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CIHR Funding News - Issue 161

Forwarded on behalf of the Grants Coordinators, Office of Research Services. Please forward to interested faculty and/or students within your unit and post.

Further details on processes for institutional review and approval of applications are available at www.mun.ca/research/overview/grant_opp.php.

For those interested in the Canada Graduate Scholarships opportunity, please note that this application process is administered through the School of Graduate Studies. Please contact Gail Lamkin, Scholarships Officer, at glamkin@mun.ca with inquiries/for further information.

Contact information for Office of Research Services Grants Coordinators:

Contact for Faculty of Medicine, Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, HKR, and Grenfell Campus is Vicki Gill, vgill@mun.ca , 709-864-3045.
Contact for Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Engineering, and Marine Institute is Karen Follett, kfollett@mun.ca, 709-864-8252.
Contact for Faculty of Science, Business Administration, Education, School of Music, and the Labrador Institute is Tasha Harrold, tlkharrold@mun.ca , 709-864-4745.


CIHR Funding News
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Issue 161

Contents

1) Funding Opportunities
a) Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master's Students Now Invited to Apply

b) Funding opportunity posted on October 8, 2013 by CIHR and its partners

2) Application and Funding Policies
a) Open Access Week

b) Capitalizing on Big Data: Agencies launch consultation on digital scholarship

3) Upcoming Webinars
a) CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research – Policy Rounds

4) Institute and Portfolio News
a) CIHR Platforms and Major Initiatives Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging – Gaining Momentum


5) Announcements from other organizations
a) TCPS 2 – Proposed Changes for Public Consultation

b) The Canadian Tumour Repository Network (CTRNet): Providing Fuel to Translational Research within Canada

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1) Funding Opportunities

a) Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master's Students Now Invited to Apply

Health research students at the master's level are now invited to submit their application. To submit an application and for more information about the program, please visit the Canada Graduate Scholarship Harmonization webpage ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnxm-bl6q0t0&_v=2 ). The deadline is December 1st at 8:00 p.m. (ET).

For the first time, the selection process and post-award administration of these awards will be carried out at the university level, under the guidance of CIHR and the other two granting agencies. Going forward, all Canada Graduate Scholarship Programs will be delivered through a harmonized process between the three federal granting councils (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC).

Any other questions? Write us at CGSMA@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

The application for the Canada Graduate Scholarship Master's (CGS-M) Award program is now available at: http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnxn-bl6q0t1&_v=2.

Over the past year, Canada's three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) formed a Tri-Agency Harmonization Team to redesign the Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Master's and Doctoral program. The redesign and implementation is being done in close consultation with stakeholders to ensure that the new CGS program is delivered as efficiently as possible in support of the training of future generations of researchers. The launch of a common application platform for the CGS-M program is another step towards meeting this objective.

The CGS M Program supports high caliber scholars who are engaged in eligible Masters or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada in all research disciplines and is administered jointly by CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC. The selection process and post-award administration are carried out at the university level, under the guidance of the three agencies. Students submit their application to the university at which they propose to hold their award via the Research Portal.

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b) Funding opportunity posted on October 8, 2013 by CIHR and its partners

The following is a funding opportunity which CIHR and its partners posted on October 8, 2013.

To view this opportunity, please use the CIHR Funding Opportunity Database ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnxo-bl6q0t2&_v=2 ).

Simply select the opportunity from the list which is sorted alphabetically.

* Other: Science Policy Fellowships (Winter 2013 Competition)

Please direct specific inquiries on the funding opportunity to the contact person listed at the bottom of the funding opportunity.

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2) Application and Funding Policies

a) Open Access Week

Did you know October 21-27, 2013 is Open Access Week ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnxp-bl6q0t3&_v=2 )? In light of that, we want to remind every funded researcher that they must comply with the CIHR Open Access Policy. While we encourage researchers to make their publications accessible for free as soon as possible after publication, it is mandatory to do so within 12 months of publication – at the latest.

Read more about CIHR's Open Access Policy and the two ways to comply ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnxq-bl6q0t4&_v=2 ).

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b) Capitalizing on Big Data: Agencies launch consultation on digital scholarship

Canada's federal research granting agencies—the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), as well as the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and in collaboration with Genome Canada—have joined forces to help address digital infrastructure challenges through the consultation document ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnxr-bl6q0t5&_v=2 ) Toward a Policy Framework for Advancing Digital Scholarship in Canada.

Institutions, associations, organizations and individuals may provide input on the consultation document between now and December 16, 2013. Email responses should be sent to:digitalscholarship@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

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3) Upcoming Webinars

a) CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research – Policy Rounds

CIHR's Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) Policy Rounds are webinars that disseminate research results and foster knowledge exchange among researchers, health care policy and decision makers, and other stakeholders. IHSPR Policy Rounds showcase current research evidence on high priority topics and promote evidence-informed decision making. Through IHSPR Policy Rounds we hope to spark opportunities to identify and address knowledge gaps and foster collaboration.

IHSPR Policy Round webinars are planned for this fall:

Coordinating the Use of Genetic Tests and Related Health Services ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnxs-bl6q0t6&_v=2 ) Friday, November 22, 2013
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (ET)
Register now! ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnxt-bl6q0t7&_v=2 )

Presenters:
* Michael Wilson, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics/Assistant Director, McMaster Health Forum - McMaster University
* Heather Davidson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Planning and Innovation Division, British Columbia Ministry of Health
* John Andruschak, Vice President, Lower Mainland Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Provincial Health Services Authority

Physician Engagement and Leadership for Health System Improvement ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnxu-bl6q0t8&_v=2 ) Friday, November 29, 2013
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM (ET)
Register now! ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnxv-bl6q0t9&_v=2 )

Presenters:
* Jean-Louis Denis, Professor & Chaire de recherche du Canada sur la gouvernance et la transformation des organisations et systèmes de santé, École Nationale d'Administration Publique
* Brad Havervold, Executive Director, Workforce Planning Branch, Saskatchewan Ministry of Health

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4) Institute and Portfolio News

a) CIHR Platforms and Major Initiatives

Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging – Gaining Momentum

More than 30,000 people across Canada have been recruited into the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). CLSA participants provide information about their physical, emotional and social health functioning through telephone interviews, in-home interviews and physical assessments. The study will follow 50,000 men and women aged 45 to 85 for 20 years.

Recent highlights:

* The CLSA Data and/or Biospecimen Request Application ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnxw-bl6q0t0&_v=2 ) is now available on the Researchers section ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnxx-bl6q0t1&_v=2 ) of the CLSA website. The Statistical Analysis Centre is preparing the first wave of data for release in 2014. The release will include information collected during telephone interviews with 20,000 participants from across Canada.

* Validating chronic disease ascertainment algorithms for use in the CLSA ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnxy-bl6q0t2&_v=2 ) was published in September in the Canadian Journal on Aging. Visit the CLSA website for the latest scientific publications ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnxz-bl6q0t3&_v=2 ) and presentations ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afny0-bl6q0t0&_v=2 ).

* The robotic platform ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afny1-bl6q0t1&_v=2 ) has arrived at the Biorepository and Bioanalysis Centre. The instrument will be used to study biomarkers of aging.

The CLSA was featured ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afny2-bl6q0t2&_v=2 )  on CBC TV's The National in July 2013. The story ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afny3-bl6q0t3&_v=2 )  explored new research findings that suggest people are living longer with better overall functioning.

* The first participant newsletter, Aging Gracefully: The Science of Well-Being ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afny4-bl6q0t4&_v=2 ), was published this summer.

For the latest CLSA news, visit http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afny5-bl6q0t5&_v=2. You can also find us on Facebook ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afny6-bl6q0t6&_v=2 ) or follow us on Twitter ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afny7-bl6q0t7&_v=2 ).
 
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5) Announcements from other organizations
 
a) TCPS 2 – Proposed Changes for Public Consultation
 
The Panel on Research Ethics announces the release of proposed changes to the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) for public comment.
 
Written comments on the proposed changes will be accepted until January 15, 2014. The proposed changes, companion documents and information on the consultation are now available online.
 
Please see the communiqué for additional information ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afny8-bl6q0t8&_v=2 ).
 
Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON  K1A 1H5
Canada
secretariat@rcr.ethics.gc.ca

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b) The Canadian Tumour Repository Network (CTRNet): Providing Fuel to Translational Research within Canada
 
CTRNet is a consortium of leading provincial tumour biorepositories that aims to support cancer research by enhancing biobanking capacity and improving product quality through standardization. Formed in 2004 with financial assistance from the Institute of Cancer Research, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, CTRNet includes six charter member biorepositories ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afny9-bl6q0t9&_v=2 ) that have contributed expertise and effort to co-develop CTRNet's programs and tools.
 
CTRNet has focused on creating biobank resources that are adaptable for all types of investigators, including those who wish to access existing biobanks and those who undertake their own biospecimen collection. To support investigators in accessing existing biobanks, CTRNet has created an open access, web-based catalogue of over 75,000 biospecimens. For those investigators setting up biospecimen collections there are a range of tools available, including an open source software system (Advanced Tissue Information Management, ATiM) and a comprehensive set of 46 Standard Operating Procedures aimed at improving biospecimen quality.

CTRNet has launched its Biobank Certification Program ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnya-bl6q0t9&_v=2 ) as a strategy to promote the dissemination and adoption of common standards through its SOPs and to address public confidence in our biobanking infrastructure. This program is also the result of a consultation process with the Canadian health research community to discuss needed changes in biobanking to ensure sustainability of cancer research in Canada. This program pairs targeted education modules with standardized biobank classification and decision tools to create a quality improvement program for all types of biobanks, including collections by individual investigators. This program creates a mechanism for researchers to assess which Canadian biobanks have demonstrated their commitment to quality by completing the CTRNet Biobank Certification Program.

To enable dissemination of its biobanking expertise and tools beyond the cancer arena and specifically to areas relevant to other CIHR Institutes, CTRNet has formed partnerships with leading organizations that focus on health more broadly, or on non-cancer biobanking. These partnerships include the International Society for Quality in Health Care ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnyb-bl6q0t0&_v=2 )  (ISQua) and the Office of Biobank Education and Research in BC ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnyc-bl6q0t1&_v=2 ) to establish the Biospecimen Resource Centre.

For more information about CTRNet and its resources, please visit our website ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnyd-bl6q0t2&_v=2 )  and join us in Toronto on November 3rd for CTRNet's annual National Biobanking Workshop where we will address two critical questions for cancer researchers: 1) What type of biospecimens do I need for my research, and; 2) How can I acquire them most efficiently? Workshop details and registration information ( http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnye-bl6q0t3&_v=2 ) are available on our website.
 
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CIHR Wants to Hear from You
 
Absence does not make the heart grow fonder – CIHR wants to hear from you as much as possible. There is a wonderful story to tell about the results and benefits of health research in Canada, but we need your help to truly make this a page turner. And, we need to keep telling this story. So, we encourage you to let us know when you have or, better still, are close to publishing the results of research funded by CIHR. Please drop us a line at mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.
 
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Useful CIHR Contacts
 
General Inquiries: 613-941-2672
 
Grants & Awards Information: 613-954-1968
 
Media Relations: 613-941-4563
 
Ethics Office: 613-941-6706
 
Technical / IT Help Desk: 613-941-0068
 
CIHR's website: http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?605mg-afnyf-bl6q0t4&_v=2
 
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