Supporting research at Queen’s University
August 27, 2020
Queen’s University has awarded more than $1 million in funding to its researchers. Through unique competitions such as Wicked Ideas, Queen's Research Opportunities Fund, and national programs like the SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG), the Vice-Principal (Research) is supporting researchers at all stages of their careers and across all disciplines – from discovering innovative solutions, to artistic production, and knowledge mobilization.
In its inaugural year, the Wicked Ideas initiative was designed to support research collaborations across disciplines tackling wicked problems, issues so multi-dimensional and complex that they require multiple perspectives to solve them. Some of the successful projects include exploring cleantech, Lyme disease, and microplastics.
Additionally, through the internal funding initiatives several grants were also awarded to Queen’s researchers who have pivoted their research to help confront COVID-19. These projects ranged from determinants of self-rated health, to understanding resilience and fragility, and the spatial implications of the Bank of Canada’s response to COVID-19.
“It is extraordinarily exciting to see the research ideas that are brewing here on campus, matched with the commitment we have to making things happen," says Kimberly Woodhouse, Vice-Principal (Research). "I truly look forward to the outcomes of these awards.”
Learn more about the 2020 recipients and the individual internal funds below. For more information on the research happening at Queen’s, as well as Queen’s researchers’ efforts to confront COVID-19, visit the Research@Queen’s website.
The Wicked Ideas Competition is a Vice-Principal (Research) pilot initiative to fund and support research collaboration and excellence. Wicked Problems are issues so complex and dependent on so many factors that it is hard to grasp what exactly the problem is, or how to tackle it. Wicked Ideas are needed to solve these problems and demand the input of multiple disciplines with relevant practical expertise.
|David Lyon (Sociology) &
Dan Cohen (Geography and Planning)
|Big Data Exposed: What Smartphone Metadata Reveals about Users|
|John Allingham (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) &
Chantelle Capicciotti (Chemistry)
|Design and Development of Novel Classes of Actin-Targeting Toxin-Glycan-Antibody Conjugates|
|Susan Bartels (Emergency Medicine) &
Stéfanie von Hlatky (Political Studies)
|Peace Support Operations (PSO) in Countries Affected by Political Instability, Armed Conflict, and Insecurity|
|Joe Bramante (Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy) &
James Fraser (Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy)
|Macro Coherent Quantum Transitions in Parahydrogen|
|Kevin Stamplecoskie (Chemistry) &
Cathy Crudden (Chemistry)
|Immortal Solar Cells|
|Kerry Rowe (Civil Engineering) &
Fady Abdelaal (Civil Engineering)
|Using Cleantech to Monitor Geosynthetic Liners in Frozen Grounds for Sustainable Development of Sub-Arctic and Arctic Mineral Resources|
|Graeme Howe (Chemistry) &
Philip Jessop (Chemistry)
|Solving the Water-Removal Bottleneck in Sustainable Chemistry|
|Nora Fayed (Rehabilitation Therapy) &
Claire Davies (Mechanical and Materials Engineering)
|SOCIALITE: An Emotional Augmentation System for Children with Profound Communication Disability|
|Laurence Yang (Chemical Engineering) &
Pascale Champagne (Civil Engineering)
|Reducing the Greenhouse Gas Burden of Livestock by Harnessing Carbon-Neutral Algae to Produce Milk|
|Robert Colautti (Biology) &
Nader Ghasemlou (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences)
|The E.D.G.E. of Lyme|
|Mark Daymond (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) &
Suraj Persaud (Mechanical and Materials Engineering)
|Materials Performance in Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) Environments Proposed for Advanced Nuclear Systems|
|Heather Castleden (Geography and Planning) &
Diane Orihel (Biology)
|The Spirit of the Lakes and All Their Relations: Two-Eyed Seeing in Microplastics Research|
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Institutional Grant
Through its SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG) funding opportunity, SSHRC provides annual block grants to help eligible Canadian postsecondary institutions fund, through their own merit review processes, small-scale research and research-related activities by their faculty in the social sciences and humanities.
This grant supports social sciences and humanities researchers at any career stage with funds to allow for small-scale research project development or pilot work, or to allow for participation of students in research projects.
|Cynthia Levine-Rasky (Sociology)||The Good Fight: Voices of Elder Activists|
|Theodore Christou (Education)||Map Making and Indigenous History Education: Supporting Reconciliatory Education by Visualizing Canada’s Indian Day Schools|
|Heather McGregor (Education)||History Education in the Anthropocene|
|Grégoire Webber (Law)||Recovering the Good in the Law|
|Jennifer Hosek (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)||Cultures of Resilience and Fragility under COVID: Does Money Matter?|
|Leandre Fabrigar (Psychology)||Exploring Objective and Subjective Measures of Attitude Bases|
|Dan Cohen (Geography and Planning)||The Spatial Implications of Bank of Canada’s COVID-19 Response|
|Richard Ascough (Religion)||Associations and Christ Groups under Roman Colonization: Assimilation and Resistance in the Western Provinces|
|Gabriel Menotti Miglio Pinto Gonring (Film and Media)||Audiovisual-made Museums: An Archaeology of Video as an Exhibition Platform|
|Danielle Blouin (Emergency Medicine)||Accreditation of Medical Education Programs: What are the Effective Components?|
|Heather Macfarlane (English Language and Literature)||How to be at Home in Canada: Literary Land Claims in Indigenous and Diaspora Texts|
|Sergio Sismondo (Philosophy)||Epistemic Corruption|
|Collin Grey (Law)||Humanitarianism and Deportation|
|Martha Munezhi (Policy Studies)||Determinants of Self-rated Health in the Midst of COVID-19|
|Ian Robinson (Film and Media)||Film and Placemaking|
|Ruqu Wang (Economics)||Modeling International Trade Disputes|
|Marcus Taylor (Global Development Studies)||Sustainability Transformations in Eastern Ontario Agriculture|
|Alison Murray (Art History and Art Conservation)||Teaching Science to Art Conservation Students: Threshold Concepts as a Revitalizing Tool|
|Amanda Ross-White (Library)||Predatory, Deceptive or Imitation: What Motivates Publishers and Editors on the Margins of Scholarly Literature?|
This grant supports the organization of small-scale knowledge mobilization activities in order to encourage collaboration and dissemination of research results both within and beyond the academic community, as well as allow researchers to attend or present research at scholarly conferences and other venues to advance their careers and promote the exchange of ideas.
Queen’s Research Opportunities Funds
QROF represent a strategic investment in areas of institutional research strength that provide researchers and scholars opportunities to accelerate their programs and research goals.
This fund was created to enhance areas of research excellence that are of strategic importance to the university by giving scholars an opportunity to accelerate their research programs. Ten awards were allocated with a minimum of six awards designated for Early Career Researchers, defined as those who are within 10 years of their first academic appointment. Applicants were required to hold Tri-Council funding or have applied for Tri-Council funding within the last two years.
|Grégoire Webber (Law)||Human Goods and Human Laws|
|Meredith Chivers (Psychology)||
Racializing and Diversifying Sexual Response: The Effects of Racial Identification, Emotional Appraisal, and Racial Bias on the Physiological and Psychological Sexual Responses of Black and White Women Viewing Racially Diverse Erotic Stimuli
|Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin (Geography and Planning)||Started from the Bottom: Youth Social Mobility and Affective Labour in Ibadan, Nigeria|
|Vicki Friesen (Biology)||Using Whole Genome Sequencing to help Protect the Potential of Wildlife to Adapt to Changing Arctic Ecosystems, Focusing on Species Important to Indigenous Subsistence and Culture|
|Chantelle Capicciotti (Chemistry)||Targeting Cancer Glycans with Imaging Probes - New Frontiers to Chemically Map Tissue Surfaces|
|Jennifer Day (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering)||
Investigation of Sea Stack Stability in Popular Geotourism Destinations, Prediction of Their Structural Collapse, Evaluation of the Effects of Sea Stack Collapse on Public Safety, and Forecasting Risk Associated with Climate Change Evolution
|Nader Ghasemlou (Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Biomedical & Molecular sciences)||Circadian Control of Pain and Neuroinflammation|
|Eun-Young Lee (School of Kinesiology and Health Studies)||Knowledge into Action: Development of Carbon Footprint Equivalences that Incorporate Lifestyle Behaviours for Dual Benefits of Environmental Sustainability and Human Health|
|Susan Bartels (Emergency Medicine)||Improving Emergency Department Care Experiences for Equity-Seeking Groups in Kingston: A Mixed Methods Research Study|
|David Maslove (Critical Care Medicine & Medicine)||
Deep Learning Applied to High-Frequency Physiologic Waveforms for the Detection of Atrial Fibrillation in Critical Illness
This fund makes an institutional commitments in support of artistic production and expression that strategically align with the university’s scholarly strengths and priorities. This includes supporting artists, their contribution to the scholarly community and to advancing Queen’s University. The Arts Fund is also intended to attract outstanding artists to Queen’s University each year.
This fund assists in the actual production of a work of art, such as the creation of a piece of visual art; the writing of a novel, poem, play or screen play; the composition of music; the production of a motion picture; the performance of a play, a musical composition, a piece of performance art, or the production of a master recording.
Visiting Artist in Residence
To enrich the cultural life of the university and to encourage exchange between artists at Queen’s University and the broader community. It is intended to provide educational and scholarly opportunities for artists by facilitating the extended presence on campus of visiting artists. Residencies are normally two to eight weeks in duration.
|Carolyn Smart (English Language and Literature)||Writer-in-Residence for Queen's University: Kaie Kellough|
|Juliana Bevilacqua (Art History and Art Conservation)||Rosana Paulino: Project North-South Dialogues|
|Karen Dubinsky (Global Development Studies)||Cuban Roots in Canadian Soil: Canada's Cuban Musical History|