximum of $31,500. The grant covers 90% of the intern’s gross salary. The researcher will need to cover 10% of gross salary plus all of the mandatory employer costs, totalling $8400.  Please use the calculation below to figure out your required contribution if spending less than $35,000 gross on your intern. 

$35,000 gross pay 

+14% MERCs

$39,900  total salary & benefits to pay out

$31,500  less NOHFC maximum grant

$8,400  cost to the researcher.

If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact the Research Office at researchoffice@algomau.ca.

NOHFC Application Process for Research Interns:

  • Determine if funding is available (i.e., researcher must cover 90% of the cost).
  • Complete application form. 
  • Get Approval from the RAC.
  • Apply to NOHFC.
  • Once approved by NOHFC, create job description and advertisement.
  • HR verifies the job description and advertisement, and can post the position.
  • The researcher and HR complete the recruitment/hiring (background checks, interviews etc) and on-boarding process.

The Discovery Grants (DG) Program is NSERC’s largest and longest-standing program. The DG Program is highly valued within the Canadian research community. By supporting ongoing research programs with long-term goals, rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects, Discovery Grants give researchers the flexibility to explore the most promising avenues of research as they emerge. Grant holders typically receive up to five years of funding before they must apply for their next Discovery Grant.

Applicants must meet a high standard of quality on the following three selection criteria, as judged by their peers:

  • The excellence of the researcher(s) as demonstrated by the quality and impact of their recent research achievements;
  • The merit of their research proposal; and
  • Their achievements in, and plans for, research training.

For more information, view the following resources:

Visit the Ontario Centres of Excellence website.

Visit the Ontario Council for the Arts website.

The Research Support Fund helps universities, colleges, and their affiliated research hospitals and institutes to maintain world-class research environments. The fund can be used to maintain modern labs and equipment; provide access to up-to-date knowledge resources; provide research management and administrative support; meet regulatory and ethical standards; or transfer knowledge from academia to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

The program helps to reinforce the research investment made by the federal government in the areas of health sciences, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities through its three research granting agencies, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC. Please visit the Research Support Fund webpage for more information.

In relation to a new Strategic Plan, Algoma University has established a Research and Innovation Hub to centralize and strengthen our research support services.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences. By focusing on developing Talent, generating Insights and forging Connections across campuses and communities, SSHRC strategically supports world-leading initiatives that reflect a commitment to ensuring a better future for Canada and the world.

For more information, view the following resources: