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March 20, 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

Award for science promotion
The Michael Smith Awards for Science Promotion will honour up to five outstanding people or organizations that make science and technology interesting and accessible to all Canadians. Any individual, organization, or company in Canada may be nominated. In addition to a medal, individual winners will receive a personal award of $5,000 while winning organizations will be awarded $10,000 to further science promotion. Details of the nominations procedure may be found at The deadline for receipt of nominations is April 4.

Global climate change
NSERC is collaborating with the BIOCAP Canada Foundation in the support of research undertaken to understand the processes that regulate the biosphere carbon cycle, to identify cost-effective and sustainable strategies for reducing biosphere emissions of greenhouse gases and maximizing carbon sequestration, and to develop or enhance technologies that utilize renewable biomass as energy, chemical and material resources. Applications under the NSERC/BIOCAP Joint Initiative are to be submitted under the upcoming NSERC Strategic Grants competition with a cover letter indicating that the application is to be considered under this Joint Initiative. Further program details are available at The application deadline is April 15.

Gold Medal for Science and Engineering
NSERC invites nominations of scientists or engineers from a Canadian university, government lab, or private firm for the 2003 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. The winner of this award will receive $1 million over a five-year period in support of his or her university-based research or to direct towards a related use. If the recipient already holds an NSERC discovery grant, the grant will be increased to $200,000 for each of the five years. Details on the nomination procedure are available at The deadline for receipt of nominations is April 15.

Luther L. Terry Awards
The American Cancer Society is pleased to announce the Luther L. Terry Awards for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control. Named for former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Luther L. Terry, these awards are offered in five categories to recognize individuals and organizations that carry on Dr. Terry’s legacy of promoting tobacco control and education. Applications for nominations for these awards must be received by April 15. Further information and applications for these awards can be obtained from

Health Canada issues request for proposals
Health Canada has issued a request for proposals to carry out synthesis research in the area of governance choices and health care quality: a focus on patient safety. Up to $600,000 has been set aside in this competition for the support of four projects. The maximum amount that will be provided for any individual project is $200,000. Funding is expected to begin in the fall of 2003 with project final reports to be submitted by February 2005. Applicants must register to obtain an application form and a registration number which must be quoted on the application form. Details of the request for proposals are available at Deadline for receipt of applications is April 30.

Health workplace research
Health Canada is seeking research proposals aimed at understanding the utilization of recommendations resulting from national and other reports directed towards improving the workplaces of health professionals. This is to be accomplished by surveying users of the research, studying various jurisdictions and health care workplaces, and by seeking to understand the factors which affect the implementation of recommendations. Up to $1 million has been allocated to support up to six projects. The maximum amount per funded project will be $300,000. Application is initially through letters of intent to be submitted by deadline May 7. Detailed program guidelines are available at

BREATHE (Basic Research and Therapy)
The Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation together with the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health and the CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity announce BREATHE (Basic Research and Therapy), a highly ambitious research program which is designed to target the basic defect in cystic fibrosis through the development of novel therapeutic approaches. Request for applications will fund one or two groups in the range of $600,000 to $2,200,000 per year, for up to five years, beginning in April 2004. Further information regarding the request for applications may be obtained from the following websites: Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation:, the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health: and the Institute of Infection and Immunity at

Imminent Deadlines

May 1

Associated Medical Services — Tri-Program Workshop Grant.

EJLB Foundation — Scholar Research Program (Letters of Intent due).

Memorial, Faculty of Medicine — faculty research and development advisory committee.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) — collaborative linkage grants; expert visits (security-related civil services)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) — aid to occasional research conferences and international congresses in Canada.

Tree Research & Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) — Hyland R. Johns grant program.

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Inc. — individual research grant program.

May 9

Canadian Microelectronics Corporation — the Douglas R. Colton award for research excellence (nomination).