MOST-FRQNT-FRQS Research on Biomedical Imaging


Summary

Competition year :

2016-2017

 

Deadline (notice or letter of intent) :

September 20th, 2016, 4:30 PM

 

Deadline (application) :

November 15th, 2016, 4:30 PM

 

Amount :

Maximum of $50,000 per year

 

Duration :

Maximum of 3 years, non renewable

 

Announcement of results :

March 2017

 

Objectives

As science becomes increasingly global and complex, many research questions cannot be addressed without cross-border collaborations between scientists from different sectors. The purpose of this call for proposals is to support innovative international research projects focusing on biomedical imaging, involving researchers from Israel and Québec. It will encourage major scientific breakthroughs in the short and medium terms by combining and potentiating the strengths, expertise and sources of structural leverage of both countries, as well as fostering knowledge translation.

This call for proposals is led jointly by:

  • Ministry of Science, Technology and Space - State of Israel (MOST)

  • Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et Technologies (FRQNT)

  • Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)

MOST, FRQNT and FRQS will act jointly as the call secretariat for proposals.

Program rules that prevail are those of the PDF version.
Program rules

All details about the Program rules for Israeli researchers can be found at
http://most.gov.il/Information/Calls/Pages/CanadaIsrael2017.aspx

 


1.

PROJECT ELIGIBILITY

Priority themes

For this program, the following scientific topics have been prioritized:

  • Brain Imaging

  • In vivo imaging and behaving animals

  • Optogenetics

Objectives

The aim of this program is to generate new collaborations and to advance knowledge and techniques in the biomedical imaging area.

Projects should:

  • Bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines, areas of expertise and research settings, and with a wide array of approaches and leading technologies

  • Be structured in a way to contribute as a new added value that researchers, funded by both Parties, could not achieve on their own

 


2.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

Conditions

Structure of the research team

  • Two (2) co-principal investigators (one from Israel and one from Québec) that will represent the project and will be responsible of the management of the application as well as of the project's internal scientific management with regards to their respective agency and members of the team

  • At least 1 co-investigator from Québec or more; co-investigators from Israel are also welcome but not mandatory.

  • Up to 8 collaborators (maximum 4 from Québec and 4 from Israel)

  • Research teams applying to this call for proposals must consist of researchers working in eligible institutions under the conditions and requirements of the relevant research funding agency (see below for more details)

For Québec only: there must be a minimum of 1 researcher (co-PI or co-researcher) working in Health Sciences and 1 researcher (co-PI or co-researcher) working in Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering

MOST, FRQNT and FRQS strongly recommend including new researchers among the co-investigators.

All researchers must adequately demonstrate that they are actively collaborating or will actively collaborate to the proposed project and specify the amount of time they will allocate to the project.

The co-principal investigator must demonstrate that he/she will devote a sufficient amount of research time to the project to ensure its success.

Research team multidisciplinarity will be considered an asset.

In Québec:

This call is open to:

For FRQNT:

  • University researcher (CHU, CHUN and CHUT) or institutional researcher (CE). Researchers from other research venues, such as affiliated researchers (CHA), government researchers (CHG), collaborating researchers (COL), researchers with no recognized institutional affiliation (CHS), industrial researchers (CHI), researchers from outside Québec (CHH), and guest researchers (VIS), may be included in the team as collaborators

For FRQS:

  • Principal Investigator or co-investigator(s) with the status of independent investigators or independent clinical investigators,  as defined in annex 1c of the FRQ Common General Rules, and working in a university or an institution in the health and social services network

Postdoctoral trainees cannot apply to this program as co-principal investigators or co-investigators.

In addition, the principal investigator and the co-investigators must:

  • Be affiliated with a Québec university

  • Be Canadian citizens or permanent residents (as defined in section 2.1 of the FRQ Common General Rules)and domiciled in Québec

  • Collaborators may be from outside Québec. However, no funds will be transferred outside the province

In Israel:

This call is open to:

See a matching Call for Proposals released on the MOST website.  
http://most.gov.il/Information/Calls/Pages/CanadaIsrael2017.aspx

Ethics

PIs and co-investigators must comply with the ethical regulations as defined in section 5.3 and 5.4 of the Common General Rules

Basic training in research ethics

Basic training in research ethics is mandatory 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

Awardees must successfully complete levels 1 and 3 of the Online Tutorial in Research Ethics set out by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS).

The co-PIs and co-investigators must have completed the training before the start of payment.

Multiple applications

A researcher may participate in only one proposal submitted under this call as co-Principal Investigator; a researcher may participate in more than one proposal submitted under this call as co-Investigator.

 


3.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS - LETTER IF REGISTRATION (FOR QUÉBEC RESEARCHERS ONLY)

Transmission of the documents:

All the documents described below should be sent by email to Manon Pelletier (manon.pelletier@frq.gouv.qc.ca), program manager at FRQS. The documents should be attached into one (1) PDF document. The e-mail transmission date and time will be considered as proof of the date and time of sending.

Any missing document or document that is not in conformity with the program rules and forms may result in the ineligibility of the funding application.

Québec co-Principal Investigator

NOTE: The letter of registration must be submitted by the Québec co-Principal Investigator to the FRQS only

 


4.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS - COMPLETE APPLICATION

Transmission of the documents:

In Québec:

All the documents described below should be sent by email to Manon Pelletier (manon.pelletier@frq.gouv.qc.ca), program manager at FRQS. The documents should be attached into one (1) PDF document.

CVs of all researchers (including the detailed contributions) should be attached into this PDF document, one after the other. A list of the main publications of the last 3 years for all researchers from Israel should also be included. The e-mail transmission date and time will be considered as proof of the date and time of sending.

In Israel:

See a matching Call for Proposals released on the MOST website.
http://most.gov.il/Information/Calls/Pages/CanadaIsrael2017.aspx

IMPORTANT: for the project description, the same and identical PDF document should be sent to both agencies.

Any missing document or document that is not in conformity with the program rules and forms may result in the ineligibility of the funding application.

Québec Co-Principal Investigator

Please follow the instructions above to send the following documents:

  • Application form

  • PDF document including the project description (must be identical to the PDF document sent by the Israeli team to MOST)

  • Canadian Common CV , Funding CV version for the FRQNT or FRQS (updated since June 2014), for the Québec principal co-Investigator

  • For the FRQS: Detailed contributions updated since June 2014 (attachment required through the FRQS Electronic Portfolio on the Canadian Common CV page), consult the Guidelines for the CV attachment - FRQS available in the toolbox

  • For the FRQNT: Detailed contributions (attachment to the Canadian Common CV), consult the Guidelines for the CV attachment - FRQNT available in the toolbox

  • A list of the main publications of the last 3 years for the Israeli co-Principal investigator

  • A list of the main publications of the last 3 years for the Israeli  co-Investigators (if applicable)

  • Letter of support from the administrators of the institution or university department in which the research will be carried out (for the co-PI only)

  • Letter of support from a collaborator or a partner, if applicable

  • Letter of Agreement for the cooperation for the 2 co-PIs

  • For a clinical co-PI: a letter from the director of the clinical department or the dean of the faculty specifying the number of hours for which the applicant will be released from his/her clinical obligations to carry out the research project

  • A copy of the Certificat de selection du Québec, the permanent resident card, or the work visa if applicable

Québec Co-Investigators

  • Canadian Common CV , Funding CV version for the FRQNT or FRQS (updated since June 2014)

  • For the FRQS: Detailed contributions updated since June 2014 (attachment required through the FRQS Electronic Portfolio on the Canadian Common CV page), consult the Guidelines for the CV attachment - FRQS available in the toolbox

  • For the FRQNT: Detailed contributions (attachment to the Canadian Common CV), consult the Guidelines for the CV attachment - FRQNT available in the toolbox

  • For a clinical co-investigator: a letter from the director of the clinical department or the dean of the faculty specifying the number of hours for which the applicant will be released from his/her clinical obligations to carry out the research project

  • A copy of the Certificat de sélection du Québec, the permanent resident card, or the work visa if applicable

 


5.

RESEARCH LOCATION

Choice of research location

An FRQS centre or group, an institution administered by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) or a Québec university.

Change of research location

The FRQNT - FRQS assume that the applicant will conduct his/her project at the same institution or university that initially endorsed the application throughout the entire grant period.

Applicants who wish to change their research location must submit by email an official request to the FRQS. The request must detail the reason(s) for the change and describe all possible consequences on the research project.

University or institutional authorities must notify the FRQS in writing once they have approved the change of location.

The acceptance of the new applicant in their new research centre or university department must also be done in writing to the FRQS by the director.

 


7.

AMOUNT OF THE GRANT

Amount

FRQNT and FRQS will provide a total of CAD$450,000 to the program (up to CAD$50,000 per project per year for three (3) years) for Québec researchers.

MOST will provide a total of 1.321,875 NIS to the program (up to 146,875 NIS per project per year for three (3) years) for Israeli researchers.

Source

Awardees from Québec will be funded by FRQNT-FRQS.

Awardees from Israeli will be funded by MOST.

Indirect research costs

For Québec researchers:

The grants awarded under this program are eligible to receive an additional amount to cover indirect costs of research of the institutions. However, the FRQNT and the FRQS are not responsible for the amounts paid by their partners. The details on indirect costs of research reimbursement will be available at the time of the grant.

For Israeli researchers:

See a matching Call for Proposals released on the MOST website.
http://most.gov.il/Information/Calls/Pages/CanadaIsrael2017.aspx

Funding and management rules

Grants will be administered in accordance with the research funding agencies' respective general rules. Applicants are subject to the general rules of the research funding agency that will provide funding.

 


8.

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

Eligible expenses, such as salaries, research material, equipment, other project-related expenditures, as well as travel expenses, are subject to the rules and regulations of the research funding agency that will provide funding.

For Québec researchers:

In addition to the list of eligible and non-eligible expenses detailed in section 8 of the FRQ Common General Rules, the following expenses are eligible:

Eligible:

  • Remuneration of students (master and Ph.D.) and postdoctoral fellows

  • Scientific staff remuneration (research personnel)

  • Research material (including purchasing and housing for animals) and all other expenses required to carry out the research project, conditional upon adequate justification in the proposal budget

  • Expenses to acquire or rent equipment including maintenance contracts for common services and shared facilities, conditional upon adequate justification in the proposal budget

  • Travel and accommodation costs of Québec researchers going to Israel (Maximum of 1 person/year, reasonable expenses)

  • Costs related to knowledge translation and transfer to users (notably, other researchers, the general public, practitioners, policy-makers and industry) based on the need for the research program

  • Production costs of joint publications

  • Translation costs

Non-eligible:

  • Remuneration of the PI, co-investigators and collaborators

  • All indirect expenditures related to layout organization or reorganization, facilities leasing and maintenance or the indirect costs covered by the host institution

  • Funds must not be transferred outside of Québec

For Israeli researchers

See MOST program rules on a matching Call for Proposals released on the MOST website.
http://most.gov.il/Information/Calls/Pages/CanadaIsrael2017.aspx

 


9.

EVALUATION

Letter of registration

For Québec researchers only

The letter of registration serves to:

  • Establish the eligibility of the Québec applicants

  • Evaluate the relevance of the application based on program objectives

  • Constitute a peer review committee of members with relevant expertise

Only applicants with eligible letters of registration will be asked by the FRQNT- FRQS, by e-mail, to submit a complete application.

Complete application

The complete applications will be evaluated by a peer review committee composed of international experts from clinical and scientific institutions chosen by the FRQNT-FRQS and the MOST according to the rules in effect for the constitution of review committees.

Evaluation criteria

Research project

  • Compliance with the research topics themes

  • Pertinence of the project interdisciplinarity

  • Originality and innovative aspects of the project

  • Clarity of the objectives and scientific excellence of the project

Research team

  • International scientific level of the research team

  • Track records of the researchers

  • Complementarity of the researchers' expertise and interdisciplinarity

  • Added value of the international collaboration

  • Balanced distribution between Israel and Québec researchers

  • Level of involvement of new researchers

Feasibility

  • Realism, significance and rigour in defining the structure of the project and the expected results, as well as in determining milestones

  • Realism of the schedule and relevance of the follow-up indicators

  • Scientific and technical feasibility of the project, choice of methods

  • Efficient use of existing resources

Benefits

  • Significance (quantitative whenever relevant) of the problem being addressed, and the potential impact of the proposed approach on solving it. Proposals should address these issues explicitly and provide as much evidence as possible

  • Proposed strategy for knowledge translation (towards the scientific community and the general public)

  • Impacts of the project in terms of knowledge and skills acquisition; practical applicability of expected research

  • Impacts of the project on the development of new concepts and models, instruments, approaches and methods

Budget

Adequate budget justification in the proposal

 


10.

RESEARCH OUTCOMES AND KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER

Submission of reports

In accepting the grant, the applicants agree to submit:

  • Annual scientific and financial progress reports following the rules and by the deadlines determined by their respective funding agency

  • Final financial report to their respective agency

  • Joint final scientific report required 4 months after the end of the term of the grant to FRQNT–FRQS and MOST

Use and dissemination of the results by partners

Applicants authorize the two research funding agencies to use final report and published research outputs (scientific publications, conferences, symposia, conventions or e-publication) for reproduction, translation, execution or public extension purposes through whatever means or for any other non-commercial purposes, provided there is no infringement of copyright law.

Knowledge mobilization

The FRQNT and FRQS encourage awardees to conduct and participate in knowledge mobilization activities (transfer, sharing, development, enhancement and dissemination) with practice settings and the general public, where such activities are relevant. Please read the document Knowledge Mobilization in the toolbox.

 


11.

APPLICANT'S AGREEMENT

In Québec:

In submitting an application, the applicant must:

In Israel:

See MOST regulations at
http://most.gov.il/Information/Calls/Pages/CanadaIsrael2017.aspx

 


12.

HOST INSTITUTION AGREEMENT

 

The host institution will provide:

  • Functional laboratories and research facilities as well as basic equipment required to carry out the research project

  • An environment respectful of the ethics and integrity standards outlined in the FRQNT and FRQS documents regarding Ethics and Scientific Integrity and in the Policy for the Responsible Conduct of Research of the Fonds de recherche du Québec.