Dr. Hector Ma Award

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Policy: Dr. Hector Ma Award
Policy Nr: Sec 08
Target Review Date: 2019-01-15
Main Stakeholder: Managing Director


Dr. Hector Ma Award in Research in Internal Medicine: Department of Internal Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba


Terms of Reference

Scope and Purpose

With a gift of $200,000 in 2015, Dr. Hector T. G. Ma has established an endowment fund at the University of Manitoba. The purpose of the fund is to enhance resident research in the field of Internal Medicine, by recognizing students in the Postgraduate Medical Education Program performing research in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Ma is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (M.D./59) and is currently the Director and Senior Consultant Radiologist in the Scanning Department at St. Theresa’s Hospital in Hong Kong. In addition to Dr. Ma’s gift, the Department of Internal Medicine has agreed to annually provide matching funds (to a maximum of $8,000 per year) to offer the award.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Enrolled full-time in the Postgraduate Medical Education Program in the Max Rady College of Medicine and is in good standing;
  2. Performing a supervised research project as a resident in the Department of Internal Medicine;
  3. And has demonstrated outstanding interest or commitment to research in Internal Medicine.

Funding and Grant Duration

  • The award is in the amount of up to $16,000.00. The available annual income from the fund, plus the Department of Internal Medicine’s matching contribution.
  • Funds will be deposited into a UofM FOAP for the resident to use to further the research proposal submitted.
  • The funding term is two years - with one additional year to expend any remaining funds. Funds remaining after the three year period will be returned to the Hector Ma Award fund.

Criteria for Prioritization

Proposals will be judged based on scientific merit and priority will be given based on:

  1. Novelty (new initiative with high potential to result in relevant innovation)
  2. Collaboration (projects establishing partnerships within and beyond the Department of Internal Medicine and the University of Manitoba)
  3. Feasibility (high likelihood of success based on track record/training of applicant, on collaborator(s), environment, budgeted to complete project within two years)
  4. Alignment with the Strategic Research Plan of the Department of Internal Medicine

Deadline for Submission

For 2019: Noon on September 3rd, 2019, with the award winner being announced at Faculty Dinner.


Application and Submission Guidelines

Proposal

  • Length: The body of the research proposal must not exceed 3 pages (11 pt font Arial or 12 pt font Times New Roman) including tables and figures.
  • Structure: All proposals should have the following information, in order:
  1. Title of the research project
  2. Contact information and roles of applicants (principal investigator=applicant, co-investigator(s), collaborator(s))
  3. Background / Rationale
  4. Hypothesis
  5. Objectives
  6. Specific Aim(s) (for each specific aim: materials/methods, [statistical] analysis incl. sample size calculation, if applicable, expected outcomes, and contingency plan)
  7. Timeline
  8. Significance
  9. Plan for dissemination and knowledge translation/transfer
  10. References (must not exceed 2 additional pages)
  11. Budget (must not exceed 1 additional page)
  12. Information on how the applicant meets the eligibility criteria

Curriculum Vitae

The applicant must submit an updated CV (preferably Common CV).

Letters of Support

Letters of support by collaborators must be included (if applicable).

Submission

The proposal, CV’s, and letters of support must be submitted via email as an attachment merged into a single document that is addressed to the attention of:

Ms. Ingrid Reuter
Department of Internal Medicine
Health Sciences Centre
GC430-820 Sherbrook Street
Winnipeg MB R3A 1R9


Proposals that do not follow the above structure and/or exceed the maximal length allowed and/or are received after the deadline set for submission will be rejected without review.


Review Committee and Process

For each competition, the Research and Faculty Development Committee will review each application, scoring them using a system similar to the 0.0-4.9 grade scale. The Review Committee will use the following criteria to evaluate proposals:

Research Approach

  • Clarity of the research question
  • Clarity of rationale for the research approach and methodology
  • Appropriateness of the research design
  • Appropriateness of the research methods
  • Feasibility of the research approach (including recruitment of subjects, project timeline, preliminary data where appropriate, etc.)
  • Anticipation of difficulties that may be encountered in the research plans for management

Originality of the Proposal

  • Potential for the creation of new knowledge
  • Originality of the proposed research, in terms of the hypotheses/research questions addressed, novel technology/methodology, and/or novel applications of current technology/methodology.

Applicant(s)

  • Qualifications of the applicant(s), including training, experience and independence (relative to career stage)
  • Experience of the applicant(s) in the proposed area of research and with the proposed methodology.
  • Expertise of applicant(s)
  • Potential to successfully and appropriately disseminate research findings
  • Appropriateness of the team of applicants (if more than one applicant) to carry out the proposed research, in terms of complementary of expertise and synergistic potential.

Research Environment

  • Availability and accessibility of personnel, facilities and infrastructure required to conduct research
  • Suitability of the environment to conduct the proposed research
  • Suitability of the environment (milieu, projects, and mentors) for the training of personnel (if applicable)

Impact of Research

  • Research proposal addresses a significant need or gap in biomedicine/health care.
  • Potential for a significant contribution to the improvement of understanding of biomedical mechanism(s) relevant to people’s health and/or to the development of more effective health care.
  • Appropriateness and adequacy of the proposed plan for knowledge dissemination and exchange.


Duties of the Awardee

  1. Any project-related manuscript(s) or presentations must acknowledge the Department of Internal Dr. Hector Ma Award as a source of support.
  2. Awardees must send the Department of Internal Medicine a copy of any abstract(s), publication(s), and/or peer-reviewed grant application(s) that are, fully or in part, the results of this funding.
  3. The Awardee will be asked to present at a Grand Rounds within the academic year of the award.


Screening Tool

Is enrolled full-time in the Postgraduate Medical Education program in the Max Rady College of Medicine and is in good standing;
Is performing a supervised research project as a resident in the Department of Internal Medicine;

Submission Guidelines

Length: The body of the research proposal must not exceed 3 pages (11 pt font Arial or 12 pt font Times New Roman) including tables and figures.
1. Title of the research project
2. Contact information and roles of applicants (principal investigator:applicant, co-investigator(s), collaborator(s))
3. Background / Rationale
4. Hypothesis
5. Objectives
6. Specific Aim(s) (for each specific aim: materials/methods, [statistical] analysis incl. sample size calculation, if applicable, expected outcomes, and contingency plan)
7. Timeline
8. Significance
9. Plan for dissemination and knowledge translation/transfer
10. References (must not exceed 1 additional pages)
11. Budget (must not exceed 1 additional page)
12. Information on how the applicant meets the eligibility criteria
The principal investigator and each co-investigator must submit an updated CV (preferably Common CV).
Letters of support by collaborators must be included (if applicable).
Submitted via email as an attachment merged into a single document that is addressed to the attention of Ingrid Reuter

Winners

Year Recipient Section
2018 Dr. Brett Houston Haematology / Oncology


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