In this week’s issue:
- CIHR Foundation Scheme: 2015 2nd Live Pilot – Stage 1 Faculty of Medicine internal signature deadline is September 10th, 2015. Full details are available at https://mednet.med.ubc.ca/Research/GrantApplications/CIHR/Pages/CIHR-Foundation-Scheme.aspx. (final reminder)
- Please see attached email from the Office of the Vice-President Research & International regarding Major External Award Updates
- Additional announcements below.
- Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – 2016 Pilot and Research Awards
- Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy – 2015 Wendy Walk/ACGT Sarcoma Clinical Research Grant
- Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Call for Proposals
- Alzheimer Society – Alzheimer Society Research Program
- CIHR – Catalyst Grant: Sex as a Variable in Biomedical or Translational Research
Awards and Honours:
- Gruber Foundation – 2016 Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award in Neuroscience
- UBC Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series – Dr. Leonard Foster: Vaccine discovery and personalized immunology through accurate tracking of the immunopeptidome
- World Sepsis Day 2015
- UBC SPARC – NSERC Evaluation Group Roundtable Discussion
- UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Conference (final reminder)
- Northeast Ohio Medical University, Department of Family and Community Medicine – William Carlos Williams poetry writing competition
SPARC – Internal Review of NSERC Discovery Grant applications
SPARC will be offering a detailed Internal Review of Discovery Grant (DG) applications and NSERC Canadian Common CVs based on the standard NSERC selection criteria. This service is available to all UBC applicants, and we especially encourage all new applicants and Assistant Professors to take part in our review process.
To register for a detailed Internal Review, please submit your Notification of Intent to Apply to Alexander Unterberger (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, September 11th.
Full draft applications are due to Alexander Unterberger for review by Wednesday, September 23rd. Reviewed applications will be returned by Wednesday, October 14th.
LOI Deadline: October 9, 2015; 2pm PST
Application Deadline (by invitation): February 12, 201
The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) has announced the 2016 Pilot and Research Awards request for applications (RFA). This annual RFA will provide funding for investigators conducting bold, creative and rigorous research into the underlying biology, causes and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.
SFARI Pilot Award
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 and Simons VIP biospecimen costs are not included in the maximum budget.
SFARI Research Award
Application type for competitive proposals from investigators with demonstrated expertise requesting support for compelling, high-impact research on experimental hypotheses 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 studies 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 and Simons VIP biospecimen costs are not included in the maximum budget.
For further information regarding these awards, please visit the SFARI website.
LOI Deadline: October 26, 2015; 8am PST
Application Deadline (by invitation): January 18, 2016; 8am PST
Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, Inc. (ACGT) funds research aimed at furthering the development of cell and gene therapy approaches to the treatment of cancer. To this end, ACGT offers awards in Clinical Translation of Cell and Gene Therapy for Cancer, to qualified scientists at the assistant professor level and above. This award is specifically for those conducting Cell and Gene Therapy Research for sarcoma.
The award provides up to a maximum of $500,000 distributed over 2-3 years, inclusive of a maximum of 10% indirect costs. The funds may be used at the recipient’s discretion for salary, technical assistance, supplies, animals or capital equipment, but may not support staff not directly related to the project, e.g. secretaries or administrative assistants. Purchase of equipment is not allowed in the final year of the grant. Continued support is contingent upon submission and approval of a non-competitive renewal application each year.
For further details, please visit the ACGT website.
Deadline: October 30, 2015
As the leading volunteer-based organization dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) works collaboratively to fund, support and advocate for relevant and innovative breast cancer research; meaningful education and awareness programs; early diagnosis and effective treatment; and a positive quality of life for those living with breast cancer.
The CBCF has recently launched the following funding opportunities:
- Breast Cancer Research Grant
- Doctoral and Postgraduate Fellowship Grant
- Community Health Grant
Please visit the CBCF website for further details.
Deadline: November 6, 2015; 9pm PST
The Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) is a successful collaborative initiative of our Federation, within which all the provincial Alzheimer Societies, the Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC), partners and donors pull together to support research directed at both eradicating dementia and ameliorating the lives of those affected by it.
The ASRP provides grants and awards to support Canadian studies that promise new insights into causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
- Doctoral Awards provide an opportunity for promising individuals, pursuing a PhD, to begin the process of becoming future independent investigators in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
- Postdoctoral Awards are for graduates with a PhD or MD who wish to gain additional research experience within an established research environment.
- New Investigator Grants are designed to help launch the careers of outstanding researchers who are within the first 2 years of their initial academic appointment.
- Regular Grants are designed to fund established researchers.
For more details about these awards and grants, please visit the Alzheimer Society website.
Deadline: November 12, 2015
CIHR has recently launched a new Catalyst Grant funding opportunity.
The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:
- To add value to the current state of basic biomedical knowledge on a given topic that has potential to, but has not yet fully elucidated the impact of sex and/or gender on biological mechanisms, pathophysiology or translational science.
- To contribute to the improvement of women and men’s health in Canada and the world and to the development of more effective and gender-responsive health services and products.
The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $2,100,000, enough to fund approximately 14 grants. The maximum amount per grant is $75,000 for up to 2 years. This funding is non-renewable.
Please visit the CIHR website for further details.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
Nomination Deadline: December 15, 2015
The Gruber Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2016 Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award in Neuroscience, which honors scientists for major discoveries that have advanced the understanding of the nervous system.
Established in 2004, the Neuroscience Prize provides an unrestricted cash award of $500,000, a gold medal inscribed with the recipient’s name, and a citation describing the achievement for which the recipient is being honored.
Nominations for the Neuroscience Prize are invited annually and may be submitted by individuals, organizations, and institutions that are active in or have an appreciation for contemporary neuroscience research and study. Individuals from anywhere in the world who have conducted highly distinguished research in the field of the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nervous system can be nominated. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
For complete program guidelines and nomination instructions, see the Gruber Foundation website.
UBC Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series – Dr. Leonard Foster: Vaccine discovery and personalized immunology through accurate tracking of the immunopeptidome
Date & Time: September 9, 2015; 12-1pm
Location: LSC 3, Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver
Dr. Leonard Foster
Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, UBC
Director, Centre for High-Throughput Biology
Dr. Foster will discuss how we use proteomics to directly discover candidate subunit vaccines, including progress we have made towards Chlamydia and, to a lesser extent, tuberculosis. He will then discuss how we have refined methods for detecting MHC-presented peptides (Class I and II) and how this can now be applied to look at an individual’s presented antigen repertoire.
New: Live Online Seminar Viewing: http://tinyurl.com/cbrseminaronline
Date & Time: September 11, 2015; 1-3pm
Location: Paetzold Auditorium, Jim Pattison Pavilion, VGH, 899 West 12th Avenue, Refreshments following.
Event is free and no registration is required.
Please join us for an early World Sepsis Day event!
Sepsis is one of the most common, least-recognized illnesses in both the developed and developing world. Globally, 20 to 30 million patients are estimated to be afflicted every year, with over 6 million cases of neonatal and early childhood sepsis and over 100,000 cases of maternal sepsis.
Worldwide, a person dies from sepsis every few seconds
The UBC community has made recent breakthroughs in the treatment and diagnosis of Sepsis and our understanding of the disease model itself. Help us welcome speakers, Keith Walley, and John Boyd, both from the Center for Heart Lung Innovation, UBC & St. Paul’s Hospital and Mark Ansermino from the Child and Family Research Centre. Our lead talk will be an overview from Niranjan “Tex” Kissoon, Vice-Chairman of the Global Sepsis Alliance Executive Board who will tell us about the coordination efforts for a UN sanctioned Day for Sepsis, the first step to increase awareness and funding for this neglected disease.
Dr. Niranjan (Tex) Kissoon, VP Medical Services, BC Children’s Hospital and Vice-Chairman, Global Sepsis Alliance Executive Board
Dr. Keith Walley, Professor, Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, UBC & St. Paul’s Hospital
Dr. John Boyd, Assistant Professor, Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, UBC & St. Paul’s Hospital
Dr. Mark Ansermino, Assistant Professor and Senior Clinician Scientist, Child & Family Research Institute
Poster available here: https://sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2015/08/World-Sepsis-Day-2015-Poster.pdf
Sponsored by: Neglected Global Diseases Initiative, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
Date & Time: September 14, 2015; 2-4pm
Location: Room 102, Michael Smith Laboratories, 2185 East Mall, Vancouver
SPARC will be hosting an informative roundtable discussion featuring UBC faculty who currently serve as members of NSERC Evaluation Groups. Participants will discuss their experience in reviewing DG applications, offer insight into what makes a successful application, provide advice on common mistakes and answer questions from the audience.
This event will take place on Monday, September 14th. Note that registration for this roundtable is required. Please visit the event webpage to register.
If you have any questions about this roundtable discussion, please contact Alexander Unterberger (email@example.com).
Date: September 18 – 19, 2015
Location: UBC Robson Square, Vancouver
Target audience: Physicians, Ophthalmologists, Orthopists, Residents & Students, Nurses
Accreditation: Up to 13.5 MOC Section 1 credits, 14.0 COC credits
International leaders in the field will share insights about changes at the leading edge of these specialties.
Dr. Michael Brodsky: Papilledema, infantile nystagmus
Dr. Burt Kushner: Vertical strabismus
Dr. Tony Moore: Retinal dystrophies, developmental abnormalities, genetics of strabismus
Deadline: December 31, 2015
The William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition, sponsored by the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), is open to students attending allopathic or osteopathic schools of medicine in the United States and Canada.
Each year hundreds of entries are submitted to the competition and go through a preliminary screening by the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, and final judging will be by Richard M. Berlin, M.D., psychiatrist and poet from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
The first-, second-, and third-place winners will be invited to read their poetry at an awards ceremony at NEOMED. In addition, the editors of the Journal of Medical Humanities review the winning poems and consider them for possible publication in that journal.
The top three poets will be awarded $300, $200, and $100 respectively and will be invited to visit NEOMED on Mar. 27, 2015 to read their poems. Their travel expenses will be paid by the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Winning poems will be announced by April 22, 2015.
The entry deadline for the competition is December 31, 2015.
Please visit the NEOMED website for further details.