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(May 3, 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

Health policy research program
Health Canada is pleased to announce the first request for letters of intent under its new Health Policy Research Program. The program is intended to generate quality extramural policy-relevant research to meet the specific needs of Health Canada; to respond to departmental requirements for evidence-based decision making; and to help bridge the gap between what is known and what is applied in policies and programs. Information on this program is available at The deadline for submission of letters of intent isMay 16.

Vice-president’s grants committee invites nominations
The terms of the two humanities representatives on the vice-president’s grants committee are expiring and expressions of interest and nominations for a replacement are invited by May 31, 2001. The vice-president’s grants committee adjudicates applications for internal travel and research funds under the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) general grant for the vice-president’s research grant.

Yarmouk University conference
Yarmouk University, Jordan, has issued the first announcement of the 15th Annual Conference on Higher Education. The conference is titled The Impact of Higher Education on the Development of Community and Society, and it will take place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, 2001, in Irbid, Jordan. The complete announcement is available at Proposals for papers are being accepted until May 31.

NSERC renews two programs
NSERC has advised that funding for collaborative health research projects and genomics projects will be provided for three more competitions. The next deadline for applications under both of these programs is Oct. 1. Revised program descriptions for both programs will be available on NSERC’s Web site by June 15.

Canadian Blood Services postdoctoral fellowship
The Canadian Blood Services (CBS) is accepting applications for postdoctoral fellowships to work with their affiliated research and development groups across Canada. Two-year fellowships will be awarded with the possibility of a one-year renewal. The fellowship stipend is based on current CIHR rates and a one-time research allowance of $10,000 will also be provided. A list of CBS affiliated scientists, forms and guidelines are available at The deadline for applications is July 1.

Research on birth defects and infant mortality
The March of Dimes invites applications for research grants that address social and behavioural studies, particularly as they relate to cognitive, social and behavioural risks and processes that affect pregnancy outcomes, the perinatal period and subsequent child development. Application is initially through letters of intent which must be submitted by July 30.

Imminent Deadlines
June 12

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada — IBD Research Scientist Award (full application).

June 15
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) — Canadian Lung Association/CIHR scholarship (letter of intent).

Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Inc. — Initiative research grants.

Lindbergh Foundation — Lindbergh foundation grants.

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

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) (US) — research grants program (request for application-designated form).

June 29
Astra Pharma Inc. and the CIHR/RX&D Health Program/Canadian Anesthetists’ Society and Canadian Pain Society — Dr. Ronald Melzack pain research award.

Canadian Pain Society — Research award in Chronic Pain.

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada — Finkelstein Prize.

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

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) — aid to research and transfer journals; special initiatives grants.

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