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RESEARCH | CUMMING SCHOOL OF MEDICINE RESEARCH ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

In support of the Professional Development strategic priority at the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) and the University of Calgary, the Office of the Associate Dean Research (OADR) has created a Research Enhancement Program. The program is designed to increase the competitive edge of faculty who are in pursuit of submitting a future grant application.   

Program: The OADR will provide up to $5,000 / year for Principal Investigators (PI) or lab members to obtain training in new techniques and methodologies that will enhance their research endeavors. The aim is to keep our range of technical expertise at a world class level to increase the impact of published work and future grant applications.  Proposals will be considered to support acquisition of technical advances to improve an identified future grant application or to rapidly respond to acquiring experiments requested by reviewers of manuscripts currently under review for potential publication in a high impact journal (Impact Factor ≥ 8). 

Application Process: Applicants are required to provide three separate items:

  1. A one-page summary of the proposed grant (ie. CIHR summary page). If a manuscript is under review at a major impact journal and is returned with specific experimental requests not immediately available to the lab, provide a copy of the manuscript and reviewer comments. In the case of a returned manuscript, contact Dr. Ray W. Turner for a meeting to speed discussion on potential avenues to satisfy reviewer comments.
  2. A description of how an investment of up to $5,000 / year by the CSM will allow a lab to acquire skills and technical advances that will boost the competitive nature of your next grant application or acceptance of a major publication,
  3. A table identifying the budget breakdown of proposed expenses. 

Annual budget: Requests will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis to a maximum of $90,000 total available each year.

Applications should be submitted to Jenna Slobozian, Research Facilitator. 

Eligibility: Open to primary members of the CSM at all career stages to support training initiatives of the PI or suitable senior trainees in the lab according to the justification provided.

Not Eligible:

  • PIs currently receiving Bridge Funding support, although they are welcome to use Bridge Funding support for this purpose
  • Salary support for staff or trainees to maintain a given project in the lab (a case of Bridge funding)
  • Top-up for existing grant funds or conventional Materials and supplies
  • Attendance at scientific meetings
  • Upgrades or replacement of equipment

All requests will be considered according to the justification provided. We particularly encourage applications from those who submitted but were unsuccessful in the CIHR grant competitions in the last few funding cycles. Requests on the eligibility of a given proposal can be sent to Jenna Slobozian

Proposals: By way of example, the following activities and training endeavours were funded by the OADR in the first half of 2015:

Courses / Workshops

  • Canadian Light Microscopy course July 2015 – Tuition for nine members of different labs $13,500
  • Neuroscience School of Advanced Studies  $2,500
  • SMS Imaging Workshop  $2,500
  • SBI Exosome Training Course  $3,500
  • Training visit  to another lab  - Magnetic twisting cytometry $3,000
  • Development - A novel transgenic animal $5,000
  • Technical Application & Training - Constructs for applying DREADD technology $5,000*

    *special case of supporting the acquisition of novel reagents beyond the funding scope of a lab to obtain local training by CSM colleagues in a new technique requested by a grant reviewer.

Other Ideas

  • Targeted visits to other laboratories to learn a new technique or establish a collaboration that will directly further the goals of your research and success with a future grant application
  • Experimental technique workshops
  • Cold Spring Harbour or Woods Hole courses
  • Support towards creating a new transgenic animal in either our Transgenic Facility or another commercial source

**We welcome suggestions as to how you could best use these funds to enhance your lab research skills and techniques to increase your competitive edge. We are willing to see this program evolve in a manner that best accomplishes our intended goals of improving your success at acquiring tri-council funding.

Applications and proposals will be considered immediately and funded on the basis of demonstrated importance to a research program on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds for a given year are invested.