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(March 9, 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

SSHRC CURA program

The deadline for the second round of applications under the pilot stage of SSHRC’s Community-University Research Alliances (CURA) program is April 10, 2000, for submission of letters of intent. This second competition will provide funding for eight new CURAs to add to the 22 CURAs established through the first competition round. Interested researchers at Memorial should note, however, that because a CURA was funded at Memorial under the first competition round, Memorial can only participate as a member of a consortium in this second competition round.

Joint SSHRC -CMHC program

In order to encourage collaborative, multi-sectoral housing research in priority areas, SSHRC and the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) have launched a joint funding program to supplement SSHRC’s CURA (Community-University Research Alliances) program. For applications under the CURA program which relate to either of the themes of housing in sustainable communities or aboriginal housing in Canada, a request may be made for supplementary funding of $125,000 per year in addition to the $200,000 per year available under the CURA program. This supplementary amount will be awarded to one CURA under each of the two housing themes. The competition cycle and application process for the basic CURA program will apply to this initiative. The next deadline for submission under the CURA program (this will be the second competition under the pilot stage) is April 10 for submissions of letters of intent.

Canadian Liver Foundation

The Canadian Liver Foundation offers research grants of up to $60,000 annually for research into the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases of the liver. Grants are normally awarded for a two-year period. The deadline for application is April 15.

Request for proposals

March of Dimes is inviting all qualified scientists with faculty appointments or the equivalent, at universities, hospitals and research institutions, to submit applications for research grants directed at the prevention of birth defects. Research subjects appropriate for support by the March of Dimes include basic biological processes governing development, genetics, clinical studies, studies of reproductive health, environmental toxicology, and social and behavioural studies relevant to their mission. The letter of intent must be submitted by April 30 and the deadline date for submission of full applications is Sept. 30.

Canadian tobacco research

In order to encourage research into public policy issues concerning ways to reduce harm caused by the use of tobacco in Canada, SSHRC and the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) are offering Policy Research Grants available under two different funding mechanisms: annual competitive cycle grants and fast track grants. Annual competitive cycle grants are open to researchers and teams of researchers affiliated with either a post-secondary institution or a non-profit organization that is involved in tobacco control policy. Grants will be for a maximum of $50,000 per year for up to three years. The deadline for application is April 30. Fast track grants are available to researchers or teams of researchers at any time of the year in order to take advantage of fleeting opportunities in the tobacco control policy landscape. Funding will be for a maximum of $25,000 for up to a one-year period. Applications may be submitted anytime after April 30.

Summer Institute

The second Summer Institute offered by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) will be held in Miami, Florida, from July 16 to Aug. 4. The theme of the institute is Environmental and Social Implications of Land Use and Land Cover Change in the Americas. Twenty participants will be selected to participate and support will be provided for travel, accommodations, and meals. Although applications will be accepted from mid-career scientists and advanced graduate students, preference will be given to applicants in the early stages of their careers (within eight years of graduation). The deadline for applications is postmark March 31. Further information is available at

Imminent deadlines

April 30
Hospital for Sick Children –
external grants program (full application).

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation – research grants (letter of intent).

Roeher Institute – research grants; major research grants.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons – RCPSC-AMS award in research and development in medical education; Royal College faculty development grant.