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(April 12, 2001, 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 elainew@mun.ca

Environmental research
The Environmental Studies Research Funds Secretariat is pleased to announce its new Web site
www.esrfunds.org. The site will cover requests for proposals, copies of Update, summary minutes of management board meetings, requests for input on priority areas, as well as general information on the ESRF program. Requests for proposals for topics to be covered under ESRF’s 2001 Study Program will be posted on the Web site in the near future.

Inventory of Canadian Agri-Food Research
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 be contacted directly for updated information. Others interested in having their projects listed for the first time should contact Elizabeth Williams in the Office of Research to arrange the registration for access to the ICAR database.

NSERC northern research fellowship supplements
NSERC has announced that it will provide supplements of $5,000 to NSERC postdoctoral fellowship recipients who conduct research in the Canadian north and who apply for funding in the next competition round. The request for a supplement must be included with the PDF application. In addition, NSERC will award a maximum of 12 $5,000 supplements to postgraduate scholarship (PGS) applicants working towards master’s and doctoral degrees and who will be pursuing studies in the Canadian North.

Early childhood learning and care
Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) is currently accepting proposals under its Social Development Partnerships Program for nationally relevant research and development projects related to services and policies that promote or support early childhood learning and care. Proposed projects must not exceed 24 months in duration. The closing date for receipt of proposals is May 4.

New HIV/Aids research scholarships
Health Canada in cooperation with the Canadian Strategy on HIV/AIDS Policy has announced a joint call for applications for community-based research scholarships. Under this program, full-time master’s and doctoral students who apply a community-based approach to HIV/AIDS research are eligible to compete for 2-year scholarships with a value of $18,000 per year. Application forms and guidelines are available at
www.aidsida.com. The deadline for applications is May 15.

Governor General’s award
The Status of Women Canada has announced a call for nominations for the 22nd annual Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. The awards honour outstanding contributions that have promoted the equality of women of all ages in Canada, demonstrated by leadership and excellence in any field, in either a paid or unpaid capacity. For the nomination form and information on criteria for the awards, visit
www.sec-cfc.gc.ca/persons/persone.html. The deadline for submission of nominations is May 15.

Killam fellowships
A reminder that the annual application deadline for Killam Fellowships is May 31. These fellowships are offered on a competitive basis to support researchers in the fields of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering. The purpose of the fellowships is to provide release time from teaching and administrative duties to individual scholars to pursue independent research. Up to two years of support may be requested. The fellowships provide partial or full salary replacement to a maximum of $53,000 per year.

Synergy awards
Nominations are invited by NSERC and the Conference Board of Canada for up to seven Synergy 2001 Awards which are given in recognition of outstanding examples of university-industry R&D partnerships in the natural sciences and engineering. Awards are offered in four categories: Industry partner that has up to 500 employees and annual sales of $50 million; Industry partner with more than 500 employees or annual sales of more than $50 million; R&D ventures involving at least two industry partners; and the Leo Derikx award for innovative model of long-standing university-industry interaction in a pre-competitive realm that has benefitted the general well-being of an industry. The deadline for receipt of nominations is June 1.

Northern research chairs
NSERC has announced a new Northern Research Chairs Program. Up to six chairs will be supported. The program will cover salary and research expenses for outstanding researchers appointed as either senior or junior chairholders. Chair programs must be undertaken in partnership with non-university organizations with northern interests and with northern communities. Proposals must be submitted by a senior university administrator (i.e. head, dean, vice-president, or president). The deadline for applications is Sept. 15.

Imminent Deadlines
MAY 18

Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) — research grants ($80,000 awards) (letter of intent).

MAY 31
Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) — ACU development fellowships.

Canada Council — the Izaak Walton Killam research fellowships.

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation — Basil O’Connor starter grants (full application).

JUNE 1
Cancer Research Society, Inc. (CRS) — strategic research program (full application).

Canadian Foundation — Dr. Sydney Segal Research Grant — Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (full application).

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (US) — clinical research grants (letter of intent).

Deafness Research Foundation (The) (NY) — DRF grants for research projects.

Memorial — Memorial University research grants program (salary-based research grants program).

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC)/The Conference Board of Canada — synergy awards.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) (US) — research grant.

University of Calgary-Gorbachev Foundation — joint trust fund.

The Whitaker Foundation — biomedical engineering research grant (full application).

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