External Salary Awards Funding Opportunities

An external salary award is defined as a competitive, peer-reviewed award that is offered by provincial, national, or international agencies and is paid as salary to the awardee/faculty member. Applications for such awards are normally supported by the Faculty, are an important part of the planning process of the Faculty, and must be approved by the Department Head/School Director and the Dean. External salary awards, such as new investigator awards, from organizations including the FRQ-S, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), carry with them explicit understanding that the individual will devote 50-75% of their time to research which may impact their contribution to educational, administrative and clinical roles.

For specific requirements, please refer to the corresponding funding opportunity page.

 

FRQS - Fonds de recherche Québec - Santé

Programs:  Research Scholars – Junior 1 and 2, Senior  /  Clinical Research Scholars - Junior 1 and 2, Senior  /  Distinguished Research Scholars

Note: The applicant must be holding a faculty appointment or have an offer of one.

 

Duration of the award

  • Junior 1: 4 years for all applicants
  • Junior 2: maximum 4 years
  • Senior: maximum 4 years
  • Distinguished Research Scholar: 4 years, non-renewable

How to apply:

Researchers must register online to obtain a personal identification number (NIP) in order to access application forms.

Submit online your notice of intent and all supporting documents directly to the agency.

Submit online your complete application and all supporting documents directly to the agency.

Only transmissions via the FRQNet website are accepted. Documents sent via mail or e-mail will not be accepted.

Contact: Research Administrator -  email: riac.med [at] mcgill.ca  | Tel: 514-398-5815

Signatures are Electronic

 

Research Scholars - Junior 1 and 2, Senior

Applicants must hold a doctorate in research or a professional degree in a health-related field at the doctoral level and work as full-time researchers (at least 75% of their working hours). This program is divided into four research areas: 1) basic research; 2) clinical and epidemiological research; 3) health and society; and 4) health and technologies.

Eligible applicants must:

  • be employed by a managing institution and reside in Quebec at the inception of the award.
  • meet the criteria of one of the following research status: University Researcher or Clinical University Researcher (see Definition section of the FRQ Common General Rules)
  • devote at least 75% of their working hours to research (full-time)
  • hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D or equivalent) in a discipline not directly related to health sciences (e.g. sociology, anthropology, psychology, economics, etc.) are eligible provided that their research program focuses on health-related issues.

Terms and Conditions:

  • must have permission from the director of the department or research director of an institution recognized by the FRQS to conduct research activities (see section #5 on research location in the FRQS program description)
  • Obtain university approval required by the FRQS
  • Must have a commitment from the university that the applicant will be appointed to a university position at the inception of the award.
  • Must comply with the provisions of the Québec Health Insurance Act (section XII, articles 95 to 104) regarding research scholarships. Specifically, all applicants must agree to comply with the provisions of the Act regarding the awarding of research scholarships (article 96): "No one shall be entitled to a research scholarship if, in the opinion of the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé under the Act respecting the Ministère du Développement économique, de l'innovation et de l'Éxportation." (chapter M-30.01):
  1. he/she is not domiciled in Québec;
  2. he/she does not have a working knowledge of the official language of Québec;
  3. he/she is not pursuing, for a university body for an institution, research in connection with one of the health sciences."

Clinical Research Scholars - Junior 1 and 2, Senior

Applicants must hold a professional degree in health-related field and work as half-time researchers (at least 50% of their working hours). This program is divided into four areas: 1) basic research; 2) clinical and epidemiological research; 3) research on health and society; and 4) research on health and technologies.

Eligible applicants must:

  • hold a professional university degree in health sciences at the doctoral level (M.D., D.D.S., etc.), a valid license to practice, and at least two continuous years of additional research training, with at least 50% of time devoted to research.  The license must remain valid throughout the duration of the award.
  • be employed by a managing institution and reside in Quebec at the inception of the award.   
  • meet the criteria relating to research status "Clinical University Researcher" (see Definition section of the FRQ Common General Rules)
  • devote at least 50% of their working hours to research while carrying on clinical activities at a level satisfactory to the FRQS (at least 25%)

Terms and Conditions:

  • Must be working in Québec as a clinician in a health-care institution in the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) network
  • Must have permission from the director of the department or research director of an institution recognized by the FRQS to conduct research activities (see section #5 on research location in the FRQS program description)
  • Obtain university approval required by the FRQS
  • Must have a commitment from the university that the applicant will be appointed to a university position at the inception of the award.
  • Must comply with the provisions of the Québec Health Insurance Act (section XII, articles 95 to 104) regarding research scholarships.  Specifically, all applicants must agree to comply with the provisions of the Act regarding the awarding of research scholarships (article 96): "No one shall be entitled to a research scholarship if, in the opinion of the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé under the Act respecting the Ministère du Développement économique, de l'innovation et de l'Éxportation." (chapter M-30.01):
  1. he/she is not domiciled in Québec;
  2. he/she does not have a working knowledge of the official language of Québec;
  3. he/she is not pursuing, for a university body for an institution, research in connection with one of the health sciences."

Distinguished Research Scholar

This profile program is designed to recognize the excellence of a limited number of experienced researchers selected by a competition among outgoing Research Scholars – those who are completing the Senior level of the FRQS or the equivalent, whether they are working at a hospital research centre or at the university.

Eligible applicants must:

  • be a researcher in the final qualifying year of a Research Scholar Award - Senior or Clinical Research Scholar Award - Senior from FRQS or of an equivalent scholarship from a granting organization recognized by the FRQS and must not exceed 13 years of experience
  • holds grants from public bodies (or deemed suitable for obtaining them if the candidate have recently come from an industrial setting)
  • be employed by a managing institution and reside in Quebec at the inception of the award
  • meet the criteria of one of the following research status: University Researcher or Clinical University Researcher (see Definition section of the FRQ Common General Rules)
  • devote at least 75% or 50% of their working hours to research, depending on whether the applicant holds a Research Scholar (75%) or Clinical Research Scholar (50%)

Terms & Conditions:

  • Must have permission from the director of the university department or from research director of an institution recognized by the FRQS to conduct research activities (see section #4 on research location in the FRQS program description)
  • Obtain university approval required by the FRQS

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS – NOTICE OF INTENT

Documents sent via mail or e-mail will not be accepted

Transmission via the FRQS electronic portfolio (FRQnet) only

IMPORTANT:

  1. In order to allow for university approval, the NOI should be submitted before the university deadline. (Deadline will be determined every year in July).  University approval, which automatically activates submission of the form to the FRQS, has to be done before the FRQS submission deadline.
  2. Once the form is submitted, it cannot be modified

Applicants

  • Canadian Common CV, Funding CV version, for the FRQS (updated since June 2019);
  • Detailed contributions updated since June 2019 (attachment required through the FRQS electronic portfolio on the Canadian Common CV page), consult the Guidelines for the CV attachment - see Toolbox section in the FRQS program description
  • Electronic form including,

• PDF copy of the degree(s) establishing the applicant's eligibility for the program (Ph.D, MD, D.D.S, etc), except for applicants who are already FRQS research scholars or clinical research scholars

• a copy of the applicant's highest specialist license (CSPQ, FRCPC, etc.) or second degree (M.Sc.), if applicable

The Notice of Intent is used to:

  • establish the applicant's eligibility
  • For Research Scholars and Clinical Research Scholars: verify the type of program and area of research chosen by the applicant (see section on Research areas) and assign the applicant to a preliminary category based on experience (see Research experience) in order to recruit peer-review committees.  For Distinguished Research Scholars: set up peer-review committees.  Scientific reviews are not based on the Notice of Intent.
  • obtain approval from the university (electronic approval via the Faculty of Medicine Research Office)

 The FRQS will confirm applicants' eligibility by e-mail by mid-September.

Only those applicants who are deemed to be eligible and have been approved by the university may submit applications.

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS – COMPLETE APPLICATION

Applicants

  • Canadian Common CV, Funding CV version, for the FRQS (updated since June 2019);
  • Detailed contributions updated since June 2019 (attachment required through the FRQS electronic portfolio on the Canadian Common CV page), consult the Guidelines for the CV attachment - see Toolbox section in the FRQS program description
  • Electronic form including

• copies of notices of awards and grants received since October 2016 (other than those attributed by the FRQS)

Email transmission (PDF documents only) to the FRQS Program Officer:

• Applicants who are registered in a M.Sc. or Ph.D. program must submit proof attesting that they will have fulfilled the program requirements to obtain their degree by June 30, 2021.

• Proof of members to a professional corporation (if applicable) certifying that the applicant will be entitled to practice in Québec by June 30, 2021.  If the license is to be delivered after June 30, 2021, the applicant must advise the FRQS in writing prior to the deadline.     

 

**Clarifications**

 

JUNIOR 1 applicants must provide two letters of recommendation from two respondents who are familiar with the applicant's work. One of the respondents must have been involved in the applicant's most recent research training.

JUNIOR 1 must also identify a Mentor and provide a Mentorship plan letter, describing how an experienced researcher will support the applicant in preparation of funding applications, planning and carrying out the program of research and providing guidance concerning other aspects of the applicant's career. The letter must detail the arrangements for the first year of the grant, along with a four-year outlook. (2 page max)

SENIOR and CHERCHEURS DE MERIT E applicants must provide confirmation of a full-time permanent position OR a fully-funded contract position for at least a five year period following the end of the award (at a salary commensurate of the applicant's university position).  For individuals holding CAS positions, a letter detailing the commitment as well as the source of the post-award salary must be provided by the DEPARTMENTAL CHAIR. IF the salary commitment is provided by an affiliated RI, the RI DIRECTOR may write the letter as long as it is co-signed by the Departmental Chair.  (Because these commitments have manpower, budget, etc, implications, all commitments must be vetted by the University Departmental Chair.)

FOR ALL APPLICANTS

The section that must be filled out by the "Directors of University research centres or departments" should be completed by the person who is most well acquainted with the facilities available to the applicant and his/her research context. However, because there are manpower, budgetary, and teaching assignment commitments engendered by these awards, applicants must enter in their DEPARTMENTAL CHAIR'S PIN in the relevant section.  Should the Departmental Chair wish to delegate the preparation of the content of the form to another individual, that remains his/her prerogative.

However, the ultimate authority to sign off on the application (i.e. to permit the applicant to apply and commit to the research requirements) rests with the DEPARTMENTAL CHAIR.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS)

(see internal guidelines below)
 

Accepting electronic applications only.
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) again solicits nominations of physician scientists for its Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) program.
The official announcement and description of this opportunity may be found on the funding agency's website: http://www.bwfund.org/grant-programs/biomedical-sciences/career-awards-medical-scientists

*BWF encourages institutions to nominate women and underrepresented minorities. If a woman or underrepresented minority is nominated within the initial five candidates, a sixth candidate may be nominated provided that candidate is a woman or underrepresented minority (i.e., African American, Hispanic, or Native American).

Amount of funding: $700,000 over 5 years to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Indirect costs may not be charged against BWF grants.
The ideal candidate will be two years away from becoming an independent investigator, have at least two years or more of postdoctoral research experience, and have a significant publication record.

Eligibility:
The ideal candidate will be two years away from becoming an independent investigator, have at least two years or more of postdoctoral research experience, and have a significant publication record.
• Candidates must hold an M.D., D.D.S., or D.V.M. degree.
• Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research. Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are ineligible.
• BWF encourages nominations from candidates who work in reproductive science.
• Candidates must be a fellow, resident, or a postdoctoral researcher and have at least two years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of application.
• Candidates must not be more than 10 years past their most recent earned doctorate degree. No exceptions will be made.
• Candidates with a clinical degree not awarded in the U.S. or Canada must be fully licensed to practice in the U.S. or Canada or have completed a residency in the U.S. or Canada within the last 10 years.
• Candidates who hold a junior faculty appointment (Lecturer, Instructor, Assistant Professor-non tenure track, etc.) may be eligible if they have been in a faculty position for two years or less at the time of application. To meet this requirement, the appointment must have begun no earlier than July 1, 2012.
• Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada at the time of application. Persons who have applied for permanent resident status but have not received their government documentation by the time of application are not eligible.
• Candidates must be nominated by accredited, degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada.
• Candidates must be committed to a full-time career in research as an independent investigator at a North American degree-granting institution.
• Candidates with tenure-track appointments as an Instructor or Assistant Professor at the time of application are not eligible.
• Candidates that have faculty appointments with institutional start-up funds or hold an R01 grant from the NIH are not eligible.
Important---please read all of terms, conditions and information on the program guidelines available on the sponsor's website.

Agency Forms and Resources
http://www.bwfund.org/grant-programs/biomedical-sciences/career-awards-m...


Internal Submission Guidelines
Please submit one PDF file containing the following in the order listed below to the Research Investigator Awards Coordinator at: riac.med [at] mcgill.ca -Tel: 514-398-5815

1) Title page
Title: Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS)
Project title:
Name of candidate, title, department, address, email and phone number

2) Letter of support from the applicant's Department Chair with the names of your two mentors. This should also contain information about the size of your office, lab and any specialized equipment that is already available to you which will facilitate your research.  The letter must address that you will be permitted to devote 75 percent of your time to research-related activities. (This letter is for the internal selection use only, and will not part of final application.)

NOTE--Please initiate your request for your nomination letter as soon as possible given the demanding schedules of your mentor and department chair.
3) A 4 page NIH-style biographical sketch

4) Research plan (no more than six pages, including figures, tables, graphs). The references are not part of the six-page limit
In the order listed below, the plan should describe:
A. Specific Aims
B. Scope and significance of the postdoctoral research
C. Work you plan for the faculty years.
D. Career objectives, including how the award will help achieve these objectives

5) CIHR Common  CV

6) Other support (list both current and pending grants with sponsor, term, amount of funding)

The above materials should be compiled (in the order listed above) into one pdf file and sent to the Research Investigator Awards Coordinator at: riac.med [at] mcgill.ca

Your packets will be distributed to the Faculty of Medicine Review Committee who will select the 5 or 6 applicants to represent the university.  Final candidates selected to represent the university will be notified.

 

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