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  • BHCRI Announces Spring 2018 CRTP Competition

Twice each year the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute holds a funding competition as part of its Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP). The CRTP has a curriculum that provides training and funding to graduate students, medical residents, postdoctoral fellows and clinical research fellows involved in cancer research at recognized institutions in Atlantic Canada.  A limited number of traineeship awards will be offered to outstanding applicants with an interest in cancer research.

Funding for these awards has been made available from a variety of sources; however, the single largest source is the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF). The DMRF Board has stipulated that funds they generate may be used to fund up to half of the total amount awarded to non-Dalhousie affiliated researchers. The New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) has partnered with BHCRI to support New Brunswick cancer researchers, via matching funds, to a total maximum of $135,000.00 annually. For other successful applications, whenever possible BHCRI will make up the difference with non-DMRF generated funds, but presently this is a very limited resource. We therefore encourage those researchers not affiliated with Dalhousie or not located in New Brunswick to discuss this with their local university or provincial research funding agencies and encourage them to make matching funds available to potential BHCRI grant awardees. 

Supervisors must be Senior Scientists, Associate Members or Honorary Members (qualifying as a Senior Scientist or Associate Member) of the Institute.


In addition to funds provided by the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute, funds for this competition will also be provided by:

•    Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce through Dalhousie University: As part of Dalhousie University’s Bold Ambitions: Campaign for Dalhousie plan, funds will be used to support PhD and MSc students in their final years of study at Dalhousie University.
•    Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society: For the top-ranked applicant undertaking pancreatic cancer research in Atlantic Canada.
•    QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation: Cancer research trainees undertaking any type of cancer research in Atlantic Canada are eligible.
•    Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI): Cancer research trainees undertaking any type of cancer research in Atlantic Canada are eligible.
•    The Saunders-Matthey Cancer Prevention Foundation: Cancer research trainees in Atlantic Canada undertaking research in the area of primary cancer prevention are eligible to apply. The proposed work may contain aspects of education and/or knowledge dissemination. A focus on environmental factors will be welcomed.
•    Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation: The (DMRF) Daley Fund will support advancements in normal and malignant lymphocytes, especially as related to chronic lymphocytic leukemia. For applicants not associated with Dalhousie University, funds must be matched for this award. 

The deadline for submission is 4:00pm AST on Friday 2 March 2018. Funding will begin on September 1, 2018. Please download the application form and checklist to apply.


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