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(May 18, 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

CFI new opportunities program

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced the next set of deadlines for its New Opportunities program. The deadline dates are: June 1, Sept. 1, Dec. 1, 2000, and March 1, 2001. The New Opportunities program provides funding on a matching basis towards the equipment needs of new researchers in the areas of health, environment, science and engineering. To be considered eligible, researchers must be taking up their first full-time academic appointment in a Canadian degree-granting institution. The application to this program must be made within the first 18 months of the researchers’ appointment. For additional information, please visit CFI’s Web site or contact Pamela White at

Michael Smith award

The Medical Research Council of Canada invites nominations for the Michael Smith Award for Excellence. This award, which consists of a medal plus $50,000, is presented annually to an outstanding Canadian investigator who has demonstrated innovation, creativity, and dedication in health research. Candidates must hold a position within a Canadian academic, governmental or industrial institution, hospital or affiliated research institution and must have had no more than 12 years of experience as an independent investigator. Nominations must be submitted by a member of the Canadian health research community and must be endorsed by the executive head of the nominee’s home institution. The deadline for submission of nominations is June 1.

Applied rehibiliation research

The Ontario March of Dimes is inviting investigators to submit letters of intent for basic biomedical or applied rehabilitation research. Special consideration will be given to junior investigators and/or those seeking seed funding for highly innovative projects. Grants will be for a maximum value of $20,000. The deadline for submission of letters of intent is June 2.

Canadian transfusion science

A two-day strategic planning session will be held June 10-11 at the University of Ottawa to discuss the establishment of an integrated national research effort in transfusion science within the framework of CIHR. Participation is sought from researchers already working in this area as well as from investigators interested in carrying out research involved with the Canadian blood system in the future. A limited number of travel grants are available. For further information, or to register, contact Cilla Perry, Research and Development, Canadian Blood Services, 1800 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, by telephone (613) 739-2408 or by e-mail to

India studies

The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute invites applications from scholars, librarians, students and artists who wish to undertake research or training in India during the 2001-2002 academic year. Fellowships of three to 12 months are available for specialization in India Studies in the areas of the arts, humanities, and social sciences including education, management and law. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is June 30.

Seed funding available

Associated Medical Services Inc. has announced a new program for the provision of three to five year seed funding on a matching funds basis to stimulate development of history of medicine teaching and research activity in non-Ontario academic medical institutions. Individuals or research groups may apply as long as the principal investigator holds a faculty appointment in an academic medical institution. The deadline for application is July 1.

Steacie fellowships

Nominations are invited for the NSERC 2001 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships. These fellowships are awarded to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers who are faculty members of Canadian universities. Two years of support at the value of $90,000 per year is provided to relieve fellows of teaching and administrative duties so that they can devote all their time and energy to research. Candidates should have obtained their doctorate within the last 12 years (excluding parental leave) and must hold a grant from NSERC. Nominations must be received at NSERC by July 1.

Imminent deadlines

June 19
American Heart Association –
Grant-in-aid research programs.

June 30
Canadian Pain Society –
Research award in chronic pain.

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada – Finkelstein Prize.

International Information Science Foundation (IISF) – Visiting researcher support program.

Institute –
Indo-Canadian Institute.

SSHRC – Special initiatives grants; research development initiatives program.