Competition 2022-2023 (2022-2023 to 2025-2026)
Application deadline: November 30, 2022
Funding decision: March 2023
This clinical scholarship is a salary scholarship intended for:
- Facilitate the retention and recruitment of qualified clinicians with experience in clinical research in various therapeutic areas, preferably among those identified as priorities for the health system in New Brunswick, and who would like to start or continue a research career in health;
- Guide these clinical health researchers to become more competitive on the national and international stage in order to obtain scholarships and grants;
- Promote the continuity and development of clinical research in New Brunswick; and
- Increase the chances that New Brunswick patients can benefit from new knowledge (transfer/mobilization) derived from basic and clinical research as quickly as possible.
Applications should be submitted by clinical health researchers who hold a Doctor of Medicine (MD), with or without an additional degree (e.g. Ph.D.) in a health science and/or a health professional field . Applicants and their institution (in this case, Horizon Health Network/Vitalité Health Network and the applicant's home department) agree to dedicate at least 10% of their time to research for the full period of the scholarship , that is to say four (4) fiscal years. This time varies according to the clinical responsibilities established between the regional health authorities and the departments.
This award replaces the equivalent of the Horizon/Vitalité salary. It is not a salary top-up.
This program covers four (4) areas of research, which are open to all eligible applicants:
1. Biomedical : Research includes cellular processes, body systems, and whole body processes, as well as treatments or tools that can be used to improve health.
2. Clinical : Clinical research on humans including diagnosis and intervention through treatment, prevention and health promotion.
3. Health services and systems: How health services are delivered, their quality and costs, and how they are received are all questions for health services research.
4. Social, cultural, environmental and population health: Includes research on individual, social and cultural factors and their interaction that are related to health or health behaviours. Several social and cultural factors are relevant to health: organization and delivery of health care, social or health policies, education, economic status and employment, media, ethical issues, the environment in which we live, and so on.
Eligibility, Requirements and Terms
- be Canadian citizens or permanent residents at the time the scholarship takes effect;
- be working as a clinician in New Brunswick in a health care facility at the time the award commences and for the entire duration of the award;
- dedicate at least 10% of their working time to research while continuing their clinical activities for the rest of their working time;
- demonstrate the ability or potential to be a competitive researcher nationally and internationally;
- include a complete CCV using the NBHRF template (see www.ccv-cvc.ca);
- provide evidence of academic degrees, diplomas, licenses, affiliation and/or certifications from academic institutions and professional associations that certify that the applicant is qualified and will be eligible to practice in New Brunswick when the grant for health research comes into effect;
- provide a project description or research plan (maximum 5 pages, excluding references, figures), with additional pages providing expected results and deliverables (1 page), Gantt chart of planned activities out of 4 years (1 page) and an additional funding plan that will cover their salary, operations and student support (1 page);
- include a personal cover letter (1 page); • include letters of support from:
- (1) the academic host institution
- (2) clinical reception department
- (3) regional health authority
- (4) the intake medical training program (if applicable)
- (5) two referees who are familiar with the applicant's work. One of the referees must have been involved in the applicant's most recent research training.
to confirm :
- the place where the work will be carried out (office and laboratory space);
- assignment to the clinical position to conduct the research;
- a university affiliation at adjunct professor level or above, which will enable the applicant to jointly supervise students and apply to national research funding bodies/charities/or otherwise.
Complete the application form for the clinical fellowship program and prepare the following documents respecting the page limits listed in the right column below in PDF format and uploading them with your online application. Ensure that the following sections of the online application form are completed: Project Information, Funding Sources and Dedicated Time Requested, Additional Documents Required and Signatures.
Description of the project and attachments
University degrees, diplomas, licenses, affiliations and/or certifications
Letters of support from host institutions
Letter of support from the regional health authority
Letter of support from the head of department
Letter of support from the host university
Medical Education Program Support Letter
Letters of support/reference from referees
Signed and scanned signature page (see Signatures below)
Once the application has been submitted, no other documents will be accepted. These documents will be sent to the evaluation committee.
Applications are peer-reviewed to ensure that:
- They meet the general objectives and requirements of the funding program, including the importance of the study on clinical, medical and social research needs in New Brunswick
- They reflect provincial government (GNB) priorities and NBHRF mandated initiatives, respectively.
All applications are reviewed by a peer review committee comprised of up to five (5) members from inside and outside Atlantic Canada, representing a variety of health disciplines, research methodologies and partners.
NBHRF will award salary awards to the highest ranked applicants based on the annual availability of funds;
The decisions of the peer assessment committee are final and without appeal.
Funding will be available for up to 4 fiscal years, from 2022-2023 to 2025-2026, accompanied by a mid-term report after 24 months.
Number of Clinical Fellows
The number of positions/fellowships planned depends on the time devoted to research and the funding envelope.
Duplicate pay scale and funding
The salary award is variable (at least 10% of clinical time allocated to health research), and includes benefits, according to the current salary scale determined by the Government of New Brunswick for these clinical specialties.
No other salary award can be received at the same time. Other income may include clinical salary or fee-for-service.
- Any New Brunswick institution that will provide a functional laboratory, other research premises, clinical premises for outpatients and a sufficient number of beds to complete the clinical research project and the basic equipment necessary for research purposes.
Recipients are entitled to parental leave. The scholarship can be deferred for a maximum of three (3) months. The recipient must provide written notice to NBHRF of their intention to take parental leave. Scholars will receive their full stipend during a sabbatical year.
The recipient may have the scholarship postponed in the event of serious illness (his own or that of a close family member) upon presentation of a medical certificate which includes the precise duration of the leave prescribed by a doctor. Payments will be suspended during this period.
Recipients must conduct their clinical health research at a host institution, either a New Brunswick medical training program and/or a New Brunswick regional health authority and/or a New Brunswick academic institution and /or a New Brunswick research center or institute affiliated with one or more of the entities listed above.
Regional Health Authority Agreement and Support
By signing the application form and providing a letter of support and secondment, a regional health authority endorses and supports an applicant and jointly undertakes the responsibilities listed above, with the head of the hospital department from which the applicant is seconded.
Scholars must submit a final report no later than 90 days after the expiration of the fellowship by completing the NBHRF Final Report Form, found by logging into their NBHRF account, and providing all attachments including financial statements of the host institution.
Expected results and deliverables (to be included in interim and final reports)
1. Increase health research productivity measured by:
- Success in attracting peer-reviewed external funding (granting councils, health charities, medical school grants, etc.);
- Training and mentoring of students, fellows and residents;
- Quality (impact factor) and quantity (lead author or co-author, or oral presentations at regional, national and international events);
- Leadership or participation in clinical trials;
- The implementation of evidence-based medicine and best practices in the health system.
2. Develop skills to raise clinical research to a national level of excellence and competitiveness to attract external funding.
Peer review criteria.
1. Overall quality of the applicant's research
2. Potential impact/significance of the proposed research
3. Applicant's salary awards, prizes, operating grants, clinical trials
4. Training and mentoring