National researchers / 2014-2015


Competition year :



Deadline (notice or letter of intent) :

August 22nd, 2013, 11:59 PM


Deadline (application) :

October 1st, 2013, 11:59 PM


Amount :

30 000 $


Duration :

4 years


Announcement of results :

April 2014



NOTE: No technical or administrative support will be available on Saturday or Sunday.

This high-profile program is designed to recognize the excellence of a limited number of experienced researchers selected by a competition among outgoing Research Scholars – those who are completing the Senior level of the FRQS or the equivalent, whether they are working at a hospital research centre or a university. In the latter case, the university is expected to offer the researcher a full-time position before the end of this award period.


Eligibility requirements

Eligible applicants

  • Researchers who have received a Research Scholar Award or a Clinical Research Scholar Award from the FRQS or from a health-care research granting organization recognized by the FRQS for a maximum of 13 years and still hold the award at the time of submission.

This program is intended exclusively for research scientists in the final year of a Senior Research Scholar award from the FRQS or an equivalent award from a granting organization recognized by the FRQS.

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents (as defined in section 1.1. of the Common Rules and Regulations) domiciled in Québec for at least three years as of the submission deadline for this award.

Not eligible:

  • Directors or associate scientific directors of research centres funded by the FRQS or senior managers in university-level teaching institutions (unless permission in writing has been obtained from the FRQS)

Terms and conditions

  • Must be recognized by the FRQS as an independent researcher.

  • Must devote at least 75% or 50% of his or her working hours to research, depending on whether the applicant holds a Research Scholar or Clinical Research Scholar Award.

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.

In addition, career researchers must attend a Research Ethics Board (REB) meeting as observers. The REB must be affiliated with a university or with an institution within the health and social services network. Participation must occur within two years of receipt of a positive response concerning the FRQS award.


Required documents - Notice of intent

Electronic documents

Please make sure to submit your e-documents to the FRQS.


  • Notice of Intent form compulsory

  • 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)

  • The Notice of Intent is used to:

  • establish the applicant's eligibility

  • recruit peer-review committees. Scientific reviews are not based on the Notice of Intent.

  • obtain approval from the university

The FRQS will confirm applicants' eligibility by e-mail in early September.

Only those applicants who are deemed to be eligible and have been approved by the university may submit applications.


Required documents - complete application

Submitting documents via the FRQS Web site only

Please make sure to submit your e-documents to the FRQS.


  • 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)
  • Chercheurs nationaux application form including:
  • copies of notices of awards and grants received, other than FRQS awards and grants, in the past 4 years.

Directors of university research centres or departments

  • Form

Submitting documents via e-mail (PDF format only)

Please make sure to submit all your e-documents to the program officer.

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


  • Applicants who received a research scholar award from a funding agency other than the FRQS must provide a copy of the grant notice that establishes his/her eligibility for the program.
  • proof of membership to a professional corporation (if applicable) certifying that the applicant will be entitled to practice in Québec by June 30, 2014.

Application update

Applicants may update their award notices and publication lists until January 17, 2014.Please include grant confirmations and acknowledgements from editors for articles that are accepted for publication and submitted (do not include the articles). All documents must be sent to the program officer in a PDF file. The file name must include the applicant's name, application number and research topic. No other documents will be accepted.


Applicants will receive e-mail confirmation of receipt of application in November.


Lieu de recherche

Choix du lieu de recherche
  • un groupe, un centre du FRQS, un établissement du ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux ou un milieu de recherche d'une université du Québec

    Le candidat peut réaliser son programme de recherche à l'extérieur d'un établissement du réseau du MSSS ou à l'extérieur du réseau des centres de recherche du FRQS à condition qu'il fasse partie d'une équipe ou d'un laboratoire dont les préoccupations de recherche en santé sont reconnues par le FRQS.

  • un milieu industriel

    Une entente devra être conclue entre le FRSQ, l'entreprise d'accueil et une université, selon des modalités spécifiques à chaque candidat. Cette entente devra permettre au candidat de réaliser un programme de recherche novatrice et d'assumer des activités de formation d'étudiants aux cycles supérieurs.

Changement de lieu de recherche

Le FRQS présume que, pour toute la durée de la bourse octroyée, le chercheur national travaillera dans l'établissement ou dans l'université qui a endossé sa demande.

Le boursier qui désire changer de lieu de recherche doit en faire la demande par écrit au FRQS. Cette demande fera état des raisons du changement et décrira toutes les conséquences possibles sur son programme de recherche.

Les autorités universitaires doivent aviser par écrit le FRQS qu'elles approuvent le changement.

Le directeur du nouveau centre de recherche ou département universitaire doit aviser par écrit le FRQS qu'il accepte d'accueillir le candidat et qui lui assurera des conditions équivalentes à celles qui avaient été précisées dans le formulaire produit par le directeur du centre précédent.


Durée de la bourse

Date d'entrée en vigueur

Du 1er juillet au 30 septembre 2014


4 ans, non renouvelable

Congés parentaux

Le boursier peut se prévaloir d'un congé parental (maternité, paternité ou adoption).

La bourse pourra être reportée pour une période maximale de 2 ans.

Le boursier devra informer par écrit le FRQS de son intention de se prévaloir d'un tel congé parental.

Congé sabbatique

Le chercheur national recevra son plein traitement durant une année sabbatique à condition de se conformer aux exigences suivantes :

  • présenter au FRQS une demande de congé sabbatique pour une durée maximale de 12 mois

  • présenter au FRQS un programme de formation complémentaire ou d'activités bénéfiques pour faire progresser son programme de recherche

    Ce programme doit être accepté, par écrit, par le FRQS au moins 60 jours avant le début du congé sabbatique.

  • transmettre au FRQS une copie de l'approbation de ce congé par les autorités universitaires responsables ou par celles de l'établissement où il travaille
  • transmettre (s'il y a lieu) au FRQS une preuve écrite montrant l'acceptation du chercheur national par le laboratoire d'accueil

Congé pour raisons de santé

Le boursier peut se prévaloir d'un report de sa bourse pour raisons de santé (personnelle ou d'un proche) sur présentation d'un certificat médical précisant la durée du congé prescrit par le médecin. Les versements de la bourse seront interrompus pendant cette période.


Amount of the award


From $30,000 / year

This amount must be supplemented by the university (see University authorities' agreement).

Training grant

In addition, the FRQS will fund a training grant of $20, 000/year for 3 years to support a doctoral student or to support a candidate at the postdoctoral level. The FRQS scales for the remuneration of a postdoctoral fellow must be adhered to. An award of $30,000/year will have $20,000 coming from the FRQS and $10,000 from the researcher's own research funds.

The student will be chosen by the researcher, but must meet FRQS criteria for excellence.

The training grant may be used at any time during the four-year term of the National Researcher Award.




All applications are reviewed by a peer-review committee made up of members representing various health disciplines and research methodologies and recognized for their expertise in recruiting high-level researchers.


The specific evaluation criteria applicable to national researchers are listed in the evaluation grid in the Toolbox.


Awardee's agreement

In 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 provisions of the Health Insurance Act pertaining to research grants (division XII, article 96): " No one shall be entitled to a research scholarship if, in the opinion of the Québec Research Fund–Health established pursuant to the Act respecting the Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation (chapter M-30.01):

  • (1) he is not domiciled in Québec;

  • (2) he does not have a working knowledge of the official language of Québec;

  • (3) he is not pursuing, for a university body or for an institution, research in connection with one of the health sciences."

  • Comply with the ethics and integrity standards outlined in the FRQS document Standards en éthique de la recherche et d'intégrité scientifique and carry out the responsibilities of a researcher, as defined by the Ministère du Développement Économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation in the Plan d'action - Gestion de la propriété intellectuelle dans les universités et les établissements du réseau de la santé et des services sociaux où se déroulent des activités de recherche (available on the Web site of the FRQS).

  • 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.


University authorities' agreement


Universities approve applications and assume the responsibilities listed below jointly with the heads of the department with which the applicant is affiliated and the research centre where the research will be conducted (if applicable).

Salary supplement

  • University authorities supporting an application for a Research Scholar must ensure that the applicant will receive a salary supplement equal to the difference between the award and the remuneration that the applicant would receive from the university as a full-time professor, to the satisfaction of the FRQS.

Should the applicant have a mixed affiliation involving a company, the university and the partner must jointly endorse the Research Scholar's application.

Under such circumstances, the partners must ensure that the applicant will receive a salary supplement equal to the difference between the award and the remuneration that the applicant would receive from the university or from the partner as a full-time professor or employee. A protocol of agreement must be signed with the FRQS to cover this partnership.

Confirmation of position

Upon expiry of the award and if not already done, the university undertakes to appoint the researcher to a regular position with tenure.

Benefits and laboratory or research premises

The applicant must be eligible to join the pension plan and enjoy other benefits available to full-time staff working at the university. These obligations imply that the researcher's salary will be administered by the university even if he or she works at a research centre.

The host institution agrees to provide the functional laboratory or research premises and basic equipment the applicant requires for research purposes.

Protection of research time

The university and hospital authorities must jointly ensure that:

  • the applicant Clinical research scholars is released from his or her clinical duties in order to meet the obligation to spend 50% of his or her working hours on research. The applicant must also have access, if applicable, to outpatient clinical premises and a sufficient number of beds to complete the clinical research project

  • To enable them to fulfill the obligation to spend 75% of their professional time on research, the Research Scholars who apply must be freed from their administrative and teaching duties accordingly.

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