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July 10, 2003
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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

Moratorium on NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) — Categories 2 and 3 Grants
NSERC is extending its moratorium on Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) — Categories 2 and 3 for another year. These categories cover equipment costing more than $150,000. Due to its budgetary situation, only applications for research tools and instruments costing up to $150,000 will be accepted in the 2004 competition (RTI-Category 1). Please note that the total cost of the research tools and instruments (before tax and shipping and handling) must be less than $150,000. While equipment purchases are eligible expenditures from a Discovery Grant, items costing more than $7,000 should be requested separately through the Research Tools and Instruments Grants program. The deadline for NSERC Research Tools and Instruments — Category 1 is Nov. 1, 2003. As was the case last year, the moratorium does not apply to researchers whose applications are reviewed by the Subatomic Physics Grant Selection Committee.

NSERC — Consent to Provide Limited Personal Information about Highly Qualified Personnel
In addition to the Personal Data Form (Form 100), due to the Federal Privacy Act, potential applicants must use the new form to obtain consent from the individuals they have trained or supervised during the six years prior to their current application, before submitting personal information about them to NSERC. Applicants will now be responsible for retaining these signed consent forms and for making them available to NSERC upon request. Applicants may obtain consent by e-mail, provided the response from the trainee includes confirmation that they have read the text of the consent form and agree to the use of their personal information for the purposes described. In cases where it is difficult or impossible to obtain consent, applicants may still describe the contribution to HQP training, provided that they do not identify the individual(s) supervised. Further details and the form are available at and Note that this policy also applies to existing grant holders (on instalments) who are eligible to apply for an equipment grant or any additional grant under NSERC grants program. Applicants under instalments are not required to comply until renewal time, but are strongly encouraged to obtain consent from existing students so as to have this information available at the time of renewal.

CIHR strategic funding opportunities
CIHR has posted part two of the June 2003 strategic funding opportunities offered by its institutes. The areas covered include rural health research and northern health research; palliative and end of life care; cancer screening; novel technology applications in health research; gender and health; reducing health disparities and promoting equity for vulnerable populations; and advancing science to reduce tobacco abuse and nicotine addiction. Also announced are research pilot project grants under the Global Health Research Initiative and there is a pre-announcement of an RFA for evaluation of the integrity of industry-sponsored clinical research in Canada. For details and deadlines visit

CIHR registration process
Applicants for the fall CIHR Research Grants Competition — Research Funding Programs (i.e. Operating and Equipment Grants); and Salary Support and Training Program (i.e. Investigator, New Investigator, Senior and Distinguished Investigator) — should note that the deadline for registering is Aug. 15 (with a full application date of Sept. 15). The contents required for the registration package can be found on the Operating Grant Registration/Application Checklist 2002/2003, available at
. Applicants should note that the CIHR CV Module is no longer available and they must use the Common CV. This is a generic form and whenever applicants see “CIHR” under a particular page or on-line screen, this indicates that CIHR requires more information. For the CV portion of the Registration Module, Pages 1 and 2 — the cover page and expertise for the Nominated Principal Applicant and each Principal and Co-Applicant — are required. When completing the full Common CV applicants should ensure that they read and print the contribution details and summary screens. When printing the final and submit stage, applicants are reminded to ensure that they customize their Common CV to CIHR, save, print and attach it to their application. Those who wish to start working on their full application can complete the existing forms (July 2002) as CIHR will not be updating their forms until March 2004.

CIHR strategic funding opportunities
Note that some of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research strategic funding opportunities for June 2003 also have registration deadlines in mid-August and September. Further details are available at:

Seeking NCE Collaborators
The University of New Brunswick, together with the National Research Council (NRC-IIT e-Business) and with support from other Canadian universities and private sector partners and organizations, is preparing for a letter of intent to the upcoming competition for new Networks of Centres of Excellence. The focus of the new network would be privacy, security and trust issues and its goal would be to mobilize Canada’s research talent in the e-security area. The involvement of researchers from a variety of disciplines across the country is sought. Interested researchers are invited to contact Lynn Pierpoint-Mallet at e-mail or telephone (506)444-0371.

Rhodes Fellowships
Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, invites nominations for its Andrew Mellon postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and social sciences, its Rhodes university postdoctoral fellowships, its Hugh Kelly Fellowship for senior scientists, and its short-term Hugh le May research fellowship. Application forms are available at The deadline for nomination under all four programs is July 31.

The Scleroderma Foundation Research Grant Program
In order to foster its goal to develop innovative and high quality research by established investigators in fields related to systematic sclerosis (SSc, scleroderma), the Scleroderma Foundation (SF) is offering an Established Investigator Grant of up to $75,000 for up to two years. Information concerning this funding opportunity can be obtained by visiting at The deadline for receipt of applications is Sept. 15.

Care Until Cure Program
The Canadian Hemophilia Society (CHS) in collaboration with Wyeth Canada offers one to two year research grants to a maximum of $50,000 per year under its Care Until Cure Program. Funding is provided to support clinical research, including outcome evaluation, to improve the quality of life of persons with hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. The research must be conducted in Canada by researchers affiliated with Canadian universities or not-for-profit health-related organizations. Application forms are available at The deadline for submission is Sept. 30.

Imminent Deadlines

Aug. 28

Smuts Memorial Fund — Smuts visiting fellowship in Commonwealth studies.

Sept. 1
Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation (ABMRF) — research project grants; new scientists awards; data analysis grants; pilot/preliminary studies.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research — New Emerging Team (NET) grants (letters of Intent - specified institute).

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) — Proof of Principle Initiative (letters of intent).

Heart and Stroke Foundation — grants-in-aid; new investigator award.

Multiple Sclerosis of Canada — collaborative multi-centre grants.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Science Program, Cooperative Science and Technology Sub-Program, Life Sciences and Environmental and Earth Sciences — advanced study institutes; advanced research workshops; collaborative linkage grants; expert visits.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) — major collaborative research initiatives (application by invitation only).

University of Calgary-Gorbachev Foundation — joint trust fund (letter of intent).




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