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(January 13, 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

NSERC student research awards

Memorial’s quota for the NSERC Undergraduate Research Awards Program for 2000-2001 is 43 awards. These awards are open to undergraduate students registered full-time in a bachelor’s degree program in the natural sciences or engineering who have completed at least the first year of their bachelor’s degree and who are maintaining at least a B average. The awards may be held for a maximum of four months (16 weeks) during which time the student is to be employed full-time in research and development activities under the supervision of a faculty member who is an NSERC grant holder. These awards are also available to qualified Aboriginal students. Awards to Aboriginal students will be in addition to our quota of 43. Applications must be made using NSERC Form 202 and submitted to the appropriate department head by Monday, Jan. 24, 2000.

Child welfare in Canada

The Child Welfare League of Canada together with its partners are holding a result and policy symposium in Cornwall, Ontario, Oct. 18-22, 2000. The symposium will cover the full range of child welfare services including prevention strategies, case management and risk assessment models, treatment programs, out-of-home care, and supportive services for children and families. Proposals for papers to be presented at the symposium are invited by deadline Feb. 5, 2000. Researchers selected to present papers will be reimbursed for airfare and will be provided with meals and accommodations at the symposium.

AES science subvention program

The Atmospheric Environment Science (AES) will be offering $300,000 to $400,000 in support of their science subvention program for 2000/01. This year’s competition will focus on the Canadian Weather Research Program and funding will be offered in support of research initiatives related to improved detection, prediction, and societal aspects related to impacts from significant weather events and adaptive responses. Applications may be submitted for amounts ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. The deadline for receipt of applications is Feb. 15.

Canadian tobacco research

The Canadian Tobacco Research Initiative (CTRI) is a growing partnership of agencies with an interest in tobacco control research, policy and programming. Current partners include the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC), Canadian Cancer Society, Health Canada, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit and the Ontario Ministry of Health. Two types of support are available under this Initiative. Planning grants of up to $30,000 are offered to assist teams in developing proposals for research in tobacco control. Deadlines for application are March 1 and Sept. 1. Fellowship supplements of $5,000 annually for SSHRC doctoral fellows and $10,000 annually for SSHRC postdoctoral fellows conducting research in tobacco control will also be available under this Initiative.

Banting research foundation

The Banting Research Foundation provides grants to young investigators for the establishment of their research program with a special emphasis on innovative proposals that have the potential to contribute to the understanding of fundamental mechanisms of disease processes and/or contribute to their cure. Support for all projects is for a term of one year. Renewal applications will be considered but preference will be given to new applications. Deadline for submission of applications is March 1. The application form and general regulations for grants are available on the foundation’s Web site at

BWF visiting professorships

Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) Visiting Professorships in the Basic Medical Sciences are offered to U.S. and Canadian degree-granting institutions to enable them to bring in distinguished scientists who will engage in teaching and discussion with students and faculty. It is anticipated that up to five awards will be made to Canadian institutions. The professorships are intended to stimulate interest in the basic medical sciences and to enhance communication among scientists in the targeted disciplines. The deadline for receipt of all applications is March 1.

NSERC strategic grants

NSERC has advised that the deadline for the next strategic grants competition will remain unchanged at April 15, 2000. The target areas for the competition will also remain the same; however, a New Directions area has been added for applications in emerging areas of research that have potential significance for Canada although a Canadian user for the research results may not yet exist. Instructions for applicants in addressing the selection criteria in a new format are being developed and will be posted on NSERC’s Web site in early 2000.

Imminent deadlines

March 1
Banting Research Foundation –
research grants (postdoctoral research fellowships for basic and physician scientists).

Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Wellcome research travel grants; wellcome visiting professorships in the basic medical sciences; Wellcome visiting professorships in the microbiological sciences.

Canada Council – Jean A. Chalmers fund for the crafts.

Cancer Research Institute (New York) (CRINY) – clinical investigator award in general and cancer immunology.

Rick Hansen Institute – biomedical research: operating & equipment grants and personnel awards.

Health Canada (NHRDP) – training awards.

Hospital for Sick Children Foundation – external grants program (letter of intent).

Leukemia Society of America – translational research program (letter of intent).

MRC – equipment and maintenance grant (new and renewal applications); operating grant (new and renewal applications); workshops and symposia.

MRC/Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Canada/Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada – operating grants (full application).

MRC/The Rick Hansen Institute – MRC Canadian neurotrauma research program: research projects/operating grants.

Memorial-ISER – fellowships (master, research grants).

Memorial, J.R. Smallwood Centre for Newfoundland Studies – project grants; research grants.

NSERC – collaborative research opportunities (CRO).

Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council – project grants.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization – collaborative linkage grants; expert visits (physical & engineering science).

University of Calgary-Gorbachev Foundation – joint trust fund.

Memorial University of Newfoundland (Office of the VP (Research and International, relations)
- David Hawkins Lectureship in Health Research (nominations)
- George M. Story Lecture in Humanities Research (nominations)