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September 25, 2020
The start of the new academic year is always a hectic one for many reasons; new classes, new research personnel, new grants to apply to...and we at the Research Office understand that, which is why in the next few issues we will be adding new features and content to make your reading experience better (and faster!). In this edition, we have added two new sections, Conference Calls and Learning in the Labs to share knowledge and useful information.  We hope you find these new features helpful, and are happy to entertain suggestions for improvement.  As you sprint through this busy autumn, we hope that you can find time to enjoy the beauty of the season, as shown in our cover photo of Terrace Bay. 

Happy reading and happy researching! 

Research Spotlight

NEW: NSERC has published guidelines on the consideration of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on research and training activities. 

NSERC recognizes that the pandemic has disrupted early career researchers (ECRs) particularly acutely. We would therefore like to inform you of the changes to the Early Career Research (ECR) definition. The new five year window for being considered an ECR is adjusted to take into account instances where a researcher has had an eligible delay in research. Beginning this year, all eligible leaves (e.g. maternity, paternity, medical, bereavement) will now be credited twice the amount of time taken and the window will be adjusted accordingly. Delays in research activity related to the COVID-19 pandemic will also be considered eligible and should be described clearly in an application.

If you have any questions about the guidelines or the changes to the ECR definition, do not hesitate to contact us at

Have you heard about the Tri-agency grants management solution (TGMS)?

The three federal granting agencies are modernizing their grants management solution to better support applicants, research administrators and reviewers during the grants management lifecycle.

As work progresses to identify a future grants management solution that will better meet the needs and standards of excellence expected by the research community, the TGMS team is inviting you to complete a 15-minute change readiness survey (use Google Chrome to open survey), by October 14, 2020.

Pre-announcement: Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19 Knowledge Synthesis, Evaluation and Assessment Grants Rapid Research Funding Opportunity

Anticipated Timeline*

Launch: Fall 2020
Application Deadline: December 2020
Notice of Decision: March 15, 2021
Funding Start Date: March 2021

*These timelines are estimates and subject to change.

Full details can be found on the CIHR website

CIHR Webinar on the Fall Grants Competition

The goal of the webinars is to provide an opportunity for applicants to learn about what’s new and ask questions about the requirements for the competition.

English Sessions
Duration: 60 minutes
When: Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. ET
When: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET

French Sessions
Duration: 60 minutes
When: Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET
When: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Please visit the CIHR website for more details.


Call For Nominations at Lakehead University for the 2020 Leadership in Advocacy Award

Research Canada’s 2020 Leadership in Advocacy Award honours outstanding advocates for medical, health and scientific research. The Leadership in Advocacy Award is presented to individuals and/or organizations who/which have made outstanding efforts in advocating for Canadian health research at the local, provincial and/or national level.

The Deadline for submission is October 2, 2020.

View Leadership in Advocacy Award Criteria and Eligibility
View Leadership in Advocacy Award Application

Please contact Dr. Batia Stolar, Associate Vice-President, Research & Graduate Studies, at if you are interested in being nominated for this award.


External Grants and Awards

Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
J. Edouard Samson Award: Due October 31
Canadian Orthopaedic Research Legacy Grant: Due October 31

Fulbright Canada Awards: Various Deadlines
Fulbright Research Chairs Program: Due November 15

SSHRC Insight Grant: Due October 1 Closing Soon

CIHR Doctoral and Fellowship Awards: Various Deadlines

NOAMA-2021 AHSC AFP Innovation Fund: Due October 5 at 11:00 EST Closing Soon

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Due October 1 Closing Soon

Canadian Cancer Society/CIHR/BC
CCS/CIHR-ICR/BC Novel Technology Applications in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection: Deadline October 1 Closing Soon

Gairdner Canada
Nominations for the 2021 Canada Gairdner Awards (only available in English): Due October 1 Closing Soon

Canadian Hemophilia Society
CHS/Pfizer Care until Cure Research Program: Due November 16
CHS Dream of a Cure Research Program: Due November 16
CHS/Novo Nordisk Psychosocial Research Program: Due November 16
CHS/Bayer Advance Canada Research Program: Due November 16


NOSM Events

Virtual Northern Health Research Conference


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Erin Cameron

Program and Registration are now open

October 2, 2020 from 10-12

For more information visit the NHRC site


Orange Shirt Day at NOSM        September 30

Orange Shirt Day encourages Canadians to work together towards reconciliation and to hear the truth telling that comes from residential school survivors who have shared their stories.

Join us on September 30 at 1:30 p.m. to hear from residential school survivors Donna Debassige and Edmund Metatawabin

Support is being offered with Knowledge Keeper/Teacher/Healer Gloria Oshkabewisens from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Orange Shirt Day tees are back! Buy yours at the NOSM store. Survived, still here artwork by Isaac Murdoch.

For more details or to donate to the Indigenous Educational Initiatives and the Indigenous Bursary Fund, visit

WebEx Details (Please see the calendar invite for additional connection details)
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
1:30 p.m.  |  4 hrs
Join meeting

Conference Calls

Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME)
The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 9th, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT
For more information please visit the conference website.

Graduate Studies

Call for Master of Medical Studies Supervisors

The Master of Medical Studies (MMS) program at NOSM is interested in identifying faculty members
who would like to become a graduate student supervisor.

Applications open on September 28, and close on October 23, 2020.

For additional details and eligibility requirements, please see the Call for Supervisors and the Application.


From the Research Office

New to Research? New to NOSM? Want to learn more about out processes? Please see the Research Handbook

Document Quicklinks

NOSM Research Approval Form: Website with Guidelines
NOSM Research Approval Form: Sharepoint
NOSM Research Approval Form: PDF 

NOSM Research Handbook 

Would you like to share a published article with our research community? Consider submitting it to to be included in our monthly publications feature! 

Learning in the Labs

This section features content and stories about our laboratory researchers. Dr. Christine Lalonde, Post-doctoral fellow on the Laurentian Campus, tells us about the most important piece of equipment for her:

The Very Very Cold Freezer
The most under-rated and essential pieces of equipment in NOSM's laboratory are the -80 freezers.  Used for long-term storage of special tissues and products such as enzymes, these freezers hold hundreds of individual samples for multiple faculty members.  Without these freezers, samples may be subject to degradation due to temperature fluctuations in typical -20 freezers, rendering them useless. Samples and full-sized specimens may be stored for years--allowing researchers flexibility in analysis.

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