Resources and Training

Resources and Training

Upcoming Seminars, Workshops and Presentations

Name of Event Time, Date and Location Details

IRGF Workshop

Thurs., Dec. 6, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
U265A (ORSCE Boardroom - accessed via U269)

Join ORSCE Manager Melissa Deane and Research Development Officer Ada Jaarsma as they offer MRU faculty valuable tips on how to submit a successful Internal Research Grant Fund application for the Winter 2019 Competition that will open in January 2019.

Please register via the ADC website.



Getting Grants - Working Group
Length of Commitment:  Fall (half year) or Fall + Winter (full year)
Meetings:  About every three weeks; meeting times will be set based upon participants’ availability.

Are you thinking about submitting an Insight Development grant, this coming January, or an Insight grant to SSHRC, next fall?  Are you excited about new external grant opportunities from Ottawa, soon to be announced, that will be available this winter? Are you wondering about how to translate your research into an effective, successful external grant application?
This is an invitation to join a working group that will focus on developing, drafting and finalizing a grant proposal, from start to finish. This group will serve as a supportive community for getting a polished grant application finished and ready to submit. We’ll devise priorities and deadlines together, as a group, and we’ll each provide constructive feedback on each other’s drafts. 
Everyone is welcome, whether you have a new idea or an established research project. The group will focus on SSHRC grant applications and deadlines, but all are welcome (including those thinking about NSERC, CIHR or the new Canada Research Coordinating Committee opportunity). The group will focus specifically on external (i.e., Tri-Council) grant applications. We’ll meet around every three weeks with concrete objectives (like crafting a knowledge mobilization plan or outlining a budget) and deliverables. We’ll strategize about how to pitch our grant proposals, given the challenges specific to our undergraduate institutional context. The group will be facilitated by Ada Jaarsma and Tim Haney, Research Development Officers, who will be working alongside the group on grants of their own. 
Why now?  Although grants are always a great way to enhance your research, the Tri-Council agencies were given an extra $275 million Budget 2018.  This means that SSHRC has an extra robust budget this year, and, in addition, the Tri-Council agencies are launching a new fund focusing on higher-risk, quick-response, international and interdisciplinary research (and plan to give out the funds already by spring 2019). The time has never been better to submit a grant proposal!
Participants will have the opportunity to…
            -- learn the vocabulary of SSHRC
            -- learn methods for concise writing favoured by granting agencies and reviewers
            -- learn the rules of grant-writing, both explicit and implicit
            -- complete a thoroughly workshopped and ready-to-submit grant proposal
            -- access resources, including consultants with expertise in Tri-Agency funding

If you would like to join this community of practice, send us an email by September 21.  We will then work on finding a time that will work for all participants.
Contact Information
Ada Jaarsma
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Research Development Officer, 
(403) 440-8545
Tim Haney
Professor of Sociology
Research Development Officer, 
(403) 440-8659


Research Development Officers

One of ORSCE's core priorities is supporting researchers in the development of their research proposals and grant applications. ORSCE's Research Development Officers (RDOs) offer one-on-one support in developing your grant proposals. The RDOs can work with you from idea to proposal submission, or review proposals at any stage of completion.

Contact a RDO for:

  • Strategic Advice: The RDOs can sit down with you one-on-one and discuss your research direction, project idea, funding options and provide strategic direction in your options for funding your research.
  • Grants Development: You have a plan and need to get started on the grant proposal. Contact an RDO – we can provide some direction in how to approach proposal development, provide strategies for some of those particularly tricky areas (budgets, for example) and read provide feedback on drafts. The earlier you make contact, the more we can help.
  • Final Proposal Review: Just need an additional set of eyes for a final review of your proposal? Contact us a week before the MRU internal application deadline.

Grants Support - Fall 2018

To better support our faculty with their Tri-Council grant (SSHRC) applications, the Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement has an agreement with an external consultant to provide grant development services.

This support is available to all faculty who are preparing applications for the 2018-19 funding cycles (Insight, Connection).

To gain access to this funding, please email your request to and include the following details:

  • Your Faculty/Department
  • The opportunity to which you wish to apply
  • A brief one paragraph description of your project

The ORSCE will review your request and then connect you with the consultant.


ROMEO  is an effective one-stop-shop for researchers, signing authorities and reviewers, designed to streamline submission through approval processes. Users can login to check the status of an ethics application, or start a new grant application, or complete a few review assignments.

The ROMEO User guide provides insight on how to use the platform starting from its home page navigation to learning how to submit application and event forms.


General information about the ROMEO Research Portal including important dates about workshops and other updates, and important how-tos.

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ROMEO User Guide

More information about the Research Portal detailing parts and techniques on how to use the platform.

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ROMEO Research Portal

Login to the ROMEO Research Portal to access applications, events, and other research related materials.



Software and By-Appointment Training Sessions 

MRU IT Services is upgrading SPSS to Version 25 (Version 24 stopped working on August 30th). SPSS license holders should have received a message through the System Centre (the pop-up panel at the bottom right corner of your computer screen) to install the new version. If you did not receive this prompt or you have questions about the upgrade process, please contact Julia Johnson in the ORSCE at (403) 440-6069 or

NOTE: Computers/laptops MUST be plugged into an internet port with an ethernet cable on campus in order for the upgrade to be done.

SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) is a software package used for statistical analysis, data management and documentation.

It offers the following features:

  • Descriptive statistics: Cross tabulation, Frequencies, Descriptives, Explore, Descriptive Ratio Statistics
  • Bivariate statistics: Means, t-test, ANOVA, Correlation (bivariate, partial, distances), Nonparametric tests
  • Prediction for numerical outcomes: Linear regression
  • Prediction for identifying groups: Factor analysis, cluster analysis (two-step, K-means, hierarchical), Discriminant 

Request an SPSS installation or let us know that you no longer require this software.

SPSS Basics Tutorials

For assistance in handling/interpreting your SPSS data, please contact us at (403) 440-6069 to set up an appointment.

NVivo is the #1 software package for qualitative data analysis. It was designed for qualitative researchers working with rich text-based and/or multimedia information, where deep levels of analysis on small or large volumes of data were required.

NVivo accommodates a wide range of research methods, including:

  • network and organizational analysis
  • action or evidence-based research
  • discourse analysis
  • grounded theory
  • conversation analysis
  • ethnography
  • literature reviews
  • phenomenology
  • mixed methods research
  • the Framework methodology.

NVivo supports data formats such as audio files, videos, digital photos, Word, PDF, spreadsheets, rich text, plain text and web and social media data. Users can interchange data with applications like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, IBM SPSS Statistics, EndNote, Microsoft OneNote, SurveyMonkey and Evernote; and order transcripts from within NVivo projects, using TranscribeMe (© Wikipedia).

Request an NVivo installation or let us know that you no longer require this software.

QSR provides free access to several NVivo tutorials and webinars.

If you have any questions or require more information about ROMEO, please contact us.