The members of the board of directors of the FRQS approved all the 2017–2018 awards and grants programs. Program details and e-forms are now available.
A key change impacting all programs is the addition of a section to foster knowledge mobilization activities by FRQS award and grant holders.
The rules of the master and PhD awards programs were thoroughly reviewed and are now presented separately. Details on eligible study programs and grant periods were clarified and the parental and sick leaves were harmonized with those set out in the Common general rules.
In an effort to make the research support program for college research-professors more accessible, the notice of intent step was eliminated and the period to submit an application was extended.
With regard to the research grants programs, the deadlines for the letter of intent and complete application were harmonized.
More specifically and along with the renewal of the partnership agreement, the radiology research grant program was completely revised. Changes pertaining to applicant eligibility, required documents and eligible expenses were made.
The grant period of the Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) program was extended to two years. However, the grant is non-renewable.
Finally, component 3 of the Traumatology Research Consortium program was revised. Modifications were made to the objectives, amount of the grant, payment conditions and eligible expenses.
Arising from a comprehensive approach to modernize the programs of the FRQS's Theme Networks, the 2017–2018 competition will launch with revised program rules, as well as a guide to management and governance.
Through an agreement between the FRQNT, the FRQS and the Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology and Space (MOST), a joint Québec-Israel biomedical imaging research program will be launched.
Finally, several programs were not renewed in 2017–2018: Research on Emergency Services Issues and the Continuum of Care, Research Program on Cancer, Health Services Research and Support for Research in Technology Assessment and Evidence-Based Medicine in University Hospitals.
Changes to the Common general rules
At the meeting on June 21, the members of the board of directors adopted changes to the Common general rules. Among the modifications are the recasting of section 5 (awarding and conditions), clarifications to the citizenship and residence requirements (articles 4.3 to 4.5), complete revision of the articles on concurrent grants and parental and sick leaves (articles 6.12 to 6.14) and updates to section 8 on eligible and ineligible expenses and to the statuses (annexe 1).