New Research Funding Announced in 2008 Federal Budget
The 2008 federal budget unveiled this week provides some new funding to support research and innovation in Canada.
"We appreciate the government's continued recognition of the importance of investing in university research," said Claire Morris, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. "Canada's leadership in public R&D performance will depend on significant investments to ensure the international competitiveness of this country's university research effort."
The three federal granting councils will receive an additional $80 million per year -- an overall increase of just under five per cent, targeted to specific areas of research:
- $34 million per year for NSERC research "that directly contributes to the knowledge and innovation needs of Canadaís automotive, manufacturing, forestry and fishing industries"
- $34 million per year for CIHR research that "addresses the health priorities of Canadians, including the health needs of northern communities, health problems associated with environmental conditions, and food and drug safety"
- $12 million per year for SSHRC research that "contributes to a better understanding of how the environment affects the lives of Canadians and of the social and economic development needs of northern communities"
Among other initiatives:
- $21 million over two years to establish up to 20 prestigious Canada Global Excellence Research Chairs in four priority areas: the environment, natural resources and energy, health, and information and communication technologies
- An additional $15 million per year to the Indirect Costs Program -- an increase of just under five per cent. However, due to an increase over the past few years in the direct costs funding on which the funding formula is based, the average reimbursement rate will actually fall slightly (to 25 per cent) in 2008-09.
- An additional $10 million over two years for Canadian Light Source operations
- An additional $140 million for Genome Canada
U of S Awarded $15 Million for Vaccine Development Centre
The U of S will lead a $25.5-million national Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research aimed at fast-tracking vaccine development for diseases of major public health concern such as pandemic influenza, whooping cough, chlamydia, "mad cow" disease, and severe diarrheal diseases.
The U of S has been awarded $15 million by the federal Networks of National Centres of Excellence to help fund a national non-profit research corporation known as the Pan-Provincial Vaccine Enterprise (PREVENT). PREVENT will allow scientists to work on key vaccines whose prototypes have shown great promise, but need to be further developed and tested to make them viable for Canadian vaccine manufacturers.
In-kind support of $10.5 million will come from the university, the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology (a partnership among Dalhousie University, IWK Health Centre and QEII Health Centre), and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.
Roughly a dozen staff will be hired within a year to run the corporation, which will be led by VIDO/Intervac Director Andrew Potter.
Potter noted the lack of vaccines for medically significant infectious diseases costs the Canadian health care system more than $3 billion a year ó a figure that will rise as the population ages.
"PREVENT will help drive the nationís vaccine research agenda and co-ordinate graduate student training in a unique environment," he said.
For the full press release visit: http://www.usask.ca/research/news/read.php?id=770
Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud visited the U of S campus Feb. 12th to announce $6.36 million in funds through Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food's Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) for projects ranging from the impact of ethanol byproducts on high-producing dairy cows to the industrial potential of vegetable oils.
"I am encouraged by the innovation I have seen in these proposals, and the great work that will be done by these scientists," Bjornerud said.
The funding is part of $8.23 million for 58 Saskatchewan Research projects. Researchers from the Colleges of Agriculture and Bioresources, Engineering, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, and VIDO are among the U of S funding recipients. The U of S received funding for 46 separate projects.
Project descriptions are available at: http://www.usask.ca/research/news/read.php?id=769.
Following a national search, Lisa Lix has been appointed Centennial Chair for the School of Public Health. She will begin a five-year renewable term effective July 1.
Lix's appointment is the first of three Centennial Chair appointments for new schools at the U of S. Chairs for the School of Environment and Sustainability and the School of Public Policy are yet to be determined.
Lix is an assistant professor in the University of Manitoba department of community health sciences, associate director of the repository at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, and director at the U of M Biostatistical Consulting Unit.
Annual Conference Features Student Health Research
On March 14th, the U of S will present the 15th Annual Life and Health Sciences Research Conference 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Graduate students, residents and post-doctoral fellows will display their recent research findings through more than 100 scientific posters. Participants come from eight U of S colleges and two research centres. Posters will be judged in the afternoon, with awards presented at 4:30.
Robert Bertolo, Memorial University Canada Research Chair in Human Nutrition, will give the keynote speech on the topic, Do Adult Diseases Begin with Early Nutrition?"
For more information, contact the College of Medicine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 966-6957.
U of S and Saskatoon Health Region Partner to Advance Health Research
A stakeholder consultation process has been launched to develop a strategic vision and business plan that will integrate health research initiatives between the University and the Saskatoon Health Region.
The process is led by Beth Horsburgh, Associate Vice-President Research - Health (U of S) and Vice-President Research & Innovation (Saskatoon Health Region). Consultations include health regions, the university sector, the health research community, government and policy makers, health clinicians, and private and community sectors in Saskatchewan and nationally.
A vision statement is expected to be finalized later this year. The business plan will include an evaluation strategy.
Horsburgh's office was set up in July of 2007 to develop and implement strategies and programs with community stakeholders, and to lead efforts to translate research knowledge into clinical innovation, evidence-based policies, practices, and decision-making.
For more information, contact (306) 966-8745 or email@example.com
Nursing Research Day to Highlight Interprofessional Work
The College of Nursing will focus on research in interprofessional education for their biennial research day March 3rd.
The event, to take place at Prairieland Park, will showcase research conducted to improve interdisciplinary education for undergraduates in health science disciplines. Chaired by Dean of Nursing Lorna Butler, the day will feature some of the work done by the P-Cite (Patient-Centred Interprofessional Team Experiences) initiative, which seeks to improve patient care through collaborative work among health professionals.
Presentations will describe a sample of the many interprofessional education projects under P-Cite and posters will demonstrate a variety of general research activities in the College of Nursing.
To register, visit: http://www.usask.ca/nursing/cne/
Tri-Agency Partnership Offers Funding for Environmental Research
NSERC is partnering with SSHRC and CIHR to offer funding of up to $100,000 to support research initiatives concerning the environment. Projects will synthesize existing research and scholarship in order to respond to recognized knowledge gaps. The agencies will look for projects that focus on complex interactions between the environment and one or more other sectors -- particularly health, energy and natural resources, as well as information and communications technology.
Deadline for application is May 1st. For more information, see the complete program description, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CIHR is inviting applications for its 13 Institute Advisory Boards. CIHR is seeking about 40 new members to serve three-year terms beginning Sept. 1st, 2008.
Each board has 16 volunteer members who consider how best to shape and implement health research strategies in line with board-determined priorities.
Applications may be submitted online from February 4th to March 31st, 2008. For more information, visit: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/18156.html
The U of S library has opened nominations for the second annual Dean's Staff Award for Excellence. The award acknowledges librarians who have demonstrated their dedication to the values of the library and the university as laid out in the library's strategic plan.
Librarians can be nominated individually or as a team. All University library staff members (in-scope CUPE, ASPA and faculty) holding continuing appointments are eligible.
Deadline for nominations is March 31st, 2008. More information can be found at their website or by contacting the Dean's Office of the Library (966-5942).
CLS Executive-Director Reappointed to CIHR Council
Canadian Light Source Executive-Director Bill Thomlinson was reappointed to the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Governing Council for an additional three-year term. The council oversees the direction and management of the property, business and affairs of the CIHR. This will be Thomlinsonís second consecutive term with the CIHR Governing Council.
March 28th Nomination Deadline for 2008 Women of Distinction Awards
The Saskatoon YWCA Women of Distinction Awards program recognizes women who have made a difference to the community by showing vision, creativity, and initiative. Individual or groups of women who have made outstanding contributions in one of 10 fields may be nominated: Arts, Culture and/or Heritage; Athletics; Community Building; Education; Entrepreneurship; Health and Wellness; Science, Technology or Research; Leadership and Management; Youth; and Lifetime Achievement. For details visit: http://www.ywcasaskatoon.com/wodadnom.php Call the Saskatoon YWCA at 244-7034 ext 122 if you have any questions or to reserve tickets for the awards dinner on June 5th.
For assistance in developing nominations of faculty members for external awards and prizes, contact Mary Walters, U of S Awards Facilitator, 966-2499.
As part of Freedom to Read Week, the Humanities Research Unit is presenting lectures Feb. 25th to 29th.
Feb. 28th at 7 p.m. there will be a readers' panel at Frances Morrison Library featuring Candace Savage, John Gormley, and Peter Garden. On Feb. 29th, University of Alberta scholar Toni Samek will lecture at 3 p.m. in 154 Arts on how librarians can work to flout negative social trends through their work.
Freedom to Read Week is an annual event encouraging Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.