Internal Research Awards

The Department of Medicine runs 2 competitions for research funding awards per year (May and November) below:

  1. Developmental Research Awards
  2. Clinician Scientist Awards (not accepting applications for 2016, next competition will run in 2017)

Additionally, 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.

Award Overview

Department of Medicine Research Awards

Now accepting applications for May 2017 competition

These awards are intended to assist investigators 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.

Clinician Scientist Award 

Call for submissions will take place in 2017

At academic health science centers across Canada, research conducted by highly successful clinician scientists is increasingly threatened because of limited opportunities for dedicated research salary support.  Several years ago, the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa instituted a research salary awards program, which allocates annual salary stipends to members of the Department who are within its practice plan (UMA), based on a ranking of research productivity.  While this program has supported numerous investigators over the past 15 years, the top funding level for outstanding clinician scientists in this system is considered insufficient (i.e. $140 k/yr) for these individuals, who require at least 75% time protection for research.   To address this need, the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) has established a new, supplementary program that is focused on supporting exceptional Clinician Scientists within the Department. This awards program will replace the Mid-Career salary awards program, which terminated at the end of 2012. It is expected that up to 2 Clinician Scientist Chair Awards (Tier 1 + Tier 2) will be allocated annually.

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