20110909 FoM Announcements

In this week’s issue:

Funding Opportunities:

· American Health Assistance Foundation – Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program (Reminder)

· McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health: Southern Vaccine Advocacy Challenge

Awards and Honours:

· Royal Society of Canada Fellowships


· 2011 Friesen International Prize: Invitation to Public Forum

· The Student Biotechnology Network – Building Biotech – Inspiring Innovators and Growing the Bioeconomy


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.

McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health: Southern Vaccine Advocacy Challenge

Deadline: October 24, 2011 11:59pm ET

The McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, in partnership with the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration Public and Political Support Working Group, has announced the Southern Vaccine Advocacy Challenge (SVAC). This program aims to fund innovative ideas to strengthen public and political support for vaccines in low- and middle-income countries.

Launched as a pilot project, the SVAC will award five grants of up to $10,000 USD each to support innovative advocacy initiatives around a specific vaccine-related event, issue or policy. Proposals should specifically address one or more of the following challenges:

· Secure in-country and donor support for new and existing vaccines; and,

· Build broad public demand in-country for, and uptake of, vaccines.

Only organizations based in low- and middle-income countries will be eligible to apply for funding, and each grant will be selected based on the project’s likelihood for impact, innovation and creativity, scalability, and technical merit and execution plans.

For more information and for the application and Request for Proposals please click on the title link above.


Royal Society of Canada Fellowships

Deadline: December 1st, 2011

The next nomination deadline for the Royal Society of Canada Fellowships is December 1st, 2011. The nomination process will be coordinated by the respective Department Head/School Director. If you wish to nominate one of your peers to become a fellow of Canada’s National Academy, please send your recommendation to your Department Head/School Director for consideration in the nomination process.

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) is the senior national body of distinguished Canadian scholars, artists and scientists. It is Canada’s national academy. The primary objective of the RSC is to promote learning and research in the arts and sciences. The RSC consists of nearly 2000 Fellows, men and women who are selected by their peers for outstanding contributions to the natural and social sciences, in the arts and in the humanities. As Canada’s national academy, the RSC exists to recognize academic excellence, to advise governments and organizations, and to promote Canadian culture.

The RSC defines Fellows as “persons whose intellectual achievements have been exceptional through a body of publications, intellectual endeavors or creative activities exhibiting original contributions in the arts, humanities or sciences, as well as in public life. At the time of their election they shall be Canadian citizens or have been Canadian residents for the past three years. Election to the Society is the highest honour that can be attained by scholars, artists and scientists in Canada.”

The nomination includes the following:

1. Nominators’ & candidate’s contact details (at least 2 of the three nominators must be Fellows of the RSC)

2. Citation – 100 word max.

3. Detailed Appraisal – 3 pgs. max.

4. List of candidate’s 15 most significant contributions

5. 5 letters from referees who are experts in the candidate’s field (2 from within Canada and 3 from outside Canada) – 3 pgs. max. each

6. Candidate’s complete CV

Please note that the FoM Research Office is available to assist in preparing the proposed citation (item #2 above) and to contact Lindsay Lynch at 604-822-7184 or Lindsay.lynch@ubc.ca.

Please find attached a list of current UBC, Faculty of Medicine RSC members, the RSC nomination form including the guidelines. Please note that the RSC is currently developing a new form that will be accessible online (webform). They are experiencing delays in the release of the form and are hoping to have it done by end of September. Because of the delays in the release of this new tool, they will be accepting the 2010 forms (attached) as well as the new webform in the next nomination process.

For further details regarding this fellowship, please visit the Royal Society of Canada webpage at the title link above.


2011 Friesen International Prize: Invitation to Public Forum

Date: September 14th, 2011 at 4:00pm

Location: Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel, Drawing Room, 1 Rideau St, Ottawa, Ontario

The Henry G. Friesen International prize in Health Research is hosting a Public Forum – Innovations in Cardiac Care: Stem Cells in the Repair and Regeneration of Heart Muscle featuring 2011 Prizewinner Dr. Victor Dzau, Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University and President and CEO, Duke University Health System.

Please see theattachment for more information and click on the link above to register.

The Student Biotechnology Network – Building Biotech – Inspiring Innovators and Growing the Bioeconomy

Date: September 19, 2011 6 – 10pm

Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street

The Student Biotechnology Network (SBN) is thrilled to open its 2011-2012 season with their Annual Building Biotech Event. This year, with Building Biotech: Inspiring Innovators and Growing the Bioeconomy, they hope to excite students about emerging new trends in biotechnology entrepreneurship in the Vancouver area and Canada.

Held at the Hyatt Regency (Vancouver), Building Biotech is a semi-formal event where students will have the opportunity to hear about exciting developments in biotechnology, while networking with industry leaders in a round- table dinner setting. Join other students and industry professionals to learn about tools and resources essential to starting your career, emerging trends in bioenergy, and the personal paths to success taken by two sets of local entrepreneurs.

There is a $30 admission fee which includes dinner. Please see theattachment for more information and visit the website linked to above to register.