FOM Weeky Announcements and Funding Opportunities

In this week’s issue:

Funding Opportunities:

· Bluma Tischler Postdoctoral Fellowship

· World of Children Awards Invites Nominations of Global Changemakers for Children

· The McKesson Foundation – Mobilizing for Health Grant Program

· William T. Grant Foundation – Request for Research Proposals on Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice

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

· Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Grand Challenges Explorations

Events:

· Heart + Lung Health FEST 2012

· The Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences – Seminar by Christian Giaume, PhD

· How to Talk About Science


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

Bluma Tischler Postdoctoral Fellowship

Deadline: 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 (see here for criteria). No citizenship restrictions will be applied.


World of Children Awards Invites Nominations of Global Changemakers for Children

Deadline: April 1, 2012 11:50pm PST

The World of Children Awards recognizes individuals who are changing the lives of children in the United States and abroad. Nominations are now invited for the 2012 awards.

The award program is dedicated to dramatically improving children’s lives by identifying and recognizing extraordinary individuals who have created proven, sustainable nonprofit programs serving children in need and awarding cash grants to advance their work.

The World of Children Health Award will provide up to $50,000 to an individual who has made a significant contribution to children in the fields of health, medicine, or the sciences. This person will have created or managed a sustainable program that has significantly contributed to the health and well-being of children.

Nominees for the health award must have been working on behalf of children over and above their normal employment and have been engaged in their efforts for a minimum of ten years.


The McKesson Foundation – Mobilizing for Health Grant Program

LOI Deadline: April 2, 2012

Mobilizing for Health® is the McKesson Foundation’s grant initiative that provides funding for research studies focused on mobile phone-based interventions for low-income patients with chronic diseases. Specifically, they are seeking research proposals that seek to evaluate mHealth applications, with priority given to researchers studying the use of mobile in cancer management. The research studies funded by these grants will build toward the ultimate goal of the Mobilizing for Health® initiative, which is to improve health outcomes among under-served patients with chronic diseases through the widespread adoption of successful mHealth solutions. Grant requests of up to $250,000 will be considered.

Eligibility:

· Applicant organizations must be registered U.S. public charities or universities, although the studies may be conducted outside of the U.S. (Confirmed – Canadian Institutions are also eligible for funding).

· Have the goal of publication in peer-reviewed journals to further knowledge sharing in the field

· Have a study time frame from start to finish of no more than 18 months

· Propose interventions that have the potential to be highly scalable using existing technologies

· Address low health literacy barriers

Please visit the website for more information.


William T. Grant Foundation – Request for Research Proposals on Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice

LOI Deadlines: April 3, 2012 and August 1, 2012

The William T. Grant Foundation seeks to fund high-quality empirical research with the goal of improving the lives of youth between the ages of 8 and 25 in the United States. To that end, the foundation has released its fourth Request for Proposals on Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice.

In 2012, the foundation plans to support research projects with awards ranging from $100,000 to $600,000 for direct and indirect costs over two to three years.

The foundation encourages interdisciplinary projects, and welcomes applications from researchers in various fields and disciplines such as anthropology, communications, economics, education, family studies, human development, organizational studies, political science, prevention research, psychology, public administration, public policy, public health, social work, and sociology.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be employed at a nonprofit institution, either in the U.S. or abroad.


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.


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Grand Challenges Explorations

Deadline: May 15, 2012

Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

Proposals are being accepted online until May 15, 2012 on the following topics:

o New Approaches for the Interrogation of Anti-malarial Compounds – NEW

o Aid is Working. Tell the World – NEW

o Design New Approaches to Optimize Immunization Systems

o Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas

o Protect Crop Plants from Biotic Stresses From Field to Market

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at the website above.


EVENTS:

Heart + Lung Health FEST 2012

Date: March 6 – 10, 2012

Location: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel

Join us for a week filled with activities focusing on the latest in heart and lung health, science and clinical innovation!

To view the program for the scientific symposium http://fest.heartandlung.ca/wp-content/uploads/programme/day1themesandspeakers/Program-FEST-2012-Use-me.pdf

To register: http://www.cvent.com/d/dcqlrc/4W

Programs for the FEST events can be found here: http://fest.heartandlung.ca/programme/daily-overview/

Please visit the website in the title link and see the two attached posters (1 and 2 ) for more information.


The Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences – Christian Giaume, PhD – Glial connexin expression and function in the context of Alzheimer’s disease
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012, 12:30pm

Location: LSC 3

Christian Giaume, PhD
Director, Center Interdisciplinaire de Recherche en Biologie (CIRB), Collége de France, Paris

Please see theattachment for more information.


How to Talk About Science

Date: May 25 – 27, 2012

Location: University of Victoria

Registration Deadline: May 7, 2012

Strategic outreach is vital if you want to affect policy, bring media attention to your work or spark a lifelong interest in science in everyone you meet.

It’s also the only way you’ll be able to directly communicate the results of your work for social benefit.

You’re invited to learn How To Talk About Science at a conference at the University of Victoria in May 2012. After two days of interactive sessions you’ll have the tools to fine-tune your outreach strategies using pointers from some of the top scientists and media working in science communications today.

Please visit the website and see the attachment for more information.