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July 24, 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

CIHR Important Program Changes for the Fall 2003 Competition Cycle and Beyond
Any current CIHR grant holder and researcher planning to apply to the upcoming fall competitions should NOTE THE IMPORTANT CHANGES as indicated on CIHR’s Web page:www.cihr-
which supersedes all other information that may be found elsewhere on its web site or in CIHR publications (i.e. Grants and Awards guides).

For grant holders, some of the important changes involve reducing the expected instalment amount of ongoing grants in 2004-05 FY by five per cent (for certain grants) and deferring instalment amounts for those researchers holding large unspent balances at year-end.

For researchers planning to submit applications to the fall competitions, CIHR has advised of many program changes, some of which include program terminations/suspensions and program modifications (which include new and revised registration deadlines). Some notable changes include: Operating Grants — Limit of one new application from each P.I. (Nominated or Co-principal Investigator) in each competition; Multi-User Equipment Grants and Maintenance Grants for Multi-User Equipment — now require registration by Aug. 15 (funding priority will be given to Maintenance grants and maintenance grants for multi-user equipment). Investigator and Senior/Distinguished Investigator programs are terminated. The program changes also apply to the recently launched Priority Announcements related to the fall 2003 competitions.

For complete details on the important changes to CIHR’s programs of research support for the fall 2003 competition and beyond, researchers are strongly advised to read the full document posted on CIHR’s Web site as the changes will have an impact on their program of research and the types of research support available to them.

CIHR Multi-User Equipment Grants and Maintenance Grants for Multi-User Equipment Programs new registration step and new Multi-User Equipment/Maintenance Forms
Investigators interested in submitting an application for a Multi-User Equipment Grant and/or a Maintenance Grants for Multi-User Equipment should note that a new Registration step is now mandatory in order to submit an application to the program. Descriptions of these CIHR funding opportunity programs are available online. The Multi-User Equipment/Maintenance Module has been updated and applications must be printed on the most recent version (07/2003) of the Multi-User Equipment/Maintenance Module, available on CIHR’s Web site

The Registration module together with pages 7a, 7b and 8 (as described in the Multi-user Equipment Maintenance Module) must be submitted by the Registration deadline of Aug. 15. The deadline for full application continues to be October 1. The Web form should be available by the end of July and the Grants and Awards Guides will be updated shortly to reflect the new requirement for registration. Further information is available at services/funding/opportunities/forms_announcement_e.shtml

New CBCRA/CIHR Operating Grants for Breast Cancer Research
The Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance (CBCRA) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) will be offering operating grant support for breast cancer research through 2 mechanisms: CBCRA/CIHR Operating Grants — to be adjudicated through CIHR Sept. 15 competition (registration due Aug. 15) with a second round of registration due Feb. 1 for the March 1 competition;. and CBCRA Operating Grants — to be adjudicated through NCIC peer review for the Oct. 15 competition. Researchers may submit duplicate applications to the two review mechanisms.

Eligibility as a CBCRA/CIHR operating grant will be determined after submission. Grant applications are reviewed and administered by CIHR and must conform to all CIHR requirements and deadlines for registration and submission. There are also reporting requirements to CBCRA. Applications are available on CIHR’s web site

CBRCA Operating Grants will continue to conform to NCIC requirements and deadlines. Applications will be submitted c/o NCIC, reviewed by NCIC panels, and administered by NCIC, but will continue to be CBCRA grants, as previously. Note that NCIC also provides operating grant support for breast cancer research, however, applications to CBCRA cannot be submitted in duplicate to the NCIC because the same review panels review both CBCRA and NCIC applications. Applications are available from CBCRA’s website: and must be submitted to the NCIC site: CBCRA c/o NCIC, 10 Alcorn Ave., Suite 200 Toronto, ON, M4V 3B1.

Call for Applications — New Frontiers: Italian/Canadian Population Genomics and Bioinformatics Collaborations
The CIHR Institute of Genetics (IG) and the Canadian Genetic Diseases Network (CGDN) have announced a Call for Applications targeting Canadian researchers who are interested in participating at the reciprocal “New Frontiers: Italian/Canadian Population Genomics and Bioinformatics Collaborations” meeting being held in Laurino, Italy on Oct. 24-28, 2003. The scientific workshop will encompass the following topics: applications of founder populations for the analysis of common complex disease, genomics/epidemiology/phenotyping in complex disease study, new technologies for high-throughput genome scanning, statistical and computational analysis facilitating study of complex diseases, and the development of biobanks and related ethics for population genomics. It is important that the science demonstrates potential to enhance or to be supportive of collaborations between Italian and Canadian researchers. Costs will be covered for up to 15 participants to attend this event, including one space reserved for a postdoctoral fellow. Scientific presentations will be the focus of the meeting. The review committee will consider the following factors: alignment of research areas between Canadian and Italian researchers, existing or potential collaborations with Italian researchers, national representation, and research excellence. Application forms are to be submitted by August 6, 2003 by email or fax to the attention of Stephanie Robertson, Assistant Director, Special Projects, Institute of Genetics CIHR — Tel. (613) 954-0533, Fax: (613) 954-1800, email: Applicants will be notified of the results in mid/late August 2003.

SSHRC — Introduction of watermark: validation of Web-based Curriculum Vitae and application forms
In order to guarantee the accuracy of the data submitted to SSHRC, a watermark will be incorporated on printed Web-based CVs and application forms. Researchers should note that if they have not successfully verified (i.e. checked for completeness) the printed PDF form, the watermark PLEASE VERIFY will appear on the first page of the form. To verify the Web-based CV and application form, applicants must use the “Verify” feature on the “Portfolio” page in SSHRC’s on-line system. Once the applicant has successfully verified the CV or application form, the “PLEASE VERIFY” watermark will disappear. SSHRC hopes that researchers will adopt this new feature as an essential validation tool for Web-based application forms to ensure that there are no discrepancies between printed applications submitted to the Council and the data recorded by the on-line system.
New SSHRC Strategic Research Support Program — ITST
SSHRC has announced a new program entitled Image, Text Sound and Technology (ITST), offering two types of grants, one for Networking Grants and the other for Summer Institute, Workshop and Conference Grants. The ITST program will help researchers refine their ability to apply digital multimedia technologies to their research on image, text and sound. Networking Grants — up to $50,000 for a 12 month period — have an application deadline of Sept. 15, 2003. The program will fund the networking of researchers involved in ITST research, allowing researchers to undertake communication activities for the exchange of knowledge, best practices and development of team research activities. Networking should be multidisciplinary and, where appropriate, multisectoral. Some of the possible topics and areas to be addressed include: electronic editing and publishing, e-literature studies, Web programming, immersive and virtual environments in multimedia research, textual analysis, 3-D imaging technology, etc. Complete information (including eligible expenditures) on the Networking Grant for this strategic research support program is posted on SSHRC’s web site at:

ITST Summer Institute, Workshop, and Conference Grants also provide up to $50,000 for one year, and have a deadline date of Sept. 15, 2003. The program will provide funding for researchers and their graduate students to develop expertise in applying advanced technology through one-to two-week summer institutes, two-to-five day workshops, and conferences. Funds may be requested for the planning and implementation of events that bring together appropriate Canadian and international scholars/experts in appropriate academic, government or industry researchers to exchange knowledge about the use of technology in ITST research. See http//

Multiculturalism Issues in Canada — A Strategic Joint Initiative of SSHRC and Heritage Canada
SSHRC and the Multiculturalism Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage have joined forces to offer Research and Workshop Grants to support the objectives of the three-year Multiculturalism Issues in Canada program. Research Grants (with a deadline date of Oct. 3, 2003, providing up to $50,000 over a 12 month period) are offered to research teams in each of the three years of the program. Workshop Grants (with a deadline date of Feb. 3, 2004, providing up to $100,000), also offered in each year of the program, will support bringing together two representatives from each of the teams that received research grants in order for them to give joint presentations to interested stakeholders. The three priority areas for research are: cross-cultural understanding; social indicators focused on anti-racism; and micro-data compiled by the Ethnic Diversity Survey (EDS). Complete information is provided on SSHRC’s Web site at

Moratorium on new applications in the AAFC/NSERC Research Partnership Agreement Program
Due to an increase in the number of applications submitted and funded in the AAFC/NSERC Research Partnerships Program, the available budget for the current fiscal year is fully committed. Therefore, no new applications can be accepted until further notice. Potential applicants whose projects meet the selection criteria for the Collaborative Research and Development Grants program are invited to apply to this program. For further information or clarification, contact Doris Braslins, Account Manager, Bio-Industries Division, Research Partnerships Programs Directorate, NSERC. Phone 613-996-7229 or e-mail: .

New Skills Initiative sponsored by SSHRC (INE), HRDC & Industry Canada
To complement the federal government’s innovation strategy, Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), Industry Canada (IC) and SSHRC’s Initiative on the New Economy (INE) are partnering to design and fund a multi-year skill-related research program — the HRDC-IC-SSHRC Skills Research Initiative (HISSRI). The program will focus on four themes: Development of an “early warning system” to monitor prospective bottlenecks in human resources; Labour market implications of an aging workforce International mobility of skilled workers; and Employer-supported training. The program will offer one-year grants of up to $25,000. Ten grants under each theme — 40 grants over the life of the program — will be funded. Under this program, new researchers will receive special consideration. Full program descriptions with deadline dates will be posted on SSHRC’s web site in the fall. Contact — Hilary Young, SSHRC (INE) Tel.: 613 996-6972 or e-mail: .

Khwarizmi International Award
The Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST) invites applications for the 17th Khwarizmi International Awards. These awards are given in acknowledgement of new research at the international level in the fields of engineering, basic sciences, human sciences, agriculture and arts. Applications may be made in the categories of fundamental research, applied research, development research, inventions and innovation. Further details are available at website The deadline for submission of applications is Oct. 31.

Support for Child-Based Research
The Research Advisory Committee of the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation has issued a call for research proposals. Funding for one-year to a maximum of $15,000 is available under this program for projects that are related directly to child health care, including epidemiological, clinical and basic sciences research. The deadline for applications is Nov. 15.

Imminent Deadlines

Sept. 1
National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC)—program project grants (full application).

The SIDS Foundation (Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths) — Dr. Sydney Segal Research Grant.

Sept. 2
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (US) — research grants; Leroy Matthews physician/scientist award; postdoctoral research fellowships; clinical fellowships (third and fourth year); pilot and feasibility awards; Harry Shwachman Clinical Investigator

Sept. 4
Human Frontier Science Program— long-term fellowships.

Sept. 8
National Networks Centres of Excellence — letters of intent due.

Sept. 9
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council — project grants.

Sept. 15
Arthritis Society— investigator (formerly Research Scientist); — new investigator (formerly Research scholarship).

Canada Council for the Arts — Project Assistance to Visual Arts and Fine Craft Organizations.
Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange; subsidies for publication; travel grants; conference/seminar/workshop grants.

Huntington's Disease Society of America, Inc. — Initiative research grants.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Career Development Program (preliminary application) — scholar award; special fellow award; fellow award.

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation — research grants (invited application).

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada — Promoscience program.

Scleroderma Foundation Research Grant Program — Established Investigator Grant.

Sloan, Alfred P. Foundation (US) — research fellowships.




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