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4 posts from May 2009

May 08, 2009

Stepping forward in genomics and biomedical research

The word out of Ontario has been very positive of late. Despite the difficult financial times, the 2009-2010 provincial budget contained a number of new measures including: $300 million in new capital funds over six years for research infrastructure to be leveraged against the federal Canada Foundation for Innovation, $250 million over five years for a new Emerging Technologies Fund, $100 million in additional operating funds over four years for biomedical and genomics-related research, and $390 million to match Ontario’s share of the federal Green Infrastructure Fund.

In addition, Ontario has earmarked funds to support projects focusing on large, international science projects, like the International Regulome Consortium (IRC). While the details are still forthcoming, these are positive steps forward in genomics research that help to offset funding setbacks in other areas. The IRC continues to be well supported by other Government of Canada agencies, including the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canada Research Chairs program, and the Networks of Centres of Excellence program that supports Canada’s Stem Cell Network. 

May 07, 2009

New Impact Research Program announces first call for applications

Starting today, SCN is launching the Impact Research Program, a new initiative to fund stem cell research projects that pursue questions with high potential for impact in the areas of clinical translation, commercialization or public policy.

Selection of the grants is based on the recommendations of the SCN Research Management Committee, and can be up to $75,000 per project for one year for Clinical Translation and Commercialization grants and $50,000 per project for one year for Public Policy grants.

SCN plans to fund 20-30 of these grants over the next four years.

The next deadline for applications is August 14, 2009, which will be followed by a competition every three months.  The program is open to both SCN members and the broader Canadian scientific community.

Guidelines are available on the SCN website at: http://www.stemcellnetwork.ca/index.php?page=impact-research&hl=eng.

Strategic Research RFA: Public policy, ethics and/or social issues focus

The Stem Cell Network is pleased to announce a Strategic Research funding opportunity for Public Policy and ELSI (Ethical, Legal and Social Issues) research in the stem cell field. Deadline for application is August 27, 2009 for funding to begin on October 1, 2009. Please note that this competition is open to all Canadian researchers who are eligible for SSHRC, CIHR or NSERC funding.

In this strategic competition, SCN anticipate funding two types of projects:

Strategic Core Research Projects: large projects involving a multidisciplinary team of investigators (approximately 4-5 investigators) funded for two years (from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2011) with a total envelope of up to $150,000 per team. Please note that SCN anticipates funding 3-4 core projects. In addition, SCN may provide financial support to facilitate pre-submission meetings and discussions between investigators and with potential receptors.

Strategic Impact Projects: very targeted projects with strong potential for short term outcomes involving a small team of investigators (approximately 1-2 investigators) funded for one year (from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010) with a total envelope of up to $50,000 per project. Please note that SCN anticipates funding 2-3 strategic impact projects.

See the SCN website for more details or to request an application form: http://www.stemcellnetwork.ca/index.php?page=strategic-research&hl=eng.

SCN launches new website

The Network's new website is now online! Launched as part of a rebranding effort, the SCN website is the primary source of information for members, stakeholders and all those with an interest in stem cell research. The new site now includes an expanded section for the public, including new information on stem cells and disease and a comprehensive series of ethics whitepapers intended as a reference for policymakers, educators, media and the general public. In addition, a complete list of all current and past funded projects is available on a searchable database.

Other enhancements on the new site include summaries of Network impacts since its inception in 2001, a series of commercialization summaries that highlight current research efforts by SCN Investigators with high potential for clinical application, and training opportunities and international travel grants for trainees in the stem cell field.