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IDEAWORKS Update for Faculty & Staff - November 19, 2021

Discover new opportunities in Applied Research

Funding Opportunities

The Future Skills Centre has issued an open call for expressions of interest for research on the quality of work. FSC is seeking to engage with Canada’s research community to further develop the Canadian evidence base on a myriad of issues that implicate the quality of work. This invitation to submit an expression of intent aims to engage with Canadian researchers from a variety of disciplines to submit their initial ideas and concepts for research that could address these gaps. Please submit all expressions of intent to mailto:research@fsc-ccf.caby 5 PM EST November 25, 2021.

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private, or not-for-profit sector. Partnership Engage Grants are valued at $7,000 to $25,000 for one year. Please note that these grants do not cover faculty release or backfill. IDEAWORKS is currently supporting applications due March 15, 2022 and June 15, 2022. If you have a project that you think would benefit from this funding, please contact Andrea Johnson.

The objective of the Idea to Innovation (I2I) grants is to accelerate the pre-competitive development of promising technology originating from the university and college sector and promote its transfer to a new or established Canadian company. Read more about the grant.

The Canada Council for the Arts has recently announced funding for its Digital Generator and Digital Greenhouse Programs. Digital Generator is a short-term initiative to allow Canadian arts groups, collectives, and organizations to build their digital capacity and transform their business model and operations. Digital Greenhouse is a digital innovation initiative for Canadian individuals, groups, and organizations. It supports short-term projects that leverage digital technology to address sectoral and digital challenges. Grant applicants must meet the eligibility set by the Canada Council for the Arts. Applied researchers may work with artists and other organizations as external consultants, experts, or training providers. If you have a project that you think would benefit from this funding, please contact Andrea Johnson.

Funding is available for Health and Eng Tech faculty interested in working with an industry partner on a health innovation project as part of the Southern Ontario Pharmaceutical and Health Innovation Ecosystem (SOPHIE). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you have a project that you think would benefit from this funding, please contact Andrea Johnson.

Canadian Post-Secondary instittuions are now eligible for the ICTC’s WIL Digital program, an innovative Work Integrated Learning program that helps employers grow their businesses by providing financial assistance for hiring post-secondary students. WIL Digital provides 75% of the student’s salary, up to $7,500. Learn more about the program.

Funding is available from OCI’s Voucher for Innovation and Productivity. This program supports the collaboration between Academia and Industry to solve an industry-based problem and drive the commercialization of Intellectual Property [IP]. The institution will leverage the unique skills and specialized infrastructure that is instrumental to streamline internal innovations and commercialization needs. Resulting in targeted training of individuals and direct engagement with industry to work on commercially viable solutions. If you have a project that you think would benefit from this funding, please contact Andrea Johnson.

Do you need IDEAWORKS’s assistance in preparing your funding application? Be sure to plan in advance! While we’re always available to answer any questions you may have, we have very limited internal capacity until February. In the meantime, we can connect you with external resources to support your writing.

Opportunities for Students

SSHRC’s ninth annual Storytellers challenge is open to submissions as of November 9. The initiative welcomes postsecondary students from across Canada to tell the story—in up to three minutes or 300 words—of how SSHRC-funded research is impacting the lives of Canadians. The deadline to submit is 5 p.m. (eastern), Monday, January 24, 2022. For inspiration, see winning entries from previous years in the Storytellers Gallery.

Upcoming Webinars and Virtual Events

SSHRC will be holding a series of webinars for applicants and research administrators on upcoming competitions. The webinars will be held via WebEx at the following dates and times. Access using the following password: SSHRC2021

Featured Project

To help improve the experience of students enrolled in Mohawk’s Access programs, which support marginalized and vulnerable populations, researchers designed and piloted Wellness Connection, a peer mentoring program focusing on individual mental health and wellness needs.  Building on the success of the pilot program, in May 2020, the research team received over $350,000 in funding from NSERC (National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) for a College and Community Social Innovation Fund Grant to develop a sustainable and socially innovative support system tailored to the individual needs of Access students.  Read more about the Academic Upgrading Project.