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(April 11, 2002, 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

Access funding from CIHR Institutes
CIHR Institutes and their partners have announced the first strategic funding opportunities for 2002. More than a dozen programs with submission deadlines during the May to July period have been listed on CIHR’s Web site. For program details, select, Strategic Funding Opportunities at

Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome

Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome (SDS) Canada has announced its third research grants competition in support of research relevant to this genetic disease. Awards will provide up to $25,000 per year for a maximum period of three years. Application is initially through letter of intent. The deadline for submission is April 25.

New foundation to support environmental research
Sustainable Development Technology Canada is a foundation that has been endowed with $100 million by the Government of Canada to provide funding to accelerate the development, demonstration and deployment of new technologies that will address climate change and clean air issues. SDTC has just launched its first and only funding cycle for 2002. Application is initially through a Statement of Interest which must be submitted by April 30. A consortium approach is required to access funding. The foundation will fund up to 33 per cent of selected projects. Details are available at Individual researchers and graduate students may also participate by registering as an expert on an international roster of reviewers.

Killam fellowships
The 2003 Killam fellowships competition is now open. These fellowships provide full or partial salary replacement to a maximum of $53,000 per year to allow for release from teaching and administrative duties. The fellowships are open to researchers in the fields of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering. Applications must be filed electronically. To gain access to the internet form, applicants must send an e-mail request for a user name and password to the Killam office at The deadline for applications is May 31, 2002.

NSERC’s Inter-American materials collaboration
NSERC and its counterpart agencies in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and the US have created a pilot initiative to foster collaborative activities in materials research. The two proposal categories are: Category A — Inter-American Materials Research Projects and Category B — Inter-American Planning Grants for International Activities in Materials Research. Category A aims to support new, special collaborative projects in materials research among groups of investigators or centres from at least two of the seven participating countries that enhance cooperation and interaction among research centres and organizations. A letter of intent outlining the proposed project must be submitted to NSERC summarizing the collaborative opportunity with an emphasis of what makes it a special project; some background on the development of the proposed initiative; a short description of the project; and the need for, and benefits of the proposed international collaboration. Letters of intent are due by July 1, 2002. Full proposals are to be received by NSERC no later than Oct. 1, 2002. Category B aims to establish and design new collaborative research projects and programs in materials research among groups of investigators or centres from at least two of the seven participating countries. Funding under this category can be used to cover the costs associated with organizing workshops or symposia, and travel for meetings to establish the collaborative framework of the project. These proposals may be submitted at any time. A letter of intent is not required for proposals in this category. For further information, please contact Kate Wilson at 613-995-7752 or by e-mail at

Imminent Deadlines

June 1
Cancer Research Society, Inc. (CRS) — strategic research program (full application).

Canadian Institute of Health Research/Institute of Genetics — short-term exchange grants - full application.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (US) — clinical research grants (letter of intent).

Deafness Research Foundation (The) (NY) — DRF grants for research projects.

Memorial — Memorial University research grants program (salary-based research grants program).

National Institutes of Health (NIH) (US) — research grant.

University of Calgary-Gorbachev Foundation — joint trust fund.

The Whitaker Foundation — biomedical engineering research grant (full application).

June 3
Canadian Foundation for Innovation — new opportunities.

June 13
Lindbergh Foundation — Lindbergh foundation grants.

June 15
Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Inc. — initiative research 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
International Information Science Foundation (IISF) — visiting researcher support program.