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Vol 38  No 10
February 23, 2006



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For more information about the items below, contact Elizabeth Hurley at the Office of Research, 737-8251 or e-mail

CIHR operating grants competition
Faculty who have submitted their registration package with the intent to apply to the upcoming CIHR Operating Grants Competition should note that all required forms, modules and instructions, including the common CV, must be completed using the online system (, printed, signed and couriered to CIHR by March 1. Guidelines for completing the modules must be strictly followed. Applicants should also refer to the Summary of Changes to the 2005-2006 Grants and Awards Guide When preparing the budget for the Operating Budget Module, applicants should note the minimum stipend for a graduate student ($17,850/year) and postdoctoral fellow with a PhD ($36,750/year) plus non-discretionary benefits, and other eligible expenses as per the Use of Grants Funds document Applicants and co-applicants should allow additional preparation time for signatures, including the institutional signature from Memorial and other participating universities. For logistical purposes, those submitting an application are requested to please notify the Office of Research. For final viewing and institutional signature, applications should be received at the Office of Research by Friday, Feb. 24. For further details, contact the grants co-ordinators, Office of Research, Debbie Barnes (; 737-4076) or Jan Hopkins (; 737-4745).

Brain Repair Program competition
NeuroScience Canada has announced the launch of their second Brain Repair Program competition. Two team grants, each valued at $1.5 million over a three-year period, will be awarded. In addition, up to $60,000 to cover networking costs will be awarded to each successful team. The competition is directed towards funding new multi-institutional and multidisciplinary teams that focus on cross-cutting research teams that may benefit a range of diseases, disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system. See Letter of intent by deadline is March 8.

CCAC Fellowship in Animal Policy Development
The Canadian Council on Animal Care is accepting applications for a CCAC fellowship to work with the guidelines program of the CCAC on ethical issues and policy development relating to animal use in regulatory testing. Recent doctoral graduates or individuals with a comparable level of combined education and training are invited to apply. See Application deadline is March 15.

Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) has announced its ninth call for submission of statements of interest. This call includes applications for technologies that address climate change, clean air, clean water, and clean soil issues. See Statements of interest due March 15.

Asia Pacific Research Grants Program
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is pleased to announce its new Asia Pacific Research Grants Program. The grants program will fund research activities, conferences, graduate and media fellowships, and special initiatives. See March 15 is stage one deadline of a two-stage application process.

Alton Ochsner Award
The Ochsner Clinic Foundation is accepting nominations for the 21st annual Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Health. The award has a value of $15,000 and is presented to one or more clinical and/or basic science investigators for outstanding and exemplary original scientific investigations that relate tobacco consumption and health. The work may be clinical, fundamental, epidemiological or preventive in scope and the prime criterion for award selection is its scientific impact on this major health threat. Contact the Office of Research. The nominations deadline is March 31.

Reconsidering privacy and confidentiality in the TCPS
The Interagency Advisory Panel and Secretariat on Research Ethics are calling for comments on the second of three documents on which they are seeking community input for potential amendments to the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS). A 60-day consultation period, open from Feb. 7 to April 10, is available to receive input on the document Reconsidering Privacy and Confidentiality in the TCPS. See

NSERC Strategic Grants Program
New target areas have been announced for NSERC’s Strategic Grants Program. These are: advanced communications and management of information; biomedical technologies; competitive manufacturing and value-added products and processes; healthy environment and ecosystems; quality foods and novel bioproducts; safety and security; and sustainable energy systems (production, distribution and utilization.). To be considered under this program, all applications must fall within these target areas and must also identify an eligible supporting organization. See Application deadline is April 18.

NSERC lifts moratorium on Research Network Grants
NSERC has reinstated and renamed its Research Network Grants Program. Its new name will be the Strategic Network Grants Program and it will focus on the same new target areas as the Strategic Project Grants Program. A notification of submission will not be required. Deadline for new preliminary applications for the 2007 competition is June 30. More information will be posted on NSERC’s website by March 31.

Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is inviting nominations under its Career Awards at the Scientific Interface Program (CASI). These awards are intended to foster the early career development of postdoctoral scientists with backgrounds in the physical/computational sciences whose work addresses biological questions and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. Each award will provide up to $500,000 in support over a five-year period to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of a future faculty appointment. An institution may nominate up to two candidates. See The deadline for submission is May 1.

Scholar Research Program
The EJLB Foundation, under its Scholar Research Program, awards three grants annually with a value of $350,000 each in support of clinical and basic research projects in all areas of neuroscience that pertain directly or indirectly to schizophrenia and mental illness. Grants are restricted to new faculty who have commenced their positions since June 15, 1999. Letter of intent deadline May 1. Contact the Office of Research.

Imminent deadlines

March 15
Atlantic Salmon Federation ­ Olin fellowships.

Banting Research Foundation ­ research grants.

Canadian Health Services Research Foundation- Health Services Research Advancement Award (deadline for nominations).

Canadian-Scandinavian Foundation ­ CSF study grant.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada ­ nursing research fellowship.

Kidney Foundation of Canada ­ allied health doctoral fellowships - allied health scholarships.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ­ translational research program (full application).

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation ­ Basil O’Connor starter scholar research award (letter of nomination).

Memorial University, Office of Research ­- publications subvention program.

March 20
Human Frontier Science Program ­ young investigators’ grants (registration for password for application) ­ program grants (registration for password for application).

Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research ­ CIHR partnership grants (application).

March 30
Human Frontier Science Program­ young investigators’ grants (letter of intent)- program grants (letter of intent).

March 31
Canadian Liver Foundation ­ operating grants ­ graduate studentship program ­ summer studentship program.

Ochsner Clinic Foundation ­ Alton Ochsner Award relating smoking and health.

The Fyssen Foundation ­ post-doctoral study grants.

Memorial University - Memorial - Bergen Exchange Program.


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