June 6, 2013

Important Announcements

University of Alberta Grant Assist Program: Health Sciences

The University-wide Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences) [formerly the CIHR Special Project] supports applicants as they apply to CIHR through the delivery of feedback processes, workshops, resources, bridge funding and general assistance. This initiative is jointly supported by the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice-President Research, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions.

In the latest issue of the UofA’s Grant Assist Program industry news, find information about the following:

  • NEW: PowerPoint and Video Available for Download: Town Hall with Dr. Jane Aubin Discussing CIHR’s New Open Suite of Programs and Associated Peer Review
  • NEW: Updates to the Canadian Common CV (CCV)
  • CHANGE OF DATE: Workshop on Resubmitting a CIHR OOGP Application: Tips and Considerations (June 12)
  • NEW: Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences) Update on Activities Report
  • NEW: Start your CIHR OOGP Application Early
  • NEW: Increase in HSLAS per diem rates
  • Feedback Processes in Preparation for September 2013 CIHR Open Operating Grant Program (OOGP) Competition
  • Support for CIHR Competitions Beyond the OOGP
  • CIHR Funding Opportunities
  • Upcoming Workshops & Presentations
  • CIHR Trainee Funding Opportunities and Prize and Award Nominations
  • CIHR University Delegate News
  • Subscribe to CIHR’s Funding News
  • Subscribe to the University of Alberta Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences) E-Bulletin

To view the bulletin, click HERE.

Programs and Events

Thursdays in June Webinar Series

The Steps of a Cochrane Review: An Overview

Thursday, 13 June 2013, 12:00 – 1:00p.m. EDT

What makes Cochrane Reviews different from other systematic reviews? Who – and what – is involved in the process? We will introduce you to the steps of a Cochrane Review and give you some practical tips for getting a review underway.

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning: Getting the Question Right for Your Cochrane Review

Thursday, 20 June 2013, 12:00 – 1:00p.m. EDT

A strong, clear question gives your Cochrane Review the foundation it needs: it informs your search strategy, narrows your focus, and provides the framework for your team’s work. Join us to learn what sort of questions are answered in Cochrane Reviews. We’ll cover the key components of a good research question and we’ll work through sample questions: you’re invited to share your research topic as an example!

For more information or to register for one or both of these webinars, click HERE.

CHANGE OF DATE: Workshop on Resubmitting a CIHR OOGP Application: Tips and Considerations: June 12, 2013

In this workshop, Dr. Joe Casey (Professor, Department of Biochemistry) will discuss key considerations when resubmitting a CIHR Open Operating Grant Program (OOGP) application. Some questions discussed will include: What criteria do I use to answer the question – should this application be resubmitted? What are the most important changes we can make to an application to encourage funding of a resubmission?

Please note that the date of this workshop has been changed and will take place on Wednesday, June 12 between 10:30a.m. – 12:00p.m. in Classroom F – 2J4.02 Walter C. MacKenzie Health Sciences Centre.

For more information and to register, click HERE.

Feedback Processes in Preparation for September 2013 CIHR Open Operating Grant Program (OOGP) Competition

It is not too early to start thinking about applying to the September 2013 CIHR OOGP competition.

Three distinct feedback processes are being offered to help prepare applicants for the September 2013 CIHR OOGP competition. Applicants may participate in the Concept Discussion or Internal Review (new applications or renewals) or the Feedback Debrief (resubmissions). Please note that the deadline for intent to participate in the Internal Review is June 17, 2013.

For more important information, click HERE.

CIHR Funding News

CIHR at a Glance – Working for You
Job opportunity at CIHR

Director, Partnership Engagement
Closing date: June 7, 2013
Click HERE for more details.

Program Related Information
Get to know Knowledge Translation!

We would like to take this opportunity to connect with the knowledge translation (KT) community and to provide you with an update on developments at CIHR that may be of interest to you.

The Research and KT Portfolio supports CIHR in achieving its health research and KT objectives, primarily through the design, development and administration of CIHR’s funding programs and corporate science policies. Within the Research and KT Portfolio, the Science, Knowledge Translation and Ethics (SKTE) Branch is the strategic lead for CIHR’s KT and commercialization programs, policies and activities. At this time, I would like to introduce to you the staff in this branch:

  • Peggy Borbey – Acting Director, SKTE
  • Alison Bourgon – Manager, KT Strategy
  • Yumna Choudhry – Senior Specialist, KT Strategy
  • Krissy Davidge – Senior Advisor, KT Strategy
  • Kiera Keown – Senior Advisor, KT Strategy
  • Jacqueline Tetroe – Senior Advisor, KT Strategy

The SKTE branch welcomes any questions you may have, as well as the opportunity to continue learning about the exciting KT initiatives being undertaken by CIHR-supported trainees, researchers, and knowledge users.  Contact information is provided at the end of this post, and we encourage you to connect with the above individuals regarding any questions or requests you may have.

I would also like to raise awareness of the KT resources that are available on CIHR’s website, including learning resources (click HERE) (e.g., modules, casebooks), a summary of KT and commercialization programs (click HERE), funding application tips (click HERE) (e.g., guidelines for writing letters of support and tips for preparing integrated KT applications), and information on KT strategies and policies (click HERE).

Building upon the strengths of Canada’s KT community, CIHR has achieved significant success in developing capacity in KT and commercialization, supporting the practice and science of KT, as well as raising awareness across the research landscape of the importance of this area. In turn, CIHR is moving towards a point where KT will be integrated across the organization. This is already being seen, as CIHR Institutes and Major Initiatives are considering KT practices and activities when designing new strategic funding opportunities.

CIHR’s KT Contact Information

Peggy Borbey, Acting Director, SKTE
Key Responsibilities
Direction for Science, Knowledge Translation and Ethics activities

Alison Bourgon, Manager, KT Strategy
Key Responsibilities
KT at CIHR and general KT inquiries; Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI); PHSI Planning Grant Priority Announcement

Yumna Choudhry, Senior Specialist
Key Responsibilities
Knowledge to Action; Knowledge Synthesis; Health Research Communication Awards (HRCA); Planning Grants; Dissemination Events

Krissy Davidge, Senior Advisor
Key Responsibilities
Proof of Principle (POP) I & II; Collaborative Health Research Program (CHRP); Industry-Partnered Collaborative Research; Science-to-Business

Kiera Keown, Senior Advisor
Key Responsibilities
Open Access Policy; PubMed Central Canada; KT Prize; Open Operating Grant, New Investigator, Doctoral Research Award and Fellowship KT Priority Announcements

Jacqueline Tetroe, Senior Advisor
Key Responsibilities
KT science and practice; KT Capacity Development; Health Portfolio Initiatives; Science Policy Fellowship; Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care

Links to Institute and Portfolio News
CIHR Institute of Aging (CIHR-IA)

In April, the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) reached the halfway mark in its recruitment goal of 50,000 participants.

The CLSA follows men and women aged 45 to 85 for a period of 20 years. Participants take part in telephone interviews, home interviews and physical assessments. The goal of the study is to better understand the aging process and the determinants of healthy aging.

The first wave of data from the telephone interviews will be available to the research community by the spring of 2014. The Researchers section (click HERE) of the CLSA website has been revamped to provide more information on data and sample access (click HERE). Registration is required to access forms and guidelines.

Current partnerships are now acknowledged on the Partners (click HERE) section of the CLSA website.

The CLSA hosted a number of events this past winter. The Halifax and Victoria  sites held their official openings and the CLSA teams in Hamilton, Montreal, and Victoria hosted CIHR Café Scientifique events on various topics related to aging.

In February, the CLSA Biorepository and Bioanalysis Centre – the central location for storage and analysis of the blood and urine samples collected at CLSA data collection sites – filled its first liquid nitrogen freezer (click HERE). More than 160,000 biological samples are available for future health research.

For the latest CLSA news, click HERE. You can also find them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

First Best of ASCO Canada Conference

June 14, 2013 Toronto, ON
For more details and to register, click HERE.

Confirmed Faculty: Dr. Sunil Verma, Dr. Scott Berry, Dr. Kim Chi, Dr. John Kuruvilla, Dr. Charles Butts, Dr. Phil Bedard, Dr. Helen Mackay, Dr. Natasha Leighl

Registration is now open for the first Best of ASCO Canada meeting! If you want to review the most important ASCO abstracts and highlights of Canadian contribution to oncology research, do not miss the chance to join OncologyEducation on June 14, 2013 for the Best of ASCO Session!

For more details, please connect with Diana Morarescu, Project Leader, at info@oncologyeducation.com.

CIHR Wants to Hear from You

Absence does not make the heart grow fonder – CIHR wants to hear from you as much as possible. There is a wonderful story to tell about the results and benefits of health research in Canada, but we need your help to truly make this a page turner. And, we need to keep telling this story. So, we encourage you to let us know when you have or, better still, are close to publishing the results of research funded by CIHR. Please drop us a line at mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.


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