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November 13 , 2003
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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

Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award
Nominations and applications are invited by Dec. 1 for Memorial’s next Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award. One award of $25,000 is given annually to recognize, promote and support outstanding and innovative new faculty researchers at Memorial whose work impacts positively on their departments and whose research has the potential to be of significance to society at large. The program is open to faculty members who received their first university faculty-level appointment no earlier than December 1995. Program guidelines are available at or from Eleanor Butler,

Vice-president’s grants committee
The term of the professional schools representative on the vice-president’s grants committee is expiring and expressions of interest and nominations for replacements are invited by Dec. 5. 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.

Ethics consultation
The Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics has issued an open invitation for participation in an on-line consultation on prioritizing procedural and related definitional issues in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS). The purpose of this consultation is to assist the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics subgroup on TCPS Procedural Issues in determining which procedural and related definitional issues are most important to address. In order to participate, please visit About 10 to 20 minutes will be needed to respond to a number of questions. The Web site will be available until Nov. 21.

Research budgeting
For a number of years now, fringe benefit rates in research budgets have been estimated using 12 per cent and 15 per cent for part-time and full-time employees respectively. There have, however, been a number of changes in fringe benefit costs in recent years with the most recent of these being the mandatory participation in the pension plan by those employees with contracts of six months or more and who are working at least 20 hours per week. In a recent review of fringe benefit costs, Human Resources have advised that although the actual cost of fringe benefits varies from employee to employee, generally the rate of 14 per cent for employees hired for less than six months and 20 per cent for those hired for six months or more should be used for budgeting purposes to ensure that sufficient funds are available to cover fringe benefit costs.

NCEHR call for proposals for case vignettes
In their spring 2004 issue of Communiqué, NCEHR wishes to include brief case examples of specific social science-based research methodologies, tools and techniques that raise challenges for researchers. Members of the research community, including graduate students, are invited to submit proposals for case vignettes that include: a few sentences on the methodology, tool or technique to be discussed, and a few sentences on where the challenge comes into play with the TCPS-based ethics review process. Submissions should be directed to Andrea Blake ( by Dec. 15, 2003, and questions can be directed to her. NCEHR will select proposals that represent a broad spectrum of the challenges for the research community and REBs related to social science research, and will contact those selected to submit one to two page descriptions by Feb. 15, 2004 for inclusion in their publication.

New SSHRC/HRDC initiative
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) has announced a new strategic joint initiative in partnership with Human Resources Development Canada titled Essential Skills. Under this initiative, research grants of up to $100,000 a year for two years will be offered along with the possibility of further workshop support. For this competition, two research themes have been selected: impacts of essential skills training in the workplace; and cultural differences in how people acquire essential skills. Applications are invited from researchers and teams of researchers. For further information, including relevant research questions, see
. The deadline for submission of applications is Jan. 5, 2004.

New CIHR institute funding opportunities
Canadian Institutes of Health Research has released preliminary announcements of forthcoming new strategic funding opportunities available through specific Institutes and their partners. Full details for these opportunities will be available in early December. In summary, the new funding opportunities will include: mid-career awards in aging; pilot project grants in aging; support for aboriginal community-based research programs; support for new researchers in aboriginal health; new emerging team grant for suicide prevention targeting aboriginal people; Institute of Genetics clinical investigatorship award; human genetics, ethics, law and society research support; grants for short-term research visits; genetics and health services and policies research support; research capacity support; fellowships; studentships; health research partnership fund; and more. Further details on these preliminary announcements are available at

Imminent Deadlines
Dec. 15

Association for Canadian Studies — graduate student research travel scholarship.

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation — Atlantic Canada breast cancer research grant.

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation — fellowship award.

Huntington's Disease Society of America, Inc. — research grants; research fellowships.

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) (US) — research grants program (request for grant application).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council — research development initiatives.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada — visiting scientist award.
Dec. 31
Royal Society of Canada — Manfred Worner fellowship.


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