Dr. D. Grant Gall Award

in Global Health, Faculties of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Grant Gall, former Dean of the Cumming School of Medicine, recognized the importance of transdisciplinary research to address healthy priorities at the animal, human and environmental interface. This award honours his memory and is intended to foster innovative research and learning experiences in One Health. It aligns with the new cross cutting campus wide research theme of One Health.

A One Health approach engages and integrates multiple disciplines (human, animal and environmental) to help solve complex health concerns. One Health projects are focused on addressing social and economic inequalities in Canada and low-and-middle income countries (LMIC). Applications may be made individually or by a team of undergraduate or graduate students from the Cumming School of Medicine or the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. 

Application process for 2020-2021 is now open. Further details are listed below. Application form available here

Application deadline: September 30, 2020

Award: 

  • 2 awards of up to $5000 each.
  • One undergraduate student each from the Cumming School of
  • Medicine (BHSc or UME) and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) will be awarded funding.  Joint applications are encouraged.

Term:

 For experiences between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021.

Application Form:

Application form available here (must not exceed 5 pages).

Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students in the Cumming School of Medicine (BHSC or UME) or Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at the University of Calgary
  • Medical student electives or clerkship electives
  • Veterinary Medicine student electives, rotations or practicums
  • International clinical or research course electives in Medicine or Veterinary Medicine

Criteria:

Open to any individual or team of students to pursue a research or training experience with a One Health/Global Health focus. A One Health approach engages and integrates multiple disciplines (for example, human, environmental and animal health areas) to help solve complex health concerns.  One Health projects are focused on addressing social and economic inequalities in Canada and low-to-middle income countries (LMIC).  

Successful applicants should be engaged in field work (up to four weeks) learning experiences or research projects and may use part of the funding to present their findings at relevant conferences. For example, the proposal could involve food security and/or zoonotic diseases in pastoralist communities in a LMIC or Indigenous populations in the North.

Applications will be accepted from individuals enrolled in undergraduate and graduate health sciences, medicine and veterinary medicine programs who propose to conduct a research project or an independent study experience that would explore the importance of multi-disciplinary health teams and improving health outcomes of people and/or the animals in Canada or in a low-and-middle income country (LMIC). Proposals need to indicate how the research project or independent study will be conducted in a socially responsible manner.  

This is your opportunity to design and execute a special research project or program of study to undertake from April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, that will expand your knowledge, skills and attitudes on the importance of multidisciplinary collaborations to help solve complex One Health issues. This is a competition; we encourage you to be creative and unique.  A faculty mentor should be engaged with you in creating your proposal.

Eligible Expenses:

  • Travel costs for international projects or study opportunities
  • Registration or tuition fees for international courses or conferences
  • Materials, equipment or supplies needed for an international project
  • Other costs associated with pursuing international research or educational opportunities
  • Note: No reimbursements will be paid without proof of purchase itinerary, electronic ticket, boarding passes, accommodation receipts, car rental receipts, original receipts for any equipment, materials or supplies purchased to undertake the project, as well as proof of payment.

Ethics approval:

Applicants are responsible for obtaining approval from the appropriate institutional ethics review committee(s) should the project involve human subjects or the use of animals or biohazardous material.

Selection and notice of award:

A selection committee of equal members from the Cumming School of Medicine and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine will meet annually to select recipients of this special award. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within a few weeks of the application deadline.

Condition of Award:

As a condition of receiving this award, recipients are required on or before March 31, 2021, to submit a comprehensive report and an interview detailing:  countries visited, activities undertaken, and an accounting of how the award funding was spent.  Photographs are required for use in Global Health’s Annual Report and Faculty websites.

Acknowledgement:

Recipients must acknowledge the Dr. D. Grant Gall Award in Global Health in any publications, posters or reports that may result from this funding.

For more information or questions: Contact Edna Nikoi