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Call for Abstracts: 2020 Women's Brain Health Conference

The Women’s Health Research Cluster invites submissions for its 2020 Women’s Brain Health Conference which will take place May 11-12, 2020 at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre at the University of British Columbia. We encourage submissions from researchers at all career stages to present their women’s health-related research.

Important Dates:

Call for Abstracts Opens:  January 21, 2020
Deadline for Submissions: February 29, 2020, at 11:59 PM PST

Notification to Applicants of Travel Awards: by end of March 2020

For information and to submit an abstract, visit HERE

Travel Awards for KT Canada Summer Institute 

MSFHR is offering to provide travel funding and registration fees to enable up to three BC-based research trainees to attend the 2020 KT Canada Summer Institute, which will be held in Ottawa, ON, June 17 – 19, 2020.

MSFHR is offering to provide travel funding and registration fees to a combined total of $2,900 per person for up to three (3) BC-based research trainees accepted to attend the 2020 KT Canada Summer Institute. Funding will be on a first-come, first-served basis with proof of acceptance via an email to Gayle Scarrow, MSFHR’s director of Knowledge Translation (gscarrow@msfhr.org). For more details, please visit our website.

Master's Award: 2019-2020

Description

The Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's (CGS M) awards are intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a Master's degree in a health-related field at a Canadian institution. These candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity.

For detailed information, visit the harmonized CGS M program page.

Funds Available

CIHR and partner(s) financial contributions for this initiative are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR or partner(s) funding levels not be available or are decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR and partner(s) reserve the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to awards received as a result of this funding opportunity.

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $9.45M, enough to fund approximately 540 awards.
  • Trainee stipend: $17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable.

Objectives

The specific objective of the Government of Canada's Canada Graduate Scholarships program is to help ensure a reliable supply of highly qualified personnel to meet the needs of Canada's knowledge economy.

Eligibility

Eligibility to Apply

  • Refer to the CIHR Eligibility Requirements regarding conditions applicable for individuals and institutions.
  • For detailed information on eligibility, visit the harmonized CGS M program page.

How to Apply

For information on how to apply, visit the harmonized CGS M program page.

MSFHR 2020 Scholar competition

The MSFHR Scholar Program allows early-career researchers to establish an independent research career, build a leading research program, and expand their potential to make significant contributions to their field.

Key dates:

  • Competition launch: November 4, 2019
  • Webinar: November 7, 2019, 10 a.m. PT
  • Letter of intent deadline: November 29, 2019, 4:30 p.m. PT
  • Full application deadline: February 7, 2020, 4:30 p.m. PT
  • Anticipated notice of funding decision: Late June 2020
  • Anticipated start of funding: July 1, 2020

2020 Scholar competition details:

Applicants must:

  • Have a PhD, or equivalent, and commit to a minimum of 75 percent of their time conducting research
  • Hold or have a commitment for an appointment at a BC institution that holds a memorandum of understanding with MSFHR
  • Be within five years of the start of their first university appointment
  • Award term: five years
  • Partnership opportunities available

Read more here

MSFHR 2020 Research Trainee competition

The MSFHR Research Trainee Program is designed to attract, recognize, and support outstanding early career researchers who have recently completed a PhD, or are a health professional eligible for a fellowship (or equivalent) program, by providing funding that helps protect time for health research activities.

Key dates: 

  • Applications open: November 4, 2019
  • Webinar: November 8, 2019, 10 a.m. PT
  • Letter of intent deadline: November 29, 2019, 4:30 p.m. PT 
  • Full application deadline: January 31, 2020, 4:30 p.m. PT
  • Anticipated notice of funding decision: Late June 2020
  • Anticipated start of funding: September 1, 2020

Applicants must:

  • Have a PhD and commit to a minimum of 75 percent of their time conducting research, OR be a health professional in active clinical service and commit to a minimum of 50 percent of their time conducting research.
  • Hold or be eligible to hold a post-doctoral fellowship position by the award start date, and for the duration of the award, at a BC institution that holds a memorandum of understanding with MSFHR.
  • Be within five years of achieving their PhD or have been a health professional in active clinical service for 10 years or less for the duration of the MSFHR award.
  • Not have held a previous MSFHR post-doctoral fellowship award.
  • Award term: three years
  • Partnership opportunities available

As with previous research trainee awards competitions, MSFHR has allocated 70 percent of the total funding to applications across all four research pillars: biomedical, clinical, health services, and population health.

The remaining 30 percent of the funding will be allocated to outstanding researchers conducting research in the five BC health system key priority areas, in keeping with MSFHR's stated goal of being responsive to the BC health sector.

For more information

CIHR: Travel Awards – Institute Community Support (Summer 2019)

Description

Through the Institute Community Support (ICS) Program, the CIHR Institutes and Initiatives are launching the ICS Travel Awards competition for students, postdoctoral fellows, early career investigators and knowledge users to present their own research at national and international meetings, workshops, and/or conferences.

This ICS Travel Awards competition will not support travel for research skills development or update, exchange programs or lectureships.

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $288,000. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum value of the ICS Travel Award varies by Institute/Initiative, but must be a minimum of $500 and will not exceed $2,800. Each award is for one (1) year.

For further details on application deadlines, eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit the CIHR Funding Opportunities Database

BC SUPPORT Unit: Pathway to Patient-Oriented Research (P2P) Award - Letter of Intent (LOI)

The BC SUPPORT Unit will fund at least five pilot/feasibility projects through its Pathway to Patient-Oriented Research (P2P) award.

To submit your letter of intent (LOI) to the 2019/20 P2P award competition, please complete the information below by 11:59pm on September 6, 2019 PST.

All submitters will be notified of their eligibility status by September 13, 2019.

Information provided in the LOI submission will be used simply to determine eligibility of the project for the P2P competition. No judgement on application quality will occur at the LOI stage.

The project title and research co-lead cannot change after LOI submission.

Note: you may save your submission at any time before September 6.

For more information about the P2P awards, including eligibility guidelines and evaluation criteria, please refer to the following webpage.

2019 Women's Health Research Institute Catalyst Grant Competition

The Women’s Health Research Institute, in partnership with the BC Women’s Health Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2019 Catalyst Grant competition for the advancement of knowledge in women’s and newborn’s health. A total of six grants will be awarded at $25,000 each.

Please read through the instructions carefully. Like last year, there is a required letter of intent which is due August 1, 2019.

These Pilot Grants are an open competition with respect to funding a project in women’s and newborn’s health. Awards are open to BC researchers at a university or research hospital setting, but candidates must be a member of the WHRI, and have not been a successful Principal Applicant in the previous three years of Catalyst Competitions. Eligible researchers include post-doctoral fellows, clinical fellows, research associates, clinician scientists and academic researchers.

New emerging teams, dedicated to women’s and/or newborn’s health, and investigators new to studying women’s and newborn’s health are encouraged to apply. As these funds are considered Catalyst Grants, the expectation is that these awards will provide pilot data to be used for future funding from provincial or federal sources. However, these funds cannot be used to subsidize an already-funded project.

IMPORTANT DATES
  • Letter of Intent (LOI): August 1, 2019 11PM PDT
  • Application Deadline: September 30, 2019 11PM PDT
  • Anticipated Notice of Decision: November 29, 2019
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

For application details, please visit: http://whri.org/research-resources/research-funding/womens-health-research-institute-catalyst-grants/

FOR SUBMISSION

The LOI must be submitted using the following link: https://rc.bcchr.ca/redcap/surveys/?s=KE9R8YE4F9

*Please note you will not be able to save the LOI once it has been started so ensure you can complete the LOI in a single sitting.*

CIHR Operating Grant: Women’s Health Clinical Mentorship Grant
Description

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to advance clinical research in women’s health and to build capacity in the next generation of women’s health clinician-researchers. The aim is for trainees, students or residents to be paired with and mentored by a women’s health clinician-specialist on a one-year research project with the goal of improving clinical care.

The research question(s) must:
  • focus on the health of women. For the purposes of this grant, women is used here to include biological females AND any other individuals who identify as women; and
  •  focus on one or more of the following research areas:
    • Menarche and/or menopause;
    • Gynecology;
    • Pelvic health/urogynecology;
    • Off-label testosterone treatment for women experiencing hypoactive sexual desire; and/or
    • Cross-hormone replacement therapies for individuals undergoing gender-affirming treatments.
Deadline: October 22, 2019

More information here: https://bit.ly/2JsvnQn

Chair: CIHR Sex and Gender Science Chair
Description

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support in-depth investigations in the field of sex and gender science by promoting a cadre of discipline-specific Chairs to increase visibility and drive innovation in their respective fields. The initiative will grow the science across health research domains, fostering programs that examine the mechanisms underlying observed biological sex differences; supporting the development of methods and measures to study sex and gender; and encouraging comparative effectiveness research of gender-transformative interventions. The Chairs will investigate sex and/or gender as a primary research question within the investigator's field of research, while also building capacity and sharing findings within and outside of their research communities.

Funds Available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $13.3M, enough to fund approximately 19 Chairs. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount per chair is $175,000 per year for four years, for a total of $700,000 per Chair.

Deadline: October 8, 2019

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Graduate Research Award in Women's Health Grant Competition

Description

The Graduate Research Award in Women’s Health Grant supports research and salary costs for graduate students or postdoctoral fellows who are under the supervision of a Women's Health Research Institute (WHRI) member and who are carrying out research in the area of women’s or newborn’s health.

Application Deadline: July 19, 2019 11PM PDT

Anticipated Notice of Decision: August 1, 2019

Funding Start Date: September 1, 2019

Funds Available

One award valued at $12,500 for a one-year period starting September 1, 2019.

Applicant Eligibility

The Graduate Research Award in Women’s Health Grant supports graduate students or postdoctoral fellows who are engaged in research relevant to women’s and /or newborns’ health.

At the time of application:

Applicants must be registered as full-time graduate students or postdoctoral fellows at a British Columbia university.

The applicant’s academic supervisor, or the Principal Investigator overseeing the research study that is the target of the application, must be a member of the WHRI.

Application Process

Please address any questions to Kathryn Dewar (kdewar@cw.bc.ca)

Link: Women's Health Research Institute

Call for Abstracts: BC SUPPORT Unit Conference - Putting Patients First 2019: Working Together Across the Research Life Cycle

The BC SUPPORT Unit invites patients, their families and caregivers, researchers, health care providers, and, health system decision makers to share their patient-oriented research (POR) and experiences with moving POR into health care practice or policy at the third annual BC SUPPORT Unit conference!

Successful applicants will:

  • Present at Putting Patients First: Working Together Throughout the Research Life Cycle on November 20, 2019;

  • Be acknowledged in the Unit’s newsletter, The Bulletin;

  • Have an electronic copy of their abstract available on our website; and,

  • If interested, present a webinar about the project after the conference

Conference details can be found on the BC SUPPORT Unit conference webpage.

Please submit your abstract(s) by July 19, 2019 using our online form.

For more details visit: bcsupportunit.ca/call-for-abstracts-ppf

Special Issue Call for Review Articles: Beyond Sex Differences: A Spotlight on Women's Brain Health

Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology will be publishing a Special Issue, “Beyond Sex Differences: A Spotlight on Women's Brain Health” with Professor Liisa Galea as Editor.

This Special Issue will only include review articles (not original research). All papers will be subject to the normal rigorous peer review and must comply with the Guide for Authors. Manuscripts should include discussion of sex and gender differences in neuroendocrine systems, mechanisms, and disorders per Sex and Gender Equity in Research (SAGER) guidelines by the European Association of Science Editors (EASE).

To submit a paper to this Special Issue, please go to https://ees.elsevier.com/fin and click on “Submit new manuscript.” It is important that authors select “VSI: Women’s Brain Health” as the article type to ensure your submission is linked to this issue. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2020.

Please address any questions to FIN@elsevier.com

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