FoM Weekly Announcements and Funding Opportunities

In this week’s issue:


RE: 2012 CREATE LOI – UBC Internal Selection Process

UBC is permitted to submit 6 proposals to the 2012 CREATE LOI competition. Proposal selection will occur through an Internal Selection peer review process.

UBC’s Internal Selection deadline is Monday, April 2, 4:30pm. Submissions for Internal Selection can be directed to SPARC Internal Review Officer, Nicole Bennett, at

UBC’s CREATE LOI Internal Selection process isattached. It includes details for the required documentation, evaluation criteria, and a guide for Form 187. The Internal Selection process is also housed on the SPARC sample grants page (CWL required).

If there are any questions about the CREATE LOI Internal Selection, feel free to direct them to Nicole at .

Funding Opportunities:

· Grand Challenges Canada: Canada’s New Rising Stars in Global Health

· Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Call for LOI’s

· Grand Challenges Canada – Saving Lives at Birth – Round II Request for Applications

Awards and Honours:

· 2012 Rumbough & Grodsky Awards – Call for Nominations


· Women’s Health Research Institute Symposium

· CIHR Open Forum on Proposed Changes to the Open Operating Grant Competition


Grand Challenges Canada: Canada’s New Rising Stars in Global Health

Deadline: March 23, 2012

On February 9, 2012, Grand Challenges Canada awarded 15 grants, valued in total at more than $1.5 million, to some of Canada’s most creative innovators in support of their work to improve global health conditions. The researchers were each awarded a $100,000 grant to further develop their innovations through Round 2 of Canada’s Rising Stars in Global Health program.

If you have a bold idea with big impact and would like to become the next rising star in global health, it is not too late. They are currently accepting applications. If you are an early-career Canadian innovator or an early-career innovator from the developing world, please click on the link above.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Call for LOI’s

Deadline: March 27, 2012 10:00am PST
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for the development of an easy-to-use tool that rapidly assesses the immune status of children against select vaccine-preventable diseases. Inquiries will be welcome that focus on prototype development and detail plans for future commercialization possibilities. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

A full description of the Request for Letter of Inquiry and application instructions are available at the website above.

Grand Challenges Canada – Saving Lives at Birth – Round II Request for Applications

Deadline: April 2, 2012 5:00pm EST

On February 23, 2012, the Saving Lives at Birth partnership launched its second call for innovative prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the world.

With the launch of this second round, the Saving Lives at Birth partnership – Grand Challenges Canada, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – welcomes a new partner, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

Over the course of the program, the partners aim to invest at least $50 million in groundbreaking and sustainable projects with the potential to accelerate substantial progress against maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths at the community level.

In the second round, the Saving Lives at Birth partners anticipate funding even more transformative approaches that cut across three main domains: (1) science & technology; (2) service delivery; and (3) demand-side innovation.

The partners anticipate awarding 25 seed grants and 5 transition-to-scale grants as a result of the Request For Applications (RFA). Actual number of awards in each category may vary.

Learn more and answer the call for innovative ideas – A copy of the RFA can be found at the website linked to above. Any questions on the RFA can be sent to by February 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm EST.


2012 Rumbough & Grodsky Awards – Call for Nominations

Deadline: March 5, 2012

Every year JDRF solicits nominations for the David Rumbough Award and the Gerold and Kayla Grodsky Basic Research Scientist Award for outstanding contributions in diabetes research. The Rumbough Award acknowledges outstanding achievement and commitment to diabetes research and service to JDRF, and the Grodsky Award acknowledges a basic research scientist who has made outstanding contributions to diabetes research.

Please see the link above for more details on how to apply.

Full description of these awards and qualifications, a list of past recipients, and nomination forms are available here.


Women’s Health Research Institute Symposium

Date: February 24, 2012 11:30am – 4:00pm

Location: CFRI Building, 950 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Learn about the variety of important research in progress at BC Women’s Hospital and the Women’s Health Research Institute.

For more details please see the attached poster and follow the link above.

CIHR Open Forum on Proposed Changes to the Open Operating Grant Competition
Date: March 16, 2012 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: Life Sciences Centre, Lecture Hall 2 (Ground Floor) – Point Grey Campus, UBC

Dr. Jane Aubin, Chief Scientific Officer of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) will provide an overview and answer questions on the proposed changes to the CIHR Open Grant Competition.

The changes include:
· two granting streams (including a 7 year program stream),
· a New Investigator track,
· and elimination of the current peer-review standing committees and a shift to a College of Reviewers.

In addition, CIHR has stated that there will be a greater need for institutions to identify commitment and support to the researchers (e.g., time release, infrastructure).

The document outlining the changes and timeline is available at

We encourage all faculty, scientists, grant developers, grant facilitators, trainees and others who are involved in health research to attend.

To aid with organizing this event, please register through the following web portal –