Level Up for Research Excellence 2022

Western Research presents Level Up for Research Excellence. We are combining the best of the Western Research Conference and the annual Knowledge Exchange School into a series of virtual sessions geared towards providing the research community with substantive information and tools to accelerate their research impact. Researchers and scholars will be able to leverage skills learned during these sessions to Level Up their research programs.

The Level Up for Research Excellence series offers attendees both the option of asynchronous sessions and live workshops scheduled for early December. Find more information on the offerings below. 


See below for our schedule and sessions.

December 6, 2022

Discover Research Funding Opportunities and Potential Research Partners with Pivot-RP

10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Robert Laurie, Clarivate

This session offers an introduction to Pivot-RP, describing and demonstrating the tools and databases in Pivot-RP that facilitate the discovery of research funding opportunities of varying types from a comprehensive listing of research funders/sponsors. Attendees will learn how to claim and edit their researcher profiles, how to apply filters to identify relevant funding opportunities, and what actions they may take to track and share specific opportunities. Additional resources for support and learning will be identified.
 Learning Objectives:
  • Discover, save, track, and share relevant funding opportunities
  • Claim and edit Profiles to enable Advisor alerts

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Blocks of Impact: Expanding the ways to showcase your research and scholarship 

1–3 p.m.
Shawn Garner, Research Data Analyst, Western Research
Qing Liu, Bibliometrics and Research Impact Analyst, Western Research
Alanna Marson, Research and Scholarly Communications Librarian, Western Libraries

The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated. This session will explore different blocks of impact adapted from a recently developed DORA tool. Learn how to showcase your academic achievements in different ways, from direct contributions in your field to impact beyond academia. Attendees will leave knowing how to track impact from different perspectives, what resources and tools are available for support. Join us and enhance your research impact description.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be aware of different perspectives of research impact, from direct contributions in your field to impact beyond academia, to showcase academic achievements
  • Understand how to track impact from different perspectives, what resources are available, and which tools to use

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December 7, 2022

Does my Research Include or Have Implications for Indigenous Knowledges, Lands, and/or People?

10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Katie Big-Canoe, Indigenous Research Officer, Western Research

Learn how to answer/understand this question when your research is not perceived as Indigenous research.

The objectives of this session will be to understand that Indigenous research is more than qualitative/community-based research:

  • Learn about the lands where their research takes place
  • The Indigenous people who live there & history
  • The methodologies and/or materials they are working with
  • Perhaps there is a place for relationship building and/or (eventual partnerships) and if so – how to begin engaging respectfully.

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Research Data Management: Plans, tools and tri-agency requirements

1–3 p.m.
Kristi Thompson, Data Management Librarian, Western Libraries

This workshop will teach participants how to write a strong research data management plan (DMP) that can be incorporated into a grant application. The Canadian Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy, released early in 2021, introduced new requirements for researchers applying for grants from CIHR, SSHRC, and NSERC. We will discuss the policy requirements,  introduce important elements of a data management plan, and discusses recommendations for data sharing and archiving. We will also demonstrate DMP Assistant, a Western-customized tool for writing Data Management Plans that will walk you through the creation of a DMP and help you choose the most appropriate, locally supported technologies.

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DECEMBER 8, 2022

Building Intentional, Reciprocal and Long-Lasting Partnerships in Research 

10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Alexandra Levine, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization Research Officer, Western Research 

The aim of this session is to explore and provide concrete approaches to building research partnerships, with principles of inclusion and co-creation at the forefront, including approaches to patient engagement. The session will consist of three sections:
  1. How to intentionally include diverse voices in your research, by Alexandra Levine (PhD), EDID in Research Officer, Western Research
  2. What does a successful research partnership look like? Two examples from the health sector: "Nothing about us that isn’t led by us” Shokoufeh Modanloo (RN, PhD), Assistant Professor, School of Nursing; "Building authentic and sustainable partnerships for meaningful engagement" Katie Kowalski (PT, PhD), Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Physical Therapy
  3. What practical steps should I take? Resource guides, and support available when establishing partnerships with patients and communities, by Maria Ramey (PhD), Patient Engagement in Research, Lawson Health Research Institute Grants Development Team


We will address and discuss questions such as: 

  • What are some ways in which you can integrate diverse perspectives throughout your project?
  • What understanding and capacity do you need to engage diverse, and often underrepresented, groups within the research environment?
  • How one can foster a climate in which researchers, health care providers, decision-makers and policy-makers understand the value of patient involvement throughout the research process?

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Research-Creation: A primer on integrating creativity into your research program

1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Sandrena Raymond, Grants Officer, Western Research

This session provides an overview of research-creation as it applies to SSHRC-eligible fields and provokes consideration of the ways in which research-creation can be integrated into research programs. The aim of this session is to increase awareness of what research creation can entail in order to develop innovative research methods and promote faculty eligibility to related grant programs.

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Pre-recorded Sessions

Funded Research Projects and Certifications: Align your human ethics, animal use and biosafety approvals with your funded projects 

Dana Lowry, Research Administration Coordinator, Western Research

Watch a pre-recorded session delivered by Dana Lowry from Western Research to learn about award certifications and what it means to ensure your awarded research funding is compliant with government and institutional regulations. This webinar will provide answers to the most frequent questions scholars have: What is award certifications? Why do you need it? What do you have to do?

Research Contracts & Partnership Agreements 101 

Goretti Fordyce, Contracts Officer, Western Research
Marta van Horik, Contracts Officer, Western Research
Heather Martin, Senior Contracts Officer, Western Research
Caroline Calmettes, Director, Contracts & Agreements, Western Research

An introduction to research contracts and partnership agreements where we will take you through the process of planning your research contract and working with the Research Contracts Team. We will provide you with tips on how to plan your intellectual property strategy, know your publications rights, and learn about liability. We will showcase our new information in-take tool that will assist you to provide Research Contracts with the necessary information to plan your research contract and start the ROLA process. Learn about International Research Collaboration Agreements with Western International and Western Research.

Human Research Ethics: Student research and pedagogical projects 

Katelyn Harris, Ethics Officer, Western Research
Jhananiee Subendran, Ethics Coordinator, Western Research

Are you a course instructor planning a research assignment in the context of your course? Are you aware that you may require ethical oversight on your assignment through the Office of Human Research Ethics? This pre-recorded session will outline different types of student research projects, explain when ethical oversight is required and when it is not, and offer some guidelines for preparing the Pedagogical Application in WREM. 

Human Research Ethics: Multi-jurisdictional oversight  

Office of human research ethics, Western Research

Watch a pre-recorded session to get an overview of approaches to multijurisdictional ethical review and oversight including details on local requirements. Take a look at our Multi-Jurisdictional Research Guidance Document.

Introduction to Knowledge Exchange 

Mariam Hayward, Director, Knowledge Exchange, Impact & EDID, Western Research

This pre-recorded session will provide an overview of knowledge exchange: its definition, theoretical framework, and terminology. Some innovative knowledge exchange approaches that can be used to share and disseminate research will be highlighted, including some specific strategies that can be used to pivot as a result of the COVID pandemic.

Writing Knowledge Exchange into Grant Applications 

Mariam Hayward, Director, Knowledge Exchange, Impact & EDID, Western Research

This pre-recorded session will explore knowledge exchange across the Tri-Council agencies (SSHRC, CIHR, NSERC) and provide in-depth information on how to build and integrate knowledge exchange plans into robust grant applications. Resources available at Western will be highlighted including the Knowledge Exchange Canvas and our institutional repository, Scholarship@Western.

Knowledge Exchange and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)  

Mariam Hayward, Director, Knowledge Exchange, Impact & EDID, Western Research

An overview of equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) and knowledge exchange as well as their intersection will be explored in this session. Learn how strategies to ensure EDI align with integrated knowledge exchange and build inclusive engagement. Attendees will be introduced to a tool to help guide the development of meaningful and impactful knowledge exchange and EDI practices that enhance research excellence across the research life cycle – from the team and environment, design and analysis, through to dissemination and exchange of research.

Six Tools to Help You Show Your Research Impact 

Kristin Hoffmann, Associate Librarian, Western Libraries
Qing Liu, Bibliometrics and Research Impact Analyst, Western Research

This session will provide an overview and comparison of six tools that can be used to demonstrate research impact: Web of Science, InCites, Scopus, Google Scholar, Altmetric Explorer, and Scholarship@Western. Attendees will leave knowing how to use these six tools to find 20+ individual indicators to enhance your research impact description, which tools to use when and the differences between Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar.

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For more information, or questions relating to the Level Up for Research Excellence series, please contact wrlevelup@groups.uwo.ca.