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March 10, 2005
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For more information about the items below, or to request application materials, contact Elaine Hendry at the Office of Research, 737-8251 or e-mail

Research Directory
The Research Directory is a reference tool used to identify particular research expertise or research interests of faculty members at Memorial’s St. John’s campus, including the Marine Institute, and at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Campus in Corner Brook. The directory is used extensively within the university as well as by outside users. The number of entries in the online version continues to grow. New faculty members or researchers not already listed in the Research Directory are encouraged to fill out the brief, one-page expertise form at
and send it by mail to Elizabeth Williams, Office of Research, or Those who are currently listed (to view your entry, see
) may update their information at anytime by using the same form. For further information, please contact the Office of Research at 737-8251.

The Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) is seeking nominations for the 2005 Health Services Research Advancement Award. The award provides $10,000 to use for the advancement of health services research. Eligible nominations include researchers who are doing health services research, communicating such research well, teaching about health services research, or advocating for it. Also eligible for nomination are individuals who are decision makers who fund health services research, who work in partnership with health services researchers or who frequently use research to make evidence-based decisions. See the form at
. Deadline is March 31.

The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research in partnership with the Conference of Provincial/Territorial Deputy Ministers of Health, the CIHR Institute of Cancer Research, and the CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis have issued a request for applications for projects of up to one year with a maximum budget of $100,000. This initiative is directed towards the support of research which will inform the work of the Provincial/Territorial Deputy Ministers of Health in meeting commitments to establish evidence-based benchmarks for medically acceptable wait times in five priority areas: cancer, heart, diagnostic imaging, joint replacement, and sight restoration. See In order to apply under this RFA, an abbreviated registration must be sent to CIHR by March 15, followed by a full application by March 31.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is renewing membership for its 13 Institute Advisory Boards (IAB) and is inviting applications to fill approximately 40 new three-year terms beginning Sept. 1. Each IAB is made up of 16 volunteers from Canada and abroad who meet at least twice a year to provide the institute with advice on health research priorities. They also consider how best to shape and implement health research strategies in line with these priorities, and to accelerate the flow of knowledge into health benefits. While recruiting a wide range of researchers and individuals from all sectors of society, the governing council has placed special emphasis on industry, youth, knowledge translation, small institutions, health services, and public health sectors. Online applications at until March 31.

NSERC Strategic Grants Competition
Faculty members planning on submitting an application to the April 15, 2005, NSERC Strategic Grant Competition should note that information on this research partnership grant program, including target area descriptions, and contact information on this Partnership Program is available at Forms 101, 100, and 183A must be completed on-line. PDF forms and instructions are at Professors may also complete, on behalf of their industry partner, the on-line Form 183A (Information Required from Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships Programs); a hard copy of the form is available under the ‘Industry’ section of the drop-down box. The partnering organization will still need to sign off on the completed form and provide the required accompanying documentation. A cash contribution from the supporting organization is not required. However, the partnering organization should be actively involved in all stages of the research project, including the development of the proposal. The deadline for an administrative review from the Office of Research is April 1, 2005. Those planning on submitting an application are encouraged to contact the grants coordinators (at 737-4745 or 737- 4076).

The Dairy Farmers of Canada are now accepting letters of intent for the Nutrition Research Funding Program. The guidelines for grant applications as well as the letter of intent are at under the heading “Research Funding.” Letters of intent due April 1, 2005, for funding beginning Jan. 1, 2006. Contact Christiane d’Aragon at or 514-284-1092.

SSHRC is inviting nominations of researchers in the social sciences and humanities for the council’s Gold Medal for Achievement in Research. The medal is accompanied by a $100,000 research grant that must be used for research, training, or other academic activities. The award recognizes the lifetime achievement of a distinguished researcher who has made substantial contributions to Canada’s cultural and intellectual life. Candidates must be active researchers in the social sciences and humanities. Information on the nominations process and requirements is at Deadline for nomination packages is April 15.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has posted a list of proposed regulatory documents at Licensees, certificate holders, stakeholders and other interested persons are invited to comment on the choice of documents, any omission, and the proposed purpose and scope of each document. Any comments should be sent in written form to by April 22.

At the request of Dr. Arthur Carty, in his capacity as National Science Advisor, a copy of the discussion paper, titled Framework for the Evaluation, Funding and Oversight of Canadian Major Science Investments, has been placed at
. Feedback is invited from all organizations and individuals who have an interest in the Big Science framework presented in the paper. Comments should be sent to the Office of the National Science Advisor at Deadline for submission of comments is May 15.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research – partnerships for health system improvement (invited applications).

Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Institute for Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (IAPH)/Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH)/Knowledge Transition Branch – Request for Applications “Scoping reviews and research syntheses.” Registration deadline.

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada – innovations in IBD research: a special competition.

DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service - German studies research grant.

Huntington Society of Canada – NAVIGATOR research program; Laura’s Hope Fund; Landmark Graduate Awards.

National Cancer Institute of Canada – program project grants (letter of intent).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – aid to research workshops and conferences in Canada.

Tree Research & Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) – Hyland R. Johns grant program.

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Inc. – individual research grant program.

Hospital for Sick Children Foundation – new investigators grant (full application).

Burroughs Wellcome Fund – career awards at the scientific interface.

EJLB Foundation – scholar research program (letters of intent).