Peter A. Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries


Applications are now being accepted for the Peter A. Larkin Student Award for Excellence in Fisheries. The purpose of the award is to identify the top current MSc and PhD level students that are conducting fisheries research at a Canadian institution.

The award is not restricted to students with Canadian citizenship. Please pay attention to the page limitations for each section. Note that Times New Roman, 12pt font is to be used, with page margins of 2 cm on all sides. Upon completion of the application, please convert the document to a pdf and name the file with your last name followed by an underscore and Larkin (i.e., Lastname_Larkin.pdf). Completed documents are to be sent to:

Karen Murchie, CARS Larkin Committee,

Completed applications must be received no later than 4pm EDT, June 1, 2014. Application forms are available at

2014-15 Food Safety Research Program: Open Call for Letters of Intent


The Food Safety Research Program is an open, competitive research fund with the mandate to support food safety research in three broad areas:

  • Development / validation of testing methods for pathogen and chemical detection in food and water;
  • Data to support risk assessments / risk assessments, including the identification of emerging hazards and contaminants; and
  • Risk management and control in food safety.
  • Research Priorities

Proposals are being solicited that will generate new knowledge and/or technologies in the following areas:

  • Analysis of food safety economics;
  • Threat identification and prioritization;
  • Detection and surveillance;
  • Pathway analysis; and
  • Prevention and control of disease.

For the 2014 call, we have identified a number of research needs, such as:

  • Development and validation of food safety interventions for small and medium scale operators;
  • Validation of manufacturing processes related to various ready to eat food
  • products such as dried/dehydrates meats;
  • Identification and prevention of food safety risks associated with fish processing activities; and
  • Interventions to reduce risks of environmental impacts on food safety (e.g. climate change).

Application Process

Interested applicants must apply to the call through a Letter of Intent (LOI) by the submission deadline of Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm EST. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Who May Apply

We invite applicants from universities, research institutes, industry, government agencies and partnership networks with demonstrated capacity to perform quality research to submit a Letter of Intent. Applicants outside the province of Ontario are eligible but must clearly indicate how their proposed research will benefit Ontario’s food safety system. Staff from Ontario provincial ministries cannot apply as Lead Applicant to this program.

How to Apply

Researchers apply using the Research Management System (RMS), OMAF and MRA’s on-line system for managing and administering Ministry-funded research programs. If you have previously applied to a research program through the RMS, log in to your Researcher Workbench to access the Call documents and application form.

If you have not previously applied to a Ministry-funded research program through the RMS, you will need to register to create a user file before you can apply:

  • Click here if you are an applicant with a Research Office or other approval Authority  (such as applicants from colleges, universities, hospitals, government)
  • All other applicants click here (i.e. applicants from business, commodity groups, industry, municipal organizations, Non-Government Organizations etc.)

More information about the 2014 Food Safety Research Call can be accessed from the program’s homepage.

Information Session

An information session to provide an overview of the 2014 Food Safety Research Program will be hosted on May 7, 2014 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Conference Centre (Room 3) at 1 Stone Road West, Guelph, Ontario. Interested applicants may attend in-person or via Webex. To register for the information session, please contact Stacy Favrin, Senior Research Advisor (519-826-5178)

World Food Prize Nominations


The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. The World Food Prize is awarded for a specific, exceptionally significant, individual achievement at any point along the full range of the food production and distribution chain including, but not limited to: soil and land; plant and animal science; food science and technology; nutrition; rural development; marketing; food processing and packaging; water and the environment; natural resource conservation; physical infrastructure; transportation and distribution; special or extraordinary feeding programs; social organization and poverty elimination; economics and finance; policy analysis; and public advocacy.

Award amount: USD $250,000

To submit a nomination, please visit this form. The next round of nominations will be due May 1, 2014.

Full nomination guidelines are available at

Call for Proposals: Equity Enhancement Fund


The Equity Enhancement Fund was established to provide funding for new initiatives designed to enhance equity at UBC. The initiatives may be for the benefit of students, faculty or staff. There are separate funds for the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. This announcement relates to the Vancouver fund.

The Vancouver funds are allocated by the Acting Associate Vice President Equity, in consultation with the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Equity and Diversity.  Proposals applying for funding up to $25,000 will be considered.  The funding is available to any academic or administrative unit with the endorsement of the head of unit. The deadline for submission of proposals is March 31, 2014.

The Guidelines for the Fund and an Application Guide are available at  If you have any questions about this Fund, please email  For submission of proposals, please email Paras Deacon at

In 2013, a total of $69,920.00 was approved for the following initiatives on the Vancouver campus:

  • Faculty of Education – Professional Development and Mentoring Strategies for Engaging in the Practice of Indigenous Education in Teacher Education, Language and Literacy Education.  The objective of this joint partnership is to engage the Aboriginal community in formalizing concepts for working with Indigenous knowledge and utilizing learning pedagogies in order to assist instructors in their teaching practice and methods.
  • Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy – Inclusive Campus: promoting equity in the participation of students with disabilities in health and human service professional programs.  The overall objective of this multi-phase project is to facilitate the creation of an inclusive UBC campus for students with disabilities in the health and human service professional programs. The objective of the first phase (current application) is to better understand the barriers and facilitators for students with disabilities in the health and human service professional programs and identify initial educational strategies and resources to better support students with disabilities.
  • School of Social Work – Educational Equity Strategic Action Plan.  The goal of this project, approved by the School Council, is to develop a comprehensive and progressive educational equity policy and plan for the School that addresses employment, student recruitment and admission, teaching and learning.
  • Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences and The First Nations House of Learning – Emerging Aboriginal Scholars.  This project is designed to meet the objectives of the Aboriginal Strategic plan, in particular, the goal of engaging with Aboriginal students at a younger age.  An immediate benefit will be an increase in secondary completion and post-secondary awareness and comfort for Aboriginal youth.
  • Life Sciences Institute – Graduate Student Association (LSI-GSA) – Enhancing equality for Aboriginal students through CSI@LSI outreach initiatives.  The objective of this outreach program is to provide secondary school students, in particular students from rural areas of British Columbia, and students from schools with large aboriginal populations, with hands-on laboratory experience, career information and answers to questions about science, in order to inspire educational and career choices in life sciences research and related fields.
  • Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology – Knowing Our History HERE: Place Based Educational Resources to better understand Indigenous presence on UBC Vancouver campus.  The overall objective of this study is To advance knowledge of local Indigenous histories on campus and support the development of inclusive teaching, learning and living environments for all students by digitally revitalizing UBC’s historical events that impact Aboriginal student life on campus, showcasing an array of UBC’s relationships with First Nations, and engaging all students to participate in locating their place within this intercultural history.

O’Riordan Fellowship in Sustainable Development


Terms of reference

“A $3,500 fellowship (p.a.) has been endowed by Tim and Ann O’Riordan and the University of British Columbia for a doctoral student involved in research into or the study of sustainable development. Recipients must be Residents or Non-Resident Members of Green College. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Graduate Studies” [following a selection process conducted by an expert committee struck for the purpose by the Principal of Green College]. -UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies ref. # 6328

In accordance with the donors’ wishes, the O’Riordan Fellowship will be awarded to an incoming doctoral student, who will be eligible to hold the fellowship for a maximum of four consecutive years, subject to maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

Nominations for candidates intending to work on issues of sustainability with particular reference to British Columbia and in a broad interdisciplinary perspective are especially invited.

The holder will have the status of non-resident member of Green College in virtue of the fellowship (unless he or she happens to be or to become a resident member of the College).

It is a condition of the fellowship that the holder should make a public presentation on his/her research at Green College in the final year of the award, for which additional resources may be available from the College.

Procedure and deadline

Graduate programs admitting students to begin doctoral work in 2014-15 in the area of sustainable development are invited to nominate candidates by forwarding UBC application dossiers (edited as appropriate, but including, as a minimum, research proposal, full academic transcripts and letters of reference) in a message with subject-line “O’Riordan Fellowship: [Name(s) of candidate(s)]” to by Monday 3 February 2014.

Notice of the selection committee’s decisions will be given to graduate programs by early March (subject to confirmation by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies). Inquiries to the Principal of Green College, Dr. Mark Vessey,