Faculty

College of Medicine Research Award: Supporting Post-COVID - Initiatives

The Office of the Vice-Dean Research (OVDR) in the College of Medicine is excited to release the 2021 Guidelines and Final Application to the CoMRAD: Supporting Post-COVID - Initiatives. The CoMRAD provides seed funding (up to $30,000) for novel pilot and/or feasibility studies that will facilitate future applications to provincial, national, and global funding opportunities.

In the spirit of supporting Post-COVID initiatives, there will be no restrictions on salaries for proposed personnel this year and 2020 awardees are eligible to apply again this year.

If you are planning on competing in this year’s 2021 CoMRAD, please complete the attached Expression of Interest and return to com.rad@usask.ca by June 30th, 2021. *You will need to submit the Expression of Interest in order to apply*

Application deadline: August 18th, 2021

All applications must be submitted as one single document to com.rad@usask.ca

Please note: CoMRAD projects are for one year only, and the faculty's academic appointment must continue through the end of the full granting period in order to be eligible. Applicants are responsible for the submission of all necessary documents. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from the CoMRAD competition.

2020 Rapid Response COVID-19

The OVDR and the RRC are proud to announce the recipients of our jointly offered Rapid Response COVID-19 funding opportunity. The capital purpose of the Rapid Response Call is to provide funding to catalyze small-scale, time-sensitive research projects focused on contributing to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and/or its negative consequences on people and communities.

2021 Rapid Response COVID-19

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Mingling Minds and the Office of the Vice-Dean Research have partnered to generate the 2021 Rapid Response COVID-19 Research Funding initiative to help facilitate collaborative research in the College of Medicine in regards to the COVID-19 vaccine by providing a unique funding opportunity to catalyze small-scale, time-sensitive research projects focused on COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, delivery, and impact in Saskatchewan.

In order to be eligible to apply for this funding, the principle investigator must be a Mingling Minds member. Membership agreement is attached and must be submitted prior to or along with the 2021 Rapid Response COVID-19 Research Funding application. Mingling Minds membership applications should be submitted to Mingling Minds.  

Deadline for funding applications is February 1st, 2021 at 4:30pm and should be submitted to OVDR Funding.

Please click here to sign up for our OVDR COVID-19 mailing list.

College of Medicine Bridge Funding

Aimed at supporting College of Medicine (CoM) faculty in achievements of research excellence and encouraging application for Tri-Agency funding, this competitive initiative is available to all faculty with a primary academic appointment in the CoM that will continue through the full granting period. 

Bridge Funding can be obtained for CIHR Project Grants; up to $100,000 CAD for 2 years.

To Apply: Within 2 weeks of final notification of the Tri-Agency results, applicants must submit a copy of the Tri-Agency notice of award (notice of decision document) and the reviewer's comments, plus a budget justification, as a single PDF document via email.

Note: Paper applications will not be accepted. CoMBRIDGE notifications of decision will be sent via email. 

Please contact our office with any questions or comments.

The OVDR recognizes that faculty members may need to take a leave (parental, personal, medical, etc.) during their career. Unfortunately, in the context of today’s competitive academic environment, taking a leave has the potential to negatively impact research productivity, and in turn impact a researcher’s career.

Researchers should not have to worry about exchanging their career trajectories to attend to personal, real-life responsibilities. It is intended that this grant will provide support to minimize the impact of an extended leave period on research activities.

Applicants may request up to $10,000 for a duration of up to one year.

Please contact our office with any inquiries.

The College of Medicine Supplemental Publication Funding program now only supports publications that are copublished with graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents. (See Publication Funding details under undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate sections below).

Please see OVPR Internal Funding Programs for information about available Publications Funding for faculty.

Research Start-Up Funding

To build capacity and support new faculty in various disciplines of health research in the College of Medicine at the University Saskatchewan, the OVDR offers research start-up funding to researchers joining the college with a minimum of 0.3 FTE dedicated research time.

The start-up funding program will provide a base start-up funding amount to all eligible applicants determined by their dedicated research FTE.

Supplementary funding may be requested for expenses required beyond the base funding amount, but these expenses must be justified by the applicant.

Please contact our office with any inquiries.

Virtual Conference Funding

The OVDR is proud to offer a virtual conference funding opportunity open to all faculty members with a primary academic appointment in the College of Medicine. This initiative is intended to support faculty, clusters, groups, and departments who are interested in organizing virtual conferences, seminars, symposiums, workshops, or webinars in order to aid in the advancement of knowledge and scientific discovery.

Note: This opportunity will be offered from May 1, 2020, forward as an ongoing call. We will not be backdating any virtual conference costs with invoices prior to May 1, 2020.

Please contact our office with any inquiries.

Undergraduate

Dean's Summer Research Projects

Open to all first and second-year undergraduate medical students, the Dean’s Summer Research Projects program acts to facilitate exposure to scientific research, fostering skills that will be crucial throughout our students’ careers as medical professionals. The initiative is intended to ignite a passion for research, promoting an understanding of the vital role research plays in health care today

Application Process:

  1. An annual call for proposals is sent out to all faculty in the fall. Faculty will fill in the 1-page proposal form below and develop a potential summer project and submit it to the OVDR.
  2. Proposals will be adjudicated, and the OVDR will award projects for the 2021 Summer Research Project program based on the quality of proposals and funding available.
  3. The OVDR will post awarded 2021 project proposals on the dean’s projects google drive for students to review on in early January. Available projects have been released to 1st and 2nd year undergraduate medical students and can be found on the Dean’s Project Google Drive.
  4. Interested students may contact faculty with awarded proposals to express their interest in working with them.
  5. Faculty and students who have agreed to work together return a student-supervisor agreement to our office, and we will remove the matched proposal from google drive.

Please contact our office with any inquiries.

Biomedical Summer Research Projects

The Biomedical Summer Research Projects initiative facilitates the research training of undergraduate students enrolled in the following programs: Biomedical Foundation, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, and Cellular, Physiological, and Pharmacological sciences.

Biomedical Summer Research Projects are a maximum of 16 weeks in length and run over the summer months (May-August) exclusively. Students and supervisors with similar research interests are encouraged to contact each other and begin the application process. In an effort to help students and supervisors connect, supervisors are encouraged to submit research project proposals to biomed.projects@usask.ca by February 24, 2021. The proposal, which can come from any area of biomedical research, will be posted on Google Drive for students to view. The OVDR will update the list on a regular basis with projects that have been submitted and/or filled. In order to do this, we ask that supervisors let us know when they are no longer seeking students for the project proposed. Please note that supervisors are also free to contact students they would like to work with.

We are pleased to announce the following changes to the 2021 program:

  • Student applicants must have a GPA of 75% or higher to apply for this award.
  • This is now a cost-shared award and supervisors are required to contribute 40% of the award amount ($3,200 of the total $8,000).
  • Students who are awarded both NSERC USRA and Biomedical project awards should accept the USRA. In this case, the student will receive $8,000 and the OVDR will cover the supervisor matching portion of the NSERC USRA.
  • Supervisors may submit a maximum of two applications.
  • Although every effort will be taken to allow students to complete their summer projects within the lab, if this is not possible due to COVID-19 safety restrictions then we look to the supervisor and student to modify the project accordingly to comply with the current safety regulations.

Applications will be due by 4:00 pm, March 3, 2021.

Note: For detailed information including project selection criteria, require approvals, timelines, and more please refer to the appropriate guidelines below.

If you have any questions or are interested in adjudicating for this initiative, please contact Keleigh Garcea at biomed.projects@usask.ca.

MD Year-Round Volunteer Research Opportunity

The Office of the Vice Dean Research (OVDR) is issuing an official call for project proposals from College of Medicine faculty who are seeking MD Research Volunteers for research projects. This call is in response to feedback from U of S medical students stating their desire to increase the ability to participate in active research projects throughout the year. The OVDR aims to foster connections for MD research projects as a way to encourage more students to become passionate about research. Active research experience is invaluable because of the increasingly vital role research plays in today's health care, therefore student engagement in this field is critical.

A list of available projects can be found on Google Drive.

Project proposal forms can be sent in by faculty to deans.projects@usask.ca

As volunteer participation in research activities during the academic year may impact your academic progress, you are required to receive confirmation that you are a student in good academic standing in the Undergraduate MD Program. 

Supplemental Publication Funding

We pleased to announce applications for the 2021-22 fiscal year are now being accepted!

The OVDR would like to reinforce the CoM's commitment to trainee research by amending the terms of reference for our Supplemental Publication Funding initiative to open it to students (undergraduate and graduate), post-doctoral fellows, and resident applicants.

This initiative encourages the dissemination of research activities conducted by CoM trainees either independently or collaboratively with CoM faculty. Eligible students may apply once per fiscal year (May 1-April 30), and funding will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Interdisciplinary Summer Research Program

The primary goal of the Interdisciplinary Summer Research Progam is to provide salary awards to aid in the research training of undergraduate summer students enrolled in either the College of Medicine or the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition. Students must be co-supervised by a faculty member from both participating Colleges, as these salary awards are intended not only to provide students with valuable research experience but also to encourage increased interdisciplinary collaborative research within the Health Sciences.

Only one application per applicant will be accepted. Each student and each supervisor may only submit one application per year for a stand-alone project with clearly defined objectives and outcomes. A student must be co-supervised by one faculty member from the College of Medicine and one faculty member from the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition.

All undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Medicine and the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition are eligible to apply. We recommend that students have a minimum average of 80% in their previous two terms to be competitive. Co-supervisors must be eligible to hold research funds for the duration of the award period.

Please contact us with any questions or comments.  

MD Summer Research Experience

Currently on hold due to COVID-19

Letters of Excellence

Letters of Excellence acknowledge those students that demonstrated outstanding performance and commitment to their research projects. Students must be nominated by their supervisors to be considered for this honour. 

At the end of the term of the research project, supervisors will be sent a call for nominations. They will then be required to write a short letter of recommendation which should address some of the following key areas:

  • Commitment to learning
  • Keen interest in the topic
  • Work ethic
  • Quality of work
  • Student contribution to the research

Once the nomination is received by the OVDR, it will be reviewed and if deemed successful, a Letter of Excellence will be written by the Vice Dean Research commending the student's demonstration of strengths and work ethic. 

Note: Only a select few letters will be written.

Graduate

College of Medicine Graduate Student Awards

The CoMGRAD Scholarship Program supports research with the College of Medicine through awards to students who have demonstrated academic and research excellence. The guiding principles of this program include:

  1. Maximizing the use of CoM funding to support as many worthy students as possible
  2. Encourage and reward the pursuit of competitive external funding by both students and supervisors.

Detailed information can be found by accessing Graduate Studies Funding Opportunities page.

Publication Funding

We pleased to announce applications for the 2021-22 fiscal year are now being accepted!

The OVDR would like to reinforce the CoM's commitment to trainee research by amending the terms of reference for our Supplemental Publication Funding initiative to open it to students (undergraduate and graduate), post-doctoral fellows, and resident applicants.

This initiative encourages the dissemination of research activities conducted by CoM trainees either independently or collaboratively with CoM faculty. Eligible students may apply once per fiscal year (May 1-April 30), and funding will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The College of Medicine (CoM) offers a number of funding opportunities for graduate students. Graduate students may receive funding from a stipend, an award, or a combination of sources. The CoM encourages graduate students to apply for all internal and external funding for which they are eligible.

Please access the Graduate Studies Funding Opportunities page for details about funding opportunities for graduate students.

Post Graduate and Residents

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs) are valuable members of the university; they contribute immensely to the vitality of the research environment. In general, PDFs come to the university in order to:

  • gain additional research experience and expertise
  • develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become independent investigators themselves
  • engage in research projects that provide the challenge necessary for intellectual growth rather than provision of technical support

Currently, the only funding initiative for PDFs offered by the OVDR is the supplemental publication funding.

However, there are external agencies that provide PDF funding support.

For details, please access the PDF website.

Supplemental Publication Funding

We pleased to announce applications for the 2021-22 fiscal year are now being accepted!

The OVDR would like to reinforce the CoM's commitment to trainee research by amending the terms of reference for our Supplemental Publication Funding initiative to open it to students (undergraduate and graduate), post-doctoral fellows, and resident applicants.

This initiative encourages the dissemination of research activities conducted by CoM trainees either independently or collaboratively with CoM faculty. Eligible students may apply once per fiscal year (May 1-April 30), and funding will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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