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Vol 38  No 9
February 2, 2006



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

NSERC information session
2006 Strategic Project Grants Program ≠ New Target Areas ≠ Feb. 6, 2006, NSERCís Atlantic Regional Office (ARO) is hosting an information session on NSERC strategic Grants Program in each of the four Atlantic provinces. The goal of the information sessions is to highlight the new target areas and research topics for NSERCís Strategic Grants Program. A listing of the new target areas is available at Faculty in the natural sciences and engineering areas interested in receiving a better understanding of the program are welcome to attend any session. The session at Memorial will be held on Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, in the Inco Innovation Centre, room IIC-2014. NSERC presentation ≠ 10-11 a.m.; Question period ≠ 11-12 a.m. For more information, contact the NSERC ARO at (506) 854-8154. This session is being co-ordinated through the grants co-ordinators, Office of Research, on behalf of the Vice-President (Research).

AquaNet call for proposals
AquaNet is inviting the submission of proposals for the development and maintenance of a Canadian aquaculture sector portal, a web-based means to close knowledge gaps within the Canadian aquaculture sector. The portal is envisioned as the one-stop access point to knowledge about sustainable aquaculture in Canada, for general use by all Canadians and for more specific uses by key stakeholder groups including the aquaculture industry, government decision makers, and seafood retailers. See Deadline is Feb. 3.

Space Science Enhancement Program
The Canadian Space Agency offers research grants for instrument studies, data analysis, and other space science-related academic studies in programmatic priority areas. Areas of interest include: space life sciences, space physical sciences, space exploration, space astronomy, atmospheric environment and solar-terrestrial science. The maximum funding per project is $500,000 which may be extended over a one to five year project period. The average award under this program is about $300,000 per project. See Proposals may be submitted at any time; however, those received after Feb. 22, 2006 will be held for consideration in the following calendar year.

John H. Chapman Award
The Canadian Space Agency is inviting nominations for their 2006 John H. Chapman Award of Excellence. This award has been made annually since 2000 and honours lifetime achievement in space science and technology fields. See Deadline is Feb. 28.

AFMNet request for proposals
The Advanced Foods and Materials NCE has extended the deadline on its Request for Proposals to March 1. Areas of interest identified for this call include nanotechnology relating to food and food processing, nutrigenomics and disease, consumer attitudes and behaviour, and traceability and authenticity of foods and food ingredients. Individual project grants will be a maximum of $300,000 per year for up to a three-year period. See

Grants in clinical autoimmunity
A number of CIHR institutes and other funders have partnered to offer a program of New Emerging Team Grants in the area of clinical autoimmunity. These grants have a maximum value of $500,000 per annum for up to five years. The grants are intended to support the creation or initial development of teams comprised of investigators undertaking collaborative, multidisciplinary research. In the case of this program, applications of single disease-focused research will be considered, although preference will be given to applications covering more than one single disease. See Application is initially through submission of a letter of intent by deadline March 1.

International Opportunities Fund
SSHRC has advised that the results of their latest International Opportunities Fund (IOF) competition will be released towards the end of February. This program offers development grants of $25,000 or project grants of up to $75,000 to initiate and facilitate Canadian participation or leadership in current or planned international research initiatives that offer outstanding opportunities to advance Canadian research. Applications may be submitted under four competition deadlines each year. The next submission deadline is March 3. For complete program details, visit

Kidney Foundation Fellowships and Scholarships
Each year, the Kidney Foundation of Canada offers research grants, fellowships and scholarships to biomedical and allied health professionals across Canada. The forms and guidelines for this yearís programs of support for Allied Health Doctoral Fellowships and Allied Health Scholarships have been revised. See Deadline is March 15.

Banting Research Grants
The Banting Research Foundation offers seed grants of up to $20,000 to young Canadian investigators to assist in the establishment of their medical research programs, with special emphasis on innovative proposals that have the potential to contribute to the understanding of fundamental mechanisms of disease processes and/or contribute to their cure. To qualify for support, applicants must be new investigators within the first three years of their first independent university/research institute appointment and receiving less than $150,000 in total start up funds. See Deadline is March 15.

Human Frontier Science Program
The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) supports international collaborations in basic research with emphasis on novel, innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to fundamental investigations in the life sciences. Two types of grants are available: Young Investigatorsí grants are for teams of scientists who are all within five years of establishing an independent laboratory and within 10 years of obtaining their PhDs. Program grants are for independent scientists at all stages of their careers, although the participation of younger scientists is especially encouraged. Awards are dependent upon team size and successful teams will receive up to $450,000 annually to support all team members. See Deadline for letters of intent is March 30. Compulsory pre-registration by March 20 is required, however, for password purposes.

SSHRC program deadlines
Submission deadlines under a number of SSHRC programs will be coming up under the next few months. The deadline for applications under the Research Development Initiatives (RDI) program is April 7 (see; for Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences in Canada, the deadline is May 1 (see and for the Community-University Research Alliances (CURA) program, the deadline for submission of letters of intent is May 5 (see

Imminent deadlines

March 1
Canada Council for the Arts ≠ Jean A. Chalmers fund for the crafts.

Canadian Council of Professional Engineers ≠ national scholarship program.

Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research ≠ research grants (full application ≠ by invitation only); consumer-focused grants (full application ≠ by invitation only).

Canadian Institutes of Health Research ≠ operating grants (application); randomized controlled trials (registration).

Canadian Marfan Association ≠ research grant (Marfan Syndrome).

Cancer Research Institute (New York) ≠ investigator award program.

Canadian Space Agency ≠ John H. Chapman award of excellence.

Crohnís and Colitis Foundation of Canada ≠ innovations in IBD research: a special competition.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ≠ translational research program (letter of intent).

Memorial University of Newfoundland (Office of the VP (Research) ≠ David Hawkins lectureship in health research (nominations); George M. Story lecture in humanities research (nominations).

Memorial University, ISER ≠ master fellowship; research grant.

Memorial University, J.R. Smallwood Centre for Newfoundland Studies ≠ conference grants; research grants.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada ≠ John C. Polanyi award (nomination).

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

Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council ≠ project grants.

Parkinson Society Canada ≠ pilot project program; new investigator award program; basic research fellowship program.

March 3
Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Rx&D/Health Research

Foundation ≠ summer research studentships in medicine; summer research studentships in pharmacy; graduate research scholarships in pharmacology.


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