In this week’s issue:
- CIFAR – Global Call for Ideas
- Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) – Commercialization and Research (CECR) program
- CFI Leaders Opportunity Fund – Faculty of Medicine Internal Competition for Retention Candidates
- GE NFL Head Health Challenge I – Methods for Diagnosis and Prognosis of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
- International Rett Syndrome Foundation – Multiple Opportunities
- The Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series
- Fourth Annual Vancouver Immunology Retreat
- Emerging Aboriginal Scholars Summer Camp
LOI Deadline: June 7, 2013
Do you have an idea for a research question that requires the attention of some of the world’s best minds, a question whose ambitious scope and depth will spark transformative inquiry? This is your opportunity to work with CIFAR to create an interdisciplinary global research network of leading researchers to address a question of great importance to humanity and create vital links between research and society.
For the first time, CIFAR is expanding its portfolio of research programs through an open call for ideas. We invite leading researchers to submit proposals for creating a research network that will address a complex challenge of global importance.
CIFAR welcomes Letters of Intent (LOIs) from either individual researchers or small groups. The research must be foundational in nature and sufficiently bold, ambitious and complex to require sustained collaboration from an outstanding network that is both international and interdisciplinary. Areas of inquiry can draw on disciplinary expertise from anywhere across the spectrum, from the natural, health and social sciences, to the humanities. Its ultimate aim should be to fuel significant progress and/or a fundamental change in our collective understanding of an important issue.
Notifications of Intent Deadline: June 14, 2013
The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) has launched a competition for new funding under its innovative Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program. The program funds centres that bridge the challenging gap between innovation and commercialization. Incorporated as not-for-profit organizations, CECRs match clusters of research expertise with the business community to share the knowledge and resources that bring innovations to market faster. They advance research and facilitate commercialization within priority areas such as the environment; natural resources and energy; health and life sciences; management, business and finance; and information and communications technologies.
Applicants must describe benefits to Canada, demonstrate their own track record and potential, and provide a business plan that charts their proposed centre’s path to becoming self-sustaining within 5-10 years.
Notifications of Intent, the first stage of the three-part review process, are due June 14, 2013.
Visit the website above for more information, or contact Danielle.Arsenault@nce-rce.gc.ca or 613-947-4501.
FoM Internal Deadline: June 24, 2013 9am PDT
The Faculty of Medicine (FoM) is launching an internal Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) competition to distribute $419,339 of Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF) retention funds. We expect to select up to six applications to go forward.
Applicants must hold a full-time academic appointment in the UBC Faculty of Medicine (i.e., full-time tenure stream, including partner stream, at the level of Assistant Professor or higher).
Project budgets must not exceed $187,500, with the CFI portion representing 40% (e.g., $75,000) and BCKDF 40% (e.g., $75,000). Applicants should indicate the source of funding for the remaining 20% (e.g., $37,500).
To assist with adjudication planning, applicants are encouraged to register a notice of intent to apply by May 31, 2013 via a link on the competition website. Completed applications must be submitted by email to the Faculty of Medicine no later than June 24, 2013 at 9am PDT.
Please review the full details for the FoM internal competition at www.med.ubc.ca/cfi-lof-retention.
Additional information about applying for CFI finding is available at http://www.research.ubc.ca/vpri/applying-cfi-funding
Deadline for Responses: July 1, 2013
GE and the NFL invite proposals for technologies and imaging biomarkers that address identification and management of subclinical and mild traumatic brain injury. Multiple awards with a cumulative value of up to $10 million are available.
Specific focus areas for this challenge include:
- Development and validation of imaging and/or sensor based biomarkers that can aid in the diagnosis and prognosis of mild traumatic brain injury events. These include imaging biomarkers of brain structure, connectivity, function, cognition, neuroinflammation, and molecular markers.
- Development of new technologies that are more sensitive to small contusions and injuries that are missed by current technologies; and assessing the long-term chronic impact of these events.
- Improved algorithms for the quantification and visualization of markers of brain injury severity and longitudinal change.
- Algorithms and tools that link imaging data to clinical, cognitive, and biomechanical data.
- Models of individual risk and long-term prognosis and clinical decision support tools using population studies.
- Robust methods for triaging acute stage events and developing “Return to Play” guidelines using physiological, molecular, electrical or physical changes in brain or body functions.
LOI Deadline: July 1, 2013
IRSF announces the availability of Regular Research grants for international biomedical research to promote the understanding of MeCP2 in the pathogenesis of the neurobehavioral phenotype of Rett syndrome (RTT). We seek to gain a better understanding of the underlying pathology of the disorder leading to an amelioration of the symptoms and a cure for RTT. These grants are designed to assist investigators to establish hypotheses relevant to Rett syndrome research and obtain future funding from other agencies. The maximum funding level for research grants is $100,000 over two years.
IRSF announces the availability of HeART (Help Accelerate RTT Therapeutics) and ANGEL (Advanced Neurotherapeutic Grant of Excellence) grant awards to promote the development and testing of therapeutics to treat and reverse Rett syndrome (RTT) and its symptoms. These award mechanisms seek to facilitate the development and testing of novel therapeutics targeting the underlying pathology of the disorder, thereby leading to an amelioration of symptoms or ultimately a pharmacological reversal of RTT.
HeART (Help Accelerate RTT Therapeutics) Grant Award
Goal: To provide seed funding for early stage drug discovery and development efforts.
Funding: The maximum funding level for HeART grant awards is $150,000 for two years.
ANGEL (Advanced Neurotherapeutic Grant of Excellence) Grant Award
Goal: To provide funding for the later stages of translational research.
Funding: The maximum funding level for ANGEL grant awards is $300,000 per year for up to two years.
Mentored Training Fellowship Program
IRSF announces the availability of Mentored Training Fellowships to support scientists early in their career in both basic and clinical research in the field of Rett syndrome so that they become successful, independent basic research scientists and clinical investigators. The maximum funding level for Mentored Training Fellowships is $100,000 over two years.
The Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series
Date: May 15th, 2013 12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: LSC 3 – Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall
“Mesenchymal cells in development, health and disease” by Dr. T. Michael Underhill, Professor, Dept. of Cellular and Physiological Sciences
Host: Dr. Ed Conway
Date: June 13, 2013
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Keynote Speaker: Mark Slifka, PhD, Oregon Health and Science University
on “Mechanisms of humoral and cell-mediated immunity.”
Please visit the website above for abstract submission and registration and other conference details.
This summer, the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) and the UBC First Nations House of Learning are again hosting an Emerging Aboriginal Scholars summer camp for 25 First Nations students, aged between 15 and 18 (grade 10-12).
We have an opportunity for UBC faculty and staff to help encourage this group of youth by engaging them via a short internship program.
We would like to place these students into faculties and units within UBC that are of interest to them.
The aim of this internship is to give them some work experience and give them some insight into life at UBC and in your workplace. The internship hours would be Monday to Wednesday 1:30-4pm between July 2 and August 2, 2013.
You can host a student for the five weeks, but if this is not possible we also considered 2 or 3 week interships.
They will be receiving an honorarium from our program, so faculty and staff would only be providing work experience and encouragement in an area they are interested in.
This is part of a program which aims to help fulfill goals of the UBC First Nations Initiative to increase the number of First Nation Students entering the university in a variety of fields.
We sincerely hope you can join us in this project, the benefits which can come from a programs like this are endless and can create so many memorable and positive learning experiences.
To find out about our last year’s experience here is this link:
If you have any questions or if you would like to participate please
BC Education Coordinator
Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences
1933 West Mall room 209
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Phone: 604 822 0404
Cell: 604 603 7625