20111104 FoM Weekly

In this week’s issue:

Funding Opportunities:

  • UBC Faculty of Medicine – 2012 Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders Prizes (Reminder)

· NGDI Collaboration for USAID Development Innovation Ventures Call

· Stand Up To Cancer, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, & the American Association for Cancer Research – SU2C-PCF Prostate Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Grant

· Autism Speaks: Open RFA for Predoctoral Fellowships

· Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Various Awards

· Technion – Israel Institute of Technology The Harvey Prize

· William T. Grant Foundation – Investigator Initiated Grant

Events:

· SSHRC Webinar – Public Outreach Grants

· CIHR Operating Grant Information Session


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

UBC Faculty of Medicine – 2012 Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders Prizes

Deadline: November 15, 2011, Midnight, PST

The Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders Prizes were created by an estate gift made to the University of British Columbia by Leonard Hubert Margolese.

Two prizes of $50,000 payable in Canadian dollars will be awarded annually, one in each of the two categories. The value of the Prizes will be reevaluated every third year. The Prizes are awarded with the expectation that the recipients will continue to demonstrate excellence in their field of work.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be considered for a Prize, candidates must be Canadian citizens holding an academic appointment in good standing and be active and productive in their career. They must be nominated by an expert in their field. Self-nominations will not be accepted. The nominee must have made outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure of heart or brain disorders. The Advisory Selection Committee reserves the right to rule on the eligibility of nominees. A Prize will be awarded to a person employed by the University of British Columbia (UBC) once within a six year period. In 2011, a UBC employee was awarded the Brain Disorders Prize; therefore UBC employees cannot receive this Prize until 2017. The Heart Disorders Prize is still available to UBC employees.

Please visit the website for more information on how to submit a nomination.


NGDI Collaboration for USAID Development Innovation Ventures Call

Date: November 17, 2011 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: University Industry Liaison Office Boardroom, #103, 6190 Agronomy Road, Vancouver Campus

UBC’s Neglected Global Diseases Initiative is hosting a meeting on Nov 17th to look at opportunities to develop a cooperative DIV application – see details below.

Contact: Jocelyn Conway for more information and to indicate your attendance if you haven’t already done so.

Development Innovative Ventures (DIV) is a mechanism for working with partners to identify and rigorously test potential development solutions, and helping to scale only those that are proven to produce development impact. DIV encourages entrepreneurs, innovators, businesses, academics, NGOs, and others to submit proposals for innovations that address development challenges more effectively and more cheaply and have the potential to substantially improve development outcomes, rather than incremental changes. The DIV model emphasizes testing potential solutions and rigorously evaluating impact – often through randomized control trials – in order to identify what works and what does not, and helping scale only those solutions proven to produce development outcomes.

The DIV funding model utilizes staged financing to maximize cost-effectiveness and minimize risk. The first stage is a proof of concept stage, and funding at this stage is capped at $100,000, the second stage focuses on rigorous evidence and demonstrated cost-effectiveness and scalability, typical funding at this stage is $1 million. The final stage aims to scale the innovation widely to millions of people across countries and expected funding ranges from $2-15 million.

Applicants can apply at any stage, and those who have received funding at a prior stage do not automatically advance to the next stage.

Learn more about DIV grants and how to apply at our website: www.usaid.gov/div.

How to apply: http://idea.usaid.gov/div/how-apply


Stand Up To Cancer, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, & the American Association for Cancer Research – SU2C-PCF Prostate Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Grant

LOIs Deadline: November 28, 2011

Stand Up To Cancer and the Prostate Cancer Foundation, along with the American Association for Cancer Research, call upon the cancer research community to submit letters of intent for a new Dream Team dedicated to prostate cancer research. We invite submission of ideas for translational cancer research projects that would address therapeutic interventions for advanced prostate cancer with special emphasis on metastatic disease, and deliver near-term patient benefit through investigation by a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, synergistic Dream Team of expert investigators.

The SU2C-PCF Prostate Cancer Dream Team will be awarded up to $10 million over the three-year term of the grant.


Autism Speaks: Open RFA for Predoctoral Fellowships

LOI Deadline: November 30, 2011 8:00pm (EST)

The Autism Speaks Science Grants Department is pleased to announce an open Request for Applications for the Dennis Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowships for 2012. This is an exciting opportunity for Predoctoral Fellows and leading Autism Researchers working in your institution. In this fourth year of the Weatherstone Fellowships, Autism Speaks invites applications from predoctoral students interested in pursuing careers in autism research. Please publicize this open RFA with researchers in your institution.

The Dennis Weatherstone Fellows will work directly with mentors who are leading scientists in autism research. This program supports the growth of a promising cadre of young scientists who will make autism research their chosen field. In order to cross-fertilize ideas and facilitate a network of collaboration, the Weatherstone program will include group interaction among the class of fellows and an annual meeting with the Weatherstone family and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

For more information please see the RFA by clicking on the title link above.


Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Various Awards

LOI Deadlines: December 12, 2011

SFARI Pilot Award

Application type for innovative, high-impact proposals requesting support for small-scale projects, or for early-stage experiments that will build on preliminary data or prior track record, and lead to competitive applications for funding by SFARI or other organizations. Investigators new to the field of autism are encouraged to apply for Pilot Awards. The maximum budget is $125,000, including indirect costs, per year for up to two (2) years.

SFARI Research Award

Application type for investigators with demonstrated expertise for proposals requesting support for compelling, high-impact research on an experimental hypothesis for which, in most cases, preliminary data have already been gathered. The foundation will also consider projects focusing on a central hypothesis where success depends on close collaboration between two or more labs. We expect to fund proposals for a maximum of $250,000, including indirect costs, per year for up to three (3) years, but under exceptional circumstances will consider proposals at higher levels.

SFARI SSC Award

Application type to support studies that build on the phenotyping and genotyping of the Simons Simplex Collection (SSC), or associated biospecimens. We will consider applications that may involve analyses of the existing data and biospecimens and/or recontacting SSC families for follow-up studies, including, but not limited to, studies focused on molecular mechanisms, circuits, anatomy, cognition, subgroup comparisons, behavior, biomarkers and candidate therapies. We are specifically interested in helping to launch longitudinal studies that examine the developmental trajectories of children in the SSC as they progress into adolescence, but in most cases support beyond an initial launch period will need to come in substantial part from other sources. We will accept collaborative grants involving multiple investigators and encourage studies that use data from multiple sites. We expect to fund proposals for a maximum of $250,000, including indirect costs, per year for up to two (2) years, but under exceptional circumstances will consider proposals at higher levels. Smaller-scale pilot proposals (maximum budget $125,000) are also welcome.


Technion – Israel Institute of Technology The Harvey Prize

Deadline: December 31, 2011

The Harvey Prize, a prestigious prize awarded by the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology every year, rewards excellence by recognizing outstanding breakthroughs in science, technology and human health.

In 2012 they will be awarding two prizes, one in the field of Science and Technology and one in the field of Human Health. They are now seeking candidates for these prizes.

A description of the Harvey Prize, a list of previous laureates, guidelines, and a nomination form are attached to this email. More information can be found on their website by following the title link above.


William T. Grant Foundation – Investigator Initiated Grants

LOI Deadline: January 5, 2012

The Investigator Initiated Grants program is designed to support high-quality research projects that address the foundation’s current research interests — enhancing the understanding of how youth social settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved; and when, how, and under what conditions research evidence is used in policy and practice that affect youth, and how its use can be improved.

Social settings are defined as the social environments in which youth experience daily life. These include environments with clear boundaries such as classrooms, schools, and youth-serving organizations; and those with less prescribed boundaries such as neighborhoods or other settings in which youth interact with peers, family members, and other adults.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be employed at a nonprofit institution, either in the United States or abroad. Proposed projects must be consistent with the foundation’s current research interests; address issues that have compelling relevance for theory, policy, and/or practice affecting the settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the U.S.; and reflect high standards of evidence and rigorous methods.

Investigator-initiated grants usually range from $100,000 to $600,000 for projects of two to three years. Newly initiated experiments in which settings are randomly assigned to condition often have higher awards ranging up to $1.5 million.


Events:

SSHRC Webinar – Public Outreach Grants

Date: November 9, 2011 (English), November 10, 2011 (French)

In order to inform the community about the Public Outreach Grants, representatives of SSHRC’s Partnerships Portfolio will be holding information webinars. These webinars will focus on the features of the Public Outreach Grants, and will offer advice on how to prepare an application. They will also provide a chance for participants to ask questions regarding this funding opportunity. The application deadline for the Public Outreach Grants is November 28, 2011.

To join the November 9th webinar in English, click the following link up to 30 minutes prior to the meeting: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/pragmatic_PRO/join?id=SSHRC1109&role=attend&pw=123456

To join the November 10th webinar in French, click the following link up to 30 minutes prior to the meeting: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/pragmatic_PRO/join?id=CRSH1110&role=attend&pw=123456


CIHR Operating Grant Information Session

Date: November 29, 2011 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: UBC Point Grey campus (location TBD)

“CIHR – Strategies for Writing a Potentially Successful Operating Grant” Co-hosted by SPARC and the Faculty of Medicine

Who should attend?

  • Faculty researchers planning to submit applications to the March 1, 2012 and September 15, 2012 CIHR Open Operating Grant competitions, including:
    • New faculty
    • New-to-CIHR faculty (e.g., SSHRC researchers considering a migration to CIHR)
    • Faculty interested in a CIHR Operating Grant refresher
    • Grant facilitators
  • Grant writers
  • Other research support staff

Why?

  • Dr. Janice Eng, UBC’s Delegate to the CIHR and CIHR/Health Research Coordinator, will provide an update from her recent visit with the CIHR President, Alain Beaudet .
  • Dr. Eng will present strategies to help give your Operating Grant the competitive edge, and also review key changes at CIHR for 2012.

Contact

Phone: 604-827-5615
Email: christy.mctait@ubc.ca