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IDEAWORKS Update for Faculty & Staff - September 2, 2022

Discover new opportunities in Applied Research

IDEAWORKS Catalyst Fund

After a two year hiatus, the IDEAWORKS Catalyst Fund (ICF) is back!

The ICF provides funding support to emerging applied researchers. In 2022-2023, as part of the ICF, IDEAWORKS is offering two new funding opportunities.

The Grant Writing Support Fund provides up to $3,250 of funding to support faculty release time or to hire external grant writing support to prepare for external applied research applications. Funding is available for Winter 2023.

Application process: Use this online form to apply. When applying for funding, please make sure to have a partner and external grant already identified as well as have your supervisor’s approval.

Deadlines: Winter Funding: October 14, 2022

Applying for an external grant? The Applied Research Faculty Release Fund provides funding for course releases for faculty that have received funding from an external grant (SSHRC, MITACS, NSERC, etc) but need additional release time to complete the project.

Application process: No application needed- funds will be allocated on a first-come basis as external grant applications are submitted.

Would like more information? Please contact Andrea Johnson.

FHIR North

FHIR enthusiasts are invited for this year’s edition of the FHIR Conference, happening virtually on October 26 & 27. This year’s theme is “reduce, reuse, recycle,” addressing FHIR can reduce cost, launch time, maintenance costs, while improving user experience for clinicians and patients. FHIR uses are also versatile, as it can be built once and subsequently used again and again. You can visit the FHIR website to learn more about the conference and this year’s speakers. Also, don’t miss out on your early bird tickets, register today.

Interested in being a speaker, or know someone who would would like to participate? Apply here today.

Funding opportunities

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 with an internal deadline of June 1, 2022. If you have a project that you think would benefit from this funding, please contact Andrea Johnson to request a project planning template

MITACS Accelerate funding supports collaborative research projects with colleges, CEGEPs, and polytechnics (students and faculty) and the organizations that benefit from their expertise. An eligible partner organization’s financial contribution starts at $7,500. If you are interested in applying for MITACS funding, please contact Andrea Johnson. For other MITACS funding that is employer-led, please contact your co-op specialist.

MITACSV, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, and Mental Health Research Canada are collaborating on a funding opportunity on mental health research by students from Canadian universities and colleges. The successful candidate will be awarded $15,000 to fund the four to six-month research term, and the research project will start January 2023, ending in April-June 2023. Applications are now open and the deadline to apply is August 29, 2022.

To learn more about eligibility, research focus and application process, please visit the MHRC website.

NSERC Applied Research and Development (ARD) grants are suitable for a wide range of applied research projects that focus on technology. The ARD grants are intended to provide companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities available at Canadian colleges and to train students in essential technical skills required by companies. The mutually beneficial collaborations are expected to result in economic benefits to the company and/or Canada. If you have a project and partner in mind for this funding, please contact Andrea Johnson.

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 Gregor MacLean.

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.

Planning is underway for Canada Foundation for Innovation College Fund applications for 2023 and 2024. The College Fund supports projects that enhance the capacity of Canadian colleges to carry out applied research and technology development and foster partnerships that generate innovative products, processes or services that address the social, business, health or environmental needs of a Canadian industry or community. A limited number of opportunities are available for colleges each year to apply to this fund. If your research team will benefit from this funding, please contact Gregor MacLean.

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 November.

Upcoming Webinars and Events

Interested in learning more about SSHRC competitions? You can attend one of their webinars on the following dates:

-        Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative, Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. (EST)

College and Community Innovation (CCI)

The CCI presents a list of events and workshops addressing equity diversity and inclusion (EDI), in addition to the CCI grant webinars and office hours.

-        Community of Practice meet professionals from various colleges to discuss EDI best practices in two to three presentations from colleges (volunteer-basis), and breakout rooms to discuss and brainstorm. The first session will be held on September 7, 1:00-3:00PM ET, Sign up here to join the meeting and mailing list.

Get in touch with us

IDEAWORKS fills the space between research and solutions by delivering customized support to organizations. Want to get involved as a Mohawk College researcher? Contact us at ideaworks@mohawkcollege.ca