Master's or Doctoral training / 2014-2015


Summary

Competition year :

2014-2015

 

Deadline (application) :

October 15th, 2013, 11:59 PM

 

Amount :

Master's: $15,000 / Doctoral: $20,000

 

Duration :

Master's: 2 years / Doctoral: 2 and 3 years

 

Announcement of results :

April 2014

 

Objectives

This program is designed for university students seeking to pursue health research training in a Master's or doctoral university program. All human health themes are eligible, regardless of proposed methodology or models.


1.

Eligibility requirements

Eligible applicants

  • Applicants with a university undergraduate or Master's degree;

Health professionals with a valid licence to practice in Québec must apply to one or other of the following award programs:

  • Master's and Doctoral Training for Applicants With a Professional Degree in human health
  • Professional Postgraduate Training in Research (Fellowship)

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

This status must remain in effect for the duration of the award.

Terms and conditions

  • Must be enrolled in a full-time Master's or doctoral program as of September 30, 2014.

Master's awards are intended for applicants who have been enrolled in a master's research program, since one year or less as of April 30, 2014.

Ph.D. awards are intended for applicants who have been enrolled in a doctoral research program for three years or less as of April 30, 2014.

Students enrolled in a doctoral research program straight after their bachelor's degree must first apply to the master's research program if they are eligible.

The number of enrolment years is calculated according to the application date for the master's program or doctoral program.

Students who have suspended their master's or doctoral studies to take parental leave may defer their period of eligibility for a maximum of one year.

If an applicant is a handicapped person in accordance with the Act ensuring handicapped persons their rights for academic, professional and social integration, the rules for registration do not apply. The duration of the award remains at 2 years for the Master's and 3 years for the Doctorate.

Applicants enrolling in a post-Master's qualification program in France (Diplôme d'études approfondies, D.E.A. or the equivalent) must apply to the Master's Training Program.

  • Master's training awards: At the time of applying, the applicant must have earned a grade point average of B+, or the equivalent, in university undergraduate studies.

Only grades for the degree presented for admission to the Master's or doctoral program will be considered.

  • Must submit a health research project and be supervised by an independent investigator (as defined in the Common Rules and Regulations, art. 1.2).

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.


2.

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

Applicants

  • 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
  • Form to calculate the number of training program sessions (calcul du nombre de sessions aux programmes de formation) available with the training awards form (Bourses de formation)
  • Official academic transcripts for all university courses taken, whether completed or not

    For transcripts from institutions located outside North America, the applicant must include a note explaining the institution's marking system

  • Copies of all awards, honours and distinction notices, including FRQS awards
  • Acknowledgements from publishers for articles submitted and 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)
 

Applicant

  • Copy of the applicant's permanent resident card, if applicable and if not included with the application

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.

  • Include confirmation from publishers regarding articles submitted or accepted for publication.
  • All of the documents must be sent in a single PDF file to the program officer in PDF format. The applicant's name and application number must appear on the PDF document.

Confirmation

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

At the starting date of the award

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

  • A copy of a valid Québec health insurance card
  • An official proof of registration from the Registrar Office. Official proof of registration will also be required upon request from the program officer thereafter.

 

 

 

 

 

 


3.

Training location

Choice of training location

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a Master's or doctoral program in a recognized Canadian or foreign university.

Change of training location

Award recipients who wish to change research project, director, program or training institution must apply to do so by submitting the request form (in French) and required documents in a single PDF file to the program officer via e-mail.


4.

Duration of the award

Effective starting date

Between May 1 and October 31, 2014

Master's award

2 years or until completion of Master's studies, whichever comes first

  • Applicants continuing on to doctoral studies may use any remaining portion of their Master's award towards those studies.

Doctoral award

3 years or upon termination of doctoral studies, the shorter of the two, if the candidate was registered in the doctoral program for 2 years or less on April 30, 2014.

2 years or upon termination of doctoral studies, the shorter of the two, if the candidate was registered in the doctoral program for 3 years or less on April 30, 2014.

  • Applicants undertaking doctoral studies immediately following a bachelor's degree must first apply to the Master's Training competition, provided they are eligible.

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 email 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.


5.

Amount of the award

Master's award

$15,000/year

Awardees who continue on to doctoral studies without having used all the instalments of their Master's award may transfer the remaining instalments to their doctoral studies.

Doctoral award

$20,000/year

Administration

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


6.

Other sources of funding

Authorized paid work

Awardees may accept a teaching load of 45 hours per session or a job that does not represent more than 150 hours of remunerated work per session, provided their director is in agreement and that this work does not interfere with their research activities.

Institution or supervisor

The awardee may accept additional funds from the institution or his/her research supervisor.

Concurrent funding

See Common Rules and Regulations, art. 6.13


7.

Review

Process

All applications are reviewed by committees of experts representing various disciplines and institutions.

Criteria

Academic record

  • Excellence of academic record
  • Awards
  • Honours
  • Distinctions

Aptitudes and experience

  • Lectures and presentations
  • Publications
  • Research projects and research training programs

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 candidate's choice
  • 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).


8.

Awardee's agreement

By submitting an application, the applicant must:

  • Comply with the obligations outlined in the Common Rules and Regulations (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.

9.

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.

11.

Awards in partnership

The FRQS offers a number of awards in collaboration with partners. The amounts of funding provided by the FRQS and the as well as other funding conditions (i.e. funding period and renewal option) may vary according to the agreements in effect.

Eligible applicants are selected through a three-step process:

  1. Applicants must select by priority order, one or more partners whose research areas are in line with the themes of the application in order of preference (see section Partenariats [partnerships] on the form).
  2. The FRQS will send the partners a list of applications. The partners will assess the relevance of the applications based on their interests and research priorities.
  3. The applications will be assessed by a committee of experts or peers. Applications that obtain a score of at least 70% for scientific excellence and which are relevant to the work of one or more partners may be offered partnership funding.

Like all other FRQS awards, the partnership awards are attributed based on merit following a scientific assessment by a committee of experts or peers.

Alzheimer's disease

(Ph.D. only)

Alzheimer Society of Canada

Applicant must also submit an application to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health

(Ph.D. only)

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Québec

Priority will be given to applicants collaboration with a new researcher whose work is currently funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis

(Ph.D. only)

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC)
Environment-cancer

Cancer Research Society (CRS)

Only aimed at applicants who received a project grant under the CRS's Environment-cancer Fund – GRePEC competition in partnership with the FRQS and MESRST.

Hypertension (Ph.D. only)

Société québécoise d'hypertension artérielle (SQHA) - Jacques de Champlain Award

The Jacques de Champlain Award in cardiovascular health and hypertension areas includes a research support supplement.

Infectious diseases and AIDS Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux – Service de lutte contre les infections transmissibles sexuellement et par le sang (SLITSS)
Macular Degeneration Fondation Antoine Turmel
Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Applicant must also submit an application to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

Osteoporosis Fondation Antoine Turmel
Optimal drug use

Institut national d'excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS)

The research theme of these training awards is medication: pharmacology, phamacoepidemiology, clinical pharmacology, and evaluative research on drug use.

Parkinson's disease

Parkinson Society of Canada

Applicant must also submit an application to the Parkinson Society of Canada

Perinatology

Integrated Research Network in Perinatology of Quebec and Eastern Ontario (IRNPQEO)

Only applicants who are members of the Integrated Research Network in Perinatology of Québec and Eastern Ontario (IRNPQEO) are eligible.

Suicide Réseau québécois de recherche sur le suicide (RQRS)
Traumatology (Ph.D. only)

Traumatology Research Consortium

  • Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS)
  • Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ)
  • Provincial Rehabilitation Research Network (REPAR)
  • Association québécoise d'établissements de santé et des services sociaux (AQESSS)
  • Association des établissements de réadaptation en déficience physique du Québec (AERDPQ)

 

  

 

 

 

 


Do you have questions?

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Nancy Ronco

Program Officer (Master's)

 nancy.ronco

514 873-2114, poste 1282

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Christiane Jeannotte

Program Officer (Doctorate)

 christiane.jeannotte

514 873-2114, poste 1238

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