Postdoctoral Training - career Transition Award National Institutes of Health (NIH)-FRQS (Phase 1) / 2014-2015


Competition year :



Deadline (application) :

October 15th, 2013, 11:59 PM


Amount :

from US$44 000 to US$59 000 per year


Duration :

2 to 3 years


Announcement of results :

April 2014



This two-phase program is aimed at postdoctoral fellows seeking to perfect their training at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) before pursuing careers as independent researchers in Québec.



This career transition awards program aims to establish a long-term career path for postdoctoral fellows from Québec who possess exceptional scientific abilities and ensure that recipients receive the support required to pursue careers as independent researchers upon their return to Québec.

The program (5 to 6 years) involves two phases:

  • Phase 1 (2 to 3 years): Postdoctoral training/career advancement at the NIH;
  • Phase 2 (2 to 3 years): Salary support (career award) and operating grant to facilitate the recipient's return to Québec after training at the NIH and provide support as he/she embarks on a career as an independent researcher (faculty position in a Québec university or research centre). Phase 2 will be launched in summer 2014.


Eligibility requirements

Eligible applicants

  • Applicants with a doctoral degree (Ph.D.

Applicants must have obtained their doctorate no more than two years before October 15, 2013 (except for applications for renewal).

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents (as defined in the Common Rules and Regulations, art. 1.1) domiciled in Quebec on the date the award becomes effective, or by June 30, 2014

Not eligible: incumbents of a university position

Terms and conditions

  • Must pursue full-time postdoctoral training in human health sciences research

  • Supervisor whose laboratory or clinic is located on an NIH research campus (the location must be specified prior to submitting the application form);

  • Applicants who have not submitted their doctoral thesis when applying for the award must provide proof of submission by September 30, 2014.

Basic training in research ethics
Basic training in research ethics is compulsory for all FRQS awardees when their research project involves human subjects.
The term "research project involving human subjects" applies when the research project involves:

  • living human subjects

  • cadavers, human remains, tissues, biological fluids, gametes, embryos or fetuses, cells or genetic materials

  • personal information on file. Personal information is defined as information that enables a person to be identified.

This basic training consists of successful completion of Levels 1 and 3 of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux On-line Tutorial in Research Ethics.

Awardees must complete this basic training within a year of receipt of a positive response concerning the FRQS award.

FRQS encourages awardees to obtain, when possible, one-credit research ethics training in addition to the compulsory basic training in research ethics.


Required documents

Before October 15, 2013
Documents sent via mail or e-mail will not be accepted.
Letters of recommendation will not be accepted
Transmission via the FRQS Web site only


  • Canadian Common CV (complete new version)

The Fonds de recherche du Québec are using the new version of the Canadian Common CV for this competition. Only the Funding CV for the agency will be accepted.

  • detailed contributions (as a CV attachment)

  • Bourses de formation application form

  • Official doctoral transcripts (except renewal applications)

  • Copies of all award, honours and distinction notices, including FRQS awards

  • Acknowledgements from publishers for articles that are submitted or accepted for publication

  • Copy of the applicant's permanent resident card (if applicable)

Research supervisor (and co-supervisors, if applicable)

  • Canadian Common CV (complete new version)

The Fonds de recherche du Québec are using the new version of the Canadian Common CV for this competition. Only the Funding CV for the agency will be accepted.

  • detailed contributions (as a CV attachment)

  • Director's Form

After October 15, 2013
E-mail transmission (PDF documents only)
The e-mail transmission date will attest to the date on which the documents were submitted.


  • Proof of membership in a professional corporation and of license to practice in Québec (if applicable), submitted by June 30, 2014, and each subsequent year, for the duration of the award

  • Copy of permanent resident card, if applicable, submitted by June 30, 2014

Application update
The e-mail transmission date will attest to the date on which the documents were submitted.

Articles in journals with peer-review committees may be updated until November 30, 2013.

  • Please include confirmation from publishers regarding articles submitted or accepted for publication.

  • All documents must be sent in a single PDF file to the program officer. The name of the PDF file must include the applicant's name and application number.

Applicant will receive e-mail confirmation of receipt of application, including notice of eligibility, by latest November.

When the award comes into effect
When the award comes into effect, the award holder must submit (via e-mail, in PDF format)

  • A copy of his/her valid Québec health insurance card

  • A written confirmation of the beginning of your project from your research directior (and annually thereafter)


Training location

Choice of training location

National Institutes of Health laboratory or clinical centre

Partner (training location) obligations

The NIH will:

  • Appoint the award recipient as a Supplemental Visiting Fellow, fulfilling the requirements as described in the NIH policy manual;

  • Provide assistance in obtaining the appropriate work-authorized immigration status required by the research fellow;

  • After obtaining the scientific director's approval, provide each Fellow with laboratory and/or clinical space as well as access to databases, computers and other relevant scientific resources available as provided to similar trainees;

  • Ensure that the award recipient and his/her mentor are aware of NIH guidelines regarding oversight and progress review of each Fellow in the program.


Duration of the award

Effective starting date

Between May 1 and October 31, 2014

2 years and possibly 3 years, conditional upon the acceptance of a renewal application.

Parental leave
Awardees are entitled to a maximum of 6 months of paid parental leave (maternity, paternity or adoption), in which case the duration of the award will be extended by a maximum of 6 months. If both parents are awardees, only one of them is entitled to paid parental leave.

An applicant who wishes to take parental leave must have held the award for at least 4 months, unless he or she is already receiving an award from the FRQS.

Awardees must give the FRQS a notice by e-mail of their intention to take parental leave, accompanied by a statement from their research director confirming that their training is being suspended for those months.

The paternity leave cannot begin before the first week of the child's birth. The awardee must attach a copy of the birth certificate to his application.

Sick leave
The awardee may defer the award in case of serious illness (his or her own or the illness of a close family member) upon presentation of a medical certificate that includes the precise length of leave prescribed by the physician. The recipient must inform the FRQS via e-mail of his/her intention to postpone the award. Payments will be suspended during that period.


Amount of the award


US$44,000 to US$59,000 per year
Up to six awards (phase 1) will be granted.

The award will be paid out to the applicant in instalments sent to institution where the applicant is carrying out the training program.

Income Tax

The awardee is responsible for paying the income tax due on amounts received from the FRQS. No taxes are withheld at source by the FRQS on amounts disbursed during the tax year in question.

The date the amount is granted determines the year in which the awardee must declare the amounts received as income for personal tax calculations.

Revenue Canada's T4A form and Revenue Québec's form 1 are sent to the awardee's mailing address (the one shown in the candidate's module /module du candidat) in February of the following year of taxation.

The details provided in this form are for information purposes only. The FRQS is not responsible for the validity of the information given about income tax.

Parental leave
See Duration of award


Other sources of funding

Concurrent funding
See Common Rules and Regulations, art. 6.13

Relocation and travel expenses

The recipient will be reimbursed for any relocation expenses at the start and end of the first phase of the award, up to US$3,000.

In addition, every year, the recipient will be reimbursed for travel expenses (economy class) to Québec upon the presentation of supporting documents (up to two return trips per year).

Standard health insurance coverage provided by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES)-NIH for the recipient and his/her family (if applicable) will be paid for by FRQS.



All applications are reviewed by committees of experts representing various health research disciplines and methodologies.

First application

Academic record

  • Awards

  • Honours

  • Distinctions

Aptitudes and experience

  • Lectures and presentations

  • Publications

  • Internship

Research project

  • Clear, concise background for research problem

  • Clarity and agreement between hypotheses and objectives

  • Relevant methods and analysis

  • Feasibility

  • Originality of project and contribution to the advancement of knowledge

Training environment

  • Justification of the choice of the candidate

  • Quality of supervisor's publication record related to student training record

The weighting of the evaluation criteria and sub-criteria is detailed in the evaluation grids (see the toolbox).

Renewal application

Research project's state of advancement since the start of postdoctoral training

  • Advancement with respect to methodology and discipline

  • Justification for renewal and potential for successful outcome

  • Research supervisor's evaluation

Achievements since the start of postdoctoral training

  • Lectures and presentations

  • Publications


Awardee's agreement

By submitting an application, the applicant must:

Comply with the obligations outlined in the common general rules (Règles générales communes) of the three Fonds and in the Politique du Libre accès aux résultats de recherche publiés as well as with the conditions and requirements outlined in the online program description.
Comply with the ethics and integrity standards outlined in the FRQS document Standards en éthique de la recherche et d'intégrité scientifique.
Authorize the FRQS to retain and use the personal and scientific information included in the application documents, in keeping with the terms outlined in the document Accès aux documents et protection des renseignements personnels and provided that the people who are granted access to the information respect its confidentiality.


Supervisor's agreement

The supervisor must:

  • Oversee the awardee's work and provide the awardee with the material and financial means necessary to carry out the research project.
  • comply with the ethics and integrity standards outlined in the FRQS document Standards en éthique de la recherche et d'intégrité scientifique and ensure that the awardee also complies with them.