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Vol 38  No 12
April 6, 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

MITACS is soliciting proposals for new seed projects with an annual MITACS budget of $20K-$50K and 12-18 months duration. Typically seed projects involve two to six faculty members at one or more Canadian universities, one to three partner organizations, with total budgets of up to $100K annually. These projects must show potential to grow into full-scale large projects and are expected to apply for full-scale status at their conclusion. See E-mail submissions to by May 15, 2006, to be eligible in this competition.

Life sciences doctoral graduates
Through the support of the CIHR Science to Business Grant Program, the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, is offering scholarships for three recent doctoral graduates in the life sciences sector who wish to pursue an MBA with a major in health sector research management. See Deadline April 30.

Brockhouse Canada Prize
NSERC is inviting nominations for the Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering. It is awarded each year to an outstanding team of Canadian researchers from different disciplines who have combined their expertise to produce achievements of outstanding international significance in the natural sciences and engineering in the last six years. The winning team receives a $250,000 research grant and each member will receive a medal and a certificate. See Deadline is May 1.

Collaborative Health Research Projects
The Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) program is co-funded by NSERC and CIHR. See In order to participate in the 2007 competition, letters of intent will need to be submitted by May 1.

NSERC Herzberg Medal
NSERC is inviting nominations for the Gerard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. The medal is awarded to recognize both sustained excellence and the overall influence of a body of work conducted in Canada in the natural sciences or engineering. The recipient may be a scientist or engineer from a Canadian university, government lab or private firm. The winner of the medal is guaranteed $1 million, over a five-year period, for use in a university-based research program or to direct in a related way. See Deadline is May 1.

Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame
The Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame was created in 1991 as a partnership of the National Research Council, the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Industry Canada, and the Association of Partners in Education. The Hall of Fame honours Canadians who have made outstanding contributions in science and engineering and each year two or three new members are inducted. See Deadline is May 5.

Killam Research Fellowships
Killam Research Fellowships are offered on a competitive basis to support researchers in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences or engineering. They are intended for established scholars (typically at the rank of full professor) who have demonstrated outstanding research ability and who have published the results of their research through substantial publications in their field. The fellowships provide release time and are valued at $70,000 per year. Applicants must use the Canada Council’s online application system. Applicants must send an e-mail request for a user name and password to the Killam office at See prizes/killam. Deadline is May 15.

University-industry synergy
NSERC is seeking nominations for its annual Synergy Awards for Innovation. The awards recognize innovation and superior collaborative research in the natural sciences and engineering which is accomplished through a university-industry research and development partnership. There are four award categories and nominations may be submitted by either the executive head of the university involved or by a senior official of the industry partner. The awards consist of a $25,000 research grant to the university involved and a synergy sculpture to the industry partner. See Deadline is May 31.

Prix Galien Canada 2006
The Prix Galien Canada (Research) is open to any person or team who have been involved for at least the last five years in bio-pharmaceutical research leading, or making a substantial contribution, to the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of diseases. It will be awarded to the researcher or the research team judged to have made the most significant contribution to pharmaceutical research in Canada. For information, contact the Office of Research or Christiane Bordeleau, Prix Galien Canada, at (514) 843-2535. Deadline is June 2.

New Technologies for the Blind and Visually Impaired
The ONCE International R&D Award in New Technologies for the Blind and Visually Impaired is offered by the Spanish Organization for the Blind. The award is valued at 240,000 Euros and is directed towards support of proposed technological developments that contribute to the integration of the blind and visually impaired, especially in the fields of engineering, artificial intelligence, computer sciences, microtechnology and nanoelectronics. See Deadline is June 30.

Imminent deadlines

May 1
Bayer/Canadian Blood Services/Héma-Québec Partnership Fund ­ partnership fund (full application).

Burroughs Wellcome Fund ­ career awards at the scientific interface.

Canadian Institutes of health Research ­ proof of principle initiative (letters of intent).

DAAD ­ German Academic Exchange Service ­ German studies research grant.

EJLB Foundation ­ scholar research program (letters of intent).

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

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).

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada ­ Brockhouse Canada prize for interdisciplinary research in science and engineering (nomination).

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council ­ Herzberg medal.

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

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

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

May 5
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ­ Community-University Research Alliances (letter of intent).

May 12
Cancer Research Society, Inc. ­ strategic research grants program (full application).

May 15
Canada Council for the Arts ­ Killam research fellowships.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada ­ innovation challenge awards (nomination).

May 31
Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council/The Conference Board of Canada ­ synergy awards.


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