In this week’s issue:
- Faculty of Medicine Internal Canada Research Chairs Competition (details below)
- Please review the CIHR Foundation Scheme 2014 1st Live Pilot application procedures & timelines for Faculty of Medicine researchers, available here. The deadline for the Dean’s Office to receive your application packages is Monday, September 8th (final reminder).
- This is also a final reminder that the NSERC Research Tools and Instruments competition involves a pre-selection process. Instructions for this process are available at the SPARC website, and the deadline for application packages is September 9, 2014.
- International Development Research Centre – Partnership Small Grants
- Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Career Awards for Medical Scientists and Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
- American Pain Society – Chronic Pain Research Program
- Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute – Large Pragmatic Studies
- Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – 2015 Request for Applications
- American Psychiatric Association – Kempf Fund Award for Research Development in Psychobiological Psychiatry
- Plastic Surgery Foundation – Clinical Research Projects
- BC SPOR Network on Primary and Integrated Health Care – Town Hall Meeting
- UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – BC Physician Integration Program Faculty Development Workshop
- First International Conference on Weaver Syndrome
Faculty of Medicine Internal Canada Research Chairs Competition
The Faculty of Medicine (FoM) has launched an internal Canada Research Chairs (CRC) competition to fill vacant CRC Tier 1 and 2 positions who will go forward to the national CRC competition in April 2015.
Full competition details are available on the FoM Internal CRC Competition webpage.
Request for name of applicant(s) prior to Competition Deadline:
Once your Department/School has identified applicants to be nominated in the FoM Internal CRC Competition (one CRC Tier 1 and/or one CRC Tier 2), please send Lina Jung (email@example.com) the name of the applicant(s) before the internal competition deadline (October 27, 2014).
If you have any questions, please contact Lina Jung at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UBC Internal Deadline: September 12, 2014
IDRC has released the call for the next round of partnership small grants.
Per agency guideline, UBC can submit up to three concept note in any one call, but each of these three must come from a different “institutional unit” (department, centre or institute). An internal review may be required if the number of applications exceed the limit. There are currently two PIs who have expressed interest. Interested applicants should get in touch with his/her Department to ensure no other applications are coming in from the same department.
Any questions regarding IDRC grants, please contact Danica Kell, Danica.email@example.com, 822-8778.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Career Awards for Medical Scientists and Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
UBC Internal Deadline: See below
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) has announced two competitions, the Career Awards for Medical Scientists and the Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease.
As each program competition has an institutional limit, the applications will need to be received 10 to 11 calendar days prior to the ORS deadline to allow time for internal selection of which applications will be submitted to the BWF (if the number of applicants exceed the institutional limit).
*All applications from the Faculty of Medicine must be submitted to Bryan Wong (Bryan.Wong@ubc.ca) and non-Faculty of Medicine (e.g., Faculty of Science) applications to Burdena Shea (Burdena.Shea@ubc.ca) by the date indicated below. Please note, SPARC will not be offering internal peer review for this competition.
|Career Awards for Medical Scientists||Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease|
|Institutional Limit||5 nominations||2 nominations (or 3 if a nominee holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree)|
|*Submission Deadline to FoM / SPARC||Sept 15th||Oct 17th|
|ORS Deadline||Sept 25th||Oct 28th|
|BWF Deadline||Oct 1st, 2014||Nov 3rd, 2014|
LOI Deadline: September 30, 2014
Medical management of chronic pain produces suboptimal outcomes in many patients characterized by inadequate pain control, unpleasant side effects, and other adverse outcomes. In many such cases, non-medical alternatives are needed to enhance pain control and reduce the adverse effects of treatment for chronic pain.
Through the Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Program, the American Pain Society will award grants of up to $35,000 in support of research projects that explore the effectiveness of novel non-pharmacologic treatments for pain and/or the mechanisms underlying their treatment effects. Projects testing novel treatments or innovative applications of existing non-pharmacologic treatments are encouraged.
Projects should investigate non-invasive interventions with favorable side-effect profiles that improve chronic pain management. Possible areas of research include physical treatments for pain; psychological treatments for pain; complementary and alternative medicine; coordinated care, including combinations of the above approaches; and community-based interventions and psycho-educational programs that improve access to pain management, especially for the underprivileged.
To be eligible, applicants must be members of APS or non-members who agree to become a member if/when the award is made. While applications are accepted from investigators at any level of career development, priority will be given to investigators within ten years of completing their doctoral degree and who have not yet been awarded major NIH or foundation grant funding. In addition, applicants must conduct their research at an institution in the United States or Canada.
As part of the award, grant recipients will receive an additional $1,000 travel stipend to attend the next APS annual meeting, where they will be recognized as an awardee.
Letters of Intent must be received no later than September 30, 2014. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application.
Visit the APS website for complete program guidelines, information about past grant recipients, and application procedures.
LOI Deadline: October 1, 2014
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute helps people make informed healthcare decisions and improves healthcare delivery and outcomes by producing and promoting high-integrity, evidence-based research guided by patients, caregivers, and the broader healthcare community.
Grants of up to $10 million over up to five years will be awarded for pragmatic clinical trials, large simple trials, and large-scale observational studies that compare two or more alternatives for addressing prevention, diagnosis, treatment, or management of a disease or symptom; improving healthcare system-level approaches to managing care; or eliminating health or healthcare disparities.
Studies must address critical clinical choices faced by patients, their caregivers, clinicians, and/or delivery systems. They must involve broadly representative patient populations and be large enough to provide precise estimates of hypothesized effectiveness differences and to support evaluation of potential differences in treatment effectiveness in patient subgroups. All relevant patient organizations, professional organizations, and/or payer or purchaser organizations must be included as partners and active participants in the study.
Eligible applicants include any private-sector research organization; any public-sector research organization, including any university or college hospital or healthcare system, laboratory, or manufacturer; and units of local, state, or federal government.
Letters of intent must be submitted no later than October 1, 2014. Upon review, selected organizations will be invited to submit full applications by February 3, 2015.
Visit the PCORI website for complete program guideline and application procedures.
Deadline: See below
The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance throughout the world. To this end, we solicit applications for SFARI Awards from individuals who will conduct bold, imaginative, rigorous and relevant research.
The following applications will be considered:
SFARI Pilot Award – LOI Deadline: October 10, 2014
Application type for innovative, high-impact proposals requesting support for small-scale projects or early-stage experiments that will build on preliminary data or a 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. Please note that SSC biospecimen costs are not included in the maximum budget.
SFARI Research Award – LOI Deadline: October 10, 2014
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. We realize that clinical studies can be costly and will consider clinical and translational proposals with budgets of up to $350,000 per year if justified in the budget. (This grant mechanism is not intended to support large, randomized clinical trials of medications.) We strongly encourage PIs considering such proposals to discuss their proposal and budget with SFARI science staff before submission (please contact scienceRFA@simonsfoundation.org). Proposals with unusually high budgets are subject to heightened scrutiny. Please note that SSC biospecimen costs are not included in the maximum budget.
SFARI Explorer Award – Deadline: Applications considered on a rolling basis
This award program is designed to enhance our existing support of autism research by providing timely resources to enable focused experiments highly relevant to our mission. A deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders or potential therapeutic approaches will require investigation at multiple levels, including but not limited to studies focused on gene discovery, molecular mechanisms, circuits, anatomy, and cognition and behavior. We will consider proposals at all of these levels. The maximum budget is $60,000, including indirect costs for one (1) year, non-renewable.
Further information about the SFARI Pilot Award and SFARI Resarch Award are available here.
Further information about the SFARI Explorer Award is available here.
Deadline: October 15, 2014
The American Psychiatric Association is inviting applications for its Kempf Fund Award for Research Development in Psychobiological Psychiatry.
The annual award recognizes a senior researcher who has made a significant contribution to research on the causes and treatment of schizophrenia as both a researcher and a mentor. A $1,500 award will be made to the senior researcher, and $20,000 will support the research career development of a young research psychiatrist working in a mentor-trainee relationship with the award winner on further research in this field.
Visit the APA website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
Deadline: December 1, 2014
The Plastic Surgery Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, is accepting applications for research projects that address a topic of importance to the current clinical practice of plastic surgery.
Through the National Endowment for Plastic Surgery grant program, the foundation will award one grant of up to $50,000 for a research project that is clinically relevant, immediate, or an emerging issue in the field. Priority will be given to well-developed projects with a high likelihood of impact on the discipline and/or on patient care.
To be eligible, applicants must hold an M.D., D.O., or Ph.D. as well as a full-time clinical or research position in the United States or at a Canadian Institution. In addition, all applicants must be ASPS members or obtain sponsorship from an active ASPS member.
Visit the Plastic Surgery Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application information.
BC SPOR Network on Primary and Integrated Health Care – Town Hall Meeting
Date & Time: September 24, 2014, 4-5pm
Location: LSC 1, Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver
The Steering Committee for the BC Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network on Primary and Integrated Health Care, would like to invite you and your colleagues to a Town Hall Meeting. Please see attached Poster for further details.
Date & Time: October 17, 2014, 8am-4pm
Location: Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel St., Vancouver
Target Audience: Supervisors of IMGs on the College of Physician and Surgeons’ Provisional Register
Location: Vancouver, BC or by videoconference*
*Please note that there is the possibility of attending via videoconference given enough interest from the participants. Please indicate at registration if you would be interested in attending via videoconference.
Cost: $109. Register online and save $10
Accreditation: up to 6.0 Mainpro-M1/MOC Section 1 credits
- The College’s Current Expectations of Physicians Supervisors of IMGs on BC’s Provisional Register
- Assessment, Feedback, and Evaluation of your IMGs – Practical Tools for the Real World
- Ethical and Legal Issues Related to Supervision
- Culture Sensitivity and Diversity Awareness
Date & Time: November 9, 2014, 9am-6pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard St, Vancouver
It is with great pleasure that we announce the First International Conference on Weaver Syndrome, to take place Sunday, November 9th, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver.
The conference is intended to be of interest to families affected by Weaver syndrome and related overgrowth conditions, as well as to physicians, scientists and academic trainees with an interest in Weaver syndrome, genetic and epigenetic overgrowth syndromes, and rare disorders in general.
It will be a satellite meeting the day following the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists’
annual meeting (scheduled for November 6-8, 2014), on the same site as the CCMG meeting (i.e. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver).
Professor David Weaver (First to describe the syndrome that now bears his name) Topic: Historical Retrospective of the Description of Weaver syndrome and clinical overview of features
Dr. Steven JM Jones (Head of Bioinformatics, Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre) Topic: Next-generation sequencing methods for gene discovery and diagnosis
Dr. Serena Buontempo (Stem Cell specialist from Italy) Topic: Stem Cells – Lessons from EZH2-mutant cell lines and applications for Weaver syndrome
There will also be 3-4 trainee talks for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
The current schedule is for 3 talks in the morning 9am-12pm, lunch break for 1 hour then talks 2pm-3pm with trainee talks 3pm-4pm and then a family event.
Tickets are free for the scientific portion of the conference. There may be a separate fee for the family social event afterwards. Registration is available here:
If you do not wish to use the Eventbrite service, please contact the organizer, Dr. William Gibson, to register.