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IDEAWORKS Update for Faculty & Staff- September 30, 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.

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 December 15, 2022. If you have a project that you think would benefit from this funding, please contact Andrea Johnson to request a project planning template


NSERC 2023 CCSIF: Call for Letters of Intent due October 31

IDEAWORKS is currently accepting letters of intent from Mohawk research teams interested in applying for the NSERC College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF). This is an internal review that will determine the final applications that will be submitted for funding to NSERC.

Please note that while NSERC has not yet announced the 2023 CCSIF due date, we anticipate full proposals will be due to NSERC on or around February 1, 2023. We anticipate NSERC will accept a maximum of five applications per college, however, please be aware that it is rare for a college to get funded for two or more projects in one intake.

If you are interested in being one of the Mohawk College applicants, please complete the letter of intent document (link below) and send to Gregor.maclean@mohawkcollege.ca by Monday October 31 An IDEAWORKS team will review each overview and notify all applicants whether they are selected as one of Mohawk College’s applicant teams by Friday November 11. Plan your project overview based on the 2022 program details, since the 2023 details will not be posted until November. However, the program is anticipated to be similar.

Please send any questions to Gregor.MacLean@MohawkCollege.ca

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.


Outreach Initiative grants and contributions program

Due Date: Between April 1 and May 9; or between September 1 and October 10

Funds Available: Variable

Applicable for: Includes support for science- or innovation-based conferences, workshops, symposia, or other outreach activities aimed at better promoting outreach to, and engagement with, Canadians, including those from under-represented groups interested in STEM.

Applicant Fit: Institutions

Insight Grants

Due Date: October 1, 2022

Funds Available: Stream A: $7K to $100K. Stream B: $100K to $400K

Applicable for: Insight Grant research initiatives can be undertaken by an individual researcher or a team of researchers working in collaboration.

Applicant Fit: Individual

Contact: Andrea Johnson

CanExport Innovation

Due Date: Ongoing

Funds Available: up to 75% of eligible costs to a maximum of $75,000

Applicable for: Funding to facilitate collaborative research and development (R&D) partnerships with international partners and investors to fund R&D work.

Applicant Fit: Institutions

Contact: Andrea Johnson

Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative

Due Date: October 6, 2022

Funds Available: Up to $700K

Applicable for: Partnership and intersectoral collaborations, such as public outreach activities, workshops and conferences; Innovative approaches that enrich partnered research training experiences for students.

Applicant Fit: Individual

Contact: Andrea Johnson

Clean Fuels Fund- Funding for Indigenous-led clean production capacity projects

Due Date: Ongoing

Funds Available: Variable

Applicable for: Capital clean fuel production projects that use fuel production technologies in advanced stages of technological readiness and that are designed for commercial deployment. Feasibility studies, basic engineering studies and detailed front-end engineering studies to assess the new build or expansion of low carbon fuel production facilities.

Applicant Fit: Institutions

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

Sign-up for the first EDI in college applied research workshop!

Title: Building Inclusive Research Environments

This workshop will include foundational frameworks of understanding equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), and how systemic and structural barriers have led to the lack of diverse representation in research environments. We will explore the ways in which bias and discrimination impact the diversity of the research team, the recruitment and hiring of trainees, and creating inclusiveness in the research environment.  We will share guidance on embedding EDI intentionally and meaningfully in research practices.

Sign-up here for the English session: October 3, 2022, 1:00PM – 3:00PM ET

Sign-up here for the French session: October 26, 2022, 1:00PM – 3:00PM ET (Note the date change from October 24 in the original announcement)

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