New CIHR Science Policy Fellowship Program (Deadline for Applications is December 5, 2011)

Health researchers will have the opportunity to gain real world experience in health policy making, thanks to the new Science Policy Fellowships program created by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Science Media Centre of Canada

In November 2011, the CPA became a Charter Member of the Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC). 

The SMCC is an independent, not-for-profit organization that exists to raise the level of public discourse on science in Canada by helping journalists access the experts and evidence-based research they need to cover science in the news. The SMCC is supported by over 100 Charter Members and ongoing support from our patron organizations. 

For more information on the Science Media Centre of Canada, visit its website at: http://www.sciencemediacentre.ca/smc/ 

Nominations invited for new IUPsyS Awards and Mattei Dogan Prize in Psychological Science

The CNC/IUPsyS seeks your input, as we have the opportunity to nominate colleagues for international awards for psychological science. The Union has launched four new awards, to be presented at the 2012 International Congress of Psychology in South Africa. The Awards are: two Young Investigator Awards (one in the field of basic science, one in the field of applied science), one Achievement Against the Odds Award and one Lifetime Career Award.  Nominations are also being accepted for the 2012 Mattei Dogan Prize, with the same deadline, which is awarded in recognition of a contribution that represents a major advancement in psychology by a scholar or team of scholars of high international reputation. Further details on the awards are available at: www.iupsys.net/index.php/prog-awards

One-year free membership for CPA members to the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics

The International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA) is offering a one-year-free-of-charge-membership for members of the Canadian Psychological Association. One of the founders of IAEA was Canadian psychologist Dan Berlyne and hence IAEA has some roots in the Canadian psychology community. IAEA is interested in expanding its membership and offering interested researchers an international forum for exchanging ideas and making research connections. The free one-year-membership includes the two issues of IAEA’s journal "Empirical Studies of the Arts" and covers the year 2012. In 2012, IAEA will host its biennial congress in Taipei (Taiwan). For more information, contact Dr. Svetlana Gabidulina, svetlana_gabidulina@sympatico.ca

Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC)

TUTOR-PHC is a  one-year, national interdisciplinary research training program in primary health care funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) with representation from the disciplines of: Family Medicine, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Epidemiology, Pharmacy, Sociology and Education. 

Program information and application forms for TUTOR-PHC are now available on TUTOR-PHC’s website at http://www.uwo.ca/fammed/csfm/tutor-phc/applications/applicationforms.html.

Who should apply?

  • Graduate Students from Canadian Universities that are interested/ engaged in primary health care research regardless of their home discipline
  • Post‚Äźdoctoral fellows, policy-makers, OR clinicians* that are interested/ engaged in primary health care research
  • Psychology graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to apply.

* Clinicians can include any type of Health Professional in Primary Health Care (i.e. Physician, Nurse, Social Worker, Dietician, Occupational Therapist, etc.). Please see the TUTOR-PHC website for more information.

The deadline for applications is October 31, 2011 (program runs from May 2012 to April 2013).

Canadian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference: November 16-18, 2011 in Vancouver, B.C.

This Conference is designed to appeal to everyone with an interest in preventing injury. Hear from leading experts from Canada and around the world and attend sessions in these topic streams: Aboriginal issues, sports injury, motor vehicle, surveillance, determinants of health, workplace, falls, trauma and social media.

Visit www.injurypreventionconference.ca for details, including confirmed speakers, and register soon to take advantage of the savings and to ensure your stay in the Conference hotel, the well-appointed Westin Bayshore on Vancouver’s waterfront.

Conference organizers have arranged for a special discount offer that starts now and ends Oct. 7:

  • A $100 registration discount for the Conference; and
  • A deal with Air Canada for a 10% discount off its Tango Plus fares for Conference participants only. See www.injurypreventionconference.ca for the special promotion code to use when booking at www.aircanada.com 

3rd Annual Canadian Science Policy Conference

Registration for the 3rd annual Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC 2011) is now open. This national conference, designed as a multi-sector forum for fostering science, technology and innovation policy discourse in Canada, will be held in Ottawa, ON, from November 16-18, 2011. Register today at: www.cspc2011.ca.

CFHSS Big Thinking Lecture: September 28, 2011

Food for Thought: Addressing the global food crisis

In early 2011, world food prices hit an all-time high. While experts disagree about the drivers of this phenomenon—invoking a myriad of explanations from oil prices, population growth, and bioethanol policy to bad weather, commodity speculation, and changing diets—most agree that high, volatile food prices are here to stay. Leaders from the UN, the World Bank, the IMF and many European governments have stated that maintaining global food security for the next generation is one of our world’s most pressing challenges.

In this talk, Dr. Evan Fraser, Canada Research Chair in Global Human Security at the University of Guelph, will explore the past, present and future of the global food crisis. In many ways, today’s crisis bears a startling resemblance to historic cases like Rome before its fall and 19th century England on the eve of an el niño-caused famine that claimed an estimated 40 million lives around the world. Searching for answers, Dr. Fraser will discuss how Canada can address food security, recognizing that this challenge requires rethinking the food trade, the nature of scientific research and our own food culture. 

7:30 am – 8:45 am, September 28
RSVP by Friday, September 23 at www.fedcan.ca/bigthinking
or 613-238-6112, ext. 310 

Please note that photo ID will be required at the door.
Big Thinking lectures are complimentary for all parliamentary staff.

Upcoming Changes at the National Research Council (NRC)

(March 21, 2011).  It has recently come to the attention of the Canadian Psychological Association that there are to be changes in the strategic direction of research being conducted at the National Research Council; this change will have a more industry- and applied- focus. It is being reported that 20% of NRC's strategic investments and all its capital investment decisions will move upward to NRC's Senior Executive Committee; eventually it is said that 60% of research funds/decisions will be redirected this way. 

(April 19, 2011). View the letter CPA sent to the NRC regarding the above-mentioned changes.

CCR Response to 2011 Federal Budget

Canadian Consortium for Research welcomes increased research funding, cautions that more needs to be done. Read the CCR's full response.

Note: The Budget was rejected by the opposition on Tuesday March 22, 2011 and will now go to a vote.

The CPA's Inaugural High School Science Awards

In 2011, CPA is launching a new program designed to honour high school students who have completed and submitted a psychology-relevant project to their respective high school science fairs. CPA is inviting electronic submissions from high school students across Canada. These submissions will be judged by a jury of CPA member psychologists. Three finalists will be invited to present their work and participate in the convention.  Click here to find out more about the competition details and this year's CPA Convention.

Note: Relatives of employees and officers of the Canadian Psychological Association are not eligible to apply.

New at CPA's 2011 Convention (Toronto, Ontario: June 2-4, 2011)

In addition to the above-noted Inaugural High School Science Awards, this year's convention will host its first Graduate Fair. This event is designed for senior undergraduate students to learn about graduate programmes in psychology and about the graduate school application process. It is also an opportunity for institutions to advertise their graduate programmes.

Given the success of last year's inaugural internship fair, the CPA, in collaboration with the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP) will once again host an internship fair. This event is designed to facilitate and illuminate the internship application process, as an opportunity for student applicants to meet internship programme faculty and for faculty to showcase their internship programmes. 

See CPA’s website (www.cpa.ca/convention) for updated information on both of these fairs or contact CPA’s Convention staff (convention@cpa.ca) if you have any questions or comments.

Urgent Request to the Psychological Research Community from the Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR)

(January 12, 2011): PLEASE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO ENSURE THE VOICE OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH COMMUNITY IS HEARD!

As you may know, the CPA is a member of the Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR), the umbrella body which advocates for research and post-secondary education at the federal level.

CCR has recently raised concerns that the upcoming federal Budget might be a bad one for basic research. This is based on the following: 

  1. neither CCR nor many other research organizations (including the Granting Councils) were invited to appear before the House of Commons Finance Committee this year as part of the 2011 Budget consultations (for the CCR, this is the first time this has happened for many years); 
  2. strenuous efforts by the CCR to obtain meetings with key decision makers in the late fall were mainly unsuccessful; and 
  3. Minister Flaherty has made comments which suggest that the 2011 Budget may be a tough one.

Given this situation, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE VOICE OF THE RESEARCH COMMUNITY BE HEARD! In response, the CCR undertook a letter writing campaign to all MPs in December.  The CCR is now asking the CPA to notify you - our CPA membership - about this possible issue and ask you to e-mail or send a letter outlining your concerns to Ministers Flaherty and Goodyear.  If a large number of researchers make their views known, we believe that it is not too late to have an impact on the 2011 budget!

We therefore urge all CPA members to take a few moments to 

  1. copy the text found below into an e-mail;
  2. add your name and position at the bottom;
  3. enter “Basic Research” in the Subject Field; and 
  4. send the e-mail to Minister Flaherty at the following address: jflaherty@fin.gc.ca with a copy to Minister of State Goodyear mosst.industry@ic.gc.ca and to CCR Chair Paul Vincett(paul.vincett@gmail.com ). Of course, if you care to individualize the message or to send it as a letter on your Department/Association letterhead, please feel free to do so. If at all possible, we urge you to send the e-mail/letter  by about January 23.

Dear Minister Flaherty:

The world’s most influential economic periodical, “The Economist,”recently called upon all governments to secure the jobs of the future via a very short list of policies. One of them was to invest  in basic research.  In early January, the Globe and Mail called for the same thing.

While recognizing the difficulties that you face in crafting the 2011 Budget, I urge you to take advantage of Canada’s comparatively healthy economy by following The Economist’s advice. An excellent way to do so would be to provide additional funding for the basic programs of  the Granting Councils: NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR.

As competition intensifies in the coming years, not only from other advanced economies but increasingly from the emerging powers, innovation will become ever more essential to Canada’s future.  Basic research, in a wide variety of fields, is a key part of innovation, often providing the biggest breakthroughs.

Basic research creates new knowledge and unanticipated opportunities, enabling a country’s downstream innovation efforts to be based on today’s breakthroughs, not yesterday’s! The World-Wide Web, for example, is a major spin-off from basic research in a completely different field.   Basic research also plays a key role in creating vibrant and creative cities such as Waterloo, Ontario, and in educating and inspiring the next generation.  

In the UK, there is strong new evidence of high returns to the broad economy from Research Council spending, even within a couple of years; the returns are much higher than those from R&D tax credits for the private sector.

In Canada, a recent multi-decade study estimated the economic impact of just one output of basic research in the natural sciences and engineering -- academic spin-off companies; the impacts were 3-4 times the total federal/provincial government research funding in these fields, direct and indirect, over the same period, even after allowing for the time value of money.

Basic research is essential to Canada’s economic and social future. I strongly urge you to continue to support it, especially by providing additional funding to the Granting Councils.

Thank you.

Name
Position, Organization

Earlier cut-off time of 8:00 p.m. EST for CIHR funding opportunities (effective January 3, 2011)

Effective January 3, 2011, CIHR will implement an earlier cut-off time of 8:00 p.m. Eastern time (ET) for all ResearchNet e-Submission funding opportunities.

The current cut-off time of 11:59 p.m. ET will remain for existing funding opportunities with registration, Letter of Intent or application deadlines of January 2, 2011 or earlier.

This change is being implemented to provide more sustainable helpdesk support to the research community and to harmonize with other Canadian research funding agencies.

Applicants should check with their research institution to determine internal deadlines for receipt of applications prior to their submission to CIHR, as applicable.

The hours of CIHR's Information Service for funding enquiries and technical support will remain 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.

CIHR Calls for Researcher Input on its Core Business

Over the last month, CIHR put out a call for input from the research community. The CPA offered its input into these dialogues by completing the following survey: 2011 International Review of CIHR on how effectively CIHR is fulfilling its mandate (survey closed November 24, 2010). 

Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2011: Nominate a Canadidate by March 15, 2011

(January 26, 2011): The Jacobs Foundation is accepting nominations for the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2011. The prize in honour of the Jacobs Foundation’s late founder Klaus J. Jacobs is awarded annually in the first week of December in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize awards outstanding scientific contributions of individuals from all disciplines aiming at the improvement of young people’s development and perspectives worldwide. The prize is endowed with 1 Mio. Swiss Francs, of which 900’000 Swiss Francs are for use in a research project, 100’000 Swiss Francs are for related costs, such as travel, networking, and dissemination.

The prize addresses scholars from all countries who have achieved major breakthroughs in understanding and contributing to child and youth development and at the same time have the potential to advance the field by actively conducting research.

An international jury will choose the laureate from the pool of nominated candidates. The following individuals form the jury:

Professor Albert Bandura, Stanford University, USA
Professor Monique Boekaerts, Leiden University, the Netherlands
Professor Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Columbia University, USA
Professor Meinrad Paul Perrez, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Professor Anne C. Petersen, University of Michigan, USA
Professor Rainer K. Silbereisen, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
Professor William Julius Wilson, Harvard University, USA

Please have your nomination submitted by 15 March 2011 at the latest. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. To find out more about the Research Prize, please also visit our website: http://award.jacobsfoundation.org/en/.

Gelgia Fetz
Jacobs Foundation
Seefeldquai 17
P.O. Box
CH-8034 Zürich
Tel.: +41 44 388 61 02
Fax: +41 44 388 61 37
www.jacobsfoundation.org