Faculty of Medicine – Weekly Announcements and Funding Opportunities August 5 – 8

In this week’s issue:


Funding Opportunities:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – Insight Grant Notification of Intent
  • National Sanitarium Association – NSA Scholars Program

International Funding Opportunities:

  • Horizon 2020 – Various opportunities (final reminder)


  • UBC Faculty of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics – Dr. Jean Templeton Hugill Visiting Professor Lecture
  • UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – UBC Radiology Conference Vancouver Imaging Review: Head to Toe


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – Insight Grant

Notification of Intent Deadline: August 15, 2014

The Notification of Intent (NOI) to apply for an Insight Grant is now available online. NOIs must be submitted directly by applicants to SSHRC via the online system by Friday, August 15, 2014. NOIs will not be accepted after this deadline. An applicant who has not submitted an NOI by this date will be ineligible to submit a full application to the October 2014 Insight Grant competition. Once an applicant has successfully submitted their NOI, an Insight Grant application will be created in the applicant’s Portfolio on the SSHRC website.

National Sanitarium Association – NSA Scholars Program

Deadline: October 17, 2014

The NSA Scholars Program funds highly promising new researchers (within two years of their first faculty appointment as independent investigators) who have demonstrated considerable potential for success during their research training. They would be involved in research of the type described above. It is anticipated that Scholars may be working with colleagues who share complementary research interests, but the Scholar will be expected to add a distinctly new direction or innovative dimension to the group in an emerging area of importance.

Grants normally provide funding of up to $1 million over five years. It is expected that during the course of an NSA award research grants will be captured from traditional funding agencies, and that the project becomes self-sustaining by the end of the NSA funding period.

Please visit the NSA website for complete details.



Horizon 2020 – Various opportunities

Deadline: As early as September 2, 2014

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.

Please review a list of current Horizon 2020 opportunities at http://www.sparc.ubc.ca/programs/current-calls-proposals-applications#2020



UBC Faculty of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics – Dr. Jean Templeton Hugill Visiting Professor Lecture

Date & Time: September 17, 2014; 6pm

Location: Cordula & Gunther Paetzold Lecture Theatre, Vancouver General Hospital, 855 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver

“A tale of three grey hairs: Initiating, developing and sustaining a career as a research scientist”

Presented by:

Dr. Hemal H. Patel

Associate Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology

University of California, San Diego

Light refreshments will be served at the atrium prior to the lecture.

Please see attached Invite for further details.

UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – Bringing Best Evidence to Clinicians

Date: November 1, 2014

Location: Surrey Memorial Hospital, 13750 96 Ave, Surrey

Target audience: FPs, Pharmacists, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners

Up to 7.0 Mainpro-M1/MOC Section 1 credits

Register: Click here


Dr. Thomas Finucane, Dr. Cait O’Sullivan, Dr. Tom Perry, Dr. James M. Wright, Dr. Aaron Tejani

Key topics

Common preventive strategies in adults:

  • What evidence is there for blood pressure targets?
  • Is it worth focusing on hyperglycemia in elderly people?
  • What is the RCT evidence for DVT prophylaxis in medical patients?
  • What is the RCT evidence for bisphosphonates for osteoporosis?
  • What is the evidence for statins in primary prevention, LDL targets, or high vs. low dose statins?

Pain and suffering:

  • Management of chronic pain – evidence for non-opioid drugs?
  • Management of behaviour in dementia – should antipsychotics ever be used?


  • Feeding and nutrition in dementia
  • Does bacteriuria mean UTI or require treatment?
  • Reducing polypharmacy – finding your own practical approach
  • Should we be using new oral anticoagulants?

Please see attached Therapeutics Initiative  Brochure for additional information.