In this week’s issue:
• The CIHR Foundation Scheme Stage 2 deadline to receive application packages for Faculty approval is Wednesday, January 28th. Full application procedures & timelines are available at https://mednet.med.ubc.ca/Research/GrantApplications/CIHR/Pages/CIHR-Foundation-Scheme-2014-1st-Live-Pilot.aspx.
• Please see attached message from the Office of the Vice-President Research & International regarding Major Award Updates.
• Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Translational Research Program
• amfAR – Impact Grants Exploring HIV Persistence and Eradication
• Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies – Wall Scholars Research Award (reminder)
• UBC Office of the Provost and VP Academic – TA Training Programs
• CIHR Operating Grant: JPco-fuND European research projects on neurodegenerative diseases
• Banting Research Foundation – Discovery Award
• UBC Equity and Inclusion – Equity Enhancement Fund
Awards and Honours:
• Governor General’s Gold Medal
• Canadian Academy of Health Sciences – Fellowship (reminder)
• World of Children – Nominations for 2015 Education, Humanitarian, Health, and Youth Awards
• NSERC – CREATE Information Webinar
• ERA-Can+ Information Session – Horizon 2020
• UBC SPARC – NSERC CREATE Workshop
• UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – UBC Sexual Health 2015: Building Clinician Confidence & Competence
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Translational Research Program
LOI Deadline: February 15, 2015
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has issued a new Request for Proposals through its Translational Research Program with the aim of supporting researchers in six critical areas of unmet medical need. The RFP marks a new aggressive, proactive approach by LLS to the challenge of improving outcomes for cancer patients with urgent needs.
The LLS Translational Research Program is designed to help accelerate the movement of promising discoveries from lab to clinic. To that end, the society aims to stimulate more academic research in the following areas: 1) defining genetic/molecular predispositions to long-term and late-term effects associated with standard therapies in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia and applying this information to improve patient outcomes; 2) the development of novel therapeutic strategies for patients with noncutaneous T-cell lymphoproliferative disorders; 3) the development of novel targeted therapies with real curative potential for CLL patients; 4) the development of novel treatment strategies for MDS patients for whom hypomethylating agents have failed; 5) the development of novel targeted therapies for patients with high-risk myeloma; and 6) the development of new-targeted therapies for indolent lymphoma patients.
Applicants (principal investigators) must hold an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree and work in a nonprofit organization (domestic or foreign), university, college, hospital, or lab. Applications may involve multiple institutions, and the applicant should have an independent research or academic position. Applicants need not be citizens of the United States.
Grant awards will provide up to $600,000 over three years.
Letters of Intent must be received no later than February 15, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals by March 1, 2015.
Visit the LLS website for complete program guidelines and application procedures.
amfAR – Impact Grants Exploring HIV Persistence and Eradication
Portal Request Form Deadline: February 27, 2015; 3pm ET
LOI Deadline: March 3, 2015; 3pm ET
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is pleased to announce the availability of funding to support research relevant to exploring HIV persistence and the potential for HIV eradication.
amfAR has established a new funding mechanism known as Impact Grants to support the in-depth development of concepts where preliminary data have indicated genuine promise in curing HIV. Impact Grants are conducted over a four-year funding period and should include basic, animal and clinical (in vivo or ex vivo) research, and collaborations with other institutions. Impact Grants aim to directly inform clinical efforts to safely eliminate or control latent/persistent HIV reservoirs. Priority will be given to projects with a clear pathway to development of an implementable intervention in humans.
Total Cost Maximum: $2,000,000
Performance Period: 4 years (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2019)
Please visit the amfAR website for further information. If you have any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies – Wall Scholars Research Award
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
For more information, or for any enquiries, please visit the PWIAS website, or contact the Program Manager, Emma MacEntee (NationalPrograms@pwias.ubc.ca).
UBC Office of the Provost and VP Academic – TA Training Programs
Deadline: March 9, 2015
Teaching Assistants make an important contribution to teaching and learning at UBC while they develop competencies and skills relevant to their professional lives. In recognition of this, the University is committed to providing educational programs specifically addressing TAs’ needs. The TA Training Program commenced during the 2007/2008 academic year and is offered every year. The objective is to provide financial and consultative support to Faculties for the development, delivery, and assessment of TA training. In so doing, we expect a significant increase in the number of graduate students who receive training in preparation for and support of their work as TAs and broader professional development. This program supports TA training initiatives in the following ways:
• Direct financial support
• Support from the Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology, including:
o consultation and developmental support, and
o the services of trained facilitators, as required
TA Training Funding Proposals for the year 2015-16 should be submitted to the Office of the Provost and VP Academic by Monday, March 9th, 2015.
For further information and application procedures, please visit the VP Academic website.
CIHR Operating Grant: JPco-fuND European research projects on neurodegenerative diseases
Pre-Application Deadline: March 10, 2015
Neurodegenerative diseases (ND) are debilitating and largely untreatable conditions that are strongly linked with age. In Europe, there are estimated to be between 6.3 and 7.3 million people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, the most frequent class of neurodegenerative diseases. This figure is expected to double every 20 years as the European population ages. The total direct and informal care costs of Alzheimer’s and related disorders are in the range of €105160 billion per year across the European Union. Existing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases are limited in effect and mainly address the symptoms rather than the cause. In this context, the ‘Joint Programme Neurodegenerative Disease Research’ (JPND) has been established in order to better coordinate European efforts on the level of transnational collaboration and project coordination on the basis of the joint European Research Strategy, published in February 2012.
With the aim to tackle the leading medical and societal challenges faced by our society, this joint transnational cofounded call (JTC) is launched in partnership with the European Commission (EC) under the ERANET Cofund scheme. As a partner of JPND and under Horizon 2020, the European Commission (EC) is scaling up the implementation of the JPND research strategy by providing additional funding to ‘top up’ the funding that is being made available through national/regional funding organisations. The goal of the partners is to maximize the number of high quality transnational scientific projects that can be funded through this call. These projects must demonstrate clear scientific added value from working across national borders.
The research groups of successful collaborative projects will be funded directly by the respective funding organizations. Funding will be administered according to the terms and conditions of the responsible funding organizations, taking into account all other applicable regulations and legal frameworks.
• The total amount available for the Canadian portion of this funding opportunity is $1,000,000, enough to fund approximately three (3) grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount per grant is $111,000 for up to three (3) years.
• Funds are available for one lead Canadian applicant per consortium.
For more information, please consult the EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) website.
Banting Research Foundation – Discovery Award
Deadline: March 16, 2015
The Banting Research Foundation Discovery Award grants up to $25,000 to outstanding new investigators in all areas of medical research who are within the first three years of their independent appointment at a university or research institute in Canada. The intent is to provide seed funding so that applicants are able to gather pilot data to enhance their competitiveness for other sources of funding.
Please visit the BRF website for further details.
UBC Equity and Inclusion – Equity Enhancement Fund
Deadline: March 31, 2015
We are pleased to offer the Equity Enhancement Fund to help promote initiatives that significantly contribute to the enhancement of equity and diversity at UBC. We invite proposals for one-time funding of equity initiatives of up to $25,000 per project. There are separate funds for the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. This announcement relates to the Vancouver fund.
The Vancouver funds are allocated by the Acting Associate Vice President Equity, in consultation with the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Equity and Diversity. Proposals applying for funding up to $25,000 will be considered.
Any academic or administrative unit may apply for funding, with the endorsement of the head of unit. Student clubs and societies, unions and associations, and other faculty and staff groups are also invited to submit proposals through their respective senior leadership.
The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2015 with funding being allocated in May 2015 for the financial year 2015-16.
Guidelines and requirements are available at http://equity.ubc.ca/equity-enhancement-fund.
If you have any questions about this Fund, email email@example.com.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
Governor General’s Gold Medal
FoM Internal Deadline: February 16, 2015; 4pm
A gold medal is awarded to the graduate student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record in the graduating class for the Doctoral degree. A second gold medal is awarded to the graduate student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record in the graduating class for the master’s degree with thesis. This is an opportunity to honour the best in the graduating class within the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, as there is only one award for approximately 1,000 master’s graduates and one award for more than 300 Doctoral graduates. Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General of Canada by, along with a personalized certificate signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the medals.
NOTE: Each department or graduate program in the Faculty of Medicine may nominate one student for the master’s medal and one student for the doctoral medal.
Deadline for nominations to be received by the Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Office: Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 4:00pm
More information available at: http://grad-postdoc.med.ubc.ca/governor-generals-gold-medal/
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences – Fellowship
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/.
World of Children – Nominations for 2015 Education, Humanitarian, Health, and Youth Awards
Deadline: April 1, 2015
The World of Children Award program was created to recognize individuals who make a difference in the lives of children in the United States and across the globe, regardless of political, religious, or geographical boundaries. The program makes grants in support of the proven, high-impact programs these individuals have created for children and to ensure that more children’s lives will be touched, improved, and changed forever.
The program honors individuals in four categories: Education, Humanitarian, Health, and Youth.
The Education Award recognizes individuals making substantial contributions to children in the educational arena. This includes individuals who have made and are making education available to severely underserved populations, those who have originated effective methods of learning and teaching, and those whose work creates educational opportunity for children who are challenged or disenfranchised. The minimum grant award is $50,000.
The Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to children in the areas of social services, education, or humanitarian services. Nominees must have created, managed, or otherwise supported a sustainable program that has significantly contributed to children’s opportunities to be safe, to learn, and to grow; are doing this work over and above their normal employment, or are working for little or no pay; have been doing this work for a minimum of ten years; and are working with an existing tax-exempt nonprofit organization in good standing. The minimum grant award is $50,000.
The Health Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to children in the fields of health, medicine, or the sciences. Nominees must have created, managed, or otherwise supported a sustainable program that has significantly contributed to the improved health of children; are doing this work over and above their normal employment, or are working for little or no pay; have been doing this work for a minimum of ten years; and are working with an existing nonprofit organization that is in good standing and can receive grant funds. The minimum grant award is $50,000.
The Youth Award recognizes youth who are making extraordinary contributions to the lives of other children. Nominees must be under the age of 21 by the nomination submission deadline; be working with an existing nonprofit organization that is in good standing and can receive grant funds; and have been doing this work for a minimum of three years by the nomination submission deadline. The minimum grant award is $25,000.
Complete nomination guidelines and profiles of 2014 award recipients can be found on the World of Children website.
NSERC – CREATE Information Webinar
Date & Time: January 28, 2015; 1-3pm ET
NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program awards grants of up to $1.65M over 6 years for the development of innovative training programs that enhance collaboration and facilitate the transition of trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce.
In preparation for the next CREATE competition, NSERC will hold an information session via webinar to provide an overview of the CREATE program and application process.
Registration is not necessary – anyone can connect using the link provided below.
To join the session, go to http://nsercofcanada.adobeconnect.com/create-prospective/. Choose the “Enter as a Guest” option, enter your name and/or university, and press “Enter Room”.
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If you are unable to connect through Adobe Connect or don’t have audio on your computer, you may listen in on the webinar by teleconference, using the information below. Please do not use audio from your computer and phone at the same time as this will cause feedback.
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The webinar will be recorded. Following the presentation, a link to that recording will be emailed so that those who are unable to attend may watch the recorded webinar later at their convenience.
Please send any questions regarding the CREATE program and/or the application process in advance to CREATE@NSERC-CRSNG.gc.ca so that we may address them in the presentation.
ERA-Can+ Information Session – Horizon 2020
Date & Time: February 3, 2015; 8-10:45am
Location: BCTIA Innovation Hub, 1st floor, 101-887 Great Northern Way, Vancouver
The Canadian partners to ERA-Can+ invite you to learn about Horizon 2020, a European funding opportunity that is accessible to Canadians working in science, technology and innovation as well as the social sciences and humanities.
You are invited to attend the upcoming information sessions on Horizon 2020 opportunities for Canadians. These sessions will explain the structure of research funding in Europe and provide information on upcoming funding opportunities and the mechanisms by which Canadians can participate.
For more information and to register: http://www.ppforum.ca/eracan-information-sessions-february-2015
UBC SPARC – NSERC CREATE Workshop
Date & Time: February 13, 2015; 1:30-2:30pm
Location: Room 101, Michael Smith Laboratories, 2185 East Mall, Vancouver BC
SPARC is hosting an NSERC CREATE Workshop for UBC researchers that are interested in applying for the 2015/2016 competition. Join us to review application requirements for the 2015/2016 CREATE Program. Learn strategic advice from current CREATE award holders and program coordinators. Details on UBC’s internal selection process will also be presented.
The information session is scheduled for 1:30–2:30pm on Friday February 13, 2015. Registration for this workshop is required. Light refreshments will be provided. Please visit the event announcement webpage to register.
UBC is eligible to submit six Letters of Intent to NSERC for approval to the full competition. Applications are selected by a peer-reviewed internal selection committee. UBC’s internal selection deadline is Friday, March 27, 2015, by 4pm. Full details and requirements are outlined on SPARC’s CREATE webpage.
If you have any questions or intend to apply to this competition, please contact Alexnader Unterberger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – UBC Sexual Health 2015: Building Clinician Confidence & Competence
Date: May 29-30, 2015
Location: UBC Robson Square, Vancouver
Target audience: Family Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Midwives, Registered Nurses, Specialists, Residents & Other Allied Health Professionals
Up to 12.25 MainPro-M1/ MOC Section 1