Tools for Our Researchers

Navigating Research can be a time consuming task at any institution. When conducing research across organizations, the complexity seems that much more overwhelming. WE-SPARK Health Institute is the central hub for health research across our partner organizations. We can guide researchers through the processes that are essential for moving research forward and for engaging the community –contact us directly to help you navigate the system –


Grants To enable and advance health research in Windsor-Essex, WE-SPARK is focused on increasing competitiveness in major granting competitions and on building an academic healthcare culture for our region. The WE-SPARK Grants Program ensures there are dedicated grant opportunities to support local researchers at all stages of their career.

Grant Success

Grant Success Finding Funding Opportunities University of Windsor Office of Research & Innovation Services (ORIS)  Funding Databases (i.e. Mitacs Accelerate Program) Government Funding Sources & Other Funding Sources UWindsor Funding Opportunties Fellowships & Scholarships International Programs United States Funding Sources Self-Funded Research How to Use Pivot to Find Funding Opportunities How to Submit a Grant Application Preparing Your Grant Application Your Research Team Eligibility Requirements Evaluation Reviewing Your Work in Progress Presentation Budget Record of Research Achievement Characteristics of a Successful Application Common Problems Additional Resources for Preparing Grant Applications Preparing Budgets Research Grant Proposals Contract Research Managing Your Grant Authorizing and Setting Up Projects Cheques Sent Directly to Researchers & Unsolicited Funding Delays in Project Set-UP Deliverables and Project Reports Invoicing Agencies Making Expenditures from Research Awards Notices…

Publishing Your Research

Publishing Your Research University of Windsor The Leddy Library at the University of Windsor has launched a new resource designed to help researchers find Open Access journals to publish in. Click here to learn more about this new resource. Leddy Library also provides consultations and support to researchers with sharing their works openly. For assistance, contact Calarco or email

Knowledge Translation

Knowledge Translation The WE-SPARK Knowledge Translation Cycle  “Knowledge Translation (KT) is a process of exchange between researchers and ‘knowledge users’ designed to make relevant research information available and accessible to stakeholders for use in learning, practice, planning and policy-making.” Our WE-SPARK Knowledge Translation (KT) Committee develops tools to support researchers at all stages of the KT cycle. These tools will help you translate and apply research information to inspire and drive change. We are continuously adding and updating these tools, so check back often.     1. What is KT? KT Processes and Strategies KT Toolkit (Coming 2021) Funder-Specific Definitions: CIHR, SSHRC, Ontario Ministry of Health KT 101 - Tips for KT Planning KT 101 Workshop Recording 2. KT Planning SickKids Knowledge Translation Planning Template © [Barwick, M.A. (2008, 2013, 2019)]  Public Health Agency of Canada Knowledge Translation Planning Primer KT Planning Checklist KT Planning Checklist…

Nucleus Cores

Nucleus Cores WE-SPARK is in the process of building an inventory of existing facilities, as well as our gaps and needs. Please check back often.


REDCap REDCap is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases.

Research Ethics Boards

Research Ethics Boards Resources and tools to help you understand and navigate the REB processes at our partner organizations.

Research Navigation

Research Navigation If you are looking to contact someone at our partner institutions, here are some key research contacts: Research Services:   Erie Shores HealthCare, Office of Research Contact: Munira Sultana, Research and Quality Lead   Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Department of Research and Evaluation Services Contact: Jennifer Voth, Manager, Research and Innovation   St. Clair College, Research and Innovation Contact: Karmie Dhillon, Director, Research and Innovation   University of Windsor, Office of Research and Innovation Contact: Dominika Boron, Health Research Coordinator   Windsor Regional Hospital, Office of Research Contact: Grace Park, Manager, Office of Research   Providing you with the tools to understand the research processes makes for easier navigation across our partner organizations.  Fresh Tissue Trials Fresh Tissue Trial Overview Fresh Tissue Trial Process Map UWindsor Adjunct Professor Status The Benefits of Becoming a WE-SPARK Member and UWindsor Adjunct Biobanking Coming…

Research Registry

Research Registry If you are a researcher and would like to have your study listed on our Research Registry, please click the button below.   Research Registry Request

Statistical Data Analysis and Data Management

Statistical Data Analysis and Data Management Looking for Statistical Expertise?   Being a WE-SPARK Health Institute member and a formal affiliation with the University provides access to the statistical expertise of the Academic Data Centre (ADC) at the Leddy Library. The ADC can provide access to a variety of statistical and GIS software packages as well as individual consultation for statistical consultation with your research projects.  The Academic Data Centre in Leddy Library provides support for all aspects of research data management, from writing a plan to implementing it to archiving data securely after the project completes. This is important as funding agencies move toward requiring researchers to have Data Management Plans (DMP) as part of their grant applications.     The Academic Data Centre   Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap)   WE-SPARK Health Institute, with support provided by UWindsor IT services and ORIS, has acquired REDCap on behalf of our health researchers. REDCap is a secure web application…

Think Tanks

Think Tanks Our Think Tank: Cancer Series began in 2016 with the Windsor Cancer Research Group, which extended to all areas of health in 2019 with the launch of WE-SPARK. The objective of Think Tanks is to present and discuss health research topics of interest and identify collaborative teams that can work together to bring these projects forward for funding.

Igniting Connections Collaboration Platform

Igniting Connections Collaboration Platform Windsor-Essex is known for its partnerships and community connections. At WE-SPARK Health Institute, collaboration is at the heart of everything we do. We have learned that Windsor-Essex has all the expertise we need to drive discovery and solutions, we just need help finding each other to make it happen. Our Igniting Connections Collaboration Platform is here to field your requests, and see how WE-SPARK can help you move forward.   Submit a Request