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Fall 2011 Call for Applications

ANNOUNCEMENT AND APPLICATION GUIDELINES

PHIRNET is an interdisciplinary network funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research to build capacity in population health intervention research. Partners include the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health and eight universities from across Canada. The principal investigators are Dr. Louise Potvin (University of Montreal) and Dr. Jean Shoveller (University of British Columbia). Thirty other investigators participate as faculty mentors.

PHIRNET is pleased to announce the Fall 2011 call for applications for Fellowships and PhD Scholarships in Population Health Intervention Research. These awards provide up to two years of financial support. Current Fellows and PhD students who are supervised by PHIRNET faculty are eligible to apply. Prospective students and trainees who are not currently supervised by PHIRNET faculty, but who are planning to begin studies under the supervision of a PHIRNET faculty member in the near future, are also welcome to apply.

This competition is being held in conjunction with CIHR’s Fall Fellowshipand Doctoral Research Award competitions. A second round is planned in conjunction with CIHR’s Winter 2011 Fellowship and Master’s Awardcompetitions.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Prospective PHIRNET trainees seeking a PHIRNET Fellowship or PhD Scholarship must first apply for a CIHR Fellowship (deadline: 3 October 2011) or a CIHR Doctoral Research Award (deadline: 14 October 2011) and then forward a copy of their complete application to PHIRNET for review. Applications will be reviewed by the adjudication committee for relevance to 1 of the 4 theme areas of PHIRNET. Fellowship and Scholarship applicants whose CIHR applications receive a score of 3.5 or higher but who were not funded by CIHR will be considered eligible for a PHIRNET award.
  2. Prospective PHIRNET trainees who are not eligible to apply to CIHR for funding (e.g., non-Canadian citizens; PhD trainees who have been registered in their program for more than 22 months as of the CIHR application deadline) may still be eligible. In this situation, please contact the PHIRNET Training and Awards Coordinator (phirnet.training@ubc.ca) and provide the reason you are ineligible for CIHR funding. The Training and Awards Coordinator will consult the PHIRNET Executive Committee. If you are determined to be eligible, an application conforming to CIHR’s application style guidelines will be accepted for review by PHIRNET.
  3. Fellowship and Scholarship award holders must be supervised or co-supervised by a PHIRNET faculty member throughout the tenure of the award. (Having a PHIRNET faculty member on the supervisory committee is insufficient).
  4. Fellows and graduate students are limited to 2 applications for financial support from PHIRNET over the 6-year period of PHIRNET’s funding from CIHR.

Application Requirements
This competition has 2 stages.

Stage 1: The following documents must be submitted within 24 hours of the CIHR deadline to the PHIRNET Training and Awards Coordinator (phirnet.training@ubc.ca):

  1. A .pdf copy of your complete CIHR application;
  2. A .pdf copy of the email you received from CIHR confirming they have received your application; and
  3. A 1-page, single-spaced cover letter indicating how your application fits with 1 of the 4 PHIRNET theme areas. This letter must be signed by both you and your PHIRNET mentor, and sent as a .pdf attachment.

Note: Applicants do not need to include the following documents in their application, as they are not evaluated in this competition: (1) PHIRNET supervisor’s CV; (2) letters of reference.

Stage 2: Fellowship and Scholarship applicants whose CIHR applications were eligible for funding (i.e., a complete application package was submitted, and received a score of 3.5 or higher) but who were not funded, will be eligible for a PHIRNET award. After CIHR has announced its funding decisions, applicants must send a .pdf copy of their Notice of Decision letters to the PHIRNET Training and Awards Coordinator (phirnet.training@ubc.ca) within 14 days of receiving their CIHR letter in order to be considered eligible for a PHIRNET award. All applications received by the deadline and in the proper format will be adjudicated according to the assessment criteria described below.

Note: Applications that were ineligible for CIHR funding (e.g., non-Canadian citizens; PhD trainees who have been registered in their program for more than 22 months as of the CIHR application deadline) but were approved as eligible for a PHIRNET fellowship or scholarship will be scored and ranked by the PHIRNET Adjudication Committee according to CIHR’s evaluative criteria.

Applications are welcome in French or English.

Assessment Criteria
Applications will be reviewed by the adjudication committee for relevance to 1 of the 4 theme areas of PHIRNET:

  1. PHIR methods;
  2. Economic evaluation in PHIR;
  3. Ethics and research governance in PHIR; and
  4. Interventions addressing social inequalities in health outcomes.
  • Applications that have more than 1 relevant theme area will not be privileged over those that meet just 1 relevant theme.
  • Members of the Adjudication Committee consisting of PHIRNET faculty members will be established. They will not assess applicants whom they currently (co)supervise, or whom they supervised in the past.

Conditions of the Award

  1. If you receive any other scholarships/fellowships while you are receiving PHIRNET funding, you are required to notify PHIRNET of the amount and duration of the award(s) immediately so that the appropriate level of funding eligibility can be determined. The terms of award are contingent upon PHIRNET’S agreements with CIHR.
  2. Funding will be provided for a maximum of 24 months. To maintain your PHIRNET award, you must re-apply for a CIHR award within 12 months, if eligible. A .pdf copy of the email you received from CIHR confirming they have received your application must be sent via email to the PHIRNET Training and Awards Coordinator (phirnet.training@ubc.ca). If not eligible, this situation must be explained in writing and sent via email to the PHIRNET Training and Awards Coordinator (phirnet.training@ubc.ca).
  3. You must submit a 2-page written report to PHIRNET within 2 months of completing your Fellowship or Scholarship.
  4. Recipient of PHIRNET funding are required to participate in all PHIRNET training activities, including webinars and our annual Summer Institute.
  5. All publications and research output stemming from your traineeship must acknowledge PHIRNET support (e.g., “Support was provided by PHIRNET: The Population Health Intervention Research Network, which is funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research”).

Amount of Award
In keeping with CIHR guidelines, the award amount per year is as follows:

  • Fellowships: $40,000 per year, plus a $5,000 per year research allowance, for a maximum of 24 months;
  • Scholarships: $20,000 per year, plus a $2,500 per year research allowance, for a maximum of 24 months.

Deadlines
Fellowships:

  • Stage 1: Applications for must be received by 11:59 pm PDT (Vancouver time) on 4 October 2011.
  • Stage 2: A PDF copy of your CIHR Notice of Decision letter must be received by 11:59 pm PDT (Vancouver time) within 14 days of receiving it from CIHR.

Scholarships:

  • Stage 1: Applications must be received by 11:59 PDT (Vancouver time) on 15 October 2011.
  • Stage 2: A PDF copy of your CIHR Notice of Decision letter must be received by 11:59 pm PDT (Vancouver time) within 14 days of receiving it from CIHR.

Applicants should be advised of the status of their PHIRNET applications by 30 April 2012. Successful applicants are expected to begin their traineeships in May 2012.

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