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Call for Proposals - Second Competition - Challenge 1 of the Cyberinfrastructure Initiative

The Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Cyberinfrastructure Initiative supports research data infrastructure projects that create tailored, shared and integrated data resources (e.g., databases and data repositories) capable of enabling leading-edge research on significant scientific, social and economic questions.

The Call for Proposals for the second competition of Challenge 1 of the Cyberinfrastructure Initiative challenges institutions to propose projects that bring together a community of researchers from across the country who share similar challenges linked to the availability of research data. Projects should address existing or emerging challenges for a community of researchers through the development of new tools and applications or novel ways of organizing and using research data that would enhance the community’s capacity to conduct leading-edge research. The research data infrastructure initiative is about data-sharing and providing access to any researcher who can exploit and mine the resource to advance knowledge and promote innovation. The consortia are encouraged to embrace an “adopt, adapt and develop” approach as well as to link to Canadian and international initiatives whenever appropriate. Projects that propose to expand existing Canadian data initiatives are also encouraged.

The CFI expects to fund between five and 10 proposals and has encouraged institutions to be “very selective” about which Notices of Intent they put forward. The Office of Research thus requests that applicants obtain the prior written approval of their ADR and the Associate Vice-President Research Services, John Livernois, in advance of preparing an NOI. To do so, applicants must submit a description of their initiative (maximum one page) to their ADR by no later than Thursday, March 23, 2017.

The subsequent internal deadline for NOIs, along with an OR-5 form, is Friday, April 28, 2017.

A draft version of the Call for Proposals is available at: final version will be posted on Monday, March 20, 2017.

Applicants must submit a description of their initiative (maximum one page) to their ADR by no later than Thursday, March 23, 2017.


The subsequent internal deadline for NOIs, along with an OR-5 form, is Friday, April 28, 2017.


Launch and complete a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research project over the course of one year in the inquire certificate program. Applications due by April 1, 2017. Participants must be available to attend a four-day kick off Action Institute from May 8 - May 11, 2017. Successful participants gain a non-degree Graduate Certificate from the University of Guelph, a certificate from the Staff and Educational Development Association, and an authentic experience conducting SoTL.

April 1, 2017

Graduate Scholarships valued at $50,000 per year to support research focused on agriculture and food

For the current competition there are 3 scholarships for masters students and 3 scholarships for doctoral students who are entering a graduate program in Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Winter 2018.  The scholarships are valued at $50,000 per year for up to 2 years for masters students and up to 4 years for doctoral students. 

April 3, 2017

Graduate Research Assistantships valued at $17,500 per year

For the current competition there are up to 10 RAships worth $17,500 per year available to entering and in-program masters and doctoral students that want to work with a multi-disciplinary team as part of the Food from Thought research initiative.

April 3, 2017

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fund - Call for Proposals

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) outlines the processes that we engage in when “asking and answering questions about students’ learning in ways that can improve one’s own classroom and also advance the larger profession of teaching” (Huber and Hutchings, 2005, p.1). The objectives of the SoTL Fund are to provide financial support for a project that aims to improve student learning and the practice of teaching by:

  • Conducting a scholarly examination into a meaningful question about student learning and associated teaching activities;
  • Gathering and analyzing evidence on factors that affect the teaching - learning experience;
  • Disseminating the findings publicly for peer-reviewed bodies of knowledge (disciplinary and non-disciplinary).

Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd) and the Office of the Associate Vice President (Academic) invite full-time faculty, staff and academic librarians to apply to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fund. Unlike the Learning Enhancement Fund (LEF), which focuses on curricular innovation and renewal, the SoTL Fund is intended to encourage and support inquiry related to teaching and learning at the University of Guelph (rather than curricular design and development).  Detailed information is available at “What is SoTL?” and “Conducting SoTL.”
The SoTL fund is currently $12,000 for 2017, and applications to the fund should outline how the requested amount will support the proposed SoTL project.  Awarded funds can be used in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, supporting costs associated with the research project and its dissemination. The award recipient/s will have access to collaborative working space in Open Learning and Educational Support and be presented with an institutional award at the Teaching and Learning Innovations Conference (TLI). 

April 17, 2017

Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge / Défi aux diplômés et aux étudiants aux cycles supérieurs de l’Ontario pour la recherche en politiques

Competition / Concours de 2016 


Défi aux diplômés et aux étudiants aux cycles supérieurs de l’Ontario pour la recherche en politiques

Le ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Formation professionnelle (MESFP) est heureux de republier la tenue du concours de 2016 du Défi aux diplômés et étudiants aux cycles supérieurs de l’Ontario pour la recherche en politiques.

Il s’agit une occasion emballante pour les diplômés et les étudiants aux cycles supérieurs de partager leur recherche sur des questions liées à l’éducation postsecondaire, à la formation ou au marché du travail avec les responsables de l’élaboration des politiques en Ontario. Le Défi permettra….

D’établir des liens :

Le Défi vise également à créer des liens entre le MESFP et les milieux de la recherche sur les politiques des établissements d’enseignement supérieur de l’Ontario en facilitant le dialogue entre les étudiants, les responsables de l’élaboration des politiques et les chercheurs universitaires.

D’appuyer la recherche par les diplômés et les étudiants aux cycles supérieurs  en Ontario :

Ce concours est ouvert aux étudiants et nouveaux diplômés des programmes universitaires de deuxième et troisième cycles et des programmes collégiaux de certificat post-diplôme offerts par les universités et collèges de l’Ontario qui reçoivent des fonds publics de l’Ontario. Les candidats sont invités à présenter leur recherche à l’aide d’un mémoire expliquant de quelle façon leurs idées pourraient être appliquées aux politiques relatives à l’éducation postsecondaire et au marché du travail Ontario.

De récompenser les nouvelles idées :

Les candidats retenus recevront une bourse pouvant 3 000 $  ou 2 000 $ et ils auront l’occasion de présenter leurs idées au MESFP.


Documentation : L’invitation à participer au concours de 2016, le formulaire de candidature et la lettre de soutien d’un professeur ou conseiller pédagogique sont disponibles à l’adresse suivante:

Date de clôture: Les candidatures et toutes questions ou préoccupations doivent être envoyées à d’ici minuit le 21avril 2017.

April 21, 2017

Applications and any

questions or concerns should be sent to


Call for nominations for the 2017 Winegard and Forster Medals. These medals are the top convocation awards for graduating undergraduate and graduate students. Nominations are processed through the OVC College Awards Committee.

Winegard Medals:

Forster Medals:

Nominations are to be submitted to the University Secretariat ( by Thursday, April 27, 2017.

OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards



Each year OCUFA recognizes outstanding teachers and academic librarians in Ontario universities through its Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards. Since 1973 OCUFA has presented 426 awards.

The recipients are selected by the OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards Committee. Approximately 7 awards are presented.     


·        Teaching, in the context of the OCUFA awards, embraces virtually all levels of instruction – graduate and undergraduate teaching, continuing education and faculty development. Similarly, proficiency in teaching may extend well beyond the    classroom, the laboratory or the faculty member’s office. Activities such as course design, curriculum development, organization of teaching programs and other significant forms of leadership are often important contributions to the instructional process. Those who excel in any of these are eligible for the OCUFA Teaching Awards.      

·        Academic librarianship, in the context of the OCUFA Awards, embraces all aspects of librarianship that contribute to the scholarly achievement of all members of the university community. Activities such as development and delivery of services, provision of educational materials, collection development and management and other contributions to academic librarianship are important to the intellectual functioning of the university. Those who excel in any of these are eligible for an OCUFA Academic Librarianship Award.


Nominations are invited from individuals, informal groups of faculty or students, or both, and such organizations as local faculty associations, faculty or college councils, university committees concerned with teaching and learning, librarians, local student councils, departments, alumni, etc.

Guidelines to assist in organizing a nomination should be consulted by prospective nominators and are available on request from your Faculty Association Office, the Provincial Office of OCUFA, or the OCUFA website (


We request that all submissions be uploaded onto OCUFA’s secured online submission system as a single PDF file at

 Inquiries to: 416-979-2117

May 26, 2017

President's Awards for Exemplary Staff Service 

Do you know someone who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence and has exceeded the expectations of their normal employment responsibilities? 

Employees selected receive $2,000* and are recognized during an annual community event. Teams share the cash prize.

Seven Award Categories • Community Service • Excellence in Health & Safety • Exemplary Team Recognition • Hidden Hero • Innovative Leadership Recognition • Service Excellence Recognition • University of Guelph Spirit

All non-academic full- and part-time U of G staff who have been employed here for at least two years are eligible for the awards. Details available on-line at For further information please contact Claire Alexander at or ext. 53098

May 31, 2017


2017 CETA/ACTE Annual Convention Student Scholarship Award

The Canadian Embryo Transfer Association (CETA/ACTE) is offering two (2) Student Scholarship Awards for the 2017 AETA & CETA/ACTE Annual Joint Scientific Convention in Orlando, Florida, USA from October 26-28, 2017.

Please find attached the requirements and application for the 2017 CETA/ACTE Annual Convention Student Scholarship Award.

Can you please distribute the attached application & information to large animal veterinary students who will be graduating in 2018 & 2019, and graduate veterinary students?

July 15, 2017