Internal Research Awards

Annual Research Awards

The Department of Medicine, as a testament to it’s strong commitment to research, commits substantial funds for yearly salary awards which are based on a point system.

AND, The Department of Medicine runs 2 competitions for research funding awards per year (May and November). These awards are intended to assist investigators to develop:

  1. pilot or feasibility data for a larger study;
  2. translational research studies where there is the potential to integrate basic scientific discoveries into clinical practice;

These funds seek to build programs, develop research careers and leadership opportunities for the recipient(s). With CIHR investing heavily into research that improves the health of Canadians, we anticipate the availability of a number of research opportunities through funding for multidisciplinary clinical research and/or translational research programs. The Department is home to a large number of basic scientists as well as clinical investigators, an environment that favors the possibility of enhancing collaborative research between basic and clinical investigators. The intention of awards 1 and 2 therefore is to support the development of translational research where there is the potential to integrate basic scientific discoveries into clinical practice.

We are now accepting applications, deadline for submission is November 1, 2018. Download guidelines below.


Previous Award Recipients

The Department of Medicine Research Awards program has supported a significant number of investigators and innovative projects since its inception.

View Previous Internal Research Award Winners


NEW: Department of Medicine’s IQ@TOH Big Data Project Support funding project.

Leverage the Department of Medicine’s IQ@TOH Big Data Project Support to quickly answer your research question and increase your productivity.

Take advantage of up to 25 hours of analyst’s time to access Ontario wide data and expand your research questions from local to provincial. Decrease the overhead required to initiate and complete your TOH Data warehouse or ICES projects and enjoy the satisfaction of having your findings improve patient care.

What IQ@TOH Can Do for YOU

Big data can identify redundancies in clinical practice and make it more efficient.

Big data can justify bringing your research to the next level.

Big data can provide local health administrators with impactful proof and justification to drive change.

Big data can optimize healthcare utilization and provide cost effectiveness health analysis.

  • Dr. Alan Karovitch used IQ@TOH big data to assess appropriateness of thromboprophylaxis in his patient population to prevent overuse.
  • Dr. Justine Chan used IQ@TOH big data to evaluate outcomes of bloodstream infections in patients discharged from the emergency department to decrease unplanned hospitalization.

How the Project Support Works

Led by Dr. Carl van Walraven, Department of Medicine doctors will have easy access to big data and a fast track vetting application process. Using his considerable expertise, Carl can quickly determine if a question is answerable using available data, help scale your proposal, design the analytical data set required to perform analyses and supervise analysts who will be performing the work. A decision-making body consisting of Drs Dean Fergusson, Marc Carrier and Alan Forster will review projects deamed viable and select successful candidates based on feasibility and the number of projects submitted per Division. All divisions will be guaranteed at least one project.

This project is supported by The Department of Medicine as part of its commitment to creating and enhancing a supportive infrastructure for its doctors to achieve academic success.  At the same time, it also delivers on The Ottawa Hospital’s metrics of Quality and Safety. Funding of an initial $100K for this pilot project was approved by the Department’s Executive and Finance committees.

Download Department of Medicine’s IQ@TOH Big Data Project Support Application Form.

Please contact Dr. Marc Carrier, Vice Chair Research for remaining opportunities for funding.

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