| TCPS tutorial
The Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) has
launched its online introductory tutorial for the Tri-Council
Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans
(TCPS). The tutorial is a self-administered educational tool
directed to research ethics board members, researchers, administrators,
research participants, analysts and members of the general
public. It covers the goals of the policy, the context of
an ethics framework, ethics review, free and informed consent,
privacy and confidentiality, conflict of interest, and inclusion
in research. The tutorial also includes three research ethics
case studies, a self-evaluation tool, and a certificate of
completion. The tutorial can be accessed at www.pre.ethics.gc.ca.
Call for nominations
The federal granting agencies CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC have issued
a public call for nominations for membership on the Interagency
Advisory Panel on Research Ethics. Further detail on this
call for nominations is available at http://pre.ethics.gc.ca/english/publicparticipation/
deadline for nominations is May 7.
Innovation Challenge Awards
NSERC is seeking nominations (up to two per university) of
master’s and PhD students in their last year, or recent
graduates, in the natural sciences, engineering, or computer
science who have conducted research and who have ideas about
how to transform that research into a commercial product or
service. Three prizes are available: a $10,000 main prize
and two $5,000 runner-up prizes. Full program details are
available at www.nserc.gc.ca/innovation.
The deadline for nominations is May 15.
Workplace Health and Safety
Applications for an 18-month postdoctoral fellowship in workplace
health and safety are invited by SafetyNet, a multi-year research
program of innovative, interdisciplinary research projects
in workplace health and safety located at Memorial University.
Applications from individuals with a WHS background in one
or more of the following areas are particularly encouraged:
resource-based industries, small business, industrial hygiene
and/or industrial engineering. The value of the fellowship
is $42,000 per annum with additional support for travel and
research expenses. For additional details, see www.safetynet.mun.ca/
postDocFell.htm The deadline for application is May 17.
New CRYSTAL Initiative
NSERC will provide up to $200,000 a year over five years to
each of six multidisciplinary centres for research in youth,
science teaching and learning at Canadian universities. These
centres are to be established in collaboration with education,
science and engineering faculties and will be charged with
developing new links with agencies, governments and individuals
active in Canada’s education and science promotion communities.
Complete program details are available at www.nserc.ca.
The deadline for submission of letters of intent from those
wishing to develop proposals for the new centres is May 29.
NSERC invites nominations for the 2004 Synergy Awards for
Innovation. There are four different award categories which
recognize and reward innovation and superior collaborative
research in the natural sciences and engineering between universities
and partner companies. Winning universities receive a $25,000
NSERC research grant while industry partners receive a synergy
sculpture. Complete competition details are available at www.nserc.gc.ca/synergy.
The deadline for nominations is May 31.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
The Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Death invites
applications for research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Grants may be awarded in any discipline (nursing, medicine,
epidemiology, psychology, biology, sociology) which is concerned
with the causes, effects and/or prevention of Sudden Infant
Death Syndrome. All awards are of one year’s duration
with a potential for renewal upon re-application. Further
information is available at www.sidscanada.org/segal_research_grants.htm.
The deadline for applications is June 4.
Climatic and Atmospheric Research
The Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences
(CFCAS) has now opened its 2004 grants competition with a
call for research proposals (maximum grant $300,000) and a
call for letters of intent for major initiatives. Proposals
are particularly encouraged in the areas of arctic, northern
and cryospheric climate science; high impact weather, including
drought; climate change and its impact on the physical environment;
and research involving the use of new technologies and analytical
methods for the monitoring and prediction of atmospheric and
oceanic conditions. Detailed guidelines for both project grants
and strategic initiatives are available at www.cfcas.org.
The deadline for submissions is June 4 (note the change of
deadline date from May 28 as indicated in the pre-announcement
issued earlier by CFCAS).
Canada Foundation for Innovation – new opportunities
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) (US) – research
grants program (request for grant application).
International Information Science Foundation (IISF) –
visiting researcher support program.
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation – Basil O'Connor
starter scholar research award (invited applications).
Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute - India studies fellowships
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) –
aid to research and transfer journals.