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Vol 37  No 15
June 9, 2005



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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

Northern Research Internships
NSERC has broadened the eligibility criteria for supervisors of Northern Research Internship award holders. Since the establishment of the program in 2003, NSERC-supported supervisors were limited to supervising just one Northern Research Internship award holder in a 12-month period. This restriction has now been lifted. The Northern Research Internship program supports graduate students and postdoctoral fellows pursuing studies in the Canadian North by facilitating extended stays and subsidizing costs associated with activities in the North. There are no fixed deadlines, but applications should be made at least eight weeks before the start of a proposed internship. Detailed program guidelines are available at:

CIHR strategic funding opportunities
CIHR has released full details on the first batch of its semi-annual posting of requests for applications. These may be viewed on CIHR’s Web site at A pre-announcement including a brief summary of the remaining RFAs will be released on June 13.

Updated CIHR Grants and Awards Guide
CIHR has updated its Grants and Awards Guide for 2005-06. The 2005-2006 Grants and Awards Guide, along with a summary of changes is available at

Evaluation of CIHR institutes
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research has commissioned EKOS Research Associates Inc., in association with Goss Gilroy Inc. and Natalie Kishchuk Program Evaluation and Applied Social Research, to conduct an evaluation of each of the 13 institutes. As part of the evaluation process, EKOS or one of the associate firms may be seeking interviews with researchers, partners, or other stakeholders. The purpose of these interviews (approximately 60-90 minutes) will be to obtain feedback from the various CIHR communities on the overall effectiveness of CIHR institutes, and of individual institutes, and to identify any areas for improvement. Participation will, of course, be on a voluntary basis and findings will be presented in aggregate form only.

Health services research funding
The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research is offering support for health services and policy research workshops and community development initiatives that contribute to the attainment of the goals and objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan of the Institute (see report on Listening for Direction II at Funding of up to $20,000 per grant is available to support workshops, the preparation of background papers or the carrying out of environmental scans. For detailed information see The deadline for application is June 15.

Funding opportunity in patient safety
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) has issued its first call for applications for applied health services research and demonstration projects. Funds will be provided on a matching basis so applicants are required to have secured matching funding. CPSI’s contribution to a project is limited to $100,000 with projects to be completed by May 2007. For further information, see Potential applicants must register intent to apply by June 17. The application deadline is Aug. 2.

Research in the circumpolar North
SSHRC invites Canadian researchers to participate in the BOREAS program, a humanities-led research initiative that funds multinational, multidisciplinary teams to broaden and deepen the scope of research in and on the circumpolar North. The European Science Foundation is making available up to the equivalent of $1.6 million to support networking, coordination and dissemination activities. SSHRC, as a participating research agency, plans an initial investment of $100,000 annually over four years, starting in fiscal 2006-07. For further information, see Application is initially through submission of an outline proposal by deadline June 27.

SSHRC’s Northern Research Development Program
SSHRC offers Northern Research Development Grants of up to $40,000 over a two-year period. These grants are not intended to fund programs of research. Rather they are to fund research and related activity which will lead to the development of research proposals that are suitable for submission to other funding programs, whether those of SSHRC or other agencies. The activities that may be covered by development grants include summer institutes, conferences, community workshops, and networking activities which are intended to create research partnerships and develop collaboration with northern communities. Full program details are available at The deadline for submission of applications is July 13.

Health Canada Seeks proposals
Health Canada’s Health Policy Research Program (HPRP) has posted two Requests for Applications. The first (RFA 023), titled Preparing the Health Sector for the Health Impacts of Climate Change, is offering funds of up to $350,000 per project over a two-year period to carry out primary research to inform the development of policies and approaches for adapting to the potential impacts of climate change. The second (RFA 024), titled Health Impact of Climate Change Policies and Programs Related to Greenhouse Gas Emission Mitigation Measures and Technologies, is offering up to $200,000 per project over an 18-month period for the carrying out of synthesis research to assess the health impacts of climate change policies and programs related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emission mitigation measures and technologies. Details on both RFAs may be found at The deadline for submission under both RFAs is Sept. 7.

NCE pilot initiative
The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program has launched a $1 million-per-year new initiative (NCE-NI) to support the networking activities of research groups to develop new partnerships with receptor communities. The maximum period of support for an NCE-NI is four years and the funding range is between $200,000 and $400,000 annually. The competition is open to all research areas. For further information, see Interested groups should notify the NCE program of intent to apply before July 25. The NCE program will offer pre-screening services until July 25. The deadline for full application is Sept. 12.

Bioethics grants-in-aid for new researchers Associated Medical Services Inc. offers support of up to $25,000 for a one-year period to researchers who are in the early stage of their academic/research career. Applicants must have received their highest academic qualification no more than five years before the date of application. Eligible research areas include: beginning and end of life issues; managed care and healthcare reform; corporate entities and how they relate to organized or managed care; ethics of the healthcare profession; bioethics education; and ethics of human research. For full program details, see The deadline for application is Sept. 20.

Imminent deadlines

Aug. 15

Canadian Institutes of Health Research - equipment grants (registration); maintenance grants (registration); multi-user equipment and facilities (acquisition and maintenance) grants (registration); operating grants (registration). Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Health Canada; research initiative on Hepatitis C (registration).

Aug. 28

Smuts Memorial Fund - Smuts visiting fellowship in Commonwealth studies.

Aug. 31

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) - ACU titular fellowships (candidates must be nominated by executive head of university).


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