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April 10, 2003, Gazette

For more information about the items below or to request application materials, contact Elizabeth Noseworthy at the Office of Research, 737-8251 or e-mail elizaben@mun.ca


SSHRC adds new online applications feature
In an effort to eliminate discrepancies between the printed and online versions of applications submitted to SSHRC, a new watermark “PLEASE VERIFY” will now appear on the first page of printed Web-based CVs and application forms which have not been successfully verified (checked for completeness) during the online application process. To verify web-based CV and application forms, researchers must use the “verify” feature on the “Portfolio” page in SSHRC’s online system. Once the documents have been successfully verified, the “PLEASE VERIFY” watermark will disappear. It is hoped that this new feature will save the time of both SSHRC staff and researchers who have previously spent considerable effort in resolving discrepancies between the information captured in the online system and that included in the printed submission.

Suspension of annual competition
The Molly Towell Perinatal Research Foundation has advised that it will not be accepting applications this year under its usual Sept. 30 deadline. Rather than supporting new projects, the foundation has chosen to provide multi-year funding to a single centre studying the biochemistry and metabolism of the fetus and the maternal-fetal couple.

Inflammatory bowel disease research
The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Foundation, through its Broad Medical Research Program, offers support for innovative research that will lead to progress in the pathogenesis, therapy, or prevention of inflammatory bowel disease. Requests for funding for up to two years are made initially through letters of interest (up to three pages) which may be submitted at any time. Decisions on letters of interest will usually be made within 4-6 weeks. For further information, visit www.broadmedical.org.

Conference on community-university research
The University of Saskatchewan welcomes registrants for a conference entitled CUexpo International-Community University Research: Partnerships, Policy and Progress. It will examine issues related to developing research relationships among universities, government, community groups and the private sector. For information on the conference, visit www.usask.ca/cuisr/cuexpo.

Health Canada publication
The Office of Research has received a copy of The Voluntary Health Sector: Looking to the Future of Canadian Health Policy and Research Parts 1 and 2. Part 1 focuses on work deriving from the results of the National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, while Part 2 looks at a broad range of research findings in the voluntary health sector. These may be borrowed from the office — contact Liz Noseworthy at elizaben@mun.ca— and they are also available on the web at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/iacb-dgiac/arad-draa/english/rmdd/
wpapers/wpapers1.html
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NCIC Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research
Each year, the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) offers Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research. Four different awards are offered: the Terry Fox Young Investigator Award and the William E. Rawls Award for new investigators; the O. Harold Warwick Award and the Robert L. Noble Award for established researchers. Information on the awards as well as the nominations process and requirements (self nominations are welcome) are available at www.ncic.cancer.ca. Nominations must be submitted by April 15.

Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation of Canada
The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation of Canada offers research grants to support biomedical research into intellectual impairment. The focus of research for this grant should be the cause and cure of diseases which cause intellectual impairment, such as Autism, Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease. The grant value is $35,000 per year for a period of three years. Further information and application forms can be obtained from the foundation’s Website at www.scottishritemasons-can.org/foundation. The deadline for applications is April 30.

eMPOWR Scholarships
NSERC and eMPOWR Canada are partnering to build university research and training capacity and to increase the supply of highly qualified people to work in Canada’s knowledge-based industries in the fields of microelectronics, photonics, optoelectronics, wireless and radio engineering. Funding of $5,000 per student for undergraduate research and $20,000 per student for graduate research is available to faculty members carrying out research in the NSERC-eMPOWR Innovation Platform fields. Detailed information is available at www.nce.gc.ca/empower_e.htm.The deadline for application is May 1.

Killam Research Fellowship Competition
The 2004 Killam Research Fellowship 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 through the Office of Research. To gain access to the electronic form, applicants must send an e-mail request for a user I.D. and password to the Killam Office at killam@canadacouncil.ca. Those interested in applying should contact the Office of Research (janiceh@mun.ca or roschafe@mun.ca ) for additional information and instruction on the electronic submission process and new changes for the 2004 competition (i.e. Common CV, page reduction in project description). The Office of Research deadline for administrative review of applications is May 1, and for electronic sign-off is May 12th. The required supporting documents must be postmarked or courier dated to the Killam Program, Canada Council for the Arts, by May 15.

Laura’s Hope Fund in Huntington Disease Research — RFA
The Huntington Society of Canada is inviting applications for support through the Laura’s Hope Fund for research projects related directly to the pre-clinical and clinical investigation of potential new forms of treatment for Huntington Disease (as opposed to support for basic laboratory research which precedes the testing of potential new treatment in animal models). The society will also entertain requests related to planning and investigators’ meetings and workshops. Grants will be in the $5,000-$100,000 range, over a maximum of three years and are non-renewable. Deadline for applications is May 15. For additional information on eligibility, evaluation criteria, terms and conditions, and an application form, please contact the Office of Research (janiceh@mun.ca or roschafe@mun.ca ) or call 737-4745, 4076, or 8252.

Canon Program 2003
The Canon National Parks Science Program is a collaboration among Canon U.S.A. Inc., the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the U.S. National Parks Service. The program will award eight $78,000 U.S. scholarships to PhD students throughout the Americas to conduct research critical to conserving the national parks of the region. Research projects in the biological, physical, social and cultural sciences are eligible, as well as projects in a new category — technology innovation in support of conservation science. Applications must be received by May 15, 2003. For further information visit www.nature.nps.gov/canonscholarships.

Imminent Deadlines

May 12
Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre — Research Awards (Level III & IV — Letter of Intent)

May 15
Canada Council — Killam research fellowships

May 16
Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre — Fellowship Grants.

May 30
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada — K.J.R. Wightman award for research in biomedical ethics

May 31
Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) — ACU development fellowships (candidates must be nominated by executive head of university).

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC)/The Conference Board of Canada — synergy awards.