Internal Funding Opportunities

We offer internal funding to support clinical care, research, and education initiatives

Innovation Award

The Innovation award provides operating funds to support groups engaged in innovative projects related to the provision of clinical care, education or research within the Department of Pediatrics. There are no specific program or topic priorities. The only requirement is that projects propose an innovation that may improve health in children. We would like to emphasize the openness of this award program and encourage project teams from all disciplines, focus areas and project types to consider applying. The competition opens each year in the Fall. The maximum funding amount is $25,000, but smaller budgets are encouraged. 

  1. Eligibility

    The Principal Applicant (PA) must be a primary member of the academic (U of C) and/or clinical (AHS) Department of Pediatrics. Co-applicants and collaborators may be from the Department of Pediatrics or other academic or clinical units in Calgary or elsewhere. The Department strongly encourages collaboration between sections/units and with other child health and wellness leaders outside Pediatrics. 

    Successful PAs from the two most recent competitions (2018 & 2019) are not eligible to be PAs in the 2020 competition. Successful PAs from earlier (2017 or earlier) competitions are eligible to be PAs in this competition, provided that the annual progress report from their previous award(s) is submitted by the deadline. Trainees (e.g., residents, fellows, undergraduate students, graduate students) may be Co-Applicants or Collaborators but not PAs (nor Co-PA). Individuals can only be the PAs (or Co-PAs) on a single submission, although they may be a Co-Applicant or Collaborator on more than one application.

  2. Application Process

    You must use the application template. The application process is concise and includes a description of the project objectives and rationale, methods and analysis/evaluation. Please note that although the application procedures are adapted from research formats, this format is readily adaptable to projects that are primarily clinical or educational. All applications will be reviewed by a committee.

    The key deadlines and dates are:

    1. Thursday, December 17, 2020: “Intent to apply” due via webform
    2. Thursday, January 28, 2021: Full submission due
    3. March 2021: Outcome of the competition announced.
  1. Project Summaries

    We have provided project summaries from all prior successful applications. This information can help you learn about the types of projects funded by the award. 

  2. Innovation Award Report

    In 2017-18, after six funding competitions, the Department reviewed the Innovation Award program. The review was conducted by the Research Leadership Team, including the Deputy Head Research, the Lead for Development of Research Capacity, the Program Manager Child Health Research, and the Department Research Assistant. 

    We have provided the report highlights. If you would like to access the full report, please email pediatrics.research@ucalgary.ca

  3. Information Session

    An information session was held on December 7, 2020. You can watch the recording or download the slides below. 

    Watch the recording

  1. Letter of Intent (LOI)

    The competition is now closed. The next cycle will be in late 2021. 

  2. Application Form

    The competition is now closed. The next cycle will be in late 2021. 

An annual progress report is required from the Principal Applicant of successful awards from previous competitions (2012–2019).

  1. The deadline to submit the annual progress report is 5PM (MST) on Thursday, January 28, 2021.

    Please submit via the form below.

Medical Education Grant

The Medical Education Grant provides funding for projects in a variety of medical education areas (i.e. UME, PGME, CME, etc). Education scholarship is a Departmental priority and this funding opportunity is a step towards fostering a culture of inquiry in this area. There are no specific topic priorities for this competition. Projects must relate to medical education to ultimately improve the provision of healthcare for children and families. The maximum funding amount is $10,000.

  1. Eligibility

    The Principal Applicant (PA) must be a primary member of the academic (U of C) and/or clinical (AHS) Department of Pediatrics. Co-applicants and collaborators may be from the Department of Pediatrics or other academic or clinical units in Calgary or elsewhere.

    Trainees (e.g., residents, fellows, undergraduate students, graduate students) may be Co-Applicants or Collaborators but not PAs (nor Co-PA). 

  2. Application Process

    COMPETITION CLOSED

    Applications must include standard components outlined in the award guidelines. The length of each section may be variable but the entire application must not exceed 3 pages. Applications must be submitted electronically, including signatures.

    The applications will be reviewed by a committee assigned by the Educational Advisory Council, chaired by the Deputy Head, Education.