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(July 13, 2000, Gazette)

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

Update on the CFI

CFI is proposing three more competitions, 18 months apart, for its Innovation Fund program between 2001 and 2005. The next call for proposals is expected to come in the Fall 2000, with Letters of Intent tentatively due in February or March 2001 and Full Applications tentatively due June 2001. CFI will be investing $250 million in the Canada Research Chairs program via its New Opportunities funding program, which will lead to a possible life extension for the funding program. The New Opportunities program provides a funding opportunity for new researchers in health, environment, science or engineering to obtain physical infrastructure. CFI plans to launch a $100 million fund for international joint ventures which would enable Canadian institutions to link with the best international institutions in the world. Detailed information on this fund is expected in August, along with a call for proposals. The deadline for Letters of Intent is expected to be mid-December 2000. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Pamela White at

CIHR fall grants competitions

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has advised that application forms for the upcoming fall research grants competition (deadline Sept. 15) will be available in PDF format on their Web site ( as of June 26. A Web-based format which can be filled out online will be developed over the summer. The use of JetForm has been discontinued. To use the Web-based format an ID number and password will be needed. Researchers should use their current MRC ID number for this purpose if they have already been assigned one. For those that haven’t, it will be necessary to complete the Personal Identification Number e-form which will be available on the CIHR Web site by the end of the third week in June.

Inventory of Agri-Food

The Inventory of Canadian Agri-Food Research (ICAR) lists information on current research projects in agriculture, food, human nutrition, aquaculture, and related areas of biotechnology. A number of researchers at Memorial list information on their research in this database on an annual basis and will have already been contacted directly for updated information. Others interested in having their projects listed for the first time should contact the Office of Research for a copy of ICAR’s input form and accompanying information.

NSERC program cancelled

NSERC has advised that applications for project grants in Space Science, Astronomy and Relativity (GSC 17) will not be accepted in the 2001 competition. Existing project grants will continue as previously awarded, but no new awards will be made. The reason for the cancellation is that the project grants mechanism duplicates the Collaborative Research Opportunities (CRO) program which is viewed as being the most appropriate mechanism for supporting projects in Space Science, Astronomy, and Relativity.

Attention shiptime users

Researchers planning to apply to NSERC for shiptime must submit a Notification of Intent to Apply (Form 127) by September 1. Applications for shiptime (Form 128) must be submitted by deadline October 1. Both Forms 127 and 128 will be available on the NSERC Web site in late July.

New funding for MS research

The Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation (Canada) has established a fund to stimulate innovative and collaborative research which has the potential to lead to major advance in understanding the cause of MS or to the development or improvement of therapy for the disease. This fund is separate from the regular research programs sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and is meant to support large, multi-centre, collaborative studies that are beyond the scope of the regular grants competition. A total of about $1.5 million a year per project for a term of up to three years is available to support selected outstanding proposals. Application is initially though letters of intent to be submitted by deadline Sept. 1.

SSHRC launches new form

SSHRC’s new electronic application form for research and strategic grants has been completely redesigned for the upcoming fall competition and will be available on the SSHRC Web site as of July 7. The overall design has been simplified from that used last year and the bandwidth, server capabilities and hardware have been improved so that access to the form should be much more efficient. The deadline for submission of applications is Oct. 15.

Imminent Deadlines

Canadian Institutes of Health Research - operating grants (letter of intent)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) - research grants (individual, group, university faculty awards, major facilities access) [notification of intent]
Aug. 25
MITACS (Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems) - new research projects
Aug. 31
Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) - research grants
Sept. 1
Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation (ABMRF) - research project grants; new scientists awards; project supplement grants; data analysis grants; pilot/preliminary studies
Burroughs Wellcome Fund - clinical scientist awards in translational research
Cancer Research Institute - the melanoma initiative clinical trials program
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (US) - research grants and new investigator grants; Leroy Matthews physician/scientist award; postdoctoral research fellowships; clinical fellowships (third and fourth year); pilot and feasibility awards; Harry Shwachman Clinical Investigator
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) - grants in aid of research and development; senior personnel awards: research scholarship
Hospital for Sick Children Foundation - external grants program Innovative Investigators - (letter of intent)
International Cystic Fibrosis (Mucoviscidosis) Association - scholarships; visiting “Expert”; research project grants; training courses for allied health professionals
Janeway Child Health Centre - Janeway Research Advisory Committee (applications)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - workshops and symposia
Human Frontier Science Program - research grants; long-term fellowships
Multiple Sclerosis of Canada - collaborative research (letters of intent)
National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) - program project grants (full application)
NSERC - ship time (notification of intent); collaborative research opportunities (CRO)
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council - project grants
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) - collaborative linkage grants; expert visits (life sciences and environmental & earth sciences)
Parkinson Foundation of Canada - research grants; fellowships; wherrett fellowship
SSHRC - major collaborative research initiatives (full proposal)
University of Calgary-Gorbachev Foundation - joint trust fund
Sept. 4
American Digestive Health Foundation (ADHF) - endoscopic multicenter/comparative trials award; endoscopic research award; endoscopic outcomes and effectiveness development research awards; Astra Merck fellowship (new name Astra Zeneca fellowship) /faculty transition awards; industry research scholar awards; R. Robert & Sally D. Funderburg/research scholar award
Sept. 5
Max Bell Foundation - health, education and communication proposals (letters of intent)