Announcement (July 11, 2017)
In partnership with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa, the Department of Surgery is pleased to announce the competition for the 2017-18 Research Program Awards.
Research Program Award Information
The Department of Surgery is pleased to announce the competition for Year 2 (F2017-18) of the Research Program Awards. Research Program Awards will be allocated to proposals for research programs within the Department of Surgery, focused on clinical, quality improvement, education, or translational research objectives. This year, 4 to 6 separate programs of research will be supported, including a combination of new and established research programs.
What is the funding for?
Outstanding proposals for research programs (new or established)
Who is eligible?
Surgeons from the Department of Surgery at the University of Ottawa
What is the award?
$60k/year for up to 2 years
What do you need to apply?
Letter of support from your division head committing $25k/year in funding
Completed application (template available)
When will proposals be due?
February 5, 2018
Annually, the Research Program Awards of the DoS grants funding up to $120,000 over 2 years (i.e., of up to $60,000 per year), for new research programs and established research programs.
All participating academic surgeons are eligible to apply, and a competitive peer-review and transparent process will select the most deserving proposals. The Research Program Awards will provide short-term funding (up to 2 years) to support innovative proposals, and to enable academic surgeons to develop programs sufficiently to qualify for additional support and evaluate novel strategies to transform surgical care delivery. A one-year delay before re-applying after success will be imposed.
- New research programs are currently unfunded and defined by a novel focus, hypothesis or question, to be submitted by any (i.e. new or established) investigators, and have plans for sustained inquiry, research personnel, multiple publications, and external grant applications.
- Established research programs are defined by existing and sustained inquiry, existing research personnel, multiple publications, and presence of external grant funding.
Research Program Awards will provide support for research personnel to conduct clinical, translational, educational, and quality improvement research aiming to improve short and long-term patient outcomes. Funds should be used to support the human resources necessary to implement, test and/or evaluate new concepts and modes of surgical care delivery.
In general, the funds are not intended for equipment, however the innovative use of equipment (i.e., imaging) could form the basis of a project. Funding may not be used to defray the cost of implantable medical devices, drug trials, and costs of travel.
1. Proposals must be submitted by individuals with primary appointments to the Department of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa.
2. A proposal must have the support from its division chair prior to the submission to the selection committee (and supply a letter indicating that the division would provide $25k/year).
3. A maximum of two proposals/division will be accepted for review for divisions with ≤24 surgeons; and a maximum of three proposals/division will be accepted for review for divisions with ≥25 surgeons.
4. Initial eligibility criteria includes (in first year):
- plans for sustained inquiry and investigation;
- plans to hire research personnel;
- plans for greater than two publications; and
- plans to submit external grant applications.
5. Continuing eligibility criteria includes (in second year or for established programs):
- existing hired personnel;
- submitted at least one external grant application; and
- submitted manuscript(s) (for established programs only).
- A call for proposals will be made by the Chair of the Department of Surgery or his/her designate (July/August 2017).
- All submitted proposals must follow the attached template provided (http://tohdos.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/RPA-Submission-Template.docx).
- All proposals must be submitted as a single PDF file.
- All submitted proposals will be evaluated through a competitive peer-reviewed process involving representatives from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and the Department of Surgery.
- This year, 4 to 6 (TBC) Research Program Awards will be made available, including both new and established research programs.
- Dean of the Faculty of Medicine or his/her delegate;
- Chair of the Department of Surgery or his/her delegate;
- Vice-Dean, Research, Faculty of Medicine or his/her delegate;
- Vice-Chair, Research, Department of Surgery;
- Two additional members nominated by the Department of Surgery Research Committee; and
- An additional member designated by the Vice-Dean, Research, Faculty of Medicine.
The assessment of proposals by the peer-review committee will be based on the following criteria:
1. External funding potential: defined as potential for obtaining external funding, and becoming a nationally and internationally recognized program of research.
2. Relevance and impact: defined as potential impact of research program within and beyond the local institution and the academic community. In addition, the likely significance of the program in generating and transferring new knowledge and beneficial results beyond the research program’s participants, as well as, potential to improve understanding in the research program’s subject field: presence of a documented and coherent knowledge translation strategy for exchanging information generated by the program.
3. Team strengths: defined as experience and skills of the research program team, including: track record, historical productivity and impact, likelihood that this team can complete the proposal being proposed, time and availability to commit to the proposal, and, collaborative arrangements with colleagues, if applicable.
4. Feasibility of proposal: defined as clarity and realism of the research proposal with respect to the objectives, timeframe, intended outcomes and outcome metrics, and resources available.
- Once the proposals have been approved by the Selection Committee, then Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Surgery Finance Office are notified.
- Matching contributions for each research award include $25,000/year/award contributed by Department of Surgery, $25,000/year/award contributed by division, and $10,000/year/award contributed by University of Ottawa. Each award has a two-year duration (pending the mid-award report).
- All matching award contributions should be sent to the OHRI cost centre responsible for handling the awards. All award contribution cheques should be made payable to the OHRI with the appropriate cost centre identified on the cheque. The Department of Surgery administration will provide this cost centre.
- As principal investigator, the award winner will need to provide their individual cost centre to collect their award grant money. Once all matching contributions for an award winner are collected, the award will be disbursed to the award winner’s cost centre.
- The financial year of the fund is from May 1 to April 30.
All submitted proposals must follow the template provided (http://tohdos.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/RPA-Submission-Template.docx) using Microsoft Word, 11 point Arial or Times New Roman fonts and saved as a single PDF file. The template includes the descriptions provided below.
The CV(s) and letter(s) of support (i.e., division head) can be submitted as separate PDFs via the web portal.
Please complete the online application, which includes uploads for your proposal and supporting documents via the web portal at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RPA_2017 by Monday, February 5, 2018 (11:59 PM).
You will be asked for all of the following information in the document template and via the web portal for submission:
- Domain of research (select one: clinical research, quality improvement research, educational research, or translational research)
- Type of research program (select one: new research program, or established research program)
- Research program title (25 words maximum)
- Principal investigator(s) (include all titles and institutional affiliations, and a CV for each investigator (OCGS format is preferred))
- Plain language abstract (describe the proposal using non-technical language emphasizing the research question and its importance to surgical care delivery, 200 words maximum)
- Background and rationale (optional use of one table/figure/illustration to support description is allowed, 500 words maximum)
- Overall aim and hypothesis of proposal (200 words maximum)
- Specific objectives (define primary and secondary objectives as applicable, 200 words maximum)
- Methodology overview (provide a description of the approach/methodology to be employed using the suggested headings below and up to 2 optional tables/figures/illustrations, 800 words maximum)
- Suggested sub-headings include the following:
- Study setting
- Study subjects
- Study intervention(s) (if applicable)
- Outcomes and outcome metrics
- Sample size and rationale (if applicable)
- Data sources and data collection
- Data management
- Data analyses
- Ethics (specify plans for seeking research ethics approval
- If your proposal includes the collection and use of data, then a consultation is strongly recommended with the OHRI Methods Center
- Suggested sub-headings include the following:
- Timeline/milestones (provide a target start date, the dates when each outcome/milestone will be completed and the target finishing date, use one optional table/figure/illustration such as a Gantt chart, 200 words maximum)
- Team (include the names and affiliations of the team members, with a brief statement of their roles, experience, area(s) of expertise, time commitment and planned contributions, 300 words maximum)
- Budget (provide a table using the suggested row headings: human resources, other, and total funds)
- Relevance and impact of research program (300 words maximum)
- Dissemination (provide plans for investigators to communicate results via conferences, publication, reporting in results databases, or other, 200 words maximum)
- Additional program funding (elaborate on existing or planned supplemental funding for the proposed program including the amount(s) and source(s); including existing (established) grant applications and dollar amount, and/or planned (new) grant applications and dollar amount, 300 words maximum)
- Support/letters from partners
- A proposal must have the support from its Division Chair committing funding prior to the submission to the selection committee (mandatory)
- Support/letters from partners (if applicable)
- List of references (30 references maximum)