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(February 7, 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 elainew@mun.ca

Changes to NSERC’s IRC program
NSERC has made a number of changes to its Industrial Research Chairs (IRC) program. Associate chairs are now possible at the assistant professor level; new five-year executive research chairs are offered for highly-qualified candidates with non-academic backgrounds; renewal for a second term will now include support of the chairholder research program within the chair award; NSERC IRC awards and Canada Research Chair awards may be held concurrently; and NSERC will no longer offer the New Faculty Support Program. For greater detail, see www.nserc.ca.

New NSERC task force
NSERC has established a Task Force on Virtual Universities and E-Learning. The task force will advise council on the potential program impacts arising from the increased use of e-learning and other on-line activities to support distributed research groups and research training. It will make recommendations for potential responses to these developments. The task force has been asked to report by March 2002. Input to the task force or requests for copies of their final report may be sent to the task force secretary at lynda.laforest@nserc.ca.

Input sought
The draft Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) guidelines on the care and use of wildlife have been posted on the CCAC Web site at www.ccac.ca under the section What’s New. Comments, suggested amendments, or corrections from constituents or interested parties are welcomed and will be considered in drafting the final version of the guidelines for approval by CCAC Council. Input is required by March 25, 2002, and may be forwarded to Gilly Griffin, PhD, director of guidelines development at e-mail ggriffin@ccac.ca.

Career awards at the scientific interface
Burroughs Wellcome Funds, through its Career Awards at the Scientific Interface program, provides up to $500,000 over a five-year period to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of a faculty appointment. The awards are intended to foster the early career development of postdoctoral scientists with backgrounds in the physical/computational sciences whose work addresses biological questions and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. Degree-granting institutions may nominate up to two candidates. The deadline for submission is May 1, 2002.

NCE competition launched
The next competition for National Networks of Centres of Excellence has been announced. An amount of $12 million annually has been allocated for support of the new networks. No pre-selected themes have been identified for this competition. Network proposals will be evaluated under five criteria: research excellence, training of highly qualified personnel, networking and partnerships, knowledge exchange and technology exploitation, and network management. Letters of intent must be submitted by July 2, 2002 with full applications to be submitted by March 7, 2003 for those proposals invited to proceed following the letter of intent stage.

Imminent Deadlines

Mar. 15
Atlantic Salmon Federation — Olin fellowships.

Banting Research Foundation — research grants (postdoctoral research fellowships for basic and physician scientists).

Canadian Liver Foundation — operating grants.

Canadian Medical Discoveries Fund Inc. — friesen-rygiel prize.

Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange — subsidies for publication; travel grants; conference/seminar/workshop grants.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada — nursing research fellowship.

Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Inc. — initiative research grants (letters of intent).

Leukemia Society of America — translational research program (full application).

The Whitaker Foundation — special opportunity award (preliminary application).

York University — Financial Services Program — The Schulich School of Business National Research Program in Public Policy and Financial Services (doctoral dissertation and case writing support).

Mar. 20
Canadian Health Services Research Foundation — open grants competition.

Mar. 22
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada — Initiative on the New Economy: 1) Outreach Grants 2) Development Grants.

Mar. 29
Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation — the Alton Ochsner award relating smoking and health.

Bayer/Canadian BloodServices/Héma-Québec Partnership Fund — partnership fund (full application).

Mar. 30
The Fyssen Foundation — post-doctoral study grants.