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Training Postdoctoral Fellowship (TPF)

Grants to Canada PhDs
for Health-Related Research

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The Arthritis Society

Deadline Date:

04/30/20 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Canada PhD holders at qualified institutions for health-related research. Funding is intended for research related to the funding source's priority areas of inflammatory arthritis, childhood arthritis, pain, osteoarthritis, and work-related research.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides support for highly qualified postdoctoral fellows to engage in research that is in an area of clear relevance to arthritis and the Arthritis Society’s new Strategic Plan 2020-2025: Accelerating Impact - Research Strategy which aims to identify research avenues that focus on areas of highest priority to patients and achieve the highest levels of scientific excellence and rigour.  Applications must focus on innovative research efforts in the following priority areas.

Pain research in:

  • Improving our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of pain
  • Translating basic science discoveries into practice
  • Improving techniques to measure pain
  • Developing new and more personalized treatment approaches
  • Alternative approaches to pain management including research on medical cannabis from basic science, clinical, health services and policy perspectives
  • Improving self-management tools and technology enables to help manage and communicate about pain

Osteoarthritis (OA) research in:

  • Improving our understanding of what cause different forms of OA, including the underlying biological mechanisms and how the disease progresses
  • Understand sex and gender differences in patients with OA
  • Developing new and more personalized treatment approaches
  • Developing more effective self-management tools
  • Improving health services and systems
  • Reducing health disparities in vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations

Inflammatory arthritis (IA) research in:

  • Improving our understanding of what causes different forms of IA, including the underlaying biological mechanisms and how the disease progresses
  • Developing new and more personalized treatment approaches
  • Improving strategies to manage symptoms
  • Developing more effective methods to support patient-physician communications
  • Improving health services and systems
  • Reducing health disparities in vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations

Childhood arthritis research in:

  • Improving our understanding of what causes childhood arthritis, how to detect it earlier, and diagnose it most effectively
  • Developing new and more personalized therapies that are safe and effective
  • Innovations to improve transitions in care as children navigate from pediatric to adult healthcare settings and improve unique quality of life issues through other life changes (e.g. education, employment)

Work-related research in:

  • Providing a strong evidence base to inform workplace policies and accommodations
  • Ensuring that employees and employers have effective tools and resources to communicate how to manage chronic conditions in the workplace
  • The prevention of workplace disability and the most effective accommodations

Successful applicants will also be invited to participate in the Arthritis Society’s Trainee Workshop or attend the Canadian Arthritis Research Conference. The intent is to augment the young investigators’ training by providing a forum to share their research, gain knowledge on select topics such as consumer engagement in research, and provide networking and mentorship opportunities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188370

Number of Grants:

Pending available funds, the Arthritis Society will fund up to seven (7) awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award per application is $40,000-$50,000 annually for up to three years (3) ($120,000-$150,000 total). These awards are non-renewable.

Term of Contract:

Funding start date: September 1, 2020
Funding is for up to 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, applicants must:
- Work at an eligible research institution in Canada on a research project that is relevant to the research priority areas in the Arthritis Society’s 2020-25 Research Strategy;
- Be in receipt of a Ph.D. or a health professional degree (or equivalent, in a field such as medicine, dentistry, rehabilitation sciences, nursing, pharmaceutical studies, veterinary medicine, etc) by the anticipated start date of the project
- Be within their first four (4) years of postdoctoral training at the time of the application deadline
- Not be in the same research laboratory (supervisor) in which they received their Ph.D.

Fellows enrolled in programs oriented toward clinical training focused on research are eligible for these awards.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Online Research Grants Portal open: Late February 2020
- Full Application deadline: April 30, 2020, 5:00 PM EST
- Notification of decision: Mid August 2020
- Funding start date: September 1, 2020

Please note the matching funds required for this program:
- Candidates who hold a Ph.D. are eligible for $40,000 for a maximum of three (3) years. The award of $40,000 includes 50% matched funding. Successful applicants will receive up to $20,000 annually from the Arthritis Society for this award. The other 50% of the award funding must come from one or more partners (government, industry, NFP or academic institution) or be allocated from an existing research agency grant.
- Candidates who hold a clinical health professional degree are eligible for a salary of $40,000 - $50,000 for a maximum of three (3) years, depending upon the number of years of academic training. The award of $40,000 -$50,000 includes 50% matched funding. Successful applicants will receive up to $25,000 annually from the Arthritis Society for this award. The other 50% of the award funding must come from one or more partners (government, industry, NFP or academic institution) or be allocated from an existing research agency grant.

A maximum of one application per trainee will be permitted in the competition.

Eligibility and Requirements: https://arthritis.ca/researchers/administration-and-reporting/eligibility-and-requirements

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://arthritissociety-grants.smapply.io/

For questions, contact:
research@arthritis.ca

Arthritis Society
393 University Avenue, Suite 1700
Toronto, ON M5G 1E6
General Inquiries: info@arthritis.ca
Toll-Free: 1.800.321.1433

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