NEW WORKING GROUPS

We are pleased to announce that two new Thematic Working Group proposals have been selected for funding by CIEE, including:

2.1. “Adaptation versus maladaptation in response to environmental change”.  Main applicants:  Andrew Hendry, Rowan Barrett, Alison Derry and Gregor Fussmann.

2.2. “Understanding recent biodiversity change across spatial and temporal scales”. Main applicants: Mary O’Connor and Andrew Gonzalez.

These two new awarded working groups are bringing together 31 researchers from 12 Canadian Universities, including British Columbia, McGill, Guelph, Sherbrooke, Carleton, Memorial, Concordia, Quebec, Montreal, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Dalhousie.  

Congratulations to all the participants and please see our corrsponding link for a summary on each proposal: http://www.ciee-icee.ca/CIEE-ICEE-Research-Programs-and-Events


We had a remarkable response to this Call for Proposals and received thirteen competitive applications from across the entire country.  The quality of most applications was exceptional, but unfortunately requests for funding exceeded available resources, so several well-regarded proposals could not be supported.  By joining CIEE, your institution helps support this exceptional work.

 

The selection process for new working groups:

Over the past two years, we have refined the refined the grant selection process.  As occurred during the last-year competition, the selection of new working groups was carried out by the members of CIEE’s Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) including:  Bradley Anholt, University of Victoria, Marine population Ecology;  Sue Bertram, Carleton University, Sociobiology, population ecology;  Mark Cadotte, University of Toronto-Mississauga, community and spatial ecology;  Denis Réale, Université du Québec à Montréal, behaviour and animal ecology;  Dennis Murray, Trent University, population, behavioural and conservation ecology, and;  Mark Lewis, University of Alberta, spatial and math ecology.  We take this opportunity to again thank our reviewers for their outstanding work in the evaluation process.


In general, scientific excellence and likelihood of success are the main criteria for evaluation, although consideration will be also made for the degree to which proposals helped CIEE demonstrate broader benefits to Canada, fiscal responsibility, and benefits to sustaining member organizations.


Specific criteria for evaluations include:  i. Project rationale - scientific significance of the questions, evidence of novel synthesis, evidence of benefit to Canadian environmental and economic well being;  ii. Project description - clarity of objectives, outcomes, work plan, meeting schedule;  iii. Expertise of applicants and participants;  iv. Potential for defined scientific products, including refereed publications, and v. Budget adequacy and feasibility (complete estimates and coherent justification).


Reviewers ranked all proposals to each criterion on the same absolute scale of 1 (weak) to 5 (strong), and then relative rankings were synthesized to achieve a final recommendation for funding.  Reviewers also provided a short written summary of the relative merits of each proposal, in order to provide applicants with formal feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their proposals.  After awarded applicants effectively responded to reviewers’ feedbacks and addressed critical comments from the CIEE Direction, Funding Agreements between parts (CIEE and grantees) were developed.  These formal agreements describe rights and responsibilities of the parties, allowing a clear, organized and justified use of funding.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

The CIEE will grow as it adds partners from coast to coast. CIEE achieves its mission principally through funding from, and co-operation among, a consortium of Canadian institutions. Each member university pays annual membership fees assessed on a sliding scale according to their NSERC Discovery Grant program funding in ecology and evolution.  No overhead is charged, so all of the funding obtained from member organizations is used for direct support of CIEE scientific programs, whereas in-kind contributions help maintain staff and synthesis facilities.  As a result, the more members we have, the more activities we can support.
To increase our membership, we are seeking CIEE members’ at all Canadian universities to act as representatives and liaisons to their local administration. Through its membership, your institution will: 1) facilitate access to CIEE’s scientific programs for your faculty and highly qualified personnel, 2) gain a seat on the management board that sets the mandate and direction of the CIEE, and 3) play a pivotal role in shaping the future of ecology and evolution in Canada.  We are always looking for new representatives, so please, do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.