Health Research - Weekly News

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1) Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): IHSPR Newsletter (May 2011)   2) Grand Challenges Canada - Saving Brains   3) Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada - Letter to Researchers   4) International Development Research Centre (IDRC) - Research Awards   5) Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Scholar Travel Subsidy Grant   6) WorkSafeBC - Request for Proposals 2011   The information included in this email message is also posted at the following URL:  
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1) Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): IHSPR Newsletter (May 2011)  

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2) Grand Challenges Canada - Saving Brains

Grand Challenges Canada is pleased to announce a new initiative in its Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health grand challenge. It’s called Saving Brains. Its goal is to unlock potential in children and dramatically transform lives in the developing world. 


200 million children in the developing world fail to reach their full cognitive potential. In turn childhood developmental deficits result in an estimated 20% or greater loss in adult income, condemning these individuals and their communities to a relentless cycle of poverty. 


“The waste of human capital is enormous,” says Joseph L. Rotman, Chairman of Grand Challenges Canada. 


Key poverty-related risk factors include: malnutrition, infection, poor management of pregnancy and birth complications, and lack of stimulation and nurturing


“Imagine a world where children reach their full potential,” says Dr. Peter A. Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada.  “That is the world the Saving Brains initiative is aiming to create.” 


Saving Brains is designed to promote cognitive, physical and social development in the first thousand days of these underserved children’s lives. Through unleashing the potential of these children, transformational change may be achieved within a generation by breaking the cycle of poverty that has entrapped so many developing countries. 


“Up until now, the fulfillment of human potential has not been a focus of attention,” says Dr. Karlee Silver, Program Officer, Grand Challenges Canada. “Saving Brains is an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference and Grand Challenges Canada is committed to addressing this significant global issue.”


This request for proposals commits up to $10 million CAD awarded over 2 years to fund 8-10 research teams with leadership from low- and middle-income countries in order to identify the most effective means to promote cognitive development. The teams will be expected to re-enroll participants from studies they have previously conducted and assess the long-term effects of interventions targeted at malnutrition, infection, pregnancy and birth complications, or nurturing and stimulation that were administered during the first thousand days of development.


The complexity of the issue requires Integrated Innovation which is at the heart of the Grand Challenges Canada approach. Integrated Innovation is the coordinated application of scientific/technological, social and business innovation to develop solutions to complex challenges. 


For further information on Saving Brains please click on the image above to view an interview with Dr. Peter A. Singer, CEO of Grand Challenges Canada and Dr. Karlee Silver, Program Officer, Grand Challenges Canada.


For the Request for Proposals, see:


For the full Announcement, see:  


The money to fund this program comes from the Development Innovation Fund. In Budget 2008, the Government of Canada committed $225 million CAD over five years to the Development Innovation Fund, to support the best minds in the world in a collaborative search for solutions to global health challenges.



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  3) Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada - Letter to Researchers   Please see attached.     ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *   4) International Development Research Centre (IDRC) - Research Awards Deadline: September 12, 2011
Approximately 15 awards will be offered


IDRC offers these research awards annually to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing master’s or doctoral studies at a recognized university or having completed a master’s or doctoral program at a recognized university.


As a research award recipient, you will undertake a one-year paid program of research on the topic you submitted when competing for the award. During part of the time (often around 50%), you will be trained in research management through hands-on experience with your chosen program. You will work under the mentorship of a program officer.


These awards focus on research carried out in one or more developing countries. Most research awards positions are for 12 months and are based at IDRC’s head office in Ottawa, Canada. A few take place in one of IDRC’s six regional offices. Candidates must conduct their research in areas corresponding to IDRC's research priorities (


The IDRC research awards aim to provide exposure to research for international development through a program of training in research management and grant administration under the guidance of IDRC program staff. They are designed to provide hands-on learning experiences in research program management, and in the creation, dissemination, and use of knowledge from an international perspective. 


In principle, IDRC supports research in all developing countries. At this time, however, we do not support awards that involve research in Burma, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia.


Research award recipients holding award tenure in Canada in 2011 receive a salary ranging from CA$37,035 to CA$42,873 per year. Some travel and research expenses will also be supported, up to a maximum of CA$10,000.


How to apply 

- Complete two forms: the checklist ( and the budget form ( You must also provide all the documents requested in the checklist.   - Your application must be submitted electronically, and received at the Centre by September 12, 2011. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. 

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This travel grant assists scholars to participate in conferences and academic meetings through travel subsidies.



The Shastri Institute will provide 50% of the scholar’s total travel costs up to CAD$1,200. Other associated costs, such as costs related to visas, meals, per diem and accommodation are not eligible to this grant.



Grants are available to Canadian scholars for travel to/and/or in India and to Indian scholars for travel to/and/or in Canada. Applicants must have been invited to participate by an academic institution and be affiliated with, or travelling to a Shastri Institute member institution. For a current list of member institutions please click here. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of India or Canada.


Application Requirements:

Shastri Institute believes that higher education is one of the major drivers to bring about sustainable development. Therefore, Scholar Travel Subsidy Grant applications showing linkages between the proposed activities (regardless of the nature of conference/meetings, i.e., whether it is pure academic or developmental) and CIDA’s development priorities will be given preference.


CIDA’s current priority areas are as follows:

a. Increasing food security
b. Securing the future of children and youth
c. Stimulating sustainable economic growth


In addition to those priority themes, CIDA integrated the following complementary considerations as cross-cutting themes in all its programs and policies:

a) Increasing environmental sustainability
b) Promoting equality between men and women
c) Helping to strengthen government institutions and practices


Deadline: July 1, 2011

Applications must be submitted electronically by 4:30 p.m. Calgary time.


Application Form:

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  6) WorkSafeBC - Request for Proposals 2011


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