Faculty of Medicine – Weekly Announcements and Funding Opportunities September 15 – 19

In this week’s issue:


  • The Faculty of Medicine internal deadline for CIHR Doctoral Research Awards is Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014. Please visit our website for complete procedures and timelines.
  • Please see the attached mail  from the Office of the Vice-President Research & International, a final call for nominations for UBC’s Internal Awards. Faculty of Medicine internal signature deadlines are as follows:

o   UBC Killam Faculty Research Prize – September 26, 2014

o   Jacob Biely Faculty Research Prize – October 9, 2014

o   Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research – October 9, 2014

  • Please see the attached emailfrom the Office of the Vice-President Research & International, a reminder of the tools and resources available within the VPRI Office’s Award Document Library.


Funding Opportunities:

  • US Department of Defense – Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Preterm Birth Initiative

Awards and Honours:

  • Dan David Prize – Call for nominations


  • BC SPOR Network on Primary and Integrated Health Care – Town Hall Meeting (final reminder)
  • UBC Faculty of Medicine – Career Day



US Department of Defense – Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program

Pre-application Deadline: October 16, 2014

The Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program has released the following funding opportunities:

1)      Convergence Science Research Award (CSRA)

The FY14 CSRA is intended to support efforts to generate research resources and tools, or novel research efforts for professionals and practitioners in health sciences related to the PRARP’s mission. Applications must address any of the CSRA Overarching Challenges and Focus Areas described here.

2)      Quality of Life Research Award (QUAL)

The QUAL objective is to reduce the burden on caregivers and individuals affected by the common symtoms of both traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the military community. Applications must address one or both of the OUAL Overarching Challenges and any of the Focus Areas described here.

3)      Military Risk Factor Research Award (MRFA)

The intent is to facilitate high-impact, systematic, population-based research investigating the association between traumatic brain injury and the subsequent development of Alzheimer’s disease. Applications must address the MRFA Overarching Challenge and any of the Focus Areas described here.


The Program Announcements with pre-application and application details can be found here.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Preterm Birth Initiative

Deadline: December 1, 2014

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund created the Preterm Birth Initiative to increase the understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying parturition and spontaneous preterm birth.

The program is designed to bring together diverse interdisciplinary groups with expertise in genetics/genomics, immunology, microbiology, and proteomics along with the more traditional areas of parturition research such as maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics, and pediatrics to address scientific issues related to preterm birth. The fund has committed $3 million for the initiative and anticipates awarding five grants of up to $600,000 over a four-year period ($150,000 per year).

Proposals should address the biomedical causes and mechanisms underlying  preterm birth, including but not limited to peri-implantational events, placentation, fetal determinants, fetal-maternal immune responses, biological basis for racial-ethnic disparities, mechanisms relating preterm birth to other adverse pregnancy outcomes, and biology of normal labor. Proposals seeking to identify biomarkers predicting preterm birth are welcome.

All proposals must have an interdisciplinary approach — i.e., one member of the team must have training and expertise outside the traditional areas of reproductive science. Proposals that cross institutional boundaries (partnerships between multiple universities or collaborations within larger universities) are encouraged.

Visit the BWF website for complete program guidelines, information about past recipients, and application instructions.




Dan David Prize – Call for nominations

Nomination Deadline: November 30, 2014

The Dan David Prize is awarded to individuals and institutions with proven, exceptional excellence and contribution to humanity in the sciences, arts, humanities, public service and business.

Three prizes of US$1,000,000 each are awarded annually in fields chosen within the three time dimensions – Past, Present and Future.

The 2015 Dan David Prize for the Future Time Dimension will be awarded to an outstanding individual or organization that has made a major contribution to the field of Bioinformatics and continues to significantly advance this field.

Please visit the Dan David Prize website for prize nomination guidelines.




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 email for further details, including a list of alternate sites with video links.


UBC Faculty of Medicine – Career Day

Date & Time: October 8, 2014, 2:30-6pm

Location: Graduate Student Ballroom, Thea Koerner House, 225-6371 Crescent Road, Vancouver

Registration is now open for the UBC Faculty of Medicine – Career Day 2014.

On October 8th, 30 Career Experts will be present to engage in small group discussions with postdoctoral fellows and senior graduate students in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. There is no charge to attend.


2:30 – 3:00pm – Registration

3:00 – 5:00pm – Small group sessions with Career Experts

5:00 – 6:00pm – Networking, with light food and beverages provided


There is limited space available, and registration is on a first-come first-served basis. Registration and speaker biographies are available at the following website: https://careerday.hli.ubc.ca/apex/f?p=140503:1:0


This free event is being brought to you by the Faculty of Medicine Postdoctoral Professional Development Team.