20110719 FoM Weekly Announcements and Funding Opportunties

Dear All,

Please see below for your information and distribution.

In this week’s issue:


· CIHR Roadmap Signature Initiative in Evidence-Informed Healthcare Renewal

Please find attached:

· Email regarding major award and fellowship opportunities from the Office of the Vice-President Research & International.·
Email that contains the Tri-Council update on the removal of thresholds on undergrad/grad student/postdoc support salaries effective September 2011

Funding Opportunities:

· UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowships

· Citizens United for Epilepsy Research (CURE) – 2012 Taking Flight Awards For Young Investigators

· Citizens United for Epilepsy Research (CURE) – 2012 Innovator Award

· UBC – The Martha Piper Research Fund

· Canada Gairdner Awards

· American Health Assistance Foundation – Alzheimer’s Disease Research program

Awards and Honours:


· Knowledge Translation for Dementia Researchers: Grant Writing Strategies Workshop


CIHR Roadmap Signature Initiative in Evidence-Informed Healthcare Renewal

Are you a researcher with an interest in health research that will contribute to our understanding of how to optimize the financing and funding, sustainability, and governance and accountability of our healthcare systems? Then, this research funding initiative may be of interest to you and your colleagues. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s new Evidence-Informed Healthcare Renewal (EIHR) initiative will support researchers and decision makers to advance the current state of knowledge, generate novel and creative solutions, and translate evidence for uptake into policy and practice to strengthen Canada’s healthcare systems.

The EIHR initiative focuses on three priority areas: financing and funding models; health system sustainability; and governance and accountability. Innovation in these areas will require contributions from a wide range of disciplines and methodological approaches. Health services and health policy research would greatly benefit from contributions from economics, political science, sociology, philosophy, law, and other relevant fields, and from the involvement of policy makers, decision makers and healthcare providers.

The EIHR initiative has priority announcements on the following funding opportunities:

· Advancing Theories and Methodological Innovations

· Partnerships for Health System Improvement

· Knowledge Synthesis

· Doctoral Research Awards

· Fellowship Awards

Please note that additional EIHR funding opportunities will be launched this fall, including Expedited Knowledge Synthesis and a new opportunity called Healthcare Renewal Policy Analysis.

To learn more about the EIHR initiative, including current and upcoming funding opportunities and priority research areas, contact Michael at Michael.Rajendram@cihr-irsc.gc.ca or Meghan at MMcMahon.ihspr@mcgill.ca.


UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowships

Faculty of Medicine Internal Deadline: September 12, 2011

Ten UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowships are provided annually from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies established through a bequest from the late Dorothy J. Killam. Offered on a competitive basis, these awards are intended to support scholars engaged in research projects of broad significance.

The purpose of the Fellowships is to assist promising faculty members, who wish to devote full time to research and study in their field during a recognized study leave. The applicant must present a coherent project with a clearly stated objective and well-defined research plan. The basis of award will be special distinction of intellect, with due regard for sound character and personal qualities.

For more information, please visit our website at the link above.

Citizens United for Epilepsy Research (CURE) – 2012 Taking Flight Awards For Young Investigators

Deadline for Receipt of LOI: September 20, 2011

Deadline for Receipt of Full Application: November 8, 2011

CURE seeks to promote the careers of young investigators to allow them to develop a research focus independent of their mentor(s). Proposed research should address the ultimate goal of “no seizures/no side effects.” Researchers may propose basic or clinical studies involving human subjects, but this award mechanism is not intended to support clinical trials. Research that involves collaboration and a multidisciplinary approach is desirable. Applicant will be required to discuss how this avenue of research is independent from his or her mentor’s research, and will lead him or her to a path of independent epilepsy research. We encourage studies that will allow applicants to collect the data necessary to structure a successful National Institutes of Health grant application.

Eligibility: These awards will be provided for senior postdoctoral fellows who have a minimum of 3 years postdoctoral experience, or clinical fellows who are Neurology Residents in their Neurology training who are considering doing Epilepsy Fellowships. Individuals from any country are eligible to apply; you do not have to be a USA citizen or working in the USA to apply for this award.

Amount: Requests may be made for up to $100,000 for one year. Funding requests may include salary support for the PI, technical staff and/or collaborators; supplies, animal costs, etc.; and travel to an epilepsy-related conference if the PI is presenting his/her CURE-funded research. Funds are not to be used to purchase equipment.

Citizens United for Epilepsy Research (CURE) – 2012 Innovator Award

Deadline for Receipt of LOI: September 20, 2011

Deadline for Receipt of Full Application: November 8, 2011

The CURE Innovator Award supports the exploration of a highly innovative new concept or untested theory that addresses an important problem relevant to epilepsy. The Innovator Award is not intended to support a logical progression of an already established research project but, instead, allows Principal Investigators (PIs) the opportunity to pursue innovative research studies. This award mechanism supports high-risk studies that have the potential to reveal entirely new avenues for investigation. Proposals must describe how the new idea will enhance existing knowledge of epilepsy or create an entirely new avenue for investigation. Research completed through an Innovator Award strives to provide sufficient preliminary data to enable the PI to prepare a proposal for future research.

Preliminary data is not necessary to receive this grant.

Areas of Interest: CURE seeks novel research projects that will address the goals of “no seizures/no side effects.”

This program awards seed grants to researchers submitting innovative proposals that will provide new directions for epilepsy therapy, prevention and, ultimately, a cure. We specifically encourage studies that may not be currently fundable by other agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, because of their preliminary or unconventional nature.

Eligibility: This award is available to both established and early career investigators. International applicants are welcome. Researchers who serve on CURE’s Scientific Advisory Board are ineligible to apply for or sponsor a grant for the duration of their term.

Amount: Requests may be made for up to $50,000 for one year.

University of British Columbia – The Martha Piper Research Fund

Deadline: October 1st, 2011

The Martha Piper Research Fund provides UBC faculty members with seed funding for collaborative research projects with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and international activities. The program seeks to strengthen UBC research by supporting the creation of teams of talented researchers in two or more disciplines, as well as to establish new international links. Awards should enable researchers in the Tri-Council communities (i.e., NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC) to collaborate and integrate their expertise and research activities within Canada and with international partners.

A $5 million portion of the Trek Endowment has been dedicated for this purpose for five years until 2011, providing $250,000 per year to be awarded to UBC faculty in semi-annual competitions (October and March).Results of the October 1 competition will be announced on November 1, and funding will be available for 18 months from October 1 of that year to March 31 of the following year.

For more details and application procedures please visit the link above.
Note: The Martha Piper Research Fund will not be offered after 2011.

Canada Gairdner Awards

Deadline: October 1, 2011
Internal UBC requirement: Please inform Brenda Carrier (brenda.carrier@ubc.ca), UBC Faculty Awards Coordinator, if you are planning to nominate a candidate and if you require further information.

Canada Gairdner Global Health Award. The Canada Gairdner Global Health Award is directed at health issues pertaining to developing countries. It recognizes those who have made major scientific advances in any one of four areas; namely basic science, clinical science or population or environmental health. These advances must have, or have potential to make a significant impact on health outcomes in the developing world. Nominations for leadership and administration however outstanding, do not fall within the parameters of this award. CAD $100,000.

Canada Gairdner International Award. The Foundation’s aim is to honour and reward outstanding biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine with the ultimate goal of contributing through research to the conquest of disease and relief of human suffering. The Foundation invites the scientific community to nominate qualified scientists from every branch of biomedicine. CAD $100,000.

Canada Gairdner Wightman Award. A special annual award will be given to a Canadian who, in the opinion of the Foundation, has demonstrated outstanding leadership in medicine and medical science consistent with the purpose of the Foundation. CAD $100,000.

For more details and forms, please visit the link above.

American Health Assistance Foundation – Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program

Deadline: October 12, 2011

The American Health Assistance Foundation’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research program provides funds for U.S. domestic as well as international researchers pursuing pioneering research leading to a greater understanding of Alzheimer’s disease.

Preference is given to exciting, cutting-edge type projects that would not, at their present stage, be competitive for large government or industry awards. ADR awards are typically made to junior investigators, or to more established investigators who are proposing particularly innovative research.

The program offers three types of awards.

Standard Awards

· Award Amount: $400,000

· Duration: 3 yrs

· The standard award provides significant funding for researchers who have already generated some amount of preliminary data, but often still require significant progress before they can apply to governmental or industrial funding agencies.

Pilot Awards

· Award Amount: $150,000

· Duration: 2 yrs

· Pilot awards are designed to take a highly innovative proposal with modest preliminary data and give investigators the opportunity to prove their ideas. These awards are typically described as being ‘high risk – high reward’. They are often given to investigators who need funding to demonstrate the validity of a very focused hypothesis.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

· Award Amount: $100,000

· Duration: 2 yrs

· Postdoctoral fellowship awards are intended for young researchers in their final stages of mentored training. These awards are meant to fund projects in an established laboratory that will serve as the basis for the applicant’s own independent research career.



Knowledge Translation for Dementia Researchers: Grant Writing Strategies Workshop

Date: September 1, 2011 1:00 – 2:30pm
Location: UBC Brain Research Centre Conference room (first floor), UBC Hospital, Koerner Pavilion

Are you preparing a CIHR grant application on dementia and want to get a head start on completing the knowledge translation (KT) section/s? If so, then this workshop is for you!

The UBC arm of the Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network is offering an afternoon workshop on grant writing strategies for dementia researchers. Successful faculty grant recipients, KT experts and a representative from CIHR will offer their insights into ways to successfully conceptualize and write about knowledge translation in dementia research.

The workshop is open to all researchers, with an emphasis on those who are preparing proposals related to dementia research. Registration is free, but space is limited, so early registration is advised. Afternoon tea will be provided.

For more information or to register please email Tanuja Barker at tanuja.b@ubc.ca.

Please see attached document for more information.