FoM Weekly Announcements and Funding Opportunties

In this week’s issue:


1. CIHR Update – Operating Grant Registration deadline now Feb 2, 5pm PST

As per CIHRs announcement:

· ResearchNet and the “Find Funding” section of the CIHR website will be unavailable from 6pm PST on Sat, Jan 28 to 9am PST on Sun, Jan 29 due to planned system maintenance.

· Therefore, the Registration deadline for the Mar 1 Operating Grant has been extended by one day to Thurs, Feb 2 at 5pm PST.

To view other affected competitions, please refer to Section 2a in the full announcement (attached).

Funding Opportunities:

· Lupus Research Institute – Distinguished Investigator Awards

· CIHR Fellowship Postdoctoral/Post-Graduate MD Training Program – Call for Applications

· The Banting Research Foundation – Call for Grant Applications

Awards and Honours:

· Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards


Lupus Research Institute – Distinguished Investigator Awards

Deadline: February 29, 2012

LRI Distinguished Innovator Awards will provide outstanding scientists with up to $250,000 per year, for a term of up to four years, to conduct novel research into the fundamental causes of lupus and so provide new directions towards a cure or prevention. The LRI welcomes novel, hypothesis- or discovery-driven proposals in human and/or animal model based lupus research. The research proposal must aim to uncover the fundamental causes of lupus and present a compelling vision of how the discovery would lay the groundwork for a potential cure or prevention, as opposed to suppressive treatments for lupus.

Emphasis will be on the rationale for the hypothesis rather than the amount of preliminary data. Successful applicants will be outstanding investigators who have demonstrated creativity and productivity in their field of research. We encourage applications from investigators in diverse disciplines including, but not limited to, immunology, genetics, molecular, cell and systems biology. Scientists who have not previously worked in lupus are encouraged to apply, as are researchers working outside the U.S.

CIHR Fellowship Postdoctoral/Post-Graduate MD Training Program – Call for Applications

Deadline: March 1, 2012 5:00pm EST

The Social Aetiology of Mental Illness (SAMI) Training Program announces its call for applications for the 2012 – 2013 Fellowship:

Come join a growing network of international researchers who conduct investigations that lead to evidence-based practice, prevention and promotion work to support mental health.

Situated at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the University of Toronto, the Social Aetiology of Mental Ilness (SAMI) CIHR training program includes international partners from across the globe. It is the first training program of its kind dedicated to the study of the social determinants of mental health and addictions problems and issues.

Fellowships are for one year, fully funded, research-based, and will help top-class research students further develop their skills in investigating the social aetiology of mental illness.

Application instructions are available at:


The Banting Research Foundation – Call for Grant Applications

Deadline: March 15, 2012

The Banting Research Foundation will support the work of young Canadian Scientists to initiate their research program with an annual grant of up to $20,000, not to exceed a ceiling for total support of $60,000 per annum comprised of The Banting Foundation award together with any other operating grants received. For more information please visit the website above.


Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards

Deadline to Department Head’s Office: March 5, 2012

Deadline to Dean’s Office: March 12, 2012

In recognition of the valuable role that teaching assistants play in our undergraduate programs, the university annually awards teaching prizes to seventeen UBC Teaching Assistants. The prize includes a certificate and $1,000. Successful candidates will have met criteria that result in a high level of respect from undergraduate students and academic or course supervisors.

The awards, given annually since 1996 / 1997, send the important message to students (both undergraduate and graduate) that UBC values teaching.