20120316 FoM Weekly Funding Mar 12 to 16

Funding Opportunities:

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

· MIND Foundation of BC – Research Grants 2012 – Call for Applications (Reminder)

Events:

· UBC CPD – HIV Testing: What’s Different Now? (FREE Webinar)


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

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.


MIND Foundation of BC – Research Grants 2012 – Call for Applications

Deadline: April 30, 2012

For studies relevant to advancing our understanding and treatment of addiction, schizophrenia, or combinations of both, the MIND Foundation of BC is pleased to offer the following research grant opportunities;

  • Two Young Investigator Awards of $50,000 a year for two years. Candidates must have attained the status of Assistant Professor or equivalent in the last six years.
  • One Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award of $40,000 for one year.
  • Three Research Awards of approximately $20,000 each for one year.

The Research must be conducted principally in British Columbia. Please see the website for more information.


EVENTS:

UBC CPD – HIV Testing: What’s Different Now? (FREE Webinar)

Date: April 24, 2012 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Join us for an engaging multi-presenter webinar that will explore questions physicians have been asking about recommendations to incorporate routine HIV testing in their practices. This webinar is targeted towards family physicians in Vancouver, and throughout BC.

The webinar will be presented by Dr. Réka Gustafson, Dr. Marisa Collins, Dr. David Hall and Dr. Gurdeep Parhar. They will consider clinical rationale for routine HIV testing, define HIV testing recommendations, and examine barriers and enablers to testing for HIV in family practice. The discussion will also identify tools and resources to facilitate routine HIV testing and connecting HIV positive patients to care. The webinar is a user friendly format that allows health care professionals to listen and participate from the convenience of their own computer. Physician participants can earn up to 1.5 Mainpro M1 / MOC Section 1 /AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Register here: http://www.ubccpd.ca/programs/hiv_testing.htm

Please see the attachment for more information.