Public Outreach Award

The Public Outreach Award supports activities that communicate stem cell science, policy or ethics to targeted public audiences in Canada and abroad. The award enables Stem Cell Network members and trainees to gain access to development and/or production funding for the creation of materials required as part of these activities. Up to five (5) Public Outreach Awards will be awarded each year, subject to review and approval by the Public Outreach Committee. The Committee may also choose to offer Requests for Applications for specific programs and courses if warranted.

NEW: RFA for the SCN Science Communications Scholarship (Deadline: March 26, 2014)

The Banff Centre

The SCN Science Communications Scholarship is a one-time special request for applications under the SCN Public Outreach program. The aim of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance of $5,000 per scholarship to offset program registration costs for two SCN trainees or researchers accepted to attend the Banff Science Communications Program on July 28 – August 9, 2014 at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. For more details on the Banff Science Communications Program, please visit the Banff Centre website.

The main criterion for selection for this SCN Scholarship will be the acceptance of an application to the Banff Science Communications Program by The Banff Centre’s program review panel. To be eligible for this scholarship, trainees or researchers must apply to the Banff Science Communications Program directly by completing and submitting their application by midnight on March 26, 2014. Upon review of the applications by The Banff Centre panel and subsequent recommendation to the SCN Public Outreach Committee, a maximum of two (2) scholarships will be awarded, valued at $5,000 each. Please note that this scholarship includes accommodation and food allowance as outlined in the Banff Science Communications Program description, but does not include application fees, additional program costs over and above the value of the scholarship, incidentals or transportation costs to and from Banff. All transportation and extraneous expenses not covered under the program or scholarship are the responsibility of the accepted candidate and will not be reimbursed by the Stem Cell Network.

 

Eligibility

  1. Applicants must be a SCN trainee or SCN researcher (i.e. working in a lab or research group currently funded by the Stem Cell Network); and
  2. Applicants must be working on a research project related to stem cells; and
  3. Applicants must complete the Banff Science Communications Program online application by March 26, 2014.

SCN trainees accepted to attend the Banff Science Communications Program will be notified by The Banff Centre adjudication panel by email in no later than April 10, 2014, and will be expected to pay any additional costs not covered by the SCN Science Communications Scholarship by the deadline indicated. SCN trainees or researchers accepted to attend the Banff Science Communications Program who are also considered for a SCN Science Communications Scholarship will be informed of the competition outcome by May 15, 2015.

 

Terms of Support

The SCN Science Communications Scholarship will cover the cost of registration to The Banff Centre Science Communications Program up to a maximum of $5,000, which includes registration, program fees, accommodation and meals as outlined on The Banff Centre Science Communications Program website. Any application fees, additional program costs over and above the value of the scholarship, as well as incidentals and travel to and from Banff, Alberta are the responsibility of the selected candidate and will not be eligible for support through the Stem Cell Network. Selected candidates must attend the entire Science Communications Program. Partial attendance is not permitted, and may result in withdrawal of all or part of the scholarship amount at the discretion of SCN. In such an instance, any and all program fees will become the responsibility of the candidate, who will be required to make payments to The Banff Centre.

 

Reporting and Communications Requirements

By accepting a SCN Science Communications Scholarship, the recipient agrees to attend the duration of the Banff Science Communication Program on the dates outlined and to provide a report describing the value of the training and networking opportunities made available through the award. This information will be used at SCN’s discretion on its web site, newsletters and for reporting purposes to its funding agency.

 

Application Procedure

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must i) complete the application requirements as outlined on the Banff Science Communications Program website by March 26, 2014; ii) indicate on their application that they require financial aid; iii) indicate in their application how they meet the eligibility criteria listed in the Eligibility section above.

 

Questions

For further information please contact: Lisa Willemse, SCN Director of Communications at lwillemse@stemcellnetwork.ca.

Pour des renseignements en français, veuillez contacter Lisa Willemse, Directrice des communications par courriel à lwillemse@stemcellnetwork.ca.