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(February 10, 2000, Gazette)

For more information about the items below, or to request application materials, contact Rosalind Collins at the Office of Research, 737-8251 or e-mail

NATO competition

CCMS Fellowships are offered by the NATO Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS) to allow Fellows to contribute to the work of CCMS pilot studies. The purpose of the pilot studies is to suggest, on the basis of existing knowledge, solutions to problems relating to the natural and social environment. Fellowship awards are open to any qualified national of a NATO member country and are available under the pilot study areas of: advanced cancer risk assessment methods; clean products and processes; evaluation of demonstrated and emerging remedial action technologies for the treatment of contaminated land and groundwater; the future trends of concentration of migratory movements in large cities; modelling nutrient loads and response in river and estuary systems; and regional/ transboundary transport of air pollution. Applications are required by Feb. 28.

Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome

Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome (SDS) Canada is pleased to announce for the first time a research grant competition. SDS Canada is a relatively new registered charity formed to benefit people with this genetic disease. Awards will have a maximum term of three years although one- and two-year proposals are encouraged and will be considered. For exceptional proposals and where justified, a maximum of $25,000/y will be awarded. Completed letters of intent should be received by Feb. 28.

Call for proposals

The Climate Change Action Fund (CCAF) is inviting proposals for funding through the science sub-component of the CCAF, for research that will improve the identification and projection of climate/weather extremes in Canada. Proposals are invited particularly in the area of defining and identifying extreme events from existing records and in the area of projecting changes in climate/weather extremes. Total CCAF funding of approximately $500,000 is available for this call for proposals for the period covering April 1, 2000, to March 31, 2001. It is envisioned that five to eight proposals will be funded. The deadline for submission of proposals is March 10. More information can be found at Web site

Research paper award

Environment Canada is pleased to announce a prize of $700 to a Canadian graduate student or senior undergraduate for the best research paper in the area of the economic and/or social value of weather products and services. The winning student will be invited to present his/her paper at the Canadian Meterological and Oceanographic Society annual conference at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, in late May/early June 2000. Travel expenses for the conference will be covered and are in addition to the awarded prize. The deadline for submission of the research paper is April 14. More information on the conference can be found at and the Web site for Environment Canada is

NSERC strategic grants

NSERC has posted the details of their revised Strategic Grants Program as well as detailed application guidelines on their website. The revised program description highlights the fact that although non-academic participants should be actively involved in all stages of the research project, a cash contribution from the non-academic participants is not required. The application deadline is April 15.

$1.2 million research program

The Financial Services Program at York University’s business school has announced the establishment of an exciting new initiative – The Schulich School of Business National Research Program in Public Policy and Financial Services. Funded through a unique, public-private partnership, this five-year venture will make available up to $1.2 million in research funding to academics and doctoral students in Canadian universities and colleges. The program will support research projects, case writing, and doctoral dissertations that focus on the dynamic interplay between public policy and the financial services sector. For the first award cycle, applications for all categories must be received no later than May 15, 2000. For the second award cycle, the deadline date for research project support will be Jan. 31, 2001, while that for doctoral dissertation and case writing support will be March 31, 2001. More information can be obtained from

CAPPA essay contest

The Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) invites submissions from either graduate or undergraduate students under its 2000 CAPPA Essay Contest. The prize consists of a cash award of $250; free registration, hotel accommodation and travel to the 2000 IPAC National Conference on “Canadian Governance in the 21st Century” to be held in Ottawa from Aug. 27-30; and a summary of the winning entry and a brief note on the author will be submitted to the Canadian Public Administration Journal of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. The deadline for entries is May 31. Information on the contest entry requirements is available from the Office of Research.

Imminent deadlines

April 1
Cancer Research Institute (New York) (CRINY) –
postdoctoral fellowship in general or cancer immunology.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (US) – summer scholarships in epidemiology.

Institute for Work & Health – Mustard Fellowship in Work Environment and Health.

MRC/The Rick Hansen Institute – MRC Canadian neurotrauma research program: fellowships.

MRC – MRC group grant (letter of intent); research personnel programs: fellowships; muscular dystrophy association/MRC fellowships; schizophrenia society of Canada/MRC fellowships.

NATO – collaborative linkage grants; expert visits (life sciences and environmental & earth sciences).

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – K.J.R. Wightman award for research in biomedical ethics.

SSHRC – community-university research alliances (letter of intent).

The Whitaker Foundation – biomedical engineering research grant (preliminary application).

April 3
Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation –
fellowships; studentships.