FoM Weekly Announcements and Funding Opportunties

In this week’s issue:

Announcements:

1. Please see the attached email from the Office of the Vice-President Research & International regarding Award Opportunities.

2. Please see theattached email in regards to the NIH’s establishment of NCATS.

Funding Opportunities:

· CIHR Fellowship: 2011-2012

· The Canadian Hematology Society – The RK Smiley Research Grant

· Columbia University – The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize

· CIHR – Health Researcher of the Year

· The March of Dimes – Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award 2013 Program

· Prostate Cancer Foundation – PCF-Honorable A. David Mazzone Special Challenge Award

· KEIO Medical Prize

· Boehringer Ingelheim – 2012 Young Investigator Award in Biological Sciences

· March of Dimes – Prematurity Research Initiative (PRI) 2013 Program

· March of Dimes – Year 2013 Request for Proposals

Awards and Honours:

· Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC – CUFA Distinguished Academic Awards

· International Balzan Prize Foundation – Balzan Prize

· The Louis and Artur Lucian Award for Research in Circulatory Diseases


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

CIHR Fellowship: 2011-2012

Internal Deadline: January 27, 2012

Please ensure that applicants follow the timelines & procedures listed on the Faculty of Medicine website.


The Canadian Hematology Society – The RK Smiley Research Grant

Deadline: January 31, 2012

The RK Smiley Research Grant program will provide start up grants of $10,000 aimed at pilot projects expected to lead to larger follow-up studies funded by CIHR or other grant funding agencies.

For more information please see the attached poster.


Columbia University – The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize

Deadline: January 31, 2012

Each year, the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize has been awarded by Columbia University for outstanding basic research in the fields of biology or biochemistry.

The purpose of this prize is to honor a scientific investigator, or group of investigators, whose contributions to knowledge in either of these fields are deemed worthy of special recognition.


CIHR – Health Researcher of the Year
Deadline: Mid-March (exact date has not yet been posted)


The CIHR Health Researcher of the Year Prize (formerly called the Michael Smith Prize in Health Research) is CIHR’s most prestigious prize. A career achievement award, it honours and recognizes an exceptional health researcher in any area of health research who has demonstrated significant achievements in advancing knowledge through excellence in research, in capacity building and mentorship and through research and knowledge translation activities that have made a significant impact on improving health and/or the health system. One prize is awarded annually. The purpose of the prize is to provide a significant boost in funding over five years to an exceptional health researcher

who is expected to continue to produce research of exceptional merit. The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $ 500,000, enough to fund 1 prize. The maximum amount per prize is $ 100,000 per annum for up to 5 years. Note: A letter of endorsement, signed by Dr. John Hepburn, is a requirement of the nomination.


The March of Dimes – Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award 2013 Program

Deadline: March 15, 2012

This award is designed to support young scientists just embarking on their independent careers and is limited, therefore, to those hold recent faculty appointments.

Deans, Chairs of Departments, or Directors of Institutes/Centers should submit nominations for this award addressed to the Senior Vice President for Research and Global Programs. The entire process must be completed by March 15, 2012.

These grants do not cover the recipient’s salary, but do provide salary support for technical help. They may not exceed $75,000 per year, and are awarded for two years.


Prostate Cancer Foundation – PCF-Honorable A. David Mazzone Special Challenge Award

Deadline: March 16, 2012

These two-year awards will provide a total of $1 million per team. Challenge Awards support large-scale research projects. Proposals must be from teams of at least 3 highly experienced investigators capable of providing unique scientific expertise to the solution of a significant problem in prostate cancer research. A team may be assembled from one institution, or several institutions, from across the globe.

These awards focus on funding Treatment Sciences: Investigations of new ideas in man or laboratory support of a high impact clinical investigation.


KEIO Medical Prize
Deadline: Late March (exact date has not yet been posted)

The Keio Medical Science Prize gives recognition to the outstanding and creative achievements of researchers in the fields of medicine and life sciences, in particular those contributing to scientific developments in medicine. It aims to promote worldwide advances in medicine and life sciences, to encourage the expansion of researcher networks throughout the world, and to contribute to the well-being of humankind.


Boehringer Ingelheim – 2012 Young Investigator Award in Biological Sciences

Deadline: March 30, 2012

Applications are invited for the Boehringer Ingelheim Young Investigator Award in Biological Sciences. This award is intended to support research by new faculty members at Canadian universities. Faculty members whose research interests lie in virology, bacteriology, cellular and molecular or structural biology, biochemistry or pharmacology are especially encouraged to apply. However, no bias will be applied to applications according to the field of the proposal. There is one award per year, selected from the 20-45 applications that are typically received. This single award consists of a research grant in the amount of $25,000 per year for three years.

For more information, please see therelated attachment and visit the website linked to above.


March of Dimes – Prematurity Research Initiative (PRI) 2013 Program

Deadline: April 15, 2012

The March of Dimes seeks applications requesting grant support for projects related to causes of prematurity. Research proposals of new paradigms based on strong conceptual frameworks are invited. The intent is to provide new insights into the large, and increasing, proportion of preterm deliveries in which the cause (and thus the means of prevention) remains elusive. The proposals need to consider especially, but not limited to, genetics, gene-environment interactions, and animal models. We encourage nove approaches. Applicants must be members of not-for-profit institutions.


March of Dimes – Year 2013 Request for Proposals

Deadline: April 30, 2012

We invite all qualified scientists with faculty appointments or the equivalent, at universitiesl, hospitals and research institutions, to submit applications for research grants directed at the prevention of birth defects. Research subjects appropriate for support by the March of Dimes include basic biological processes governing development, genetics, clinical studies, studies of reproductive health, environmental toxicology, and social and behavioral studies.


AWARDS AND HONOURS:

Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC – CUFA Distinguished Academic Awards

Deadline: February 9, 2012

The Distinguished Academic Awards recognize academic staff members of British Columbia public universities who have made outstanding contributions to the community through their academic work. All forms of research and scholarly activity that contribute to the community beyond the academy are eligible for consideration. Three awards are adjudicated: the Career achievement Award, the Academic of the Year Award and the early in Career Award.


International Balzan Prize Foundation – Balzan Prize
Deadline: March 15, 2012

The International Balzan Prize Foundation’s aim is to promote culture, the sciences and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and brotherhood among peoples throughout the world. 2012 Prizes will be awarded in the following areas: (1) Jurisprudence (2) Musicology (3) Solid Earth Sciences, with emphasis on interdisciplinary research (4) Epigenetics.


The Louis and Artur Lucian Award for Research in Circulatory Diseases

Deadline: March 16, 2012

The award is designed to honour outstanding research in the field of circulatory diseases. The purpose of this award is to honour a scientific researcher or group of investigators whose contribution to knowledge in this field is deemed worthy of special recognition. The successful candidate is invited to spend a period of time at McGill University (a maximum of two weeks during the academic year) to have interchanges with members of the McGill community and possibly to undertake a research collaboration with McGill investigators in the field of circulatory diseases. The awardee or awardees receive a $60,000 prize.