20120217 FoM Weekly Announcements and Funding Opportunities

In this week’s issue:

Funding Opportunities:

· Craig H. Neilsen Foundation – Funding for Spinal Cord Injury Quality of Life Programs

· Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Development of a Rapid Immunity Assessment Tool

· Call for Proposals: Green College Thematic Lecture Series for 2012-13 or 2013-14

· Molly Towell Perinatal Research Foundation – 2012 Grant Competition

·Awards and Honours:

· UBC Faculty of Medicine –Distinguished Medical Research Lecturer – Leaders in Medical Discovery

Events:

· Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) Workshop

· The Rick Hansen Institute – Interdependence 2012: The Global Spinal Cord Injury Conference


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation – Funding for Spinal Cord Injury Quality of Life Programs

Faculty of Medicine Internal Deadline: March 16, 2012 4:00pm

Office of Research Services Deadline: March 21, 2012

Foundation Deadline: March 31, 2012

Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada working to provide innovative rehabilitation, recreation, and independent living programs for people living with traumatic spinal cord injuries. Please see the website above for more information.

Please submit Letters of Intent to:

Adrienne Hammond
Research Secretary
Faculty of Medicine, Dean’s Office
317-2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z3


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Development of a Rapid Immunity Assessment Tool

LOI Deadline: March 27, 2012

The purpose of this request for LOIs is to solicit inquiries toward the development of a prototype and commercialization plan for an easy-to-use tool that rapidly assesses the immune status of children against selected vaccine-preventable diseases (e.g. tetanus, measles, etc.). The ideal tool would be low cost and easy to use in the field by those working in national immunization programs. This tool would be used as an adjunct to current vaccination coverage surveys to help more accurately determine and validate coverage levels and assess population-level immunity.

The Foundation expects to invest up to $6 million US toward this project over a three-year period. It is likely that the total amount awarded will be split between a number of grant recipients, with varying award amounts based on project scopes and timing.


Call for Proposals: Green College Thematic Lecture Series for 2012-13 or 2013-14

Deadline: April 2, 2012

The Academic Committee of Green College solicits proposals for interdisciplinary lecture-series to be held at the College either between September 2012 and April 2013 or between September 2013 and April 2014.

Green College will provide a budget of $5,000 to be applied to travel costs, accommodation and meals at Green College, and to other approved expenses directly related to the series. The availability of partnership funding from other sources may in some cases be a factor in adjudication: applicants are asked to give details of any other funding that has been secured or will be applied for.

Please visit the website for further details.


Molly Towell Perinatal Research Foundation – 2012 Grant Competition

Deadline: April 15, 2012

The overall goal of the Molly Towell Perinatal Research Foundation is to encourage perinatal research in Canada. According to Dr. Towell’s direction, the Foundation will support original and innovative research, which she defined as the pursuit of new information derived from basic or clinical research. High priority is given to projects that concern fetal growth or metabolism but any studies that involve original research in fetal or neonatal medicine will be considered. However, purely epidemiological research or clinical trials will not be considered.

Two types of grants will be considered on an annual basis:

  1. Operating support for research projects; and
  1. Fellowships for candidates with special aptitude for research

For the Fellowship and Operating Support programs, eligible research must have high potential to enhance understanding of fetal growth and development and to promote optimal neonatal health. The following types of research are ineligible: clinical trials and RCTs, retrospective and cross-sectional surveys and chart or record reviews, database explorations of all types, population epidemiology, economic studies, health services research, opinion/preference surveys, and anthropological studies.


AWARDS AND HONOURS:

UBC Faculty of Medicine –Distinguished Medical Research Lecturer: Leaders In Medical Discovery

Deadline: April 27, 2012

Each year, two Faculty Lectureships are held, one from the basic sciences and one from clinical sciences. The Research Council Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the 2012 Distinguished Medical Lectures. Nominations in either or both categories are encouraged.

Please visit the website and view theattached flyer for more information.


EVENTS:

Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) Workshop

Date: February 29, 2012 9am – 12:00pm

Location: Point Grey Campus – TBA

CIHR and NSERC will launch this year’s Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) Program within the next few weeks. In anticipation of this funding opportunity, SPARC has organized a workshop that will take place on Feb 29th, 2012, 9am to Noon. Keynote speakers include CIHR, Krissy Davidge, Senior Advisor, Knowledge Translation Branch, and CHRP Review Committee Member, Dr. Todd Handy. To register please visit the website above.


The Rick Hansen Institute – Interdependence 2012: The Global Spinal Cord Injury Conference

Date: May 15 – 17, 2012

Location: Vancouver, BC

The Interdependence 2012 program features the latest peer-reviewed findings from over 40 international and Canadian researchers and clinicians on a comprehensive range of SCI-related subjects.

Basic and translational researchers, policy makers, spine surgeons, rehabilitation specialists and clinical professionals from around the world will share their work and present the newest treatments and technologies in the field of spinal cord injury research and development.

Interactive presentations, plenary sessions and workshops lead by researchers and clinicians have been designed to support and encourage interdisciplinary discussion and will be a catalyst for increasing partnerships and learning in acute and chronic SCI interventions, neuroregeneration, registries and data management, multidisciplinary and international collaboration, and SCI research commercialization.

For more information about i2012, please see the attached flyer. Register today and save.