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Vol 38  No 5
November 3, 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

Stem Cell Research
CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC (Tri-Agency) have advised that the interim Tri-Agency Measures for Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Research have been further extended from September 2005 until formal incorporation of the guidelines into the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans or until further notice. Under the interim measures, all new or ongoing human stem cell research that is funded by the agencies, conducted under the auspices of an institution that receives agency funding, or conducted elsewhere with any source of funding by faculty, staff or students from an institution that receives agency funding is subject to the original guidelines effective March 2002, and the updated guidelines effective June 7, 2005. In particular, certain new and ongoing human stem cell research protocols need to be submitted to and approved by the Stem Cell Oversight Committee (SCOC) in addition to review by institutional REBs. See

SSHRC extends deadline
SSHRC has extended its deadline to Dec. 15 for submission of applications for Strategic Research Clusters Development Grants. This program offers one-year grants of up to $25,000 to researchers with experience in managing research groups or networks that would benefit from greater interaction and collaboration among researchers and users of research. For the purposes of this program, a strategic research cluster is defined as a national network of researchers in the social sciences and/or humanities that fosters collaboration or otherwise contributes to a particular issue, theme or content area. Guidelines at

Legislative support in the Canadian Arctic
The Polar Continental Shelf Project (PCSP) will assist with the coordination of logistics for Canadian researchers who are working in isolated areas of the Canadian Arctic. Applications at Deadline is Nov. 7.

Canada-U.S. Fulbright Awards
The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program is accepting applications for awards to be taken up in 2006/07. Fulbright Scholar Awards, valued at $25,000 US for an academic year or $12,500 US for one semester plus health insurance and visa services, provide Canadian scholars with the opportunity to conduct research, teach, or both at an American academic institution. Fulbright Student Awards, valued at $15,000 US plus health insurance and visa services for one academic year, provide Canadian students and researchers with the opportunity to conduct research, pursue graduate studies, or both at an American academic institution. While the competition for both awards is “field open,” applications are encouraged in the areas of comparative public policy; international trade; North American integration; urban and regional planning; security; communications; culture; ecology and the environment; indigenous issues; law; border issues; Canada-U.S. relations; Canadian studies; and American studies. See Deadline is Nov. 15.

Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs
Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs have been established at select American institutions including the Woodrow-Wilson International Centre for Scholars, Arizona State University, Duke University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Portland State University, among others. The awards carry a value of $25,000 US for one or two semesters plus health insurance and visa services. See Deadline is Nov. 15.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards Program
The Lymphatic Research Foundation (LRF) has launched an LRF postdoctoral fellowship awards program for two-year fellowships in the range of $39,500 to $47,500 US per annum. Candidates must hold a PhD and/or MD or equivalent degree, have no more than two years of full-time postdoctoral research experience, and conduct research under the supervision of a sponsor who is an established investigator with an active, productive research program. Guidelines at Deadline is Nov. 15.

New SSHRC program
SSHRC has launched a new pilot program directed towards enabling non-university stakeholder communities to benefit from existing academic research knowledge in the social sciences and humanities. The Knowledge Impact in Society (KIS) initiative offers up to $100,000 annually for up to three years as an institutional grant to universities to fund strategic knowledge mobilization initiatives made up of academic researchers and community-based partners. Funding must be matched by the sponsoring university or universities. Deadline for a letter of interest is Dec. 9. Guidelines at

Partnerships for Health System Improvement
CIHR’s Institute of Infection and Immunity is requesting applications in two priority research areas under the Partnerships for Health System Improvement Program. The institute will contribute up to $150,000 per year to successful applications in the thematic area of managing for quality and safety within the sub-theme of infections acquired in hospitals. In addition, the institute will contribute up to $200,000 per year to successful applications falling under the theme area of timely access to quality care for all. Details at Letter of intent due Dec. 15.

Hemostasis Fellowship Award
The Canadian Hemophilia Society and the Association of Hemophilia Clinic Directors of Canada (AHCOC), in collaboration with Novo Nordisk Canada Inc., have established the Fellowship in Congenital and Acquired Bleeding Disorders. This one-year, $70,000 fellowship provides fellows in hematology or other relevant fields the opportunity to obtain additional clinical or research skills necessary to improve the care and lives of patients with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. Candidates must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants and must be enrolled in post-graduate training in hematology or another relevant field. Guidelines at Deadline is Dec. 15.

Circulatory and Respiratory Health Awards
Nominations and applications are invited for four young investigator awards in circulatory and respiratory health offered by the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre. These awards are the Wilbert J. Keon Award for basic scientists who have been in faculty positions less than 10 years; the James Hogg Award for clinical or population health investigators who have been in faculty positions less than 10 years; the Fraser Mustard Award for postdoctoral fellows and residents; and the Maude Abbott Award for senior graduate students. See Deadline is Jan. 10, 2006.

National Brain Tumour Research Awards
The Goldhirsh Foundation provides strategic investment in brain tumour research to accelerate progress toward more effective treatment for malignant diffuse glioma tumours. Examples of funding areas include, but are not limited to, oncogenomics and proteomics, genetically engineered models, the discovery and testing of small molecule therapies, unusual drug delivery systems, or improved brain imaging techniques. Awards are $100,000 for one-year pilot studies or $600,000 for three-year projects. Guidelines at Deadline is Jan. 11, 2006.

Imminent deadlines
Dec. 1

Alzheimer’s Association ­ research grants program (letter of intent).

The Arthritis Society ­ Metro A. Ogryzlo International Fellowship; Geoff Carr Lupus Fellowship.

Baker, E.A. Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness ­ fellowship fund; research fund for new and innovative researchers; applied research division research fund; Barbara Tuck/MacPhee Family Vision Research Award in Macular Degeneration.

Canada Council for the Arts ­ Molson prizes; John G. Diefenbaker award.

Canadian Diabetes Association ­ grants-in-aid.

Canadian Health Services Research Foundation ­ postdoctoral award.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (US) ­ clinical research grants (letter of intent).

James McKeen Cattell Fund ­ sabbatical award.

Deafness Research Foundation ­ research grants.

Imperial Oil Limited ­ university research awards.

International Union Against Cancer ­ Novartis UICC translational cancer research fellowships.

Manning Awards Foundation ­ Manning innovation awards.

Memorial University, Office of Research ­ Petro-Canada young innovator award.

National Cancer Institute of Canada ­ student travel award.

National Kidney Foundation (US) ­ young investigator grant; clinical scientist award; research fellowship award.

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study ­ fellowship program (natural scientists and mathematicians).

Royal Society of Canada ­ McNeil medal for the public awareness of science.

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Inc. ­ conference grants program; international collaborative research grants.

Dec. 9

World Wildlife Fund, Canada/Environment Canada ­ endangered species recovery fund.


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