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December 11, 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 elizaben@mun.caNSERC

Undergraduate Student Research Awards
For this year's NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) Program 2004-05 competition at Memorial, 54 eligible undergraduate students enrolled in a science or engineering program will be awarded an opportunity to receive research training and employment for 16 consecutive weeks (at a minimum award of $5,625) through Memorial University's internal competitive process. Awards can be taken up in the summer or fall of 2004 or the winter of 2005. The USRA University program is administered by the Office of Research in conjunction with applicable department heads/unit directors. Applicants may apply to only one department/unit at Memorial per competition and can hold a maximum of three awards through their undergraduate program. An overview of the USRA Program is available at For eligibility guidelines see For the initial selection stage, students interested in applying must submit Form 202 - Part I (Student Personal Data) of the NSERC online application form with a copy of their most recent transcript to their department head by Jan. 16, 2004. A copy (PDF version) of NSERC Form 202 - Part I (Student Personal Data) and instructions on completing the Web-based form are available in the drop-down box ‘For Students and Fellows’ section of NSERC’s Web site at Once the Web-based form has been completed, printed, and signed, it must be handed in to one department/unit, with an up-to-date student transcript. Once applications have been ranked at the departmental level, they will be adjudicated by Memorial’s USRA Selection Committee, with awardees notified in March of 2004. Eligible students may also apply to the USRA program at other Canadian Universities. Those wishing to acquire research experience in industry may also apply to eligible companies for the NSERC Industrial USRA program. Students enrolled in a Science or Engineering program who wish to apply should consult NSERC's Web site and contact their department head for additional information; or, for clarification on the USRA competition process, contact a grants co-ordinator at the Office of Research, at 737-4745 or 737-4076.

Meteorological Services of Canada Supplement Program for NSERC USRA Holders

USRA award holders who are carrying out research that directly contributes to the advancement of atmospheric and meteorological areas of interest to Canada, may also apply for the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) supplement of $1,000. Further information and application procedures for applying to the MSC supplement program are available at

Northern Research Supplements
NSERC has established a new program of Northern Research Supplements in recognition of the added logistical costs of conducting research in the north. In order to apply for this supplement (up to $10,000 a year for up to five years), researchers must either hold, or have applied for, an NSERC Discovery Grant. To apply for the supplement, researchers must submit an NSERC form 101 and a form 100 for the applicant and any co-applicants. The application must provide information on the specific location of the research and an outline of the expenses that would be expected to be incurred owing to the high cost of undertaking research in the north. Further details on this program are available at lbi=al_sup. The deadline for submission of applications is Jan. 15, 2004.

TCPS Consultation
The consultation period on the proposal developed by the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics regarding the implementation of the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS) has been extended. Written submissions on the proposed TCPS Implementation Feedback Framework (TIFF) will be accepted until Jan. 2, 2004. The call for comments and the TIFF proposal are available on the PRE Web site at
New funding program NeuroScience Canada, with support from CIHR, has issued a Request for Applications under a newly launched Brain Repair Program. This program will support multi-disciplinary, collaborative, cross-cutting research in the area of brain repair that focuses on neurological and psychiatric disorders (including addiction). Support of up to $500,000 per year for a three-year period will be provided to support research teams which include at least three principal investigators. Application is initially through submission of a letter of intent by deadline Jan. 31, 2004. The complete Request for Applications is available at and can also be accessed through the CIHR Web site.

National research forum
The CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health and its partners are planning a National Forum for Young Investigators in Circulatory and Respiratory Health from May 6 to 9, 2004, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This forum will be of interest to researchers with less than 10 years in a faculty position and trainees (including postdoctoral fellows, residents, graduate and undergraduate students) who are involved in research in the area of heart, lungs, stroke, blood vessels, blood, critical and intensive care, or sleep disorders. Online registration and abstract forms are available at The deadline for travel grant requests for participation in the forum is Jan. 15, 2004.

Imminent Deadlines
Jan. 16

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada — industrial research fellowships.

Shastri-Indo Canadian Institute — visiting lectureship in Canadian studies.

Jan. 24
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT)/International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS), Organization of American States (OAS) Fellowship Programs — graduate fellowships (academic studies).

Jan. 28
Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) — project grants; development grants.

Jan. 30

Aquanet — call for proposals (applications).

Baillie Fund — student research award.

Canadian Health Services Research Foundation — Harkness Associates Award.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (The) — Canadian research awards for specialty residents.

Thyroid Foundation of Canada — summer student research scholarship.

Jan. 31

Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation — foreigners fellowships program.

Royal Society of Canada —Konrad Adenauer research award (nomination deadline).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) — major collaborative research initiatives (letter of intent)

Feb. 1

Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation (ABMRF) — grants for alcohol research.

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada — R.B. Byers postdoctoral fellowship program.

Bayer/Canadian Blood Services/Héma-Québec Partnership Fund — partnership fund (letter of intent).

Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation — summer studentships.

Canadian Institute of Health Research/Institute of Genetics — grants for short-term research visits (full proposals).

Canadian Institutes of Health Research — new emerging team (NET) grants (application - specified institute).

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation — research grants (continuations); dissertation fellowships.

Memorial University research grants program (salary-based research grant program).

National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) — personnel support awards.

National Institutes of Health (US) (NIH) — research grant.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society (US) — research grant program; junior faculty awards.

Feb. 2

Canadian Blood Services — summer internship program.

Newfoundland Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation — feasibility/seed grants.

Feb. 12

European Commission/Marie Curie Actions — Marie Curie Incoming International Fellowships; Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowships.

Feb. 13

Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research — research grants (full application — by invitation); consumer-focussed grants (full application — by invitation).



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