In this week’s issue:
- Please see the attached message from the Office of the Vice-President Research & International regarding Major External Awards for 2015.
- Please note that there will be no Weekly Announcements for the next two Fridays due to the Dean’s Office being closed over the holidays. The next announcement will be on January 9th. I wish you all a happy holiday season and all the best in the New Year.
- National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association – Research Projects
- Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network – Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award
- Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute – Various Opportunities
- UBC Faculty of Medicine – 2015 FoM Summer Student Research Program
- Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies – Wall Scholars Research Award
- Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – 2015 MSFHR Trainee Awards
Awards and Honours:
- Canadian Academy of Health Sciences – Fellowship
- Personalized Medicine Initiative and Genome BC – Personalized Medicine Summit
Pre-Application Deadline: January 9, 2015; 5pm EST
The National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association is the nation’s oldest genetic disease nonprofit organization. The so-called “allied diseases” represent a family of almost one hundred rare diseases, including lysosomal storage diseases and leukodystrophies, affecting the central nervous system. A major element of NTSAD’s mission is to lead the fight to treat and cure Tay-Sachs, Canavan, and related genetic diseases. To that end, NTSAD is committed to funding research projects that advance this mission.
Grants of up to $40,000 over twelve months will be awarded in support of innovativeprojects involving basic research, translational studies, or clinical studies in the areas of neurodegenerative disorders affecting the CNS, especially lysosomal storage disorders (such as Tay-Sachs, GM-1, Sandhoff) and pediatric leukodystrophies (such as Canavan). Basic research and translational studies should generate strong preliminary data that enables future major funding by other third parties. Projects may be in such areas as drug delivery to the brain, new animal models designed to facilitate translational research and drug discovery, assay development for drug screening, substrate reduction, stem cells, molecular chaperones, gene therapy, and biomarkers, as well as other novel therapeutic strategies.
Pre-applications must be received no later than January 9, 2015 at 5pm EST.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the NTSAD website.
LOI Deadline: January 14, 2015
BCAN is pleased to announce this new award, supported by the James Family Foundation, in conjunction with Partner Fund Management, which will support the work of one investigator with an exceptionally novel and creative project with great potential to produce a breakthrough in the management of bladder cancer. The Innovation Award will fund $300,000 over two years. Applicants may apply for one award – the Young Investigator Award or the Innovation Research Award.
The aim of the Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award is to support exceptionally novel and creative projects with great potential to produce breakthroughs in the management of bladder cancer. Proposals will be accepted for creative ideas and innovative approaches that have direct application and relevance to bladder cancer.
For further information, please visit the BCAN website.
Deadline: See below
The Canadian Cancer Society has launched the new online application forms for the upcoming Innovation Grants, Innovation to Impact Grants, Impact Grants, Career Development Awards in Prevention (for post-doctoral and clinical fellows, and junior faculty) and Travel Awards competitions.
The deadlines for these competitions include:
|Travel Awards – full application||January 15|
|Prevention Research Grants – LOI||January 20|
|Innovation Grants – abstract registration||February 15|
|Innovation to Impact Grants – abstract registration||February 15|
|Impact Grants – LOI||March 25|
|Career Development Awards in Prevention – full application||April 1|
Please visit the CCSRI website for further details on these competitions.
Deadline: February 13, 2015; 4pm
The Faculty of Medicine Summer Student Research Program (FoM SSRP) is a competition open to MD (Years 1 and 2 only) and non-MD undergraduate science students and first and second year MD students registered at UBC. It provides funding for a summer research project supervised by a member of the Faculty of Medicine (FoM). Funding of up to $3200 is provided in the form of a student stipend; supervisors are responsible for all other expenses. Applications are submitted by student-supervisor teams. To be eligible, supervisors must have a current faculty appointment (instructor or higher, including clinical) in the FoM at UBC. This includes affiliate appointments.
If you are an eligible supervisor without a student partner, complete and submit a Project Registration and Description Form for posting on the SSRP website. Interested students will view your project description and contact you. It is your responsibility to find an appropriate student partner for your SSRP application.
If you are an eligible supervisor with a student partner, complete and submit an Application Package (Application Form and Consent Form). The deadline to submit supervisor-student applications is February 13, 2015; 4:00 pm.
For contact information, forms, and program procedures, please see the FoM SSRP website.
Deadline: March 1, 2015
The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies’ Wall Scholars Research Award is available to full-time UBC faculty members to spend one year in residence at the Peter Wall Institute, in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. The award offers seed foundational support for research projects that are expected to have a significant impact on scholarship and society. The Institute offers a welcoming, supportive and stimulating environment for UBC scholars to meet, to share and support individual research, to encourage ongoing serendipitous interactions, to extend the frontiers of research, and to promote engagement in cutting-edge research across disciplines. It provides UBC scholars, at all stages of their career, with the sustained opportunity to exchange ideas with national and international scholars, to engage in intellectual risk-taking and to work together on high-impact innovative research.
Up to fifteen Wall Scholars will be appointed for the period August 1 2015 to July 31 2016, each with up to $20,000 in research funding. Additional funding may be available for special interdisciplinary projects while scholars are in residence.
- Excellent research record
- A commitment to research outside usual disciplinary boundaries
- Excellence in proposal for innovative research during residency
- Must be a tenured or tenure-streamed UBC faculty member
LOI Deadline: March 17, 2015
Full Application Deadline: April 20, 2015
Application guidelines are now available for MSFHR’s 2015 Research Trainee Program Competition for Post-Doctoral Fellowship Awards.
This funding competition is open to applicants who are eligible to hold a post-doctoral fellow position at a BC-based host institution for the duration of the Research Trainee Program – Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award. Host institutions must have a signed memorandum of understanding with MSFHR.
Note: The MSFHR ApplyNet system will open in early February 2015 to accept applications to this competition. Full application instructions will be posted at this time.
Letters of intent must be submitted by March 17, 2015. The deadline for receipt of full applications is April 20, 2015.
Please visit the MSFHR website for further information.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
Nomination Deadline: March 13, 2015
The annual call for nominations for Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences will open formally on Monday, January 5th, 2015 with the release of letters of notification to leaders of Health Sciences Faculties across Canada.
This process literally determines who we are and where we are to go as an Academy. In concert with many moves by the Academy to engage our Fellows, the nomination process has been changed this year to place the onus for the nomination of new Fellows on current Fellows of the Academy.
We have been well-served in the past by reliance upon Deans, Vice Presidents of Research and other leaders of academic health sciences (often with the support of local CAHS Fellows) to take the initiative to nominate colleagues for Fellowship, and to organize letters of support, both internal and external. The Academy has now had 10 years of growth to a robust 550 Fellows – a cadre of expertise and achievement ideally qualified to bring forward new candidates.
From this year onward, we are asking our CAHS Fellows to take the responsibility for nominating colleagues to Fellowship, to work with leaders in our institutions to generate supporting letters and to solicit the external letters essential to making the case for each nominee.
Nomination forms and guidance on preparing a Fellowship nomination form are available on the CAHS website at http://www.cahs-acss.ca/nominations/.
Date: June 7, 2015 to June 9, 2015
Location: Life Sciences Institute, University of British Columbia
We are pleased to invite you to participate in, what promises to be one of the most important Personalized Medicine conferences of the coming year in terms of making concrete recommendations for implementation into the front lines of medical care. It is particularly important for implementation of molecular-based personalized medicine approaches into clinical practice in BC.
During the meeting, leading international experts will provide overview lectures to give global perspective, and will also serve as panel members, together with industry participants, to discuss the key issues involved in the implementation of Personalized Medicine and best practices.
Names of prominent speakers who have confirmed attendance are published in the draft program at http://www.personalizedmedsummit.com/program.
Other conference information is available at http://www.personalizedmedsummit.ca.