NSERC Program News: NSERC Research Partnerships will continue to administer and fulfill current awards, and to offer its partnerships programs. See NSERC website for further details.
Major External Awards: A reminder that the Office of the VP Research & Innovation maintains a listing of major external awards. Resources and support materials for applications and nominations are also available at the VPRI website.
Weston Brain Institute: Rapid Response: Canada 2018 Description: Provides seed funding for novel, high-risk, high-reward, translational research that will accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging. Amount: $200,000 Duration: 1.5 years Eligibility: Postdoc or Faculty Deadline: Apr 19 (LOI)
Government of Canada: Partnerships for Her Voice, Her Choice Description: Program focused on support of sexual and reproductive rights as a means of advancing gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls in line with the Feminist International Assistance Policy. Amount: $2M to $20M Duration: 3 years Eligibility: Faculty Deadline: May 1. UBC can only submit 1 application, please contact Deborah Watt ASAP to discuss the submission process.
American Society for Hematology: Bridge Grant Description: Specifically for ASH members who applied for an NIH R01 grant or equivalent but were denied funding due to budget cutbacks, intended to help sustain recipients’ research and contribute to their retention in hematology investigation. Amount: $150,000 Duration: 1 year Eligibility: Faculty, see website Deadline: May 1
Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research: Targeted Funding Opportunities Description: The Michael J. Fox Foundation supports research toward breakthroughs for Parkinson’s patients. See website for current targeted funding opportunities in the areas of alpha-synuclein biology and therapies, biomarkers of protein handling/autophagy, exosomes and lipids, GBA biology and therapies, and non-pharmacological interventions for gait and balance disturbances. Amount: Varies Duration: Varies Eligibility: Faculty Deadline: May 31 (Pre-proposals)
Call for Nominations
UBC Faculty of Medicine: Dr. Chew Wei MBBS [HK] FRCOG [ENG] Memorial Prize in Cancer Research
This prize will be awarded annually to a Canadian who has made outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or development of therapies for cancer. One prize of $50,000.00 CAD will be awarded annually to a Canadian physician or scientist. | Nomination Deadline: Apr 15
UBC Faculty of Medicine: Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize
This prize will be awarded annually to a Canadian physician or scientist who makes outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure of brain disorders. One prize of $50,000 payable in Canadian dollars will be awarded annually. | Nomination Deadline: Apr 15
UBC Faculty of Medicine: Margolese National Heart Disorders Prize
This prize will be awarded annually to a Canadian physician or scientist who makes outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure of heart disorders. One prize of $50,000 payable in Canadian dollars will be awarded annually. | Nomination Deadline: Apr 15
Canadian Cancer Society: Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research
This award recognizes individuals who have made, and are making, valuable contributions to cancer research and cancer control in Canada. Recipients are leaders in their fields who exemplify excellence in science and outstanding service to the scientific community. | Nomination Deadline: Apr 18
Human Frontier Science Program: 2019 Nakasone Award
This annual award recognizes ground-breaking contributions or breakthrough discoveries in the life sciences. The successful awardee receives a $10,000 USD unrestricted research grant and gives the HFSP Nakasone Lecture at the HFSP Awardees Meeting. | Nomination Deadline: Apr 27
Prince Mahidol Award Foundation: Prince Mahidol Awards
This award seeks out and recognizes outstanding contributions to medical research and public health. Up to two awards are given annually, one for medical research and one for contributions to public health, each worth USD100,000. Winners and their immediate families are flown out to Bangkok to receive the award and are asked to speak at an annual conference and to lecture at universities. The award is prestigious; many previous winners have gone on to win the Nobel Prize in Medicine. | Nomination Deadline: May 31
Weston Brain Institute: International Outstanding Achievement Award 2018
In 2018, the award will recognize a Canadian-based investigator who, in the past 15 years, has made exceptional contributions, through translational research and leadership, to accelerating the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging. The ideal candidate should also be active in research in the next 5 years, and have a record of impeccable citizenship in the research community. The $40,000 prize will be presented during the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA). | Nomination Deadline: Jun 12
The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research: Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research
The annual national Prize provides funding to outstanding rising star researchers who are affiliated with a Canadian academic or clinical research institution in the field of mental health, to encourage them to continue to pursue their research interests. Each year for ten years, $100,000 will be available to be awarded to one person or a research team of up to three persons per competition. | Nomination Deadline: Jul 16
Event: Centre for Blood Research Seminar Series Description:Internalization of “intact” intercellular junctions in the testis by clathrin/actin-mediated endocytic structure – tubulobulbar complexes, by Dr. Wayne Vogl, Professor, UBC Time & Date: Apr 4; 12-1pm Location: LSC 3, Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver
Event: 2018 Norman Bethune Symposium Description: Highlights include keynote presentations on the topics of red blood cell biology, patient blood management, new developments in platelet products, the appropriate use of blood and blood products and cellular therapies. Time & Date: Apr 10; full day Location: UBC Robson Square Theatre, 800 Robson St., Vancouver Register: Register here by March 20, 2018.
Event: SPARC – Collaborative Health Research Projects Workshop Description: CIHR and NSERC will shortly announce the 2018 Collaborative Health Research Project (CHRP) funding opportunity deadlines. The workshop will consist of a presentation by Dr. Jody Swift, Special Projects Manager, Faculty of Applied Science, followed by an open Q&A session with past and present CHRP–funded researchers. Time & Date: Apr 17; 2-4pm Location: UBC Point Grey Campus, room TBA Register: Register here by April 16
Event: CIHR Institute of Genetics – Canadian Human and Statistical Genetics Meeting Description: This meeting with Canadian Colleges Medical Geneticists at Harrison Hot Springs Hotel includes a program with interesting topics amongst basic genetic researchers, biostatisticians, clinician researchers and medical geneticists. Also included is a full education day for graduate students, trainees, postdocs and research associates, with poster sessions during wine and cheese receptions to facilitate networking between graduate students and senior scientists. Date: Jun 10-13 Location: Harrison Hot Spring Resort, 100 Esplanade Ave., Harrison Hot Springs Register: Register here
Event: Canadian Cancer Immunotherapy Consortium and ImmunoBC – Joint CCIC and ImmunoBC Meeting Description: The first two days (June 18-19) will be hosted by CCIC and will focus on the latest advances in adoptive cell therapy and cell engineering. The third day (June 20) will be hosted by ImmunoBC and will deliver an outstanding BC-focused immunology program. You will have the option of registering for one or both meetings. This year will also feature a new and exciting career workshop designed specifically for trainees transitioning into the workforce Date: Jun 18-20 Location: Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier, 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver Register: Register here. Early bird discount for registrations before Apr 18.
Event: UBC Centre for Health Education Scholarship – Master Class on Writing Research for Publication Description: Enhance your scholarly writing by attending this intensive, 3-day course, offered for the first time in Western Canada by Dr. Lorelei Lingard (lead author of The Writer’s Craft open access series for medical education researchers) and her faculty team. This course will provide you with a unique opportunity to step away from day-to-day distractions and focus on your scholarly writing. Date: Nov 20-22 Location: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Blvd., Vancouver Register: Register here.
CIHR has launched a call for nominations to its 13 Institute Advisory Boards. Currently, 8 of these 13 boards have no representation from UBC: Aboriginal Peoples Health, Cancer Research, Circulatory and Respiratory Health, Gender and Health, Genetics, Infection and immunity, Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, Population and Public Health. More information from CIHR is available here. Please contact Tessa Cheng in the SPARC office if you are interested in serving on one of these boards. The deadline to apply is April 9.
On behalf of the Association of Canadian Early Career Health Researchers, please find below links to the short online survey being conducted about supports for new faculty and scientists. Specifically, the anonymous survey is intended for people who accepted their first position as an independent investigator in health research at a university or research institute in Canada between 2008 and 2018 (inclusive).
The BRC-Sequencing Core is offering Faculty of Medicine members a 50% discount on pilot Single Cell 3’ RNA-Seq projects using the 10x Genomics Chromium Single Cell Controller and Illumina Sequencing.
This subsidy is provided by the FoM Strategic Investment Fund and is accessible only to FOM members. Supply of funding is limited. Subsidy will be distributed based on timing of contact, needs of pilot project, and demands of the community.
Total cost for Single Cell projects vary based on needs. For assistance designing and pricing of your scRNA-seq experiments, please contact us at BRCSeq@mail.ubc.ca