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(May 2, 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

CIHR revised grants extension period
Effective April 1, 2002, CIHR grantees will have just one year after the end of the CIHR support period to use any unspent balance in their grants. An exception is being made for grants which had an end date between April 1, 2000, and March 31, 2001. Those grants will continue to have a two-year extension period (until March 31, 2003) to use their funds. Any funds remaining at the end of an extension period have to be returned to CIHR. Additional extensions will not be considered except in exceptional circumstances (e.g. extended leave of absence).

CIHR increases stipends
CIHR has announced that effective April 1, 2002, there will be an increase of approximately five per cent in CIHR training stipends for both new and existing awardees. This increase will be implemented in June. In the case of awardees training outside of Canada, an additional $5,000 will be provided towards their stipend. The maximum amount which may be paid to graduate students through grant funds has also increased from $16,000 to $17,000.

Changes to NSERC’s Research Network program
NSERC has made significant changes to the application process for its Research Networks Program. The letter of intent has been replaced by a one-page notification of submission followed by a preliminary application. The notification of submission may be sent to NSERC at any time. Therefore, the June 1, Oct. 1, and Feb. 1 deadlines are no longer applicable to the Research Networks Program.

NSERC Concourse
The NSERC Concourse ( is a space designed to allow students, researchers and companies to find research partners in areas of mutual interest by submitting descriptive postings. This free service is offered to individuals and to organizations involved in research falling under NSERC’s mandate. Postings are submitted by e-mail and appear for a maximum of 90 days.

Policy of postdoctoral fellows
A new university policy on postdoctoral fellows was approved by the Board of Regents on Jan. 31, 2002. The policy is available on the websites of both the School of Graduate Studies (which is the office responsible for the policy) and the Office of Research.

Dr. Sydney Segal Research Grant
Applications are invited for grants funded by The Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths for research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Grants may be awarded toward any discipline (nursing, medicine, epidemiology, psychology, biology, sociology, etc) 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. Limited funding is available for special projects, up to a maximum of $35,000. The deadline date for submission of all applications is June 1. For more information, please visit or e-mail

Food Safety Research Program
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has issued a call for proposals for round three of its Food Safety Research Program. The three priority areas of research are: risk management and control; development/validation of testing methods; and data to support risk assessments. Projects in the range of $10,000 to $250,000 inclusive of overhead costs may be considered. Applicants outside of the Province of Ontario are eligible provided benefits to Ontario’s food safety system can be demonstrated. The deadline for submission is June 3.

International Conference of Women Engineers
The 12th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists will be held at the Ottawa Congress Centre from July 27 to July 31. The title of the conference is Women in a Knowledge-based Society.

Kenneth J. Fyke Award
The Canadian Blood Services is inviting applications for the Kenneth J. Fyke Award. This one year, $50,000 award was established to support research or innovation pilot projects in health services delivery as it pertains to the blood system in Canada. This includes blood operations, blood utilization, conservation and the use of blood alternatives. The deadline for submission of applications is July 31, 2002. For further information, please contact Cilla Perry by e-mail, telephone 613-739-2408 or visit for application materials.

Clinical Pharmacology fellowships
Merck Sharp and Dohme International Fellowships in Clinical Pharmacology are offered to promote and strengthen the discipline of clinical pharmacology in countries outside of the United States. Four two-year fellowships with an annual stipend of $35,000 plus travel and medical benefits are offered on an annual basis and are tenable at recognized training institutions in the United States. Candidates must have an MD degree or equivalent and must be licensed to practice medicine in their home country. The deadline for applications is Oct. 18. For further information, please call 908-423-4590 or e-mail

Imminent Deadlines
Jul 1
Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research — CHSRF partnership Grants.

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

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada — collaborative research opportunities (CRO).

Jul 3
Canadian Blood Services — Postodoctoral Fellowship.

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute — India fellowship programme

Jul 4
Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Therapeutic Products Programme — medical use of marijuana: operating grants (letter of intent).

Jul 12
Networks Centres of Excellence — letters of intent due .

Jul 15
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) (US) — research grant (Application).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) — research development initiatives program (call SSHRC - tentative date)