RESEARCH BULLETIN: 01 FEBRUARY 2017

EXTERNAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario: Learning Outcomes Assessment in Online Learning Environments

Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario: Learning Outcomes for Work-Integrated Learning

CIHR Personalized Health Catalyst Grants

Jeffrey Modell Foundation: Translational Research Program

The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF): Robertson Neuroscience Investigator Award

The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF): Robertson Stem Cell Investigator Award

Grand Challenges Canada: Saving Lives at Birth

CIHR Catalyst Grant: Ethics

CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grants (Institute/Initiative Community Support)

Eye Foundation of Canada: Research Grants

Migraine Research Foundation Impact Award Call for Letters of Interest - Research on New Daily Persistent Headache (NDPH)

Royal College/Associated Medical Services CanMEDS Research Development Grant Special Call for Proposal: Royal College & AMS/Phoenix Call-to-Caring Funding

Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board - 2017 Request for Applications

Operating Grant : Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) 2017

AGE-WELL 2017 Catalyst Funding Program

Klarman Family Foundation: Eating Disorders Research Grants Program

Human Frontier Science Program: Research Grants

New Investigator Research Grants in Child and Youth Health

 

Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario: Learning Outcomes Assessment in Online Learning Environments

The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) invites interested colleges, universities and postsecondary organizations to submit expressions of interest for a research project that would pilot assessment tools in an online learning environment for the Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium (LOAC).

Expressions of interest should answer the following questions.

  1. Creation: Which cognitive and transferrable learning outcomes will the assessment tool(s) capture? How will the assessment tool(s) be developed to measure the selected learning outcomes in an online learning experience?
  2. Validation: How and in which ways will the assessment tool(s) be tested?  What is the process for validating the tool(s)?
  3. Implementation: How will the assessment tool(s) be scaled up for institution- and sector-wide implementation?

Expressions of interest should address the following areas and be no longer than two pages.

Prior Experience — Briefly describe your institution's rationale for its interest in this initiative. Please illustrate your institution's experience with online learning, learning outcomes assessment and higher-order cognitive skills;

Project Management — Identify the roles and responsibilities of those who would be involved in the project. In particular, identify someone at the senior academic leadership level who will oversee the project's administration, and a person who will provide assessment expertise. Please highlight the experiences of both individuals in similar assessment initiatives;

Project Description — A short (one to two paragraph) description of your proposed project

AMOUNT: Not specified
DEADLINE: Friday, February 10, 2017 by 4:00 pm EST
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Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario: Learning Outcomes for Work-Integrated Learning

The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) invites postsecondary institutions to submit expressions of interest for a research project that would pilot assessment tools in work-integrated learning (WIL) environments for the Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium (LOAC).

Expressions of interest should answer the following questions.

  1. Creation: Which cognitive and transferable learning outcomes will the assessment tool(s) capture? How will the assessment tool(s) be developed to measure the selected learning outcome(s) during WIL?
  2. Validation: How and in which ways will the assessment tool(s) be tested? What is the process for validating the tool(s)?
  3. Implementation: How will the assessment tool(s) be scaled up for institution- and sector-wide implementation?

Expressions of interest should address the following areas and be no longer than two pages.

  1. Prior Experience — Briefly describe your institution's interest in this initiative. In addition, illustrate your institution's experience with WIL,  learning outcomes assessment, and cognitive and transferable skills;
  2. Project Management — Identify the roles and responsibilities of those who would be involved in the project. In particular, identify someone at the senior academic leadership level who will oversee the project's administration, and a person who will provide assessment expertise. Please highlight the experiences of both individuals in similar assessment initiatives; and
  3. Project Description — A short (one to two paragraph) description of your proposed project outlining the intended methodology. This should discuss the plan for creating, validating and implementing the assessment tool(s).

AMOUNT: Not specified
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST DEADLINE: Friday, February 10, 2017 by 4:00 pm EST.
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CIHR Personalized Health Catalyst Grants

Patient autonomy can be enhanced by giving patients access to their data, tools to better understand their options, and having them participate in the decision-making process. To achieve this level of personalized health, Canadian data assets, which include clinical, genomic, administrative, and social data, must be linked and harmonized to create richer phenotypes, which factor in sex (biological factors) and gender (psychosocial factors). The creation of both predictive analytic models that can stratify patients by expected outcome and risk, and the eHealth delivery platforms required for patients and providers to interpret and use the data, will lead to improved real-time, personalized, health care.

To address this important opportunity, CIHR has developed a transformative series of catalyst grants with personalized health at their core. These catalyst grants aim to improve personalized health through three identified priority areas:

  • the development of novel e-Health apps to improve patient empowerment and shared decision making;
  • the development of predictive analytic models that can stratify patients by expected outcome and risk; and
  • the mining of existing databases to identify sex-drug-gene interactions.

CIHR will also collaborate with Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization that designs and delivers research and training programs in Canada. Mitacs and CIHR are partnering together to provide additional funding and training for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in personalized health projects. In support of these projects, Mitacs will help foster two-way interactions between academic and industrial partners, through the Mitacs Accelerate research internship program.

AMOUNT: The maximum amount per grant is $100,000 per year for up to 2 years for a total of $200,000, per grant.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 14, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 13, 2017
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Jeffrey Modell Foundation: Translational Research Program

The Jeffrey Modell Foundation (JMF) is an international, non-profit, organization dedicated to helping individuals and family members affected by primary immunodeficiency disorders.

The objective of this funding opportunity is to:

  • To support innovative and novel investigations in Primary Immunodeficiency, focusing on translational research leading to meaningful clinical application.
  • To advance the growing knowledge of genotype-phenotype correlations and gain a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms of immune function and dysfunction.
  • To support research that will lead to advancement in clinical recognition, diagnostic tools, and innovative therapies that will impact overall health outcomes and improve the quality of life of those affected by Primary Immunodeficiency.

AMOUNT: Up to $250,000 over two years.
DEADLINE: February 17, 2017
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The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF): Robertson Neuroscience Investigator Award

NYSCF is soliciting applications from early career investigators for Innovator awards in neuroscience. The goal of this initiative is to foster truly bold, innovative scientists with the potential to transform the field of neuroscience. Applicants are encouraged in the fundamental areas of developmental, cellular, cognitive, and translational neuroscience, broadly interpreted. Applicants need not be working in areas related to stem cells.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be within five years of starting a faculty (professorship) or comparable position on June 1, 2017.
AMOUNT: The award provides $1.5M USD over 5 years
DEADLINE: February 22, 2017
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The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF): Robertson Stem Cell Investigator Award

NYSCF is soliciting applications from early career investigators for Innovator Awards to be used for exploring the basic biology and translational potential of stem cells. The goal of this initiative is to foster bold and innovative scientists with the potential to transform the field of stem cell research, and advance understanding and use of stem cells in the development of treatments for human disease.

ELIGIBILITY: The applicant must be within five years of starting a faculty (professorship) or comparable position on June 1, 2017. Please see website for complete details.
AMOUNT: The award provides $1.5M USD over 5 years
DEADLINE: February 22, 2017
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Grand Challenges Canada: Saving Lives at Birth

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

Saving Lives at Birth partners are looking for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for innovative approaches to address roadblocks to healthy pregnancies and births in three areas:
  • Science & Technology,
  • Service Delivery
  • “Demand Side” Innovation

Awards under this RFP are available in three forms:

  • Seed Funding: These will provide funding to support, develop, and validate ideas that will impact outcomes for pregnant women and newborns in low resource settings.     The funding for these projects cannot exceed $250,000 USD over two years.
  • Validation Funds to introduce and validate the effectiveness of innovations to reach proof-of-concept. The funding for these projects cannot exceed $250,000 USD over two years.
  • Transition Funding: These will provide funding to develop and test the impact of solutions that have strong evidence of impacting pregnant women and newborns in low resource settings. The funding for these projects cannot exceed $2,000,000 USD over four years.

DEADLINE: February 24, 2017
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CIHR Catalyst Grant: Ethics

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to build capacity in ethics as it applies to health (including health research, health promotion and maintenance, clinical care, population and public health, health systems and services, policy and governance) by encouraging applications from new investigators as well as established investigators new to the field of health ethics.

AMOUNT: The maximum amount per grant is $50,000 per year for up to 2 years.
DEADLINE: February 28, 2017
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CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grants (Institute/Initiative Community Support)

The Planning and Dissemination Grants are intended to provide support for planning and/or dissemination activities consistent with the mandate of CIHR and relevant to CIHR Institutes, or Initiatives.

Events/activities may focus on, but are not limited to, the following:
Planning:

  • Activities that assist potential teams of researchers, knowledge-users and/or partners in working together to identify research questions or emerging issues and priorities that could form the basis of a grant application;
  • Stakeholder consultations, including citizen engagement activities, regarding needs, gaps and opportunities in the health research landscape, priority policy issues and/or priority research questions, where such common understanding is currently lacking or requires further development;
  • Initial planning and discussion of a research project among potential team members including researchers, knowledge-users and/or partners to assess the viability of the research project and the partnership;
  • Conducting an environmental scan or preliminary synthesis of relevant literature, activities or programs;
  • Early-stage planning to determine possible commercial viability of a discovery;
  • Opportunities for knowledge exchange involving stakeholder linkages (to inform practice, care, and/or policy) that could potentially lead to an application to a funding opportunity;
  • Gatherings of partners, health researchers, and/or knowledge users where the main objective is to facilitate regional/national and/or international collaboration among individuals or groups from a variety of backgrounds (for example, building new and existing multi-sectored partnerships that include a significant number of participants from outside the conventional scientific community, consensus meetings, networking and partnership development events) interested in applying to a funding opportunity.

Dissemination:

  • Education of groups such as patients, health professionals, community organizations, policy-makers, the general public;
  • Knowledge dissemination that will inform practice, clinical care, partnership best practices, policy and decision making;
  • Dissemination and/or discussion of research findings at scientific meetings, workshops, conferences, congresses or symposia;
  • Development and dissemination of KT products and tools (e.g., written materials in various formats, plain language summaries, decision support tools, educational materials, web sites).

AMOUNT: The maximum amount per grant varies by Institute/Initiative but will not exceed $25,000 and is for up to one (1) year.
DEADLINE: February 28, 2017
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Eye Foundation of Canada: Research Grants

The Eye Foundation of Canada is focused on improving patient care through research. The Eye Foundation of Canada has sponsored a number of clinical studies in cataract surgery and corneal transplantation and will continue to support research grants from all areas in the field of ophthalmology.

AMOUNT: Up to $10,000
DEADLINE: March 1, 2017
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Migraine Research Foundation Impact Award Call for Letters of Interest - Research on New Daily Persistent Headache (NDPH)

The Migraine Research Foundation, a US nonprofit that raises money to fund innovative migraine research, invites both US and international researchers to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) for projects that will add to the understanding or improve the treatment of NDPH.

AMOUNT: Up to $200,000 for a period not to exceed 3 years.
DEADLINE: March 1, 2017
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Royal College/Associated Medical Services CanMEDS Research Development Grant Special Call for Proposal: Royal College & AMS/Phoenix Call-to-Caring Funding

The objective of this funding opportunity is to support research, development, and/or implementation of projects that advance compassion and caring as realized through the intrinsic CanMEDS roles in order to realize the mission of social accountability in the training and continuing professional development of specialists.

Eligible projects may include faculty development, course development and/or medical education research that advance the promotion and refinement of specialist training based in the CanMEDS roles, particularly in regard to two areas:

  1. How CanMEDS roles can promote compassionate care in workplace-based training through their meaningful integration and interaction with complex healthcare systems.
  2. How competency is authentically and validly assessed, including contextually-relevant definition and application of milestones and entrustable professional activities in clinical training settings

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be involved in teaching and/or medical education research in Canada. It is not necessary to be a Fellow of the Royal College or a physician; however, a Fellow of the Royal College must contribute meaningfully to the project.
AMOUNT: Up to $25,000
DEADLINE: March 2, 2017
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Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board - 2017 Request for Applications

The objective of the WSIB Grants Program is to enhance workers’ compensation system outcomes by supporting innovative proposals that are aligned to the WSIB's strategic mandate.

The central areas of focus of the 2017 WSIB Grants Program are Return to Work and Recovery, and Innovations in Service. Aligned to these categories, the WSIB has identified the following priority areas:

Return to Work & Recovery:

  • Vulnerable Workers
  • Mental Health
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Emerging Opportunities

Innovations in Service:

  • Technology
  • Partnerships

The following types of proposals will be accepted:

1. Research proposals

  • Expert research proposals that deliver practical results for the workers’ compensation system
  • Workplace-based projects that establish partnerships between the workplace, researchers and organizations.

2. Training proposals

  • Initiatives that help workers, employers and the compensation system resolve long-standing barriers
  • Innovative opportunities that build capacity in the community and offer significant potential to improve compensation system results.

AMOUNT: Up to $200,000/year for two years
DEADLINE: March 3, 2017
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Operating Grant : Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) 2017

A systems approach is needed to characterize diseases as multi-level network perturbations. Therefore, JPND launches this joint transnational call for proposals in order to encourage combined analysis of diseases across traditional clinical boundaries, technologies and disciplines. This may lead to a re-definition of clinical phenotypes and new approaches in the treatment of neurodegeneration as part of a complex chronic disease.

Research Areas

Proposals submitted under this call may include, but are not limited to, the following types of research:

  • Examining pathological processes related to neurodegeneration, e. g. by using computational and systems-biology approaches.
  • Defining key regulatory steps affecting the onset or the progression of different diseases
  • Understanding the variability in neurodegenerative and other chronic diseases, using cutting edge technologies.
  • Identifying common disease pathways and mechanisms.
  • Modelling of multi-level network dysfunction and generating new hypothesis for biological testing.
  • Discovering modulators in order to ultimately determine protective and resilience factors
  • Identifying new drugs, drug targets or new uses of existing drugs in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Re-defining clinical phenotypes related to neurodegenerative diseases.

The following neurodegenerative diseases are included in the call:

  • Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
  • Parkinson’s disease and PD-related disorders
  • Prion diseases
  • Motor neuron diseases
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA)
  • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)

AMOUNT:  The maximum amount per grant is $166,666 per year for up to three years.
PRE-APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 6, 2017
FULL APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 28, 2017
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AGE-WELL 2017 Catalyst Funding Program

AGE-WELL is excited to launch its 2nd Catalyst Funding Program to support innovative research projects aimed at generating, promoting or accelerating economic and social benefit in the field of technology and aging. Catalyst grants will support early-stage, scalable research projects including pilot studies, feasibility studies and novel approaches that are aligned with AGE-WELL’s mission and vision. Projects must demonstrate strong potential for real-world impact.

AMOUNT: Up to $50,000 over 12 months.
DEADLINE: March 8th, 2017 by 5:00 PM EST.
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Klarman Family Foundation: Eating Disorders Research Grants Program

In this application round the Foundation is limiting its focus  to research that directly investigates the underlying biology of anorexia nervosa, and the questions of how and why it develops and persists. Any clinical proposals must be grounded in the basic biology and neuroscience of anorexia nervosa. The Foundation will also consider human imaging studies that are directly relevant to the biology of anorexia nervosa. Applications to develop new or improved animal models that mimic several of the relevant elements of the human psychiatric disease anorexia nervosa are also welcome.

Grant categories:

  • 1-year pilot studies of up to $150,000 USD, inclusive of up to 10% indirect costs
  • 1-3 year research projects of up to $250,000 USD per year, inclusive of up to 10% indirect costs

DEADLINE: March 14, 2017
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Human Frontier Science Program: Research Grants

Research grants are available for projects concerned with basic approaches to understanding the complex mechanisms of living organisms. Topics covered range from molecular and cellular approaches to biological functions to systems neuroscience including cognitive functions. The HFSP funds novel collaborations that bring scientists with distinct expertise together to focus on problems at the frontiers of the life sciences. Applicants are expected to develop new lines of research through collaboration. Projects must be distinct from applicants’ other research funded by other sources.

Two kinds of research grants are available, the Young Investigators’ Grants and Program Grants.

ELIGIBILITY: Please see the website.
AMOUNT: Teams will receive up to $450,000 per year for the whole team depending on the size of the team.
INITIATION OF LOI BY OBTAINING A REFERENCE NUMBER DEADLINE: March 20, 2017
LOI DEADLINE: March 30, 2017
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New Investigator Research Grants in Child and Youth Health

New Investigator Research Grants in Child and Youth Health is a jointly sponsored program of SickKids Foundation and the CIHR - Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH). These grants provide important early career development support to child health researchers. It is intended this program will enhance the grant recipient’s ability to compete with more senior investigators for research grants from other funders.

ELIGIBILITY: The applicant must be a new investigator as of the application deadline. For the purpose of this funding opportunity, a new investigator is defined as an individual who has not received combined operating grant funding of $500,000 or more (Canadian dollars) as a principal or co-principal investigator and is within five years of their first academic appointment.
AMOUNT: The maximum amount for a single grant is $100,000 per annum for up to three (3) years.
DEADLINE: April 20, 2017
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