20110923 FoM Weekly

In this week’s issue:


· European Framework Programme – FP7 Calls-for-Proposals: European Commission

· Killam Teaching Prize Memo (Please see attachment)Funding Opportunities:

· UBC Graduate Student International Research Mobility Award

· UBC International Research Collaboration Workshop Grant


· AAAS Annual Meeting – Flattening the World: Building the Global Knowledge Society


European Framework Programme – FP7 Calls-for-Proposals: European Commission

The specific calls listed on the website have been identified as areas in which the Commission would particularly welcome Canadian participation:

  • Energy
  • Environment (including Climate Change)
  • Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy
  • Health
  • Transport (including Aeronautics)

FP7 Calls-for-Proposals focus research on major societal and global challenges. They encourage leading researchers from across Europe, in all sectors, to work together with researchers from around the world.

If you work with European colleagues in one of these areas, would like to develop a project with them or explore the possibility of joining in a proposal already coming together in Europe, please contact ERA-Can for more information on how to pursue these opportunities. [and/or contact Jacqueline Smit – contact info below]

Growing Number of Canadians in FP7 Projects

The number of Canadians participating in European Framework Programme projects has been steadily increasing over the years. FP7 (2007-2013) now has a record high of 201 Canadian researchers or research institutions participating in 166 projects. More than double the 97 Canadians that participated in FP6 (2002-2006).

The 201 Canadian participants are found in all four of the major project categories: cooperation, capacities, ideas and people. By far the largest number is in the Cooperation category that supports large international research projects. These 109 Canadians are working in ten thematic areas. The largest numbers are in Health (24), Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Biotechnology (23), Information and Communication Technologies (15) and Environment (14). Outside the Cooperation category, the greatest concentration of Canadian researchers and research organizations is in the People category that offers support for researcher mobility and training including the prestigious Marie Curie International Fellowships. There are currently 68 Canadian researchers and research institutions either working abroad or hosting European researchers in Canada.

Jacqueline Smit
Senior Officer, International Research Initiatives
Office of the Vice President Research & International
University of British Columbia
T. 604-822-8136



UBC Graduate Student International Research Mobility Award

Deadline: Oct 1, 2011, Jan 10, 2012, May 1, 2012

Grants are available for UBC faculty to host an overseas graduate research student at UBC (or for UBC graduate students to participate in a research abroad program). Supports the development of highly meritorious international research partnerships and exchanges with research-intensive institutions outside North America. Launched in April 2009, the grant has provided mobility awards to more than 85 graduate students (outbound & incoming). Value: $1500

UBC International Research Collaboration Workshop Grant

Deadline: Oct 15, 2011 & April 1, 2012

Provides matching funds for a workshop or roundtable to foster significant research collaborations with groups at leading research institutions outside of North America. Workshop must lead to a joint research agenda and/or delineation of specific research questions or needs, and a strategic plan for joint proposal submission. Value: up to $10K matching funds

Bank of Canada – Governor’s Award

Deadline: November 15, 2011

You are invited to nominate exceptional academics for the Bank of Canada’s prestigious Fellowship and Governor’s Awards. The Bank has issued a press release calling for nominations.

The Governor’s Award supports exceptional assistant and associate professors who have demonstrated the potential to make exemplary research contributions in their fields. Funding of $25,000 per year is provided for a two-year, non-renewable term. Candidates must have obtained a PhD within ten years of applying for the award and must be employed at a Canadian university during the tenure of the award.

Further details on the Bank’s Fellowship Program are also available on the website linked to above.


Centre for Blood Research – 5th Annual Earl Davie Symposium

Date: November 3, 2011 9am – 5pm

Location: Vancity Theatre

The Centre for Blood Research would like to extend an invitation to you and your colleagues, trainees, technicians and staff to attend the 5th annual Earl Davie Symposium.

This 1-day symposium is held each year in honour of Dr. Earl W. Davie who is a leader in the field of hemostasis-thrombosis, having been the first in the 1960s to describe the blood clotting coagulation cascade. Earl is now over the age of 80 and still an active and prolific scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle. Indeed, he will make the first presentation at the symposium, describing the structural and functional properties of coagulation factor IX, the Royal Disease of Hemophilia involving Queen Victoria. Also featured will be presentations by local experts in vascular biology, hemostasis-thrombosis, and infectious and inflammatory diseases, as well as invited keynote addresses by renowned scientists from Israel and the US.

This event includes lunch, as well as wine and cheese at the end of the day.

The program is attached for your interest and distribution.If you are able to attend part or all of the program, please do RSVP to Brandy Jones (brandyjones@exchange.ubc.ca) so we are sure to have enough food.

AAAS Annual Meeting – Flattening the World: Building the Global Knowledge Society

Date: February 16-20, 2012

Location: Vancouver

The Annual Meeting is one of the most widely recognized pan-science events, with hundreds of networking opportunities and broad global media coverage. Please follow the link for more information.