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					CIHR Funding Opportunities for Trainees
                           Brock University




                       SEPTEMBER 2008
            Today I will talk about…

What is CIHR?
CIHR Funding Opportunities Database
  Training Award Programs
  Additional Funding Opportunities for Trainees
Application Process
  Including Tips for Award Applicants
Peer Review Process for Awards
Program Statistics
What’s New at CIHR?
What is CIHR?
CIHR Mandate
“To excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in
the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for
Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened
Canadian health care system…”

CIHR is:
     Government of Canada‟s health research funding agency
     Supporting the work of 1,000‟s of researchers and trainees in
      universities, teaching hospitals, and research institutes across
      Canada
     Developing high-quality people, excellent science and training the
      next generation of health researchers
     Funding research that improves Canadians‟ health, health care
      system and quality of life
     Fostering commercialization, moving research discoveries from
      academic setting to the marketplace
                  13 CIHR Institutes

                  Gender                          Musculoskeletal
 Population                        Nutrition,
                   and                              Health and
 and Public                      Metabolism
                  Health                             Arthritis
   Health                        and Diabetes


                                                   Circulatory
                                    Cancer
                                                       and
 Aboriginal                        Research
                   Genetics                        Respiratory
  Peoples’                                           Health
   Health
                                 Neurosciences,
                                  Mental Health
                                  and Addiction
Health Services                                        Human
  and Policy        Infection                       Development,
  Research        and Immunity                       Child and
                                      Aging
                                                    Youth Health
          CIHR‟s Research Themes

CIHR‟s funds a broad spectrum of health research,
  categorized into four themes:
• Biomedical Research
• Clinical Research
• Health Systems and Services
• Population and Public Health (including the social,
  cultural, environmental and ethical dimensions of
  health)
           Research Capacity Development

Supporting the “Brightest Minds”

Training Students and Postdoctoral
Fellows
    •   Individual Trainee Awards, e.g.,
        master‟s, doctoral, postdoctoral
    •   Training Grants (STIHR)
    •   Partial or complete support
        from CIHR research grants

Salary Support for Independent
Investigators
    •   New Investigators
    •   Chairs

Support for Collaborative Team
Research
    •   Team Grants
    •   Emerging Team Grants
CIHR Funding Opportunities Database
   CIHR Funding Opportunities database
           http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/780.html

This database:
 provides a complete listing of current and archived
  opportunities
 is searchable
 can be viewed by Institute, program type, or target
  applicant
http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/780.html
Option 1-View the complete list of opportunities
Option 2-Search for an opportunity
Option 3-View by program type/Institute/target applicant
      Funding Opportunities in General…




       June and December

The next announcement of funding opportunities is
           scheduled for December 2008
Training Award Programs
        Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS)
                 Master‟s Awards
This program funds… Master‟s students at Canadian
  universities
• Valued at $17,500 per year for one year.
• Application quotas are provided to each AUCC member
  university
• Applications are forwarded to CIHR by the nominating
  university
• Direct applications accepted only from students who are
  not registered at a Canadian university in the Fall semester
  prior to the CIHR deadline

CIHR Application Deadline for all applications is February 1
                         Doctoral Awards

Funding is available for… Doctoral students in Canada and abroad
Three envelopes of funding…
• Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (VCGS)
• Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships
   – Doctoral Awards (CGSDA)
• CIHR Doctoral Research Awards (CIHR DRA)
Canadian citizens and permanent residents apply directly to CIHR,
  whereas International students apply through the Canadian
  university where they plan to pursue their PhD program

CIHR Deadlines for application:
• Canadian citizens and permanent residents: October 15, 2008
• International applicants: November 14, 2008
             Canada Graduate Scholarships
         Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-FSS)

This program funds… existing Canadian CGS Master‟s
  or Doctoral Award recipients that would like to pursue a
  short research period outside of Canada. In future
  years, Vanier CGS recipients will also be eligible.
Supplement: up to $6,000
Term: usually four to six months
CIHR deadline for applications is December 10, 2008
                  Fellowship Awards

This program funds… trainees with PhD and/or
  health professional degrees that are proposing
  research training in Canada or abroad
Stipend per annum: $40,000 to $55,000; depending
  on the background of the awardee and where the
  award is held
Research Allowance per annum: $5,000
Term: up to five years; depending on the intended use
  of the award
Application Deadlines: October 1 and February 1
Additional Funding Opportunities
      Available for Trainees
                    Priority Announcements

Priority Announcements offer additional sources of funding for
highly rated applications that are relevant to specific CIHR
research priority areas or mandates.

Candidates may request that their application to a core program
be considered for up to three priority announcement research
areas per application, in each competition.

For the 2008-09 competition cycle, there will be Priority
Announcements competitions for candidates applying to the
Master‟s Award, Doctoral Research Award and Fellowship
programs.
                Summer Program in Japan
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) provides
graduate students in health research with an eight-week research
experience in Japan, an introduction to the science and science
policy infrastructure in Japan, and an orientation to the culture and
language. CIHR is one of the nominating Canadian authorities for this
program.

The first week of the program will be dedicated to an orientation
session, including an introduction to the language, culture and
research systems of the host country, as well as activities. The
following seven weeks (approximately) will be spent working on
research activities at the host institution.

Stipend: $3,000
Term: 8 weeks
CIHR Application Deadline: November 1
        Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (STIHR)


A CIHR Training Program Grant is awarded to a group of excellent
mentors/educators, accomplished in health research, who work
collaboratively to offer a research training program of defined
format and content to a group of trainees.

Potential trainees apply directly to successful Training Programs
for program admission and for stipend support. These competitive
training opportunities are advertised nationally and internationally.

To date, 87 Training Program Grants have been funded by CIHR
and partners for a total of $160 million.

www.stihr.ca
                  STIHR Objectives


•   Increase capacity
•   Recruitment/retention from Canada and abroad
•   Innovative, transdisciplinary programs
•   Engage new mentors and educators
•   Encourage programs that:
         Embrace diverse research disciplines and methodologies
         Integrate ethical issues
         Develop professional skills, e.g., communication,
          teamwork, leadership
         Translate knowledge into practice
The Application Process
               CIHR Application Modules

• Award programs are in the process of transitioning to
  an automated application process through the use of
  ResearchNet

• Until complete, some funding opportunities will
  continue to require the use of CIHR Webforms with a
  paper copy submission

• Review the How to Apply section of the Funding
  Opportunity to which you are applying
             CIHR CV Module (Common CV)

The CV Module is used for almost all of CIHR grants and
awards programs

Access the Common CV Website (www.ccv-cvc.ca) via
the Webforms login or via the ResearchNet website
(https://www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca)

The data entered into the Common CV Website will be
automatically formatted to fit into the CIHR version of the
CV Module when you choose CIHR as the agency to
which you are applying.
              CIHR Sponsor‟s Assessments


If applying to a program using electronic submission via
ResearchNet, you will be required to identify sponsors and an
e-mail will be sent to them through ResearchNet with forms
attached.

Accessible via the List of Forms and Guidelines for
Completion section of the CIHR Website or directly on
ResearchNet for the programs that have electronic
submission.

Candidates should send the link for the applicable Sponsor‟s
Assessment form to the potential sponsor as they are PDF
fillable forms.
Things to consider when applying…
            Tips for CIHR Award Applicants


 follow instructions exactly

 adhere to format guidelines (e.g., font, page limits)

 applications MUST be completed using the media
  specified in the funding opportunity

 use the full page allowances

 start at least two months before the deadline
              Tips for CIHR Award Applicants

Applicants are encouraged to…
 work on the research proposal in collaboration with
  their supervisor/mentor
 proofread their application
 show the complete application to their
  supervisor/mentor, peers and other researchers for
  feedback
 Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted:
    If you are submitting through ResearchNet, all tasks must be
     listed as complete in order to be allowed to submit the
     application successfully.
    Do not wait up to the last minute to submit your application
     via Research-Net.
           Tips for CIHR Award Applicants

Common issues with Award Applications:
• Missing CV modules: most training award
  applications require the CIHR CV Module for the
  candidate and the proposed supervisor(s)
• Official transcripts are required…certified copies will
  not be accepted
• Completed Sponsor‟s Assessments should be sent to
  CIHR to meet the application deadline
• Ensure all components of the application are
  completed and included when the application is
  submitted…incomplete applications are
  withdrawn from the competition
                      Useful Links
Current funding opportunities:
   http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/780.html

CIHR funding policy (incl. the Grants & Awards Guide):
   http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/204.html

CIHR Funding Database of funded research:
  http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/826.html

Peer review links: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/820.html

Details about peer review processes:
   http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/23467.html

Peer review committees and mandates:
   http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/4657.html
Peer Review for Award Programs
            Peer Review for Award Programs

Each CIHR award program has a set of peer review committees that are
created specifically to review applications for that program:

    • 2 Master‟s Awards committees
    • 2 Doctoral Research Award (DRA) committees
    • 5 Fellowships committees

Each set of peer review committees is grouped into committees that
review specific themes; generally themes 1 and 2 or 3 and 4, however,
there are a few committees that review applications from all themes, i.e.,
1 through 4.
Committees for the Master‟s Awards, Doctoral Research Awards and
Fellowships use a „‟virtual‟‟ review process. Reviews are done off-site
and submitted to CIHR via ResearchNet.
           Review Criteria for Award Programs


The following general criteria are used for evaluating
applications for Master‟s Awards, Doctoral Research
Awards, Fellowships:

   Achievements and Activities of the Candidate
   Characteristics and Abilities of the Candidate
   Research Training Environment
Program Statistics
                                                  Master‟s Awards
                                           Open and Strategic Competitions
             High success rate is due to the pre-selection process completed at the universities.
Number of Applications




                                                                                                    Success Rate
                               Doctoral Research Awards
                             Open and Strategic Competitions
                         STIHR began
                                                        Additional
                                                          CGS
                                       CGS began
Number of Applications




                                                                     Success Rates
                                      Fellowships
                             Open and Strategic Competitions
                         STIHR began
Number of Applications




                                                               Success Rates
                              Theme Analysis of Awards for 2007-2008




•Does not include trainees f unded f rom STIHR and research grants.
•Totals may not be equal to sum of parts due to rounding.
                                      CIHR – Building Research Capacity
                                   Number of Individuals Supported in 2007-2008




          Plus at least 900 Fellows, 1100 Doctoral Students, 1600 Masters‟, and 2000
                                                                  Master‟s,
          Undergraduates supported by research grants
• Includes awards that received a CIHR payment or external partner contribution.
• The numbers of trainees supported by research grants were derived from 2006-07 Form 300 data as 2007-08 figures
   are not available and are considered estimates.
• STIHR: The trainees on Training Grants are estimated as “Full Time Equivalents” being paid from these grants.
• 2006-2007 STIHR figures were used as 2007-2008 figures are not available.
What’s New at CIHR?
          Budget 2008 & CIHR

• $34 M increase to base budget
   • targeted to health needs of northern communities,
     environment, food and drug safety

• Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
   • Designed to attract the world‟s best doctoral students to
     Canadian universities
   • Will support 500 top Canadian and international doctoral
     students (166 offered each year)
   • $50,000 per year for 3 years

• CGS Foreign Study Stipends
   • Will support up to 250 CGS recipients each year for a period
     of foreign study
   • Contribution of up to $6,000 towards expenses
            New President

Dr. Alain Beaudet
• Montreal physician and neuroscience
  researcher
• Former President of the Quebec government's
  health research funding agency, the FRSQ
• Started July 1
                    ResearchNet…Current Status

  ResearchNet Offers a one stop shop for the research community
  and consolidates processes for submission of applications and
  peer review.

Where are we now?
• From the Awards perspective, the Master‟s, Doctoral Awards and
  Fellowships programs use ResearchNet for the review process and to
  post decisions
• Response to an Offer of Award captured on-line for the Master‟s,
  Doctoral Awards and Fellowships programs
• On-line Confirmation of Commencement response for Master‟s Awards,
  Doctoral Awards and Fellowships
• eSubmission for Doctoral Award applications since October 2007
  competition
                   ResearchNet…Upcoming


                   What’s Upcoming?

 eSubmission for Fellowship applications for the October
  2008 competition is now available

 For Master‟s Awards, CIHR has been working with
  Institutions to define requirements for data exchange and
  develop a process for University approval and access to
  applications.
If you have questions or comments, please contact…


     ResearchNet Support
     support@researchnet-recherchenet.ca
     (613) 941-9080
             Contact the
Research Capacity Development Branch
        with your questions…
              Research Capacity Development Contacts

Program                       Telephone      E-mail

Health Professional Student   613-946-7232   HPSRA@cihr-irsc.gc.ca
Research Awards &
MD/PhD Program Grants
Master‟s Awards               613-946-0093   CGSMA@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

STIHR                         613-941-0651   STIHR@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Doctoral Research Awards      613-946-0093   DRA@cihr-irsc.gc.ca
and CGS Doctoral Awards


Vanier CGS                    613-946-7232   Vanier@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Fellowships        February 613-943-8199     Fellowships@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

                     October 613-943-8199
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