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(January 25, 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

Fuel cell research
NSERC and NRC have established a joint Fuel Cell Research Network Program. A network coordination office will be managed out of NRC’s Innovation Centre in Vancouver. NSERC will allocate funding for the creation of five industrial research chairs (deadline for applications is Jan. 29). Funding for fuel cell related research will also be available under the existing NRC/NSERC Research Partnership Program (applications may be submitted at any time). In addition, NSERC will be introducing a cooperative education program in fuel cells similar to the current NSERC Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships program. Up to 12 students each year will be accepted into this program once it becomes operational.

New strategic areas for NSERC
The revised target areas for NSERC’s Strategic Grants Program have been posted on their Web site. In brief, these are:

(1) Biosciences (advanced analytical and computational tools and techniques; cellular, metabolic and protein engineering; nanomaterials engineering, bio-inspired materials and microfluidics; tissue engineering and regeneration; aquaculture; sustainable agricultural production; functional foods, nutraceuticals, probiotics; and food quality and food safety);

(2) Environmental and sustainable development (renewable resources management; urbanization and industrialization; sustainable products; and environmental assessment techniques);

(3) Information and communications technologies (advanced materials and devices; software and computing systems; decision support systems; network infrastructure; authentication, security and privacy);

(4) Value-added products and processes (biomedical devices; manufacturing products and processes; and natural resources); and

(5) New directions.

Canada Foundation for Innovation
The 2001 deadline dates for CFI’s New Opportunities program are
March 1, June 1, Sept. 1 and Dec. 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 contact Pamela White at or visit

CFI has released the details for its 2001 Innovation Fund competition. Notices of Intent are due April 2, with full applications due May 30, 2001. Competition results will be released in January 2002. As there are several internal deadlines associated with this competition, interested individuals are advised to contact Pamela White at as soon as possible. Additional information can also be found at

Data training schools
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Statistics Canada have advised of a second competition under their joint Canadian Initiative on Social Statistics Data Training Schools. A Data Training School may be hosted in any Canadian University for a period of no less than seven consecutive days and no more than 14 consecutive days. Requests under this program are limited to $50,000. Up to three Data Training schools will be supported under the competition. The deadline for applications is Feb. 26.

Hemophilia fellowship
The Canadian Hemophilia Society and the Association of Hemophilia Clinic Directors of Canada in collaboration with Aventis Behring, have established a fellowship in hemophilia program that will provide fellows in hematology or other relevant fields the opportunity to obtain additional clinical or research skills necessary to improve the care and lives of patients with inherited bleeding disorders. Candidates must be Canadian citizens and must be enrolled in postgraduate training in hematology. The value of the fellowship is $60,000 over a one-year period. The deadline for submission of applications is March 15.

Call for proposals
The Cancer Research Institute seeks proposals to identify immunological markers related to prostate cancer aggressiveness with the objective of developing new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for the disease. Research areas include:

(1) Search for antigenic markers or other immunopathological features (such as lymphocyte infiltrate) that correlate with prognosis or disease progression and

(2) Academic Phase I clinical trials based on these defined antigens. Preclinical laboratory grants of up to $100,000 a year for a maximum of three years and clinical trial grants of up to $150,000 a year for a maximum of three years are offered. For more information, contact Patti Hanson, CRI, at 212-688-7515 or e-mail
The deadline date for proposals is April 15.

Visiting fellowship in Commonwealth studies
Applications are invited for one or two Smuts Visiting Fellowships in Commonwealth Studies to be held during the academic year 2002/2003. Fellowships are available for a nine-month period beginning in October 2002 for research in the field of Commonwealth Studies, including the Commonwealth related aspects of archaeology, anthropology, economics, history, human geography, law, literature, oriental studies, and social and political studies. A contribution of up to 20,000 pounds is available under each fellowship. The deadline for applications is Aug. 28.

Imminent Deadlines
Mar. 1

American Diabetes Association cc Lions Sightfirst Diabetic Retinopathy Research Program: clinical research grant program, training grant program, equipment grant program.

Austrian Embassy Ottawa — Austrian scholarship award program.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund — Wellcome visiting professorships in the basic medical sciences; Wellcome visiting professorships in the microbiological sciences.

Canada Council — Jean A. Chalmers fund for the crafts.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research — Genomics research program: collaborative genomic special projects (full application).

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) — Equipment and maintenance grant (new and renewal applications); Operating grant (new and renewal applications); Workshops and symposia.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research — Clinical trials.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Canada/Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada — Operating grants (full application).

Canadian Institutes of Health Research/The Rick Hansen Institute — CIHR Canadian neurotrauma research program: research projects/operating grants.

Cancer Research Institute (New York) (CRINY) — Clinical investigator award in general and cancer immunology.

German Academic Exchange Service — Contemporary literature grant.

International Cystic Fibrosis (Mucoviscidosis) Association — Scholarships; visiting “expert”; research project grants; training courses for allied health professionals.

Leukemia Society of America — Translational research program (letter of intent).

Memorial - ISER — fellowships (master, research grants).

Memorial, J.R. Smallwood Centre for Newfoundland Studies — project grants; research grants.

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada — Collaborative research opportunities (CRO).

Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council — project grants.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization — collaborative linkage grants; expert visits (physical & engineering science).

Rick Hansen Institute — Biomedical research: operating & equipment grants and personnel awards.

University of Calgary — Gorbachev Foundation — Joint trust fund.

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