In this week’s issue:
- 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 8th. I wish you all a happy holiday season and all the best in the New Year.
- UBC Institutional Programs Office – CFI Innovation Fund 2017 Competition UBC internal information available; see below
- Beez Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer – Request for Proposals
- UBC Faculty of Medicine – 2016 Summer Student Research Program
- Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Explorer Awards
Awards and Honours:
- Champalimaud Foundation – 2016 António Champalimaud Vision Award
- UBC Faculty of Medicine – Chew Wei Memorial Prize in Cancer Research (reminder)
- UBC Faculty of Medicine – Margolese National Brain & Heart Disorders Prizes (reminder)
- UBC Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development – Workshop: Optimizing Communication for Excellence in Patient Care, Level 1 (reminder)
EOI Deadline: February 1, 2016
The Institutional Programs Office Innovation Fund 2017 information page is now live and includes information on the UBC Internal Competition Timeline (subject to change based on the upcoming CFI Call for Proposals), Internal Expression of Interest, and informational resources. If you are interested in applying for this competition, please take a moment to take a look at this page: https://research.ubc.ca/support-resources/research-funding-support/cwl/innovation-fund2017.
The deadline for internal Expression of Interest for this competition will be February 1, 2016, and this EOI will be mandatory for all projects that UBC is to be the lead or a partner on. This is an online form, which can be completed here: https://research.ubc.ca/support-resources/research-funding-support/cwl/innovationfundEOI.
Please note that a CWL is needed to access both of these pages. You are a researcher or administrator who does not have a CWL but needs access to these pages, or if you have any other questions or concerns about the Innovation Fund competition, please contact the Institutional Programs Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Deadline: January 11, 2016
The Beez Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer works to cure brain cancer through research, public awareness, and related support activities for pediatric cancer treatment. The primary goal of the foundation is to identify and target critical areas in the field of children’s brain cancer research and patient services that are presently underfunded.
Grants are provided for:
- Brain cancer research projects or studies designed to help advance the treatment, cure, outcome, and etiology of pediatric brain cancer. The foundation’s particular interest is in the initial funding of projects that are likely to generate data that can be used in larger scale projects or studies. International applicants will be considered for research funding. Grants in this category range between $10,000 and $20,000.
- Patient services that are focused on making the lives of children with cancer and their families a little easier, with emphasis on pediatric cancer-related requests. Preference will be given to organizations in areas where the funds were raised, predominantly in the mid-Atlantic region. Grants in this category range between $10,000 and $20,000
- Educational tools designed to raise awareness of brain cancer and increase knowledge of patient treatment or options. Preference will be given to organizations in areas where the funds were raised, predominantly in the mid-Atlantic region. Grants in this category range between $1,000 and $5,000.
The foundation accepts for review all grant applications submitted by an accredited researcher, medical facility, research institution, or patient-service program that specifically addresses pediatric brain cancer issues, research, public education, or patient services. No grant money for salaries will be considered.
A total of $25,000 in grants ranging between $1,000 and $20,000 will be awarded.
Visit the Beez Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application procedures.
Deadline: February 15, 2016; 4pm
The Faculty of Medicine Summer Student Research Program (FoM SSRP) is a competition open to MD (Years 1 and 3 only) and non-MD undergraduate 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 FoM 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 online Application. The deadline to submit supervisor-student applications is February 15, 2016; 4:00 pm.
For contact information, forms, and program procedures, please see the SSRP website.
The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative is to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding novel research of the highest quality and relevance.
As part of this mission, SFARI is inviting applications from individuals for its SFARI Explorer Awards program, which is designed to enhance the foundation’s existing support of autism research by providing timely resources to focused experiments highly relevant to its mission.
Through the program, the foundation seeks research that aims to increase the scientific community’s engagement and understanding of the mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders or potential therapeutic approaches at multiple levels, including but not limited to studies focused on gene discovery, molecular mechanisms, circuits, anatomy, and cognition and behavior. Explorer Awards are intended to provide resources to support the exploratory stage of projects with the potential to develop into competitive applications for subsequent larger-scale funding by SFARI or other organizations. Novel, high-risk/high-impact proposals are encouraged. Applications from investigators who are new to the field of autism but who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder are encouraged.
One-year grants of up to $70,000, including indirect costs, will be awarded for selected studies.
All applicants and key collaborators must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or the equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or other research facility. There are no citizenship or country requirements.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis, with a response time as early as thirty days.
For complete program guidelines, descriptions of previously funded projects, an FAQ, and application instructions, visit the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative website.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
Deadline: December 31, 2015
The 2010 António Champalimaud Vision Award will be presented to active research groups involved in basic or clinical research which has led to a major breakthrough in the understanding and/or the preservation of vision.
Candidates will be considered by a distinguished international jury for the outstanding quality and distinction of their original research contributions, the contemporary relevance of their work and measurable impact of their achievements.
The award may be used in any way that furthers the outstanding contributions of the recipients. This could be furthering basic, translational or clinical research, clinical practice or public health programs.
Nominations are requested from members of the scientific community in order to identify the most exceptional candidates.
Nomination forms and further information are available from the Champalimaud Foundation website, www.fchampalimaud.org.
Deadline: March 1, 2016; 4:00 pm
The Dr. Chew Wei MBBS [HK] FRCOG [ENG] Memorial Prize in Cancer Research establishes a prize, to a physician or scientist – whether in academia, government, non-profit organizations, or the private sector – who has made a transformational, internationally recognized contribution to the fight against cancer, with an emphasis on researchers whose achievements span the spectrum of health research, from the laboratory to clinical care to health systems and public policy.
One $50,000 prize will be awarded annually to a Canadian who has made outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure for cancer. Among the criteria that will be considered is a distinguished record of translating scientific discoveries into clinical applications, forging partnerships with scientists and others to foster cancer research or to implement discoveries, and cultivating future leaders in the field. The prize is awarded with the expectation that the recipient will continue to demonstrate excellence in their field of work and make world-class scientific contributions.
For guidelines and the nomination form, please visit our website.
Deadline: March 1, 2016; 4:00 pm
The Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders Prizes are awarded to Canadian physicians or scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration or cure of brain or heart disorders. The expectation is that prize recipients will continue to demonstrate excellence in their field of work and make world-class scientific contributions.
Two prizes of $50,000 will be awarded annually, one in each of the two categories:
- The Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize
- The Margolese National Heart Disorders Prize
For guidelines and the nomination form, please visit our website.
Date: See below
Location: See below
These workshops are appropriate for clinicians from across disciplines and with varying levels of skills in communication. Each workshop will have a maximum of 26 participants and two expert facilitators; at least one (1) will be a physician facilitator with expertise in communication and coaching, but also with the clinical background to help ground the content in the realities of day-to-day clinical practice.
We hope that you will consider participating and/or sharing information about this novel program with your colleagues and peers. The total cost of the program is $675 and includes the full-day workshop as well as a ½-hour coaching-call following the workshop.
- This program is approved for up to0 Mainpro-C OR 9.5 MoC Section 3 credits
The dates and locations for the upcoming courses are as follows:
- Sunday, January 17, 2016: The Arbutus Club (Vancouver)
- Saturday, February 20, 2016: The Arbutus Club (Vancouver)
Additional dates and locations will be made available based upon expressed interest and need.
Complete program information and a registration link can be found on the UBC CPD website at: http://ubccpd.ca/course/communication-1
Click here for a PDF program brochure for review/sharing.