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(May 23, 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

New CIHR funding opportunities
CIHR has redesigned their Web site so that funding opportunities under both their core programs as well as those programs unique to the individual CIHR institutes are organized under the section of the Web site entitled services. A number of new funding opportunities announced by individual institutes have recently been posted to the site. These may be viewed by selecting the link strategic programs followed by summary of institute funding opportunities.

New names for NSERC programs
NSERC grant holders and faculty members intending to apply under the upcoming NSERC fall grants competitions should take note that the Research Grants program has been renamed the Discovery Grants program. Equipment Grants, Major Equipment Grants and Major Installation Grants have also been renamed. These will now be known as Research Tools and Instrument Grants, Categories 1, 2, 3 respectively.

CBRN Research and Technology Initiative
As a part of the National Security Agenda, the Government of Canada has established a $170 million five-year research and technology initiative to improve Canada’s ability to respond to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) terrorist threats, which includes strengthening co-ordination, collaboration of capacity, capabilities, research and technology plans and strategies. This program is called the CBRN Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI). The CRTI is led by the federal science and technology (S&T) community in collaboration with national and international S&T performers. It will provide new knowledge and technology necessary for CBRN response and preparedness by supporting acquisition or acceleration of technology and the necessary new research and technology development in areas of critical need. This fiscal year, approximately $15-20 million will be awarded in Technology Acceleration Projects and $25-30 million in Research and Technology Development Projects. The closing date for letters of intent (proposal synopses) is May 31. For further information, please visit

Climate Change Action Fund
As part of Canada’s response to achieving its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, the federal government has renewed the Climate Change Action Fund (CCAF). Currently, proposals are requested with respect to the development of scenarios of climate variability and extremes. The total competition budget is $350,000 with research to be concluded by March 31, 2004. In addition to the maximum eight page proposal, CVs of the principal investigators must also be included. Proposals are due on June 12, 2002, and must be submitted electronically. For further information, please visit

Canadian Space Agency
The Canadian Space Agency supports Canadian researchers who wish to use the environment of space to assist in understanding key questions on Earth and to study the effects of spaceflight on biological systems, including humans. There are two major thrusts in the program: spaceflight experiments and ground research. Flight experiments are fully developed and require a significant length of time for completion. Ground studies may use reduced gravity for short periods or may develop a concept of significance to a flight study. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) annually supports Canadian researchers who are participating in ground and concept studies related to space research. Awards of $50,000 per annum for a maximum of four years are available. Research areas include: bone demineralization; muscle atrophy; cardiovascular physiology; metabolism; developmental biology; radiation biology; radiation dosimetry; neurophysiology; isolation and multicultural psychology. Letters of intent are due Aug. 5 and the submission of proposals are due Sept. 13. For further information, please visit

Seed grants available
The Newfoundland Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation has announced its second research competition. Feasibility or seed grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. The awards are for one year and are non-renewable. The research may address any aspect of cancer from prevention to treatment to palliative care and be set in any discipline from basic laboratory investigations to psychological and sociological research as well as health services and population health research. The deadline for submission of applications is June 30.

NSERC Steacie fellowships

NSERC is inviting nominations for the 2003 E.W.R. Stacie Memorial Fellowships. These $90,000/per annum fellowships are awarded to outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers who have obtained their doctorate within the last 12 years and who hold a grant from NSERC. Nominations must be made by senior members of the Canadian science and engineering community and endorsed by the university president. The deadline for receipt of nominations by NSERC is July 1.

New category of CIHR operating grant

Research investigators planning to submit an application to the fall CIHR research funding programs competition might consider applying for a new type of operating grant – the Programmatic Operating Grant in Themes 3 & 4 (Health Services, Population Health, Societal and Cultural Dimensions of Health, and Environmental lnfluences on Health). The Programmatic Operating Grant (POG for short) is a slight variation from the traditional CIHR Operating Grant. The same application package and deadline dates (i.e. registration date of Aug. 15) apply, but some elements of the proposal area are different. Rather than focusing on a particular research project (as is the case with the standard CIHR operating grant), Programmatic Operation Grants allow for connected sequences of conceptually related research projects where the research is executed by the same team of investigators over a number of years. POGs include more than 1 project with a linked theme, and they allow for a step-by-step line of inquiry. For your consideration the definition, proposal qualifications, criteria for evaluation and generic examples of Programmatic Operating Grants are provided in CIHR’s on-line Researchers Grants and Award Guide at www.cihr

Imminent Deadlines
Jul. 16
American Heart Association — Grant-in-Aid Research programs.

Jul. 31
Canadian Blood Services — Kenneth J. Fyke Award.

Rhodes University — Hugh Kelly Fellowship; Post-doctoral fellowships.

Aug. 1
Deafness Research Foundation (The) (NY) — DRF grants for research projects (renewals).

German Academic Exchange Service — research grants for recent PhDs and PhD candidates; study visit research grants.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation — grants for research.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society (US) — research grant support programs: biomedical research program, patient management, care, & rehabilitation program.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) — advanced study institutes; advanced research; workshops; collaborative linkage grants; expert visits (physical & engineering science).

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