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October 16, 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

Career development awards
Rethink Breast Cancer is pleased to announce the launch of a new Career Development Awards program for candidates who have recently received or who are completing a PhD or MD. The program offers two to four years of salary support at either NCIC or PAIRO rates as appropriate as well as project support to a maximum of $35,000 per annum. The program objective is to support research that shows promise for translating basic biomedical knowledge to the development of innovative approaches to breast cancer treatment, diagnosis, or prevention. The intent is to support work that is clinical in orientation. Application is initially through a letter of intent to be submitted by Nov. 14. Application guidelines and forms are available at

Clinical research chairs in vaccines
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, in partnership with the CIHR/Rx&D Research Program, is offering support for the creation of two five-year clinical research chairs in vaccines. Candidates must be an MD, have completed their research training, and hold a faculty appointment at the time of taking up the award. The total value of each chair is estimated at $1.1 million with funding to be contributed by Wyeth, CIHR, and the university or institute where the chair is to be held. Application is through nomination by the dean of the relevant faculty or institute head. The deadline for submission of nominations is Nov. 30. Complete program details may be found at

John G. Diefenbaker Award
The John G. Diefenbaker Award is offered by the Canada Council for the Arts to enable a distinguished German scholar to spend up to 12 months in Canada to undertake research in any of the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities. The value of the award is $75,000 plus a grant of up to $20,000 to cover the cost of travel to the place of tenure, as well as travel to other institutions in Canada and the United States. Nominations must be submitted by a Canadian university or research institute by Dec. 1. Further information is available at

Molson Prizes

The Canada Council for the Arts is inviting nominations for next year’s two Molson Prizes. These prizes in the amount of $50,000 each are awarded annually to two distinguished individuals (one in the arts; one in the social sciences and humanities) who have made, and who are continuing to make, a substantial and distinguished contribution over a significant period of time in these areas. Candidates must be either Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Further information is available at The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1.

SSHRC’s Research Development Initiatives (RDI) program does not provide support for ongoing programs of research. Rather, it supports research that is in its initial stages by supporting the development of new ways of analyzing, structuring, integrating and transferring knowledge in the humanities and social sciences. Support under this program may be provided for activities like summer institutes, or networking activities such as the creation of new alliances, partnerships and collaborations at the researcher, group, institutional, national or international level. The maximum value of an RDI grant is $40,000 over a two-year period. RDI grants are not renewable. Competitions for funding under this program will be held twice a year and the next application deadline is Dec. 15. For full program details, see

UICC international cancer fellowships

The International Union Against Cancer (UICC) offers a number of international fellowships for continuous professional education in a variety of disciplines through long, medium and short-term work and training periods abroad. They are intended for qualified investigators, clinicians and nurses who are actively engaged in cancer research, clinical oncology or oncology nursing, or are educators in these fields. Deadlines and fellowship values vary. For information on the different programs offered visit

Employment subsidies available for recent graduates

Career Development and Experiential Learning at Memorial has partnered with the Provincial Department of Youth Services and Post Secondary Education to offer a Graduate Transition Employment program for graduates of Memorial University. A 60 per cent wage subsidy to a maximum of $10,000 towards the starting salary of an approved year-long position is offered to provide work experience in an occupation related to the graduate’s area of study. Graduates must be within two years of completion of their program and have been seeking employment in their area of study for a minimum of three months. Applications will be reviewed as received and supported as funds permit. For further details, visit

Funding Available from CHSRF
In addition to its annual open grants competition (deadline Nov. 5), the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation offers a number of other programs including postdoctoral support (deadline Dec. 5), Career Reorientation Awards (open deadline), Executive Training for Research Application Fellowships (call for proposals to be released in November) and a program of support for Knowledge Brokering Demonstration Models (call for proposals is anticipated in February 2004). Information on these programs is available at

Imminent Deadlines
Nov. 10

Natural Resources/Polar Continental Shelf Project — Canadian Arctic-Antarctic Exchange Program

Nov. 15

Canada Council for the Arts, Inter-Arts Program — creation production grants; dissemination grants; annual funding grants.

Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) — research grants.

DAAD — German Academic Exchange Service; graduate scholarship for study/research in Germany.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness — William K. Stell Scholarship; postdoctoral fellowships award; graduate student award (studentships); operating grant.

Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America, The Canada-United States Fulbright Program — scholar awards; visiting chair awards; student awards.

Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation — call for research proposals.

Memorial — northern scientific training program.

Memorial — publications subvention.

University of Calgary-Gorbachev Foundation — joint trust fund (full application).

Nov. 18
Canadian Hemophilia Society — research grants (operating grants).

Nov. 24
Calgary Institute for the Humanities — visiting research fellowships.

Nov. 28
Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Rx&D/Health Research Foundation — research career awards in the health sciences.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (The) — Royal College medal awards.

Nov. 30
Associated Medical Services, Inc., Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine — Hannah development grant.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INA) — northern science award (nomination).

Memorial — university research professorships (nominations and applications).


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