Young Investigator Grant Competition

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Young Investigator Grant Competition: Department of Internal Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Terms of Reference

Scope and Purpose

The Young Investigator Grant Competition is sponsored by the Department of Internal Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Manitoba. The competition will be held on an annual basis to support research activities of junior faculty members (less than 5 years since the initial appointment) within the Department of Internal Medicine. The purpose of the grant is to allow a young investigator to generate preliminary results that will enable him/her to subsequently apply for an extramural grant, i.e. the Department’s Young Investigator grant is meant to serve as seed money for starting a research career.

Principles

  1. The grants serve as start-up funds (seed money) for young investigators at the beginning of their research careers (less than 5 years since initial appointment as junior faculty).
  2. Applicants are expected to apply to an extramural peer reviewed granting agency within two years of receiving the Young Investigator award.
  3. Priority will be given to applicants who have secured matching funds from alternative funding sources (i.e. Health Sciences Centre Foundation, St. Boniface Research Foundation, CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, others).

Eligibility Criteria

This competition is open to individuals with a primary academic appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba. The applicant will ideally hold a minimum of 0.5 EFT in research to apply for this competition. This competition is open to applicants who are less than 5 years since their appointment as junior faculty (Assistant Professor level) to the Department of Internal Medicine. Faculty members who hold Tri-council operating funds or received the Young Investigator Award in the past are NOT eligible for subsequent competitions. Applications may cover clinical, translational or basic research.

Funding and Grant Duration

  1. The award is in the amount of $25,000.00 annually for 2 years.
  2. The award can be used to cover operating costs, costs of minor equipment, and/or salary support for research staff, but cannot be used as salary support for the applying faculty member.
  3. The number of awards given out each year may vary subject to availability of funds.

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), and environment)
  4. Alignment with the Strategic Research Plan of the Department of Internal Medicine

Deadline for Submission

January 31st with decisions expected no later than April 1st of each year.

Application and Submission Guidelines

Proposal

  • Length: The body of the research proposal must not exceed 4 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)

Curriculum Vitae

The principal investigator and each co-investigator 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 Head of the Department of Medicine or delegate may assemble a Review Committee composed of 3-5 established researchers from different Sections within the Department with experience in clinical, translational and/or lab-based research or ask the Research and Faculty Development Committee to review the applications.

The Head of the Department of Internal Medicine or delegate will chair the Review Committee and will not exercise a vote except if there is a tie.

In case of a conflict of interest, the committee member with the conflict will have to exclude him/herself from reviewing an application and from participating in the discussion of a proposal. It is up to the committee chair to decide whether an external review of a proposal is required. The Review Committee will score the applications using the CIHR scoring system, and use the following criteria to evaluate proposals:

http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/4656.html http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/49564.html

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. During the funding period, grant recipients must submit an annual progress report by May 31st of the following year (one page report highlighting progress to date and future plans). Funding for the second year is conditional on a satisfactory progress report.
  2. Any project-related manuscript(s) or presentations must acknowledge the Department of Internal Medicine Young Investigator Grant as a source of support.
  3. 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.

Winners

Year Recipient Section
2018 Dr. Janilyn Arsenio Biomedical Proteomics
2018 Dr. Jay Hingwala Nephrology


Screening Tool

Start date ________ Less than 5 years since their appointment as junior faculty (Assistant Professor level) (first contract)
Primary academic appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine (SDS)
% of protected time_____ Ideally hold a minimum of 0.5 EFT in research to apply for this competition (Appendix A - Statement of duties section 6)
Faculty members who hold Tri-council operating funds (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) or received the Young Investigator Award in the past are NOT eligible

Submission Guidelines

Length: The body of the research proposal must not exceed 4 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 2 additional pages)
11. Budget (must not exceed 1 additional page)
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

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