Funding Opportunities

Research Matters

CANet Competitions

CANet offers several research funding opportunities to its Network Investigators who are eligible to apply for and receive Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) funds.

Strategic Research Grant (SRG)

The Strategic Research Grant (SRG) program is intended to support small and large-scale multidisciplinary multi-sectoral research projects that are presented in the context of a program of research that is aligned with the strategic priorities of the network.

Major Industry-Partnered Research Grant (MIRG)

The Major Industry-Partnered Research Grant (MIRG) program is designed to support industry-partnered research projects that are aligned with the Network’s strategic priorities. Up to $200,000 per year for three years is available for projects that include partner cash and in-kind contributions of 4:1 of which at least 75% must be cash.

Social Sciences Grant

The Social Sciences Grant provides funding to support the examination of new approaches to research critical to the transformation of arrhythmia care practices in Canada. Up to $150,000 (over a maximum of 2 years) can be requested.

Commercialization Grant

The Commercialization Grant provides funds to accelerate the development of promising technology and promoting its transfer into the Canadian healthcare environment. Up to $150,000/year for a duration of 2 years is available, and this is open to both CANet Network Investigators and CHAT members.

Seed Grant

The Seed Grant provides funding for pilot studies in arrhythmia research to gain preliminary results which can strengthen applications for CANet’s larger grants such as the Strategic Research Grant (SRG).

Ignite Grant

The Ignite Grant aims to foster collaborative relationships between Canadian-based companies and network investigators. Up to $25,000 is available for projects that involve network investigators working with Canadian-based companies in areas aligned with CANet’s strategic priorities.

CANet also offers funding opportunities for Trainees (Highly Qualified Personnel). Only CHAT members are eligible to apply for the opportunities listed below. 

Discovery Award

The Discovery Award provides funding for trainees to be principal investigators on original work. Recipients will be given funds (maximum of $25,000) to initiate their proposed research projects under the supervision/mentoring of a CANet Network Investigator.

Overview

CANet invites CHAT (CANet HQP Association for Trainees) members to submit research proposals for CANet’s CHAT Discovery Competition. The competition allows trainees to be the principal investigator on an original work. Successful proposals will be given funds (maximum of $25,000) to initiate their proposed research project under the supervision/mentoring of a CANet Network Investigator. All submitted proposals must be aligned with CANet’s strategic research plan and involve one or more of the CANet areas of focus (Atrial Fibrillation, Syncope, Sudden Cardiac Death). Matching funds (cash or in-kind) from potential partners are encouraged, but not required.

Finalists will give an oral presentation during the CANet Annual Scientific Conference. To be eligible for this competition, you must be a member of CHAT and must be able to attend the Annual Scientific Conference. All travel costs will be covered for finalists to attend the Annual Scientific Conference.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a member of CHAT.
  • Applicant must have a mentor/sponsor that is a CANet Network Investigator (Please contact the CANet administrative office if you would like to be assigned to a potential mentor). For a list of CANet Network Investigators, please see the following link: https://canet-nce.ca/who-we-are/network-investigators/

Eligible applicants include:

  • Students in progress of completing degrees (MSc, PhD, MD) in the fields of medical, scientific, engineering, social science and/or health care
  • Medical Residents and Fellows, Post-doctoral fellows

Travel Award

The Travel Award program is available to CHAT members to travel and present their CANet-related results or outreach initiatives at conferences/workshops/events outside of those sponsored by CANet.

Overview

CHAT Travel Awards are available to CHAT members to travel and present their CANet related results or outreach initiatives at conferences/workshops/events outside of those sponsored by CANet.

This is an open competition and submissions may be entered at any time. Application forms must be received a minimum of four weeks in advance of the event. Preference will be given to those who already have an accepted abstract at a conference/event.

Eligibility

Applicant must be a member of CHAT and must have a sponsor/mentor that is a CANet Network Investigator.

Individuals that are in the field of arrhythmia research or practice aligned with CANet’s strategic plan are eligible for CHAT membership under the following categories:

  • Students in progress of completing degrees (MSc, PhD, MD) in the fields of medicine, science, engineering, social science and/or health care)
  • Medical Residents and Clinical Fellows, Post-doctoral Fellows
  • Professional advancement (research associates, assistants, technologists, etc.)

Award Requirements

  • The conference/workshop/event must be hosted by a reputable organization. Preference will be given to those with abstracts accepted to HRS (Heart Rhythm Society) or CCC (Canadian Cardiovascular Congress). If requesting funding support for conferences other than HRS or CCC, the applicant’s supervisor must provide a letter indicating the importance of the conference the applicant is intending to attend.
  • CANet’s support must be acknowledged in oral/poster presentations
  • A two-page maximum summary report must be submitted which outlines the experiences obtained from attending the event.

Funding Details

  • Travel, accommodations, registration fees and meals are eligible expenses. Printing of posters or other supplies will not be covered. Up to a maximum of $1500 may be awarded.
  • All expenses must follow CANet’s Travel Policy (https://canet-nce.ca/members).

Selection Process and Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by the CANet administrative staff in collaboration with the Chair of the CANet Training and Education Committee.

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Clinical Research Fellowship Program

The Clinical Research Fellowship Program is an opportunity for a physician to obtain advanced training and/or to acquire more specialized expertise not normally acquired during residency or other fellowship training experiences. Training must involve both clinical and research activities.

Overview

The CHAT Clinical Research Fellowship Program is an opportunity for a physician to obtain advanced training and/or to acquire more specialized expertise not normally acquired during residency or other fellowship training experiences. Training must involve both clinical and research activities. Applicants for the CHAT Clinical Research Fellowship Program must have completed residency training in either the base specialty, base subspecialty, or a complimentary specialty related to CANet’s strategic areas of focus (atrial fibrillation, syncope, sudden cardiac death) prior to commencing the fellowship award.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a member of CHAT and must have a sponsor/mentor that is a CANet Network Investigator at an institute that can receive NCE funding. For a list of eligible institutions, please visit: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/36374.html.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in or have completed a specialty related to CANet’s strategic areas of focus (atrial fibrillation, syncope, sudden cardiac death).
  • The hosting institution must be a CANet signatory or become a signatory by agreeing to the terms and conditions of Network participation, as set out in the NCE Standard Agreement.
  • Eligible candidates include applicants who received their medical training both inside and outside of Canada, provided the applicant is certified to practice medicine in Canada.

Funding Details

The CHAT Clinical Research Fellowship provides a stipend of $60,000/year for a maximum of two years which requires a 1:1 funding match ($30,000/year contribution from CANet, $30,000/year minimum match from an institution or organization). Institutions or organizations that provide more than the minimum matching requirement will only be matched by a maximum of $30,000/year from CANet.

Evaluation Criteria

The quality of the research or training opportunity and the potential for a combined career as a clinician and researcher are the principal criteria on which the applications will be judged. More specifically, points considered in the assessment of an application are as follows:

  • Academic achievements
  • Publication record and contributions to published work
  • Research accomplishments to date, including evidence of independence and originality
  • Quality and clarity of the proposed research project and the potential to contribute to CANet’s strategic goals
  • Appropriateness of the proposed research or training project to further the candidate’s combined clinical and research career
  • Supervisor/mentor qualifications and strength of learning environment
  • Strength of references

Selection Process and Criteria

Proposals will be screened by the CANet administrative staff for completeness. Eligible applications will then be subject to peer review by the CANet Training and Education Committee. Applications will be ranked and presented to the CANet Research Management Committee for final decision.

Application Details and Procedure

A complete CHAT Clinical Research Fellowship application includes the following:

  1. A completed CHAT Clinical Research Fellowship Application Form
  2. A research proposal (maximum eight pages, excluding references, which may be appended on a separate page)
    • Provide a description of the proposed research project and training opportunity. The research project proposal should be completed in collaboration with the proposed supervisor(s) and include the research plan, specific project aims, methodology, and describe the applicant’s role on the project.
    • The research project proposal should be written in general scientific language, which is an important skill to acquire for future success in the research environment as applications are being reviewed by multi-disciplinary committees.
    • Provide an overview of how the applicant’s previous training relates to the present proposal and elaborate on their career goals.
    • Describe how the training/mentorship the applicant expects to acquire will contribute to their productivity and to the research goals they hope to achieve, and how this award will enable them to establish themselves as independent investigators.
    • Indicate why they decided upon the proposed training location and what they expect to learn from the training experience.
    • Provide justification if they are planning to hold this award in the same research environment (i.e. research/paid institution [or its affiliate], supervisor or co-supervisor) where they completed their previous degree.
  3. CV for both the candidate and the proposed supervisor(s)
  4. Reference letters from two (2) individuals under whom the candidate has trained and who have had an opportunity to assess the candidate’s potential for clinical/research success. Reference letters may be sent electronically to research@canet-nce.ca, but originals still must be sent to the CANet Administrative Centre and sealed at the source. The candidate’s supervisor may be a reference.
  5. Letter(s) of support verifying matching funds. This may be from the institution, organization, department head, etc.
  6. Letter of support from the local (institutional or organizational) Fellowship Program Director indicating that the candidate has institutional or university verification of graduate and/or clinical training, and completed degrees.

Submit your completed application with required signatures and proposal in a single PDF document to research@canet-nce.ca. Please note that hard copy submissions are not required. Reference/support letters can be sent directly to:

Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (CANet)
ATTN: Dr. Kevin O’Neil
Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine
1465 Richmond St, 3rd Floor  London, ON  N6G 2M1

click here to download application

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program is designed to support arrhythmia researchers at a pivotal time in their careers. Applicants must be conducting research that is related to CANet’s strategic areas of focus (atrial fibrillation, syncope, sudden cardiac death).

Overview

The CHAT Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program provides support for Canada’s most promising arrhythmia researchers at a pivotal time in their careers. The fellowships are also intended to secure a supply of highly qualified Canadians with leading-edge scientific and research skills for Canadian industry, government and universities. Applicants for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program must be conducting research that is related to CANet’s strategic areas of focus (atrial fibrillation, syncope, sudden cardiac death).

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a member of CHAT and must have a sponsor/mentor that is a CANet Network Investigator.
  • Eligible candidates include applicants who have received their PhD degree from either inside or outside of Canada, from a credible university/institution.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in or have completed a specialty related to CANet’s strategic areas of focus (atrial fibrillation, syncope, sudden cardiac death)

Funding Details

The CHAT Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program provides a stipend of $45,000/year for a maximum of two years which requires a 1:1 funding match ($22,500/year contribution from CANet, $22,500/year minimum match from an institution or organization). Institutions or organizations that provide more than the minimum matching requirement will only be matched by a maximum of $22,500/year from CANet.

Evaluation Criteria

The quality of the research or training opportunity and the potential for a career as a researcher are the principal criteria on which the applications will be judged. More specifically, points considered in the assessment of an application are as follows:

  • Academic achievements
  • Publication record and contributions to published work
  • Research accomplishments to date, including evidence of independence and originality
  • Quality and clarity of the proposed research project and the potential to contribute to CANet’s strategic goals
  • Appropriateness of the proposed research or training project to further the candidate’s research career
  • Supervisor/mentor qualifications and strength of learning environment
  • Strength of references

Selection Process and Criteria

Proposals will be screened by the CANet administrative staff for completeness. Eligible applications will then be subject to peer review by the CANet Training and Education Committee. Applications will be ranked and presented to the CANet Research Management Committee for final decision.

Application Details and Procedure

A complete Postdoctoral Fellowship application form includes the following:

  1. The CHAT Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Application Form
  2. Research Proposal (maximum eight pages, excluding references, which may be appended on a separate page)
    • Provide a description of the proposed research project and training opportunity. The research project proposal should be completed in collaboration with the proposed supervisor(s) and include the research plan, specific project aims, methodology, and describe the applicant’s role on the project.
    • The research project proposal should be written in general scientific language, which is an important skill to acquire for future success in the research environment as applications are being reviewed by multi-disciplinary committees.
    • Provide an overview of how the applicant’s previous training relates to the present proposal and elaborate on their career goals.
    • Describe how the training/mentorship the applicant expects to acquire will contribute to their productivity and to the research goals they hope to achieve, and how this award will enable them to establish themselves as independent investigators.
    • Indicate why they decided upon the proposed training location and what they expect to learn from the training experience.
    • Provide justification if they are planning to hold this award in the same research environment (i.e. research/paid institution [or its affiliate], supervisor or co-supervisor) where they completed their previous degree.
  3. CV for both the candidate and the proposed supervisor(s)
  4. Reference letters from two (2) individuals under whom the candidate has trained and who have had an opportunity to assess the candidate’s potential for research success. Reference letters may be sent electronically to research@canet-nce.ca, but originals still must be sent to the CANet Administrative Centre and sealed at source. The candidate’s supervisor may be a reference.
  5. Letter(s) of support verifying matching funds. This may be from the institution, organization, department head, etc.
  6. Transcript of the candidate’s graduate training, including proof of any degrees completed. Does not have to be an official transcript.

Submit your completed application with required signatures and proposal in a single PDF document to research@canet-nce.ca. Reference letters must be sent directly to:

Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (CANet)
ATTN: Dr. Kevin O’Neil
Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine
1465 Richmond St, 3rd Floor  London, ON  N6G 2M1

click here to download application

Mentorship Award

The Mentorship Award is designed to support the integral role that mentorship from CANet Investigators plays in the development of new highly qualified personnel (HQP).

Overview

CANet is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the CHAT Mentorship Award. Mentorship from CANet Network Investigators play an integral role in the development of new highly qualified personnel (HQP). This award recognizes the contributions to teaching and mentorship that are made by CANet Network Investigators through nomination and selection from the CHAT community.

Award recipients will be announced during the CANet Annual Scientific Conference. Award recipients will receive a letter of recognition and certificate signed by the CHAT Executive Committee Chairs, Chair of the Training and Education Committee and the Scientific Director.

Eligibility

Nomination Process and Submission

The nomination package includes:

  • Letter of support from the nominator (maximum 500 words). Multiple nominators may submit multiple letters of nomination, but letters co-signed by multiple nominators shall not exceed 500 words.
  • A list of CHAT members under the supervision of the nominee
  • A separate list of abstracts, publications and/or grants received by the nominator(s) under the supervision of the Network Investigator

Evaluation Criteria

The CHAT Executive Committee will select award recipients based on the following characteristics:

  • Leadership and commitment to trainee initiatives
  • Role modeling and work-life balance
  • Achievements of trainees under their supervision/direction

Publication Award

The Publication Award recognizes outstanding publications authored by CHAT Trainees through nomination from CANet Network Investigators.

Overview

CANet is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the CHAT Publication Award. This award recognizes outstanding publications authored by a CHAT Trainee through nomination from CANet Network Investigators.

There will be one award for each of the following categories: basic research paper, and a clinical research paper. Award recipients will be announced during the CANet Annual Scientific Conference. Award recipients will receive a letter of recognition and certificate signed by the CHAT Executive Committee Chairs, Chair of the Training and Education Committee and the Scientific Director. A cash prize will also be awarded.

Eligibility

  • The nominator must be a CANet Network Investigator
  • The nominee must hold membership in CHAT
  • The nominee should be the primary/first author on the submitted publication
  • The publication should have been published/accepted within 24 months of the application deadline

Nomination Process and Submission

The nomination package includes:

  • Letter of support from the nominator. This must detail the trainee’s role in the research project and publication preparation (maximum 500 words)
  • Letter from the nominee detailing their role in the research project and what they learned as a result of their experience (maximum 500 words)
  • Copy of published/accepted manuscript

Evaluation Criteria

The CHAT Executive Committee will select the winner based on the following characteristics:

    • Evidence that the trainee was the primary contributor
    • Evaluation of skills acquired during the project
    • Impact and/or scientific merit of publication

Study Goal – To have an impact on the health resource utilization so that we don’t use too much healthcare resources for the management of patients.

Dr. Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy
Scientist and Emergency Physician, The Ottawa Hospital, CANet Investigator

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