[FoM Announcement] Weekly Announcements and Funding Opportunities


Department Deadline for CIHR Competitions:

1.       CIHR Operating Grant competition:

In order to meet Faculty of Medicine deadlines, please ensure grant application packages are submitted to the Department Administration Office – attention Vicky Yau (vicky.yau@ubc.ca), by noon, Wednesday, September 4, 2013 for Department review & approval. 

                For more information regarding Faculty of Medicine CIHR Operating Grant application procedures, please visit http://med.ubc.ca/research/grant-applications/cihr/operating-grant/ 

2.       CIHR New Investigator Salary Competition:

In order to meet Faculty of Medicine deadlines, please ensure grant application packages are submitted to the Department Administration Office – attention Vicky Yau (vicky.yau@ubc.ca), by noon, Tuesday, November 19, 2013 for Department review & approval. 

For more information regarding Faculty of Medicine CIHR New Investigator application procedures, please visit http://med.ubc.ca/research/grant-applications/cihr/new-investigator/

Note: The procedures and deadlines for the Operating Grant and New Investigator are different so please do not confuse the two funding opportunities.

In this week’s issue:

Announcements: Please note that there are TWO DIFFERENT CIHR competitions:

1)      The CIHR Operating Grant competition is due September 15, 2013; and

2)      The CIHR New Investigator Salary competition is due December 2, 2013.

Please see attached Email for further information.

Funding Opportunities:

  • Glaucoma Research Foundation – Shaffer Grants Program
  • MITACS Globalink (updated)
  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation – “A” Awards
  • 2014 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize


  • Canadian Marfan Association Conference: Diagnosis Treatment and Management of Marfan Syndrome and Genetic Aortic Disorders (2 attachments)


  • UBC CPD Rural Rounds 2013-14 Videoconference Series


Glaucoma Research Foundation – Shaffer Grants Program

Preliminary Proposal Deadline: July 31, 2013

The Glaucoma Research Foundation encourages innovative research aimed at finding better ways to care for people with glaucoma, the leading cause of preventable blindness.

Through its Shaffer Grants program, the foundation supports innovative, high-impact clinical, epidemiological, and laboratory research projects related to its strategic research goals, which include protecting and restoring the optic nerve, accurately detecting glaucoma and monitoring its progress, finding the genes responsible for glaucoma, understanding the intraocular pressure system and developing better treatments, and identifying the risk factors for glaucoma damage using systematic outcomes data.

Grants in the amount of $40,000 will be awarded for one year.

Grants do not support equipment costs exceeding $12,000, salaries for principal investigators and co-investigators, projects with overt commercial applications, lab supplies, and indirect costs.

Preliminary proposals must be received no later than July 31, 2013. Upon review, selected applicants will receive an e-mail with instructions for completing and submitting a full online grant application, which will be due September 30, 2013.

To be eligible, applicants must possess at least a graduate degree. Interdisciplinary teams and collaborations that may lead to new glaucoma treatments are encouraged.

Mitacs Globalink

Deadline: July 31, 2013

Mitacs Globalink (www.mitacs.ca/globalink) brings the best and brightest international students to Canada: our call for professor applications is ending this month on July 31st.  Participating universities can be found in the application link below.

Globalink is a two-step program involving undergraduate students who are considering a graduate degree in Canada: they first complete a 10-12 week summer project in a professor’s university-based lab or clinic in Canada (summer 2014), with the potential to return to Canada to pursue graduate studies.

Mitacs funds student travel to Canada & helps with their paperwork to get here. Mitacs also provides a living stipend and supports local accommodation costs.  Professors will provide supervision and typically need only cover any costs for materials or reagents.

Professors submit an application online (15 minutes) for one or more students and one or more projects for summer 2014 in their labs or clinics.  Then students from China, India, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey and Vietnam, apply to Mitacs Globalink.  Students are ranked and vetted by Mitacs and the top students are then matched to the projects. For a number of universities across Canada two year Fellowships are available to former Globalink students who wish to return to Canada for graduate studies. The fellowships vary by university but typically last for two years and include a tuition subsidy, a financial award from the university, and research and/or teaching assistantships, as well as a Mitacs award.

We know professors are busy and time is short. If professors send a 1 paragraph project overview, stating the number of students they can take on in summer 2014 we can enter the online application on their behalf and copy them on the submission.  Contact: Dr. Carol Lane EMT MSc PhD, Business Development Specialist, Mitacs. E-mail: clane@mitacs.ca

Or, professors can complete the full application form themselves: https://www.mitacs.ca/2014-globalink-faculty-application

In addition: If you have a research connection with any of our partner countries we are interested in learning more as Mitacs Globalink expands.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation – “A” Awards

Deadline: September 16, 2013

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation awards grants designed to fill critical voids in pediatric cancer research.

The foundation’s “A” Award is a three-year grant designed for young scientists who want to jump-start their careers in pediatric oncology research. The program seeks to encourage the best and brightest young researchers looking to conduct further research on cures for children with cancer and become leaders in the pediatric cancer field.

Applicants must have their M.D., Ph.D., or dual M.D./Ph.D., and must not have achieved an appointment higher than assistant professor. M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. candidates must be no more than six years from finishing a three-year fellowship. M.D. candidates who did not do a three-year fellowship must have three years of research experience after their M.D. was awarded and be no more than nine years from receiving the M.D. Ph.D. candidates must be no more than six years from being awarded the Ph.D.

The ideal candidate has an original project that is not currently being funded. Demonstration of outstanding mentorship and a future commitment to pediatric cancer investigation are critical components of a successful application.

Funds must be granted to nonprofit institutions or organizations operating in the United States or Canada. Researchers need not be U.S. citizens.

The program provides $125,000 a year for three years, reference books to enhance the awardees’ personal pediatric oncology library, up to $10,000 in equipment to enhance lab/project work, and registration fees for one educational course or event. Applicants may have other research grants during the award period, but there must be clear documentation of mechanisms to avoid scientific and/or budgetary overlap.

2014 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize

Deadline: November 1, 2013

The Warren Alpert Foundation Prize recognizes one or more scientists whose scientific achievements have led to the prevention, cure or treatment of human diseases or disorders, and/or whose research constitutes a seminal scientific finding that holds great promise of ultimately changing our understanding of and/or ability to treat disease. The $250,000 Prize is open to scientists, physicians, and researchers from any country.


Canadian Marfan Association Conference: Diagnosis Treatment and Management of Marfan Syndrome and Genetic Aortic Disorders

Date: September 27 and 28, 2013

Location: Child and Family Research Institute, 950 W. 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

CME Accredited Conference Patient and Family Conference. Featuring presentations from renowned local and international experts and small group workshops.

Register at the link above. Please see the two related attachments for more information. Please see Vancouver Conference Brochure  and  CMA Vancouver Program


UBC CPD Rural Rounds 2013-14 Videoconference Series

Date: First Thursday of every month (September 2013 to June 2014), 8:00am – 9:00pm PDT/PST

Please note that two dates are presented on the 2nd Thursday of the month: September 12, 2013 and January 9th, 2014.

Website / Registration: http://www.ubccpd.ca/rural/rural-rounds/

Contact: Stephanie Ameyaw – stephanie.a@ubc.ca

Location: Your local hospital’s videoconferencing room

CME Credits: Up to 1 Mainpro M1 / MOC Section 1 for each session

Registration Deadline: 72hrs before the session you would like to join.

Cost: $150 per session/ $750 per series (Discount available)