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University Internal Medicine Research Foundation

The University Internal Medicine Research Foundation (UIMRF) was established to encourage and promote research throughout the Department of Medicine. The Department of Medicine Research Committee, chaired by Dr. John Hanly, is responsible for reviewing and approving the grants and research awards.

UIMRF external fellowship funding – application deadline: October 1

The Department of Medicine University Internal Medicine Research Foundation (UIMRF) has established a Research Fellowship program for clinicians to obtain research training external to Dalhousie University following the completion of their residency training programs in the Department of Medicine.

The main purpose of this award is to attract and foster the development of promising individuals as researchers. Priority will be given to those who have a pre-established faculty position within the Department to which to return upon the completion of their external fellowship training. The Research Committee reserves the right not to award a grant in a given year.

  • The Research Fellowship will commence the first of July and can continue for a two- or three-year period depending on the external research program and/or the Division’s request.
  • During tenure, the Fellow shall devote not less than 75% of his/her time to the purposes of the award in the chosen field of endeavour.
  • Deadline for statement of progress:  January 15th each year of the fellowship. Application for renewal must be made annually.
    • A letter of support must be submitted by the supervisor for this and clearly indicate the progress made.
    • Also, a one page letter from the applicant detailing progress to date.

Eligibility criteria

The candidate must have an M.D. and must be eligible for Royal College certification in Internal Medicine or one of its disciplines. This fellowship will normally be the first fellowship held by the candidate. Ideally, the successful applicant will be within five years of obtaining professional qualifications (MD, PhD, FRCPC).

Required application form

DoM UIMRF External Fellowship application form

UIMRF internal fellowship funding – application deadline: October 1

The Department of Medicine University Internal Medicine Research Foundation (UIMRF) has established an Internal Research Fellowship for post-graduate clinicians and basic scientists in the Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University.

The main purpose of this award is to foster the development of promising individuals as researchers. The Research Committee reserves the right not to award a grant in a given year.

  • The Research Fellowship will commence the first of July and continue for 12 months. The award is renewable once, based on significant progress made by the applicant.
  • During tenure, the Fellow shall devote not less than 75% of his/her time to the purposes of the award in the chosen field of endeavour.

Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must have an M.D. or a Ph.D. degree. This fellowship will normally be the first fellowship held by the candidate. Ideally, the successful applicant will be within five years of obtaining professional qualifications (MD, PhD, FRCPC). Candidates with an M.D. degree may apply for the award to undertake graduate studies leading to a Masters degree. All supervisors must be members of the Dalhousie University Department of Medicine, and the proposed work must take place within the research units of the Department of Medicine, hence the term Internal Research Fellowship.

DoM residents seeking DoM financial sponsorship for the Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) at Dalhousie University would do so via this competition.

Required application form

DoM UIMRF Internal Fellowship application form

UIMRF bridge and pilot funding – application deadline: October 15

A grant competition sponsored by the Department of Medicine University Internal Medicine Research Foundation (UIMRF) will be held on an annual basis to support research activities amongst members of the Department of Medicine. The Research Committee reserves the right not to award a grant in a given year.

Principles

Subject to availability of funds, application will be accepted for bridge funding for department members who have held external funding which has been terminated and plan to seek external funding in the near future / or for individuals who require funding for pilot projects prior to submission of a grant to an external peer review granting agency. Note: Applicants must submit a grant for external funding to an external peer review granting agency within the calendar year following receipt of this award.

Eligibility criteria

This competition is open to individuals whose primary academic appointment at Dalhousie University is within the Department of Medicine and who have been either:

  • a Department member for at least a three-year period OR
  • a new department member working for three or more years since the completion of their highest level of post-graduate education.

Please note: department members who are principal investigators of active external grant support are not eligible for the bridge/pilot competition.

Funding and grant duration

  1. The maximal award is usually $25,000 subject to availability of funds.
  2. Funds may be used for operating support and/or equipment.
  3. The duration of bridge/pilot funding is for a one-year period.
  4. Barring exceptional circumstances, department members will not be eligible to receive this award more frequently than once in every five years.

Accountability

Successful applicants will be required to submit a progress report to the Department of Medicine Research Committee within one year of the award that outlines the status of the research (including proposed presentations and publications) and details on how funds have been spent. For bridge or pilot project funding, the report must contain a copy of the external grant submitted by the applicant and any abstracts, preprints or published reports related to work supported by the UIMRF grant.

Application process

  • There will be one application deadline per year, October 15th.
  • The UIMRF Grant-in-Aid application form must be used.
  • Department members who are Principal Investigators of active external grant support are not eligible for this competition.

UIMRF junior department member funding – application deadline: October 15

A grant competition sponsored by the DoM University Internal Medicine Research Foundation (UIMRF) will be held on an annual basis to support research activities of junior members of the Department of Medicine. Eligible members are encouraged to apply as soon as is feasible after their appointment to maximize research opportunities. The Research Committee reserves the right not to award a grant in a given year.

This award may also be used as a source of matching funds if applying for a Category I award from the bi-annual (March 15th and September 15th submission deadlines) NSHA Research Fund competition. The DoM Research Office must be informed of intent to apply to the NSHA Research Fund for a Category I award at least one month prior to the relevant competition deadline in order for the Department to provide a letter to accompany your NSHA RF application. The letter to the NSHA will state that matching funds will be provided by the Department of Medicine for the application pending review and approval of the application by the DoM Research Committee.

Principles

  1. Grants are to be used for start-up funds for new investigators beginning their research careers.
  2. Applicants are expected to submit a national external peer reviewed grant within one year of receiving this award.
  3. Grants are meant to foster the research environment within the Department of Medicine.

Eligibility Criteria

This competition is open to individuals with a primary and major academic appointment (ordinarily at least 0.5 FTE) within the Department of Medicine at Dalhousie and who have been faculty members at Dalhousie (or previously at any other university) for less than a three-year period.

Funding and Grant Duration

  1. The maximal award is usually $50,000 subject to availability of funds.
  2. Funds may be used for operating support or equipment.
  3. The duration of funding is usually for a one-year period.
  4. Department members are only eligible to receive this award once.

Accountability

Successful applicants will be required to submit a progress report (including proposed presentations and publications) at the completion of funding (one year) to the Department of Medicine’s Research Office that outlines the current status of the research and details how funds have been spent. Applicants are also required to submit any abstracts or publications and peer-reviewed grant applications that are the result of this funding.

Application

Deadline is October 15 and March 15 (if also applying for Category I award from the NSHA research fund) annually.

UIMRF matching research funds – application deadline: >1 month before external application

Matching funds are increasingly required as part of research funding agency opportunities. In order to support the viability of applying for these funds, the Department of Medicine University Internal Medicine Research Foundation (UIMRF) offers a matching funds program to eligible DoM investigators. A maximum of up to $50,000 per year, up to $25,000 per application, is sequestered from the DoM UIMRF annual budget, depending upon availability of funds and the success of the external application.

This funding does not include NSHA Research Fund applications requiring matching funds, which is part of the regular UIMRF application process.

Applications must be submitted no later than four weeks prior to the external application deadline; however, applicants are encouraged to advise the DoM Research Office of matching funds requirements as soon as this requirement is known.

The lead DoM researcher must fill out the attached form and submit it to the Department of Medicine Research Office (kathryn.nelson@nshealth.ca) for review and consideration.

Requests will be reviewed and assessed based on the requirements and guidelines listed below. Matching funds are not guaranteed and are subject to budget availability.

Requirements:

  • For this competition the requirement for matching funds must be a requirement and explicitly stated a priori as a condition of the awarding of the grant. (Please note: These funds cannot be used as leverage or bridge funds.)
  • The lead investigator/applicant must have a primary appointment in the DoM.
  • The proposed research must support the mandate and mission of the DoM strategic plan.
  • The budget must explicitly state how the matching funds will be used and include all relevant in-kind contributions.
  • The application must include a list of other institutions partnering on the application, and other institutions and/or partners providing matching funds to the application.   Identify other funding sources that have/will be sought.

Other Guidelines:

  • Ordinarily, the lead investigator/applicant may receive a maximum from this competition of up to $25,000 over a three-year term.
  • Funding release is at the discretion of the Department of Medicine and are contingent upon the lead investigator/applicant receiving the funding for the grant application requiring the matching funds. 
  • Should the matching requirements of the funding agency and/or application change due to receipt of additional research funding or a cut in proposed budget/funded award, the approved matching funds amount may be revised.

June 2018

Research in Medicine (RIM)

The first program of its kind in Canada, Research in Medicine is a mandatory program that introduces Dalhousie medical students to research from the start of their medical training. From first year on, it fosters their research and critical thinking abilities as they complete independent research projects.

UIMRF sponsors up to five RIM summer studentships annually, including the Dr. Tom Marrie DoM Endowed Studentship Award.

For more information on this program managed by the Faculty of Medicine, please contact the RIM program.

 

How can I get the application forms?

For more information, contact:

Kathryn Nelson
Research Office, Department of Medicine,
Dalhousie University & Nova Scotia Health Authority
Tel: 902-473-6696
Email: kathryn.nelson@nshealth.ca