CARA Webinars

cara-awardsThe Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) offers a wide range of webinars throughout the year covering topics from ethics to contracts, finance, metrics grants and project management. 

CARA’s webinar platform is an excellent opportunity to increase skill sets, knowledge base, networking, sharing best practices for challenges and solutions and obtaining first-hand information on Tri Council and provincial funding changes/updates. 

The cost to enroll for a webinar is $90 for CARA Members and $150 for Non-members.  To learn more about CARA or become a member, please visit the CARA website

Upcoming key webinars for June 2018.  The complete list of webinars is available here

Self-care: 3 Types of essential self-care!  June 4, 2018

I would like to talk about the three types of self-care that we all need to practice. I believe there that all three types of self-care should be on your schedule– written in pen!
Pampering- do you value yourself enough to feel you deserve some pampering? Habits- The boring, but necessary, self-care routines you need to develop and practice that will help carry you through life. Boundaries- How having health boundaries and respecting them yourself is often an overlooked self-care practice that can help shift things for the better more quickly than any other thing you can do for yourself.

Research Opportunities in Canada’s National Housing Strategy June 5, 2018

Canada has one of the best housing systems in the world. But some 1.7 million families still don’t have a home that meets their basic needs.

To help address this, the federal government announced a 10-year, $40 billion National Housing Strategy (NHS) that will help reduce homelessness, improve the availability and quality of housing for Canadians in need and strengthen the middle class.

As part of the strategy, there will be a suite of research programs delivered by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in partnership with SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR, that will bolster research capacity, recognize excellence in housing-related research, build capacity across the career continuum and provide the opportunity to bring experts and a range of housing stakeholders together to rapidly incubate and scale potential solutions to housing issues.
This webinar will provide an understanding of the research opportunities available under the National Housing Strategy and share how the programs can be accessed.

Research Management Information: The SIMPLE PrinciplesJune 18 2018

CASRAI is a small but growing non-profit collective led by research institutions with a simple & innovative solution to a complex management problem: implementing a unique solution where the problem occurs: at the intersection of information supply and demand within the management of research. CASRAI’s mission is to change how management information is collected and communicated in the research community. The status quo is a growing burden that is draining researcher productivity while failing to produce the quality information and insights needed by all stakeholders. CASRAI’s vision is a simplified information ecosystem driven not by technology but by end-users.
In this session, the speaker(s) will introduce a small set of guiding principles (the SIMPLE Principles) that can help tame the challenge and to do it at the management and administration level. Learn more about the problem space we are tackling and join the effort!

Research That Makes an Impact.  June 21, 2018

In today’s economic environment, it is becoming increasingly necessary to demonstrate to funding agencies, governments and community, the demonstrable contributions that researchers are making beyond academia to culture, national security, public policy or service, health, environment, quality of life, etc. However, we often describe research impacts using qualitative methods such as citation counts, journal impact factors and research specific metrics such as the h-index which are not always easily understood by the general public.

Memorial University launched an initiative with the mandate to determine what signifies an academic impact, how to identify these impacts, how to measure them and the best ways to communicate them. The session will review the progress of this initiative, share strategies from other institutions outside of Canada and provide examples of how research development professionals can provide support to academics when they are asked to identify the impact of their work.

Administering MITACS AwardJune 26, 2018

Mitacs staff will provide an overview of Mitacs programs (Accelerate, Accelerate International, Elevate and Globalink) and the newest Mitacs program initiatives available for professors, graduate students and postdocs. The session will be tailored to the administration of Mitacs awards with a focus on program administration, communication and best practices in the management of award payments to students. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions to Mitacs staff about award administration.

About Mitacs: Mitacs is a national, not-for- profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 19 years to support industrial and social innovation in Canada. From aerospace systems to childhood literacy rates, Mitacs funded research helps to strengthen connections, improve economic performance, and create jobs. Over the past 19 years, we have supported more than 10,000 research internships, trained more than 19,000 student and postdoc career-skills participants, and supported more than 1,300 international research collaborations.