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LA&PS Digest Newsletter | July 12, 2021

LA&PS Digest Newsletter | July 12, 2021

July 12, 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

Black Scholars Research Fund Recepient: Tameka Samuels-Jones

Black Scholars Research Fund Recepient: Tameka Samuels-Jones

Professor Tameka Samuels-Jones, Assistant Professor, School of Administrative Studies was a successful recipient of the inaugural LA&PS Black Scholars Research Fund (BSRF). Her project looks into the role of higher education institutions (HEIs) in pursuing environmental justice through corporate social responsibility.

"The current themes and concerns in environmental law and civil rights issues argue that the burdens of environmental risks are not carried equally within society," professor Samuels-Jones clarified. "These principles are embedded within Environmental Justice and necessitate that HEIs, such as York University, examine whether the largely marginalized community surrounding York's Keele campus perceives its corporate social responsibility initiatives as environmentally beneficial to their communities."

To this end, the project is collaborating with The York University-TD Community Engagement Centre (CEC) to ensure that the voices of research participants from the Jane/Finch Community are captured and centred in discussions about York University’s impact on their community’s environmental experiences.

Professor Samuels-Jones explained that the BSRF grant will advance the project's goals by providing research opportunities to York University students from the Jane/Finch community: "The anticipated benefits of this research are inclusive and innovative ways in which York University can prioritize its sustainability initiatives to meet the needs of the Jane/Finch community." Contact Dr. Tameka Samuels-Jones to learn more about the project.

The LA&PS Black Scholars Research Fund (BSRF) was established to take action by supporting innovative research ideas from scholars who self-identify as Black peoples of African descent. The second round of the Black Scholars Research Fund is currently open. Completed BSRF applications must be submitted along with required attachments to by July 15, 2021. Questions about this program should be directed to

Internal Notices

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.


New Service: Qualtrics for Researchers and faculty members

We are pleased to announce that LA&PS is now offering a new service to its members: Qualtrics is a simple to use web-based survey tool to conduct survey research, evaluations and other data collection activities. Faculty members looking to access this service should send an email to with the subject line "Qualtrics Access" and LA&PS eServices staff will respond to assist.


Update: Change to the SSHRC - Exchange Conference Grant

The SSHRC Exchange – Conference Grants contribute to the cost of the primary mode of travel for in-person participation in national and international scholarly conferences. However, COVID-19 has forced conferences to either be cancelled/postponed or held virtually for more than a year. The SSHRC Explore and Exchange Sub-Committee believes that moving forward it is likely that conferences will continue to be virtual for some time and that even once travel restrictions are lifted, they expect that many conferences will be offered both in-person and virtually on an ongoing basis.

Given this expected change to future conference options, the Committee is revising the SSHRC Exchange – Conference Grants to make registration fees eligible for virtual participation in conferences to support dissemination activities that do not require travel, to a maximum of $200. This change is effective for the August 1, 2021 deadline. The updated application form can now be accessed through LA&PS internal grants page or directly through here: Exchange Conference Grant - Application Form (PDF)


Opportunity: Research Commons - Workshop for York Research Chairs 2021-22

The Research Commons will host an information workshop for York Research Chairs 2021-22 on July 16 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. All are welcome. For more information connect with George Z.H. Zhu, Academic Director of Research Commons at


Opportunity: Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REI) summer workshops

For those looking to continue their journey to create a more equitable and inclusive York University, the REI is offering a series of new workshops over the summer to enhance knowledge, deepen skills, and promote belonging.


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

Black Scholars Research Fund - Round 2

  • Deadline:  July 15, by 4:00 PM.
  • Value and Duration: Up to $5,000

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) has established the LA&PS Black Scholars Research Fund (BSRF), max. $5,000, to support innovative research project ideas from qualified eligible applicants who self-identify as Black peoples of African Descent. Projects may be standalone or part of a broader research program. The faculty will launch the second round of a call for proposals from eligible applicants at the assistant or associate professor level.

Please refer to the LAPS BSRF Guidelines and Application Instructions for more information. Questions about this program may be directed to


CERLAC Call for Submissions: TLN Telelatino Awards 2021

  • Value: $2,500
  • Duration: three terms (Fall, Winter, Summer)
  • Deadline: August 27, 2021

The TLN Graduate Fellowship is awarded annually to one York graduate student, who is nominated by a CERLAC Fellow, owing to their investment in communicating with the public about research relating to Latin America and the Caribbean and their diasporas. As a TLN Graduate Fellow, this student will serve as a knowledge hub and storyteller within the Centre with the mission of gathering and sharing human-interest stories from both student and faculty researchers on topics related to Latin America and the Caribbean, their diasporas, and their impact on Canada and the rest of the world.

The TLN Graduate Fellow must be a graduate student registered in an academic degree program at York University (any Faculty or College, including Glendon). Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, Ontario residents, and demonstrate financial need.

CERLAC Fellows, please submit the names of students whom you would like to nominate at TLN Graduate Fellowship MachForm. For more information, contact CERLAC at


York University-TD Community Engagement Centre issues call for proposals for Catalyst Grants

Deadline: Friday, August. 6, by 11:59 p.m (EST)

Catalyst Grants are intended to provide start-up funding for innovative partnerships between York University and the Black Creek community. The grants can cover a broad range of ideas that respond to community needs. This year's call seeks proposals for projects that tackle some of the challenges exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and identify some re-imagined or creative steps forward. Proposals should be submitted to Talisha Ramsaroop, community projects coordinator at Learn more about The York University-TD Community Engagement Centre Call for Proposals including information about two community information webinars (scheduled June 22 and July 14).


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.

Internal Grants

External Notices

Indspire Awards

  • Deadline: August 1, 2021

The Indspire Awards are meant to recognize First Nations, Inuit or Métis individuals who are an inspiration for Indigenous youth and serve to educate all Canadians about the tremendous contributions Indigenous people make across the country. There are multiple categories including Lifetime Achievement, in any area and Youth, which could recognize students. Faculty would most likely fit in under the Education category, which covers teachers, professors and researchers.


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:


External Notices

External Grants and Fellowships


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.


2021 New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF)—Exploration competitions

  • Value: Up to $125,000 per year (including indirect costs)
  • Duration: up to 2 years
  • Deadlines
    • Stage One: Notice of intent to apply: August 10, 2021, 8:00 p.m. (EST)
    • Stage Two: Full application deadline: October 19, 2021, 8:00 p.m. (EST)

The objective of the Exploration stream is to support high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research. It seeks to inspire projects that bring disciplines together beyond traditional disciplinary or common interdisciplinary approaches by research teams with the capacity to explore something new that might fail, but that has the potential for significant impact. Learn more about the 2021 Exploration competition here. Projects must be interdisciplinary. The nominated principal investigator and team members (if applicable) can be from any discipline, but the proposed research project must include elements from at least two different disciplines (as defined by a group-level classification based on the Canadian Research and Development Classification).

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

  • July 13th – 2021 Exploration NOI – French | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (EST) | Meeting link – Event password: GpBTpRMB572
  • July 13th – 2021 Exploration NOI – English | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST | Meeting link – Event password: KcwdeVSs354

If you have questions about this opportunity please contact Max Dagenais, 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 in July).

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


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:


Vanier Scholarship Nomination Call

The Faculty of Graduate Studies has launched the Vanier Scholarship Nomination Call for the 2022-2023 Cycle. Please see this 2022-23 Memo to VPRI nomination process for more information. Interested students should submit the required preliminary application materials from the Vanier CGS page on the FGS website by Thursday, July 15, 2021, by 4 pm to be considered for a Vanier nomination. For details of the York nomination processes, please refer to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship page on the FGS website. You are also welcome to contact Judy Tse, Research Officer in FGS at


Pandemic & Cities Research Funding

  • Value: up to £25,000
  • Deadline: November 1st, 2021

The UK-based Urban Studies Foundation (USF) is pleased to announce the launch of a new funding initiative: Pandemics and Cities. Eligible proposals may focus on either COVID-19 specifically, or on other major infectious disease outbreaks. The USF will provide up to £25,000 seed-funding per project, for innovative interdisciplinary and partnered research that helps gain a deeper understanding of the social, political, economic, cultural and/or environmental dimensions of pandemics on urban lives and places. Each proposal must clearly demonstrate a meaningful research partnership between a minimum of two organizations and should be aimed towards developing into larger research initiatives in future.


Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR): Global Call for Ideas

  • Value: Funding is provided based on the size of the team and the planned activity
  • Duration: There is no time limit on CIFAR programs.
  • Deadlines: Tuesday, August 17, 2021, by 11:59 pm (PST)

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) invites proposals related to "The Future of Being Human". The main objective is to support global networks of researchers who work together on a common question, from an interdisciplinary perspective. CIFAR invites bold proposals that ask questions about our complex emerging world.  Proposals should explore the long-term intersection of humans, science and technology, social and cultural systems, and our environment. The proposals should confront challenging problems that necessitate a diverse team incorporating multiple disciplines (potentially spanning the humanities, social sciences, arts, physical sciences, and life sciences). Learn more about the CIFAR opportunity here. If you have questions about this opportunity please contact Max Dagenais, Research Facilitator at


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


The Québec Secretariat for Canadian Relations: Quebec- Ontario Call for Projects

  • Value: Max. $40,000
  • Duration: Projects must begin after September 15, 2021, and end no later than March 31, 2022.
  • Deadline: due at agency on July 16, 2021

The Secrétariat du Québec aux relations Canadienne (SQRC) has launched a Call for Proposals to fund interprovincial projects that will bring together Francophonie organizations from Ontario and Quebec. Some of the call's objectives are to support the development of Francophone and Acadian communities in Canada and to promote and encourage the use of French in Canada. If you have questions about this opportunity please contact Max Dagenais, Research Facilitator at


Healthy Cities Implementation Science Team Grants

  • Value and duration:
    • stage one: Letter of Intent (LOI) - up to 18 successful applications will receive $25,000 development grants (3 in each thematic research area)
    • Stage two: full application - a minimum of six successful applications will receive a maximum of $3 million – a maximum of $500,000 per year for up to six years
  • Deadlines:
    • LOI due at agency: Wednesday, August 11, 2021
    • Full application due at agency: April 28, 2022

The Healthy Cities Implementation Science (HCIS) Team Grants, funding opportunity is offering grants focused on increasing our understanding of how to design, implement and promote the systematic and equitable uptake of evidence-based interventions (i.e. interventions that have been piloted or tested in a setting and found to be promising) in multiple urban environments to improve population health and well-being. The focus of this funding opportunity is to implement evidence-informed interventions into different contexts and to understand whether those interventions are effective, for whom, and why. It is expected that successful research projects will engage with the Healthy Cities Research Training Platform to enhance the capacity-building efforts of the HCRI and create opportunities for training and mentorship. If you have questions about this opportunity please contact Max Dagenais, Research Facilitator at


SSHRC Connection Grants - Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative (Final Call)

  • Value
    • $7K - $25K for Events
    • $7K - $50K for Outreach activities
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Deadlines: Tuesday, August 3, 2021

The Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative offers the research community Connections Grants to support the development, adoption and dissemination of research data management standards, practices, tools and skills appropriate to their field. SSHRC has communicated that the August competition will be the final one for the special Connection Grant call. In addition to the special call, Connection Grants on any eligible project may also be submitted to the program. 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 are 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


SSHRC Joint Initiative for Digital Citizen Research – Connection Grants

  • Value:
    - Events - $7,000 to $25,000
    - Outreach Activities - $7,000 to $50,000; higher amounts may be considered if well justified
  • Duration:1 year
  • Agency Deadline: August 1, November 1, May 1, 2021, at 12:00 PM (EST)

SSHRC announced the relaunching of the Connection Grants arm of the Initiative for Digital Citizen Research (IDCR), a joint initiative with the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH). The IDCR aims to develop a better understanding of the impacts of online disinformation in Canada in order to better inform programs and policies, build Canada’s capacity to conduct research on – and related to – countering online disinformation and other related online harms, and help foster a community of researchers engaged with digital citizenship and online disinformation in Canada. It also aims to provide assistance to selected events and outreach activities for short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives.

Learn more about the description and submission instructions here. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please contact Max Dagenais, Research Facilitator, at


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


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)

External Grants

Events & Deadlines

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