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LA&PS Digest Newsletter | Aug. 9, 2021

LA&PS Digest Newsletter | Aug. 9, 2021

August 9, 2021 Issue

The LA&PS Research Office publishes a bi-weekly Research Digest to keep faculty members informed about important research issues and opportunities.

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In this issue:

LA&PS Spotlights

Mark Hayward investigates consumer banking and popular media culture 1950-1980

Mark Hayward investigates consumer banking and popular media culture 1950-1980

This month our office is celebrating a total of 20 LA&PS faculty recipients of the 2020 Insight Grants (19 awards valued at a combined $2,145,491) and 2020 Partnership Development Grants (one award valued at $199,951).

Mark Hayward, Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Media Studies, was one of the recipients of the 2020 Insight Grant for his project: The Contributions of Consumer Banking to Popular Media Culture, 1950-1980.

Hayward's work sheds light on what a group of Canadian intellectuals referred to as “Mechanology,” a social science that studies machines and their interaction with society. His research attempts to understand the process by which it became normalized to conduct financial transactions via screens rather than in person. “The role that media play in banking is often overlooked, but its significance is considerable,” Hayward explained. “My primary interest is in the social and cultural aspects of how these media were adopted. The promise accompanying the introduction of new technologies in consumer-oriented banking has been that they make access to financial services more convenient, and–as anybody who is old enough to remember rushing to the bank on Friday before it closed for the weekend will attest–this is true in many ways, but there is a range of broader impacts related to the gendering of labour and racial discrimination that have mirrored (and in some cases amplified) inequalities that complicate this promise of access.”

Contact Mark Hayward to learn more about his work. Also, learn more about the full list of this year’s IGs and PDGs grant recipients in this Yfile story or see the complete lists of Insight Grant and Partnership Development Grant recipients on the SSHRC website.

Internal Notices

LA&PS launches new research services website

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) research office has announced the launch of a new research services website.

The website will serve as a central hub, assisting faculty members with identifying funding opportunities, pre- and post-award support, knowledge mobilization services and partnership development.

On this site users will be able to:

For more information, visit the LA&PS research services website.


Opportunity: York faculty and staff - 'YFile' wants to feature you!

YFile will be launching new content in the coming weeks, and in an effort to stay connected as a community, they would like to focus on featuring York faculty and staff. Check more details about the YFile two new feature series here. Also, have a story idea for YFile? Send it faster and easier with the new online YFile submission form.

Connect with Dina Taha, Knowledge Mobilization Specialist at for any questions or support with submission.


Notice: Electronic Submission of External Grants through Office of Research Services

Given the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, ORS is now accepting electronic submissions of research applications. If you have questions about this process please email Dr. Max Dagenais at dagenam@yorku.caA description of the external grants submission process and the two versions of the ORS checklist can be found here.

Internal Notices

Internal Grants

Reminder: 2021-22 York Research Chairs internal competition deadline

  • LA&PS Research Office deadline: August 23, 2021 by email to

Please be advised that Faculties are now invited to nominate York faculty members for the York Research Chairs (YRC) 2021-22 competition. Up to six centrally supported Chairs will be funded for 2022 as follows:

  • Up to two Tier 1 Chairs;
  • Up to two Tier 2 Chairs; and
  • Up to two Early-Career Tier 2 Chairs

New to this year’s competition, the distribution of these Chairs will be allocated to two streams: (i) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); and (ii) Social Science, Humanities and Arts (SSHA).

Mandatory LA&PS internal process:

LA&PS has an internal process for YRC nominations. All interested applicants must submit an internal proposal application using the LA&PS internal submission template. Faculty Members considering the submission of a YRC proposal must contact Chris Hendershot, Grant Development Specialist supporting Research Chairs at ASAP.


Upcoming Internal Funding Opportunities

LA&PS faculty members are reminded that a comprehensive list of internal research funding opportunities is available on our new website (see below). This list includes short descriptions of several individual programs operated by the Dean's Office as well as VPRI. Internal funding opportunities can be accessed Internal funding opportunities can be accessed here.

Upcoming Deadlines:

Internal Grants

External Notices

Pre-announcement: SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grants: The Emerging Asocial Society

  • Value: $30,000
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Deadline: December 17, 2021

Recent research suggests that many people feel increasingly isolated and lonely. This trend is particularly prevalent in more developed countries, to the detriment of individual and societal well-being. Human inability to interact meaningfully without the intervention of technology could prompt questions regarding access, privacy, and ethics.

Knowledge Synthesis Grants support researchers in producing knowledge synthesis reports and evidence briefs that:

  • support the use of evidence in decision-making and the application of best practices; and
  • assist in developing future research agendas

While the grant has not been announced yet for this year, you can find more information about the most recent SSHRC knowledge Synthesis grant competition here.

If you have questions about this opportunity please contact Max Dagenais, Research Facilitator at


Pre-announcement: Open Research Area for the social sciences

The partners of the Open Research Area (ORA) are pleased to announce that the seventh ORA joint funding opportunity will launch in July 2021, at the earliest, with an application deadline in November 2021. This pre-call announcement is being issued to allow interested researchers to begin discussions with potential research partners ahead of the formal launch of the funding opportunity.

The ORA was created to strengthen international cooperation in social sciences by funding high-quality scientific research projects. SSHRC will support the participation of Canadian researchers from all disciplines of the social sciences and humanities. For general information, and to be notified when the call is announced, contact:


Update: NSERC Alliance grants – National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships

A news release to introduce the National Security Guidelines for Research Partnership has been issued. As of July 12, 2021, applicants (and their institutions) are required to complete the National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships' risk assessment form for all Alliance grant applications involving one or more partner organizations from the private sector. For such partnerships, applicants must submit the completed risk assessment form as an integral part of the NSERC Alliance application. NSERC is currently updating all relevant instructions and resources on the Alliance website and in the online system. Applicants will be able to submit their Alliance applications starting July 23, 2021.

External Notices

External Grants and Fellowships

SSHRC Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative

  • Value: Up to $450,000
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Agency Deadline: Monday, November 15, 2021

SSHRC has officially launched a new Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative (RGD) as a result of the Federal Budget 2021 announcement. This Initiative aims to support partnership research to inform actions that address social disparities related to race, gender and other forms of diversity. With new funds outlined in Federal Budget 2021, SSHRC will soon launch the Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative. This strategic initiative will enhance society’s understanding of the causes and persistence of systemic racism and discrimination, and the impact of oppression on Canadians and our communities, and will help develop strategies to support greater justice and equity. The funding opportunity will launch in summer 2021 and For more information, contact

If you are planning a submission to this program, please notify Maxime Dagenais, Research Facilitator, LA&PS, ( to discuss your topic and confirm Faculty-based support for your submission.


Special Call: New Frontiers in Research Fund - 2021 Innovative Approaches to Research in the Pandemic Context

  • Value: Up to $250,000 (including 25% indirect costs - up to 25%)
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Deadlines: (Two stages application process)
    • NOI due at agency – Tuesday, September 21, 2021
    • Full Application due at agency – Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) recently launched the 2021 Innovative Approaches to Research in the Pandemic Context competition, a special call to explore new, innovative directions in research methodologies.  The Convergence Portal is now open for submission of a Notification of Intent to Apply (NOIs). The objectives are:

  • To accelerate the exploration of new approaches and the development and testing of new directions in research methodologies, to respond to challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To support new ways of conducting community and field-based research, since the pandemic has had the greatest impact on researchers’ ability to collect data and conduct this type of research

In preparation for the NOI deadline, all applicants and research administrators are encouraged to participate in one of the two upcoming webinars. Below are the dates, times and links to the webinars.

If you have questions about this opportunity please contact Max Dagenais, Research Facilitator at


Call for Nominations - Bank of Canada’s 2022 Fellowship Program

  • Value and Duration:
    • The Fellowship Award provides annual funding of up to $90,000 to leading academic researchers for a term of up to five years.
    • The Governor’s Award provides annual funding of $30,000 for distinguished emerging researchers for a term of up to two years
  • Agency Deadline: November 30, 2021

The Program recognizes academics who are making exemplary contributions to economic and financial research in Canada. The Bank of Canada makes two financial awards available each year to encourage and foster excellence in research that relates to the Bank’s core functions of monetary policy, the financial system, currency and funds management. Potential research topics should align with the Bank’s current research priorities.

The Bank of Canada Fellowship program aims to promote collaboration and partnerships between Bank researchers and leading academics at Canadian post-secondary institutions. It also contributes to the education and development of Canada’s researchers in fields related to the Bank’s core functions. Faculties are asked to email SIRI Specialist Abby Vogus ( with the name(s) of the candidate(s) by September 15. Learn more about the nomination process here: VPRI_Memo_Bank of Canada Fellowship Program - 2021_final


Call for nominations: The Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award

  • Value and Duration: $7,000 for 1 year
  • Deadline for nominations: late September/early October (TBD)

The internal call for nominations for the 2021 Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award acknowledges the commitment by Petro-Canada (now Suncor Energy Inc.) and York University to encourage excellence in teaching and research that will enrich the learning environment and contribute to society. The $7,500 award (provided in the form of a research grant) is intended to provide financial support for an outstanding new full-time faculty member who is beginning his/her academic career. For this year’s award, all full-time faculty members who are no more than five years from having started their independent academic research career as of July 1, 2021 are eligible. Electronic copies of completed nominations are to be sent via email no later than noon on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 to Learn more about the nomination process here: 2021 Petro Canada Award Memo.


Call for Proposals: Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program

  • Value: Component 1a - Up to $200K
  • Duration: Component 1a - Up to 6 months
  • Agency Deadline: Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program has launched six new challenges under Competitive Projects covering a wide scope of Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) needs. The aim of the program is to foster creativity and ingenuity in Canada by enabling the creation of networks of experts, providing support and opportunities to innovators, and by facilitating the integration and adoption of new capabilities for the Canadian Armed Forces and public safety and security communities.  Competitive Projects advances promising technology quickly through a phased approach, which can quickly take your technology to new heights. 


Royal Society of Canada Nomination Process

Please see below two memos regarding the Royal Society of Canada, 2022 institutional nominations for Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) and the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists (the College).

Please note that interested applicants are not required to submit nominations using the institutional process. In addition to the institutional process, interested applicants may be nominated directly by existing Fellows of the Royal Society. Fellow-led Nominations are fully supported by Faculty-based Research Office staff. As external letters of reference are required, interested applicants are encouraged to begin the preparation of files in advance of the expected launch date of the 2022 competition in September (deadline December 1, 2022).

We, therefore, encourage any LA&PS Faculty Member interested in preparing a nomination file to contact Max Dagenais at, Research Facilitator, LA&PS, ASAP to discuss your file and available support for your submission.


Canada Council for the Arts - 2022 Molson Prize Competition

  • Value: $50,000.
  • Deadline October 1, 2021 (new deadline)

The Canada Council for the Arts is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Molson Prize competition. A summary is provided below, and application materials are available on the Council’s website. Molson Prizes are awarded annually to distinguished individuals to encourage continuing contributions to the cultural and intellectual heritage of Canada.  Two prizes are awarded each year, one in the arts and one in the social sciences and humanities.

Candidates must be nominated for the award. To be nominated, candidates must have made a substantial and distinguished contribution over a significant period and still be active and productive in their careers. They must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, as defined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. They do not need to be residing in Canada.

If you are planning to submit a nomination, please contact Abby Vogus at and Max Dagenais, LA&PS Research Office Research Facilitator at


NSERC PromoScience Program - 2021 Call for Applications

  • Value: Up to $200K/year
  • Duration: Up to 3 years
  • Deadline: due at agency Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The NSERC PromoScience program offers financial support for initiatives that promote the natural sciences and engineering to Canada's young people, particularly to groups such as girls and Indigenous peoples that are under-represented in scientific and engineering careers. The objective is to support hands-on learning experiences for young students and their science teachers. An NSERC 2021 PromoScience Webex Information Session will take place July 27, 2021, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EST). If you have questions about this opportunity please contact Emina Veletanlic, Grant Development Specialist at


Guggenheim Fellowships

  • Anticipated Foundation deadline: Mid-September 2021 (The new cycle will be announced mid-August).

The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation will soon be accepting nominations for the Guggenheim Fellowships. The Fellowships are open to any field. The application form will soon be available on the Guggenheim Fellowship website. Guggenheim Fellowships are grants to selected individuals made for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months. The purpose of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible. Please see more details in the Application Resources section of the website. If you have questions about this opportunity please contact Max Dagenais, Research Facilitator at


Fulbright Grants in the US for Canadian Faculty Members- Competition Open

  • Deadline: Monday, November 15, 2021, by 11:59 pm (EST)

Fulbright Canada recently announced a Call for Applications for its Canadian Scholar Awards 2022-2023 Program. This program strengthens binational collaborative research and promotes thoughtful public debate on topics that reflect the broad range of contemporary issues relevant to Canada, the United States, and the relationship between the two countries. There are two streams:

Check the Fulbright Grants Detailed Eligibility requirements here.

Interested in more information? Register for the Fulbright Grants webinar on July 21st at 3 PM EST for details on how to prepare a successful application. If you have questions about this opportunity please contact Max Dagenais, Research Facilitator at


2021 Sony Research Award Program

  • Value
    - Faculty Innovation Award - up to $100K USD
    - Focused Research Award - up to $150K USD
  • Overhead: 40%
  • Duration: One (1) year, with a possible extension
  • Agency Deadlines: Wednesday, September 15, 2021, by 11:59 pm (PST)

The Sony Corporation of America is inviting researchers to participate in the 2021 Sony Research Award Program. This Program is intended to foster partnership with university faculty and researchers. The objective is to provide cutting-edge academic research and help build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers.

Researchers may apply under the following two Target Award Programs:

  • Faculty Innovation Award – Sony would like to partner with universities to help cultivate advanced concepts and fertilize their own research and development.
  • Focused Research Award – This award provides an opportunity for university faculty and Sony to conduct collaborative research that facilitates the exploration of new and promising research.

If you have questions about this opportunity please contact Max Dagenais, Research Facilitator at


Aid to Scholarly Journals Funding Opportunity

  • Value:
    • Up to $30,000 per year (base grant)
    • Up to $5,000 per year (supplementary funding)
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Deadline: September 10, 2021.

The Aid to Scholarly Journals website has now been updated with details for the Fall 2021 competition.

The eligibility criteria, including open access eligibility criteria, are the same. Please note, however, that the transition period allowed during the last competition has concluded and will no longer be offered. The value of the grant, the duration of the grant, and the grant selection process have not changed. In addition, in light of the impacts of COVID-19 on journals, the ASJ 2021 competition will relax the regular publication minimums and requirements for submission of statistics data for journals impacted by COVID-19. Journals will be able to describe the impacts of COVID-19 within their application.

SSHRC will be hosting the following informational webinars on the Aid to Scholarly Journals Program:

  • Aid to Scholarly Journals (English) | August 16, 2020, 1:30-3:00 pm (EST) | Access here.
  • Aide aux revues savantes (français) | Le 12 août, 2021 , 10h-11h30 (EST) | Access here.

Please contact Max Dagenais, Research Facilitator, at if you are planning to apply for this opportunity. In addition, questions about this program can be sent directly to the agency at this email:


2023 CFI Innovation Fund Competition

Please find below the memo and documents from VPRI regarding the 2023 CFI Innovation Fund. The Innovation Fund supports promising and innovative research or technology development in areas where Canada currently is or has the potential to be, competitive on the global stage.

The Innovation Fund does this by providing up to 40% of large-scale infrastructure costs (total project costs must exceed $1 million). Another 40% is typically matched through the Ontario Research Fund Large Infrastructure Fund, while vendor and/or institutional contributions make up the remaining 20%. Research infrastructure expenditures and in-kind contributions on or after November 1, 2020, are eligible for this competition.

iNOI submissions must include a Dean’s Memo. Therefore, if you are planning a submission to the internal competition, please contact Associate Dean Ravi de Costa ( as soon as possible to discuss your project and request support for proposal development from the LA&PS Research Office.

There is a mandatory internal NOI (iNOI) deadline of October 15. In advance of the October 15 iNOI deadline, potential applicant teams can also meet with Maheen Hasan of VPRI-SIRI ( with requests for information sessions to go over program requirements and budget building.


Mitacs Business Strategy Internship Program

  • Value
    • $10K; the partner pays $5K and no university funds are required $15K; the partner pays only $7.5K and no university funds are required.
    • At $15K, participants have the option of using up to $5K for specified project costs or to top up the intern stipend.
  • Duration: 4 months
  • Deadlines: Rolling

Mitacs is accepting applications to its new Business Strategy Internship Program. This program allows students to apply their technical expertise to business challenges to support an organization’s innovative activities. A summary is provided below. The main objective is to enable the brightest students to undertake a collaborative internship with businesses or eligible not-for-profit organizations (NFPs). The award is open to students across all disciplines, from law to STEM to social sciences and humanities. If you have questions about this opportunity please contact Max Dagenais, Research Facilitator at


Mitacs Accelerate SME Discount

Mitacs has just launched a special SME discount call for the Accelerate program. Faculty members that are collaborating with a company/Not for Profit (NFP) that has fewer than 500 employees, can get a discounted rate for the company contribution. The main points of the program are:

  1. The contribution is $3,750+HST from the partner + $11,250 from Mitacs (instead of the standard $7,500+HST from partner and $7,500 from Mitacs) for a 4-6 month internship unit.
  2. Submission deadline is February 1st, 2022, or while quantities last.
  3. 1 discounted unit per named intern
  4. Partner has to be 1-499 employees, including NFPs

If you have questions about this opportunity please contact Max Dagenais, Research Facilitator at


Mitacs Accelerate Program - Winter 2022 Mental Health Internship

  • Value: $15,000
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Deadlines: August 16, 2021.

Mitacs has partnered with Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC) on a new Mental Health Internship to provide funding for Masters students.  Mitacs is accepting applications through its Accelerate Program.   The purpose of the partnership between MHRC and Mitacs is to support the development of the next generation of mental health researchers. Internships will provide opportunities to master’s students that will have a direct impact on their communities through working with their academic supervisor and partnering with a local service provider or community organization. If you are interested in applying to this competition, please contact Rachel Sung, Mitacs Business Development Specialist at


NSERC Alliance-Mitacs Accelerate Grants

  • Value: Standard Alliance Option 1 values apply: min $20K/year – max $1M/year
  • Duration: Up to 5 years
  • Deadline: rolling

NSERC in partnership with Mitacs is pleased to announce a new joint initiative: NSERC Alliance-Mitacs Accelerate Grants that will support the R&D efforts of Canadian university researchers and their partners while supporting highly qualified personnel including students and/or postdoctoral fellows. The new opportunity is being offered through NSERC’s Alliance grants and Mitac’s Accelerate programs. If you have questions about this opportunity please contact Emina Veletanlic, Grant Development Specialist at


NSERC - Alliance Grants: Option 2

  • Value: over $30,000 to $100,000 per year
  • Duration: 1 to 5 years
  • Deadline: No deadline

NSERC has released details about a new Alliance Option 2 two-pager that provides an overview of what the NSERC - Alliance Grants option 2 funding is all about. The projects should aim to address and are driven by an unmet societal need, meaning that the results matter not just to the partner organizations but also to the public. Refer to the NSERC resources page to access the best practices webinar, a summary of NSERC requirements and more. The results should be broadly shared in various formats, allowing even non-specialists outside the project to understand and use the results. Faculty members interested in applying should contact Emina Veletanlic, Grant Development Specialist, at

Learn more about NSERC - Alliance Grant option 2 (EN)

Learn more about NSERC - Alliance Grant option 2 (FR)


SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants (PEG)

  • Value: $7,000 to $25,000
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Agency Deadline: September 15, December 15, 2021 and March 15, June 15, 2022, at 12:00 PM (EST)

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants (PEG) 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. The small-scale, stakeholder-driven partnerships supported through Partnership Engage Grants are meant to respond to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non-academic sectors. To access an application form and full instructions, log into your SSHRC account. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please contact Max Dagenais, Research Facilitator, at


SSHRC Insight Grant

  • Deadlines:
    • Deadline to guarantee a full substantive review of the draft application by LA&PS pre-award staff member: August 23, 2021
    • Verified application, final budget, and ORS checklist due at LA&PS: September 29, 2021, by 9 am
    • Agency Deadline: October 1, 2021, 8:00 pm (EST)
  • Value:
    • Stream A: $7,000 to $100,000
    • Stream B: $100,001 to $400,000
  • Duration: 2 to 5 years

SSHRC Insight Grants support research projects proposed by scholars in the humanities or social sciences that are judged worthy of funding by their peers and/or other experts. Insight Grant research initiatives can be undertaken by an individual researcher or a team of researchers working in collaboration. Insight Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program. Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars.

Application forms can be found by logging into your SSHRC account, clicking on “Create New Form,” and selecting the Insight Grant from the list provided. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please contact Max Dagenais, Research Facilitator, at

External Grants

Events & Deadlines

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