January 28, 2013

NRO Announcements

AoE NPPH Retreat
Friday Feb 1, 12-4:00pm
2-55 Corbett Hall
Please RSVP via calendar invite to Bailey Sousa

Funding Opportunities

1. The Arthritis Society – a variety of opportunities: http://www.arthritis.ca/page.aspx?pid=1068

Strategic Operating Grant Letter of Intent
Deadline to apply: February 4, 2013
Full application (for those invited to apply): April 17, 2013
Young Investigator Operating Grant Letter of Intent
Deadline to apply: February 4, 2013
Full application (for those invited): April 17, 2013
Investigator Salary Award
Deadline to apply: February 20, 2013
Young Investigator Salary Award
Deadline to apply: February 20, 2013
CRA (CIORA)-TAS New Clinician Investigator Salary Award
Deadline to apply: February 20, 2013
Clinician Teacher/Educator Award
Deadline to apply: February 20, 2013
Networking/KT Grant
Open Competition
Consumer Activity Grant
Deadlines to apply: April 30, 2013; July 30, 2013; October 30, 2013

2. Grand Challenges Canada

We would like to take this opportunity to share with you information that we received from Grand Challenges Canada regarding Round 5 of their Stars program, a funding opportunity that may be of interest to researchers on your campus. Successful applicants to this program may receive $100,000 seed grants which can later be scaled with a grant of up to $ 1,000,000.

Round 3 of the program received about 300 applications from all over the world and 68 were selected. Round 4 results will be released in January but it is anticipated that between 70 to100 grants will be awarded out of the 450 that applied.

The deadline for application for Round 5 is February 6, 2013.

The application process is extremely simple. It consists of a two-page concept with a two-minute video.

An example of funded projects can be found at http://www.grandchallenges.ca/stars-r3-grantee-announcement-en/
Potential applicants could come from Universities (departments of engineering, law, agriculture and veterinary sciences, food science and nutrition, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, public health, business schools, computer science, arts and science, education, anthropology, sociology, etc.), for profit and non-profit companies, community based organizations, research institutes etc.

More details on this program and Grand Challenges Canada can be found at http://www.grandchallenges.ca/grand-challenges/gc1-stars/stars-program-information/ Or by contacting Ken Simiyu, Program Officer, Grand Challenges Canada at ken.simiyu@grandchallenges.ca

3. The CCF and CFWH Urogynaecology Award- Sponsored by Watson Pharma Company

The CCF and CFWH Urogynaecology Award- Sponsored by Watson Pharma Company
The Canadian Continence Foundation (TCCF) and the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health (CFWH) have partnered together to establish the Urogynaecology Award as part of the CFWH’s Awards, Fellowships and Grants Program.

The objective of The Urogynaecology Award is to foster research in the field of Urogynaecology and help women who are suffering from urinary incontinence.
The purpose of The Urogynaecology Award is also to support researchers to share their research findings and to promote knowledge of and interest in health issues to advance incontinence management and treatment options for women who are suffering from urinary incontinence.
This will be accomplished through one annual award to be awarded to Canadian Citizens, who are health-care professionals in women’s health.
Thank you to Watson Pharma Company who has helped us reach our goal and has agreed to financially support the new $12,000.00 Urogynaecology Award for 2013.



4. The Huntington Society of Canada

The Huntington Society of Canada is now accepting Letters of Intent for the NAVIGATOR and NEW PATHWAYS Research Programs. Letters of Intent are due February 22, 2013. If invited to submit a full proposal, it is due May 17, 2013

Complete details are available on the HSC website:

Terms of Reference, NAVIGATOR

Application form, NAVIGATOR

Terms of Reference, NEW PATHWAYS

Application form, NEW PATHWAYS

5. Baxter-CHS Inherited Bleeding Disorder Fellowship Program for Nurses and Allied Health Care Professionals –NEW PROGRAM

The Canadian Hemophilia Society (CHS) is proud to launch the Baxter-Canadian Hemophilia Society Inherited Bleeding Disorder Fellowship Program for Nurses and Allied Health Care Professionals and is inviting all those interested to submit one-year project proposals by March 1, 2013. Projects can begin in September 2013.
Baxter-Canadian Hemophilia Society Inherited Bleeding Disorder Fellowship Program for Nurses and Allied Health Care Professionals

The Baxter-Canadian Hemophilia Society Inherited Bleeding Disorder Fellowship Program for Nurses and Allied Health Care Professionals was created to engage hemophilia program professionals/graduate students from the disciplines of nursing, physiotherapy, social work and other related allied health disciplines in research focused on improving services and quality of life for people and families whose lives are affected by bleeding disorders.

In this first year, this program will offer two fellowships, each with a maximum of $20,000.

Depending upon the number and quality of applications, funding for different amounts may be possible, as is the offering of more than two fellowships, within the allotted total budget stated above.

The major portion of each grant would be to cover the research time for the successful candidate(s). A small amount can be devoted to project expenses. Applicants may send their proposals under one of the following headings:
• Nursing Fellowship
• Physiotherapy Fellowship
• Social Work Fellowship

Multidisciplinary collaboration
Collaboration with multidisciplinary care providers and/or between two (2) or more hemophilia centres is accepted and encouraged. Collaboration efforts may include, for example, social work, physical therapy and genetics. It may be possible for hemophilia centre teams to apply jointly for two or more of the nursing, social work and physical therapy fellowships as a cooperative project.

Applications and deadline

A letter of intent should be submitted to the Canadian Hemophilia Society by March 1, 2013. This should be a letter of a maximum of two pages identifying the applying researcher and organization and providing a summary description of the intended area of research.
The CHS Peer Review Committee will invite a limited number of candidates to submit a more detailed proposal by April 5 in order to make a final selection and offer the fellowships. Fellowships will be offered for a one-year period to begin in September 2013.
More detailed information is available by accessing the CHS Web site at http://www.hemophilia.ca/en/research/baxter-chs-fellowship-program.

6. CHS/AHCDC/CSL Behring Hemostasis Fellowship Program – 2nd selection round

The CHS is proceeding to a second selection round for its CHS/AHCDC/CSL Behring Hemostasis Fellowship Program for the 2013-2014 grant period. Interested candidates must also submit their applications by March 1, 2013 and the winning candidate could begin the year long fellowship as early as July 1, 2013.


Post-MD clinical trainees or postdoctoral fellows (post-PhD) enrolled in postgraduate training in Hematology or other relevant fields are invited to send in their application for the CHS/AHCDC/CSL Behring Hemostasis Fellowship Program, a Fellowship in Congenital and Acquired Bleeding Disorders by March 1, 2013. New this year, applications from candidates from allied health professions undertaking post-graduate studies will also be considered.

The goal of this program that encompasses a one-year fellowship appointment, valued at $75,000, is to provide fellows in Hematology or other relevant fields the opportunity to obtain additional focused clinical or research training relevant to Hemostasis so that they may improve the care, the treatment and the quality of the lives of patients with hemophilia and other congenital or acquired bleeding disorders. The winning candidate will be announced in May 2013 and could begin as early as July 1, 2013.

Application forms as well as the general criteria and conditions for the CHS/AHCDC/CSL Behring Hemostasis Fellowship Program are available by accessing the CHS Web site at http://www.hemophilia.ca/en/research/hemostasis-fellowship-program.

Please feel free to distribute this information to others who may be interested in applying. The research must be conducted in Canada by researchers affiliated with Canadian universities, Hemophilia Treatment Centres and not-for-profit-related organizations.

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Michel Long at the CHS National Office at 1-800-668-2686 or by e-mail at mlong@hemophilia.ca.

7. Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development (Round 3)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and UK’s Department of International Development (DFID) have joined together to launch the third round of Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development.

Together, the sponsors are calling for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, rural communities around the time of childbirth. Of the estimated 2.6 million stillbirths, 3.6 million neonatal deaths, and 360,000 maternal deaths that occur globally each year, a major gap for intervention exists around childbirth and in the early postnatal period – a time when mothers and babies are most vulnerable and global progress in reducing mortality has been particularly poor. This gap in interventions is particularly acute in poor, rural communities that are the most difficult to reach and among women who are disadvantaged.

Additional information can be found here.


It is with excitement that the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Prairies/NWT Regions releases the call for breast cancer research proposals to researchers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Projects will be funded for up to three (3) years for a maximum amount of $125,000 per year, and must take place within the Region.

For information on the guidelines and criteria as well as to download an application form please go to our website at http://www.cbcf.org/prairiesnwt or click on the following links:
Please note that the submission deadline is March 18, 2013. All forms, including originals and electronic copies, must be received by 4:30pm MST at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Prairies/NWT Region’s Edmonton office or the application will be withdrawn from the competition.

Important Announcements

1. Call for Expressions of Interest: SPOR Networks

Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is a collaboration of researchers, provinces and territories, partners, health care providers, patients and families – all working in partnership to improve the quality and effectiveness of care provided to Canadians.
The SPOR National Steering Committee is inviting the health research community to provide input on research network capacity in Canada.
This call for expressions of interest is being held from January 18 to February 28, 2013. It is an opportunity for Canada’s researchers to provide information on the current network landscape. The goal is to identify existing and emerging research network capacity in patient-oriented research in Canada that could align with the SPOR network objectives. Please note that this is not a formal letter of intent or a CIHR funding opportunity. It is an open dialogue with Canada’s research community and a venue for Canadian researchers to demonstrate where there is capacity to translate research evidence into better health care policies, therapies, and practices.

We ask for your support in promoting this call for Expressions of Interest. Please share this information throughout your research communities to encourage their input.

Detailed information on this call for expressions of interest and the submission process can be found here.

2.The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA)

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) are planning to convene a workshop on physical inactivity and, to this end, seek public comments about high-priority research topics that are needed to move the study of physical inactivity and sedentary behavior forward. Information obtained will help inform the NHLBI and NIA research portfolios in this area.

Specific input on the following is sought:

1. Identification and prioritization of unanswered research questions for sedentary behavior for adults and youths. This can cover any research category from the basic science, clinical, population-level and translational segments.
2. Approaches to accurately evaluate and measure sedentary behavior in different populations.
3. Types of interventions and strategies needed to reduce the current high prevalence of sedentariness among the US populace.
4. Opportunities for and barriers to the translation of current scientific knowledge to reduce sedentary behavior at the population level.

This Request for Information (RFI) is for information and planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or as an obligation on the part of the Federal Government, the NIH, NHLBI or NIA. NIH, NHLBI and NIA do not intend to make any awards based on responses to this RFI or to otherwise pay for the preparation of any information submitted, or for the Government’s use of such information.

3. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) Annual Report on the Nursing Workforce

January 10, 2013—More than 360,000 regulated nurses were employed in Canada in 2011, representing an increase of more than 8% since 2007. This growth rate was nearly twice the rate of population growth, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) annual report on the nursing workforce. However, the number of registered nurses per 100,000 remains below the peak reached in the early 1990s.

There is a positive trend in the renewal of the nursing profession. Over the last five years, the proportion of regulated nurses younger than age 35 increased from 20.9% to 23.7% of the workforce.

More than 56% of employed nurses were working full time in 2011. Similarly, more than 50% of all younger nurses are finding full-time employment within the first five years of working.

The number of nurse practitioners (NPs) doubled from 1,344 to 2,777 between 2007 and 2011, due in part to increased provincial/territorial investment in NPs and in part to additional jurisdictions submitting NP data to CIHI. NPs are advanced practice registered nurses who have additional education in health assessment and diagnosis and management of illness and injury, and who can order tests and prescribe drugs. More than half of NPs work outside hospitals, in areas such as community practice.

Regulated Nurses: Canadian Trends, 2007 to 2011

Conferences & Workshops

1. Writing research funding proposals in the health sciences: A workshop

For: Early career Faculty members, Postdoctoral and Research Fellows, PhD students preparing for their candidacy.
Date: February 5th
Time: Noon till 2 pm
Room: ECHA 3-001
This workshop combines lecture, discussion, group feedback, and writing time to help participants take an idea for a research project and turn it into a request for funding support. Participants should come with an idea for a research project; if you have a full draft of a funding proposal or are revising one, this workshop will help you think of ways to revise those documents.

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