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(July 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

Aquaculture research
The Science Council of British Columbia is inviting proposals for seed funding in the range of $40,000 to stimulate and co-ordinate a research strategy to provide options to reduce the impact of Kudoa thyristes on the competitiveness of the B.C. salmon farming industry. Areas of interest are the improvement of detection of Kudoa infection, the minimization or elimination of rates of infection, or the identification of ways to maintain flesh quality in Kudoa-infected fish. Potential applicants should contact the Science Council of B.C. to determine project eligibility prior to submitting a proposal. The submission deadline is July 27.

Attention CIHR applicants
CIHR has advised that there are changes to the majority of CIHR forms as well as to the CIHR Grants and Awards Guide and that these will be updated on the CIHR Web site by July 15. In the case of changes to the training module and the multi-user equipment/maintenance module and associated guidelines, these will be posted to the site by Aug. 15. Any data that has been entered into CIHR Web forms prior to these dates will, however, be automatically converted to the new format. Applicants are asked to postpone printing the final version of registration or application forms until after the changed forms have been posted.

Research into Parkinson’s
The Parkinson’s Society of Canada offers research grants of up to $45,000 per year for a maximum two-year period. Investigators holding an appointment in a Canadian university faculty of medicine or related science faculty are eligible to apply for research grants, while those holding an MD or PhD degree are eligible to apply for the fellowship. The society also offers the Wherrett Fellowship which provides salary support for a qualified neurologist who exhibits the potential to assume leadership of a Parkinson’s program. The deadline for application to all three programs is Aug. 31.

NSERC ship time
All NSERC-funded researchers who intend to apply for ship time for the coming year (April 2002 to March 2003) must submit a notification of intent to apply. Both the notification form (form 127) and the Application form (form 128) will be available on the NSERC Web site in late July at
www.nserc.ca/forms/formtable_e.htm. The deadline for submission of the notification form (a one-page form) is Sept. 1 while the deadline for submission of the application for ship time is Oct. 1. For those intending to apply, NSERC has advised that starting with the 2002 competition, the cruise report guidelines have been revised, and the report will factor in the evaluation of any subsequent ship time applications.

Blood services research
The Canadian Blood Services and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research are pleased to announce a joint initiative which will provide funding in the areas of blood transfusion and blood utilization and conservation. Applications will be accepted in the area of blood transfusion for postdoctoral fellowships and senior research fellowships (deadline Nov. 1) and for new investigator awards (deadline Sept. 15). Operating grants are available in the areas of blood utilization and conservation with an application deadline of Sept. 15 (registration of intent to apply must be submitted by Aug. 15). Further information on these funding opportunities are available through either the CIHR (
www.cihr.ca) or Canadian Blood Services (www.bloodservices.ca) Web sites.

Health research on Aboriginal peoples
The CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (IAPH) has issued a request for applications under a strategic initiative aimed at the promotion of innovative research to improve the health of aboriginal peoples living in Canada. Proposals are sought from teams of three or more researchers in four strategic areas: a survey research centre for aboriginal health; child and youth health promotion and risk reduction, community wellness, and addictions; the influence of stress in the etiology and management of diabetes among Aboriginal Canadians; and prevention of accidents and injury. Projects of one to three years’ duration are eligible (except for the first strategic area, which may be funded for a period of up to eight years). The deadline for submission of proposals is Aug. 15.

NSERC funding to promote science
NSERC’s PromoScience program offers up to three years of support to Canadian non-profit organizations or postsecondary institutions which demonstrate ongoing involvement in natural science and engineering promotion activities for young Canadians on a national, provincial, territorial, or regional level. Grants are intended to assist organizations in creating hands-on learning experiences and may be used to cover costs associated with improvements to program content or delivery as well as new programs and activities. Detailed program guidelines are available at
www.nserc.ca/promoscience . The application deadline is Sept. 15.

SSHRC initiative on the new economy
The SSHRC Initiative on the New Economy (INE) is a five year, $100-million program aimed at fostering the creation of knowledge about key issues in the new economy and to take steps that will put that knowledge to work through better-informed decisions by governments, businesses, people, organizations and communities. The four research areas/themes to be covered under this initiative are new economy issues, management, education, and lifelong learning. Two initial components of the INE initiative are INE Development Grants and INE Outreach Grants. Both offer two competitions per year through which one-year grants with a maximum value of $50,000 will be awarded. The first two competition deadlines for both programs are Sept. 15, 2001 and March 22, 2002.

NATO fellowships
NSERC is offering between 10 and 40 fellowships of six months to two years duration to recent doctoral graduates from any of the NATO partner countries, Poland, the Czech Republic, or Hungary. Fellowships may be either science fellowships or industrial fellowships, in which case the fellowship would be held at a university in collaboration with an industrial partner. Candidates for both categories of fellowships must be nominated by a Canadian university and must work under the supervision of a faculty member who holds an NSERC grant at the time of nomination. The deadline for submission of nominations is Oct. 1.

Killam prizes
Beginning in 2002, Killam Prizes will be awarded in the fields of social sciences and humanities as well as in the health sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. Normally, one prize of $100,000 is awarded each year in each of the five fields. The prizes are awarded to eminent scholars actively engaged in research in Canadian universities, hospitals, research or scientific institutes or other equivalent or similar institutions. They are not related to a particular achievement but rather are given in recognition of a distinguished career and exceptional contributions in one of the five fields. Nominations must be submitted by Nov. 1.

Imminent deadlines
Aug. 31

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) — grants in aid of research and development; senior personnel awards: research scholarship.

Parkinson Foundation of Canada — research grants; fellowships; Wherrett fellowship.

Sept. 1
Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation (ABMRF) — research project grants; new scientists awards; project supplement grants; data analysis grants; pilot/preliminary studies.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (US) — research grants and new investigator grants; Leroy Matthews physician/scientist award; postdoctoral research fellowships; clinical fellowships (third and fourth year); pilot and feasibility awards; Harry Shwachman Clinical Investigator.

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

Canadian Institutes of Health Research — workshops and symposia.

Multiple Sclerosis of Canada — collaborative research (letters of intent).

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) — ship time (notification of intent).

Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council — project grants.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) — collaborative linkage grants; expert visits (life sciences and environmental & earth sciences).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) — major collaborative research initiatives (full proposal).

University of Calgary-Gorbachev Foundation — joint trust fund.

Sept. 3
Hospital for Sick Children Foundation — external grants program Innovative Investigators — (letter of intent).

Human Frontier Science Program — long-term fellowships.

Sept. 5
Max Bell Foundation — health, education and communication proposals (letters of intent).

National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) — program project grants (full application).

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