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Vol 38  No 15
June 8, 2006



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

2005-06 Inventory of Sponsored Projects
The Office of Research is currently conducting the annual verification process for Memorial’s Inventory of Sponsored Projects. All principal researchers who have projects with awarded funding in 2005-06 have been sent documentation of their research. If you have not received information for verification by now and you had externally funded research administered through Memorial in 2005-06, contact Joy Carew, by phone 737-8252 or, by e-mail, This applies to research funding from external sources only.

New program for Major Facilities Access (MFA) grants
The Major Facilities Access (MFA) program is currently under revision and will be replaced by the NSERC Major Resources Support (MRS) program. The new program literature will be posted in the summer of 2006. Please check for the new description and instructions to applicants prior to preparing form 181 and application. Contact the grants co-ordinators at the Office of Research (Jan, ext.4745 or Debbie, ext.4076).

CIHR requests for applications
On June 1, CIHR posted full details of its first batch of June 2006 requests for applications at Researchers should refer to the red new opportunity symbols which indicate newly posted funding opportunities. Full details for all of the June 2006 requests and the priority announcements for the fall 2006 Open Competition will be posted at and on June 15.

Child-based research grants
The Janeway Research Advisory Committee offers research support to a maximum of $15,000 for projects that are related directly to child health care in Newfoundland and Labrador, including epidemiological, clinical and basic sciences research. Funding is intended either to provide start-up funding for new investigators or to provide interim short-term funding for established investigators until more secure and long-term sources of funding can be assessed. Application is initially through the submission of a one-page letter of intent by June 15 and addressed to Dr. Wayne W. Andrews, c/o Room 3J312, 3rd Floor, Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre. Researchers whose letter of intent has been accepted will be invited to submit a formal research proposal by Oct. 1.

NSERC Steacie fellowships
Each year, NSERC awards six E.W.R. Steacie fellowships with a value of up to $90,000 a year for a two-year period to outstanding scientists and engineers at Canadian universities who are in the early stage of their careers so that they can devote all of their time to research. Candidates should have obtained their doctorate within the last 12 years and hold a grant from NSERC. Candidates may not apply on their own behalf. They must be nominated by senior members of the Canadian science and engineering community and the nominations must be endorsed by an official from the candidate’s university. See Deadline is July 4.

Funding opportunity in patient safety
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) has announced its second annual grants competition for research and demonstration projects. Funding will be divided between two streams: (1) applied health services research focusing on identifying new knowledge on the magnitude, scope and determinants of adverse events in Canadian jurisdictions and (2) demonstration projects focusing on identifying, implementing and evaluating leading practices and/or tools that have been proven to address patient safety, or focusing on assessing the effectiveness of defined practices and/or tools in reducing avoidable adverse events. See Deadline is July 12.

Rhodes University postdoctoral fellowships
Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, offers a number of one-year postdoctoral fellowships (possibility of renewal for a second year) which provide support of approximately R90,000 per annum with an additional allocation of up to R5,000 to be used for research expenses or transportation to Grahamstown. The various fellowships (Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships; Hugh Kelly Fellowship; Hugh Le May Fellowship; Hobart Houghton Research Fellowship) cover different disciplinary areas and have conditions attached, so interested individuals should consult or obtain a copy of the fellowship description from the Office of Research. Deadline is July 31, 2006, with a deadline of July 31, 2007, in the case of the Hugh Le May Fellowship.

Earlier submission deadline for NSERC Form 180
Faculty who plan on submitting an NSERC Discovery Grant application in the fall 2006 competition should note that as of last year, the deadline date for the receipt of Notification of Intent to apply for a Discovery Grant (NSERC Form 180) has been changed to Aug. 1 (15 days earlier that the LOI date for previous competitions). This change was motivated by the granting agency’s operational requirements. The 2006 version of the Notification of Intent, and instructions for completing Form 180, are posted at The online form can be submitted either electronically or in paper format. For additional information, contact Grants Co-ordinators, Office of Research (Jan, ext. 4745 or Debbie, ext 4076).

Awards in translational research
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Clinical Scientist Awards in Translational Research have a value of $750,000 over a five-year period and are provided to physician-scientists who have established an independent research program and who will strengthen translational research through their own activity as well as by mentoring physician-scientist trainees. Candidates must have an MD or MD-PhD degree and hold an appointment or joint appointment in a subspecialty of clinical medicine. At the time of application, candidates must also hold a tenure-track or equivalent position at the rank of assistant or early associate professor. Guidelines at Deadline is Sept. 1.

Imminent deadlines

July 1
International Union Against Cancer ­ Yamagiwa-Yoshida memorial UICC international cancer study grants.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization ­ NATO Program for Security Through Science; advanced study institutes; advanced research workshops; collaborative linkage grants; expert visits; science for peace research and development project; reintegration grants.

July 4
Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada ­ E.W.R. Steacie memorial fellowships.

July 5
Canadian Blood Services ­ postdoctoral fellowship.

July 12
Canadian Patient Safety Institute(CPSI) ­ annual grants competition application deadline.

July 14
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International ­ research grants; career development awards; postdoctoral fellowships.

July 15
Mitacs ­ internship research projects.

Muscular Dystrophy Association (US) ­ research grants program (submission of application - fall review).

July 31
Associated Medical Services Inc. ­ Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine; Hannah development grants.

Rhodes University ­ Hugh Kelly fellowship; post-doctoral fellowships.

Aug. 1
Canadian Institutes of Health Research ­ randomized controlled trials (registration).

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation ­ research grants.

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada ­ pilot research grants.

NSERC -Discovery grants competition ­ letter of intent (Form 180) deadline.

Aug. 2
National Multiple Sclerosis Society (US) ­ research grants.


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