FoM Weekly Announcements and Funding Opportunties

In this week’s issue:

Announcements:

1. The Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) Medical Illustrator Internship was created in 2011 in conjunction with our 15 year celebration of research excellence. We are pleased to announce that CMMT will once again be accepting applications for two internship positions in 2012.

CMMT, a molecular genetics research Centre, is dedicated to exploring the genetic basis of disease and translating this knowledge into new prevention, diagnosis and treatment strategies for common and neglected diseases.

The Medical Illustrator Intern will be responsible for the production of illustrative material to help explain genetics projects. The product of these creative projects will be used in CMMT outreach activities, to help explain the science conducted at CMMT to the public. These products will help stimulate dialogue, helping raise awareness of molecular genetics, and will also help bridge the gap between the scientific and the non-scientific communities.

To be considered, each applicant is required to submit a complete application with all required attachments no later than March 19, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. PST More information about the application can be found at- http://www.cmmt.ubc.ca/getinvolved/trainees/funding/internship-opportunity

Please see related attachments.

Medical-Illustrator-Internship-Guidelines 2012

Medical-Illustrator-Internship-Application 2012

2. This is a repeat announcement:

CIHR Update – Operating Grant Registration deadline now Feb 2, 5pm PST

As per CIHRs announcement:

· ResearchNet and the “Find Funding” section of the CIHR website will be unavailable from 6pm PST on Sat, Jan 28 to 9am PST on Sun, Jan 29 due to

planned system maintenance.

· Therefore, the Registration deadline for the Mar 1 Operating Grant has been extended by one day to Thurs, Feb 2 at 5pm PST.

To view other affected competitions, please refer to Section 2a in the full announcement (attached).

Funding Opportunities:

· Autism Speaks – Treatment Research Grants

· Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – 2012 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition

· Autism Speaks – Basic and Clinical Research Grants

· James S. McDonnell Foundation – Brain Cancer Research Award

· James S. McDonnell Foundation – Scholar Award in Complex Systems

· UBC Faculty of Medicine – Bluma Tischler Postdoctoral Fellowship

· Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation of Canada – Research Grants

Events:

· Autism Speaks – Conference on Toddler Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders – Invitation and Call for Abstracts


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

Autism Speaks – Treatment Research Grants

LOI Deadline: February 23, 2012

Autism Speaks invites both Full- and Pilot-Level Treatment research grant applications to conduct innovative clinical studies of novel interventions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) throughout the lifespan. These may include medical approaches including complementary and alternative forms of health care and pharmacological treatments, as well as behavioral and/or psychosocial interventions, and evaluation of the efficacy, safety or therapeutic benefits of all types of interventions. Also appropriate are animal model studies that test the effects of novel compounds for reducing autism symptoms.

Full-level research grant – up to $150,000/year for 1 to 3 years

Pilot-level research grant – up to $60,000/year for 1 to 2 years


Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – 2012 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition

Registration Deadline: February 27, 2012

Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are working together to advance the personalized health research agenda. The 2012 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition in Genomics and Personalized Health aims to support projects that will demonstrate how genomics-based research can contribute to a more evidence-based approach to health and improving the cost-effectiveness of the health-care system. CIHR Institutes participating in this exciting initiative include: CIHR Institute of Aging, CIHR Institute of Cancer Research, CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, CIHR Institute of Genetics, CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity, CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, and CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction.

CIHR’s participation in this competition marks the launch of the CIHR Personalized Medicine Signature Initiative (www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/43627.html) and represents the first in a series of funding opportunities to be launched under this initiative.

For more information about the competition, including the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction targeted area(s) of interest, please visit the website in the title link above.


Autism Speaks – Basic & Clinical Research Grants

LOI Deadline: February 29, 2012

Autism Speaks invites both Full- and Pilot-Level Basic & Clinical research grant applications to conduct innovative biomedical and behavioral research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and dissemination of evidence-based practices for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Full-level research grant – up to $150,000/year for 1 to 3 years

Pilot-level research grant – up to $60,000/year for 1 to 2 years


James S. McDonnell Foundation – Brain Cancer Research Award

Deadline: March 14, 2012

The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting novel research that will generate new knowledge leading to increased rates of survival and improve functional recovery for individuals with brain cancer. All proposals submitted to the foundation must clearly link the experimental models and questions to the realities of human disease. Proposals primarily intending to characterize basic mechanisms of growth and development that may plausibly but are not yet known to be contributory to human brain cancer are not encouraged. Support awarded through this initiative is intended to encourage new ideas and approaches, early in their development, that are unlikely to be funded from traditional sources. Proposals from junior faculty and from individuals with strong neuroscience, genetics, mathematics, molecular pathology, and tumor immunology backgrounds, interested in pursuing novel research on brain cancer, are encouraged.

A maximum of $450,000 total costs can be requested and the funds can be expended over a minimum of 3 years to a maximum of 6 years.


James S. McDonnell Foundation – Scholar Award in Complex Systems

Deadline: March 14, 2012

The Complex Systems program supports scholarship and research directed toward the development of theoretical and mathematical tools that can be applied to the study of complex, adaptive, nonlinear systems. It is anticipated that research funded in this program will address issues in fields such as biology, biodiversity, climate, demography, epidemiology, technological change, economic development, governance, or computation.

Scholar Awards in Complex System Science provide largely unrestricted funding over a sufficient time period ($450,000 paid in three $150,000 payments; funds expendable in no less than 3 and no more than 6 years) to allow investigators to pursue and develop new directions to their research programs.

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2012

The Bluma Tischler Postdoctoral Fellowship Award is for MD or PhD graduates in Medicine, Biochemistry, Genetics, or associated disciplines carrying out research on the biochemical or genetic aspects of mental retardation or other neurologic disorders.

Award

$20,400 for one year. Holders of the award may apply for a second year.

Eligibility

Applicants must hold the position of postdoctoral fellow at UBC for the duration of the fellowship.

For more details and application instructions, please visit the website.


Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation of Canada – Research Grants

Deadline: April 30, 2012

SRCFC Major Grants support biomedical research into intellectual impairment focused on the following:

  1. The causes and eventual cure of intellectual impairment, such as Autism and Down Syndrome, especially as it affects children.
  2. The causes and eventual cure of Alzheimer’s Disease.
  3. Research into other forms of intellectual impairment may be considered.

Note: The focus of the research should be on the causes and cure of the disease as opposed to the active treatment or palliative care.

Applications are limited to researchers who have no more than five (5) years experience as an independent investigator as of January 1, 2012.

The value of the grants is a maximum of $35,000 per year for a period of up to 3 years.


EVENTS:

Autism Speaks – Conference on Toddler Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders – Invitation and Call for Abstracts

Date: May 16, 2012

Location: Sheraton Hotel, Toronto

This conference will bring a small, focused group of investigators together to present preliminary work and discuss challenges in the field of intervention research for toddlers with, or at-risk for, ASD.

8:00am – 5:00pm: Presentations and Poster Session
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Reception

Topics of interest include: Preliminary results on new intervention strategies, unique challenges in working with toddlers at risk for ASD, prevention of ASD symptoms, methodology, measuring outcomes.

For more information please visit the website above.