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CAURA Ontario 2012 Regional Conference: “Embracing Change” Conference Program Details Conference Program Schedule – Ctrl+click on link to access quick overview of Conference sessions. Sunday, December 2nd 1:00 pm Registration Open – Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre. 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Tours of Western Research Centres. Shuttle bus transportation included from Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre. 6:00 am – 7:00 pm Reception sponsored by Process Pathways. Monday, December 3rd Welcome 8:45 am – 9:00 am Welcome by CAURA Organizing Committee. Keynote Speaker 9:00 am – 10:00 am Introduction by Dan Sinai, Associate Vice-President (Research) and Vice-President, CAURA. Keynote Speaker - Dr. John Capone, Vice-President (Research), Western University. Concurrent Sessions 10:30 am – 12:00 pm The Sum of the parts: MITACS support of students with industry partners by MITACS representatives. MITACS delivers research and training programs that promote partnerships with private industry, government and academia. Their funding programs have grown significantly over the last few years and they are expanding into numerous disciplines. MITACS representatives will present on several topics including; MITACS programs, engagement with industry, administrative processes (pre and post award), the role of MITACS business development officers (working with researchers and administration), and metrics that tell a story. Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation Presentation by Allison Barr, MEDI. A presentation on the current research investments and priorities of the Ministry as well as a look at future directions. Lunch and Keynote Speaker 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Keynote Speaker - Dr. Gordon (Oz) Osinski, Physics & Astronomy, Faculty of Science at 12:30 pm. (More details will be available soon.) Concurrent Sessions 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm External Partnerships and Collaborations Panel discussion Academic researchers encounter challenges, opportunities and rewards in the creation and maintenance of research partnerships with organizations external to the university (e.g. industry/ community/ NGOs). With the Tri-council and other funding agencies increasingly adding to their grant opportunities the requirement for external partnerships, academic researchers now often approach research administrators asking for help in establishing and maintaining these connections. In this session academic researchers will speak to their experiences in building and maintaining partnerships - both the rewards and the challenges. Representatives from industry will provide their perspective on partnerships with academic researchers and institutions. In addition, session participants will provide their suggestions about how research administrators can help academic researchers to improve their abilities to build and maintain successful partnerships. Understanding and Working with Government: Government Relations 101 by Robbin Tourangeau, Council of Ontario Universities. What are public policy and advocacy and why do they matter to me? This introductory session is designed to provide you with a good grasp of the basics of government relations and public policy development. It will include strategies for developing your policy agenda, and for talking to and working effectively with government. Bell Ringer Sessions 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Integrity of Research: What is an institution to do? What approach is needed? Research Eligibility for Postdocs?: With some Sponsors allowing applications from Postdocs as Principal Investigators, how is your institution managing requests for research accounts? Take This and Make it Work: What to do when you are handed an agreement or contract for which there is no institutional approval and/or receive an agreement for a project that did not receive institutional approval at the application stage? MEDI: What can be expected in the future re Allocations? NIH and US Sponsors: Q&A on Process and Requirements for Canada as “foreign institutions”. Crowdfunding: What is it? Is this a realistic option for new research funding? SSHRC: (More details will be available soon.) Awards and Honours: Does your institution have a plan or focus? Is anyone given the task of looking for and promoting the candidacy/nominations of stellar researchers? Tri-Council: Knock, Knock! Who’s There? What to expect in future Monitoring Visits. Request for Research Account only after NOA: Situations arise where RSO receives documents or information only upon receipt of NOA. What are best practices to ensure that the institution’s regulatory policies are adhered to, University researchers are supported, the university is protected from undue risk, in ways that reduce potential embarrassment, and ensure the sponsor’s needs are also met? Tuesday, December 4th Breakfast and Keynote Speaker 8:00 am – 9:30 am Keynote Speaker - Dr. Jessica Grahn, Brain and Mind Institute at 8:45 am. (More details will be available soon.) Concurrent Sessions 9:30 am – 10:45 am Canada Foundation for Innovation Presentation and Panel Discussion by Michele Beaudry and with CFI representatives. This session will have two components: The first is an update on CFI programs and activities by Michele Beaudry, Senior Programs Officer. This update will include discussion on the proposed changes to CFI guidelines on in-kind contributions. The second component will be an open discussion with CFI representatives. This will be an opportunity to address any policy and procedure questions directly with CFI representatives as well as get any updates on CFI activities in which you are specifically interested. College-University Partnerships Panel Discussion with Moderator Cam McEachern, St. Lawrence College. A panel of college and university participants in partnered research will expose several models for partnerships, and will discuss typical pitfalls to avoid and best practices to follow. Concurrent Sessions 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Tri-Council Presentation and Q&A by Tri-Council SSHRC and NSERC representatives. This presentation will offer updates from Tri-Council representatives, including topics of current interests such as the Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions, the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide, changes to Tri-Agency programs, and new policies. News specifically from NSERC and SSHRC will also be provided. Smooth Sailing Ahead: An Ontario Centres of Excellence Interactive Workshop with Moderator Craig Laudrum, OCE and OCE representatives: Heather MacRae, Program Coordinator; Jessie Maggard, Business Development Manager; Tomas Rivas, Project Accountant Supervisor. OCE supports collaborative projects involving Ontario universities, colleges, research institutes and commercial enterprises. OCE projects are expected to deliver tangible results in the form of job creation, new start-ups and increased revenues for Ontario industry. This interactive workshop will focus on the respective roles and responsibilities of project participants and will identify best practices which, from the perspective of both academic institution and funding agency, improve the chances of a project’s success. Lunch, Keynote Speaker and Pass the Torch! 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (More details will be available soon.) Concurrent Sessions 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Budget Building: A Step to Demystifying Research Budgets – Pre and Post Award Perspectives For researchers and for those assisting in developing research applications, it is a common challenge to build realistic and detailed budgets within very tight timelines. This session will review the key elements of a project budget, recognizing the complexities of multiple funding partners, and cash and in-kind contributions. We will also hear from key stakeholders on both the pre and post award sides to understand their requirements for reviewing and working with project budgets. 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Canadian Association of University Business Officers Presentation by CAUBO and CAURA representatives. Join as CAUBO and CAURA representatives discuss common links and challenges, including the Tri-Council, CFI, and the Indirect Costs of Research. A newly developed collaborative research course FORE “Fundamentals of the Research Enterprise” will be introduced. An opportunity will be provided for engagement and input from participants on additional areas of collaboration between CAURA and CAUBO. 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm Community of Science PIVOT Presentation by Trainer Jason High, COS PIVOT. Many OCUR Institutions are now registered with PIVOT. A training session by a PIVOT trainer will provide the opportunity to realize the multiple benefits offered. PIVOT gives Research Administrators, Research Development Professionals, and their institutions the edge to bring together the right research opportunities, funding, and people quickly and easily. It provides global and local connections that strengthen research by exploring new avenues for funding and collaboration for faculty, staff researchers, and graduate students. Breakout Rooms will also be available for small group meetings, as needed. Questions for consideration by Session presenters and panel members can be sent in advance to email@example.com.
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