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(January 11, 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

NSERC revises networks program
NSERC has increased the flexibility of its Research Networks Program by making changes in the competition schedule and the program requirements. Beginning in 2001, letters of intent may be submitted at any time. Once a letter of intent is accepted, applicants will have up to six months to submit a full proposal. With respect to program guidelines, the requirement that the researchers involved in the network come from three non-affiliated organizations has been eliminated so that researchers may be from separate faculties or departments within the same institution or affiliated institutions. All other requirements for the program remain unchanged.

Proposal call — Labrador research
A competition will be held to provide seed funding for new research projects funded through the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International Relations). Research projects will be carried out in Labrador, in close collaboration and in cooperation with Memorial University’s Labrador Institute. Applications must be received by the Office of Research no later than Jan. 31. Results will be announced no later than March 15. For further information and an application form, please contact the Office of Research.

Research on blood products
The Bayer, Canadian Blood Services, Héma-Québec Partnerships Fund has announced its upcoming 2001 grants competition in support of transfusion medicine and blood products research. To initiate the application process, a letter of intent is required by Feb. 1. Information concerning the competition, including details on changes in the Partnership Fund’s research priorities are available at

Research on volunteers
The Canadian Centre for Philanthropy is inviting proposals for research projects dealing with improving the knowledge base on volunteering and volunteerism in Canada. Funding of $900,000 has been allocated for projects up to 12 months duration in the range of $50,000 to $100,000 per project. Proposals may be submitted covering one or more of six themes: the impact and implications of demographic and social change for volunteering in Canada; volunteer motivations, recruitment, retention, recognition, and placement in relation to demographic and social diversity; the role and impact of volunteer development on agency and volunteer effectiveness; evaluating and demonstrating the value of volunteering for volunteers, communities and the economy; the role, design and management of resources, infrastructure and governance to support volunteering; and the role of mangers of volunteer resources, institutional design of the management of volunteers, and the impact of the management of volunteers on agency effectiveness. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Feb. 9.

Canada Foundation for Innovation
The next deadline date for CFI’s New Opportunities program is March 1. This program is open to new researchers who have taken up their first Canadian faculty position and have been in the position no longer than 18 months. For further information, please visit the CFI Web site at or contact Pamela White at

In January 2001, CFI is expected to release the details for the next Innovation Fund competition. It is expected that full applications will be due by May 30, 2001, with competition results released in January 2002. Those researchers interested in applying to this program, must submit a project outline and an approximate budget to the Office of Research by Feb. 23. For further information on this competition, please contact Pamela White at

Contemporary German literature
A short-term summer research grant of $3,000 is offered by the German Academic Exchange Service for a faculty member planning to work in the field of contemporary German literature, using the collection of the Max Kade Centre for Contemporary German Literature at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. A similar grant is offered for PhD candidates working on a dissertation dealing with aspects of contemporary German literature. The deadline for application for both programs is March 1.

Relationships in transition
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Law Commission of Canada under the Relationships in Transition Joint Initiative encourages multidisciplinary approaches to law reform, in terms of key relationship issues, in order to explore and access alternative policy options. The 2001 theme for the program is governance relationships. Proposals are invited for interdisciplinary papers from researchers and teams of researchers affiliated with Canadian postsecondary institutions. One-year grants of $25,000 to $40,000 will be awarded. The deadline for submission of applications is March 15.

Smoking and health
The Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation invites nominations for the 16th annual Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Health. The award has a value of $15,000 and is presented annually to one or more clinical and/or basic science investigators whose work has had a scientific impact in the area of tobacco consumption and health. The work may be clinical, fundamental, epidemiological or preventive in scope. Nominations must be postmarked no later than March 31.

Imminent deadlines
Feb. 26

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada/Statistics Canada — CISS Data Training Schools.

Feb. 28
The Foundation Fighting Blindness — operating grants; fellowships; scholarships; studentships.

Huntington Society of Canada — navigator research award.

International Information Science Foundation (IISF) — visiting researcher support program.

Memorial — social sciences and humanities research council general grant (travel grants for international representation and paper presentation at scholarly meetings); artistic/creative grants competition.

Royal Society of Canada — CCMS fellowships.

Thyroid Foundation of Canada — research fellowship.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada — research development initiatives program.

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