In this week’s issue:
- Faculty of Medicine Internal Canada Research Chairs Competition (details below, final reminder)
- Patient Safety Institute – 2014-15 Studentships
- Digital Media and Learning Competition – The Trust Challenge
- Alex’s Lemonade Stand – Various Opportunities (reminder)
- American Tinnitus Association – Proposals for Research Projects
- CIHR – Team Grant: Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples
- Networks of Centres of Excellence – 2016 Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research
- Stand Up To Cancer Canada – Cancer Research Dream Teams
- Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation – Blepharospasm/Meige Research
Awards and Honours:
- Warren Alpert Foundation – Warren Alpert Foundation Prize
- CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research – Article of the Year Award
- CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research – Rising Star Award
- Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series – superFVA – An Engineered Prohemostatic Agent for Hemophilia and Other Severe Bleeding Situations
- UBC’s Neglected Global Diseases Initiative – Distinguished Lectureship Seminar Series, featuring Dr. Peter von Dadelszen
- UBC Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medicine – Research Expo
Deadline: October 27, 2014
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) the name of the applicant(s) before the internal competition deadline (October 27, 2014).
If you have any questions, please contact Lina Jung at email@example.com.
Deadline: October 21, 2014
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute is pleased to be supporting students once again this year with funding for research focused on the role and importance of patients in improving patient safety.
Studentships are an important way to increase student capacity in applied patient safety research. They aim to create new collaborative learning opportunities to facilitate implementation of practical ideas and tools to improve patient safety.
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) invites Canadian organizations, graduate students and/or medical students to partner and apply for one of six Patient Safety Studentships. Eligible organizations include universities, health regions, hospitals, non-governmental and/or not-for-profit private organizations. Eligible graduate students include those in any field of health science, as well as other disciplines (including but not limited to psychology, sociology and/or human factors engineering) who are registered as full- or part-time students during the period of the award.
For further information, please visit the Patient Safety Institute website.
Deadline: November 3, 2014; 5pm PST
The Trust Challenge is the fifth Digital Media and Learning Competition — an open, international invitation to museums, libraries, school districts, schools, community organizations, app developers, researchers, colleges and universities, and other institutional/organizational partners willing to create collaborations or alliances that address existing real-world challenges to trust in connected learning environments.
Successful applicants will develop digital tools — apps, badge systems, data management platforms, online learning content, etc. — that engender trust, safety, and privacy in connected learning environments, and that empower learners to connect and learn anywhere, anytime in ways that are equitable, social, participatory, and interest-driven.
These scalable, innovative, and transformative exemplars of connected learning must include open standards, or commonly agreed upon interoperable standards for accessing, sharing, and protecting information across multiple platforms and services that “talk” to each other. Successful Trust Challenge proposals must bridge technological solutions with complex social considerations around trust and open standards, including how to:
- design systems and digital environments that engender trust for networks of learners of all ages, parents of youth, and educators;
- provide learners with the tools, skills, and knowledge to know when a system is safe, to control their data, and to confidently use the web and its resources;
- encourage learners to interact collaboratively with peers and mentors in productive ways, by putting web resources and networks to good social, civic and academic purposes;
- promote a culture of civility and respect online, enabling deeper and more supportive, trusted engagement among learners so that they become responsible creators and stewards of an open, inviting, and egalitarian web; and
- engender respectful use and sharing of online personal data so that learners understand how their data is used by other people, corporations, and governments, and what the consequences of sharing their data can be.
The Competition is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and administered by HASTAC through a grant to the University of California, Irvine.
- $10,000 to $150,000 year-long development grants
- $5,000 technology grants
- $1.2 million will be awarded in total.
Development grant award amounts will be determined by project feasibility and complexity, team member expertise, length of time required to complete the work, and level of institutional support.
In addition to the larger, on-going development grants, “People’s Choice Awards” will be made to the three finalist applications that amass the most votes during the public voting process. These small grants will be up to $5,000 and must be used specifically for approved technology purchases for the applying organization/institution.
Please visit the Trust Challenge details page for further details.
Deadline: See below
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is pleased to announce that grant applications are now being accepted in the following categories:
Innovation Grant Letter of Intent, Deadline: Nov. 3, 2014
Do you have a novel idea that has potential for high impact on pediatric cancer patients? Does your idea, approach, or methodology have the potential to move your research and the field in a new direction? ALSF’s Innovation Grant provides seed funding for proof-of-concept proposals. The letter of intent must be approved in order to submit a full proposal. The award is up to $125,000 annually for two years.
Young Investigator Grant – Deadline: December 15, 2014
ALSF is committed to the next generation of pediatric cancer investigators! The Young Investigator Grant provides start-up funds for new scientists at the end of their fellowship training or early in their research career. Developing an impactful line of research and a sustainable career in pediatric oncology research are key components of this grant. The award is up to $50,000 annually for two years.
Epidemiology Grants – Deadline: December 15, 2014
ALSF provides funding that will allow investigators to pursue novel and promising epidemiological approaches to understanding childhood cancers. For examples of eligible study areas please see the guidelines. This award is up to $100,000 annually for two years.
Visit the ALSF website for further details and application instructions.
Deadline: November 15, 2014
For more than forty years, the American Tinnitus Association has helped patients understand and manage the “ringing in their ears” and raised resources for advanced tinnitus research. Since 1971, ATA has contributed nearly $6 million to medical research projects focused on curing tinnitus.
In continued pursuit of its mission, ATA will award grants of up to $50,000 for innovative, high-quality research that substantively contributes to the scientific understanding of tinnitus and advances the search for a cure, with a focus on seed grants for the most innovative areas of tinnitus scientific exploration. Proposals are measured against ATA’s “Roadmap for a Cure,” a framework for how research can best — and most rapidly — be used to achieve a definitive cure for tinnitus.
Scientists, academics, and healthcare professionals who are affiliated with nonprofit medical and research institutions are eligible to apply.
Visit the ATA website for eligibility guidelines, application instructions, and the application form.
LOI Deadline: November 26, 2014
Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples (Pathways) is a CIHR Signature Initiative with an overall goal to develop a better understanding of how to design, implement and scale up population health interventions that will improve First Nations, Inuit and Métis health in four exemplar areas: Suicide Prevention, Diabetes/Obesity, Tuberculosis, and Oral Health.
The specific objectives of the Component 2 Implementation Research Teams are:
- to strengthen the effectiveness or scalability of interventions in the four exemplar areas through community informed enhancements or adaptations using an implementation science approach, and;
- to support teams to study the enhancement and/or adaptation, and scale-up of population health interventions across at least 4 diverse communities.
NOTE: CIHR launched a funding opportunity for Component 1 grants earlier in 2014. Teams cannot submit the same proposal for funding to this call, if they submitted to the Component 1 funding opportunity.
The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $4,050,000, enough to fund approximately six (6) grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount per grant is $225,000/year for up to 3 years. A minimum of $75,000/year for up to 3 years must be supported by applicant partners.
Up to 10 Development grants of $5,000 will be offered, if requested, to successful applications at the Letter of Intent stage to fund two team members (nominated principal applicant and a community partner) to participate in a two-day workshop on March 24-25, 2015. Requests for up to $10,000 of development funds will be considered for applicants travelling from rural and remote locations and with appropriate justification.
CIHR will be holding a webinar regarding the application process on November 5, 2014; 12-1pm EDT (Register here).
For questions about the webinar registration process, or if you cannot attend and wish to receive a recording of the webinar, please contact Mélanie Bergeron.
For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Sarah Viehbeck.
LOI Deadline: December 8, 2014; 9am PT
Stand Up To Cancer Canada (SU2C Canada), together with Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) with support from CIBC, Cancer Stem Cell Consortium (CSCC), Genome Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), is pleased to announce that up to $22.6 million CAD is available to fund two separate cancer research Dream Teams to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking research to bring new treatments from the laboratory to patients faster. Funding for this research is provided by these SU2C Canada collaborators and from the SU2C telecast which aired on September 5 and appealed to the Canadian public to pledge support for cancer research, awareness and education.
Two Dream Team funding opportunities are available, one for translational research focused on breast cancer and the other on cancer stem cells:
- The Stand Up To Cancer Canada-Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Breast Cancer Dream Team, will provide up to $6 million CAD over a four-year term and is funded by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, with support from the CIBC, and by SU2C Canada. Ideas are invited for a translational cancer research project that will address critical problems in breast cancer patient care and include new therapeutic interventions for breast cancer that would be expected to reduce progression and improve overall survival.
- The Stand Up To Cancer Canada Cancer Stem Cell Dream Team will provide approximately $10.6 million CAD over a four-year term, with funds from the CSCC (through Genome Canada and CIHR) and SU2C Canada. The Call for Ideas seeks to support a single, integrated, and cohesive pan-Canadian team bringing together key stakeholders – researchers, clinicians, industry, nongovernmental organizations, and funders – with the goal of improving the outcomes of hard-to-treat cancers by focusing on the role of cancer stem cells and stem cell programs on resistance and treatment failure in cancer. The team will employ new tools of modern biology, with an emphasis on genomics.
- Additionally, the two qualifying Dream Teams may each receive supplementary funds up to $3 million over four years from OICR, to support clinical trial activities in the province of Ontario.
Letters of Intent must be submitted by noon ET, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, using the proposalCENTRAL website at https://proposalcentral.altum.com.
For general information on eligibility criteria, the application process, and other details about these Dream Team grants, visit www.aacrcanada.ca. Inquiries may be directed to the AACR International-Canada at 416-797-5366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOI Deadline: March 6, 2015
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.
Letters of Intent, the first stage of the review process, are due March 6, 2015.
To register for the December 4th webinar about preparing a Letter of Intent, please contact Edward Irving at Edward.Irving@nce-rce.gc.ca.
Deadline: August 31, 2015
Blepharospasm is a neurological condition characterized by forcible closure of the eyelids. The purpose of the Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation is to undertake, promote, develop and carry on the search for the cause and a cure for benign essential blepharospasm and other related disorders and infirmities of the facial musculature.
To that end, the foundation will award grants of up to $150,000 to support research projects directly related to blepharospasm or Meige’s Syndrome, both forms of cranial dystonia. Projects must relate specifically to benign essential blepharospasm and Meige to include new treatments, pathophysiology and genetics, photophobia, and dry eye.
To be eligible, the principal investigator must possess a M.D. or Ph.D. degree.
Visit the BEBRF website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
FoM Internal Deadline: October 29, 2014
The Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, in association with Harvard Medical School, recognizes and honors one or more scientists, physicians and researchers 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 or ability to treat disease.
Nominations are accepted from academic institutions, centers of research, government, or other biomedical institutions from around the world. Self-nominations are not accepted. The prize is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.
The value prize is U.S. $250,000 (to be split equally if more than one recipient is selected), a citation and plaque.
A special scientific symposium in honor of the recipient(s) is held each year on the first Thursday in October at Harvard Medical School.
The Dean will review and submit suitable nominations. As per the Warren Alpert Foundation nomination requirements, please send the following to Bryan Wong (email@example.com) by October 29th:
- Description of the nominee’s research as it relates to the nomination
- An explanation of why this person or group should be nominated over others who have made significant contributions in the same area of research
- CV with bibliography
- Two letters of support
Please visit the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize website for further details.
Nomination Deadline:February 13, 2015
This award is intended to recognize published research in a peer-reviewed journal that has significantly contributed to the advancement of the field of health services and policy research in Canada. IHSPR will consider articles related to:
- Research that demonstrates a clear impact or potential impact on policy, practice, or health outcomes (e.g., decision maker uptake, change management for improved practice); OR
- Research that breaks ground in the way health services or policy research is conducted (e.g., innovations in methodology, novel theory or application of theory, new approaches to existing problems).
For further details on eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit the IHSPR Article of the Year Award page.
Nomination Deadline:February 13, 2015
The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) is dedicated to supporting graduate students and post-doctoral Fellows and to recognizing the research excellence and knowledge translation initiatives of these emerging health services and policy researchers at an early stage in their career.
- To recognize the excellence of Canadian research and innovative knowledge translation (KT) initiatives of graduate students (e.g. M.D., M.A., M.Sc. and PhD) and post-doctoral fellows studying health services and policy research;
- To recognize research and/or KT contributions for which a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow has had primary responsibility;
- To promote careers in health services and policy research
IHSPR will recognize up to three (3) graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows studying in all fields and disciplines related to health services and policy research.
Each award recipient will receive the following:
- An award of $1,000 award (preferably used to present research at a scientific meeting or to attend a health services and policy research training program);
- Up to a maximum of $1,500 in travel support to attend the 2015 Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference;
- Publication of their profile on the IHSPR website and in an IHSPR newsletter; and
- A certificate of excellence from CIHR-IHSPR.
For further details on eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit the IHSPR Rising Star Award page.
UBC’s Neglected Global Diseases Initiative – Distinguished Lectureship Seminar Series, featuring Dr. Peter von Dadelszen
Date & Time: October 22, 2014; 12-1pm, reception to follow
Location: Michael Smith Laboratories, Auditorium, 2185 East Mall,, Vancouver
Please join us for our Eleventh Distinguished Lectureship Seminar featuring Dr. Peter von Dadelszen BMedSc, MBChB, DipObst, DPhil, FRANZCOG, FRCSC, FRCOG. Dr. von Dadelszen is a Senior Clinician Scientist at the Child & Family Research Institute and leads an international initiative designed to reduce the burden of pre‐eclampsia through community‐level prevention, case identification and monitoring, and treatment. This initiative is well funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at nearly $25 million over seven years and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Please join us as Peter discusses PRE‐EMPT’s progress over that last four years.
The seminar is free and refreshments will be available.
See attached poster for further details.
Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series – superFVA – An Engineered Prohemostatic Agent for Hemophilia and Other Severe Bleeding Situations
Date & Time: October 22, 2014; 12-1pm
Location: LSC 3, Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver
Dr. Annette von Drygalski
Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center
University of California, San Diego
See attached 14 10 22 – Dr Annette von Drygalski for further details.
Date & Time: November 12, 2014; 1-4:30pm
Location: Paetzold Auditorium, Jim Pattison North, Vancouver General Hospital, 890 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
The Department of Medicine is holding their 3rd Annual Research Expo on Wednesday November 12th from 1:00 – 4:30 pm. This is an open event and any interested individuals are encouraged to participate. Students and trainees may present a poster or share a technology demo.
Information and registration can be done at http://medicine.med.ubc.ca/research/events-workshops/expo14/, and students/trainees may register to present their poster or demo at http://medicine.med.ubc.ca/department-of-medicine-research-expo-2014-call-for-trainee-poster-presentations/.