March 8, 2013

Funding Opportunities

2013 Maurice and Edna Marie Minton Endowment Fund for Cancer Nursing Research

Through a generous donation from the late Mr. Maurice C. Minton, the establishment of The Maurice and Edna Marie Minton Endowment Fund for Cancer Nursing Research (Minton Endowment Fund) was made possible. The intent of the endowment is to enhance the quality and quantity of cancer nursing research for the purpose of improving cancer nursing practice and patient care. This can be achieved by increasing the number of nursing research projects directly related to cancer nursing practice through the funding of research projects, feasibility projects or student bursaries.

Applications must be received at the Nursing Research Office by 3:00pm on May 1, 2013.

For more details and application guidelines, click here.

Broad Agency Announcement: Research of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Risk Factors and Burden of Disease to Support the National ALS Registry Effort

The primary purpose of this announcement is to fund research projects that will further the understanding of potential risk factors for ALS, while supporting the National ALS Registry’s mission. The research conducted shall be innovative and expand our current knowledge of ALS etiology. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, environmental and occupational risks, infectious agents and viruses, blue-green algae exposure, nutritional intake, physical and sports activities, pharmaceutical use (e.g., statins), and trauma experience. Information gleaned from these and other research areas will help ATSDR better understand the etiology of ALS and prioritize topics for future risk factor surveys that persons with ALS will be able to take through the National ALS Registry web portal.

A secondary purpose of the announcement is to fund research projects that will examine the burden ALS causes for those with the disease, including their family members and caregivers. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, the financial costs of ALS, types of treatment used by patients (e.g., prescription drugs, supplements, equipment), proximity of patients to ALS referral and non-referral centers, wages lost by family members caring for loved-ones with ALS, frequency and impact of clinic visits by persons with ALS, and barriers for ALS patients in rural areas with limited-to-no access to ALS healthcare facilities and/or support groups. Information gleaned from these and other research areas will help ATSDR better understand and communicate the toll ALS takes upon individuals with the disease, along with the burdens faced by family members and caregivers.

About $2-3 million is available to fund 2-3 projects, with the average award in the $800k to $1m range. The complete announcement is available here.

The deadline for submitting LOIs is March 25.

2014 Killam Research Fellowships

2014 Killam Research Fellowships (KRF) competition is now under way. These awards, which are administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, provide support to scholars of exceptional ability who are engaged in research projects of broad significance and widespread interest. Fellowships are awarded each year, normally to full professors at Canadian universities and research institutes, who have an outstanding reputation in their area of research. They provide two years of release time ($70,000 per year) and are open to all disciplinesThe application deadline is May 15, 2013.

For application guidelines and the on-line application system, please click here.

The researcher’s creativity, innovation, and leadership must be clearly demonstrated in the project description. The application must present a compelling argument about why a Fellowship is crucial at this time; for example, a breakthrough in research is imminent, or funding is needed to move the research to the next level or in a unique direction. The five most significant contributions must be framed easily and clearly.

Operating Support
The Office of the Vice-President (Research) will provide an operating grant of $25,000 per year for two years to successful University of Alberta applicants in this year’s competition. This information may be included in the application to demonstrate the U of A’s support and to indicate that the applicant has the necessary resources to carry out the research project.

Successful Applications
Two successful Fellowship applications (Hani Henein, Chem & Mat Engineering, 2002, and Mark Lewis, Math & Stats/Bio Sci, 2012) are available for viewing in the VPR Awards Google Drive. Please contact Kate Ballash to request access to the Drive.

Please refer to the following two documents to assist in the preparation of applications: 

  • Tuesday, April 2—deadline to let VP (Research) Office know if you are preparing an application
  • Monday, April 15—deadline to submit draft copy of application to VPR Office for review by the College of Reviewers (optional but recommended)
  • Monday, April 29—deadline for reviewers to provide feedback to VPR Office
  • Tuesday, April 30—VPR Office to send reviewer comments/feedback to applicants

Research Facilitators will provide the institutional sign-off and must receive the completed application at least five working days before the application deadline

National Institute of Health: Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy

Health literacy is a complex concept that involves individuals, families, health professionals, communities and health care systems. For instance, individuals may vary with respect to:

  • Access to information and resources (e.g., audience-appropriate health information, media, technologies, health care providers health insurance, support networks, transportation);
  • Skills (e.g., to gather and comprehend health information, including numerical information; to share personal information about health history and symptoms; to act on information by initiating appropriate follow-up visits and conveying understanding back to the information source; to make decisions about basic healthy behaviors, such as healthy eating and exercise; to engage in self-care and chronic disease management);
  • Knowledge (e.g., of health and medical concepts such as “risk”, the organization and functioning of healthcare systems, understandings of the body, meaning of symptoms, illness and health);
  • Abilities (e.g., sensory, communication, cognitive or physical challenges or limitations);
  • Life span and socio-cultural context (e.g., developmental or life stage, cultural, linguistic or educational differences that affect health, knowledge, communication and action).
  • In addition to personal/individual differences in health literacy, health care systems, including clinic/practice and community settings, vary in their readiness and responsiveness to engage and effectively communicate with patients from diverse health literacy levels. Addressing health literacy requires active involvement of multiple sectors in and outside the health care system including the health care team, media, information technologies and policies addressing access to and delivery of services.

The Institute of Medicine has described health literacy as the result of multiple, complex social and individual factors (2004). These include complicated, cumbersome and unfamiliar ways health information is communicated to different audiences. For instance, informed-consent-for-treatment or shared decision-making processes are difficult when health care providers neglect to use clear, accessible language to explain biological processes, treatment procedures, or medical concepts. In communicating public health recommendations, the lack of clear and actionable information and multi-level social and cultural contextual factors (e.g., mistrust, language access, gender), often hamper the effectiveness of health interventions and limit many individuals’ opportunities to make important and appropriate decisions regarding prevention and/or treatment.

Click here for more details.


Publishing with Impact

Thursday March 21st, 14:30-15:30
ECHA L1-250

Choosing the right journal for your research is important. Is it a place where you’ll reach the right audience?Will the editors and reviewers understand your research? And what about impact?

Luckily, there are many tools we can use to help us find the right place to publish our research.

In this hands on workshop, we will:

  • Explore different measures of research influence (impact factor, SNIP, citations, h-index, altmetrics)
  • Determine the research impact of a journal, an author, and an article
  • Find the right journal fit for your research findings
  • Discuss the limitations of using metrics alone to make publishing decisions

Presenters: Thane Chambers & Lori Walter

2013 University of Alberta Campus Data Summit

Tuesday, March 19 & Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Data are the lifeblood of research. Whether the product of observation, experimentation, simulation or mining repositories, data are the evidence upon which research is conducted. Data are increasingly being viewed and managed as an asset of research, especially because of the substantial public investments now being made in the production of high-quality data. As an asset, however, data need some form of stewardship to ensure their long-term preservation and usability. This second Data Summit will bring together significant stakeholders from across our campus and across Canada to engage in a dialogue about establishing the future of data stewardship.

  • Drawing upon the experiences and lessons of research in the North and the Arctic, this year’s Data Summit program focuses on the various stewardship roles that institutions play across jurisdictions in the management and preservation of research data. Three primary themes will be addressed.
  • Research Data Policies and Guidelines: Data policies set expectations about stewardship responsibilities across the research lifecycle. The various parties assuming these responsibilities are essential to the successful management of research data.
  • Research Data Services and Infrastructure: An institution is responsible to establish and maintain research data management services and infrastructure that support its data stewardship responsibilities.
  • Institutional Collaborations and Partnerships: The challenges associated with the stewardship of research data are many and require collaborations and partnerships within and among institutions and other key stakeholders.

For full details, click here.

Presenter: James Doiron, the Manager of the Faculty of Nursing Health Research Data Repository (HRDR), will be presenting on the development, current status, and overall mission and goals of the HRDR within the Research Data Services and Infrastructure portion of the summit and will additionally partake in a panel discussion and question period.

Special Announcements

Congratulations to the following for their recent publications:

Boltz, M., Parke, B., Shuluk, J., Capezuti, E., & Galvin, J. E. (In Press). Care of the older adult in the emergency department: Nurses views of the pressing issues. The Gerontologist.

Brown, P., Fraser, K., Wong, C. A., Muise, M., & Cummings, G. (In Press). Factors influencing intentions to stay and retention of nurse managers: A systematic review. Journal of Nursing Management.

Haykowsky, M. J., Timmons, M. P., Kruger, C., McNeely, M., Taylor, D. A., & Clark, A. M. (In Press). Meta-analysis of aerobic interval training on exercise capacity and systolic function in patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fractions. American Journal of Cardiology.

Higginbottom, G. M., Safipour, J., Mumtaz, Z., Chiu, Y., Paton, P., & Pillay, J. (2013). “I have to do what I believe”: Sudanese women’s beliefs and resistance to hegemonic practices at home and during experiences of maternity care in Canada. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 13(1), 51.

McClure, T., Haykowsky, M. J., Schopflocher, D., Hsu, Z. Y., & Clark, A. M. (In Press). Home-based secondary prevention programs for patients with coronary artery disease: A meta-analysis of effects on anxiety. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.

Wilson, D. M., Cohen, J., Deliens, L., Hewitt, J. A., & Houttekier, D. (In Press). The preferred place of last days: Results of a representative population-based public survey. Journal of Palliative Medicine.

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