UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 04 | Feb.
NSERC updates areas eligible for grants
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
(NSERC) has announced
major changes to its Strategic Projects Grants competition.
The changes allocate $32-million for grants in strategic target
areas in science
and engineering that have potential for significant contributions
to the Canadian
economy, society or environment within the next 10 years.
The changes are aimed at stimulating research in the categories of
environment and sustainable development, information and
value-added products and processes, and new directions.
"We've made a special effort to update the eligible
areas to accommodate
some of the most exciting new developments in science and engineering," says
Janet Walden, NSERC's director general of Research Partnerships.
While proposed projects must fall within one of the target areas, the "new
directions" category is aimed at capturing proposals that fall outside the
descriptions of the listed target areas but which may lead to advances in new
areas of research for Canada.
NSERC is particularly interested in multidisciplinary research projects,
The changes are effective for applications due April 15.
For detailed descriptions of the eligible categories of research, visit
YWCA seeks women of distinction
The YWCA of Vancouver is seeking nominations for the Year 2001 Women
of Distinction Awards.
The awards celebrate women whose outstanding activities and
to the health and future well-being of the community.
Categories include Communcations and Information Technology;
and Medicine; Young Women of Distinction; Health, Wellness and Active Living;
and Education, Training and Development.
Last year UBC was represented by 10 women including Psychology Prof.
Janet Werker and Pharmaceutical Sciences Prof. Helen Burt.
This year UBC is sponsoring the Life Achievement Award. The
award recognizes an individual who has made multi-faceted contributions which
profoundly and uniquely affect the lives of those around her.
To nominate an individual call (604) 895-5767 or visit the Web
site at www.ywcavan.org.
Deadline for nominations is March 1. The awards will be presented at a gala
dinner on May 17.