CURA call for proposals
The Values Added Community University Research Alliance (CURA)
has released a call for proposals. Values Added, funded by
the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, is a partnership
between the Community Services Council of Newfoundland and
Labrador and researchers from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
The CURA brings together academics from various disciplines
and community researchers to explore themes related to the
province’s Strategic Social Plan (SSP). The SSP, a deliberate
policy instrument, offers a unique opportunity to explore
themes related to citizen engagement, cultural shifts and
linkages between economic and social development. The research
has a particular focus on the implications of the SSP’s
principles for horizontal policy formulation, collaborative
governance and the role of the voluntary, community-based
sector in policy development and service delivery. The CURA
is soliciting proposals to foster and mobilize knowledge around
issues such as social capital formation, best practices for
multi-sector relationships and innovative approaches to the
social economy. Successful proponents will help create an
expanded program of research and the CURA’s networks.
To see the RFP visit www.cura.envision.ca.
Deadline for letters of intent is June 28, 2004. Full proposals
will be due Sept. 8, 2004. Inquiries should be directed to
Penelope Rowe, CURA director at 753-9860.
Vice-president’s grants committee
The term for the representative on the vice-president’s
grants committee from each of humanities, social sciences,
and professional schools is expiring. Expressions of interest
and nominations for replacements are invited by June 30, 2004.
The vice-president’s grants committee adjudicates applications
for internal travel and research funds under the Social Sciences
and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) general grant and
for the vice-president’s research grant.
CIHR Proof-of-Principal grants
CIHR has announced the re-launch of its Proof-of-Principal
Initiative. For Proof of Principle Phase I (POP-I) grants,
CIHR will fund proof of principle research projects of up
to 12 months duration designed to advance discoveries/inventions
towards commercializable technologies, with a view to attract
new investment and create new science-based businesses. Proof-of-Principal
Phase II (POP-II) grants will fund proof of principle research
at the co-investment stage undertaking follow-on proof of
principle activities in partnership with a non-academic investor.
This new funding opportunity is aimed at providing a platform
to better enable the academic institution/researcher to move
the discovery/invention further down the innovation pipeline.
The first competition has a May 17 deadline date for e-mailing
a letter of intent to CIHR, with a full proposal courier stamped
deadline of July 5, 2004. The second competition has an Oct.
1 LOI deadline with a Nov. 1, 2004, full proposal submission
date. CIHR will fund up to $150,000 per application for successful
Phase I applications; and for Phase II will provide up to
$250,000 per application, where an investigator must match
CIHR funds at a 2:1 ratio. Full information is available on
CIHR’s Web site at www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/cgi-bin/print-imprimer.pl.
For additional information, contact the Office of Research.
Post-federal 2004 budget CIHR announcement
As a result of the $39 million increase to CIHR’s annual
base budget announced in the recent 2004 federal budget, CIHR’s
governing council has approved a number of changes. Notably,
the five per cent claw back on grants and awards that was
planned for April 1, in the event of no budget increase, is
cancelled ($20 million). The across-the-board cuts to operating
grants awarded in the September 2003 open competition are
reduced from an average of 15 to 10 per cent ($2.3 million);
(the cut reductions will be implemented by the end of June
2004). The budget for the March 1 open competition for operating
grants will be increased by $1.5 million. Effective April
1, 2004, the stipends for individual training awards (studentships
and fellowships) are increased by approximately five per cent
($2.5 million) for new and existing awardees. The overall
budget for the Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research
is increased by $1 million to allow for a corresponding increase
in the financial support for trainees available through training
program grants. Research allowances are also being increased.
These stipend and research allowance increases will be implemented
by the end of June, 2004 (retroactive to April 1, 2004). For
example, MD/PHD Studentships stipends will increase from $20,000
to $21,000 with a research allowance increase from $500 to
$1,000 research allowance. Grant holders whose grants are
affected by the announcement will be receiving letters from
CIHR indicating the decision change. Existing CIHR grant holders/professors
should note that although they are required to pay their trainees
at the new minimum stipend levels, effective April 1, 2004
– Graduate Student Stipend $17,850, Post-Doctoral Fellow
$36,750 or $44,000; Summer Student $1,313/month up to 4 months
– they will not be receiving additional funds from CIHR
to offset the increased minimum stipend decisions. Further
information on the post-federal 2004 budget CIHR announcement
is available at www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/news/
Call for applications
The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program offers faculty, students,
and independent scholars in Canada and the United States a
unique opportunity to explore contemporary issues relevant
to Canada and the United States and the relationship between
the two countries through the pursuit of graduate study, research,
or lecturing in their host country. While the competition
is “field open,” projects are especially encouraged
in the areas of comparative public policy; international trade;
North American integration; ecology and the environment; border
issues; communications; culture; indigenous studies; law;
security; urban planning; Canada-U.S. relations; Canadian
studies; and American studies. For detailed information on
the opportunities available through the Canada-U.S. Fulbright
Program, visit www.fulbright.ca. The deadline for application
by Canadian students and faculty is Nov. 15.
American Institute for Cancer Research — investigator
initiated grants; postdoctoral award; matching grants.
International Union Against Cancer — Yamagiwa-Yoshida
memorial UICC international cancer study grants.
Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada
(NSERC) — E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships.
Canadian Blood Services — postodoctoral fellowship.
CIHR/Health Canada — medical marijuana research program
(registration - operating grants).
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) (US) — research
grants program (submission of application — Fall review).
Rhodes University — Hugh Kelly Fellowship; post-doctoral
DAAD — German Academic Exchange Service — special
DAAD-Leibniz-Scholarships program for doctoral candidates