August 11, 2016

Programs and Events

Spotlight on Research Breakfast Poster Symposium – Call for Abstracts and Posters – NOW OPEN!

This research poster symposium is aimed at stimulating discussions of recent advances, experiences and challenges as well as providing an opportunity to showcase cutting-edge research within rehabilitation medicine. Abstracts should discuss and report on initiatives, projects, collaborations, research, innovations or program evaluations that have taken place or are currently taking place related to issues impacting GRH patient populations. We are seeking abstracts/posters that fit into one of two streams: Fundamental/Applied Research and Clinical Innovations. Submissions can be made in either of these two areas. Four posters will be selected under each of the two streams. Finalists will be notified at the event and will be invited to present to a panel of judges during the adjudicated portion of the symposium. Awards will be presented to best poster authors.
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Location: Edmonton Expo Center
Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, September 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Poster Submission Deadline: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 4:00 pm or call 780-735-6124 to purchase tickets
Call for Abstracts/Posters
Submission Form

UAlberta Falling Wall Lab

Think TEDtalk + Dragon’s Den—the Lab is a fast paced format designed to showcase the quality, talent and passion of Next Gen researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs, and to share and spread ideas. In 2014, UAlberta was invited by Berlin to host Canada’s 1st international Falling Walls Lab—a qualifying event for the Berlin finale.The UAlberta Lab is a qualifying event for the international finale in Berlin. UAlberta Lab participants present their idea, discovery or project in 3 minutes to a distinguished panel of judges from academia, business and government. The top 3 presented at UAlberta will win a trip to the Berlin finale. The Berlin final involves 100 competitors from around the world. While in Berlin, Lab participants also attend the Falling Walls Conference—an international gathering of forward thinking individuals that attracts an audience from 80+ nations. Both the Berlin Lab and Conference are conducted in English. Faculty under the age of 35 are eligible.
Date: September 29, 2016.
Application: There is a 2 part application consists of an easy online application and a short video component. Up to 25 semi-finalists will be chosen by a local UAlberta selection committee and invited to special boot camp session to hone their presentation skills. The boot camp concludes with the semi-finalists presenting their idea to a judging panel who will then choose 15 finalists to participate at Falling Walls UAlberta.
Application Deadline: August 26, 2016
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Funding Opportunities

Call for Applications to the GRH Clinical Research Grant competition – NOW OPEN!

A portion of this year’s funding will be targeted to assist GRH front-line staff to increase their knowledge and skill in research and to address a clinical issue at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. The award will consist of the following:  financial support, educational sessions, assistance in the set-up of a research team, and mentorship with an experienced researcher.  The Call for Applications will follow the same format and use the application form and timeline as that used for the regular Call for Applications to the Clinical Research Grant.
Deadline for Submission: Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 12:00 noon

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation 2016 National Research Project Grant Competition

The objective of the CBCF National Research Grant Program – Research Project Grant is to support breast cancer research in Canada that demonstrates scientific excellence, relevance, and innovation and that has the potential to achieve a significant impact on breast cancer. In order to address research needs across the breast cancer continuum, the Foundation has established two broad areas of focus: basic and pre-clinical research; and clinical/evaluative research. Each broad focus area will have its own grant peer review panel. The percentage, number and monetary value of projects funded in each focus area may vary, based upon the number and quality of project proposals received.
Funding Amounts: Funding available for the National Research Grant Program is determined annually by the CBCF Board of Directors in light of available funds and priorities. Individual Research Project Grants may request funding for up to three years. Funding for each project may not exceed $150,000 per year and $450,000 in total.
Letter of Intent: Due Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm (PST). All LOI Applications must be submitted in English using CBCF’s online WebGrants system.
Full Application: Due Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm (PST). Full Applications will only be accepted from applicants who are successful at the LOI stage. All Full Applications must be submitted in English using CBCF’s online WebGrants system.
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Advancing Knowledge in Practical Nursing Research Grant
Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) in collaboration with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) are now taking applications for the Advancing Knowledge in Practical Nursing Research Grant. Research proposals must focus on factors that have an impact on Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) practice and affect the sustainability of the profession. These include, but are not limited to: illness and injury prevention and management; wellness and health promotion; workplace safety (psychological and physical); impact assessment of LPN processes in relation to Occupational Health and Safety; measures of occupational impact of LPNs in the health system.
Funding Amounts: One year, non-renewable grant with a minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $25,000.
Deadline: October 14, 2106
For more information, contact Dr. Leah Phillips, Director of Research at College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, at or 780-638-6719 (direct).

PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT – Addressing the health effects of the Alberta wildfires through research

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Alberta Health – in partnership with Alberta Innovates Health Solutions – are pleased to announce the development of a funding opportunity to support research on the health effects of the Alberta wildfires.
Natural disasters such as the wildfires that swept through Fort McMurray and Northern Alberta in May 2016 can have significant impacts on health, including exacerbating respiratory and cardiac conditions linked to poor air quality; mental health challenges like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder; and long-term health impacts from the exposure to ash and environmental contaminants. To protect and improve health, safety and resiliency in the short and long term, accessible evidence is needed to deliver the appropriate health and social actions to the right people at the right time.
The primary goal of this funding opportunity is to mitigate the harms and impact of the Alberta wildfires and evacuation by building on Canada’s emerging expertise in disaster medicine and health research responses. It addresses issues that are directly applicable to health challenges Albertans are facing as a result of the wildfires, with emphasis on:
1. Resiliency related to mental health and addictions in (a) child and (b) adult populations.
2. Occupational health and safety for those living and working in the fire zone, including first responders and emergency clean-up crews.
Application Deadline: September 20, 2016
Application Decision: October 30, 2016
Funding Start Date: October 1, 2016
Funding Amounts: $3 million over 2 years
Research proposals in other areas will also be considered and supported, including but not limited to: health services strategies during a time of disaster; sex and gender-specific resiliency and effects of the wildfires; post-fire environmental issues and the long-term health consequences of wildfires; and responding to the health and wellness needs of Indigenous communities living in the fire zone.
For more information, contact Asimina Saikaley at or 613-957-8668.

Mitacs Fellowship Opportunity

The Canadian Science Policy Fellowship will be launching a call for the 2017–18 cohort. Fellows receive $60,000–$70,000 annual remuneration, plus a $5,000 Mitacs award, customised professional development training and policy-relevant workshops and events, exclusive policy project with a government host department, and it is open to faculty members and postdoctoral fellows. Faculty applicants must make sabbatical or leave arrangements with their university. All applicants must have Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status. Please note the deadlines are subject to change.
Call for Host Department Projects: November 1, 2016 – December 30, 2016
Call for Fellow Applicants: January 17, 2017 – March 24, 2017, at 5 pm PDT
Results Announced: May 2017
Fellowship Start: September 2017
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