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(May 24, 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

Sudden infant death syndrome
Applications are invited for grants to be funded by The Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths for research into sudden infant death syndrome. Grants may be awarded to researchers in any discipline (nursing, medicine, epidemiology, psychology, biology, sociology) which is concerned with the causes, effects, and/or prevention of sudden infant death syndrome. All awards are of one year’s duration with a potential for renewal upon re-application. Studentships, fellowships, and special project funding are also available. Further information or application forms are available by contacting The deadline for submission of applications is June 1.

Call for nominations
The three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC) have announced the forthcoming creation of a new governance structure for their Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS). One important arm of this new governance structure will be on Inter-Agency Panel on Research Ethics composed of 10 members which is intended to instill a breadth of experience, expertise and representation into the management of the TCPS. Individuals who feel they have experience or expertise to offer by serving on this panel are invited to submit a statement of interest (maximum of 700 words) plus an up-to-date C.V. to Benoit Morin, CIHR by mail, fax, or e-mail by June 11. Details on what information should be included in the statement of interest are available from the Office of Research or at

Navigator Coalition
The Huntington Society of Canada is inviting applications under its Navigator Coalition program. The goals of the Navigator Coalition is to provide increased, ongoing funding for scientific research of direct and immediate relevance to Huntington Disease in Canada under the auspices of a network; to provide a platform for future recruitment of outstanding investigators to HD research; to promote enhanced strategic coordination of the Huntington Society’s research program; to facilitate research collaboration nationally and internationally, and research which is relevant to other neurodegenerative disorders. Applicants must hold a full-time faculty appointment in a Canadian university, research institute or hospital. For start-up purposes, requests for applications will be targeted to specific laboratories. All awards are for a one-year period and are renewable. Funding is subject to the anticipated availability of funds from the Huntington Society. Applications must be received no later than June 20.

New learning technologies
The Office of Learning Technologies is inviting proposals under its New Practices in Learning Technologies program. This program will support projects that contribute to the understanding, development, and awareness of new effective practices in using technologies for adult learners within the educational sector. Projects will be supported up to a maximum of $200,000 on a cost-shared basis over a period of two years. The guidelines and application form are available at The deadline for receipt of proposals is June 29.

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 will be 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.

Canadian Cystic Fibrosis
The board of directors of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of a Special Initiative in CF Research — In Memory of Michael O’Reilly. The objective of the special initiative is to explore and discover new approaches to treat cystic fibrosis patients who have Burkholderia cepacia and other multiresistant bacteria in their airways, and to provide an opportunity for new, excellent research groups in bacterial resistance associated with CF to emerge. The foundation will commit a total of $900,000 to this program over the next three years, over and above its grants and awards program. Letters of intent for this program must be submitted by July 13.

Wyeth-Ayerst /CIHR fellowships
Wyeth-Ayerst, in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), is offering a total of 18 post-doctoral positions in several therapeutic areas of interest to the company. These include obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, rheumatology, transplantation, pediatric infectious diseases/vaccines, hematology, and health economics/health outcomes in these areas. As a first step in the program, nominations of potential supervisors/mentors who would wish to recruit fellows for research projects must be submitted to Wyeth-Ayerst by August 1. The nominations form and related documentation is available at

New health care research initiative
The Canadian Institute for Health Information and two institutes of CIHR have announced a collaborative research initiative aimed at improving the quality of health care in Canadian hospitals. Applications are invited for research that will build on the methodology used in U.S. studies (Utah, Colorado and New York) as reported in the IOM Report and in Australian studies to determine the extent of health system error in Canadian hospitals and the availability of routinely collected data that could serve to monitor and reduce the occurrence of health system error. The deadline for submission of proposals is Aug.10.

Imminent deadlines

American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) — investigator initiated grants; AICR/National Centre for Toxicological Research collaborative research grant; postdoctoral award; matching grants.

Canadian Blood Services — Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research — CHSRF partnership Grants.

International Union Against Cancer — Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial international cancer study grants.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)/Canadian Institutes of Health Research — Collaborative Health Research Projects.

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute — India studies program.

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) (US) — research grant (Application).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) — research development initiatives program.

American Heart Association — Grant-in-Aid Research programs.

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