Research Funding Resources

EMS/Paramedic, Police, and Fire Research Funding Project

Organizational Partners:

Paramedic Chiefs of Canada

Paramedic Association of Canada

Canadian EMS Research Network

Funding for this Project Provided by:

Defense Research and Development Canada, Centre for Security Science

Project Members:

Jason Buick

Alix Carter

Paul Charbonneau

Kelly Nash

Pierre Poirier

Doug Socha

Ian Blanchard

Executive Summary

Introduction:

The purpose of this project was to create a summary of available funding sources that may leverage research within the first responder community. It is intended to serve as a reference for those within the first responder community who are looking to become, or are currently involved, in research to secure funding to support their work. This project is a partnership between the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, the Paramedic Association of Canada and the Canadian Emergency Medical Services Research Network, with funding support from the Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC), Center for Security Science.

Methods:

A data collection sheet (Microsoft Excel) was created by the project team and distributed to Police and Fire representatives through their respective DRDC Communities of Practice. For EMS/Paramedic funding an initial list of available funding sources was generated by the steering committee of the Canadian EMS Research Network.A research associate familiar with prehospital research then conducted a review of the major national and provincial funding organizations, and identified those funding opportunities that were relevant to EMS and paramedic research.Additionally, members of the Canadian EMS Research Network were contacted for details regarding their previous funding submissions.A list of available funding opportunities was created from these sources and detailed information from the World Wide Web pertaining to the funding opportunity was entered into the data collection sheet. Finally, the completed data collection sheet was circulated to the steering committee of the Canadian EMS Research Network and important project stakeholders to ensure that all known funding sources were included.

Results:

For EMS/paramedic (Appendix A), 57 funding programs were identified, although very few were directly related to EMS and paramedic research.No Police or Fire funding opportunities were received. Most often, research funding opportunities were related to specific research priorities set out by the funding organization.However, depending on the scope and implications of the proposed project, EMS and paramedic research could meet research priority criteria.There were a large number of salary support opportunities for both new and established investigators as well as graduate students at both the national and provincial levels.Applicants are encouraged to check the eligibility criteria, application requirements and deadlines as each differs between funding organizations.

Limitations:

Researchers should be aware that this document is not an exhaustive list of all available funding opportunities to support first responder research. There are a large number of university specific funding opportunities (such as salary support and travel grants) that were not included in this list.Individuals are encouraged to check their associated universities for these opportunities.


Appendix A: EMS and Paramedic Funding Opportunities

Organization Name

Funding Program

Funding Cycle

Program Details

Funding Range

Restrictions

Other Information

URL

Helpful Hints

Peer-Reviewed

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Advances in Patient Safety through Simulation Research

Annually

Project develops, tests and evaluates various simulation approaches for the purpose of improving the safe delivery of health care - Applications that address a variety of simulation techniques, clinical settings, provider groups, priority populations, patient conditions, and threats to safety are welcomed

>$100,000

United States applicants only - opportunity for collaboration

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-004.html

Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions

Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunities

Catalyze and support collaborative, interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral and/or multi-institutional research with a focus on achieving solutions that address complex health problems or issues; support areas of research that are aligned with the thematic priority areas; provide opportunities for interdisciplinary research training and mentorship - Three streams: collaborative project ($250,000 - 3 years) + Collaborative Program ($500,000 - 5 years) + Collaborative Team ($1,000,000 - 5 years)

At least one applicant must have an appointment at an Alberta institution; EMS/paramedicine not a direct research priority

No current competitions available

www.aihealthsolutions.ca

Yes

Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions

Knowledge Exchange Grants - Visiting Professorships / Visiting Scientists / Conference Grants

Objectives vary depending on the competition - Funds used to offset travel, accommodations and possibly salary

Must involve an Alberta-based university or scientist/researcher

Application deadlines vary depending on the competition.Visiting professorship (3 months in advance), visiting scientist (March 2014), Conference grant (January 2014)

www.aihealthsolutions.ca

Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions

Knowledge-to-Action Grants

Movement of health research and innovation discoveries towards practical applications; support translation of research activities; Knowledge Translation integration - Maximum of $25,000 for one year; non-renewable

$10,000 - $25,000

Principal Investigator must have their primary affiliation with an Alberta-based organization - Heavily focused on knowledge translation; EMS/ paramedicine not directly included in their targeted research ideas

www.aihealthsolutions.ca

Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions

Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System

Support research aligned with priority areas; enable Alberta Health Services to make evidence-informed clinically appropriate changes that eliminate activities that make little or no contribution to positive patient outcomes or to the health system; build relevant applied health research capacity in Alberta - Maximum of $250,000 per years for up to 3 years

>$100,000

Principal Investigator must have primary appointment with Alberta-based institution; the Scientific Director of the lead Strategic Clinical Network must endorse the application - Emergency is one of the established strategic clinical networks.Application involves a Letter of Intent (due April 2014) with full application due August 2014.Only those applications who are invited can submit a complete application.

www.aihealthsolutions.ca

Yes

Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions

Sustainability Funding Opportunity

Provide interim support to productive independent investigators due to the non-renewal of an operating grant - Offers bridge funding for highly rated research opportunity grant renewal that were not funded in the CIHR Open Operating Grants or NSERC Discovery Grant

>$100,000

Not used to supplement existing grants, cover shortfalls in approved grant support

Only for grants rated as "excellent" by the CIHR/NSERC but were not funded.

www.aihealthsolutions.ca

Yes

Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions

Training and Early Career Development Programs - Graduate studentships / Postgraduate fellowships / Clinician Researcher Training

Focus on research priorities; develop skills; provide mentorship; recognize diversity; integrate knowledge translation

Varies depending on application -EMS/paramedicine not explicitly listed in Alberta's Health Research and Innovation Strategy Areas of Thematic Priority

http://www.aihealthsolutions.ca/grants/training-and-early-career-development-programs/

Yes

Association for Medical Education (AMEE)

Research Grant

Annually

Healthcare professions education to advance knowledge and best practices in education as well as to build a community of scholars working in the field

$10,000 - $25,000

Need to be AMEE member or student

Requires letter of intent prior to full application

http://www.amee.org/awards-prizes/research-grant-award-programme

Association of American Medical Colleges

Group on Educational Affairs (GEA)- National Grant Program

Annually

Educational research grant proposals focuses on addressing innovative advancements in medical education scholarship, research, and evaluation and developing communities of educational scholars. This grant program is established to promote collaborations among GEA sections, GEA regions and/or the health professions

<$10,000

Must be affiliated with GEA institution

United States funding program - opportunity for collaboration

https://www.aamc.org/members/gea/regions/sgea/awards/66884/sgea_research.html

Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research

Small Scale Pilot Study for Patient Safety Innovation

A small-scale pilot study seeking to answer the following question: What can we learn from the patient/ client experience at the primary care/ home care interface that will help us improve safety?

Experience in patient safety; PhD (any field) / MD / MSc (health sciences) + associated with university or not-for-profit organization

http://www.cahspr.ca/en/community/funding

Canadian Diabetes Association

Operating Grant

Projects related to research areas.EMS/Paramedicine not aligned with research priorities

Areas - complications, genetics, obesity, pathophysiology, prevention and management, new treatments.Application currently closed - limited information available

http://www.diabetes.ca

Yes

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards

Annually

To provide recognition and funding to students early in their academic research career, providing them with an opportunity to gain research experience; to provide a reliable supply of highly skilled and qualified researchers

$25,000 - $50,000

Must be in graduate school

Full time doctoral research training (>30hr/wk) + must have completed at least 12 months of graduate school (MSc or PhD)

www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca

Yes

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Fellowships

Annually

To provide recognition and funding to academic researchers early in their career; to provide a reliable supply of highly skilled and qualified researchers

$25,000 - $50,000

Full time research commitment (> 30hr/wk) + hold or completing PhD

www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca

Yes

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Operating Grant - CIHR Open Operating Grant Program

Varies

To contribute to the creation, dissemination and use of health-related knowledge, and to help develop and maintain Canadian health research capacity, by supporting original, high quality projects or teams/programs of research proposed and conducted by individual researchers or groups of researchers, in all areas of health - Specific research areas have more funding

>$100,000

Varies - apply as part of a team.Need to have a Principal Investigator - Specific Research Areas - Gender, Sex and Health Research / Knowledge Translation and Exchange / Circulatory and Respiratory Health.

www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca

Yes

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) Community Development Program Grant

Catalyze the development and enhance the cohesion of two ICRH communities in stroke diagnosis/treatment/rehabilitation and critical care trials

>$100,000

Not directly related to paramedicine/EMS.Would require collaborating with critical care / neurology.

www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca

Yes

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations

Support the creation and further development of formal member networks in provincial, territorial and federal jurisdictions that meet the membership requirements of the SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations

>$100,000

More geared towards primary health care services.However, could be an avenue for community paramedicine

www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca

Yes

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

CIHR Health Professional Student Research Award

To strengthen patient-oriented research and talent development by providing research training to support students in health professional degree programs leading to licensure in Canada; to help develop the next generation of patient-orientated researchers.

<$10,000

Principal Investigator must be the Vice President - Research + student must be enrolled in a health professional program leading to licensure - Paramedic education must be completed at a university - province dependent.Examples provided in application included nursing and dental hygiene.Argument could possibly be made for paramedicine.

www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca

Canadian Patient Safety Institute

Small Scale Pilot Study for Patient Safety Innovation

Once

Pilot study to evaluate a process/tool/resource that can improve patient safety - Primary focus is patient safety

$25,000 - $50,000

PhD (any field) / MD / MSc (health science field)

www.patientsafetyinstitute.ca

Capital Health Research Fund

Annually

Supports research conducted at Capital Health, Nova Scotia, and improve research infrastructure

$25,000 - $50,000

Needs to be linked to Capital Health, Nova Scotia

http://www.cdha.nshealth.ca

Defense Research Development Canada

Centre for Security Science

Annually

Described in the Call for Proposal Guidebook

>$100,000

As listed in the guidebook which comes out at the time of the call.

Read guidebook to understand investment objectives

http://www.drdc-rddc.gc.ca/en/index.page

Yes

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Grant-in-Aid

Annually

Operating grants supporting cardiovascular or cerebrovascular research; 4 main research areas - basic biomedical + clinical + health services / systems + social, cultural, environmental and public health

PI must have full-time research career with academic appointment

http://www.hsf.ca/research/en/grants-aid

Yes

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Personnel Awards

Annually

Salary support for individuals in cardiovascular / cerebrovascular research

$50,000 - $100,000

Demonstrated track record either in graduate / post-doctoral training or previous research competitions

http://www.hsf.ca/research/en/personnel-award-programs

Yes

KT Canada

Research Projects Stipend

Annually

This funding is to be used for research purposes only and is intended to assist with some of the costs associated with completing thesis-related research.

$10,000 - $25,000

KT Canada trainee/student + supervised by current KT Canada member + enrolled in graduate program or post-doctoral fellowship + limited or no external funding

http://ktclearinghouse.ca/ktcanada/education/funding

Yes

KT Canada

Knowledge Translation Canada Graduate Student Fellowship

Annually

Funds used to support training; develop KT researchers

$25,000 - $50,000

Enrolled in a graduate program or post-doctoral fellowship

http://ktclearinghouse.ca/ktcanada/education/funding

Yes

Manitoba Health Research Council

Salary Support fortraining - Postdoctoral Fellowships, Graduate Students, PhD Dissertation, Clinical research fellowships

Annually

Provides salary support of those undertaking graduate training - Opportunities and funding amount varies with education

Research conducted at a Manitoba university

Varies depending on application

www.mhrc.mb.ca/finding-opporunitites/programs/

Yes

Manitoba Health Research Council

Establishment Grants

Assist newly recruited faculty establish an independent research program - Focus is on development of a research program

>$100,000

Academic appointment (<4 years), 75% protected research time, graduate experience

www.mhrc.mb.ca

Yes

Manitoba Health Research Council

Operating Grants

Support independent health research projects of new faculty

>$100,000

Faculty within first 5 years of initial faculty appointment

www.mhrc.mb.ca

Yes

McMaster University

Innovation Grant Funding

The development of new and innovative practices in health care delivery, and to support leadership and the dissemination of knowledge across the healthcare system

Limited information available.Funds must be administered through McMaster University

http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/main/news/news_2012/innovation_grant_program.html

MedEvac Foundation International

Research and/or Education Grants

Annually

Support the development of research and education in air medical and critical care transport

Funding priorities - patient safety, aviation safety, patient care, service utilization, air crew, meta analysis

http://www.medevacfoundation.org/MedEvac/Research/Apply_Research_Grant/Apply_Research_Grant.aspx

Yes

Medical Council of Canada

Research in Clinical Assessments

Annually

Support research of students, postgraduate trainees or practitioners. Priority will be given to proposals that show promise in contributing to the knowledge and understanding of measurement in clinical assessment and to clinical program evaluation methods for medical education

$25,000 - $50,000

Two intended targets - junior investigators + students

http://mcc.ca

Yes

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (BC)

Trainee Awards

Limited information available; last available data from 2013

www.msfhr.org/our-work/activities/trainee-awards

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (BC)

Scholar Competition

To attract and foster the development of outstanding health researchers in BC.The intent is to allow researchers and health professionals to initiate an independent research career, build a leading research program and expand their potential to make significant contributions to their field of research.

$50,000 - $100,000

Max 5 year term

PhD or licensed health professional (must be licensed in one of the 26 health professions regulated by the BC Ministry of Health - listed at www.health.gov.bc.ca/professional-regulation - Emergency Medical Assisting); be within 5 years of first appointment; appointed to BC institution; dedicated research time (>75%) - Available to EMS/paramedics with appropriate research training.

www.msfhr.org/our-work/activities/scholar-awards

National Board of Medical Examiners

Stemmler Medical Education Research Fund

Annually

The goal of the Stemmler Fund is to provide support for research or development of innovative assessment approaches that will enhance the evaluation of those preparing to, or continuing to, practice medicine. Expected outcomes include advances in the theory, knowledge, or practice of assessment at any point along the continuum of medical education, from undergraduate and graduate education and training, through practice

>$100,000

Requires letter of intent prior to full application

http://www.nbme.org/research/stemmler.html

New Brunswick Health Research Foundation

Student Health Research Awards

Annually

Provides salary support for graduate training

$10,000 - $25,000

Original research directly relevant to health of New Brunswickers; full time thesis based program - Must apply to CIHR first and score 3.0 or above, but not be funded.Then application can be made to NBHRF

www.nbhrf.com

New Brunswick Health Research Foundation

Clinical Scholarship Salary Award

Annually

Facilitate the retention and recruitment of qualified clinical health researchers

Physician working in health-care institution; devote between 20-50% time to research

www.nbhrf.com

Yes

New Brunswick Health Research Foundation

NBHRF + CIHR-SPOR-MSSU Studentship/Fellowship

Annually

Provides salary support for students - medical resident; post-doctoral fellows; PhD; MSc; undergraduate

$25,000 - $50,000

Research must align with Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit's research mandate

Research must be in the field of human health; research must be conducted in New Brunswick - Any health research discipline - not limited to clinical (e.g., economics, psychology)

www.nbhrf.com

Yes

New Brunswick Health Research Foundation

Operating Grant

Assist in building research capacity and to provide initial support for health researchers in New Brunswick

Project that is self-contained and conducted within a 12-18 month period; be affiliated with New Brunswick organization - Must apply to CIHR first and score 3.0 or above, but not be funded.Then application can be made to NBHRF

www.nbhrf.com

Yes

New Brunswick Health Research Foundation

Research Workshop Support

Capacity building - workshop addresses health research subject matters

<$10,000

Application for a max of $5,000; due 60 days prior to event

www.nbhrf.com

New Brunswick Health Research Foundation

Establishment Grant

Research supported must be in a field of human health research

Submit application to national funding agency and score > 3.5 but did not receive funding; not a trainee; commit at least 50% research time; sponsored by university - Priority given to those applications that reflect the mandated initiatives of the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation

www.nbhrf.com

Yes

Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation

Research Enterprise Development Initiatives- Research Skill Awards / Team Development Awards / Catalyst Award

Objectives vary by program

<$10,000

Limited information as 2012/2013 program is closed.Additional info posted later.

www.nshrf.ca

No

Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation

Development / Innovative Grants

Annually

Provides funding for Nova Scotia health research initiatives that will strengthen a grant submission to a peer reviewed organization; focuses on development and innovative concepts that are in their early stages

$10,000 - $25,000

Principal Investigator must be a researcher with an academic appointment at a Nova Scotia university

www.nshrf.ca

Yes

Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation

Establishment Grants

Assist in building research capacity and provide initial support for new health researchers in Nova Scotia over a 1-3 year period

$25,000 - $50,000

PI must be a health researcher new to Nova Scotia or a new PhD graduate, or a researcher new to health research

www.nshrf.ca

Yes

Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation

Doctorate Scholars Award

Annually

Salary support for graduate training

$10,000 - $25,000

Enrolled in a thesis based graduate program; first class standing

www.nshrf.ca

Yes

Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation

Masters Scholars Award

Annually

Salary support for graduate training

$10,000 - $25,000

Enrolled in a thesis based graduate program; first class standing

www.nshrf.ca

Yes

Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs

Ontario Paramedic Research Consortium

Annually

Depending on the budget the board approves funding for the year.

<10,000

Need to have a paramedic as part of the research team

Yes

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Health System Research Funds (HSRF)

Program awards - health services/system and population health research and/or Knowledge Translation and Exchange that will focus on identified priorities; Capacity awards - provide smaller grants to large number of researchers and students to maximize opportunities to leverage health research investments; Specialized research centers - provide stable funding to specialized research centers / foundations - 3 streams: program awards, capacity awards, specialized research centers.

>$100,000

Funds must be used in Ontario

HSRF runs on a 3 year cycle.Next cycle begins 2015

www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/ministry/research/funds.aspx

Yes

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

CIHR Partnership for Health System Improvement

HSRF Capacity Awards stream (see above) includes support for projects selected under the CIHR's Partnership for Health System Improvement Program competition.

>$100,000

Yes

Ontario Ministry of Labour

Research for the Workplace

Annually

Based on research priorities - vulnerable workers, small businesses, high-risk activities, occupational disease/injury/prevention, intervention research, research to practice.

>$100,000

Funds must be used in Ontario

http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/prevention/research_proposals.php

Yes

Ontario Ministry of Labour

Evidence for Practice

Annually

Based on research priorities - vulnerable workers, small businesses, high-risk activities, occupational disease/injury/prevention, intervention research, research to practice.

$50,000 - $100,000

Funds must be used in Ontario

http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/prevention/research_proposals.php

Yes

Ontario Stroke Network

Varies

Projects related to stroke care and follows their priority research areas

http://ontariostrokenetwork.ca

Paramedic Chiefs of Canada

National Research Committee

Annually

Depending on the budget the board approves funding for the year.

Need to have a paramedic as part of the research team

Physicians Services Incorporated

Annually

Research related to improving the health for residents of Ontario - clinical research; medical education research; health systems research

Must be an MD

http://www.psifoundation.org

Yes

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Medical Education Research Grant

Annually

To support quality research in Canada that will advance the field of postgraduate medical education or continuing professional development.

$25,000 - $50,000

http://www.royalcollege.ca/portal/page/portal/rc/awards/grants/medical_education/meded_research_grant

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation

Establishment Grant

Assist new university faculty establishing independent health research programs

>$100,000

Hold faculty appointment in Saskatchewan; hold appointment for less than 3 years; nota trainee; dedicated research time

www.shrf.ca

Yes

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Annually

Advance research career; enhance research productivity - Funding includes salary support and research allowance

$25,000 - $50,000

PhD or health professional degree; must be within 3 years of completing the degree; associated with Saskatchewan university

www.shrf.ca

Yes

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation

Research Connection Grants

Support knowledge exchange through research conferences, major meetings, research days

PI must be associated with Saskatchewan organization - Application due at least 2 months before event

www.shrf.ca

Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Research Community Grant

Annually

Support health-related simulation-based pilot studies carried out by Principal Investigators who have fewer than 5 years of experience in simulation-based research endeavors - Areas include research in quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method approaches - Studies should have strong potential for a positive impact on healthcare delivery processes and outcomes through

<$10,000

Only one project from each PI allowed

http://ssih.org/research-committee-grant

Society for Simulation in Healthcare