Research Investigator Awards Program

The DFCM Investigator Awards Program supports five types of researchers:

  1. Clinician Scientists: funding for those with ≥50% protected research time.
  2. Clinician Investigators: funding for those with <50% protected research time.
  3. New Investigators
  4. Graduate Research Studies
  5. Non Clinician Research Scientist: funding for those with 80% or more protected research time

There are currently 30 Research Investigator Program positions supported by DFCM.

Note: All applicants must have an academic appointment in the DFCM (or equivalent) and be an active faculty member in an affiliated unit.

CRITERIA

​The DFCM Investigator Awards Criteria (pdf) outline the requirements for those holding awards. For those interested in applying for an Investigator Award position :

Those applying as Clinician Scientists must be established researchers with a PhD degree or equivalent who can provide:

  • evidence of a meaningful collaborative relationship (e.g. as shown by grants and publications) with other senior researchers in an established research environment or team;
  • evidence of an independent research program where they have a leadership role and can demonstrate research productivity in terms of: peer reviewed grants as principal investigator; peer reviewed publications in high impact journals; and formal mentorship of junior researchers.

Those applying as Clinician Investigators must be established researchers with at least a Master’s degree or equivalent who can provide:

  • evidence of a meaningful collaborative relationship (e.g. as shown by grants and publications) with senior researchers in an established environment or team;
  • evidence of research productivity in terms of: peer reviewed grants (as PI, Co-PI, or Co-Investigator); and first author publications in peer reviewed journals.

Those applying as New Investigators must be:

  • within 5 years of receiving their highest academic degree (preference will be given to those with a research PhD or equivalent);
  • interested in becoming Clinician Scientists;
  • able to provide evidence of a meaningful collaborative relationship (e.g. as shown by grants and publications) with senior researchers in an established environment or team;
  • able to provide evidence of research productivity (for stage of career) in terms of peer reviewed grants (as PI, Co-PI, or Co-Investigator) and peer reviewed publications (as first author or co-author).

Those applying for a Graduate Research Studies Award must:

  • hold an academic appointment or equivalent in the DFCM and be enrolled or accepted in a relevant research degree program.
  • Preference will be given to those enrolled in a research PhD program.

All applications require a letter of support from a Unit Chief/Division Director with: a clear statement of the amount of protected research time; proportion of distribution of responsibilities (research, clinical, teaching, administration); assurance of administrative support and research space and a description of available research associate support; and statement of enhanced matched funding for the amount of protected research time. All applications must also include a completed Clinician Scientist/Clinician Investigator/Research Scientist/New Investigator/Graduate Studies Application Form.