Research Investigator Awards Program
The DFCM Investigator Awards Program supports five types of researchers:
- Clinician Scientists: funding for those with ≥50% protected research time.
- Clinician Investigators: funding for those with <50% protected research time.
- New Investigators
- Graduate Research Studies
- Non Clinician Research Scientist: funding for those with 80% or more protected research time
There are currently 30 Research Investigator Program positions supported by DFCM.
Note: All applicants must have an academic appointment in the DFCM (or equivalent) and be an active faculty member in an affiliated unit.
The DFCM Investigator Awards Criteria (pdf) outline the requirements for those holding awards. For those interested in applying for an Investigator Award position :
Those applying as Clinician Scientists must be established researchers with a PhD degree or equivalent who can provide:
- evidence of a meaningful collaborative relationship (e.g. as shown by grants and publications) with other senior researchers in an established research environment or team;
- evidence of an independent research program where they have a leadership role and can demonstrate research productivity in terms of: peer reviewed grants as principal investigator; peer reviewed publications in high impact journals; and formal mentorship of junior researchers.
Those applying as Clinician Investigators must be established researchers with at least a Master’s degree or equivalent who can provide:
- evidence of a meaningful collaborative relationship (e.g. as shown by grants and publications) with senior researchers in an established environment or team;
- evidence of research productivity in terms of: peer reviewed grants (as PI, Co-PI, or Co-Investigator); and first author publications in peer reviewed journals.
Those applying as New Investigators must be:
- within 5 years of receiving their highest academic degree (preference will be given to those with a research PhD or equivalent);
- interested in becoming Clinician Scientists;
- able to provide evidence of a meaningful collaborative relationship (e.g. as shown by grants and publications) with senior researchers in an established environment or team;
- able to provide evidence of research productivity (for stage of career) in terms of peer reviewed grants (as PI, Co-PI, or Co-Investigator) and peer reviewed publications (as first author or co-author).
Those applying for a Graduate Research Studies Award must:
- hold an academic appointment or equivalent in the DFCM and be enrolled or accepted in a relevant research degree program.
- Preference will be given to those enrolled in a research PhD program.
All applications require a letter of support from a Unit Chief/Division Director with: a clear statement of the amount of protected research time; proportion of distribution of responsibilities (research, clinical, teaching, administration); assurance of administrative support and research space and a description of available research associate support; and statement of enhanced matched funding for the amount of protected research time. All applications must also include a completed Clinician Scientist/Clinician Investigator/Research Scientist/New Investigator/Graduate Studies Application Form.
There are currently 3 award available, 2 Clinician Scientist/Clinician Investigator Awards and 1 New Investigator Award. Full details about the available positions and application process are attached.
The proposed timeline for this call for applications can be seen below. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact Dr. Paul Krueger, Associate Director, Research and Advocacy Program (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Application Deadline: October 30, 2020
Decision Date: December 4, 2020
Start Date: January 1, 2021