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August 7, 2003
 News & Notes

News & Notes

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 

Important changes to Associated Medical Services (AMS) granting programs
AMS has undertaken a number of changes to several of its programs. These include modifications of the grant guidelines, rescheduling of former deadlines, and discontinuation of some programs. In the case of the bioethics program, both the guidelines and the program deadline have been updated. The application deadlines for the Bioethics Grant-in-Aid (Sept. 30, 2003), and Career Development Fellowship and Internship (Sept. 15, 2003) are much earlier than before. Under the History of Medicine Program, the Hannah Master’s Scholarship as well as the Hannah Wellcome-Centre Travelling Fellowship and the Hannah Millennium Visitor Program have been discontinued. Hannah Master’s Scholarship applicants are encouraged to consider applying for a Hannah General Scholarship. Under the education program, the criteria has been changed for the AMS Multi-Professional Grant-In-Aid and is only available to Ontario applicants, and the AMS/Wilson fellowship awards have been discontinued. Further details are available at

CIHR Request for Applications (RFA) initiative
CIHR’s 13 institutes led by the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, in collaboration with the Ethics Office, the Privacy Commissioners of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, First Nations and the Inuit Health Branch (Health Canada), Canadian Institute for Health Information, Statistics Canada and other future collaborators, have launched a Request for Applications on Compelling Values: Privacy, Data Access and Health Research with an upcoming deadline of Oct. 1. The purpose of this RFA is to provide operating grant funds in support of initiatives that address issues related to collection, use and disclosure of personal information for health research purposes with a view to improving the health of Canadians and ensuring a strengthened health care system, while respecting and protecting Canadians’ right to privacy and confidentiality. Full details on this RFA, including information on the inter-related objectives for proposals, are available at www.cihr/

NSERC Promoscience Program
This program offers financial support for the creation of opportunities for young Canadians in elementary or high school to learn more about science and engineering skills. Deadline for applications is Sept. 15. Program details and application forms are available at

Collaborative Opportunity in a Department of Defence (DOD) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)
Defence R&D Canada (part of the Department of National Defence) has introduced a pilot program to assist Canadian universities in collaborating with U.S. universities in a Department of Defence multidisciplinary initiative (funded at US $160 million per annum). Details of this initiative are announced on the Defence R&D Canada and DOD Web sites. Although any of the federal granting agencies could be involved in MURI, NSERC has referenced this initiative on its Web site. For further information contact Robert Webb, director, Technology Watch and Head, International S & T Marketing at 613-992-0781 or e-mail

Call for papers
The ISIS Canada Research Network has issued a call for papers for presentation at the Second International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring. One-page (300 word) abstracts are invited and will be reviewed by an international panel of referees. Abstracts must be submitted by Nov. 15. The workshop will be held Sept. 23-24, 2004, in Winnipeg. For further information, visit

Software for research collaboration
For the interest of researchers who are involved in collaborative research, the Data Corporation, Windsor, Ontario, has designed a secure desktop collaboration software (Tenix) which provides for the sharing, management, and synchronization of information. It features the facilitation of the carrying out of collaborative research activity from the development of research proposals, to the carrying out of research, to the storage of research data in a secure environment. Information on this software is available at

Imminent Deadlines

Sept. 15

Associated Medical Services Inc.—Bioethics Career Enhancement Fellowship.

Sept. 19
International Alliance for Human Resources Research (IAHRR) — best master’s thesis award; best PhD dissertation award.

Sept. 20
Memorial University of Newfoundland — Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council general grant (travel grants for international representation and paper presentation at scholarly meetings).

Sept. 23
Ottawa Life Sciences Council — National Merit Award.

Sept. 26
Ontario Mental Health Foundation — research project grants.

Sept. 27
Canadian Heritage — Partnerships Fund (Canadian Culture Online Funding Program).

Sept. 30
Associated Medical Services — bioethics grant-in-aid.

Canadian Hemophilia Society/Genetics Institute — Care Until Cure research program.

Memorial University of Newfoundland — Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council general grant (research); Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Vice-President’s research grant.

Memorial University of Newfoundland (Office of the VP (Research) — David Hawkins Lectureship in Health Research (nominations).

Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council — Sustaining Funds (Visual, Literary, and Provincial Arts Organization).

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons — international travelling fellowship; Royal College fellowship for studies in medical education; medical education travelling fellowship; Detweiler travelling fellowships; Walter C. MacKenzie, Scotiabank fellowship in surgery.


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